You might play and jam,
....take in a
session or workshop
....enjoy the Saturday night blowout with various
solo and group performances....or even perform!
the following contra dance or join the pubsing until the wee hours
You might jam in a crowd,
....play with a few others,
....or noodle in a corner
....or take some quiet time.
You might be involved in a tango workshop
....learn Klezmer or Breton or Scottish or Irish or Balkan
...see how to fix your concertina or accordion, talking to people that repair and make them.
...browse and "test-drive"
all kinds of instruments (they're as different as people; take this
opportunity to find your musical soulmate!)
questions and get answers (that you'd never find anywhere else!)
....learn some new subtleties of your box and find out, finally
, how to play that tricky passage that's had you stumped.
All are welcome...
....other instruments (they round out the sound:
pipes, fiddle, mandolin, recorder, hurdy-gurdy, whatever, it's all good),
....even the raw beginner needing help at getting a start..
This is a warm, friendly place, a Brigadoon weekend for squeezers.
It's all here, all in a
free-wheeling, free spirit that we make up as we go along, differently
each year. There are no paid performers; we're just in it for
the fun. We welcome beginner and advanced
squeezers alike. To get more information, there's the FAQ
, you can search the NESI website with Google (it's simple)
you can sign on for our mailing lists
to ask questions of other participants and get notifications & news.
jamming, sessions and workshops here, there and everywhere Friday afternoon, all Saturday and Sunday morning
The sessions and workshops are coordinated on a event board...here's how it works
On Saturday night, there's the Concert
You can listen to the Concerts here
Afterwards, there's a contra dance
and a pub sing
or jamming in front of a crackling fireplace or...
The Squeeze-In is held at
, a fabulously well appointed year round camp and conference center in the
Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, 30 minutes from the Lee exit
off the Mass Pike and close to Tanglewood, the summer home of the BSO. Directions here
- heated lodges with multiple ocupancy bedrooms, lounges and shared baths
- unheated cabins with a central room with bunk beds. The cabins are clustered around a central wash house
- field camping with access to nearby cabin wash house
The Squeeze-In is held on a weekend, Friday afternoon through
Sunday noon, generally in mid-September. Depending on various
considerations (site booking conflicts, religious holidays and the
like), it may happen anywhere from an early September weekend to one in
October. Next year's date are usually published on the NESI
website by late October following that year's NESI
The NorthEast Squeeze-In is brought to by SIORGs, its organizers,
who toil mightily behind the scenes to bring you a delightful weekend
that just seems to happen magically. We pay the same as
everyone else, but get the satisfaction of your smiles.