Welcome to Fiddler’s Hearth! Located in downtown South Bend, Fiddler’s is a restaurant and bar that hosts open Irish music sessions every Monday night. These sessions are open to the public, including musicians of all ages and abilities. So order a shepherd’s pie, pull up a seat, and join us as we take you through our experience in this warm and cozy venue.
Meet David, the leader of the Monday sessions. Having traveled the world with his craft, he offers his knowledge and talent within Irish music to the South Bend community. Along side him is Kim, also well rehearsed in Irish music. Together they lead a group of musicians ranging from 2-15+ people, depending on the evening and time. These music sessions last about 2-3 hours, beginning at 8:30pm.
Together, the instruments make up the spontaneous Irish tunes played from memory. These instruments included Hammered Dulsimer, flute, tin whistle, violin, fiddle, bass guitar, banjo, Bodhran drum, piano, and vocals!
By arranging themselves in a circle, the group sessions cultivate community. They also encourage individuals to break out of their comfort zones by soloing, carrying melodies, or starting pieces. Together, each instrument could still be heard while contributing to the whole.
New members were encouraged to share their talents, especially if they were new to the scene. We too, were asked to sing a song of choice, so we gladly participated by singing an Irish Blessing.
The sessions contain a variety of music, from upbeat to slow, and even including acappella singing. Regardless of what was played, the audience responded well. As we sat and enjoyed the music, we couldn’t help but tap the beat with out feet, and clap out hands against the table along to the traditional tunes.