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• Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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• Friday, April 11th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Alash Tuvan Throat Singers! Alash Concert at the Carraige House Saturday Night 8pm $18. Follwed by a Sunday Vocal Workshop at CSMA 5pm $25. It’s a busy weekend for many, but with the tension between the US and Russia, some of us wonder if this might be the last chance to catch Alash. The real gem is the Xoomei workshop at the CSMA Sunday. This will be the first time such a possibility has been offered. Joe Prusch is doing the class registration for the Tuvan Throat Singing Workshop at CSMA: email Joe to reserve a space. Joseph Prusch <zeppelin42@yahoo.com> See poster:

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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I would like to invite you all to come see the legendary Alash Ensemble as they visit Ithaca on their latest American tour. Alash (www.alashensemble.com) have been in Ithaca many times before, and have even performed at the Grass Roots Festival. They play traditional Tuvan instruments, singing songs and playing tunes from many different walks of life, from epic poems and love songs to Russian blues. The tones of Tuvan music reflect the land around the people, the water, the air, the birds and frogs, the rocks and the trees, and especially the horses.

The reason for this last-minute notice is that the performance Alash tried to set up fell through, and they were going to skip Ithaca altogether. But the Carriage House was gracious enough to give them a space to perform, and the CSMA gave them space for their first-ever Xoomei workshop in Ithaca!

The workshop is open to the first 20 registrants. All you need to do to sign up for an intimate singing session with Alash is send me an email at zeppelin42@yahoo.com requesting a spot. The workshop costs $25 per participant and takes place Sunday, April 13th at 5pm. Location is the 3rd Floor Auditorium at the CSMA.

For those just interested in enjoying the wit and wisdom of Tuvan music, Alash will be performing at the Carriage House Café Saturday, April 12th at 8pm. Tickets are $18 at the door.

We hope to see many of you there!
Joseph Prusch <zeppelin42@yahoo.com>

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Author: Margaret
• Tuesday, April 01st, 2014

STARRY MOUNTAIN TRIO: Workshop and Concert, Saturday, April 12

Workshop “World Harmony Singing”: 3:30-5:00 pm, 411 Willard Straight Hall, Cornell, $15 (followed by potluck supper). Concert: 8 pm, 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad. Discount price for both workshop and concert: $25 nonstudents/$20 students

WORKSHOP: Sat., April 12, 3:30-5:00 pm, 411 Willard Straight Hall, Cornell

World Harmony Singing: Songs from South Africa, Georgia, and North America. The Starry Mountain Trio will teach three- and four-part-harmony songs from North America, the Republic of Georgia, and South Africa, delving into the particularities of singing styles from each tradition, tuning, and historical, cultural, and social context of the songs. All musical abilities and backgrounds are welcome, and songs will be taught by ear, even when sheet music is provided. Participants are welcome to bring audio recorders to the workshop. Workshop goers can expect to learn new songs (and dances; Suzannah is a member of the Green Grass Cloggers), and learn about the singing traditions from which the songs come. Suzannah Park was featured as a leader of the January 2014 Traditional Youth Song weekend in Massachusetts, where she won praise for her joyous, intuitive style and ability to inspire singers of all ages.

Workshop only: $15; workshop plus concert discount: $25 non-students, $20 students. RSVP to ian.mcgullam@gmail.com. Concert tickets available for purchase at workshop.

CONCERT, Sat., April 12, 8 pm; 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad

The Starry Mountain Trio’s rich a cappella sound and inventive and honest interpretation of old songs stir audiences powerfully. Their repertoire includes American shape-note songs, haunting folk tunes, bluegrass, and gospel from Southern Appalachia, arrangements of traditional British ballads, songs of South Africa, and secular and sacred songs from the beautiful polyphonic traditions of the Republic of Georgia, the Balkans, Corsica, and Sardinia. Suzannah Park, Gideon Crevoshay, and Avery Book have been singing together since they were teenagers. Based in New England and North Carolina, where Suzannah Park is the third generation of a family of traditional singers, storytellers, and dancers, SMT members have studied with master singers and teachers in Corsica, Georgia, South Africa, and Southern Appalachia, and are themselves in demand as experienced teachers, workshop leaders, and community choir directors. They often teach with Village Harmony and tour with Northern Harmony, and have collaborated on projects with Meredith Monk, Revels, Inc., and international recordings of traditional Georgian music. These young musicians have a gift for communicating the joy and passion of singing to all generations.

Concert tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, GreenStar Market, Autumn Leaves Books, online at http://www.cornellfolksong.org/, or at the door. $15 advance, $17 door; $3 rebates for CFSS members, seniors, teens; children free. Students $10/12. Info: website or (607) 351-1845.

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• Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

TRUMANSBURG NY - The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) is excited and pleased to present d n r mendocino 1Rebecca Lomnicky, winner of the world’s most prestigious Scottish fiddle competition, in concert with David Brewer, a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Celtic music on guitar, Irish penny whistle, bodhran frame-drum and the Scottish bagpipes. The duo will bring their energetic, emotional music to the conservatory on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30pm. Buy tickets here.
Rebecca, who began classical violin and piano as a five-year-old, won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship—an invitation-only event, regarded as the Grammys of the fiddling world—in 2009. David Brewer has played and toured with Scottish super-group, The Old Blind Dogs, and also with Molly’s Revenge, in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, China and Australia, and played as a special guest of the renowned Chieftains.
Together and separately, they’ve performed all over the world. The pair’s blended performances, aimed at bridging the gap between Scottish fiddle and bagpipe music, are stirring and lively, ranging from toe-tapping dance tunes to soaring majestic airs, with wide appeal to diverse audiences. Tickets are available online and will be sold at Good To Go in Trumansburg.
To find out more about Rebecca and about David, click on their names to visit their web sites.

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• Sunday, March 09th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Steel Wheels and Tunes for the Trail is CANCELLED: POSTPONED due to the weather. The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Ithaca on Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 pm, when they perform at The Haunt for Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Tunes for the Trail, supporting the completion of Ithaca’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. They’ll be performing some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music & community. In addition as the schedule allows, the band organizes and performs the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.

The Steel Wheels “Winter Is Coming” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj2puFC1ssY

Band members:

Trent Wagler: lead vocals, guitar, banjo, song-writing
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Brian Dickel: upright bass, harmony vocals
Eric Brubaker: fiddle, harmony vocals
The Steel Wheels website: www.thesteelwheels.com

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The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Ithaca on Wednesday, March 12, when they perform at The Haunt for Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Tunes for the Trail, supporting the completion of Ithaca’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. They’ll be performing some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.

Their breakout album, Red Wing (2010), garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with “Nothing You Can’t Lose” taking top honors as Best Country Song. Following 2011’s release, Live at Goose Creek, The Steel Wheels continued to take the Americana scene by storm with their album, Lay Down, Lay Low (2012), which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMA’s Top 40 Chart and was the 2012 Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. Additionally NPR Music named “Rain in the Valley” their Song of the Day, marveling that the “heavy hymn […] is sparse and dense all at once.” 2013 brought yet another Americana charting release entitled, No More Rain.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music & community near their home in the Shenandoah Valley. In addition as the schedule allows, the band organizes and perform the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.

As the band thrives, so do their partnerships with local businesses, artisans, and charitable organizations. The values portrayed in their music—devotion to roots, community, and family—are a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. The band’s merchandise represents a host of grassroots connections to people and businesses. Lucas Roasting Company, located just outside of Harrisonburg, created “Halfway to Heaven” dark roast coffee in honor of their friends The Steel Wheels. Blue Mountain Brewery, located on Afton Mountain in Virginia, hosted the band when they were just getting started and now cans and bottles a multi-state distributed “Steel Wheels ESB.” T-shirts and printing needs are locally sourced and their one of a kind ceramic mugs are made by a potter friend, Justin Rothshank. Each product is intimately woven into the bands’ narrative. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world.

Quotes:

“If one must compare The Steel Wheels to another act in order to get an idea of their music imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth attempting to compare them with anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch.” — John Walker, Americana Roots

“The Steel Wheels are certainly going places… on the line between old timey folk and something raw, new and bluegrassy. Catch Trent and company on their way to fame and glory.” — Cover Lay Down

“Americana music at its best!” — Larry Groce, Mountain Stage

“Truth: Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine could all learn something from these cats.” — Michael Verity, No Depression, in article naming “Rain in the Valley” by The Steel Wheels as #2 acoustic song of 2012

“Fiddle-rich and mandolin-driven, their music includes all the elements I most appreciate in acoustiblue music- energy, strong and distinctive lead vocals that are supported and complemented by acute harmony, instrumental proficiency, originality tied to tradition, new songs that sound old and traditional songs that sound as they always have.” — Donald Teplyske, Roots Music

“Music lovers, prepare to have your breath taken away & goose bumps to cover your arms more at this one concert than any other you have EVER been to. The Steel Wheels are just that good!” — Rear Window Listening Room, Ganado, TX

Band members:

Trent Wagler: lead vocals, guitar, banjo, song-writing
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Brian Dickel: upright bass, harmony vocals
Eric Brubaker: fiddle, harmony vocals
The Steel Wheels website: www.thesteelwheels.com

Videos
Steel Wheels SpokeSong Tour video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OKXwuTaTXI
Here is another about bike touring to festivals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1aCPwK9kVo
Steel Wheels performing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsXbYMML0dI

Print Links
Steel Wheels on Cover of Pollstar http://bit.ly/1aKyzCZ
Tompkins Weekly Article _ Monday, March 3 www.tompkinshosting.com/tompkinsweekly/TompkinsWeekly140303.pdf#page=3

Web and Facebook Links
To visit the Steel Wheels web page www.thesteelwheels.com
Video page on web site. www.thesteelwheels.com/videos
Cayuga Waterfront Trail Website: www.cayugawaterfronttrail.com/Events
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/736848242994670/

Thanks to our sponsors Ithaca Carshare, Dan Smalls Presents, La Tourelle Resort, Merrill Lynch, Rasa Spa, and the Plantsmen Nursery.

EVENING SCHEDULE
7:30 PM. Welcome and short first set by Steel Wheels
8:15 pm Steel Wheels Bike Video and discussion; Finish and Furnish it Campaign Intro/unveiling
8:45 pm. Steel Wheels long set til 10 or so. With Prize drawings in middle of set or at end.

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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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• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Sat March 08 Mantra and Mantrella’s Belly Fusion Presents “Girls with Guns From the Wild Wild East” at Lot 10 in Ithaca from 7:00-9:00 pm. http://www.aliciafreedman.com/performance/

Live music and belly dance fusion inspired by the Middle East…with a twist. A FREE show featuring Tessa and the True Hearts (Tessa Myers), and Wowsie A Go-Go (Wendy Williams). Live music and dancing with Cat and the Pussy Cats (Art Bakert of Gadje and Catherine Perkins), as well as live music from members of the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble. Wild wild west attire encouraged.

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/657841627606130/

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• Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Djangoners at the Gates Sat Nov 30th
Eddy Street in Collegetown, Ithaca NY
Saturday November 30th 7-10pm $5 cover.

ITHACA NY - What do you get when you combine Harry and Eric Aceto, guitarist and 5-string violinist of Djug Django with Bobby Henrie and Brian Williams, guitarist-vocalist and bassist of ace Rockabilly band, the Goners? You get a top-notch gypsy jazz/bop band with a supremely logical name: the Djangoners. And, in case there is anyone left in the world who does not know, the group explores the wonderful “dgenre” of music associated with the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.

The Djangoners play the music of Django Reinhardt and his band from late 1930s Paris - “The Hot Club of France” - arguably, the most famous Jazz band Europe ever produced.

Django Reinhardt was born into a family of Manouche Gypsies in Belgium and began playing music early but, at age 18, he was seriously injured in a fire that rendered two fingers on his left hand useless, and doctors believed he would never play guitar again. Reinhardt persevered in rehabilitation and developed a technique using only two fingers for his spectacular guitar solos. In mid 1930’s Paris, Django joined forces with violinist, Stephane Grapelli and formed the Hot Club of France, which went on to a prolific recording and performance career popularizing Django’s original compositions and renditions of American Jazz classics.

Today, Django Reinhardt’s music is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and the Djangoners are carrying on his legacy true to its tradition.

Bobby Henrie

Bobby Henrie is a performer of exceptional ability and range. His early days as an astounding child prodigy shaped his talent and love of eclecticism which includes most traditional music from old-time country to rockabilly and swing. As a guitarist with an unorthodox (flipped, lefty) technique, he can rip through a heady brew of raw roots rock, blistering flatpicking, smoking blues or smooth jazz. His vocal style is heartfelt, well honed and true to the style whether it’s tough rocking or sultry swing. Bobby holds a degree in Jazz Guitar from SUNY Geneseo and is adept at writing material with a classic yet contemporary flair. He’s played and competed at many prestigious festivals including Galax (Virginia) and Union Grove (North Carolina) Fiddler’s Conventions, Winfield (Kansas) Guitar Festival, Wheatland and Berkshire Bluegrass festivals. In addition to the Goners, Bobby plays in the bluegrass bands, Cornerstone & Paris Texas. He is a founding member of the Gypsy Jazz band - The Djangoners - and continues to perform with his 4 brothers in the Henrie Brothers StringBand that began in 1974.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams plays the upright bass in a style heavily influenced by the early basemen of jazz and rock’n'roll. He blends the rhythms of blues, bluegrass, dixieland and swing. Brian launched his musical career in 1972 with the SwampRoot StringBand playing festivals and fiddler’s conventions all along the Appalachians. Later, he joined the John Mooney Blues Band and toured for 10 years working clubs, festivals and concerts from Maine to Chicago to New Orleans.

Sharing the bill with national acts like Muddy Waters, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield and Asleep at the Wheel, Brian gained recognition as a player with respect for traditional styles as well as a unique slap-style technique. In 1985, he joined Bobby Henrie and the Goners and developed a rockabilly and swing repertoire. in 2004, he formed the jazz trio Lumiere and later, the Djangoners, a Gypsy Jazz band playing in the tradition of the great Django Reinhardt.

Eric Aceto

Eric Aceto has been immersed in the traditions of jazz, acoustic folk and blues, electrified rock and experimental music for over 30 years. He’s active as a session player, touring musician and designer of musical instruments. Primarily self-taught, he advanced his violin technique under the tutelage of concert violinist Rolfe Sokol. Some of his musical projects include work with British guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson, cellist Hank Roberts, banjo player Richie Stearns, Doug Robinson, the Mectapus band, the Scott B. Adams AcousticEnsemble, the Burns Sisters Band, the Eric Aceto Quartet and Djug Django.

Born to a family that has produced several generations of artists and musicians in Rochester, New York, Eric attended art school at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Nazareth College, where he learned to combine his natural musicianship with an affinity for wood and sculptural form. While playing music during his college years, his dissatisfaction with the amplified violins of the time led him to experiment with the design and construction of his own instruments. As an instrument builder and owner of “Ithaca Stringed Instruments”, Eric has devoted years to developing and evolving instruments of exceptional quality. His violins, mandolins and guitars are in increasing demand by discerning musicians around the world; artists such as Jean Luc Ponty, Darol Anger, Matt Glaser, Tommy Malone, Jerry Goodman, Ritchie Havens, Irene Sazer, Ruben Blades, David Torn and many, many others play his instruments.

Harry Aceto

Harry Aceto’s musical career was launched at age 10 with a Christmas present of a toner banjo. He played along with brothers Robby & Eric to records by the Weavers, Leadbelly, Kingston Trio, New Lost City Ramblers and the Stanley Brothers. Soon, he graduated to the “hootenanny & coffeehouse” folkie circuit….experimenting on anything with strings on it - guitar, uke, mandolin, fiddle, bass. Throughout high school, he played in bluegrass, folk-rock & blues bands and eventually discovered the music of Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Basie, Ellington, & Django Reinhardt….. he was hooked for life! Later, he concentrated on electric & upright bass, gigging steadily with an ever-increasing array of arty original music groups, wedding bands, southern old-time, trad jazz, latin, & swing dancebands.

Harry’s had no real formal training but has always managed to get by with good ears & deep family musical gene-pool; educating himself one tune at a time, luckily working with well-schooled players. Concurrently, he’s maintained a day job as a luthier at Ithaca Guitar Works since 1981, responsible for all the stringed instrument repairs & setups.

In 1997, he was hired by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason as regular staff member at their summer music & dance camps at Ashokan, NY. Following began a series of festivals, concerts & tours with Jay & Molly’s band “Swingology”, as well as with other folk & jazz luminaries, including David Bromberg, the Clayfoot Strutters & Wild Asparagus.

What began as a childhood obsession has somehow evolved into a life of music taking him all across the U.S. and beyond to Europe & Central America.

More info on Gypsy Jazz in western NY and The Djangoners:

Gypsy Jazz - the style of music developed by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s, has developed a following in Western New York beginning a decade ago with the help of local bands: Babik in Buffalo, DjugDjango in Ithaca and Lumiere in Rochester. Lumiere not only played Gypsy Jazz but had a Parisian Cafe vibe largely due to the fine accordion playing of Ed Marris and his repertoire of Musette Waltzes. But when Ed Marris relocated to the Catskills a few years ago essentially ending the original Lumiere band, it left a void in Rochester’s jazz scene. Bobby Henrie and Brian Williams (of Goners fame for over 25 years) quickly assembled “Manouche a Trois” with the addition of Taylor Buckley (3-time Montana State Fiddle Champion). Taylor is an outstanding violinist but had just gotten his medical degree and with 5 years of intense hospital residency ahead, couldn’t commit to regular gigs. Bobby was coming into his own with his Django stylings (albiet flipped lefty backwards) so he and Brian called upon the Aceto brothers; Eric on violin and Harry on rhythm guitar. Eric and Harry from Ithaca’s DjugDjango were anxious to dig deeper into Gypsy Jazz and were pleased to get the call and form “The Djangoners” and interpret the great repertoire of Django’s “Hot Club of France”.

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• Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Video from this concert posted below! - The Canaan Institute presents Long Time Courting for an evening of traditional and original music with evocative vocal harmonies and powerful instrumentals on Thursday November 21st 2013 starting at 7:00 pm (doors 6:30) followed by a jam session. $15- donation at the door. Please RSVP to mike@cinst.org for directions and to reserve seating at this private venue. Website www.cinst.org Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/521347131285946/

Long Time Courting is an all-women supergroup featuring Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals) of Matt & Shannon Heaton and Childsplay, Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals) of Annalivia and the John Whelan Band, Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) of Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project and Fluttr Effect, and Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals), also of Childsplay. Together as Long Time Courting, these four talented woman offer an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music that showcases each musician’s versatility, creativity, and mastery. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with formidable instrumental prowess to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying. The members of the group are all seasoned performers, having toured with such notable acts as The John Whelan Band, Childsplay, Robbie O’Connell, Aoife Clancy, Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project, and Carlos Núñez.

Flute player Shannon Heaton, a Chicago native, is well known for her work alongside her husband Matt Heaton, with whom she has spent the last ten years recording, performing, and touring on several continents. Irish American News dubbed her 2009 Female Musician of the Year, and LiveIreland called her latest album with Matt Heaton the “Trad Fusion Album of 2010.”

New Hampshire-ite and guitarist Liz Simmons is best known for her work with the Celtic Americana outfit Annalivia which she co-founded with husband Flynn Cohen. She also performs with the acclaimed Irish accordionist John Whelan, and her singing is featured in the film “Time and Charges” written and directed by Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson.

Cellist Valerie Thompson hails from Kansas City and is an innovator of the folk and rock cello, as well as being a studied classical player. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a masters’ degree from the New England Conservatory. Valerie can also be heard with Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project.

Katie McNally is a New England Scottish fiddle champion and two-time runner up for the national title. She is a graduate of Tufts University where she studied traditional music from many cultures (including a semester in Scotland) and performs with the supergroup Childsplay as well as her own solo project. This past year she could also be seen touring with famed Galician piper Carlos Núñez.

For more info go to: band www.longtimecourting.com

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Author: Guest
• 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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Author: Margaret
• Saturday, November 09th, 2013


Cosy Sheridan

SATURDAY, 23 NOVEMBER

8:00 - 10:30 PM

165 MCGRAW HALL, CORNELL ARTS QUAD

(on Central Ave. near Johnson Museum)

For more than 20 years, singer and song crafter Cosy Sheridan has captivated audiences with wicked satire, charm, and unbridled, joyous energy. She has a serious side as well, and is foremost among contemporary songwriters in giving voice to the lives of women. Uniquely, she fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox and Hades the Biker: all the excess, fear, wry humor, simple wisdom, beauty, and love that make up contemporary life. She is frank, feisty, fragile, sublimely and devilishly funny, and at home everywhere from the wilds of Utah to the Dr. Demento show to Carnegie Hall.

She’s widely respected for her well-rounded musical chops: a solid blues- and gospel-infused dynamic guitar style, tunes that stick, thoughtful and mirthful lyrics, and a flexible, communicative voice. In 1992, she won both the New Folk Award at Kerrville (joining the ranks of previous winners Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Michelle Shocked, and John Gorka) and the Telluride Bluegrass Troubadour Award. This New Hampshire native, who’s now based in Utah, had early vocal training at The Berklee School of Music and guitar training with the likes of Guy Van Duser and Eric Schoenberg, but she has developed her own distinctive style through years of touring, recording (10 CDs), and living. Most important, she has something real to say, shaped as music. And she helps others to find their voice by teaching at numerous camps coast to coast, including the Moab Folk Camp, which she co-founded in 2008.

It has been six years since the Cornell Folk Song Society last brought her to Ithaca. Heed the advice of fellow-musician Catie Curtis: “Somewhere in the uncharted territory of Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Dr. Ruth, and Deepak Chopra is YOU at a Cosy Sheridan concert–laughing and crying, laughing and crying. Go there.”

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

–Margaret Shepard

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Author: Margaret
• Friday, October 25th, 2013

Sunday, 3 November, 2 pm

Appel Commons 303, Cornell North Campus

 

Fabulous New England-based band Elixir (Ethan
Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet and vocals, Jesse Readlynn
on trumpet and flugelhorn, Owen Morrison on guitar and foot percussion, Nils
Fredland on trombone and vocals), will perform in a Cornell Folk Song Society
concert as part of a double feature: Saturday night contra dance (sponsored by
the Cornell Contra Dance Club) and Sunday afternoon concert! A creative fusion
- with joy and finesse - of big-band, traditional Celtic and French Canadian,
Dixieland jazz, swing, reggae, singing squares, rock, and originals. Exquisite
harmonies, high energy from a premier band.

 

This venue has the advantage of a nice dance floor behind
the chairs (for those who can’t stay in their seats for this exuberant music),
as well as a large adjacent parking lot, open to the public.

 

Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves Books,
GreenStar, Bound for Glory, online at
www.cornellfolksong.org/.
$15 advance/$17 door; $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens. $5 for student
members of Cornell Folk Song Society (membership is free to CU students).
Children free. Info: 607-351-1845 or website.

 

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