Events

  • May

    30

    Folk Arts at the Market with 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, May 30, 2019, 5:00 pm—7:00 pm

    300 W. Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865

  • Jun

    27

    Music on the Square featuring Gerard Burke

    Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, 117 Pine St., Corning NY 14830

  • Jul

    06

    Music on the Square featuring 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 as a trio in 1983 by pianist Jim DePaul, its current lineup features vocalist Anita Lewis, drummer Joel Carberry, and bassist Steve Webb. Music influences vary from member to member. Jim’s early influences as a solo touring keyboardist were The Beatles and the Young Rascals with jazz players like David Benoit, David Sanborn and Gerald Albright coming along later in his music career. Says Anita Lewis, “Anita Baker is my biggest one, but I’m also a fan of Maysa, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire… I love contemporary jazz on the R&B side.” Top Shelf plays everything from the jazz genre as well as 70s pop to current pop and funk.
    Their self-titled CD, released in 2008, is available for purchase.

    Saturday, July 06, 2019, 12:00 pm—1:30 pm

    Centerway Square, 117 Pine St., Corning NY 14830

  • Jul

    11

    Folk Arts at the Market with Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers

    Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers offers a mix of lively up tempo New England fiddle tunes, energetic old time tunes from before the Civil War and family oriented traditional folk songs that have stood the test of time. It’s a common sight to see a spontaneous square dance or elegant waltz break out among the toe tapping audience during a performance. Joe’s wonderful renditions of traditional folk songs are enhanced by Cap’s flexibility with solid guitar and crazy good banjo. Robin holds down the groove and keeps ’em honest. Alice is right by his side keeping him in check while lending her beautiful voice to the tunes. Renee’s thirst for finding new tunes for the fiddle offers the listener and dancer new treats at every show.

    Thursday, July 11, 2019, 4:00 pm—7:00 pm

    300 W. Main St., Montour Falls, NY 14865

  • Jul

    11

    Music on the Square featuring Jogo

    Jose Gomez is a local singer, songwriter and pianist.  His songs, “If I Let Myself Go” and “Si Me Dejo Llevar” were recorded by Dionne Warwick and Chuck Jackson on BMG Records. Jose is a member of The Grammy Awards and ASCAP.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Clemens Center and throughout North America. He composed the musical score for “Prime-Time” which premiered at The 78th Street Theater, Off-Broadway. Jose served on the Board of Governors of the Elmira Little Theatre for six years and has performed with Common Time and the Cantata Singers. Jose graduated magna cum laude from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Currently, he performs throughout the Twin Tiers as a soloist, as a duo (with Michele Gordon on flute) and with his classic rock band (2nd Wind). He is also the Musical Director for the United Church of Painted Post.  Jose’s CD, Jogo/”Light in the Window,” is available on iTunes, cdbaby.com/jogo and Spotify.

    Thursday, July 11, 2019, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, 117 Pine St., Corning NY 14830

  • Jul

    18

    Folk Arts at the Market with Silver Lining

    includes musicians Ed Kelce playing guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo, Emily Karr-Cook on fiddle and viola, and Rick Biesanz on autoharp, harmonica, Native American flute, washtub bass, dulcimer and kalimba. Emily is a retired attorney and classically-trained  string player.  A southern California native, she now lives in Elmira. She has played in many orchestras and chamber groups, and has recently come to love playing folk music. Ed is a semi-retired engineer at Corning Inc.  He teaches mandolin, fiddle and guitar at Marich Music, and makes maple syrup from the trees around his home in Beaver Dams. After 41 years of teaching  sociology and anthropology at CCC,  Rick began playing music for schoolchildren and Head Start kids.   Ed and Emily often join him at these gigs.

    Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:00 am—3:00 pm

    Centerway Square, 117 Pine St., Corning NY 14830

  • Aug

    01

    Music on the Square featuring Sharada Shashidhar and Jamael Dean

    Sharada has been singing for over seventeen years, having trained extensively in the world of classical music and jazz. She is currently a student studying jazz voice at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Sharada will be joined onstage by Jamael Dean, the grandson of legendary jazz drummer Donald Dean. At just the age of twenty, Dean has already toured across the country and has been honored with a number of awards.

    This summer’s Music on the Square concert series is being co-presented with The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

    Thursday, August 01, 2019, 6:00 pm—7:00 pm

    Centerway Square, 117 Pine St., Corning NY 14830

  • Aug

    02

    Folk Arts at the Market with Ron Christensen

    Join us at the market, and enjoy Ron Christenssen’s autoharp and harmonica. “The Danish wouldn’t buy a new suit for a wedding or a funeral, but for the Danish dance, they would buy a suit!” recalls Ron Christenssen, with an amused smile. The Danish dance was indeed a big affair in Yates County, New York, during the 20th century. It usually took place between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Today, Ron carries on the Danish folk tradition, while incorporating Country and Western tunes. He plays the guitar, and enjoys playing the harmonica and the autoharp together. In his rich repertoire, Ron builds a bridge between tradition and innovation. The autoharp, for instance, is an instrument that originally did not exist in Danish folk music.

    Friday, August 02, 2019, 3:00 pm—7:00 pm

    Watkins Glen Farmers Market, Lafayette Park, 4th and Decatur Watkins Glen, New York 14891

  • Aug

    10

    Music on the Square featuring Pat Kane and 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 has produced a good number of albums and for 20 years hosted a weekly Irish radio show in Elmira New York.

    This summer’s Music on the Square concert series is being co-presented with The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

    Saturday, August 10, 2019, 12:00 pm—1:30 pm

    Centerway Square, 117 Pine St., Corning NY 14830

  • Aug

    17

    Folk Arts at the Market with Metku featuring Richard Koski

    Michael Ludgate (mandolin, kantele, banjo) and Katrina Mackey (fiddle, flute) have both been inspired by their Finnish ancestral heritage to learn more about traditional music and dance of Finland. The result is the band Metku. Katrina and Mike play as a duo but often are fortunate to have Philip Robinson (guitar) join for a trio. In addition to the traditional Finnish repertoire, they play traditional music for contra dances, square dances, private parties and weddings.

    Metku is joined by Richard Koski, a master accordionist from Trumansburg, NY. He has been playing Finnish-American folk music since 1970. Richard has always lived in the Finnish-American community near Ithaca, NY, and since the 1940’s has been exposed to the music in that community.

    In 2018, Richard taught Michael and Katrina how to play Finnish-American dance tunes that have been performed at social gatherings in the Finger Lakes since the 1910s. Richard learned this music from his father, and although there is an active cultural group called the Finger Lake Finns, few musicians still play the old music. In addition to learning over twenty tunes, Katrina and Michael transcribed all the them, creating a written record for future generations.

    For more information about Metku see: http://canaaninstitute.org/metkumusic/

    The Finnish Dance Music Apprenticeship is made possible by the Folk Arts Apprenticeship program at the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

    Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:00 am—12:00 pm

    41 N Main St, Spencer, NY 14883

  • Aug

    22

    Music on the Square featuring Metku with Richard Koski

    Michael Ludgate (mandolin, kantele, banjo) and Katrina Mackey (fiddle, flute) have both been inspired by their Finnish ancestral heritage to learn more about traditional music and dance of Finland. The result is the band Metku. Katrina and Mike play as a duo but often are fortunate to have Philip Robinson (guitar) join for a trio. In addition to the traditional Finnish repertoire, they play traditional music for contra dances, square dances, private parties and weddings.

    Metku is joined by Richard Koski, a master accordionist from Trumansburg, NY. He has been playing Finnish-American folk music since 1970. Richard has always lived in the Finnish-American community near Ithaca, NY, and since the 1940’s has been exposed to the music in that community.

    In 2018, Richard taught Michael and Katrina how to play Finnish-American dance tunes that have been performed at social gatherings in the Finger Lakes since the 1910s. Richard learned this music from his father, and although there is an active cultural group called the Finger Lake Finns, few musicians still play the old music. In addition to learning over twenty tunes, Katrina and Michael transcribed all the them, creating a written record for future generations.

    For more information about Metku see: http://canaaninstitute.org/metkumusic/

    The Finnish Dance Music Apprenticeship is made possible by the Folk Arts Apprenticeship program at the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

    This summer’s Music on the Square concert series is being co-presented with The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, 117 Pine St., Corning NY 14830

  • Sep

    05

    Music on the Square featuring Horse Stories with Jamie Lee and Kate

    New to the Finger Lakes Region in 2012, Jaimie Lee took solace in continuing her passion for music as a professional musician. After playing for a variety of local venues and events as a soloist, Jaimie felt the need to expand musically by collaborating with other musicians. This venture eventually led her to Kate, where the Horse Stories began. Kate Borkowski has been enjoying singing and playing music since a young age. Some of her earliest memories include hanging around her parent’s music store, Marich Music. She credits her parents, brother, husband, and family friends for influencing her varied musical tastes, and encouraging her to stay true to her roots.

    Thursday, September 05, 2019, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

    Centerway Square, 117 Pine St., Corning NY 14830

  • Sep

    12

    Folk Arts at the Market with Felicia Dvornicky

    Join us at the Wisner Park Market to see Felicia Dvornicky demonstrate pysanky Polish egg decorating. Felicia has been making pysanky and wycinanki (Polish cut paper) since the 1970s, and has taught hundreds of students of all ages throughout the Southern Tier about these beautiful art forms.

    Thursday, September 12, 2019, 10:00 am—2:00 pm

    Wisner Park, 200 N Main St., Elmira, NY 14901

  • Sep

    26

    Folk Arts at the Market with Pat Kane

    Close out the market season at Wisner Market with Pat Kane! Pat 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 has produced a good number of albums and for 20 years hosted a weekly Irish radio show in Elmira New York.

    Thursday, September 26, 2019, 10:00 am—2:00 pm

    Wisner Park, 200 N Main St., Elmira, NY 14901