MUSIC CALENDAR LISTINGS for ITHACA and CNY
maintained by me: Michael
Ludgate. I originally started
this as a beginner fiddle player who was excited to
I learned about folk music with my friends. (more at MySpace.com
a look!) To keep myself and
of my musician friends organized I started a music email list and this
web page. It has really evolved into more than that. It is a valuable
networking resource for the musicians: both beginner and expert,
amateur and professional. It really only
works if you use the
information and stay on the list. It also works better if you help:
send me your gigs and other interesting music information and I'll get
the word out to the rest of the list. For clarification:
I maintain 2 email lists; one for mostly Folk Music [
Mikes-Music ] and one for outdoor
exercise (Cycle and XC-Ski)... if
you want to be on any or
all of these email lists just let me know at email Mike
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Support the venues that support live music! See the list of live music EVENTS in the right column here (better yet get on the email list). See also the list of VENUES below. With so many great musicians in the Ithaca area, there is no need to go to a club or bar or dance that does not have live music! So, please patronize the bars and clubs and dances that host live musicians! :-)
Americana VineyardCranberry Coffee BING
Bound for Glory [Map]
Carriage House Cafe [Map]
Chapter House [Map]
Corks and More
Cornell Music Department
Cornell Folk Song Society
Crossing Borders Radio
Craigslist Music Ithaca
Felicia's Atomic LoungeIf you are a musician or dancer, however modest or well established, and you have gigs or other music related items of interest that you want posted here: please email me the info! Most of the info that you see on all these pages here gets to me from you all! Examples: open jams, your gigs, new local CDs, dances, music or dance workshops and so on. -m
Freeville Music Open Mics
Hands Four Dancers
Ithaca College Music
Ithaca Journal Music Listing
Ithaca Times Music Listing
Ithaca Swing Dance
Judy Hyman's Calendar
Oasis Dance Club
Red Newt Cellars [Map]
Rongo T-Burg [Map]
Scale House Brew Pub
The Shop Cafe
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Soul Full Cup - Corning
State Theater [Map]
Tioga Trails Cafe [Map]
Two Goats Brew Pub
Valley Folk - Corning
Jam at Mike's -
every week [ details
O'Shanigans (Tim, Mike, Phil) www.oshanigans.org
Notes Inégales (Andrea, Mike and guests) www.notesinegales.org/
EVENTS at the Canaan Institute Workshop (aka Mike & Raylene's farm): House concerts, jam sessions, instrumental workshops [ HERE ]
RSS feed for VARIOUS MUSIC BLOGS
click on underlined headline to go to full article. go here for Mike's: http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusicblog/
Q: OK, I give up - what is YFN?
:: Notes Inégales & O'Shanigans ::
O'Shanigans contra dance band http://www.oshanigans.org
Notes Inégales contra dance band http://www.notesinegales.org
O'Shanigans is Tim Ball, Phil Robinson, Mike Ludgate with guests.
Notes Inégales is Andrea Katz and Mike Ludgate with guests.
The O'Shanigans perform Celtic 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 website http://www.canaaninstitute.
A: Sorry. I explain this now and then, but not every time. YFN is an
abbreviation for "Your Friends and Neighbors", an open acoustic folk
band (open meaning it is a pick up band of whoever shows up). We play every Monday night on the Ithaca commons all summer long for contra dancers and for various other - usually public events like fundraisers and festivals....
Monday nights in the summer we usually play with no set list for the evening. We work from a rough list of about 200 tunes. Sheet music is available on this website: see "sheet music".
For more structured events, like a Friday dance or a major festival, we try to come up with a plan, a set list: a smaller list of tunes to focus on. Remember: Just becase it is an open band (and it IS very friendly and open) does not mean it cannot have some structure like a set list or plan for the evening! :-)
there is more info at these links:
How did YFN get it's name? See this link: http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=1971#1971
The new CD is now on sale at Ludgate's Farm Market on Hanshaw Road! [map]
The Flies’ new album, Until the Ocean, is their first since the passing of their beloved bass player of 17 years, John Hayward, in 1997. Recorded at Electric Wilburland, Pyramid Sound, and the band’s Gray House, it was mixed by Canadian, Kevin Doyle (Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, Ron Sexsmith, Alannah Myles, and many more) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in Manhattan.
The band is excited to celebrate the album release with Ithaca in a free, outdoor concert, Thursday, June 12 on the Commons in downtown Ithaca from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
For more information about the Horse Flies:
Another new local CD available at Ludgate Farms
From Joe Crookston ...
MaineFolkMusic recently reviewed his new 2008 CD, “able Baker Charlie & Dog saying: “It seems Joe Crookston can hardly set a foot wrong these days. Several of his songs have made it into the finals of some of the more prestigious national songwriting competitions; John Lennon, Mountain Stage, Great American Song Contest. The audience at the 2007 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival named him one of the Top 3 “Most Wanted” Emerging Artists. This honor landed him a spot on the 2008 Falcon Ridge Preview Tour, commencing in May, 2008… Joe Crookston’s star is rising. Versatile songwriting, excellent musicianship and a charismatic stage presence should earn him a permanent place on the national folk scene”. Rodger Nichols of The Dalles Oregon Chronicle wrote, “This is not just reviewer's hype... ....This guy is flat out good.” For more information about Joe visit: www.joecrookston.com
New Old Time CD! "It's About Time"
Great local Ithaca old-time music on sale at Ludgate Farms :-)
Here's a rare note from Mac Benford, he's usually too busy playing music to write! "I thought you might be interested to know that I have a new CD, just recently released (see the attachment). It’s a collaboration with my long-time musical pal, John Hoffmann, and it features our two bands, The Haywire Gang and UpSouth,. as well as many duets by me and John. Thanks for your interest and support -Mac Benford"
It's About Time features John Hoffmann and Mac Benford, two powerful musicians in their first recording together. On 22 tracks, John and Mac demonstrate their versatility, with fiddle-banjo duets, banjo-guitar duets, twin banjo tunes, ballads and hot old-time fiddle tunes. Joining Mac and John on three tracks is Randi Beckmann. This trio forms the hot dance band UpSouth. Another trio configuration featured on this album is The Haywire Gang, which includes John, Mac and Paula Bradley (guitar, banjo uke & vocals). The Haywire Gang is featured on nine tracks.
Sheet Music &Tune Books...
Here is a list .... I keep the inventory at the Canaan Rd music jam space, but I can ship them or bring them to the Friday contra dance or the outdoor contra dance in the summer. More info on tunebooks here
Waltz Book I -- $15.00
Waltz Book II -- $15.00
Waltz Book III -- $15.00
Waltz Book IV -- $15.00 *NEW* !!!
Portland Collection Volume 1 -- $28.00
Portland Selection CD Volume 1 -- $15.00
Portland Collection Volume 2 -- $28.00
Portland Selection CD Volume 2 -- $15.00
Portland Selection Play Along Double CD set -- $25.00
The Fiddlers Throne -- $25.00
The Fiddlers Throne -- CD $15.00
New England Fiddler's Repertoire 3rd Edition -- $22.00
Marshall's Scottish Melodies 2nd Edition - $28.00
Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. NEW 2nd Ed -- $25.00
The Fiddler's Friend: NEW for 2007 -- $10.00
Danse ce soir! québécois tune book -- $29.95
Danse ce soir! québécois companion CD -- $15.00
A Little Couple Dansmusik -- $22.00
English Dance Tunes -- Volume 1 - BLUE -- $18.00
English Dance Tunes -- Volume 2 - RED -- $18.00
Piano Accompaniment Techniques -- $20.00
Susan Conger -- author of "The Gale"
Along the River Tunebook -- $15.00
Along the River CD -- $15.00
Fiddlers Fakebook - $25.00
Sackett's Harbor -- $16.00
Mer Boel -- author of "The Wild One"
The Wild One! and other fiddle tunes. - $19.95
Waltzes and Jigs - $16.95
Chord Encyclopedia for 1400 fiddle tunes -- $20.00
A Folk Musician's working guide to chords, keys, scales and more -- $22.00
Pig Ankle Rag
One of the tunes we play “Pig Ankle Rag” was revived by this band: The Highwoods String Band – I found this article online; “Any time the word "revival" pops up in connection with a given style of music, it often seems to be the case that a certain tension develops between those who take an academic, preservationist approach, with recital-style performances, and those who seek to recapture the original spirit of the music as something that was done for the sheer joy of it. In the case of the resurgence of interest in the old time string band music of the Appalachians that took place in the '70s, it would be unfair to say that even the most serious and academic of the folklorists and collectors weren't also having a good time playing the music, but when it came to making sure everyone was having a good time, there was nothing quite like seeing the Highwoods String Band. As banjo player Mac Benford liked to say, it was, "all about FUN - fun for us and fun for our audiences."” [ the remainder of the article is really interesting! http://www.spun.com/music/artist-biography.jsp?id=831004 ] Another article here http://www.funkyside.com/macbenford/
Selin and Harris - Photos of Troy’s latest hand built mandolin [ here ]
Banjo for SALE 5-string http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=1347#1347
New - mp3s and videos of tunes that are in the YFN tuneset http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=1380#1380
DANCE FLURRY! Car pool, room share, schedule http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=1344#1344
OUT NOW - New Old-Time CD! "It's About Time" Ithaca’s newest old-time music recording is on sale now at Ludgate Farms on Hanshaw Road. Here's a rare note from Mac Benford - he's usually too busy playing music to write! "I thought you might be interested to know that I have a new CD, just recently released. It’s a collaboration with my long-time musical pal, John Hoffmann, and it features our two bands, The Haywire Gang and UpSouth,. as well as many duets by me and John. Thanks for your interest and support -Mac Benford" More info with pic http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/musicnt.htm
Folks might enjoy the "Red Hot Chili Pipers" doing a high-energy sendup of a Queen classic on the bagpipes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwrvHnYpwkk -Phil R [yeah, that's bluegrass jam leader, Phil ] I just clicked - this is a blast - ha! -m :-)
Buying your way to guilt free consumption – an easy out for our consumptive culture? Check this out http://www.terrapass.com/ As an organic and natural products retailer, I know I will stock some of these type of things [ for example http://specialevents.com/eventtools/green_chocolate_120307/ ] and I bet they will sell … I am also confident that the money will go to worthy environmentally minded projects. But still - there is something not quite right about folks being able purchase their way out of the guilt of destroying their planet … why not just drive a greener car … or ride a bike? Turn off a light, use less hot water … that sort of thing? Hmm … but what the heck do I know?
Podcast from DC contra band - From a subscriber: "I thought you might be interested in an online resource I recently found. It's a website that's helpful for learning contra dance tunes. Once a month, they post a podcast of the tunes that were played at a dance in Washington DC, played by an open band. The website (or podcast info) provides the name of the tune, a page number of a tune book, and the key of the tune. Here's the link: http://www.openbandonline.com/Open_Band/Welcome.html -Debbie R"
This article of interest is from Fiddler Magazine - Old Time Fiddle Traditions in New York State By Jim Kimball - http://www.fiddle.com/issues/win9798.html#oldtime a snippet here …
“ … With the completion of the Erie Canal in the 1820s and an influx of new East coast urban influences across New York State, the old contra dances gradually gave way to a fad for the somewhat newer square dances (the cotillions or quadrilles) along with a succession of couple or "round" dances (e.g. waltzes, polkas, schottisches, and by the early 20th century, two steps and fox-trots). Locally, rural dancers tended to hang on to only a few of the contra standards, preferring instead the variability and spontaneity of sets of squares along with a handful of popular round dances. Favorite contra dances in one region or another of New York included "Opera Reel," "Money Musk," "French Four," "Crooked-S," "Lady Washington," "Portland Fancy," and "The Virginia Reel." The Opera Reel was particularly popular in some regions, as the Hod Case diaries note from an 1879 dance south of Caledonia … “
Music and poetry competition: A Celebration by and for Area Folk & Acoustic Musicians, Poets and Others in Tribute to The 25th Anniversary of the Finger Lakes National Forest http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=1295#1295
Tune updates for the YFN tune set http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=1205#1205 the entire tune set is on the web page. Poke around on the “tunes and mp3s” local …
Gigs: Musicians! Send me your gigs and I’ll list ‘em here on this newsletter.
Bound for Glory ...
alt folk harmonies
The debut record, Sweet End, available now at Ludgate Farms! :-)
official site: http://www.five2.net
Felicia is on Facebook (www.facebook.com),
MySpace (www.myspace.com/atomicfelicia) and
For more information on Lounge happenings, check out our website at
(www.myspace.com/atomicfelicia) and Friendster
own blog which is sure to amuse and offend (he is a dog after all)
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: DRAWN FROM NATURE
With an original music score by Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus, AMERICAN MASTERS John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature, will be broadcast nationally on the American Masters series on PBS Check local listings.
For more information about the film please visit:
A Production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Florentine Films/Hott
Productions, Inc. Produced by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey. Directed by Lawrence Hott. Written by Ken Chowder. Edited by Aaron Vega. Creator and Executive Producer of American Masters: Susan Lacy. 54 Minutes. Closed Captioned.
AMERICAN MASTERS John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature
Energetic, gifted and vain, Audubon was self-taught and self-made, the
illegitimate son of a French sea captain and Haitian servant girl. From
the Caribbean and the French countryside, he eventually settled in the
American South at age 21. After failed business efforts and bankruptcy,
he pursued his true passion - finding, shooting and drawing birds -
ultimately realizing his dream of publishing The Birds of America, the
monumental collection of 435 life-size prints, many now fetching more
than $100,000 each at auction.
New web site for musicians
GigKeeper is designed to simplify the management side of playing in bands. GigKeeper keeps track of gigs, bands, parts, players, and most importantly, who's available to play which parts for which gigs. GigKeeper automates such things as: Tracking the scheduling status of gigs, Tracking the availability of players, Tracking guest players (or subs) for a gig, Maintaining mailing lists for bands and gigs and Advertising the band and its gigs. [ it's FREE and locally produced ]
Friday May 25 – Live Music in The Alley every Friday starting 5/25
Sunday May 27 – Liz Stahler and Nathan Duprey www.lizstahler.com,
Friday June 1 – The Local Boys play The Alley
Sunday June 3 – Dami www.myspace.com/shoheen
Friday June 8 – The Hogwashers (aka Soul Twang) play The Alley
Sunday June 10 – Adrianne www.adrimusic.com
Looking for something to do on Monday nights when Felicia’s is closed?
Try the HAZELNUT KITCHEN in Trumansburg who recently opened where
Simply Red was. Good bistro atmosphere, excellent food. Or drive a
tad bit farther to SIMPLY RED who re-opened at Sheldrake Point
Vineyards on the lake. They have live music with Richie Stearns and
friends on Monday nights. Nice.
Studios. Give Phil a call at 607-273-2121. Next Live Bound for Glory folk concert broadcast? June 24. There are six live Bound for Glory shows in the summer.
on the web -- streaming audio
Sunday nights from 8 to 11, with live sets at
Cul de Snack, the Cafe at Anabel Taylor Hall
8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 [ CampusMap ]
Musicians & Singers wanted:
moved to the forum here
Here's is my little rant on commenting about how expensive it is ... just some thoughts ...
first .. if you have ever tried to run any kind of business or even a non-profit (non profits aren't legally allowed to loose money) the cost of everything just keeps going up: gas, oil, labor, carpets, polyurethane for the dance floors and so on.
second .. the musicians do deserve at least travel expenses for their efforts (I know we all love to play and will do it for free, because it is so much dang fun, but we have to put gas in that thing that got us there too!)
another .. it's often not really just a suggestion or a donation at all. The organizer of the particular event may likely be avoiding conflicts with the 'authorities' such as a zoning ordinance that does not allow a "dance hall" but will allow non-profit "social gatherings"... or a bar owner who doesn't want to scare off his 'regulars' ... so they might say 'donation' but you are expected to pay your way ... -:)
so .. just shell out the (usually very reasonable) fee and help support good clean, honest fun and folk music! -:)
CARPOOLS, FESTIVALS, CLASSIFIEDS!
OK. After watching polls and listening to feedback from subscribers, I have decided to open the forum up one notch. I will make it so anyone who knows the link can read the messages - this will increase the usefulness of the forum to this folk music community. But: you must register and login to post messages. Also you must register in such a way that I know who you are (to keep pranksters out): either make your login name really obvious (like mine) or use the same email as you use for the (MikesMusic) listserve or send me a message so I know who you are. If I can't figure out who you are: I will delete you. But DO PLEASE register - this opens up the networking options for jams, gigs carpools etc.
The Folkus Project
The Folkus Project folk & acoustic music for Syracuse & Central New York! All concerts start at 8:00
Joe Cleveland, Artistic Director
SUMMER FESTIVALS! -- INFO & Car-pooling
Little bits of news from us to you, Horse Flies friends…
Mostly what we’re up to is working on a new album. Really. Almost daily. Shooting for a fall release :--)
We’re doing a few live performances this season … mostly regional, but we’ll be playing in California in September for the first time in many years. Hope some of you can join us!
*Downtown Ithaca Summer Concert Series on the Commons, August 16, Ithaca, NY
*Millpond Festival, September 15, Bishop, CA
*Corning Museum of Glass, October 18, Corning, NY
We've been messing around on MySpace recently. We finally have a Horse Flies page up with music and some videos we hope you'll enjoy. We've posted the Hush Little Baby video some of you may remember and some live performance too. Richie and Judy also have their own MySpace pages with their own "stuff". Come visit us out there! :--)
Jeff and Judy scored a documentary titled John James Audubon: Drawn by Nature about the nature artist. This is currently scheduled to air nationally at 9:00 on July 25. But don't trust that date and time ... check your local listings
The music calendar part of the newsletter ....
Due to time constraints, I update this music calendar grid only once per week. If you want the latest information including late breaking gig listings and cancellations, you really should be on the email list - it is about 1 message per day. Next week's and months future listings [ here ] It is never too late to add your gig. If you are a musician or venue booking manager; just EMAIL me here: michael at canaaninstitute dot org and I'll list your music event [ for maximum exposure, the more notice the better ].
SUBSCRIBE to MIKES-MUSIC email newsletter! Get all the latest info on local gigs dances, concerts and cancellations. Current volume is about 3 or 4 messages per week. Self subscribe [ HERE ] or email me (Mike) and ask me to do it for you! [ MIKE ] Also, tell me who you are, if you could please :-)
week and Upcoming Events
List your events and gigs on this webpage ...
Gigs: Musicians! Dancers! Send me your gigs and events and I’ll list ‘em here on this newsletter. Did you get this from a forward or are you reading on the webpage? Get it delivered directly to your inbox. Don’t miss out, subscribe now: [ SUBSCRIBE Mikes-Music ] (oh right, yeah! … and please forward this to a music friend!)
Musicians! I am happy to
gigs and open music events on my newsletter and calendar. The focus is
LIVE, acoustic music, but I
do make exceptions to that.
Send me your gigs to - email@example.com?subject=music_calendar_listing
description of the event
street address, city, zipcode, web address for the venue or sponsoring
group (URL starting with http://www ), phone number or email address
for venue or contact is a good idea also if it is a jam for expample.
the time of
day, duration if known, day of week, numerical day of month, month and
is an admission fee please include the amount