The Fire In The Kitchen Concerts and the Skunk Misery Ramblers are a community outreach program of the North Madison Congregational Church, with an emphasis on building community, creativity, and fun for entire families. This Program is more than just great music, it’s also a workshop series and home to the Skunk Misery Ramblers fiddle club.
The Concerts: Regulars to the concerts have seen the likes of Mr. Sun, Crooked Still, Solas, Grada, John Jorgenson, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and many more world-famous roots music performers who win Grammies, Downbeat polls, play at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House in a space that keeps performers all of 9 feet from the front row.
We always make room for last minute walk-ins. The furthest you can possibly sit from the “stage” is all of 50 feet. It’s the most intimate venue in the state. To reserve the best seats or for more information on any shows, the workshops or the fiddle club, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-668-3735. Please use this number to call, as sometimes the church staffing is unavailable. This number is the director’s cellphone which will be answered, or at least messages returned promptly!
The workshops have been hosted by some pretty amazing talent, also, with the likes of Hanneke Cassel, Brittany Haas, Vishten, Jay Ungar, Claire Lynch, and Bearfoot all teaching us some of the real tricks of their techniques that made them the world-travelers they are today. The workshops typically take place the day of or the morning after the concert.
Skunk Misery Ramblers fiddle club
The Skunk Misery Ramblers is our own fiddle club, meeting every other Sunday late afternoon, and it’s a low-key affair, especially suited to those wanting to learn tunes and to play in a group. It’s open to all ages and abilities, but we do sort of “aim-for-the-middle” so beginners are encouraged to try to catch on. We’ll provide a little instruction in the art of learning songs by ear, but it’s more for fun.