The O’Shanigans will be performing at The Newark Valley Apple Festival at the historic Bement-Billings Farmstead. Musicians Phil Robinson (guitar), Tim Ball (fiddle) and Michael Ludgate (tenor banjo) - Sat Oct 3rd from 11:15 am - 1:00 pm along with lots of other bands and musicians! 2 days of Bluegrass, Old-Time, Irish, Celtic and New England fiddle and dance music on 3 stages! The Newark Valley Historical Society hosts this Apple Festival, at the Bement-Billings Farmstead every year. The festival allows The Newark Valley Historical Society to showcase the history of the farmstead and the interpreters who explain the way things theyre in the days of the family who owned it. The event is open to the public for a nominal admission fee. Supervised parking is across the street in the field. Lots of music all weekend! Bluegrass, Old-time and Celtic! Enjoy traditional music and crafts, food, fun, and festivities. MORE INFO HERE http://tom-marie.com/Saturday_AF09.html and here http://www.nvhistory.org/
The venue: The Bement-Billings Farmstead is a living history museum which interprets domestic life, agricultural practices and the natural environment of the early 1800’s. The property includes the original Bement farmhouse, a replica blacksmith shop, a reconstructed threshing barn, additional out-buildings, and 90 acres of the Bement family’s farm land. Educational and community activities include formal school programs and community group tours, two major festivals each year, summer visitation hours, and a children’s day camp. Several craft guilds practice 19th century skills. Young people aged 9-18 participate in the Youth Interpreter program.
The O’Shanigans perform Celtic, American and World Fiddle tunes suitable for general entertainment and contra dances. They currently combine skills of two of Ithaca’s most experienced open music jam leaders with an incredibly talented young fiddler native to the Finger Lakes region. The O’Shanigans is: Phil Robinson on guitar (Ithaca Bluegrass jam leader, multi-instrumentalist, accomplished guitarist …), Tim Ball on fiddle (Contrapasso, Tunescape, IC violinist … ) and Michael Ludgate on mandolin (Canaan jam leader, Waltz jam originator, Cornell Middle Eastern Ensemble … ). O’Shanigans was originally started by Phil to satisfy a fun Saint Patrick’s Day gig. The musical members shift and change a bit as time passes, but Phil and or Mike are usually at the core. Yes you guessed it; the name was coined as a spin off on the word shenanigans and that first Irish gig! They have not lost their sense of humor even when they hit a few bumps in the road! More about O’Shanigans on their web page here http://www.canaaninstitute.org/oshanigans.html