WALDOBORO — The Waldo Theatre, 916 Main St., presents the 2022 Maine Fall Fiddle Fest Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22. The festival kicks off Friday night with an open jam session at The Waldo ($5 for the public, musicians free). Saturday events begin with a series of fiddle, cello and guitar afternoon workshops, followed by a free Youth Fiddler Showcase from 2 to 4 p.m. at Broad Bay Church, 941 Main St. The festival culminates with a stellar concert at The Waldo Saturday at 7 p.m. including Joyce Andersen; fiddle trio Boardman, Muise & Gawler; and opening performers Pineland Fiddlers, featuring 2022 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Owen Kennedy.

“We’re thrilled to again help celebrate such an important part of our Maine heritage,” said Keri Lupien, board president at The Waldo. “At Maine Fall Fiddle Fest, our entire community – from seniors to toddlers, Midcoast and beyond – can come together and share this beautiful and spirited art form.”

Andersen is a veteran musician who has enjoyed a varied 25-year career as side gal, session player, singer/songwriter and band leader. Andersen’s music has brought her from the coffeehouses and taverns of her native New England to national and international stages as a solo artist and with husband Harvey Reid, Childsplay, Eric Andersen and Richard Thompson. She even made it to Carnegie Hall and to the Conan O’Brien show with Marshall Crenshaw. Her live shows and recordings showcase her versatility as a vocalist, violinist and guitar player who thrives on writing and interpreting songs across many genres from old-time, rock and Americana, spirituals, folk, pop and swing.

Greg Boardman, Steve Muise and Elsie Gawler are a locally based folk music string trio of three voices, two fiddles and a cello, singing and playing songs from or inspired by our local elders and friends, as well as original tunes. Boardman has sat at the feet of such fiddling elders as Cherry Frechette, Otto Soper and Simon St. Pierre to name a few.

Pineland Fiddlers is an aspiring group of young fiddlers, aged 8 to 18, directed by Ellen Gawler. They have traveled to Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, Scotland, Ireland and Quebec, playing for contra dances, fairs and recording music. Pineland Fiddler’s 17-year-old Owen Kennedy’s love of traditional music and enthusiasm for performing has captivated audiences from San Diego to the Shetland Islands and across New England. He was recently named the 2022 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion.

Hosted by Smokey McKeen, online tickets are available for $25 in advance, $30 the day of the event at the box office starting at 6 p.m. Youth tickets (17 and younger) are $10 and a limited amount of front row seats are available. Visit thewaldotheatre.org.

Free parking is available on Main and School streets. Assistive listening devices are available at the box office. Doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions, including beer and wine for those 21 and older, will be available for purchase. The Waldo is no longer requiring proof of vaccination, and has shifted to masks optional for all visitors.

This event is proudly sponsored and made possible with the support of The First National Bank, The Davis Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation.

For more information about the jam session, workshops, free youth concert and the Saturday concert, visit thewaldotheatre.org.

Boardman, Muise & Gawler