Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship
You are encouraged to attend the Grand North American Old Time Fiddle Championship on the weekend of July 19-22, 2018 prior to the start of Camp Calvin which is held in Radway AB, a short 1½ drive northwest of St. Paul. This year, we have modified our schedule to accommodate your participation in the fiddle contest.
It's a Wrap
Well the 11th annual Camp Calvin is in the books! We had a great week with all our Camp Calvin friends, both new & old! Thank you all for attending, we hope you enjoyed your week and made the most out of it.
While adapting to the new facility was a bit of challenge, for the most part we feel that overall it was a vast improvement and we thank our participants for their patience and understanding as we worked through this first year. We now have a benchmark from which to work from and will make some adjustments in the coming year. We already have some ideas on ways to improve, of course this is all pending if Portage College is willing to have us back. Stay tuned!!
ASF Fiddle Marathon
The Alberta Society of Fiddlers (ASF) celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a 25-hr fiddle marathon on May 19 & 20, 2017. Camp Calvin alumni participated in the marathon by playing some favorite Camp Calvin jam tunes. What a fun hour it was!
A 14 min video was taken (along with commentary) of the group and is now posted on the website under Photos, or click here to view it.
The name Calvin Vollrath is synonymous with Canadian fiddle music. He taught at the 1st fiddle camp in Canada from it’s inception sponsored by the 'Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society' at Emma Lake Saskatchewan and when that fiddle camp ceased to exist, Calvin felt it was time to host his own camp.
2007 saw the inaugural “Calvin Vollrath Fiddle Camp” in St. Edouard Alberta. A very small community about 200 kms northeast of Edmonton. Population about 100.
In 2011, for the 5th Annual Camp, the name was changed to ‘Camp Calvin’. The atmosphere was magical & electric. In 2012, the camp was extended to 2 weeks; 2 separate weeks and quite a number of students stayed for both.
2016 saw the 10th anniversary of Camp Calvin and we look forward to another 10 wonderful years. In 2017, the camp began a new decade in St. Paul Alberta at the Portage College and will continue on into 2018.
Quality instruction is offered in fiddle, piano and guitar. We hold a variety of workshops throughout the week, all with high caliber, award winning instructors & musicians from across Canada. Students from the age of 8 - 80 take part each year at various levels.
Browse around the site. You'll find lots of information, pictures, videos, registration forms, a guest book, & all kinds of things fiddle related.
Welcome to our website and we hope to see you at “Camp Calvin” in the near future.
In anticipation of Camp Calvin 2018, where many of these tunes will likely be played, we have posted the list here for your convenience. We invite you to go through the list and check to see how many tunes you know?
Want to learn some tunes before Camp Calvin 2018, register for '2'sday 2'nes' and learn 24 standard jam tunes. Go to www.calvinvollrath.com/2'day2'nes to find out more and sign up.
Calvin's Camp Two Step
Scale & Chord Chart Instruction Download
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