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• Monday, November 11th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Rounder Recording Artist and 2013 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Della Mae will be performing at La Tourelle on Saturday evening, November 23. Paris Texas duo (Bobby Henrie and Rick Manning) will open with a short set at 7:30 followed by two Della sets beginning at 8pm. Seating is limited to 150 seats and all seats are great. You can purchase tickets at the State Theatre box office, by mailing in the attached form available at www.wintervillagebluegrass.org or by purchasing on line (service charges will be applied for phone or online purchases). Tickets cost $22 in advance and are only available thru the State Theatre box office. Tickets will cost $27 at the door.

There is a great promotional contest being offered by La Tourelle through the Grey Fox Facebook page. It might be worth a shot and the deadline for entry is this Friday, Nov 15th at 11 pm. http://www.greyfoxbluegrass.com/ws/pages/master.php?pn=2013-DellaMaeContest Winner will receive 2 free Concert Tickets, Hotel Room, 2 Breakfasts & $100 certificate towards a Spa Treatment for Saturday/Sunday Nov 23-24, 2014 at LaTourelle Resort and Spa, Ithaca, NY 1150 Danby Road (Route 96B), Ithaca, NY 14850

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• Thursday, February 07th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Sunday, February 24 at 4pm at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca Winter Village is very excited to bring the Kruger Brothers to Ithaca for the first time later this month. Cornerstone was fortunate to play with them at the Riverhawk Festival in Florida in 2004ish, and at that time I was impressed my their incredible instrumental ability.  Jens is an amazing banjoist, second to none, and Uwe a top-notch flatpicking guitartist.  In listening to their recorded music, I am struck by their rare combination of technical proficiency, respect for the traditional mountain music of their adopted home in the Carolinas, and their heartfelt original songs.  In concert, they blend their beautiful original instrumentals, folk-tinged original songs, with some bluegrass chestnuts.  And they are not above playing popular, flashy, and fun bluegrass instrumentals like Dueling Banjos or Orange Blossom Special.  Please join us for what should be a great show.

“Jens Kruger is a wonderful banjoist who is one of the most creative and giving and positive musicians I’ve ever met. The Krugers put on a great show and you shouldn’t miss it.” Tony Trischka

Concert at 4pm at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca - 2 sets
Tickets cost $18 in advance (additional Ticket Center fees may apply) and are available exclusively at The Ticket Center on the Ithaca Commons. You can reach Ticket Center Ithaca at 607-273-4497. Tickets can also be purchased online through www.IthacaEvents.com.  Tickets will likely be available at the door for $25. Note that The Krugers travel with their own sound man so the sound should be great in the Unitarian Sanctuary.

Jens Kruger Banjo Workshop at 6pm
Jens Kruger will teach a banjo workshop after the show for 90 minutes.  Cost will be $60 per student with a minimum of 5 students required (all fees to Jens).  Email Rick to register in advance.  Pay Jens directly at the workshop.

About the Kruger Brothers
Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Since a formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, their remarkable facility with their instruments and unique take on the American Songbook have made the Kruger Brothers a fixture within the world of acoustic music. Although initially staying fairly close to a traditional repertoire, the group later turned to song writing and composition in order to draw more closely from their personal experiences. The result is a catalog of songs distinguished by rich detail and an insight into the delicacy and complexity of everyday life. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work. The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music, composed by Jens Kruger, is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.

The Kruger Brothers were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring a sym­phonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Kruger, which premiered in 2007.  In late 2010, the Kruger Brothers premiered the Appalachian Concerto, a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. In addition to their regular concert schedule they perform these pieces regularly with select symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the country. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, lectures, and collaborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers powerful artistic state­ment inspires and enlightens.

What Colleagues Say About the Kruger Brothers

The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent. Bluegrass Journal

“I used to think the banjo was somewhat limited to certain styles, until I heard Jens Kruger. Jens has played some of the most beautiful and expressive banjo I’ve ever heard.“ Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station

“The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with … I love to play music with them.” Doc Watson

“It’s a blast playing with them … not only are they all superior musicians, they are the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.” Adam Steffey

“They are some awesome musicians.” Bobby Hicks

“Jens Kruger has established himself as one of the world’s most musically sophisticated and technically accomplished five-string banjo players.” Happy Traum

Videos on You Tube with Viewer Comments

Jack of the Wood
“Is this what love sounds like?”
“Jens plays and his soul pours out along with the amazing technical performance.”

Forever and a Day
“Lost my mother a few months ago and this song speaks so directly to my heart and the loss I feel. You folks are so evocative in your playing. Thanks so much for putting music to my feelings. I am a life long banjo player and , Jens , your banjo playing is so tonal and nuanced…You are just so refreshing to hear. Excellent, Beautiful, Thanks”
“Absolutely beautiful. I like the northern, ice-flow imagery with the southern pickin’.”
“The Kruger Brothers are AMAZING. Tight, highly skilled musicianship and ensemble PLUS real humanity. I can listen to them for hours.”
“A man could live a lifetime and not experience something that amazing. This song will be played in my home for ever more. Thanks for the music.”

Behind the Barn
These kats are really amazing, world class for sure. I was fortunate to do a session which Jens was also playing on a year or so back , incredibly gracious and talented man, I am in awe of his talent ! A one take genious ! I did get a chance to see them at Merle Fest last year, great set.

Jens Kruger Playing Bach Cello Suite No 1 on Banjo
Bach’s genius created music that can work on many instruments, and Mr. Kruger’s genius brought that music to life. Bravo!

Waterfall Waterfall at Grey Fox Workshop Tent
Todd Taylor is in the Guiness Book of Records as the fastest banjo, playing dueling banjos at 210 bpm. I don’t have a drum machine, but I just listened to it before listening to this of Jens play Waterfall, and I’m pretty sure this is faster, at least 20 bpm! Jens, you should be in Guinness!

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• Friday, January 25th, 2013

Dear Friends,
La Tourelle is all set up and looking great as always.  Workshops start today at 1pm with the opening Happy Hour Reception at 5:00.  Tonight Chris and Janet play at 7:30 followed by two sets by our locally grown Gibson Brothers.  Following is some breaking news followed by the full festival schedule.

Drive safely and see many of you soon.
Rick

Some Last Minute News and Details

Accommodations
A room or two just opened up at La Tourelle due to a last minute cancellation.  Call (607) 273-2734 or email to make your reservation. You can be put on a wait list if this room is taken or call the Holiday Inn in downtown Ithaca, just a short 10 minute drive to the festival site.  The Holiday Inn is offering great festival rates starting at $109 for a double queen room and is walking distance to the Ithaca Guitar Works, Ithaca Commons and many great restaurants and shops.  Visit Hiithaca.com or call 607-272-1000 to make reservations or for information.

Two New Ticket Options at La Tourelle
Saturday afternoon at La Tourelle will be a great show with Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie at 1:30 and two headliners Della Mae at 2:45 followed by Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.  40-50 walk in tickets will be available at La Tourelle for $25.  Come earlier and you can enjoy the morning workshops.  Seating will be limited to 150, so don’t be late.

Sunday morning at 10am there will be a gospel songs and spiritual stories show with Minister Rebecca Dolch narrating some great gospel music by Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley, Alice Saltonstall, Dana Paul, Dee Specker, Rick Manning and others.  $10 at the door is requested for this session.

We anticipate that the Friday (La Tourelle) and Saturday (Hangar Theatre) evening concerts will be pretty full or possibly sold out. As of Thursday afternoon there are 40 tickets left for The Gibson Brothers show tonight at La Tourelle and 90 available for the Saturday Night Big Show at the Hangar Theatre. If you want to be sure to get a ticket, you should purchase them in advance.  Tickets are for sale exclusively through the Ticket Center in Ithaca. Purchasing your ticket in person at the Ticket Center on the Ithaca Commons at 171 East State Street or by calling 607-273-4497 or 800-28-ITHACA  will keep fees to a minumum. Online tickets are sold 24/7 at the links provided below.  Note that tickets are non-refundable.

  • Weekend pass - $80 (plus ticket center fees). Click here to purchase online.
  • Friday day pass - $40 in advance/$45 at the door. Click here to purchase online
  • Friday night concert - $25 in advance/$30 at the door.  Click here to purchase online.
  • Saturday day pass - $50 in advance/$55 at the door. Click here to purchase online.
  • Saturday Night BIG SHOW at Hangar Theatre - $25 in advance. Click here to purchase online.

For more information contact tickets@artspartner.org or visit www.IthacaEvents.com.

WVBF Raffle
The raffle this year features some great prizes, highlighted by two instruments, a Taylor Baby Travel Guitar and a Deering Banjo, donated by the Ithaca Guitar Works along with many other great prizes listed below.  Tickets will cost $5 for 2 and $10 for 5. The drawing will be at the Hangar on Saturday night.  Other prizes include: Aceto Violect Deluxe Violin Pickup donated by Ithaca Stringed Instruments;  La Tourelle Overnight and Spa Treatment Package; Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Weekend Passes; Pickin’ in the Pasture Bluegrass Festival Saturday Tickets; Brantling Bluegrass Festival Tickets; and, 5 Voice Lessons with Marty Heresniak

Detailed Festival Schedule

Thursday, January 24 at Red Feet Wine Market

5:00 pm           Pre-Fest Show with Grassanova at Red Feet’s weekly wine tasting.

Friday, January 25 at La Tourelle Resort

WORKSHOPS
1:00 pm           Fiddle:  Clayton Campbell (Gibson Brothers) in the Yellow Barn Suite
2:00 pm           Songwriting:  Eric and Leigh Gibson with Chris Stuart in the Yellow Barn Suite
3:00 pm           Mandolin:  Joe Walsh (Gibson Brothers) in the Yellow Barn Suite
4:00 pm           The Gibson Brothers Unplugged: Q&A; Arranging songs; Road stories in the La Tourelle Concert Hall
5:00 pm           Welcome Reception in the La Tourelle lobby with cash bar and snacks.
5:30 pm           Southern Comfort Food:  Dinner at the La Tourelle Bistro.  Food details.  $16 includes tax and tip.

CONCERT
7:30 pm           Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley Band
8:30 pm           Gibson Brothers – 2 sets
10:30 pm         Friday night jamming

Saturday, January 26 at La Tourelle Resort/Hangar Theatre Evening Show

8:00 am           Breakfast at La Tourelle Bistro (regular menu)

10:00 am         WORKSHOPS
Fiddle:  Kimber Ludiker (Della Mae) & John Mailander (Stuart –Beazley)
Singing: Chris Stuart and Janet Beazley
Bass: Danny Booth (Dirty Kitchen) and Shelby Means (Della Mae)
Bluegrass Uke (yes, there is such a thing!):  Robbert Van Rennesse

11:00 am         WORKSHOPS
Mandolin:  Frank Solivan and Jenny Lynn Gardener (Della Mae)
Guitar: Chris Luquette (Dirty Kitchen) and Courtney Hartmann (Della Mae)
Banjo: Mike Munford (Dirty Kitchen) and Janet Beazley
Songwriting: Celia Woodsmith

12:00 pm         Lunch at the La Tourelle Bistro (regular menu)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT
1:15 pm           Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie
2:30 pm           Della Mae
3:45 pm           Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

DINNER ON THE TOWN - 5:00PM

  • Moosewood Restaurant - dinner and bluegrass music featuring Rebecca Colleen & the Chore Lads.  Bring your wristband or Saturday Big Show Tickets and receive a 10% discount.
  • The Piggery – dinner and old time music featuring John Hoffman, Steve Arkin, and Randi Beckmann

SATURDAY NIGHT BIG SHOW AT THE HANGAR THEATRE
6:30 pm           Lobby opens at Hangar Theatre. Music by Grassanova.
7:00 pm           Theatre opens (A block of front and center seating is reserved for weekend pass holders)
7:30 pm           Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley Band with Cornerstone Reunion
8:30 pm           Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
9:30 pm           Raffle Drawing
9:45 pm           Della Mae
11:00 pm         Saturday night jamming at La Tourelle Resort

Sunday, January 27 at La Tourelle Resort

8:00 am           Breakfast at La Tourelle Bistro
10:00 am         Grietzer Hodgson Manning
11:00 am         Gospel Songs and Spiritual Stories with Preacher Rebecca Dolch, Chris Stuart, Janet Beazley, Dana Paul, Alice Saltonstall, Dee Specker and other festival performers.
12:00 pm         Festival ends and hotel check out.
Thank you to our Awesome Sponsors
This festival would not be possible without the generosity and support of the following sponsors.

GOLD SPONSORS:
Tompkins County Tourism Program
Ithaca Guitar Works
www.guitarworks.com

Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance www.grassrootsfest.org

SILVER SPONSORS:
La Tourelle Resort & Spa
Ithaca Stringed Instruments
Bacchus Brewing Company
Moosewood Restaurant
Hangar Theatre
Plantsmen Nursery

WVBF to Support Finger Lakes Climate Fund
Like we did last year, we will offset the band travel to our festival by purchasing carbon offsets from the Finger Lakes Climate Fund.  The Finger Lakes Climate Fund works to promote energy efficiency projects in the Finger Lakes area while strengthening our regional economy and assisting local families in need. See WVBF blog post to learn more about this.  You can purchase offsets for your travel to and from the Festival by visiting the Finger Lakes Climate Fund web site.
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WVBF and Ithaca Events

  • Kruger Brothers - February 24, 2013 at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca presented by Winter Village Music.  Tickets will be available soon.
  • Hot Rize with Red Knuckles - May 17, 2013 at the State Theatre by Dan Smalls Presents in conjunction with Winter Village Music.  Visit http://dansmallspresents.com/events for more information and to purchase tickets.

Central New York Bluegrass Events

  • Alan Carr and Jane Rothfield - Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Drake House Studio Theater at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning.  Visit Valley Folk.org for more information.

    Russel Moore and 3rd Thyme Out March 23, 2013 at the Sodus Central School Auditorium.  Meet & Greet 5:00PM. Concert Starts 7:00PM. Concession’s Available.  $20.00 ticket price. Produced by the Sodus Rotary Club.For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.sodusrotary.org/events.

  • Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival - July 18-21, 2013.   A Who’s Who of Bluegrass Music on the Walsh Farm,  Oak Hill, NY Tickets go on sale January 1 with limited number available while they last. www.greyfoxbluegrass.com

  • 5th Brantling Bluegrass Festival - Aug. 1-3, 2013, Brantling Ski Slopes, Sodus, NY
  • 41st Bluegrass Ramble Picnic, Sunday, Aug 4th, Dwyer Memorial Park, Little York NY

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• Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Tony Trischka & Territory in Concert
Sunday, May 27 @ 4pm
Ithaca Unitarian Church
http://wintervillagebluegrass.org/

Winter Village is pleased to bring Tony Trischka & Territory back to Ithaca this Sunday for an intimate and affordable show at the Unitarian Church in downtown Ithaca. Banjo master Tony Trischka will be accompanied by vocalist and guitarist Michael Daves (Thile – Daves duo) , fiddler Tashina Clarridge, and bassist Skip Ward. Tony and his fine band will perform two sets beginning at 4pm (no opening act). Tickets cost $15 in advance and can be purchased at the door for $20 ($15 for seniors and students).  To view a video of TT & T performing The General at Winter Village in January 2012, click here.   Here they are with Tashina on fiddle at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in 2011 performing the By and By Medley.

The Unitarian Church is a great venue for music with excellent acoustics, high quality sound system, all in an intimate setting that holds up to 300 people.  It is located at the northwest corner of Aurora and Buffalo Streets in downtown Ithaca.  Note however that this is Cornell graduation weekend so restaurants will be difficult to get into in the downtown area. Tickets are available in advance at the Ticket Center on the Ithaca Commons, www.ithacaevents.com; (607) 273-4497 until Saturday at 2pm.  Tickets purchased at the Ticket Center are subject to additional fees and can be purchased in person, by phone or online.  Tickets should be available at the door but arrive early to ensure you get in and get a good seat.

Tony Trischka & Territory Instrument Workshops
Sunday, May 27 at 1pm
$30 for 2 hour class (5 person minimum)
Contact Rick Manning to hold a place in workshops.

Tony Trischka – Banjo

Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians.  A true luminary in the banjo world, his technical and conceptual advances opened the way for such players as Bela Fleck and Alison Brown. His recordings with them and others such as Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Pete Seeger, members of REM, William S. Burroughs, Natalie Merchant, Alison Krauss and Steve Martin are part of every banjo-lovers musical reference.
The latest of his 16 recordings for Rounder Records, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, won several IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards including one for Banjo Player of the Year and was nominated for a Grammy Award.  Tony has raised the awareness of both the banjo and his own music with numerous articles in the national press, interviews on radio and television appearances. His solo album for Smithsonian Folkways Records, Territory was named Best Americana Album at the Independent Music Awards. He has just produced Steve Martin’s Rare Bird Alert (Rounder), which features performances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Tony is also the musical director of the documentary Give Me the Banjo, which aired on PBS and will be released on DVD this spring.  In addition, Tony is one of the instrument’s top teachers, and has created numerous instructional books, DVDs and CDs.  The groundbreaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo launched in July of 2009, and is the online banjo home for students from all around the world.

Michael Daves – Guitar & Vocals

While he can play just about anything with strings and has had his hands in styles from jazz to noise rock Michael Daves is known as one of the U.S.’s premier bluegrass vocalists and guitarists.  In addition to playing with Tony, Michael also appears as a solo artist and with his experimental noise rock-country band, the Buzz Buzz Tabernacle. He has also performed with John Herald (of the Greenbrier Boys), Gordon Stone, Chip Taylor, Howard Fishman, John Herald, Greg Garing, Josh Roseman, Jen Larson, the Klezmer Mountain Boys, and Matt Munisteri of Brock Mumford.
Michael’s album with Chris Thile, Sleep With One Eye Open (2011, Nonesuch Records) received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album!

Skip Ward - Bass

Skip Ward is one of the most in-demand stand-up bassists in New York City.  As with the other member’s of the band, Skip is conversant in a number of different musical styles. Skip is a classically-trained jazz musician with a penchant for rock n’ roll and fusion, blues and bluegrass. He plays four, five and six string electric and acoustic fretted and fretless basses, and has a special love for the upright.  He has studied with Anthony Knight of the Cleveland Orchestra and Frank DiLaberto of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also had the privilege of studying with the great Jaco Pastorius.  Artists he has played/recorded with include: Tony Trischka, with Steve Martin, Bela Fleck, and Gordon Stone (Phish), Phoebe Snow, Cyndi Lauper, Cassandra Wilson, David Sancious (Sting, Eric Clapton), Manolo Badrena, Jim White, Tandy, The Wild Colonials, Angela McCluskey, David Benoit, Carrie Rodriguez, Melissa Manchester, Shannon McNally, Michael Daves, Steve Holley (Paul McCartney, Ian Hunter), Demolition String Band (featuring Boo Reiners), Brendan O’Shea, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tom Pierson Big Band, Canton Symphony, Akron Symphony, the Ohio Ballet. You’ll hear Skip on many soundtracks, and he has been on national tour with a number of major theatrical productions.

Tashina Clarridge – Fiddle

Tashina began Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 2, at Humboldt State University & the University of Montana. She continued studies in Baroque classical violin with Rob Diggins, and in Texas-Style/Contest fiddling with Megan Lynch. Drawn into the creative world of acoustic music camps, she was immersed in the music of fiddle greats such as Darol Anger, Natalie MacMaster, Matt Glaser and Mark O’Connor.
Now a resident of Boston, Tashina enjoys a lively pursuit of bluegrass, Appalachian old-time, Irish fiddling, and the fusion of such styles, sometimes labeled “New Acoustic” music. She is a Grand National Fiddle Champion and 11-time Grand National finalist.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall as part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists program, and works regularly with Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, and Mike Marshall. She tours with her brother Tristan, Simon Chrisman, & Wes Corbett in the acoustic eclectic quartet The Bee Eaters, and with Mark O’Connor’s American String Celebration, representing O’Connor’s Strings Conferences, where she has taught for the past 8 years. Tashina and her brother also created and administrate 2 extremely popular fiddle camps of their own which have run every year for the last six years.
Save the Dates:

Winter Village Fiddle Camp
January 11, 12 and 13, 2013

Join Darol Anger (bluegrass & swing), Judy Hyman (old time), Laurie Hart (Celtic & Scandi), and Hope Grietzer (Beginner and Intermediate)
at La Tourelle Resort and Spa, the site of WVBF.  Contact Rick Manning for more information.

Winter Village Bluegrass Festival
January 25, 26 and 27, 2013

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• Monday, January 16th, 2012

Festival Description & Schedule

ITHACA NY - In just over a week, the music will begin.   We are excited to welcome you to La Tourelle Resort & Spa for a warm winter weekend of great music from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29.  Following is the latest information on the festival.

TICKETS
Tickets are still available for all events. Only 30 or so weekend passes ($85) remain with over 100 sold. Plenty of tickets are available for the Saturday night concert at the Hangar Theatre, though we anticipate that this 350 seat venue will be filled. Tickets are available at www.ithacaevents.com or can be purchased directly from the www.wintervillagebluegrass.org

. A limited number of Friday ($40) and Saturday ($50) passes are available but only with a payment by check to WVBF, 114 Dey Street, Ithaca, NY  14850.

ACCOMMODATIONS
While event tickets are still available, rooms at La Tourelle are now sold out. We are booking rooms at the Holiday Inn Ithaca located on Cayuga Street, across the street from the Finger Lakes Wine Center and a 5 minute walk from the Commons and Moosewood. Double queen rooms are available for $99 with jamming and quiet wings. Visit www.hiithaca.com for more information.

FRIDAY SCHEDULE @ LA TOURELLE
The Gibson Brothers will be opening Winter Village with a songwriting workshop at 1pm, mandolin and fiddle at 2 and 3, and an unplugged band workshop at 4pm. The band will perform two sets Friday night at 8:30 and 9:30pm. Rebecca Colleen and the ChoreLads will open Friday’s show at 7:30pm. A late night show, Bobby Henrie’s Flatpickin’ Party, has just been added at 10:30. IBMA Hall of Famer and WCNY’s Bluegrass Ramble DJ Bill Knowlton will be emceeing on Friday night. Southern Comfort dinner by Simply Red Bistro ($10) will be served at the opening reception, beginning at 5pm.  Let the jamming begin!

SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON @ LA TOURELLE
Saturday workshops and performances will feature Tony Trischka & Territory (with Michael Daves and Darol Anger) and Sierra Hull & Highway 111. Workshops begin at 10am at La Tourelle with a fiddle workshop (Darol Anger and Christian Ward), a guitar workshop (Michael Daves and  Jake Stargel),  a 11am mandolin workshop (Sierra Hull), a bass workshop (Jacob Eller), and at 1pm,  a banjo workshop (Tony Trischka and Zach Gilmer) and a songwriting workshop (John Cadley and Terry Burns).

Saturday afternoon performances at La Tourelle include a 3pm set by Tony Trischka & Territory and a 4pm set by Sierra Hull & Highway 111. The Jesse Alexander Band will be opening the afternoon, performing at 2pm.

SATURDAY NIGHT BIG SHOW @ HANGAR THEATRE
The Saturday Evening Big Show will move to the Hangar Theatre. Ithaca’s Cornerstone will open the show at 7:30pm, Tony Trischka & Territory will follow at 8:30, and Sierra Hull & Highway 111 will perform at 9:30. Molly & the Motonix will be welcoming concert goers with music in the Chamber lobby.

SATURDAY EVENING DINNER EVENTS & TRANSPORTATION
To ease the chilly transition from La Tourelle to the Hangar, two special downtown dinner & music events are being offered to festival visitors . Ithaca’s renowned Moosewood Restaurant and their downtown Dewitt Mall neighbor and festival sponsor, the Ithaca Guitar Works, are hosting a Bluegrass ‘n Beans dinner with 15% dinner discounts offered to festival ticket holders and music by the Notorius Stringbusters. The new downtown Finger Lakes Wine Center is hosting a Bluegrass ‘n BBQ dinner event featuring the music of Diamond Someday. $12 for pulled pork and fixin’s with cash bar of Finger Lakes wines and beers. A ‘designated driver’ van service from La Tourelle to downtown dinner events and the concert will be provided (cost in the $5 range for a one way ride) for those who don’t have proper snow tires or, well, may be having too much fun!!  Late night jamming will likely resume after the show at both La Tourelle and the Holiday Inn.

SUNDAY MORNING@ La Tourelle
Sunday morning at La Tourelle will feature the Ithaca string trio Hope Greitzer, Tom Hodsgon and Rick Manning performing unplugged at La Tourelle, followed by a jam with some WVBF performers and guest playing gospel and other songs and tunes.

SATURDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS SAMPLER
One great way to get a taste of Winter Village would be to book at room on Saturday night at the Holiday Inn, check out the dinner events and the Saturday evening concert at the Hangar Theatre.

MORE INFORMATION?
Visit www.wintervillagebluegrass.org for information on the event and how to purchase tickets and book a room. You can also call Rick Manning, WVBF Director at 607-592-4647.

FINGERLAKES CLIMATE FUND
WVBG will make a donation to the Finger Lakes Climate Fund for weatherization projects in the Finger Lakes to offset the travel costs for headliner bands. To learn more about this important program visit www.fingerlakesclimatefund.org.

SOME WEB AND YOU TUBE LINKS OF FESTIVAL ARTISTS

Sierra Hull
Visit Sierra’s web page at www.sierrahull.com .  To learn more about her years at Berkelee School of Music at the first bluegrass musican selected as the Presidential Scholar visit www.sierrahull.com/videos

Adam Steffey and Sierra Hull at Rivercity Bluegrass Festival workshop January 7, 2012. The tune is “Chinquapin Hunting”    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oAWdAuwy4M

Sierra Hull performs “Tell Me Tomorrow” from her album Daybreak  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHa_0sd5qhI&feature=related

Sierra Hull performs “Chasin’ Skies” from her album Daybreak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2ihs2PPf8s&feature=related

Tony Trischka
To learn about Tony in more detail visit www.tonytrischka.com .  Tony produced Steve Martin’s banjo recording “Rare Bird Alert”, which was recently nominated for a 2012 Grammy.

Tony Trischka appears on Late Night with David Letterman. Guests include Steve Martin, Bela Fleck, Michael Daves on guitar, Skip Ward on bass and Britanny Haas on fiddle.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZN8EpfmBcc

Wonderful piece covering the reuniting of Bela Fleck and his music teacher Tony Trischka. Charles Osgood interviews the two musicians, and is clearly thrilled as he sits in for some banjo pickin’ with the masters.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfwOYsYxO7s

Tony Trischka and Territory with special guest Brittany Haas perform “The Fox Chase” at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY on 7/16/2011. Brought to you by Less Than Face Productions.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UlaKd9a9NA

Gibson Brothers
The Gibson Brothers perform at the Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival, Preston, Connecticut on June 4, 2011.  Original song ‘Iron and Diamonds’  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9SiZdsFgSE&feature=related

Also at Strawberry Park performing Jim and Jesse standard ‘I’ll Never Love Anybody But You’   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9SiZdsFgSE&feature=related

The Gibson Brothers sing their hit song “Walkin’ West of Memphis” by Chris Henry at Northern Adirondack School in Ellenburg Depot, New York on May 21, 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky8K4AdhPRc

Michael Daves
Michael Daves is a member of Tony Trischka & Territory, a great vocalist and flatpicker, and will be performing on Saturday afternoon and evening at Winter Village.   He also performs in Thile-Daves a duo with mandolin wizard Chris Thile.

To learn more about Michael Daves visit his web page at www. http://michaeldaves.com

To learn more about Thile/Daves visit www.thiledaves.com

Darol Anger
Darol Anger will be joining Territory at Winter Village.  Darol was a founding member of the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Phsycograss (with Tony Trischka) and the Republic of Strings.  He is now on the string faculty of the Berkelee School of Music in Boston.

To learn more about Darol visit his web site at www.darolanger.com

Darol Anger playing at a 2003 David Grisman Quintet Reunion with Grisman, Mike Marshal, and Tony Rice.  http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/bzo-5Q-VaGI

A couple of great Psychograss clips with Darol and Tony http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSrGmmpj6Ws&feature=related ;  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IukSA52fzkQ&feature=related

WVBF SOUND CREW
Winter Village sound is provided by Calf Audio, owned by Barney Cole and Will Russell, Owner of Electric Wilburland Studio.

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• Tuesday, August 02nd, 2011

ITHACA NYErnie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band for a House Concert followed by a music jam at The Canaan Institute (Mike and Raylene’s workshop) on Wed August 10th 2011 starting at 7:00 pm Donation for the band $15- RSVP: please email Mike Ludgate to reserve your seats and for directions michael@canaaninstitute.org Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175358642532597

Radio Personality, Singer and Multi Instrumentalist, Ernie Evans is now on tour in 2011 and beyond. Evans, currently on tour with his own group, “The Florida State Bluegrass Band” is making waves throughout the bluegrass world. As a multi instrumentalist, Evans is very picky about who accompanies him on stage making sure his music is interpreted the way it was meant. He has hand selected some of the finest musicians in the southeastern United States that meet and exceed his expectations.

Expect to be entertained by this high energy group of professional performers. Treat your audience to unique renditions of traditional and contemporary bluegrass tunes as they get the experience they came for. If you’re looking for a band to compliment your line up, sound like no other and keep customers looking forward to your next event, choose Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band.

Sound clips here. They do a lot of old style southern gospel vocal harmonies in addition to excellent instrumentals: http://floridastatebluegrassband.com/index_files/ernieevansandthefloridastatebluegrassbandpresskit.htm

About the band members …

Ernie Evans — (Guitarist, Vocalist, Arranger, Band Leader ) Ernie’s lengthy resume includes touring internationally most recently as a member of Grammy Nominee, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, 5-Time Grammy Nominee Vassar Clements, and even with Motown legends “The Platters”. His music has taken him all over the world throughout his career, and when he is not on stage he can be found broadcasting in St. Augustine, FL at WFCF 88.5FM, as well as on World Wide Bluegrass with his co-host, wife, and band mate Debi Evans, on their own shows, airing weekly. Debi has been there through the entire journey learning the trade and building the company from the ground up that they both own and manage called “Evans Media Source”. When it comes to the identity of an artist/musician a specific instrument is tied to an artist name and title branding them for recognition throughout their career. In the case of Ernie Evans, that’s not so easy to do. Evans can play many instruments and sing lead and harmony vocals at a high level giving music what ever it needs when ever it needs it. Couple this with the ability to play many styles of music from Jazz, Pop, Country and more. This skill level has made a major contribution to his ability to lead and orchestrate the now nationally touring band “Florida State Bluegrass Band”. His lengthy resume includes playing most recently as a member of Grammy Nominee Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, 5 Time Grammy Nominee Vassar Clements Band, Southern Lite and Motown legends “The Platters”. His music has taken him all over the world throughout his career and he is not on stage he can be found broadcasting in St. Augustine, FL at WFCF 88.5FM and also on World Wide Bluegrass with his co-host, Wife and band mate Debi Evans on their own shows airing weekly.

Debi Evans — (Bassist, Vocalist) Debi has been a music lover all of her life. She grew up singing and is a fan of many styles of music. Her bass playing has developed very fast and has been recognized by many notable musicians. Her love for music can be heard in her playing and singing, not to mention seeing it in her presence on stage. Debi balances the vocal harmonies and adds a new dimension to The Florida State Bluegrass Band with her sweet lead voice. She is dedicated to practicing and takes performances seriously, while having a blast at the same time.

Lamont Goff — (Mandolin, Vocalist) Lamont grew up in a family that loved bluegrass. Both of his parents sang and played guitar, and his grandfather played guitar and mandolin. One of his earliest memories is playing with toy cars at a bluegrass festival at River Ranch Acres, FL when was 5 or 6 years old. He started playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin when he was 12 or. He loved traditional bluegrass, which he would listen to every Thursday night on the local radio station in Pennsylvania. His parents would have jam sessions at their house, and invite the local pickers to come over about once a month. They would go play out and play at churches, and the local VFW. At 16 he heard Tony Rice’s Manzanita album, music from the New Grass Revival, and David Grisman’s “Dawg” music and soon mandolin became his primary instrument. Lamont has played in a number of bluegrass and folk bands, including US1, Florida Bluegrass Express, Hand Picked, and Lis and Lon Williamson. He was excited to be invited to join the Florida State Bluegrass band early in 2011, and looks forward to making music with this powerful bluegrass band. He also loves Celtic music, and plays mandolin and guitar with “Under the Radar”, a Celtic/Americana trio in Orlando, FL.

Isaac Taylor — (Banjo, Vocalist) Isaac is the youngest band member. He was born a fourth generation Florida boy, in Kissimmee, raised in Vero Beach and home schooled his entire educational career, Isaac graduated from high school in 2009 where he was studying Music Theory at Indian River State College as a Dual Enrolled Student. Music has always been his passion. He started helping his father lead singing in church when he was just four years old. His first love is acapella hymn singing, especially Sacred Harp music, with all of its beautiful harmonies. After watching the movie, Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? , he became inspired to learn more about Bluegrass music. Ralph Stanley, in particular, sparked his interest in the banjo. In 2004, just after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, he gladly left behind four years of piano for a new adventure on the five string banjo. With a few teachers showing him the basics early on, he soon discovered that he could learn songs by ear. Isaac plays his banjo every spare minute of the day. If he is not playing, he is researching something about banjos or Bluegrass. His younger siblings are often lulled to sleep at night by its charms.

http://floridastatebluegrassband.com/
http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1410956145
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Florida-State-Bluegrass-Band/134453319937509
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1278711506
http://evansbluegrassjournal.blogspot.com/
http://www.myspace.com/ernieevans

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• Saturday, June 04th, 2011

Ithaca Festival Acoustic Music Jam Tent ALL DAY Sunday June 5th 2011 at Stewart Park - Come join in!! MAP to find JAM TENT; DETAILS; UPDATES http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3971#3971

PHOTOS Here are the 2011 Ithaca Festival Parade Photos http://www.canaaninstitute.org/ also 2010, 2009 and 2008 please go here and click the “like” button! https://www.facebook.com/canaaninstitute

Ithaca Festival Jam Tent 2011 - sponsored by Ithaca Guitar Works and Ludgate Farm and Market.


Sunday June 5th 2011 from 11:30 am until 9:00 pm
at Stewart Park at the Jam Tent (near the entrance and family fun
tent). We have 6 jams again this year. These are all jams loosely
related to jam sessions and sings that happen in and around the Ithaca
area on a regular basis. Time slots and band leaders subject to change
at the last minute. See this music forum thread for updates http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3971#3971

11:30 am - 1:00 pm – CAJUN JAM
(Traditional Cajun maybe a little Zydeco) — The origins of Cajun music
started in the north when the Acadians were forced to migrate from Nova
Scotia to Louisiana in the late 1700’s. This is a rich and unique
American music style. This will be an open acoustic only instrumental
jam as are all the others in the Ithaca Festival Jam Tent listed below.
Contact person: Greg Grodem rjgreg@lightlink.com

1:00 PM - 2:30 pm – SINGING JAM
(Folk Songs) — This is a sing-a-long, where anyone can lead. Songs your
parents sang when you were little, songs you sang at camp, songs that
mean a lot to you right now. Instruments are welcome for back up, but
the focus for this jam is on voices. Bring a song to share, chime in on a
chorus or just listen, everyone is welcome! Contacts: Jim Harper jharper@jimharpermusic.com or Richie Holtz richard_holtz@verizon.net

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm – OLD-TIME JAM
(Appalachian Fiddle Tunes) — Southern old-time music was born when
African rhythms and syncopation began to influence the fiddle dance tune
tradition. Old-time jams often include guitar, clawhammer banjo,
fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, voices, and tapping feet to keep the rhythm.
Tunes are usually passed along by oral tradition, but chord charts are
available for many of the tunes, and musicians of any level are welcome.
The emphasis is on getting into a groove for each tune. Contact: Laura
Taylor lbt1@cornell.edu

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm – BLUEGRASS JAM
(Traditional Bluegrass) — Bluegrass is American roots music comprising
a rich fusion of traditions from the British Isles, jazz, blues, and
country. This jam features fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, dobro,
upright bass, and vocals, and each instrument has the opportunity to
improvise around the melody in wildly creative ways. All skill levels
are welcome! Contact: Philip Robinson philip.robinson@cornell.edu

5:30 pm -7:00 pm – FIDDLE TUNE JAM
(New England, Contra and Assorted Fiddle Tunes) — We will be playing
“fiddle tunes” suitable for contra or square dancing. These tunes
originate from New England, Canada, British Isles and parts of Europe .
This is an open instrumental jam where typical instruments are fiddle,
guitar, mandolin, banjo (4 or 5 string), accordion, acoustic bass and
occasional woodwinds such as flute or clarinet. This group typically
works from the Ithaca “YFN tuneset”. But any fiddle tunes are
approrriate if someone can lead it! All skill levels welcome, come join
us! Contact person: Michael Ludgate michael.ludgate@gmail.com

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm – IRISH SESSION
(Traditional Irish) — This session will be run in traditional Irish
session style, which is generally full speed ahead and often stringing 2
or 3 tunes together at a time. All skill levels welcome: the tunes are
fast, but the only way to “get the feel” is to jump in and try! Contact
persons: Ed McGowan, Scott Whitham or Mark Bickford scott.whitham@gmail.com

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• Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Gift Certificates Available for WVBF

This holiday season, consider giving a great musical experience to your family members and friends who love to play or listen to live acoustic music.  The Winter Village Bluegrass Festival will present fine music in an intimate and warm winter setting.  The Claire Lynch Band features bluegrass music’s leading female singer and her band, along with some of Ithaca and the Finger Lake’s finest acoustic musicians.

We can email you a gift certificate for any of the following options.  Email info@wintervillagebluegrass.com to ensure you receive your certificate before Christmas.

$70 festival Pass (everything except Master Classes)
$50 Saturday-Sunday Pass
$20 Friday Concert (Claire Lynch Band with opening act Terry Burns-Ron Kristy Bluegrass Band)
$25 Saturday Concert (Claire Lynch Band with opening performances by Cornerstone, Jesse Alexander and Rebecca Colleen)
$25 Jam Pass (Friday thru Sunday access to La Tourelle for jamming, workshops, Sat afternoon and Sunday morning concerts)
$50 Master Classes (2 hour classes in fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and vocals on Saturday afternoon with all proceeds to Claire Lynch Band members leading workshops)

Thank you and wishing you a happy holiday season.

For more detailed information on the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival visit  www,wintervillagebluegrass.com

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• Friday, December 10th, 2010

TONIGHT — Nancy Spero w/ Contrapasso, The MacGillicuddies., SAT — The Ageless Jazz Band, The Hogwashers, Ithaca Community Orchestra., SUN — Black Walnut Band.

Fiddle tune books make great GIFTS! Yes Mike sells tune books! Portland Selection I&II, Waltz Books I,II&III, New England Fiddlers Reperatoire III, many more! Complete list here http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_sound.html

Scroll down for general calendar … also take a look here! http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/musicnt.htm

Musicians: Looking for gigs? http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewforum.php?f=6 =and= Classifieds: Buy sell want need? http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewforum.php?f=2

Fri Dec 10    Cielle - (Original acoustic songs) - Dinner Hour 7-9 PM at The Rongovian Embassy to the USA, Trumansburg NY (607) 387-3334 http://www.rongo.com/

Fri Dec 10    Contra Dance every Friday at Bethel Grove Community Center ITHACA NY — 8 pm $6- dance sponsored by TCCD http://tedcrane.com/TCCD/ FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=31552309563 AND http://www.ludgatefarms.com/mus_dance.html AND http://canaaninstitute.org/photos/TCCD_Insert_current.pdf — Dec.10: Nancy Spero w/ Contrapasso Yes, it’s Tim Ball and Roberta Truscello.

Fri Dec 10    El Caminos - (Electic Americana) - 10 PM at The Rongovian Embassy to the USA, Trumansburg NY (607) 387-3334 http://www.rongo.com/

Fri Dec 10    ELMIRA NY — Christmas Show with Curt Osgood on Dulcimer and RJ Siegers on banjo and guitar, Express Café & Bakery, 164 N. Main St. Elmira, NY (607) 732-2250 info@expresscafebakery.com for more visit www.curtosgood.com

Fri Dec 10    Friday at Felicia’s with The MacGillicuddies 5:30-8:30 pm http://www.atomicloungeithaca.com/calendar.php — “THE MACGILLICUDDIES. The MacGillicuddies play an eclectic blend of zydeco, old-time, rock and country, with enough energy to blow up a building. $2 Yuenglings, $4 Cosmos/Lychees/Bloodys, and $2.50 Drunken Dogs boiled with beer and topped with homemade ketchup, homemade mustard and homemade relish.  Flatbread pizzas also available. No cover.”

Fri Dec 10    Friday Jazz Happy Hour at Oasis Dance Club - live music and dancing - http://www.ithacaoasis.com/ — This Friday Jazz Happy Hour, The Oasis is featuring THE ECLECTICS from 6:00pm-9:00pm, no cover.  Iska Ziver will be giving the free swing dance lesson at 7:15pm on their break.

Fri Dec 10    JAM — Bluegrass Jam - open jam at LONGVIEW 6:30 - 8:30 pm every other Friday — Bluegrass only - all levels welcome! This jam is being slightly restructured (Starting Oct 1st 2010) to help promote a higher skill level of pure bluegrass. It is still open and friendly, but the emphasis will be on bluegrass only … we will try and have a jam leader at each session to assist in this transition! Keep on pickin’! :-) MORE INFO http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3679#3679

Fri Dec 10    SYR NY — Contra Dance — Bob Nicholson will be calling to the tasty music of the Salt Potatoes. http://syracusecountrydancers.org/

Fri Dec 10    The Festive Concerto: December 10-12 A celebration of music for strings, including Bach’s 3rd Brandenburg Concerto. More http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3568#3568

Fri Dec 10    THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS TO THE STATE THEATRE IN ITHACA DECEMBER 10-12 — Magical toys, dancing snowflakes and belly dancers, all topped off with visions of sugar plums dancing on the stage! It’s time for the return of a holiday tradition at the State Theatre in Ithaca with the Ithaca Ballet’s Nutcracker December 10-12. Once again, the Friday evening performance at 7:30 will be particularly magical because it features the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra conducted by Diego Garcia playing the familiar Tchaikovsky score live. The Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are at 3:00 PM. FULL STORY TICKETS http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3790#3790

Fri Dec 10    Tom Quigley will be appearing at Tioga Trails Cafe this Friday evening, December 10th, starting at 7pm.  Tom will be playing covers on acoustic guitar of songs mostly from the 60’s and 70’s, plus a little folk and bluegrass  Tioga Trails Cafe is located at 50 Lake Street, Owego, NY, and their website is http://www.tiogatrailscafe.com/.

Sat Dec 11    BING NY — Contra Dance — Caller: Sharon Perry. Music by Confluence. Trinity Memorial. Contradance http://www.binghamtondance.org/

Sat Dec 11    JACKSONVILLE NY — Old-Time Dance Night 8 pm. Live music by The Hogwashers with Nancy Spero calling Squares. Close Hall on Rt 96 Jacksonville NY $7- beginners welcome, no partner needed http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3776#3776

Sat Dec 11    KennyT and WildFire at Spark’s Tavern (Waverly NY) Saturday December 11th 9pm to 1am

Sat Dec 11    NEWARK VALLEY NY — Holiday Magic at Newark Valley, Municipal Building 7-9 pm,. Curt Osgood on dulcimer with Annie Simpson on guitar and Bill Myers on whistles

Sat Dec 11    Swing Dance with The Ageless Jazz Band  — Ithaca Swing Dance Network with the Ageless Jazz Band Annual December benefit for CSMA Sat Dec 11, 8:30 pm (dance lesson at 7:30) 3rd Floor Performance Space, CSMA Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) 330 E State Street Ithaca MORE INFO http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3803#3803

Sat Dec 11    SYR NY — Jonathan Dinkin & Klezmercuse will be performing as part of the “Second Saturday” concert series at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, N.Y., on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Admission: $10 ($8 for WCC members, $5 students with ID). For reservations call the Westcott Community Center at (315) 478-8634. http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3791#3791

Sat Dec 11    The Festive Concerto: December 10-12 A celebration of music for strings, including Bach’s 3rd Brandenburg Concerto. More http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3568#3568

Sat Dec 11    The Ithaca Community Orchestra’s 2010 Winter Concert on Saturday, December 11, 2010 4 pm at the First Baptist Church of Ithaca, DeWitt Park — The orchestra will premiere a commissioned piece by local composer Mer Boel, as well as perform works by Elgar, Saint-Säens, and Brahms. The concert begins at 4 pm and will be held at the First Baptist Church of Ithaca on DeWitt Park . The concert and reception that follows are open to the general public. There is a $5 suggested donation for adults. Funding for this concert is provided with grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3800#3800

Sat Dec 11    The Lost Sailors - (Grateful tribute) - 10 PM at The Rongovian Embassy to the USA, Trumansburg NY (607) 387-3334 http://www.rongo.com/

Sat Dec 11    THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS TO THE STATE THEATRE IN ITHACA DECEMBER 10-12 — Magical toys, dancing snowflakes and belly dancers, all topped off with visions of sugar plums dancing on the stage! It’s time for the return of a holiday tradition at the State Theatre in Ithaca with the Ithaca Ballet’s Nutcracker December 10-12. Once again, the Friday evening performance at 7:30 will be particularly magical because it features the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra conducted by Diego Garcia playing the familiar Tchaikovsky score live. The Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are at 3:00 PM. FULL STORY TICKETS http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3790#3790

Sat Dec 11    Watkins Glen, NY - The Purple Valley returns to the Rooterfish Brewing Company in Watkins Glen (http://www.roosterfishbrewing.com/) from 8-11PM. Great beer and food and a really friendly place to hang out and enjoy/

Sun Dec 12    Black Walnut Band at Maxie’s - Live music on Tuesdays and Sundays 6-10 pm http://www.maxies.com/events.html

Sun Dec 12    Blue Skies at Americana Vineyards, Winery & Cafe This SUNDAY December 12, (4-6 pm) 4367 East Covert Road, Interlaken (off rt 96)  2 miles N. of T’Burg www.americanavineyards.com and www.myspace.com/blueskiesithaca

Sun Dec 12    JAM — Old Time Jam every Sunday late afternoon; playing fiddle tunes in the southern old time tradition. This open jam floats around the Ithaca area to various jammers homes and has a separate email list. Email Mike L or Laura T for more info. This jam stays in one key (A, C, D, or G) for the entire session, and rotates to a new key each week.

Sun Dec 12    Klezmer Christmas Chaos Brookton’s Market 2-3:30  Join renowned story teller Regina Carpenter, CU Klezmer Ensemble and Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers for an afternoon of holiday craziness.  Fun stories and music for the whole family. Brookton’s Market 491 Brooktondale Road Brooktondale, NY 14817 http://www.brooktonsmarket.com/ http://www.myspace.com/unclejoerosebudramblers http://www.soaringstories.com/web/

Sun Dec 12    Myra Kovary is performing the Benjamin Britten Ceremony of Carols at the First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca on Sunday morning, December 12, 2010 at 10 am.  The piece is a beautiful work for harp and choir written in 1943.  The carols are not at all the traditional Christmas carols.  She often plays in orchestra where the harp is only a small part of the ensemble.  In the Britten, the harp is the only instrument accompanying the choir and there is also a solo harp Interlude — so, you’ll really be able to hear the harp!  The performance is part of the regular church service and is free and open to the public.  The First Presbyterian Church is at the corner of Court and Cayuga Streets in Ithaca. www.myrakovary.com

Sun Dec 12    Oasis Dance Club — This Sunday Open Blues Jam and Swing Dance will be hosted by FRANK JOSEPH AND THE HIPSHAKERS from 5:00pm-8:00pm, no cover.  All musicians, dancers and music lovers welcome.

Sun Dec 12    Sunday at Felicia’s with Free Little Birds with Marie Burns  www.marieburns.com 7 pm http://www.atomicloungeithaca.com/calendar.php — “FREE LITTLE BIRDS WITH MARIE BURNS. Country, old-time and other awesomeness with Marie Burns, Eric Aceto and Rich Dipaolo. $1 off menu drinks, $5 pizzas. No cover. www.keirneuringer.com, www.myspace.com/stevegollnick

Sun Dec 12    The Festive Concerto: December 10-12 A celebration of music for strings, including Bach’s 3rd Brandenburg Concerto. More http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3568#3568

Sun Dec 12    THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS TO THE STATE THEATRE IN ITHACA DECEMBER 10-12 — Magical toys, dancing snowflakes and belly dancers, all topped off with visions of sugar plums dancing on the stage! It’s time for the return of a holiday tradition at the State Theatre in Ithaca with the Ithaca Ballet’s Nutcracker December 10-12. Once again, the Friday evening performance at 7:30 will be particularly magical because it features the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra conducted by Diego Garcia playing the familiar Tchaikovsky score live. The Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are at 3:00 PM. FULL STORY TICKETS http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3790#3790

Sun Dec 12    WITH-FM is pleased to announce that Ithaca radio personality Tracey Craig will produce and host a new weekly radio program, Rootabaga Boogie. The show will air Sundays from 10 a.m to noon on FM 90.1 in Ithaca, starting December 12. Rootabaga Boogie will feature an eclectic selection of folk and roots music, plus live music and conversation about music. WRUR-FM 88.5, WITH-FM’s sister station in Rochester, New York, plans to broadcast the program in early 2011. FULL STORY http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3804#3804

Sun Dec 12    WVBR’S Bound for Glory — From DECEMBER 12 through JANUARY 16, Bound for Glory will be Albums from the Studios.  Catch the Winter Solstice show on DECEMBER 12,  the Christmas special show on DECEMBER 19, and the New Year’s special on DECEMBER 26.  Holiday songs you won’t hear in the shopping malls.  Give Phil a call at 607-273-2121.  Next Live Bound for Glory?  JANUARY 23, 2010, with BILL STAINES. Give Phil a call at 607-273-2121 WVBR’s BOUND FOR GLORY, North America’s longest running live folk concert broadcast, Ithaca, NY, since 1967. Sunday nights, 8 -11 pm Broadcast live at WVBR-FM, 93.5 and 105.5, web stream http://wvbr.com Presented by long-time host Phil Shapiro.

ATTENTION: Musicians! Send me your gigs! Guidelines http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/musicnt.htm#listings — HERE IS THE IMPORTANT PART — if you want to get the word out, the earlier you send me the gig, the more web coverage it gets. Increasingly folks (non-subscribers) are commenting that they get their information about what is happening from my web-pages and not from the emails (this is disappointing to me, but true), The number of readers on the email is in the hundreds while the number of readers (web clicks or hits) is in the many thousands per week. I only update the events grid once per week! Send them early! If you send the listings last minute, your news is missing a large part of the music news hungry audience :-)

UNSUBSCRIBE — Send email to Mikes-Music-request@icycle.org?subject=unsubscribe (with the word “unsubscribe” in the subject line) ==OR== you can simply email Mike (reply to this message) at michael.ludgate@gmail.com anytime. PLEASE never use the “spam” button to get off ANY list: that is poor e-etiquette it causes more problems for the administrator of the list AND other subscribers AND for yourself. Take the time to properly unsubscribe. Please tell me which list: I have five! Thanks! :-)

DIGEST MODE — Not recommended for this list [Mikes-Music]. The digest mode is really only useful on busier list-serves. Since I usually only send one message per day, it will not change your email volume as the digest is also one message per day. The non-digest version is easier to read because it includes HTML formatting and the wider screen of text.

Thanks for reading,
Mike :-)

MUSIC HOME — CURRENT CALENDAR http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/musicnt.htm tons of music links
MUSIC BLOG — ARTICLES OF INTEREST http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusicblog/ ask how to become an author!
MUSIC FORUM — DETAILS on many things musical — http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/
FUTURE CALENDAR — UPCOMING LISTINGS http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_upcom.html
WEDNESDAY - every week 7-10 pm “The Contra Jam” — http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html 8 years running! All are welcome
Mike on MySpace http://www.myspace.com/michael_ludgate
Mike on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/michael.ludgate
The O’Shanigans Band http://www.canaaninstitute.org/oshanigans.html (Tim Ball, Phil Robinson and Mike Ludgate)

Contra Dancing in Central and Upstate NY http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=31552309563
The Wednesday Jam at Canaan Road http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=346116175882
Bluegrass music in Upstate and Central New York http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=59418231754
Open Dance Bands http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2378078998

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• Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

First Annual Winter Village Bluegrass Festival on January 28 – 30, 2011

The first annual Winter Village Bluegrass Festival is a weekend of concerts, workshops, showcases, master classes and jamming for bluegrass musicians and music lovers looking for a comfortable and inspiring winter music experience.  The festival features concerts and workshops by the Claire Lynch Band, led by Ms. Lynch, the 2010 IBMA Vocalist of the Year (International Bluegrass Music Association).  The festival is hosted by La Tourelle Resort & Spa a lovely country inn overlooking Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY.  Southern comfort food will be served on Friday and Saturday nights by Samantha Izzo of Simply Red Bistro.

Festival Performers

Claire Lynch Band

Featuring 2010 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire Lynch

The Claire Lynch Band is at the top of the bluegrass world’s A-List, with musicians whose accolades include International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) 2010 Female Vocalist of the Year and two Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album (Claire); Canadian Open Mandolin Championship and Florida State Championship on both fiddle and mandolin (Jason Thomas); the MerleFest Doc Watson Guitar Champion (Matt Wingate); and two-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year awards (Mark Schatz).


Cornerstone

Cornerstone was Ithaca’s most popular bluegrass band in the 90’s, recorded 3 CD’s in Nashville and played many festivals throughout the northeast and the country.  This band configuration features Dee Specker, Bobby Henrie, Dana Paul and Rick Manning.  The band is best known for its great original songs penned by founding member Chris Stuart, Harley Campbell and others. Cornerstone is pleased to be performing at the Winter Village Festival.

Jesse Alexander Band

The Jesse Alexander Band is the host of Pickin’ In The Pasture, the Finger Lakes’ premier bluegrass festival.  At only 12 years old, Jesse is an accomplished fiddler and mandolinist, has recorded two albums and has appeared at numerous festivals in the northeast this year. Jesse’s band include his dad Andy on banjo, his mother, Susan on bass, and Darryl Lesh on guitar.

Terry Burns Band

Terry Burns recently returned from a successful songwriting stint in Nashville to raise her daughter in Ithaca. She recently released a solo CD ‘Terry Burns’ and can be seen performing around Ithaca with her husband Ron Kristy and sister Jeannie Burns.  Terry will be performing a set of bluegrass and original acoustic country music for the festival.

Festival Activities

Concerts featuring Claire Lynch Band and opening acts on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Seating limited to 150. Gospel Set - Sunday morning at 10 am.

Workshops - band, singing, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass on Saturday morning and early afternoon.

Band Showcases - Saturday afternoon (Signup in advance)

Jamming - All day, everywhere throughout the hotel.

Master Classes - Sunday morning 2 hour workshops (Signup in advance; 100% of $50 fee will be for Claire Lynch Band).

Festival Ticket Options and Prices

Weekend Ticket (kids under 12 free)

Includes Saturday night concert, showcases, afternoon performances, workshops, and jamming.

Before December 15_______________________     $50.00

December 16 to January 15__________________   $55.00

January 16 to festival  _____________________      $60.00

Add Friday night concert to Weekend Ticket_____     $15.00

Note:  Tickets are not refundable in the event of inclement weather.

Friday Concert Only

Before December 15________________________$20.00

After December 15 _________________________$25.00

Register and pay for tickets online visit  www.IthacaEvents.com or fill out and mail in the form below with check to:

Winter Village Bluegrass Festival, 114 Dey Street, Ithaca, NY  14850

Festival Sponsor

Bernunzio Uptown Music.  www.bernunzio.com A Gallery.  A Collection. A Place for Serious Musicians.

Since 1975, Bernunzio Uptown Music has been putting the finest vintage instruments together with new owners—so they can make beautiful music together. Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14604; (585) 473-6140; info@bernunzio.com


More Information

www.wintervillagebluegrass.org or contact Rick Manning at 607-592-4647 rmannin4@twcny.rr.com.

Festival Accommodations

La Tourelle Resort & Spa, an elegant small resort on 70 acres in Ithaca, NY. Purchase of weekend ticket provides access to deeply discounted room rates 1 or 2 nights.

Queen Room Festival Rate  $79 + taxes ($150 regular rate)

King Room Festival Rate     $89 + taxes ($175 regular rate)

Deluxe Fireplace King      $109 + taxes  ($219 regular rate)

For La Tourelle reservations call 607-273-2734, 800-765-1492 (toll free), email info@latourelle.com, or visit www.latourelle.com.  Some quiet rooms are available upon request.

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• Thursday, August 26th, 2010

OSWEGO NY — CNYBA Presents A Bluegrass Festival There will be a Bluegrass Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 10 & 11, 2010 at the Oswego County Fairgrounds, Sandy Creek, NY. There will be music, camping & food. Bands begin at 1pm and play through 10:10pm both days. LINEUP http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3602#3602

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• Wednesday, June 02nd, 2010

Ithaca Festival Jam Tent 2010 - sponsored by Ithaca Guitar Works and Ludgate Farms.
http://www.guitarworks.com/ and http://www.ludgatefarms.com/

More info on the forum http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3322#3322

Sunday June 6th 2010 from 11:30 am until 9:00 pm at Stewart Park at the Jam Tent (near the entrance and family fun tent). We have 6 jams again this year. These are all jams loosely related to sessions and sings that happen in and around the Ithaca area on a regular basis. Time slots and band leaders subject to change at the last minute. See this music forum thread for updates http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=3322#3322

11:30 am - 1:00 pm – CAJUN JAM (Traditional Cajun maybe a little Zydeco) — The origins of Cajun music started in the north when the Acadians were forced to migrate from Nova Scotia to Louisiana in the late 1700’s. This is a rich and unique American music style. This will be an open acoustic only instrumental jam as are all the others in the Ithaca Festival Jam Tent listed below. Contact person: Greg Grodem rjgreg@lightlink.com

1:00 PM - 2:30 pm –SINGING JAM
(Folk Songs) — This is a sing-a-long, where anyone can lead. Songs your parents sang when you were little, songs you sang at camp, songs that mean a lot to you right now. Instruments are welcome for back up, but the focus for this jam is on voices. Bring a song to share, chime in on a chorus or just listen, everyone is welcome! Contacts: Jim Harper jimh@jhdesigns.com or Richie Holtz richard_holtz@verizon.net

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm — OLD-TIME JAM (Appalachian Fiddle Tunes) — Southern old-time music was born when African rhythms and syncopation began to influence the fiddle dance tune tradition. Old-time jams often include guitar, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, voices, and tapping feet to keep the rhythm. Tunes are usually passed along by oral tradition, but chord charts are available for many of the tunes, and musicians of any level are welcome. The emphasis is on getting into a groove for each tune, allowing each musician room to improvise within the structure of the tune. Contact: Laura Taylor lbt1@cornell.edu

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm – BLUEGRASS JAM (Traditional Bluegrass) — Bluegrass is American roots music comprising a rich fusion of traditions from the British Isles, jazz, blues, and country. This jam features fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, dobro, upright bass, and vocals, and each instrument has the opportunity to improvise around the melody in wildly creative ways. All skill levels are welcome! Contact: Philip Robinson philip.robinson@cornell.edu

5:30 pm -7:00 pm – CONTRA TUNE JAM (New England Fiddle Dance Tunes) — We will be playing “fiddle tunes” suitable for contra or square dancing. These tunes originate from New England, Canada, British Isles and parts of Europe . This is an open instrumental jam where typical instruments are fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo (4 or 5 string), accordion, acoustic bass and occasional woodwinds such as flute or clarinet. This group typically works from the Ithaca “YFN tuneset”. All skill levels welcome, come join us! Contact person: Michael Ludgate michael.ludgate@gmail.com

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm — IRISH SESSION (Traditional Irish) — This session will be run in traditional Irish session style, which is generally full speed ahead and often stringing 2 or 3 tunes together at a time. All skill levels welcome: the tunes are fast, but the only way to “get the feel” is to jump in and try! Contact persons: Ed McGowan, Scott Whitham or Mark Bickford scott.whitham@gmail.com

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