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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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).