• Sunday, October 26th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Nov 7th CONTRA DANCE - Linda Leslie from Boston calling the dances with music by: Margaret Ball and Michael Ludgate along with guests Christine Diepenbrock (cello), Andrea Katz (viola) & Sophie Orzechowski (fiddle) playing an eclectic mix of traditional and modern contra tunes. Bethel Grove Community Center, 1825 Slaterville Rd. 8-11 pm. $6- www.oshanigans.org and https://www.facebook.com/events/1005007972858983

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Author: Margaret
• Monday, October 20th, 2014

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen in Concert

Saturday, Nov. 1, 8:00 pm

165 McGraw, Cornell Arts Quad, Ithaca

Kallet & Larsen

Kallet & Larsen

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen are accomplished singers, composers, and formidable multi-instrumentalists (guitar, flute, tin whistle, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, melodeon, and concertina) with remarkable solo careers. As a duo, they’re beautifully matched on songs and tunes that span traditional Irish, Scandinavian, Renaissance, Appalachian, and contemporary music. It’s been five years since they last performed for the Cornell Folk Song Society, and a delight to have them back.

Cindy Kallet’s understated skill, intelligence, passion, and droll humor inform the songs that have evolved from her New England life as shanty-singer, clam-shucker, naturalist, parent, and perceptive world-watcher. She is both a realist and dreamer and a gentle protester and comic. Her mesmerizing alto, like the voice of her friend and collaborator Gordon Bok, has a sea-washed honesty. Her music is deep and intricate, clear and soulful. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe calls her “One of folk music’s most respected songwriters…provocative, heartwise, and original…and a brilliant guitarist.”

Grey Larsen, flute and tin whistle, has been dazzling listeners since his years with Malcolm Dalglish, Pete Sutherland, and Martin Simpson in the group Metamora. Oberlin-trained, he plays with authenticity and beauty. He has revived the earlier, wilder Irish style of “crooked tunes” with extra beats. Fiddle virtuoso Seamus Connolly of Ireland says it is “Refreshing to hear a true understanding of the soul of traditional Irish music in the playing of an American-born musician.”

For those who make music, Kallet has a songbook and Larsen has written the acclaimed Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle, dubbed by the Chieftains’ Matt Molloy as required reading “…for anybody interested in getting it right.”

$15 advance/$17 door; $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens. Children free. Cornell students $5. Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves, Greenstar Market, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/ and at the door. Info: web or 607-351-1845.

– Margaret Shepard

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• Monday, October 13th, 2014

ITHACA NY - The Pelotones CD Release Party! 6:00pm – 8:30pm.  Swing jazz, shuffle blues, waltz and bossa. The Pelotones 2nd release which includes all originals. Oasis Dance Club. Saturday, October 25 $10.00 price includes a CD and a piece of cake. Lots of room for dancing at Oasis. Food and drink available. Oasis Dance Club 1230 Danby Rd (Rt 96B) Ithaca NY. www.ithacaoasis.com Facebook www.facebook.com/events/1504748003109558

Featuring Wayne Gottlieb: Vocals and Guitar; Alex Specker:  Vocals and Guitar; Harry Aceto: Bass; and Michael Welen: Drums.

The Pelotones are a dance band specializing in Swing jazz, but also doing Rhythm and Blues, Blues, Rock and Country.  They’ve written some new songs that fit the different dance styles popular in the Ithaca and surrounding area - east coast and west coast swing, waltz, bossa and rhumba.  They play regularly at Oasis dance Club, Six Mile creek Winery, Americana Winery and Maxie’s Supper Club.  Some of them also play as a jazz trio at Agava and Stonecat.  For this event, the $10.00 admission gets you in the door and you get a free CD and piece of cake! The Pelotones will play from 6-8:30, but you should stay longer!  Oasis serves drinks and food and has an excellent dance floor. www.ithacaoasis.com

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• Wednesday, October 08th, 2014

ITHACA NY – Lindsey Clark, Timothy Ball and Michael Ludgate playing an eclectic mix of traditional and modern contra tunes on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and viola. (Woo! Hoo! NO’Shanigans!) Bethel Grove Community Center, 1825 Slaterville Rd. 8-11 pm. $6- www.oshanigans.org and https://www.facebook.com/events/721181311283943/

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Author: Margaret
• Tuesday, October 07th, 2014

Who: Wild Asparagus, George Marshall calling
What: Contra dance, Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca
When: Saturday, 11 October, 4:00-6:00 (experienced dancers) and 8:00-11:00 pm
Where: Beverly J. Martin School, 302 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca
How much: Both sessions, $18 members/$22 nonmembers; afternoon only, $10/$12; evening only, $10/$12.

Springing up in the 1980s in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, Asparagus Capital of Massachusetts, the renowned band WILD ASPARAGUS has been vital in the contra dance renaissance. Their monthly “first-Saturdays” at Greenfield (dance mecca) are packed. Over the years, these top musicians have put their individual stamp on traditional tunes from New England, Canada, the wider Celtic world, and beyond. Their hallmark is playfulness: imaginative arrangements and dynamic pacing that draw on sources from medieval Brittany to pop to hot Latin grooves. You won’t want to miss this unique blend of skilled musicianship, creativity, and energy! Becky Tracy on fiddle shows incomparable flow and soul; David Cantieni, woodwind wizard, provides exuberant melody with flutes, tin whistle, oboe, saxophone, and bombard; Ann Percival on piano, guitar, and vocals is the essential heartbeat of the band; George Marshall, gifted at English concertina, bodhran, and bones, brings drive and does double duty as a caller renowned for simple, elegant teaching and an excellent selection of dances.

Beginners are welcome; no partner needed. A newcomers’ workshop at 7:30 pm will cover basic steps and patterns. All dances taught. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. And bring a dish-to-pass for a potluck at 6:15 pm. Info: 607-273-0249 or www.hands4dancers.org.

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• Saturday, September 06th, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Cantrip is a trio of Scottish traditional musicians that has been stunning audiences on several sides of the Atlantic for over a decade with its driving blend of fiddle (Jon Bews), bagpipes (Will Woodson) and guitar (Eric McDonald). Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Cantrip takes an audience on a cultural journey, weaving dense textures together and leaving listeners hungering for more. They will be at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY on Thursday September 11th 2014. Concert starts at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a jam session. $18- at the door. RSVP to reserve a seat with mike@cinst.org More http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1526838000884603/

Will Woodson http://willwoodsonmusic.com/

Will is an innovative and powerful young performer of traditional and contemporary music on Scottish bellows pipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle. Having recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with a master’s degree in Scottish music, he’s now returned to his first home across the Atlantic. These days, he’s based in Portland, Maine and is enmeshed in the thriving music scene of the Northeastern United States, where he flits about hither and yon performing and teaching. Will has played across America, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and a good bit of continental Europe, appearing at major festivals like Piping Live and Celtic Connections in Glasgow. He’s shared stages with the likes of Phil Cunningham and Mick Maloney. He’s also kept busy teaching and has recently appeared at events like Maine Pipes and Fiddle and the Upper Potomac Pipers Weekend in West Virginia. Will has played Scottish music since he was a child, and has studied with some of the greatest living exponents of the tradition, including Allan MacDonald, Finlay MacDonald, Marc Duff, and Hamish Napier.

Eric McDonald http://www.ericmcdonaldmusic.com/

Eric McDonald is one of New England’s premier acoustic performers and instructors, known for his versatility in many styles. Born and raised in the Boston area, he grew up steeped in Beantown’s vibrant music scene. He studied at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians John McGann and Eugene Friesen. While studying he toured with full time folk acts like The Dave Rowe Trio and Matching Orange, and acted as music director for productions by companies such as Actor’s Shakespeare Project. His accompaniment on DADGAD guitar can be heard on albums by those such as Katie McNally and Brendan Carey Block, whom he can also be seen with on stage. He has performed across the country and overseas alongside major artists such as Archie Fisher, Malinky, Rodney Miller, Hamish Napier and Ian Robb of Finest Kind. He is a member of the Scottish power trio Cantrip and the contemporary old time group The Knockbox Stringband. He has been seen on stage at such events as the New World Festival, the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and countless others. Eric’s teaching is practiced and well developed. He spent five years on staff at the Passim School of Music in Cambridge, MA and brings his skills every summer to Maine Fiddle Camp.

Jon Bews

A veteran of the fiddle, having started at age four, Jon Bews of Cantrip came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. A prizewinning graduate of the RSAMD in 1994, he has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling. In addition to the acclaimed Scottish power trio Cantrip (alongside Eric McDonald), he currently plays with renowned Edinburgh ceilidh band Callanish and critically acclaimed indie rock quintet The Last Battle. His string arrangements have been sought out by Ewan MacPherson and Fribo and his tunes have won high acclaim across the board. Jon moved to the Scottish Borders in 2003 where he spent two years as Traditional and World Music Development Worker for Scottish Borders Council.

Will Woodson & Eric McDonald duo http://willandericmusic.com/

Will & Eric are two of the finest young proponents of Scottish music today. With an unusual blend of wind and plucked strings, they bring a breath of sensitivity to a tradition that is often known for high velocity. This unique approach, while rooted in the indigenous music, is also informed by the vibrant traditional music scene of their native New England, wielding a dynamosity that screams of progress. Border pipes, wooden flute, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, and voice fuse together to create a detailed fabric of tunes and songs. Soaring reels and swinging jigs give way to more contemplative ballads, each displaying the organic chemistry of the duo. Their music is equally at home in a concert, festival or pub atmosphere. You can see them touring across the country bringing their unique brand of Scottish music to the stage as well as curating a scene in and around Portland ME, where they reside and share a teaching studio.

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• Monday, August 11th, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Coracree Trio performing Celtic, Old Time, European and Original Roots Music at the Canaan Institute Thur Aug 21 beginning at 7:00 pm for a house concert followed by a jam session. Donation for the band $15- Limited seating at this private venue: RESERVATIONS & RSVP: please email Mike Ludgate to reserve your seats and for directions mike@cinst.org

Coracree Trio is: Jane Rothfield-Fiddle, banjo, vocals; Bill Quern-Tenor banjo, mandolin, accordion and harmonica, vocals; Sarah Gowan-guitar, concertina, foot percussion, vocals.

Philadelphia based, Coracree Trio (pronounced Kora-Kree), plays roots music from the heart, melding a mixture of Celtic, Old time, European and Original music with an old and contemporary sound. Coracree Trio combines the talents of three great musicians with a lifetime of playing traditional music who also write new melodies and songs in the traditional style and with an improvisational twist!

VIDEOS MP3s http://www.coracree.com/media.html

The Coracree Trio feature the playing of award winning fiddler, clawhammer banjo player and singer Janie Rothfield, multi-instrumentalist extra-ordinaire, Bill Quern (Tenor Banjo, 5 String Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica and Button Accordian), and the inventive and driving guitar stylings, and concertina notes of clog dancer Sarah Gowan. With lively fiddle tunes, soulful and spritely Appalachian songs and an occasional clog dance by guitarist Sarah Gowan, an evening with Coracree Trio equals a fun evening of music, dance and humor!

Since 2010, Coracree has played at contra dances, concerts and festivals throughout the American East, spreading their unique and entertaining brand of Old and New folk music to audiences of all ages!

Coracree was formed in 2010 when fiddler/tune writer Jane Rothfield and bassist/Scottish singer Allan Carr moved south from Albany NY. They soon met multi-instrumentalist Bill Quern and guitarist Sarah Gowan (both prolific tune writers) and since then have played for Contra Dances and concerts from New England to Georgia including top dance venues such as Scout House in Concord Mass, Glen Echo (MD), River Falls (SC), The Old Farmers Ball (Asheville NC) , Glenside (PA), CDNY (NYC), and Atlanta. Festival appearances include Old Songs Festival (Altamont NY), Contracopia (Philadelphia, PA), Catapult (Atlanta, GA) and NEFFA (Boston MA).

In 2013, Coracree released their debut cd, Dancing in the Sky, which will be available for sale at the concert.

Dancing in the Sky was recorded LIVE in the studio and includes 14 Original Tunes written by band members Jane Rothfield, Bill Quern and Sarah Gowan) and 3 songs featuring the singing of Allan Carr.
The album has been played on radio stations around the country and was recently featured on A Thistle and Shamrock on over 600 station worldwide!

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• Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Jemina and Selina Sillanpää - sisters from Finland on June 19th at 7:00 pm for a CONCERT at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY. One of our very first house shows was with these two sisters from my great-grandparents homeland. Super talented. They are in the USA for a film making project! $15 for concert. Music Jam after the concert - bring your instrument! Please RSVP to reserve a seat and for  directions: email mike@cinst.org web www.cinst.org

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/269368553235023

Jemina and Selina Sillanpää are sisters from Finland. They are known for their fresh musical attitude and superb talent. These women perform a mixture of Finnish folk, gypsy and their own originals with powerful emotion and edge. Jemina and Selina are both strong, soulful singers with captivating stage personas. When they sing harmonies, it is plain to hear that they have grown up singing together. They sing their lyrics in Finnish, English and Roma and they both play fiddle and guitar. Their originals have been influenced by traditional Finnish folk music but also American folk music that they listened to and learned while growing up and also traveling to the United States.

During the last 20 years Jemina and Selina have been performing with their band in Finland and abroad. Jemina and Selina have put out many albums. The latest one Rajamailla came out in 2012. The album contains Jemina’s and Selina’s original songs and it was produced by New York-based Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones). After the album was released, Jemina and Selina toured in Finland, USA and Canada and received great reviews and sold-out shows.

some links:

https://www.facebook.com/Rajamailla - Jemina & Selina Sillanpää & Tim Ries




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Author: Margaret
• Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Saturday, 21 June

Dancing 8-11 pm

Community School of Music and Arts

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

The name is new, but the musicians are old friends, always welcome in Ithaca! SEAGLASS is Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Andrew VanNorstrand on guitar! These veteran young musicians are always on the lookout for great tunes, and compose them as well. Rachel and Andrew may have some musical surprises for us that they’ve picked up on recent travels in Europe. Leading the dances will be David Smukler, who’s been calling for more than 30 years and whose repertoire of modern and traditional dances is nothing short of astounding.

Current Hands Four members take note! You’re treated to a free ice cream social at 6:30 pm, followed by the annual meeting of HFDI at 7 pm to elect board members, review the year’s activities, and hear your comments. Same space as the dance, starting at 8 pm.

Admission: $8 for Hands Four members; $10 for nonmembers. No need to bring a partner, but please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the splendid 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 taught. You can join HFDI 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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• Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
BROOKTONDALE NY - Saturday, May 17th: Ari and Mia w/ Bethany Waickman - Workshop, potluck, concert and jam session: All day event at The Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY. Schedule: Instrumental Workshop 2:00-4:30 pm $20 (in the music workshop). Potluck dinner 5:00-6:30 pm bring something to share (in the farmhouse). House Concert 7:00-9:30 pm $15, (back in the workshop). Music Jam after the concert, bring your instrument! $25 suggested donation for the whole day or a la carte. RSVP for all, or just some! This is a private venue. Please email mike@cinst.org for directions and to reserve a seat. More info at www.cinst.org Audio from their new CD canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/291328857699944
Video clip from this concert:


    Instrumental Workshop 2:00-4:30 pm $20 in the music workshop
    Potluck Dinner 5:00-6:30 pm in the farmhouse - bring a dish to share
    Concert 7:00-9:30 pm $15 Concert in the workshop: typical is 2 sets of 45 min with an intermission
    Music Jam after the concert in the workshop, with the band. All are welcome to play or listen.
    Discount for whole day: $25- (you will need to bring a dish to share for dinner)..

Ari & Mia, Boston’s Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.

Website http://ariandmiamusic.com/

Ari & Mia “blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles,’ says SingOut! Magazine. Both sisters studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. In May of 2013, they released their new record, Land on Shore, to critical acclaim. Their previous album, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011. Ari won ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award for her innovative cello-playing and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category.

Ariel Friedman

Ariel Friedman, a classically trained cellist from the Boston area, is one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and received a masters of music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2011. A winner of ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award, she is in current exploration of American roots traditions, early jazz, a range of classical repertoire, and in composing songs and pieces influenced by her diverse musical tastes. She tours internationally with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, plays with New England’s highly acclaimed fiddle band, Childsplay, and has taught at music camps and programs from New England to New Zealand.

Mia Friedman

Mia Friedman began playing violin and singing at an early age. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary experimental music in her compositions. She graduated from New England Conservatory in 2012 where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky, and is an active composer, performer, and educator. Her song “Across the Water” won the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. She tours around the United States with Ari and has her own solo act.

Bethany Waickman

Bethany Waickman grew up in musical family in northern, NY and started playing the piano at an early age. One of her earliest experiences with traditional music was attending Meadowlark music camp with her family. It was there that she was inspired to take up the guitar. Bethany formed the contra dance trio, Anadama, while working at Pinewoods in 2007, and they have gone on to delight dancers across the eastern seaboard. Bethany started performing with The Lissa Schneckenburger Band in Dec. of 2008, and can be seen with Lissa in tours throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

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• Thursday, May 08th, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - A rare concert appearance by NO’Shanigans. Featuring: Tim Ball, Michael Ludgate, Sophie Orzechowski and Andrea Katz. Concert 7-9 pm Mon May 12. FREE admission. Two sets with an intermission. Bring your instruments and jam with the band after the concert :: www.oshanigans.org :: www.cinst.org :: Directions http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html Facebook event is here https://www.facebook.com/events/649215611798621

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• Monday, April 28th, 2014

ITHACA NY - The Djangoners have been a favorite on the Rochester & Ithaca Jazz scenes for going on four years. And now it’s finally time for a CD!  After culling through hundreds of hours of live recordings, the band has boiled it down to 14 exquisite tracks.

A “CD Release Celebration” is planned for Sunday, May 4, 8-10pm at the Argos Inn, 408 E. State St. $5.00 admission. Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/718860321497738/

This show will help fund the project, and the new CD - “En Direct et Endiable” (Live & Swingin’) - will be available at a one-time-only special price of $10 (regular $15) to everyone who comes to the show.

Here’s what Tom Kohn - owner, Bop Shop Records, Rochester, NY - has to say about The Djangoners: “Django Reinhardt left a profound influence on thousands of musicians over the last half century. The Djangoners are no exception.  They approach Django’s music with such sensitivity and passion that when you hear them, you’ll imagine yourself in a Parisian nightclub in the 1930s. It’s as if Django’s ghost is sitting at the bar giving his nod of approval.”

The Djangoners take their inspiration from Django Reinhardt and his famous Jazz band from late-1930s Paris & London - “The Quintet of the Hot Club of France” – arguably, the most famous Jazz band Europe ever produced.  Django Reinhardt was born into a family of Gypsies and began playing music early but, at age 18, he was seriously injured in a fire that rendered two fingers on his left hand useless and doctors believed he would never play guitar again. Reinhardt persevered in rehabilitation and developed a fingering technique using only two fingers for his spectacular guitar solos. In mid-1930s Paris, Django joined forces with violinist, Stephane Grappelli and formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France which went on to a prolific recording and performance career, popularizing Django’s original compositions and his renditions of American Jazz classics.

Today, Django Reinhardt’s music is enjoying a resurgence in popularity and The Djangoners are carrying on his legacy true to its tradition, featuring Bobby Henrie on lead guitar, Eric Aceto on violin, Harry Aceto on “Manouche” rhythm guitar and Brian Williams on upright bass. These fine players have each been on the professional music scene for over 40 years playing in many different genres, but they came together on this project with a common love of Django’s music and a desire to perform it with the same enthusiasm and spirit as it was originally played in the 1930s. They’ve achieved that objective handsomely!

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