Skunk Misery Rambler Meeting schedule: We’re NOT on for this Sunday, Easter. Work on the old stuff for our appearance at the Guilford Green at the end of May. Big Civil War Commemorative event

Workshops? We got ‘em. All the time, with some of the best instructors in the world. Literally. We are a unique program in that it’s not all about concerts. It’s all about music and the community of creativity. And to do that, you need to keep going all year, which is why we also have the Skunk Misery Ramblers fiddle club. Oh, yeah, and the pretentiously-named (informally, that is) World Young Player’s Mandolin Orchestra, designed to introduce young kids into the world of stringed instruments (they’re tuned like a violin) in a laid-back way.

Workshops on tap for this year? Unbelievable..

While the conservatories and music schools and string establishment are all starting to realize the value of an alternative strings education, we’ve been doing it for 13 years. We’ve helped kids get college scholarships, musicians get their work heard by the “right people” and generally caused a lot of people to have a lot of fun. Yeah, we’re proud of what we’ve done here…

What’s coming up??

A few things in the pipeline, so stay tuned… You can always sit in with the Skunks on Sunday afternoons!


Pascal and Emma of Vishten showing everyone how it’s done on Prince Edward Island

Skunk Misery Ramblers:

What’s a Sunk Misery Rambler? Our own fiddle club, made up of students and adults of various abilities, from beginners to really good pros. We play violins, mandolins, guitars, banjos, whatever. We’re not just old-time, but also Western Swing, Bluegrass, and yeah, we throw in a little classical here and there.

We meet every  Sunday evening at 4:00 PM, plenty of time to get home for dinner and relax before Monday. Jump on in, we’re having a great time in a no-pressure, learning-based picking session. We usually meet in the church, back door, but when the weather gets nice, we head down to the green and crank away there. Just call 203-668-3735 (my cell, so don’t be thrown by the message) for information.

Right now, we’re polishing up our sets for a few low-key performances, and there’s plenty of room for more, so stop on in!



Lauren Rioux teaching the chop. Fantastic workshop with Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux.

PLUS: All our workshops!! Keep reading…

A big old thanks to the leaders of our latest workshops, folks like Paul Kowert, Christian Howes, Dana Leong,  Jordan Tice, Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux,  Vishten, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, April Verch, Bearfoot, Claire Lynch, Hanneke Cassel, and on down the line!!

Brittany Haas working on chord theory with a big group of workshop-goers.