The Fiddlers of the Genesee kept up their annual tradition of playing at the Palmyra Canaltown Days Festival. It was a full accompaniment of fiddles, guitars, mandos, both types of dulcimers, and a bass to keep the tempo. The set list included St. Anne’s Reel, Dill Pickle Rag, and Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, among others.
This year the Fiddlers of the Genesee was a sponsor of the annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival, held at the Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush, NY. Presented by the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, this weekend-long event features concerts and workshops by top folk musicians, as well as singing, jamming, food, and fun.
Performers this year included Annie & the Hedonists, Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio, Richie & Rosie, Debra Cowen, Scott Cook, and the legendary Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, best known for the glorious Ashokan Farewell. Jay and Molly also presented various workshops, enthusiastically attended by FOG members
FOG set up a tent on the grounds which afforded festival attendees a venue for jamming with us. We were honored by the participation of Molly Mason both days. On Saturday she borrowed a FOG members’ guitar and returned with her own on Sunday for a full half hour of jamming. Peter Davis from Annie and the Hedonist also jammed along.
Thanks to the Golden Links Folk Singing Society and all the volunteers for making this a weekend to remember.
Saturday witnessed some of the worst weather ever experienced during a GCV&M Fiddler’s Fair, soaking most folks with continuous rain all day. But the musicians’ and audiences’ spirits were not dampened judging by the ongoing activities.
The FOG jam tent kept going through thunder and lighting, and the entertainment on the Barn stage was, as usual, superb and well received by the audience. Attendees even made the long walk over to the Church in heavy rains to see some really good musicians offering up true old time entertainment. Just like folks would have done decades ago.
Sunday dawned with more rain, which largely cleared up by the time activities got going. The GCV&M staff and musicians were ready and the audiences filled the venues. FOG delivered another great set, with the audience yelling for an encore.
What it is all about was summed up by a gentleman that approached one of our members following the performance…
“I am from Amherst [NY] and I want to tell you, the music I just heard made this trip worthwhile! You all brought JOY to all the folks here, and we could tell the group was having so much fun in playing for us”
What more can one say – isn’t that the reason for what we do?
On a hot sunny Saturday, the Macedon NY Public library sponsored the ERIE CANAL HERITAGE CONNECTIONS celebration at Lock 30 at Macedon Canal Park, a free event with music and fun activities related to life along the canal in the 1800s. Nothing helps set the mood for life in the 19th century quite like old-time fiddle music, so FOG was asked to provide musical entertainment by playing two different 45-minute sets in the late morning and early afternoon.
In addition to playing audience favorites like Soldier’s Joy, Swallowtail Jig, Buffalo Gals, and Old Joe Clark, FOG debuted Erie Canal and the ER-I-E, two new tunes in keeping with day’s theme. MC Bill Kenyon punctuated his usual entertaining commentary with interesting facts related to living and working on the Canal.
The highlight of the day was a surprise collab during the last set with drummers in full regalia from the Towpath Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps. They came over to play with FOG on Jefferson & Liberty, Garryowen, Liberty, and Under the Double Eagle – tunes in common between our respective repertoires. It was a fun time and we look forward to future performances hosted by Macedon Public Library.
Michelle Younger was the featured instructor at the Playing with Others workshop, held outside BayTowne Plaza, Michelle offered guidance and key points intended to optimize performance when playing in a group. The workshop was open to the public as well as members. To learn more about Michelle, click HERE