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Upcoming Valley Folk concerts:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Archie Fisher

with opening set by Neptune's Car

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

Legendary folksinger on the Scottish scene playing songs from his native Scotland and his travels as well as some originals. Archie was born in Glasgow, Scotland and recorded his first album in 1968. Fisher has been active both as a live performer at festivals and concerts around the world--as well as directing the Edinburgh Folk Festival from 1988 to 1992--and as a producer for other artists, including several albums by the duo of Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy. In addition he has performed as a backing musician and arranger for the Makem and Clancy duo among others. During the 1980’s he originated several radio documentaries and toured North America with Garnet Rogers. Archie's long-awaited CD, Windward Away, is a collection of introspective ballads that evoke the wild and rough beauty of the Scottish Border country.More info...

Neptune’s Car (Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes) is a nationally touring, acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who play original, Contemporary Folk music. The duo has become known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and exceptional guitar picking. More info...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Andy Cohen

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

This Memphis, Tennessee resident (transplanted from Massachusetts) is the real deal, a Piedmont picker who in many ways embodies the history of the blues as carried on by the baby-boomer generation. If you want to understand the acoustic blues experience, the transition from pre-war blues (WWII, that is) to the 1960s blues revival on to modern day acoustic blues, Cohen is a perfect testimonial. More info...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Annie and the Hedonists

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

A band with a great lead singer and tight harmonies, covering an eclectic mix of acoustic blues, vintage jazz and swing, and folk roots Americana. "Annie struts right to the heart of each sassy, nostalgic song and gives us a piece of her mind in a voice that sits comfortably alongside the greats of the American jazz tradition." -- Sarah Craig, Manager, Caffe Lena. More info...


Saturday January 3, 2015

James Gordon

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

One of Canada's most prolific songwriters, Gordon is well known for his songs about social justice, heritage and environmental issues. His classic "Frobisher Bay", recorded and performed by hundreds of acts world-wide, was an audition piece for "Canadian Idol". His song "Mining for Gold" was featured on the Cowboy Junkies' landmark album "The Trinity Sessions" and was heard in John Sayles' film "Silver City". Gordon has made countless appearances on television and radio, and was a resident songwriter on CBC radio for 12 years, with weekly songs on shows including "Basic Black". His Rhyme Capsules songwriting-in-the-schools program develops young writers all across North America. He tours as a solo performer and with his sons, and has released over 30 albums as a solo artist or with the legendary folk trio "Tamarack". In 2009 BerLen Music published the Pipe Street Songbook, an anthology of his 50 most loved songs. Between tours, James is a record producer, playwright, community activist and theatre director.

Sunday February 8, 2015 at 2 pm

Aztec Two-Step

with a special “Classic Duos Show”
in the First United Methodist Church
at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

Aztec Two-Step burst upon the scene with their 1972 self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Since then Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together. That first album and their subsequent albums for RCA Records were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped to bring the folk-rock music of the 1960s into the '70s and beyond. They are still known for their intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and inspiring harmonies, and are considered one of acoustic music’s most respected and enduring acts. With their debut album, they were often reviewed as having the “east coast sensibility” and “ethereal harmonies” of Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel. In this special performance, they will honor the pure poetry of Simon & Garfunkel, as well as the seminal songs and harmonies of the remarkable Everly Brothers. And as the other “classic duo,” they’ll perform their own Aztec Two-Step fan favorites as well.

Friday March 6, 2015


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

New acoustic music played by this “roots and branches” string band trio will have folk and string-band enthusiasts alike being drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and an innovative approach drawing on tradition as well as today’s sounds. The well-seasoned members of Annalivia--Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger--are all masterful players with long histories in traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. They have individually toured and performed with the likes of Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, Adrienne Young, Childsplay and Solas, among others. Annalivia's latest release, The Same Way Down, features traditional songs and fiddle tunes alongside stunning original pieces, presented with the band's unique style and inspired arrangements. This album debuted at #7 on the international folk DJ charts, with the song False Sir John reaching the #1 played song on folk radio.

Saturday April 11, 2015

Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen

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

Since their 1981 Greenwich Village coffeehouse encounter this duo has built a folk reputation throughout the U.S.A. and Canada, even appearing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion show. With 2 albums together on the Flying Fish label, they each have other recordings and musical adventures. Frets magazine says Rogers’ voice is "clear as the queen's diamonds", and the Washington Post brands her instrumental work "sterling". Her second album was voted "Best Folk Album of the Year" by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Pete Seeger said she "has a beautiful voice and has written many extraordinarily good songs that are going to reach out and touch large numbers of people. They sure are great songs!" Bursen is known for his warm baritone voice, devilish sense of humor, red-hot banjo wizardry and inventive guitar arrangements. Chicago Magazine said of him, "stunning guitar arrangements...easily one of the finest banjo players ever heard." Feature articles in Banjo Newsletter and Frets followed the release of Bursen’s first solo album on Folk Legacy Records. His song “Small Business Blues” is included in Seeger’s book, Carry It On. Rogers was official 1997 Connecticut State Troubadour, and is a Master Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts as well as a K-4 music teacher and adjunct professor at Lesley University. She wrote music for 4 Mennonite folk operas. Thrushwood Kids, her recording label, houses her 5 award-winning recordings for young people. She has songs in Quaker and Unitarian hymnals and two major national music textbooks and also has had a children’s picture book published. Bursen holds a Cornell Ph.D. in Philosophy. A professor-turned-grape grower, he makes wine at Sharpe Hill Vineyards in Pomfret, CT. His last album “Banjo Mannikin” highlighting his banjo pyrotechnics received national airplay.

Friday May 1, 2015

George Wilson & Peter Davis

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

A talented, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Wilson's repertoire samples a wide variety of traditional and folk styles. As a northern fiddler, he plays over 500 tunes from New England, Quebec, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Shetland. His dynamic fiddling, strongly influenced by Cape Breton and French Canadian (with foot percussion) styles, has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s. The concert will include some fun “visits” with Uncle Dave Macon songs (on banjo) as well as Leadbelly (on 12-string guitar). Davis (from Annie & the Hedonists) provides a variety of accompaniments on guitar, banjo, clarinet and keyboards (but not all at once) as well as some old jazzy, bluesy songs. And who knows what else they will come up with? There will be plenty of off the cuff commentary from this duo you will want to take home and play music with on your own front porch.

Sat June 20 & Sun 21, 2015

Old Time Fiddlers’ Gathering

Lakewood Vineyards in the Jamming Tents
4024 State Route 14, Watkins Glen, NY


June through September, 2015

Time for summer folk festivals...

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