Folk Art Events

2022 Events

  • Jun


    Community Documentation Workshop Screening

    These short videos document our region’s rich cultural heritage, presented from the perspectives of the people that carry on these traditions themselves.

    A Q&A will follow the screening. Light refreshments will be provided.

    This event is free to the public. Registration is required!

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    Thursday, June 09, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Steele Memorial Library

  • Jul


    José Gomez

    José Gomez aka Jogo is a singer/songwriter/pianist based in NY. His songs, “IF I LET MYSELF GO” and “SI ME DEJO LLEVAR” were recorded by Dionne Warwick and Chuck Jackson and also Evelyn “Champagne.” Jogo is a member of The Grammy’s (NARAS) and ASCAP. As an entertainer, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Bitter End, and the Clemens Center, and has toured extensively throughout North America. He composed the score for the musical “Prime-Time,” which premiered Off-Broadway at The 78th Street Theater. José has written and donated many of his songs for “The Songs of Love Foundation” and he is writing a children’s book, with music, dealing with tolerance and acceptance! Jogo graduated from the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Magna cum laude, and his solo, debut CD, “Light in the Window,” is available on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes,, and at all his live performances. José performs regularly throughout the Twin Tiers NY & PA, on piano & vocals!


    Thursday, July 07, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square

  • Jul


    Culture, Community, and the Classroom

    Culture, Community, and the Classroom applies in any subject area K-12. The workshop explores culturally responsive, engaged learning through local traditional arts.

    Free for New York Teachers and Traditional Artists and earn 12 hours of CTLE credits.

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    Monday, July 11, 2022, 8:30 am—3:00 pm

    Bush Campus, 459 Philo Rd., Elmira, NY

  • Jul


    Top Shelf

    Local favorite band, Top Shelf is a multigenerational group from the Finger Lakes Region that brings the old school dance floor funk, the Uptown hits of today, and timeless, irresistible soul everywhere they go. Founded in 1983 by pianist Jim DePaul, its current lineup features vocalist Anita Lewis, drummer Joel Carberry, bassist Steve Webb, guitarist John Manfredi and, the newest edition, pianist Zach Hamilton.

    Thursday, July 14, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square

  • Jul


    Pat Kane & West o'Clare

    Pat Kane is a seasoned showman, being a singer, dancer, actor, and instrumentalist since childhood. On his farm in the hill country of the Canisteo River, he was raised in the traditions of the Grange and of his Irish family. Pat’s cousins still run the family farm in West Clare, Ireland, which Pat visits often. Hence, the name, West o’Clare. The band includes Rob Spence on vocals and percussion, Kathy Snedeker on piano and keyboards, Ken VanEtten on banjos, mandolin, harmonicas, trumpet, third vocals, and arcane wisdom.

    Thursday, July 21, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square

  • Jul


    Curt Osgood, Henry Jankiewicz, and John Wobus

    Jankiewicz, Osgood, and Wobus, share nearly 100 years of performing experience between them. On fiddle, hammered dulcimer, and piano, at coffeehouses, festivals, grange halls, and other folk venues you can hear them presenting selections from various musical traditions including Old Timey, French-Canadian, Celtic, Americana, and more.

    Thursday, July 28, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square

  • Aug


    Gerard Burke

    Delta bluesman Gerard Burke has entertained listeners across New York’s Southern Tier and Central New York regions with his unique brand of acoustic blues played in the style of the old masters, such as Son House, Charley Patton, and Robert Johnson. Burke recalls his mother encouraging him and his siblings to take music lessons. His first instruments were clarinet and saxophone before making his way to the guitar. Over the past 15 years, Burke has developed an approach to his music that pays homage to its originators while still leaving room for his own personal touch. Feeling free to substitute lyrics or chord changes in these early blues compositions, he’s an interpreter looking to adapt Delta blues stylings to modern-day offerings. Performing on both resonator and standard acoustic guitars in open and standard tunings, Burke’s playing features both slide and finger-picking styles.

    Thursday, August 04, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square

  • Aug



    Toivo is a dance band from Trumansburg, NY playing the traditional music of the Finnish community of the south-central Finger Lakes region. Much of this music was learned from Richard Koski and his father who both played for Finnish dances in the area from Spencer to Trumansburg. Besides the Finnish polkas, waltzes, and schottisches, the band also plays music from Cajun country and the Tex-Mex borderlands. Added to the mix are tangos, foxtrots, classic country tunes, and plenty of Toivo originals.

    Thursday, August 11, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square

  • Aug


    Isaiah Smallwood

    Isaiah is a son, a proud husband, a brother, a leader, and more.  While he considers himself a student still, most of his peers call him an artist. As a musician, he learned he could sing at a young age while driving his family crazy with the many sounds that came from his mouth. He started taking singing seriously at the young age of 8 and has not looked back since. Growing up, he was involved in many church choirs, and worship teams attended every chorus class while in school, and even began pursuing music at the collegiate level. He has a very deep love for all types of music but is particularly drawn to R&B, Gospel, and Soul. He invites you to come to this show with an open heart, listening to the art that comes from his.

    Thursday, August 18, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square

  • Aug


    Doolin' O'Dey Trio

    Doolin’ O’Dey is an exciting mix of traditional and original Gaelic-inspired music. Instrumentation of violin, guitar, Celtic whistles, octave mandolin, uilleann pipes, and/or keyboard combine to make your listening experience unforgettable. Jig, aire, or waltz you’ll be drawn into the captivating arrangements of this band. Nora Star, organized festivals and concerts prior to picking up her own instruments. She plays in several groups in the Ithaca area. Her motto: “Foot Stompin Fun.” Susan Murphy comes from a cabaret and Celtic background playing in bands from New York City prior to moving to the Ithaca area.

    Thursday, August 25, 2022, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square