Date(s) - 10/15/2023
First United Methodist Church
ReFrame: Afternoon of Music with Joe Crookston
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 2:00 pm
Buy tickets online at www.valleyfolk.org or at the door.
The first concert in the 2023-2024 Valley Folk Music Society season will feature popular local songwriter, painter, guitarist, slide player and all-round
ball of energy Joe Crookston. He will provide an afternoon of music plus his original paintings and sculpture for a very special afternoon of music,
visual art and community.
From touring with Gordon Lightfoot, headlining major US festivals, receiving Folk Alliance International “Album of the Year,” releasing Nine Becomes
One (2023) to being named Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, Joe is on fire. He is known for his heartfelt songs that touch on all aspects
of the human experience, ranging from narratives to fantasy. His work includes a collection of original songs retailing stories of the Finger Lakes, with
real-life protagonists including a drunken rooster, an escaped slave and a survivor of the concentration camps.*
Showman & Coole
Sunday, January 21, 2024, 2:00 pm
A Toronto-based combination of fiddle and banjo, their music lurks in a truly unique space that is somewhere on the outskirts of old-time, bluegrass,
and folk. The songs of John Hartford, Hank Williams, Dock Boggs, and The Band share space with the fiddle tunes of Eck Robertson and Ed Haley.
Through twenty years and a couple of thousand shows together in bands such as The Foggy Hogtown Boys and The Lonesome Ace Stringband, John
Showman and Chris Coole have developed a deep and instinctual musical bond performed across North America and Europe at festivals ranging from
Merlefest to Mariposa. The duo’s original songs and tunes take in all these vistas and paint something both personal and timely.*
Darol Anger & Mike Marshall Duo
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 7:30 pm
Fiddler/violinist Darol Anger and multi-instrumental virtuoso Mike Marshall are pioneers of the New Acoustic Music Movement, bringing folk, jazz,
bluegrass and world music influences together in an instrumental acoustic setting. They have been members of many famous groups: David Grisman
Quintet, Psychograss, Republic of Strings and Turtle Island String Quartet, to name just a few.
Sunday, March 10, 2024, 2:00 pm
Beppe Gambetta plays amazing guitar from bluegrass picking to traditional Italian to original tunes with a charming and humorous stage presence.
He is a musician and ambassador of art, an acoustic guitarist, songwriter, producer and educator. His art is fueled by the curiosity that springs from
encounters, travel, and research, bringing back forgotten artists, popularizing and reinventing folk guitar techniques, producing unforgettable shows
including original music for which he is loved and respected on the international scene.
Beppe also has a new book, “Declarations of Love” about love – of life, music and food woven into his travels. He will give a book talk on Thursday
at 5 – 6:30 pm at the Library in Corning. Can being together in the beauty of music, good humor, and great food be the key to a better world? Beppe
Gambetta tries to answer this question by reliving the encounters and that have marked his career as an independent artist. It serves as a guide for
togetherness, told with lightness and sincerity.
Stars for the Eclipse
Sunday, April 7, 2024, 2:00 pm
We are bringing together the stars of our pandemic zoom sings for the eclipse weekend! (Monday is the Eclipse and Rochester, NY is in the path of
totality.) They represent some of the best parts of our virtual community including several professionals who have performed for our predecessors
such as NJ folk singer and master of humorous recitations Mike Agranoff, multi-instrumentalist and singer of Irish ballads and other songs Mark
Bickford (part of Ithaca’s premier Irish band Traonach) and on Anglo concertina and banjo is Englishman John Roberts (who has performed in the
past with both Tony Barrand and Debra Cowan). Folk singer/songwriter Kim Wallach (of the Short Sisters) is coming, too. We will be updating our list
of performers on www.valleyfolk.org as more confirm. This event is a benefit concert for Valley Folk Music Society.
* These projects are made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program (SCR), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Concerts are held at 144 Cedar St. Corning, NY (corner 1st St.) in the red brick Methodist Church
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or contact us: (607) 962-4461