BELFAST – Belfast Flying Shoes presents “March Forth!” on Friday, March 4, at 6 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of the First Church in Belfast UCC, 8 Court St. The evening of exuberant fiddle tunes is the next step in the participatory dance and music nonprofit’s joyful return to First Friday programming.

Celebrated Maine musicians and music teachers Greg Boardman, Elsie Gawler and Steve Muise lead an All Comers Band music workshop with a theme of “March Forth.” Besides learning tunes in 4/4 or 2/4 time, workshop participants get tips on improvisation and creating exciting arrangements, both of which are special talents of the guest trio. All three musicians are longtime staff members at Maine Fiddle Camp, where they have inspired generations of fiddlers and cellists from throughout the state and beyond. Boardman founded Maine Fiddle Camp and has played and taught music for decades, in his hometown of Lewiston and statewide; Gawler is a member of Elsie & Ethan, The Gawler Sisters, and the beloved Gawler Family Band, and grew up sleeping under the piano at contra dances; Muise graduated from Berklee College of Music, and throughout his storied career as a music educator, has mentored hundreds of young musicians in the Mt. Blue Regional School District, including the powerhouse high school ensemble Franklin County Fiddlers.

Following the workshop, the guest musicians present a concert that highlights their varied and dynamic musical interests. The event concludes with an All Comers Band jam session, focused on tunes played at community and contra dances. Musicians of all ages, experience levels and instruments are welcome. Attendees who don’t play an instrument are invited to enjoy listening from their seats.

The sliding scale admission is $5 to $20 per person. All attendees must wear a mask. First Church’s Fellowship Hall entrance is on Spring Street, and the hall has limited capacity. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for instrument tuning. For information and updated public health protocols, visit belfastflyingshoes.org or contact belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com.

Belfast Flying Shoes was founded in 2005 with a mission to bolster the spirited dance and music community in Midcoast Maine. BFS programs include the Flying Shoes Radio Hour on WBFY, the “Sing Along and Tap Your Toes” concert series for older adults, and music lessons for residents at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center.