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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 starting Pub Sings every 3rd Friday of the month beginning August 19, 2016 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. We ask that you try to find songs that have a refrain or chorus or repeating line to facilitate some group and harmony singing. Some examples of good ones (but by no means an exhaustive list) include work songs, sea songs, old British Isles songs, American favorite folk song gems or anything with a rousing chorus, or anything with a chorus you like. The Colonial Inn sells homemade ice cream (including some vegan ice cream). They also serve a variety of Finger Lakes wines and craft beer.

Upcoming Valley Folk concerts:

Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Liz Masterson

in the First United Methodist Church
at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

With roots deep in “cowboy culture”, Denver native Liz Masterson, is an award winning singer, recognized as a “trail blazer” for the revival of this art form. She won national acclaim as performer and teacher of the traditional art forms of yodeling, swing and western music. Liz was named the 1998 Western Music Female Performer of the Year and also received the Patsy Montana Cowgirl Award in 2000. She even appeared on an episode of Discovery Channel’s ‘Myth Busters”, demonstrating her yodeling skills with regard to avalanches. Joined by musical partners Marv and Kathy Reitz.

Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Four Shillings Short

in the First United Methodist Church
at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have toured extensively in the US and Ireland since 1995 as independent folk artists. Now with 12 recordings, they perform 150 concerts a year living as the troubadours of an older time, traveling from town to town playing at festivals, theaters, arts centers, folk and historic societies, libraries, museums and schools. Four Shillings Short perform traditional and original music from the Celtic Lands, India, the Americas, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, on over 30 world instruments including hammered and mountain dulcimers, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, tin whistles, recorders, Medieval and Renaissance woodwinds (even a crumhorn!), Native American flutes, North Indian Sitar, Chanango, bowed psaltry, banjo, bodhran, doumbek, guitar, ukulele, with beautiful harmony vocals. They proved their fine and creative musicianship to our audience back in June 2011. We enthusiastically welcome them back!

Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante

From Scotland’s Battle Field Band
in the First United Methodist Church
at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

With Alan Reid on vocals, piano, accordion, guitar and Rob on vocals and guitar, the duo combine fine harmony singing with sensitive and imaginative accompaniments on their modern and traditional folk music. Reid’s songs have been an integral component for the renowned Battlefield Band’s 20 + albums and also for the two well-received recordings with Rob. Alan was a 2009 Scots Tradition Award nominee in the composer section. Rob is a highly respected, tasteful guitarist and his voice blends wonderfully with Alan’s. He has lent his ears to the Battlefield Band for the past 13 years as their sound engineer for both live and recorded work. He continues to accompany them on all their tours as their 'fifth' member. He has a wealth of experience playing for over 30 years with various luminaries in the English folk scene and more recently with Alan. There will be an afternoon Multimedia Presentation about John Paul Jones (co-sponsored by The Scottish American Society of the Southern Tier).

SUNDAY, December 4, 2016, at 2 PM

Magpie: Celebration of the Solstice

in the First United Methodist Church
at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

From Solstice to Chanukah to Christmas to Kwanzaa, many celebrate the turn of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino (aka Magpie) perform music and tell stories from traditions that mark this “Season of Light,” celebrating the many common themes of these cultural festivals: the changing seasons, respect for nature, the quest for freedom, kindness to others, unity, cooperation, purpose and creativity. Magpie is the contemporary folk duo of Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. Known as environmental musicians, activists and teachers, they have spent over 40 years performing all over the country (heck, all over the world) in festivals, schools, historical associations and museums, including the Smithsonian. These upstate NY residents are also Master Artists with the Wolf Tap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. If you haven’t yet heard Magpie, imagine two strong voices that can take the lead as easily as they can blend in magical two-part harmonies. Greg’s guitar arrangements and masterful playing is complemented by Terry’s second guitar, amazing harmonica, sparkling mandolin and sultry dulcimer. Theirs is a powerful sound, brimming with purpose and passion. Audiences are always inspired (and welcome) to sing along. You just can’t help yourself; it’s all a part of the show. [Note this concert is not included in the any of the subscriptions.]

January, 2017

To be announced

February, 2017

To be announced



SUNDAY March 12, 2017 at 2 PM

Si Kahn, Joe Jencks, & Maria Dunn

in the First United Methodist Church
at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

Si Kahn’s songs of family, community, love, work and freedom have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists around the world, They have been translated into at least half a dozen languages, including French, Welsh, Hebrew, Swedish, Drents (a Dutch dialect) and Plattdeutsch (“Low German”). Such songs as Aragon Mill (aka Belfast Mill, Oregon Mill, Weave and Spin, Douglas Mills), Gone Gonna Rise Again, Go To Work On Monday, and Rubber Blubber Whale have become part of the oral tradition, and are sung in folk clubs and living rooms, at demonstrations and on picket lines around the world. He has composed original music and lyrics for half a dozen films and videos.

Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago, IL. Joe has spent the last 12 years touring full time. His songs have traveled to every continent via his own performances, radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. 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. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs. In 2010, Jencks co-founded a dynamic new trio called Brother Sun with colleagues Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor. The trio performs widely throughout the United States and Canada, and their current recording "Some Part of the Truth" debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ Chart in March and remained there in April.

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. Her previous five independent recordings include: Piece By Piece (2013 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee), The Peddler (2009 CFMA Nominee), and For A Song (2002 Juno Nominee).



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June through September, 2017

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