• Friday, April 11th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Alash Tuvan Throat Singers! Alash Concert at the Carraige House Saturday Night 8pm $18. Follwed by a Sunday Vocal Workshop at CSMA 5pm $25. It’s a busy weekend for many, but with the tension between the US and Russia, some of us wonder if this might be the last chance to catch Alash. The real gem is the Xoomei workshop at the CSMA Sunday. This will be the first time such a possibility has been offered. Joe Prusch is doing the class registration for the Tuvan Throat Singing Workshop at CSMA: email Joe to reserve a space. Joseph Prusch <zeppelin42@yahoo.com> See poster:

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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I would like to invite you all to come see the legendary Alash Ensemble as they visit Ithaca on their latest American tour. Alash (www.alashensemble.com) have been in Ithaca many times before, and have even performed at the Grass Roots Festival. They play traditional Tuvan instruments, singing songs and playing tunes from many different walks of life, from epic poems and love songs to Russian blues. The tones of Tuvan music reflect the land around the people, the water, the air, the birds and frogs, the rocks and the trees, and especially the horses.

The reason for this last-minute notice is that the performance Alash tried to set up fell through, and they were going to skip Ithaca altogether. But the Carriage House was gracious enough to give them a space to perform, and the CSMA gave them space for their first-ever Xoomei workshop in Ithaca!

The workshop is open to the first 20 registrants. All you need to do to sign up for an intimate singing session with Alash is send me an email at zeppelin42@yahoo.com requesting a spot. The workshop costs $25 per participant and takes place Sunday, April 13th at 5pm. Location is the 3rd Floor Auditorium at the CSMA.

For those just interested in enjoying the wit and wisdom of Tuvan music, Alash will be performing at the Carriage House Café Saturday, April 12th at 8pm. Tickets are $18 at the door.

We hope to see many of you there!
Joseph Prusch <zeppelin42@yahoo.com>

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• Friday, April 04th, 2014

Cedar, Max, and Julie

Saturday, 19 April, noon to 11 pm

CSMA (Community School of Music and Arts)

330 E. State/M.L. King St., Ithaca

Welcome spring with nearly 12 hours of dance and music-making at Fiddlehead Frolic #7, sponsored by Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca. Some of the Boston contra scene’s finest are performing: the dynamic Nor’easter (Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Max Newman on mandolin and guitar, and Julie Vallimont on piano and accordion), and revered caller Lisa Greenleaf, known for her finesse, playfulness, and fun, inventive dances. She’s a master at teaching beginners while keeping experienced dancers challenged. In demand throughout New England, the Flurry, at CDSS, and beyond, she’s also been on staff at a number of U.S. and international dance camps and festivals. Nor’easter emerged in New England in 2008 and has quickly grown in force and range; the music is irresistible, pure delight. With triple gusto, this band has picked up followers in more than 20 states and three Canadian provinces. Cedar, Max, and Julie happily wed their skills in classical and traditional music, teaching, instrument making, and dance organizing. This year’s Frolic also features the ever-popular O’Shanigans and a “panoply” of local callers. Contra dances are the focus of the Frolic, but there will also be waltzing and other couples’ dances, a musicians’ workshop with Nor’easter, instrumental jamming (including the opening “Waltz Jam sandwiches”), and a song swap. Those who come only to jam, not dance, are admitted free to the jamming.

Daytime only OR evening only is $12 for HFDI members, $15 non-members; whole event $24 for HFDI members, $30 non-members. Children under 12 free. Become a member ($10/yr; $5/yr for students and teens) at the dance for discounted admission to all HFDI dances (including Frolic). Newcomers are welcome; each dance is taught and the steps are simple, with friendly experienced dancers to help. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor; no need to come with a partner. Some housing is available for out-of-town dancers. More schedule info at www.hands4dancers.org or call 607-539-3174.

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• Tuesday, April 01st, 2014

STARRY MOUNTAIN TRIO: Workshop and Concert, Saturday, April 12

Workshop “World Harmony Singing”: 3:30-5:00 pm, 411 Willard Straight Hall, Cornell, $15 (followed by potluck supper). Concert: 8 pm, 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad. Discount price for both workshop and concert: $25 nonstudents/$20 students

WORKSHOP: Sat., April 12, 3:30-5:00 pm, 411 Willard Straight Hall, Cornell

World Harmony Singing: Songs from South Africa, Georgia, and North America. The Starry Mountain Trio will teach three- and four-part-harmony songs from North America, the Republic of Georgia, and South Africa, delving into the particularities of singing styles from each tradition, tuning, and historical, cultural, and social context of the songs. All musical abilities and backgrounds are welcome, and songs will be taught by ear, even when sheet music is provided. Participants are welcome to bring audio recorders to the workshop. Workshop goers can expect to learn new songs (and dances; Suzannah is a member of the Green Grass Cloggers), and learn about the singing traditions from which the songs come. Suzannah Park was featured as a leader of the January 2014 Traditional Youth Song weekend in Massachusetts, where she won praise for her joyous, intuitive style and ability to inspire singers of all ages.

Workshop only: $15; workshop plus concert discount: $25 non-students, $20 students. RSVP to ian.mcgullam@gmail.com. Concert tickets available for purchase at workshop.

CONCERT, Sat., April 12, 8 pm; 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad

The Starry Mountain Trio’s rich a cappella sound and inventive and honest interpretation of old songs stir audiences powerfully. Their repertoire includes American shape-note songs, haunting folk tunes, bluegrass, and gospel from Southern Appalachia, arrangements of traditional British ballads, songs of South Africa, and secular and sacred songs from the beautiful polyphonic traditions of the Republic of Georgia, the Balkans, Corsica, and Sardinia. Suzannah Park, Gideon Crevoshay, and Avery Book have been singing together since they were teenagers. Based in New England and North Carolina, where Suzannah Park is the third generation of a family of traditional singers, storytellers, and dancers, SMT members have studied with master singers and teachers in Corsica, Georgia, South Africa, and Southern Appalachia, and are themselves in demand as experienced teachers, workshop leaders, and community choir directors. They often teach with Village Harmony and tour with Northern Harmony, and have collaborated on projects with Meredith Monk, Revels, Inc., and international recordings of traditional Georgian music. These young musicians have a gift for communicating the joy and passion of singing to all generations.

Concert tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, GreenStar Market, Autumn Leaves Books, online at http://www.cornellfolksong.org/, or at the door. $15 advance, $17 door; $3 rebates for CFSS members, seniors, teens; children free. Students $10/12. Info: website or (607) 351-1845.

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• Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

ITHACA NY - On Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8pm-midnight, the Kitchen Theatre Company will host its 4th Annual Dance the Night Away celebrating the Kitchen’s 23rd season, featuring an evening of dancing to live music Little Joe and the Big Shots, great food and delicious drinks. And, when the band takes a break - performances by “celebrity dancers” delight party-goers. This year’s celebrity dancers include:

Denny Grout, Dave Ashton, Vicki Taylor Brous, Cande Carroll, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Marshall McCormick, Rob de la Fuente, Hilby, Christine Barksdale and Jerry Dietz. Also dancing are Kitchen staff and board members Rachel Lampert, Stephen Nunley, Lesley Greene, Blane Bent, Evan Capo, Jamie Morrissey and special guest dancers Avery Sobzcak, Emily Loewus and Andrew Walker.

Tickets online at: www.kitchentheatre.org For more information visit http://www.kitchentheatre.org/danceparty.htm

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/231921413664577

Dance the Night Away is the Kitchen Theatre Company’s most important fund raising event of the season. Many thanks to corporate lead sponsor CFCU Community Federal Credit Union and business and individual sponsors Cornell University Hospital for Animals, CSP Management, Hillside Inn, Incodema, James and Dianne Orcutt, James Orcutt Real Estate, Tompkins Trust Company and Friends of the Kitchen Theatre.

Each celebrity dancer seeks sponsorship support from friends and family and the celebrity dancer who raises the most support wins a complimentary trip to NYC, overnight stay and brunch at a trendy NYC restaurant. Tickets are on sale for $100 ($50 is tax-deductible) at kitchentheatre.org or at (607) 272-0570.

This season’s celebrity performances include a spy-foxtrot, a hip-hop free style, a 60’s tribute, a lyrical modern dance, a specialty number of dance and juggling and an over-the-top rendition of a 1978 dance classic. Choreographers: Roy Lightner, Andrew Walker, Lesley Greene and Rachel Lampert have been putting the dancers through their pacers.

The Kitchen Theatre Company is now in its 23rd Season. The theater produces and presents approximately 150 performances annually contributing to the vibrancy of Ithaca’s growing West End. Productions feature a diversity of interest that reflect Ithaca and Tompkins County broad community. The theater is not only the home of the Kitchen Theatre Company, but also a facility that used by other theater and community groups. Now located in a LEED certified building, the Kitchen Theatre Company moved into the space it owns at 417 West MLK, Jr. Street in September 2010. The Kitchen Theatre Company thanks all its friends and supporters who have helped the theater become a cultural center.

Everyone is invited to buy a ticket and/or support our celebrity dancers. For more information go to: kitchentheatre.org or call (607) 272-0403 (Monday-Friday 10am-6pm).

Bold, intimate, engaging… Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC), now in its 23rd season, is downtown Ithaca’s critically acclaimed and nationally recognized year-round professional theater company, specializing in regional and world premiere plays and musicals. KTC’s intimate 99-seat theater is in its newly renovated, LEED-certified building in the West End neighborhood of downtown Ithaca, New York. KTC is the first not-for-profit recipient of the David R. Strong Memorial “Small Business of the Year” Award from the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the Tompkins County Tourism Program. The Kitchen Theatre Company also receives general operating support from the Shubert Foundation.

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• Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

TRUMANSBURG NY - The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) is excited and pleased to present d n r mendocino 1Rebecca Lomnicky, winner of the world’s most prestigious Scottish fiddle competition, in concert with David Brewer, a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Celtic music on guitar, Irish penny whistle, bodhran frame-drum and the Scottish bagpipes. The duo will bring their energetic, emotional music to the conservatory on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30pm. Buy tickets here.
Rebecca, who began classical violin and piano as a five-year-old, won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship—an invitation-only event, regarded as the Grammys of the fiddling world—in 2009. David Brewer has played and toured with Scottish super-group, The Old Blind Dogs, and also with Molly’s Revenge, in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, China and Australia, and played as a special guest of the renowned Chieftains.
Together and separately, they’ve performed all over the world. The pair’s blended performances, aimed at bridging the gap between Scottish fiddle and bagpipe music, are stirring and lively, ranging from toe-tapping dance tunes to soaring majestic airs, with wide appeal to diverse audiences. Tickets are available online and will be sold at Good To Go in Trumansburg.
To find out more about Rebecca and about David, click on their names to visit their web sites.

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• Sunday, March 09th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Steel Wheels and Tunes for the Trail is CANCELLED: POSTPONED due to the weather. The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Ithaca on Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 pm, when they perform at The Haunt for Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Tunes for the Trail, supporting the completion of Ithaca’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. They’ll be performing some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music & community. In addition as the schedule allows, the band organizes and performs the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.

The Steel Wheels “Winter Is Coming” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj2puFC1ssY

Band members:

Trent Wagler: lead vocals, guitar, banjo, song-writing
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Brian Dickel: upright bass, harmony vocals
Eric Brubaker: fiddle, harmony vocals
The Steel Wheels website: www.thesteelwheels.com

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The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Ithaca on Wednesday, March 12, when they perform at The Haunt for Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Tunes for the Trail, supporting the completion of Ithaca’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. They’ll be performing some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.

Their breakout album, Red Wing (2010), garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with “Nothing You Can’t Lose” taking top honors as Best Country Song. Following 2011’s release, Live at Goose Creek, The Steel Wheels continued to take the Americana scene by storm with their album, Lay Down, Lay Low (2012), which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMA’s Top 40 Chart and was the 2012 Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. Additionally NPR Music named “Rain in the Valley” their Song of the Day, marveling that the “heavy hymn […] is sparse and dense all at once.” 2013 brought yet another Americana charting release entitled, No More Rain.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music & community near their home in the Shenandoah Valley. In addition as the schedule allows, the band organizes and perform the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.

As the band thrives, so do their partnerships with local businesses, artisans, and charitable organizations. The values portrayed in their music—devotion to roots, community, and family—are a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. The band’s merchandise represents a host of grassroots connections to people and businesses. Lucas Roasting Company, located just outside of Harrisonburg, created “Halfway to Heaven” dark roast coffee in honor of their friends The Steel Wheels. Blue Mountain Brewery, located on Afton Mountain in Virginia, hosted the band when they were just getting started and now cans and bottles a multi-state distributed “Steel Wheels ESB.” T-shirts and printing needs are locally sourced and their one of a kind ceramic mugs are made by a potter friend, Justin Rothshank. Each product is intimately woven into the bands’ narrative. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world.

Quotes:

“If one must compare The Steel Wheels to another act in order to get an idea of their music imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth attempting to compare them with anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch.” — John Walker, Americana Roots

“The Steel Wheels are certainly going places… on the line between old timey folk and something raw, new and bluegrassy. Catch Trent and company on their way to fame and glory.” — Cover Lay Down

“Americana music at its best!” — Larry Groce, Mountain Stage

“Truth: Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine could all learn something from these cats.” — Michael Verity, No Depression, in article naming “Rain in the Valley” by The Steel Wheels as #2 acoustic song of 2012

“Fiddle-rich and mandolin-driven, their music includes all the elements I most appreciate in acoustiblue music- energy, strong and distinctive lead vocals that are supported and complemented by acute harmony, instrumental proficiency, originality tied to tradition, new songs that sound old and traditional songs that sound as they always have.” — Donald Teplyske, Roots Music

“Music lovers, prepare to have your breath taken away & goose bumps to cover your arms more at this one concert than any other you have EVER been to. The Steel Wheels are just that good!” — Rear Window Listening Room, Ganado, TX

Band members:

Trent Wagler: lead vocals, guitar, banjo, song-writing
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Brian Dickel: upright bass, harmony vocals
Eric Brubaker: fiddle, harmony vocals
The Steel Wheels website: www.thesteelwheels.com

Videos
Steel Wheels SpokeSong Tour video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OKXwuTaTXI
Here is another about bike touring to festivals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1aCPwK9kVo
Steel Wheels performing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsXbYMML0dI

Print Links
Steel Wheels on Cover of Pollstar http://bit.ly/1aKyzCZ
Tompkins Weekly Article _ Monday, March 3 www.tompkinshosting.com/tompkinsweekly/TompkinsWeekly140303.pdf#page=3

Web and Facebook Links
To visit the Steel Wheels web page www.thesteelwheels.com
Video page on web site. www.thesteelwheels.com/videos
Cayuga Waterfront Trail Website: www.cayugawaterfronttrail.com/Events
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/736848242994670/

Thanks to our sponsors Ithaca Carshare, Dan Smalls Presents, La Tourelle Resort, Merrill Lynch, Rasa Spa, and the Plantsmen Nursery.

EVENING SCHEDULE
7:30 PM. Welcome and short first set by Steel Wheels
8:15 pm Steel Wheels Bike Video and discussion; Finish and Furnish it Campaign Intro/unveiling
8:45 pm. Steel Wheels long set til 10 or so. With Prize drawings in middle of set or at end.

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• Saturday, March 08th, 2014

Thursday, 27 March, 8 pm — YES, A THURSDAY!

Hollis Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, East Ave., Cornell Arts Quad

Peggy Seeger

The Cornell Folk Song Society is honored to welcome Peggy Seeger for what is probably her “last U.S. tour.” Although she is the daughter of composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, the sister of Pete Seeger and Mike Seeger, and the wife of Ewan MacColl, no one would mistake her for anyone but her own woman. In music and in politics, she has long been a fighter for civil justice, women’s equality, workers’ rights, the environment, and the power of love. There’s humor, as well as fire, in her delivery. Born in the USA, she cut her first record at age 18, toured professionally in the Soviet Union, China, Poland, Belgium, France, Holland, and Scandinavia, and in 1959 moved to the UK, where she made her home with MacColl, and now their children and grandchildren. In their work on the BBC Radio Ballads and elsewhere, she and MacColl were influential in the British folk song revival and in wedding tradition with new song-writing and politics. Her tours to the States have become infrequent, and her Ithaca concert is a rare event. Please note that it is on a THURSDAY evening.

Peggy Seeger was trained in both classical and folk music, became known for her performance of traditional Anglo-American songs, and is adept at a wide array of instruments: piano, guitar, five-string banjo, autoharp, English concertina and Appalachian dulcimer. She puts her strong, honest voice to songs old, new, and of her own composing. In performance, she may range from an unaccompanied ballad to a droll tall tale to hard-hitting topical songs. Of these, she is best known for her feminist “classics” such as The Ballad of Springhill and I’m Gonna Be an Engineer. Although she has toured for 55 years, has written for film, television, and radio, has published hundreds of her songs, has collaborated on books with Edith Fowke, Alan Lomax, and Ewan MacColl, and has recorded on Folkways, Rounder, and Appleseed (23 solo recordings and over 100 with other artists), she is hardly slowing down. She has several projects, including a book of love poems and songs, due out later in 2014.

Join Peggy Seeger in concert and expect to be stirred, to laugh, and to sing along on the choruses.

“This sparky woman has done so much, lived so much…. Most of all, she has informed our appreciation of British and North American folk music, like very, very few people have. Factor in her multiple roles in illuminating the folk, political song, and feminist scenes and how her songs have enriched the folk idiom, and you have somebody worth getting amazed about.”—Ken Hunt, Folk Roots

Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves Books, GreenStar, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/. $15 adv/$17 door; CU students $10/$12, with $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens. Children 12 and under free. Info: 607-351-1845 or website.

– Margaret Shepard

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• Monday, March 03rd, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Instrumental Workshop on Long Island dance tunes from the 19th century (from the collections of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868 and Isaac Homan 1816-1901)http://www.daveruch.com/newboys.htm Sat Mar 8th 2014 from 1-3 pm at Canaan Institute $20- More http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html RSVP via email mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat!

Dave Ruch and Jeff Davis (The New Boys of Old New York) will be teaching an unlikely-seeming workshop on the fiddle tunes of Long Island. In truth, old Long Island was a hotbed of tunes and there are at least two collections to prove it: William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), the famous painter of The Banjo Player and The Bones Player, was also a fiddler; his collection spans music from English marches, Irish jigs, to tunes learned from the minstrel stage and from black fiddlers. The collection of Bellport’s Captain Isaac Homan (1816-1901)–recently uncovered by Dave Ruch–also contains a huge variety of tunes—reels, hornpipes, cotillions, waltzes, and much more. Both reflect the intense swirl of influences upon fiddlers living near the growing vortex of New York City in the mid-Nineteenth century. Dave and Jeff will talk about the two collections and teach several tunes. Bring any instrument (they’ll be playing fiddle and mandolin). Bring a recording device if you have one. Facebook event for Workshop https://www.facebook.com/events/747907121889258/

New Boys of Old NY concert later Saturday evening …

The Cornell Folk Song Club will present an evening of traditional music from New York State done with a flair. The New Boys of Old New York — Jeff Davis and Dave Ruch — will perform in concert on March 8 at 8 pm at 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad. Earlier in the day, from 1 to 3 pm, the New Boys will be conducting a workshop on Long Island dance tunes at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale. Facebookevent for CONCERT https://www.facebook.com/events/662362207160579/

Their concert will include a mix of songs, folk tales and stories, old dance hall tunes, and uncommon music originating from farmers, sailors, lumberjacks, and homemakers. If you think singing about Erie Canal is elementary school stuff, the New Boys will surprise you with some more unfamiliar music once heard along New York’s canals. On the stage with the New Boys will be fiddles and mandolins, banjo and guitar, spoons and jawharps, including some instruments hand-made by folk artisans. Jeff and Dave also sing unaccompanied duets and use their bodies as instruments, hambone stye.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has both visited “source singers” and combed libraries and archives for old songs and tunes. He has toured in Canada and Europe and throughout the United States, playing in every state but one.*

Dave Ruch, based in Buffalo, has toured nationally and internationally as well, but he prides himself in being something of a musical locavore. Like-minded with Jeff, he has visited the older generation of singers, talkers, joke tellers, and tunesmiths, as well as historical archives, to build his collection of New York State based songs, tunes, and stories.

As the New Boys of Old New York, Jeff and Dave performed at the Old Songs Festival this past summer and have made appearances at NEFFA and the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival. More locally, they have wowed audiences at Bound for Glory, the Cranberry Coffeehouse, and Valley Folk.

Concert Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves Books, GreenStar, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/. $15 adv/$17 door; usual rebate for members, seniors, teens. Cornell students $10/$12. Free for children 14 and under with an adult. Info: 607-351-1845 or website.

More on the afternooon New Boys of Old New York workshop: Instrumental Workshop on Long Island dance tunes from the 19th century (from the collections of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868 and Isaac Homan 1816-1901) from 1-3 pm at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY. Dave and Jeff will talk about the two collections and teach several tunes. Bring any instrument (they’ll be playing fiddle and mandolin). Bring a recording device if you have one. $20- donation. RSVP via email mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat and for directions. Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/747907121889258

*Jeff has yet to perform in North Dakota (at least as 6/29/2013).

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• Saturday, March 01st, 2014

ITHACA NY - Dr. Kathy Selby reveals the Secrets of the Devil’s Box in a presentation and discussion for the Class of ‘63 Coffeehouse series at the Carol Tatkon Center on the Cornell University campus. Mon Mar 3, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm

How does the violin, one of the smallest of instruments, produce such a powerful and complex sound? Kathy explores the science behind the sound of the fiddle, tracing its evolution from its meek beginnings in the 1500s through its transformation in 17th century Italy to its reimagining in the electronic age.

All are welcome, admission is FREE, with free refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Class of ‘63 and the Carol Tatkon Center.

At the Carol Tatkon Center, South Balch Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

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• Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

New Boys of Old New York

New Boys of Old New York

Saturday, 8 March, 8 pm

165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad

Central Ave., near Johnson Museum

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Cornell Folk Song Society will present an evening of traditional music from New York State done with flair by Jeff Davis and Dave Ruch, The New Boys of Old New York, March 8 at 8 pm at 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad. Earlier that day, 1-3 pm, the New Boys will hold a workshop on Long Island dance tunes at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale.

If you think singing about the Erie Canal is elementary school stuff, the New Boys will surprise you with some unusual music about New York’s canal workers and Great Lakes sailors. Their concert will include a mix of songs, folk tales and stories, old dance hall tunes, and uncommon music originating from farmers, lumberjacks, and homemakers. On stage with the New Boys will be fiddles and mandolins, banjo and guitar, spoons and jawharps, including instruments hand-made by folk artisans. Jeff and Dave also sing unaccompanied duets and use their bodies as instruments, hambone style.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has both visited “source singers” and combed libraries and archives for old songs and tunes. He has toured in Canada and Europe and widely across the United States, playing in every state except North Dakota.

Dave Ruch, based in Buffalo, has toured internationally as well, but prides himself in being something of a musical locavore. Like Jeff, he has learned from the older generation of singers, talkers, and tunesmiths, as well as historical archives, to build his collection of New York State music and stories.

As the New Boys of Old New York, Jeff and Dave performed at venues including the Old Songs Festival, NEFFA, and the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival. More locally, they have wowed audiences at Bound for Glory, the Cranberry Coffeehouse, and Valley Folk.

Concert Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves Books, GreenStar, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/. $15 adv/$17 door; CU students $10/$12, with $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens. Children 12 and under free. Info: 607-351-1845 or website.

Afternoon instrumental workshop with The New Boys of Old New York: 19th century Long Island dance tunes from the collections of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868 and Isaac Homan 1816-1901, 1-3 pm, Canaan Institute, Brooktondale, NY ($20). Dave and Jeff will talk about the collections and teach several tunes. Bring any instrument (they’ll be playing fiddle and mandolin) and a recording device if you have one. RSVP via email mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat and for directions.

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• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Sat March 08 Mantra and Mantrella’s Belly Fusion Presents “Girls with Guns From the Wild Wild East” at Lot 10 in Ithaca from 7:00-9:00 pm. http://www.aliciafreedman.com/performance/

Live music and belly dance fusion inspired by the Middle East…with a twist. A FREE show featuring Tessa and the True Hearts (Tessa Myers), and Wowsie A Go-Go (Wendy Williams). Live music and dancing with Cat and the Pussy Cats (Art Bakert of Gadje and Catherine Perkins), as well as live music from members of the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble. Wild wild west attire encouraged.

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/657841627606130/

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Author: Margaret
• Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Montage

Hands Four Contra dance with MONTAGE and BEV BERNBAUM

Saturday, 1 March, 8-11 pm (beginners’ workshop 7:30 pm), CSMA, 330 E.State/M.L. King St., Ithaca

$8 HFDI members, $10 nonmembers

True to their name, the members of Montage fuse wide interests in dance music old and new: Breton, English, and Scottish country, Parisian café tunes, Renaissance bourrées, hot swing, and music rooted in Scandinavia, Canada, New England, and southern Appalachia. They’ve warmed up dance floors across the region and at festivals including the Flurry and NEFFA. Since 1996, dance caller Bev Bernbaum has been in demand in her native Toronto and at dance camps and weekends across the U.S.,Canada, and New Zealand. She’s known for her clear voice, calm manner, straightforward teaching style, and fine repertoire of fun and flowing dances. It’s been four years since she last called in Ithaca, and three years since Montage did a Hands Four dance, so they’re long overdue for a welcome here.

Jane Knoeck (piano, accordion), classically trained, discovered contra and other folk dance in the 1980s and has performed on the dance circuit ever since. She’s both focused and explosively energetic, and also plays with the Riverbend and Groovemongers. Rachel Bell (accordion, wooden flute) is a fine composer of quirky, playful, and highly danceable tunes. She’s also a lively member of Tunescape and the Andrew and Noah Band. Tom Santarsiero (guitar, mandolin, banjo, jaw harp, foot percussion) provides the rock-solid yet eclectic beat that anchors dancers while giving them space for expression; he also plays with Riverbend. The rich sound of Montage has been described as “chocolate cake,” so come hungry to dance!

Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca is pleased to sponsor this event. Admission at door: $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. No need to bring a partner, but please DO bring clean, soft-soled shoesto protect the dance floor. People new to contra dancing or to this area are always made welcome by the dance community. There are just a few basic steps and patterns, easily learned, and every dance is briefly taught. You can join HFDI (a volunteer nonprofit organization) at the event and receive a discount on all our dances. For more info, visit www.hands4dancers.org or call 607-539-3174.

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