ITHACA NY - Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waickman, sweet and fiery traditional songs and dance tunes on fiddle, guitar. Early concert, 5:00 pm Sat Jan 24th, Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room, Cornell University. Early American, Celtic, Scandinavian, and original music. Concert tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves, Greenstar Market, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/ and at the door. $15 adv./$17 door; $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens. Cornell students $5. Children free. Info: web or 607-351-1845.
NOTE: New time (YES, 5 PM cONCERT) and venue so that traditional music and dance fans can attend this concert, followed in the same space by an 8 pm Cornell Contra Dance Club dance with the O’Shanigans. Five hours of mighty fine music and a superb dance floor.
These two young New Englanders keep old traditions fresh, with sweet-voiced ballads and original songs and skillful, dynamic tunes that bring drive and joy to the dance floor and concert hall. Both are highly regarded contra dance musicians: Boston-based guitarist Bethany Waickman with Anadama and Firefly, and Brattleboro-based Lissa Schneckenburger with Phantom Power, Fiddlespiel, and other bands. Both are in demand to lead guitar, fiddle, and vocal workshops; Lissa was featured at last year’s Youth Traditional Song Weekend.
Maine-raised, Lissa Schneckenburger took up the fiddle at the age of six; by high school, she was playing contra dance tunes in concert and at dance venues. Fiddle camps broadened her experience of diverse styles and roots of traditional music; she studied with master fiddlers such as Alasdair Fraser and found her community. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in contemporary improvisation, and since then has performed around the U.S. and internationally. She has recorded eight CDs, (five solo and three with various groups). Searching near-forgotten archives, she has devoted herself to exploring the origins of the Downeast and New England traditional music she first loved as a youngster. Her CDs Song and Dance feature early American songs and fiddle tunes in the northern tradition. Each tune or song, in her hands, sings with individual beauty and pluck. Although she favors pre-20th century songs, she is also a “literate, catchy songwriter,” writes seasoned reviewer Scott Alarik, of the Boston Globe. But it is her bowing for which Lissa Schneckenburger is best known, as soloist or with Phantom Power, Fiddlespiel, or other groups. Sing Out dubs her a “world class fiddler,” and Folk Roots praises her “tasty and feisty fiddle … Lissa blows out the cobwebs in no uncertain fashion.”
When Lissa and Bethany join forces, you can count on a spirited evening. Come have your winter cobwebs blown out!
Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves, Greenstar Market, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/ and at the door. $15 advance/$17 door; $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens. Children free. Cornell students $5. Info: web or 607-351-1845.