Waterdown Jam Session.

Iva Alderson and her husband Howard have organized the Thursday afternoon Waterdown Jam since 2007.  The session started with 6 people around a piano and have grown to include between 30-35 musicians every week. The group meets at the Waterdown Legion on Hamilton Street include musicians from the Niagara Peninsula thru to Toronto and all points in-between. Numerous fiddlers are joined by a bass player, a banjo, a mandolin, piano, and the button accordion. Seniors love the sessions packing the dance floor every Thursday from 1pm- 4pm all year round. Alderson believes they get such a great crowd because most seniors don’t like to drive at night. Here they can get a great night out in the middle of the day.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, Howard Alderson plays the button accordion during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. The session attracts anywhere from 30-50 musicians every week coming from as far as Toronto and Niagara. Many are fiddle players but there are also mandolin, piano, accordion, bass and banjo players involved as well. Seniors love the afternoon dances which run from 1pm- 4pm every Thursday all year round. Bass player Iva Alderson says they get such great crowds because lots of seniors don't drive at night. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator Howard Alderson plays the button accordion during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016,Anne Harrison joins in with her fiddle during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorAnne Harrison joins in with her fiddle during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, A fiddle lays in it's case ready to be played during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorA fiddle lays in it’s case ready to be played during the weekly Waterdown Jam session.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, 95 year old Helen Plye and Merlin Dowling go for a spin on the dance floor during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator95 year old Helen Plye and Merlin Dowling go for a spin on the dance floor.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, Bill Marykuca of Beamsville plays a mandolin during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorBill Marykuca of Beamsville plays a mandolin during the weekly Waterdown Jam session.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, When you're over 90 years old you get to sit while you jam - such is the case for Helen Kurluk as she plays her banjo during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator  When you’re over 90 years old you get to sit while you jam – such is the case for Helen Kurluk as she plays her banjo during the weekly Waterdown Jam session.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, Kathy Hawkyard adds the essential sound of the piano during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator  Kathy Hawkyard adds the essential sound of the piano during the weekly Waterdown Jam.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, Seniors love the afternoon dances at the Waterdown Legion because many don't like to drive at night. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator Seniors love the afternoon dances at the Waterdown Legion.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, Ed Wilson comes from Toronto to play his fiddle during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator Ed Wilson comes from Toronto to play his fiddle during the weekly jam session.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, Iva Alderson only started playing the bass about 6 years ago and she loves it. She says she use to play the piano but when her eyesight started to diminish due to giant cell arthritis she took up the bass. She and her husband Howard have organized the Waterdown Jam since 2007. They raise money for the Waterdown Legion by running 50/50 draws each week since there is no admission charge. The session started with 6 people around a piano and have grown to include between 30-35 musicians every week. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator Iva Alderson only started playing the bass about 6 years ago and she loves it. She says she use to play the piano but when her eyesight started to diminish due to giant cell arthritis she took up the bass. She and her husband Howard have organized the Waterdown Jam since 2007. They raise money for the Waterdown Legion by running 50/50 draws each week since there is no admission charge for those attending the dances.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, The session started with 6 people around a piano and have grown to include between 30-35 musicians every week. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorThe session started with 6 people around a piano and have grown to include between 30-35 musicians every week.

Hamilton,Ontario April 28,2016, Howard Alderson plays the button accordion during the weekly Waterdown Jam session at the Waterdown Legion. The session attracts anywhere from 30-50 musicians every week coming from as far as Toronto and Niagara. Many are fiddle players but there are also mandolin, piano, accordion, bass and banjo players involved as well. Seniors love the afternoon dances which run from 1pm- 4pm every Thursday all year round. Bass player Iva Alderson says they get such great crowds because lots of seniors don't drive at night. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorCathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

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