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Call out for musicians, entertainers as UMFK Fiddlers' Jamboree draws near

January 3, 2008

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Organizers of the 2008 Mardi Gras Fiddlers’ Jamboree have put out a call to area musicians and entertainers to participate in the largest jam session and house party, which has been held annually on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus for more then a decade.  

The jamboree, which has become a St. John Valley tradition, will be held on Sunday, February 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in UMFK’s Nowland Hall. The event is free and open to the public. 

Warren Harvey, chairman of the organizing committee, will coordinate the call for musical talent for the jamboree and work along with the University.  

The event brings together talented musicians for an afternoon of impromptu performances.  In the past, the jamboree has drawn both performers and an audience from throughout Aroostook County and western New Brunswick.   

“We are looking for area musicians who are willing and committed to participating in the popular event,” said Harvey. “Last year, more than 30 musicians performed for an audience of more than 200.” 

The jamboree has become very successful and attendance has grown over the years.                                    

In addition to being an event that audience members look forward to each year, the jamboree also is a favorite of the musicians who perform.             

Fiddlers, guitarists, other acoustic musicians, and singers are invited and encouraged to take part in the Sunday afternoon concert.

Interested participants are encouraged to contact Warren Harvey in advance of the jamboree, at (207) 834-6544 or Susan Tardie at (207) 834-7557 or 1-888-879-8635 before January 25, 2008.