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New! Pub Sings

Third Friday of every month, 7-10 PM

at the Colonial Inn, 701 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY

Valley Folk Music is hosting Pub Sings every 3rd Friday of the month at the Colonial Inn, 701 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY from 7 - 10 PM. This Pub Sing, fashioned after Pub Sings in other places we have been (Pickin and Singin Gatherin, for example), will feature unaccompanied singing. That means leave your guitar at home. Anyone is free to take a turn to lead a song and all are free to sing along, especially joining in on the chorus and harmonizing. The Colonial Inn sells homemade ice cream (including some vegan ice cream). They also serve a variety of Finger Lakes wines and craft beer. More info...

Upcoming Valley Folk concerts:

SUNDAY, January 15, 2016, at 2 PM

Robert Jones & Matt Watroba

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

Ever since their first meeting, over twenty years ago, Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners. Their relationship started when they hosted back-to-back radio shows on WDET-FM, Detroit. Later on they started performing together and in doing so discovered a friendship based on mutual respect and a love for traditional American music. Now Matt and Robert literally travel the nation extolling the virtues of “Music That Matters”. For Matt and Robert, American Roots Music (Folk, Blues, Spirituals, Work Songs, Chants, etc.) is music that matters. This is the music that America and the world have in common. It is music that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. It is music that is rich and diverse, direct and powerful. Robert & Matt have performed their Common Chords presentation at hundreds of schools, festivals, coffeehouses, and conferences, to resounding acclaim. More info...

SUNDAY, February 12, 2017 at 2 PM

Anne Hills

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

As a singer, actress, writer, and musician Anne Hills has built a strong and broad reputation. She has twice won the Pennsylvania Partner's in the Arts Project Stream grant award (in 2007 for her premiere of An Evening of James Whitcomb Riley and in 2005 for her premiere of The Heartsongs of Opal Whiteley). She was also the recipient of the WFMA 2002 Kate Wolf Memorial Award, and The Kerrville Music Foundation's Outstanding Female Vocalist of the Year Award (1997). And the list goes on. But she has also managed to dedicated herself to issues of social justice as a practicing and award-winning social worker. She brings a sense of community to her music with her many well known collaborators, including Tom Paxton, Cindy Mangsen, Priscilla Herdman and John Hartford. More info...


SUNDAY March 12, 2017 at 2 PM

Songwriters for Peace and Social Justice
Si Kahn, Joe Jencks, & Maria Dunn

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

This special concert brings together three exceptional songwriters for peace and social justice. Si Kahn’s songs of family, community, love, work and freedom have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists around the world. A number of his songs have become part of the oral tradition, and are sung in folk clubs and living rooms, at demonstrations and on picket lines around the globe. Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago, Illinois. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. Jencks, with colleagues Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor, perform together as the popular trio "Brother Sun". Past Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she sings about the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present. She recently released “Gathering”, a collection of songs inspired by love—the love of family, community and humanity that connects us and fires our actions to make the word a better place. More info...

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM

The Johnson Girls

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

The Johnson Girls is an energetic all-woman a cappella ensemble, performing traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore. With a sound that has been called “exciting,” “haunting,” and “uplifting,” the Johnson Girls give performances that bring audiences to their feet wherever they go. Each of The Johnson Girls--Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha--brings a specialty and style to the ensemble. Their extensive repertoire includes songs with an Afro-Caribbean influence, of the inland waterways, of fishing, mining, Irish, Anglo-American, Italian, French, and Canadian ballads and work songs, and much more. The Johnson Girls bring a unique interpretation to their repertoire while preserving the traditional roots of their music. More info...

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald’s talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies. More info...



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June through September, 2017

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