Archive for the Category ◊ Fiddle Tunes ◊

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, 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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• 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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• Saturday, March 01st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Author: Margaret
• Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

New Boys of Old New York

New Boys of Old New York

Saturday, 8 March, 8 pm

165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad

Central Ave., near Johnson Museum

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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• Friday, October 11th, 2013

ITHACA NY - The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has launched its 6th Annual Arts for All Marathon. CSMA’s signature fundraising event, the Marathon benefits educational programs, with a focus on need based scholarships. Throughout October, local artists, performers, and writers will undertake creative projects and benefit events to raise funds on behalf of CSMA. For more information about the artists and events, check out the marathon website www.artsforallmarathon.org

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/508810109215846/

Benefit Contra Dance - On Saturday October 26th O’Shanigans will play music with Casey Mullaney calling for a Benefit Contra Dance. Ithaca musicians Tim Ball, Phil Robinson and Mike Ludgate will play for a contra dance at CSMA for part of the Arts For All Marathon. Casey Mullaney is calling and teaching the dances. Arts For All Marathon is CSMA’s annual fund raising drive. The band will be donating most of the door proceeds to CSMA! 8-11 pm. $10/ea or $25/family at the door. 3rd Floor performance space. 330 E Martin Luther King Jr. / State Street., Ithaca, NY 14850 - O’Shanigans acoustic band: Celtic, contra and world dance music www.oshanigans.org

Contra Dance is the traditional folk dance of New York and New England. It is easy, fun and family friendly. All dances are taught by the dance caller. No partner needed. Casey Mullaney is a rising star in the contra dance world and is in great demand for her vivacious, beginner friendly calling and teaching style. The popular O’Shanigans contra dance band perform Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes for contra dancing, general entertainment and weddings. Their repertoire includes fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! The O’Shanigans is: Phil Robinson on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Michael Ludgate on mandolin. Band web site http://www.oshanigans.org

More about contra dancing - What to expect at your first contra dance. Contra dancing is easy to learn, and about the most fun you can have with both feet on the ground. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and after a dance or two, you’ll know all the moves. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. What to wear? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous, so bring a smile! (Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html). Local Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/cny.contradance/

More Upcoming Marathon Events – For a Complete line-up of other Marathon events, take a look here artsforallmarathon.org/events.php

CSMA would like to thank their Arts for All Marathon sponsors! Masterpiece Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union. Artist Sponsor: Travis Hyde Properties. Muse Sponsors: Audrey Edelman RealtyUSA; Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Company, LLP; Mariette Geldenhuys Attorney at Law; the Merchants of the DeWitt Mall and Wegmans. Media Sponsors: Finger Lakes Woman and Tompkins Weekly.

Since its inception, the Marathon has raised over $75,000 for CSMA scholarships and educational programs, opening doors to artistic learning and discovery for many who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. See www.artsforallmarathon.org for full information, to make a donation, and for list of participating artists and schedule of events.
More about The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Ithaca’s downtown multi-arts center and owner of a historic 23,000 square foot facility, has supported various facets of experiencing the arts throughout its 53 year history. From its humble beginnings as a children’s music school housed in the founders’ living room, through years of steady programmatic diversification and organizational growth, CSMA has firmly established its home as a vibrant hub for instruction, production, and consumption of visual and performing arts.

Best known for its leading role in community based arts education and as a nexus of artistic collaboration and production, CSMA also has long served as a popular venue for performances, gallery shows, and events. CSMA houses a multitude of classrooms, studios, music practice rooms, art galleries, and its historic 2,700 square foot Third Floor Performance Space.

CSMA’s mission is “to provide quality instruction to any community member who desires to learn music and arts, to develop and offer cultural and artistic programs and events, and to serve as a resource for community artists and musicians.”

When describing CSMA and its mission, one must look at its philosophy, a deep belief that the arts are an essential part of human nature, and that instruction in the arts should be accessible to everyone. CSMA commits its resources to students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds, to its esteemed teaching faculty and to the larger community of artists in the Ithaca and Tompkins County area. Need based “Arts for All” scholarships are awarded to students who qualify, helping to ensure CSMA’s programs are accessible to the whole community.

CSMA is a non-profit organization whose programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. http://www.csma-ithaca.org

CSMA is an active member of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.

Website: http://www.csma-ithaca.org Telephone: 607.272.1474. Address: 330 E Martin Luther King Jr. / State Street., Ithaca, NY 14850 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/csma.ithaca

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• Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Stringrays w/ Rodney Miller: a House Concert at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY on Thu Oct 3rd 2013 beginning at 7:00 pm 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 Stringrays’ phenomenal musician line-up: Max Newman (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Rodney Miller (fiddle) and Stuart Kenney (bass).

Video from this concert: one mini set called “Snake Set” …

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/215632411930176/
Canaan events http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html
Band’s Web http://stringraysmusic.com/

Rodney Miller - Rodney’s fiddling commands the stage and the eardrums. He is well-known as both a traditionalist and innovator, with a playful style and nuanced tone. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded numerous albums. He also builds violins! We are honored to have Rodney visit Canaan Institute! http://www.rodneymiller.net/ Youtube traditional http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd-95Vck1AA and with Airdance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4_pr8tsL7I

Max Newman - He’s the whippersnapper of the group, but Max has been surrounded by traditional music and dance from an early age. His guitar playing aims to be refreshing, fun, and creative. He’s still a ways off from catching up with Rodney and Stuart, but he’s spent a good portion of his life playing contra dances great and small. Raised on contra dance music, he’s been lucky enough to play with many of his heroes, Rod and Stu included. He also performs with Nor’easter. Max has played in Ithaca with Nor’easter. YouTube with Nor’easter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DG5zN-BgaA

Stuart Kenney - Stuart is bass thump and banjo twang. He’s had a long career in several traditional music genres, cutting his teeth with the legendary Dewey Balfa and following that with prodigious output with numerous groups and contra dance bands. Stuart’s musical home is at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA, where he plays for and hosts the TopHill Music and Dance Series. In addition to Stringrays, he plays with Quebecois band Tidal Wave and Celtic groovers The Sevens. Stuart has been to Canaan Institute twice with Tidal Wave! YouTube with Tidal Wave http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Thx9Am01I

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• Thursday, September 05th, 2013

BROOKTONDALE NY - Raz de Marée, or Tidal Wave will once again bring their high energy and passion for traditional music and entertaining to the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY on Thur Sept 19th beginning at 7:00 pm for a house concert followed by a jam session. Donation for the band $20- Limited seating at this private venue: RESERVATIONS & RSVP: please email Mike Ludgate to reserve your seats and for directions mike@cinst.org .

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/414029922036166/

Directions to the concert http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html

Band website http://www.tidalwavemusic.com/index_eng.html

Raz de Marée - Tidal Wave - The Band

Raz de Marée (aka Tidal Wave) is a unique traditional music ensemble on the Quebecois folk music scene. Composed of very accomplished musicians, recognized by their peers as the very best, the ensemble has evolved since 2004 primarily as a dance band, infusing them with the original essence of traditional instrumental music: to make people dance. The members of this band come from Quebec (Sabin Jacques on accordion and violin Eric Favreau), Acadie (Rachel Aucoin on piano and vocals) and New England (Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo). Together, they share a passion for traditional music and dance. They reveal their deeply rooted musical roots, authentic and heartfelt. Relying primarily on a traditional repertoire, their music is contagiously energetic and sensitive. They propel dancers and audiences into a world of liveliness. Their latest CD, MARCHE DU ST-LAURENT, nominated for best instrumental album at the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards, features inspired melodies, both bound to be danced to and listened to with pure enjoyment. Served by flawless execution and backed by a deliciously imaginative accompaniment, the album shows maturity and a rare blend of excellent musicianship.

The musicians of Tidal Wave: SEE BELOW

Rachel Aucoin

After a frankly classical training including two Masters degrees (performance - UM 2001 and piano pedagogy - UL, 2003), two first prizes at the Canadian Music Competition (1997 and 1998) and a solo performance of Beethoven’s second with the Orchestre Symphonique de la Montérégie (1997), Rachel Aucoin specialises today in folk music accompaniment, since her first appearance at the Carrefour Mondial de l’Accordéon in 1999.

Her first years with power-trio Domino gave her a solid experience as a dance back-up musician. Followed collaborations with recording artists such as Laura Risk, Michèle Choinière, Claude Méthé, Francine Desjardins, Réjean Simard, Jean Duval and Frank Sears. Most recently, we heard her creative colors on both Tidal Wave / Raz-de-marée’s projets : self-titled (2007) and Marche du St-Laurent (2010). Evolving as a piano teacher since 1993, Rachel meets her greatest interest and passion through pedagogy. Now living in Beaumont, near Quebec city, Rachel directs the Maréemusique project, which includes a learning program. www.mareemusique.org

Sabin Jacques

Since Sabin Jacques began playing the accordion at age 14, his reputation grew non-stop: his multiple and diverse musical engagements made him a versatile and accomplished artist. Deeply influenced by such musicians as Simard, Bruneau, Labbé, Messervier and Montmarquette, he sought his originality in his unusual technique which gives him, as a left-handed player, a recognizable signature.

Originally from the beautiful Gaspé peninsula, Sabin lived in Montreal between 1992-2009. This cosmopolite musical community allowed him to make significant acquaintances with musicians in the popular and commercial music domain. His work with Acadian icon signer Edith Butler remains the most prolific, between 1993 and 2001. He was also heard alongside celebrated Hugues Aufray, Jean-Pierre Ferland, and Gregory Charles. Eventually, Sabin’s multiple collaborations offered him opportunities to travel worldwide. Italy, Bulgaria, Poland, France, England, Spain and Madagascar, winning the bronze at Les jeux de la Francophonie (1997).

Sabin remains profoundly attached to his traditional roots and regularly takes part in pedagogical projects, teatching at camps such as the Leahy – Natalie MacMaster camp (ONT) and Ashokan (NY), to name a few. Since distance is not an obstacle for learning, Sabin teaches accordion at home through internet or weekly at the Maréemusique School of Traditional Music. His teaching is said to be uplifting and always inspiring. His most recent recordings (2007 and 2010) present traditional tunes from Quebec played through remarquable arrangements, with his fellow musicians from band Tidal Wave / Raz-de-marée, putting a highlight on his stunning technique and musicianship while confirming his status as one of Quebec’s leading master accordionists.

Stuart Kenney

One of the most in demand upright bass, and five-string banjo players on the US contradance circuit, Stuart Kenney’s regional musical interests sweep from Southwest Louisiana to Acadia. Stuart began playing 5-string banjo at age 12, and upright bass at age 18.

He has a long career in many traditional music genres. Stuart cut his Cajun teeth with the legendary, late Dewey Balfa, and played with him for many of his northeast appearances. His interest in Quebecois music formed through the fiddling of Lisa Ornstein, and performances by La Bottine Souriante. The inclusion of French Canadian music into the living tradition of New England contradance music caught his attention early on. In 1999, Stuart’s path crossed with Sabin Jacques and Rachel Aucoin at Augusta Heritage Traditional Dance and Music week. At that point, Stuart invited them to play for contradances in Greenfield, MA and they’ve been playing together ever since. A tight musical bond was formed. Later, these three formed this group, Tidal Wave.

Stuart is a founding member of many great bands including AIRDANCE, Greenfield Dance Band, The Sevens, Tidal Wave, and Undertoe. He spent 14 years touring with the legendary contradance band Wild Asparagus. He has played on National Public Radio’ All Things Considered (The Sevens), and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion (Airdance). Stuart has appeared at American Folk Festival, ME (National Council for Tradiational Arts), Ashokan (NY) Fiddle and Dance workshops with Jay Unger and Molly Mason, Augusta (WV), Alaska Traditional Folk Dance Society, City Stages (AL), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY), Fiddle Tunes (WA), Hawaii and St. Croix Dance Vacations, Philadelphia Folk Festival (PA), Sidmouth Folk Festival (UK), and countless others. Stuart is a much-in-demand studio musician as well with over fifty recordings to his credit.

Stuart’s most recent project, Undertoe, is a musical collaboration with accordionist Karen Tweed (Yorkshire, England), John Dipper (London), and Marko Packard (US). He has composed many original pieces of music featured in their first recording Walking Down Angell Road. Although Stuart’s music has brought him coast to coast and beyond, his musical home is at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA, where he plays for and hosts the TopHill Music and Dance Series.

Éric Favreau

Éric Favreau comes from a family of traditional musicians and has spent a great deal of time playing with other fiddlers, learning their repertoire and studying their varied styles. Éric has explored and exploited various sources including archives and personally made field recordings and has accumulated a rich and fascinating repertoire. Over the years, he has garnered a profound understanding and vast knowledge of Québécois traditional music.

As an individual, and in various groups including Entourloupe, Éric has vast experience in the Canadian, United State and European music scenes. Éric has recorded two solo albums, two with his current group Entourloupe, and has appeared on at least a dozen others. He is a consumate entertainer/educator in Introduction to traditional music workshop in the public school system in program under the auspices of the Minister of Education. He also teaches traditional fiddle, and the history of traditional music at the Cégèp(Junior college music) in Joliette, Québec.

Éric’s playing is marked by delicacy, nuance and liveliness that will leave no foot untapped!

http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=5846#5846
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/414029922036166/
DIRECTIONS to the concert http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html
Band website http://www.tidalwavemusic.com/index_eng.html

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• Sunday, August 25th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Notes Inégales (notes in-a-gall) contra groove band is performing for a Contra Dance on Fri Aug 30 2013. Notes Inégales [pronounced "notes in-a-gall"] is Andrea Katz on fiddle/viola and Michael Ludgate on mandolin/banjo. For this dance featuring special musical guests: Lindsey Clark (Ithaca College) on fiddle/viola and Phil Robinson (O’Shanigans, CMEMME) on Guitar with local callers. Location: Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Rd Ithaca NY. 8-11 pm $6- TCCD sponsored event. Band: http://www.notesinegales.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/420907094695932/

New musician - This Friday’s dance will be Lindsey Clark’s Ithaca contra debut, twin violas!! Woo hoo! From our website: “Lindsey (fiddle and viola) is a junior music education major at Ithaca College. She discovered fiddling at a public school summer arts camp when she was in sixth grade. From then until her Lindsey (fiddle and viola)senior year of high school, her adventures with the Cheshire Fiddle Club took her all over her home state of Connecticut, throughout New England, and occasionally beyond, where she played alongside many inspiring fiddlers including Bruce Molsky, Dudley Laufman, Julie Lyonn-Liebermann, Ben Dean (of Caravan of Thieves-check them out!), Mark Wood, and Richard Greene. Eventually, Lindsey also began to seriously study classical violin and viola. While in Ithaca, she has studied with viola with Debra Moree and taken occasional fiddle lessons with Laurie Hart. Lindsey ran a summer string studio out of her home in Connecticut for six years before deciding to stay in Ithaca for a summer (where she met Mike and Andrea). Passionate that world music, folk traditions, and creativity are part of the modern musician’s complete breakfast, Lindsey is always seeking experience that she can apply to her performing and teaching. At Ithaca College, she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Steel Drum Band, chamber ensembles, and a fiddle-intensive sophomore solo recital. She has been enjoying getting to know Ithaca’s local music scene this summer.” http://www.notesinegales.org/

More about the band …

Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) - Andrea Katz (from Texas playing fiddle and viola) is a PhD candidate in applied physics at Cornell University. Andrea played in a variety of contra dance bands in the San Antonio area and has studied with Jay Ungar and David Kaynor. Andrea is joined by Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests. This will be an exceptionally fun dance! Musician’s bios here http://www.notesinegales.org/

Lindsey Clark - Lindsey (fiddle and viola) is a junior music education major at Ithaca College. She has fiddled alongside many inspiring fiddlers including Bruce Molsky, Dudley Laufman, Julie Lyonn-Liebermann, Ben Dean (of Caravan of Thieves-check them out!), Mark Wood, and Richard Greene. At Ithaca College, she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Steel Drum Band, chamber ensembles, and a fiddle-intensive sophomore solo recital. MORE http://www.notesinegales.org/

Phil Robinson - (Guitar, also mandolin, fiddle, sitar and 5-string banjo) Phil plays Old-Time, bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, zydeco, and contra dance music. And since everyone and his/her canine plays the guitar in Ithaca, Phil decided to branch out and teach himself fiddle, mandolin, 5-string banjo, and sitar (out of an appreciation for classical Indian music). Phil helped start a local bluegrass jam and he sometimes attends Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camps (Southern Week). Phil makes regular appearances with Your Friends and Neighbors. Latest news: Phil has joined the Cornell Middle Eastern Music Ensemble where he and Mike are studying oud under the direction of Harold Hagopian. MORE http://www.notesinegales.org/

Notes Inégales (pronounced notes in-a-gall) contra dance band performs Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes suitable for contra dancing, general entertainment and weddings. Fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! We currently combine the skills of two of Ithaca’s most talented contra dance musicians: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) with local contra session leader and acoustic music promoter, Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests.

From the dancers and callers — “Notes Inégales, what a fantastic band! You guys rock! True to it’s name, the band infused some interesting rhythmic swing-like patterns (rock step-1-2-3??) into regular square steps. Thanks guys for a fun evening!” “A wall of dance sound” “Wow! What was that Horse Flies tune you played?” “The music was fantastic!” “That was a delightful contra dance last night … I truly enjoyed the many subtleties of your musical arrangements.”, ” … such a fun group of people, and the band was awesome … ” , “The band was absolutely wonderful last night!”

About the band NAME: “Notes Inégales” (pronounced notes inagall) contra dance band http://www.notesinegales.org/ — “In music, notes inégales (French: unequal notes) refers to a performance practice, mainly from the Baroque and Classical music eras, in which some notes with equal written time values are performed with unequal durations, usually as alternating long and short. The practice was especially prevalent in France in the 17th and 18th centuries, with appearances in other European countries at the same time; and it reappeared as the standard performance practice in the 20th century in jazz.” source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notes_in%C3%A9gales

More about the musicians here: Bios and Photos http://www.notesinegales.org/

More about Contra Dancing:

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST DANCE Contra dancing is easy to learn. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and by the end of the first night you’ll have learned Danceers at an O’Shanigans’ contra dance in Ithaca NYall the dance moves and you will be able to enjoy the next dance even more. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. The age range is from kids to folks that have been around for a while. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. The patterns of the dance can be a tad confusing at first but remember everyone had a first time and that other dancers will help you. Listen to the caller and the music and go with the flow of the dance. Some people find they get dizzy at first. Looking directly at the person you are dancing with eliminates this sensation. For many, the music is what keeps them coming back as it is exciting and lively. People come to dance, hear the music, socialize and have a good time.

WHAT TO WEAR? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Some halls require non-street shoes so make sure the soles of shoes aren’t bringing grit onto the dance floor. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous so it’s important that you bring a smile. Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html

More information about contra dancing at these links:

http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_dance.html
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cny.contradance/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_dance
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com/US_NY_ITH_TCCD
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayBand.com?key=OSHANIGANS
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayBand.com?key=NOTES_INEGALES
http://hands4dancers.org/
http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/
http://contra.binghamtondance.org/contra_calendar.htm
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/performerList.php?band=Oshanigans
http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis/

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• Tuesday, August 06th, 2013

BROOKTONDALE NY - We have the autumn 2013 lineup of Canaan Institute’s special music events pretty well firmed up and listed below. These are of course in addition to the weeknight fiddle tune jam session that we host. Come on out for any or all of these! -Mike

Check on the Canaan Events page for more details as each event nears http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html

George Wilson & Selma Kaplan - Workshop Sat Aug 24th
George is famous for his ‘bowing like you mean it” workshops that some of you have taken. He is an accomplised banjo and guitar player as well. This trip, he’ll be accompanied by a fantastic keyboard player, Selma Kaplan. The workshop at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale will be great for all musicians and will focus on playing tunes for contra dances. Starting at 2:00 pm $20- donation. RSVP: mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat.

Big Jam and Potluck Dinner - Music Jam Sat Aug 31st
It’s been awhile since we’ve hosted one of these. Let’s do it again! This is a great way to welcome new musicians, dancers and music appreciators to our musical community. We’ll start with an evening Potluck Dinner at 6:30 pm followed by music making starting around 8:00 pm. (bring a dish to share and a beverage of choice). Free event. Donations always appreciated.

Raz de Marée - Tidal Wave - Concert Thu Sep 19th 2013
BROOKTONDALE NY - Raz de Marée, or Tidal Wave will bring their high energy and passion for traditional music and entertaining to the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY on Thursday September 19th 2013 beginning at 7:00 pm for a house concert followed by a jam session. Donation for the band $20- Limited seating at this private venue: RESERVATIONS & RSVP: please email Mike Ludgate to reserve your seats and for directions mike@cinst.org .

Stingrays House Concert - 7 pm Thu Oct 3rd 2013
Stuart Kenney (bass), Rodney Miller (fiddle), Max Newman (guitar, mandolin, banjo). $15- donation

Randy Miller and Roger Kahle - 7 pm Thu Nov 7th 2013
Randy Miller and Roger Kahle at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY for a house concert Thursday Nov 7 starting at 7:00 pm followed by a jam session. $15- donation. Thursday Nov 07 2013 7-10 pm. This is an awesome opportunity. Randy is one of the key music leaders in the modern resurgence of traditional New England and Irish music. Roger Kahle is a gifted guitar player noted for his use of both standard and DADGAD tunings and is recognized as a top-notch accompanist for fiddlers throughout New England.

Long Time Courting - Concert 7 pm Thu Nov 21st 2013
Thursday Nov 21st followed by a jam session. $15 donation

Check on the Canaan Events page for more details as each event nears http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html

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• Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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 (Brendan Carey Block will be appearing as guest fiddler for this tour filling in for Jon Bews), bagpipes (Dan Houghton) 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 June 13th 2013. Concert starts at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a jam session $15- RSVP to reserve a seat mike@cinst.org

Here is a VIDEO of the trio that will appear at Canaan Institute June 13th

Jon Bews - vocals, fiddle (Brendan Carey Block will be appearing as guest fiddler for this tour)

Dan Houghton - vocals, pipes & whistles, wooden flute, bouzouki, guitar
Eric McDonald - vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki
Band’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/cantripband

DIRECTIONS and other events at this venue http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html

Facebook event for this concert https://www.facebook.com/events/467032630045700/

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, bagpipes and guitar. The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. From the strong base of its Celtic roots their music branches out into, and takes influences from, the music of other European cultures. Originally formed as a quartet in Edinburgh, eleven years of evolution has yielded an extensively diverse and still growing catalogue. Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Cantrip takes an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style.

Since its inception Cantrip has performed at festivals, clubs, bars, weddings, funerals, stonings and various other events and venues in Breizh, the People’s Republic of Vermont, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State of Maine, the Territory of Tennessee, the Dominion of Virginia. the Dutchy of New York, the Principality of Massachusettes, The Kingdom of the Angle, Le Royaume des Francs, Poblacht na hÉireann and, of course, Alba bheadarach (Scotland). The band released its first album “Silver” on the Footstompin’ label in 2001. In 2005 the long awaited second album Boneshaker issued forth on the Mischief label, followed by “Piping the Fish” in 2008. After a period of hiatus in which some children were born and continents were left for other ones, Cantrip was joined by guitarist and mandolinist Eric McDonald, and is now in the process of preparing for their highly anticipated fourth album. Look for Cantrip wherever there is excitement, music, love and liquor.

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• Monday, May 20th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Notes Inégales for a traditional, old New England style Contra Dance on Fri May 24th. Notes Inégales [pronounced notes in-a-gall] is Andrea Katz on fiddle and Michael Ludgate on mandolin. For this dance featuring special musical guests: Laurie Tupper on flute and Tim Ball on guitar. Caller: House callers. Location: Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Rd Ithaca NY. 8-11 pm $6- TCCD sponsored event. Band: www.notesinegales.org FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/441495482607316/

Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) - Andrea Katz (from Texas on playing fiddle and viola) is a PhD candidate in applied physics at Cornell University (finishing her 2nd year there). Andrea played in a variety of contra dance bands in the San Antonio area and has studied with Jay Ungar and David Kaynor. Andrea is joined by Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests. Both are fantastic contra dance musicians and are playing a dance with Ithaca contra musician and music promoter Michael Ludgate under the new band name Notes Inégales. This will be an exceptionally fun dance!

Laurie Tupper (flute) - Laurie Tupper is also a graduate student at Cornell University, moving here from Swarthmore College. Laurie is well know in contra dance circles as the flute player for “Last Exit” a Philly based band. She has played all around the northeastern US. She is also the flute player for “Stunt Double” contra band. More here http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayIdent.com?key=LAURIE_TUPPER

Tim Ball (guitar) - Tim has recently been perfecting a style of guitar playing that is great for Irish sessions and contra dancing. Most folks know him for his fiddling: Tim plays fiddle with Contrapasso, Tunescape, the O’Shanigans, and other fine musicians for contra and English Country dances around upstate New York and beyond. A recent graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music where he studied violin with Susan Waterbury, he brings training in classical music and jazz improvisation together with a love of social dancing and a great respect for the traditional music of New England, Ireland, Quebec, and the many other regions that have lent their influence to contra dance musicians everywhere. http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayIdent.com?key=TIM_BALL

Notes Inégales (pronounced notes in-a-gall) contra dance band performs Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes suitable for contra dancing,  general entertainment and weddings. Fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! We currently combine the skills of two of Ithaca’s most talented contra dance musicians: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) with local contra session leader and acoustic music promoter, Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests.

From the dancers and callers –  Notes Inégales, what a fantastic band! You guys rock! True to it’s name, the band infused some interesting rhythmic swing-like patterns (rock step-1-2-3??) into regular square steps. Thanks guys for a fun evening!” “A wall of dance sound” “Wow! What was that Horse Flies tune you played?” “The music was fantastic!” “That was a delightful contra dance last night … I truly enjoyed the many subtleties of your musical arrangements.”, ” … such a fun group of people, and the band was awesome … ” , “The band was absolutely wonderful last night!”

Notes Inégales - About the band name: “Notes Inégales(pronounced notes inagall) contra dance band http://www.notesinegales.org/ — “In music, notes inégales (French: unequal notes) refers to a performance practice, mainly from the Baroque and Classical music eras, in which some notes with equal written time values are performed with unequal durations, usually as alternating long and short. The practice was especially prevalent in France in the 17th and 18th centuries, with appearances in other European countries at the same time; and it reappeared as the standard performance practice in the 20th century in jazz.” source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notes_in%C3%A9gales

More about the musicians here: Bios and Photos www.notesinegales.org

More about Contra Dancing:

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST DANCE Contra dancing is easy to learn. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and by the end of the first night you’ll have learned Danceers at an O’Shanigans’ contra dance in Ithaca NYall the dance moves and you will be able to enjoy the next dance even more. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. The age range is from kids to folks that have been around for a while. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. The patterns of the dance can be a tad confusing at first but remember everyone had a first time and that other dancers will help you. Listen to the caller and the music and go with the flow of the dance. Some people find they get dizzy at first. Looking directly at the person you are dancing with eliminates this sensation. For many, the music is what keeps them coming back as it is exciting and lively. People come to dance, hear the music, socialize and have a good time.

WHAT TO WEAR? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Some halls require non-street shoes so make sure the soles of shoes aren’t bringing grit onto the dance floor. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous so it’s important that you bring a smile. Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html

More information about contra dancing at these links:

http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_dance.html
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cny.contradance/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_dance
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com/US_NY_ITH_TCCD
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayBand.com?key=OSHANIGANS
http://hands4dancers.org/
http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/
http://contra.binghamtondance.org/contra_calendar.htm
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/performerList.php?band=Oshanigans
http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis/

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