Performers

Bill Ackerbauer
7 Prindle Ave.
Johnstown, NY 12095
Phone (518) 210-6181 (cell)
E-mail:
Web site: www.myspace.com/billackerbauer

Old-time and original acoustic folk and blues. Simple and somewhat wholesome entertainment! Acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals, with occasional forays into other instrumental territory. (Available for kid- and family-friendly performances as well as grown-up gigs.)

Alien Folklife
Contact: Joan Kosby or Paul Mercer
28 Academy Street
Greenwich, NY 12834
Phone: (518) 692-2405; (518) 526-2742 (cell)
E-mail:
Websites: www.alienfolklife.com,  www.cdbaby.com/alienfolklife

Alien Folklife presents a quirky blend of offbeat humorous pieces and heart-rending story songs. On the funny side, this duo of Joan Kosby and Paul Mercer writes about cats, dogs, soap operas, termites and telephones. On the flip side, their repertoire includes moving songs of loss, love, hope and healing. Joan and Paul have toured regionally as well as in England. They are regular performers at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and have appeared at the Old Songs Festival. Joan’s warm contralto and Paul’s clear baritone combine to produce a vocal blend reminiscent of sibling duos. Both Joan and Paul play acoustic guitar, with Joan adding English concertina to the mix. Alien Folklife has two CDs, Double Vision and Down to Earth.

Ampersand Heritage
Contact: Beth Lawton
Phone: (518) 766-9697
Email:
Website: Ampersandmusic.org

Ampersand Heritage is a group of musicians that brings a love of music and an interest in history together. Led by vocalist and guitarist, Beth Lawton, and Rob Sunderland on bass guitar, guitar, mandolin & vocals, the group often "adds-in" other musicians, including Chuck Irose on stand-up bass, guitar & vocals; Gail Cashen on hammered dulcimer, concertina, & tenor recorder; and music-historian-in-training Chris Lawton on vocals, penny whistle & percussion. This group interprets music from the folk and early American traditions, including Civil War music and tunes from the colonial era, on modern instruments in interactive settings. We share lively
instrumentals, lush vocal harmonies, singalongs, and great joy in bringing this music to 21st century listeners. Favorite places to play include local and regional historical societies, Lindenwald National Park Site (Kinderhook, NY), Saratoga Battlefield National Park, and libraries.

Annie & the Hedonists
Contact: Jonny Rosen
110 Benjamin Street
Schenectady, NY 12303
Phone: (518) 356-7909
Email:

Website: www.annieandthehedonists.com

Annie & the Hedonists features lead vocalist Annie Rosen, guitarist Jonny Rosen, multi-instrumentalist Peter Davis, and bassist Don Young. The group plays a mixture of acoustic styles including jazz, swing, bluegrass, blues, and a variety of acoustic Americana and is available for coffee houses, festivals, weddings, and special events.

The Bagpipe Connection
Maureen E.
Connor
904 Beaver St.
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 374-6034
E-mail:
Website: www.thebagpipeconnection.com

Performs highland bagpipes at a variety of events including concerts, benefits, festivals, and community events. Workshops (education seminars) and lessons (private and group) also available.

Rich Bala
PO Box 179
Billings, NY 12510
Phone: 845-227-7293
Email:
Website: www.richbala.com
 
Rich performs authentic, traditional folk songs and more recently written ones from the Hudson Valley and Catskill/Adirondack Mountains on guitar, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer. His programs illustrate the history of the region from colonial times to the present, and has performed at schools, libraries, museums, historic sites, coffeehouses, concert series and festivals throughout the northeast.

Banjo Bert & Friends
Contact: Kitty Murphy
Phone: (518) 732-7578
E-mail:

Banjo Bert & Friends play upbeat sing-a-long music from the early nineteen hundreds to the nineteen fifties. The group plays plectrum banjo, tenor banjo, and wash tub bass. They are available to play at parties, libraries, parks, nursing homes and senior residences.

The Bard Rocks
Contact: Roland Vinyard
Phone: (518) 673-3212
E-mail:
Website: www.thebardrocks.com

The Bard Rocks. And he might play almost anything, so long as Trad Ano wrote it - Irish, old timey, humorous songs, blues, gospel, Child ballads (from his album "Hits of the 1600's"), old love songs, stuff from the Great Folk Scare of the '60's... --- you name it. With a name like "The Bard Rocks", the audience should expect to hear something about chickens (if you don't get it now, it just proves that you are a city slicker). And he might play any number of instruments, 6 or 12 string and slide guitar, banjo, autoharp, or banjo-mandolin, all fully punctuated with jokes and wisecracks. Also available as a duo or trio.

The Barefoot Boys
Contact: Rich Bala
PO Box 179
Billings, NY 12510
Phone: 845-227-7293
Email:
Website: www.richbala.com
 
Rich Bala and Tom White perform traditional folk songs, ballads, square dance tunes and instrumental medleys on a wide array of instruments, including guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, concertina, and both mountain and hammered dulcimers. They''ve played at coffehouses, folk clubs, concert series, festivals, and square dances from Boston, Ma. to Beaufort, NC. They also perform as a trio with the addition of a standup bass player. 

Nick Barr
28 Cleveland St.
Albany NY 12206
(518) 489-2369
Email:

Solo performer playing various instruments (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo) with vocals. Performs songs from the bluegrass music genre, and some country and folk, as well as original compositions.

Bates + Barr
28 Cleveland St.
Albany NY 12206
(518) 489-2369
Email:
Website: www.batesandbarr.com

Bob Bates and Nick Barr perform a variety of music, from country and bluegrass to rock and folk. While mainly performing on guitar (Bob) and mandolin (Nick), they are both capable of playing various instruments. One of their specialties is music from the Louvin Brothers. Both have played
with Charlie Louvin, and Bob played regularly with Charlie for several years, making numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. In addition to the duo, Bob has his own band and Nick plays with various ensembles.

Bells & Motley Olden Music & Storytelling
Contact: Sondra Bromka, John Bromka
36 South Street
Marcellus, NY 13108
Phone: (315) 673-2995
E-mail:
Website: www.bellsandmotley.com

Authentic historic music performed in a lively interactive style that engages all audiences for concerts, schools, and festivals! For over 25 years the Bromkas have presented concerts for adult and family audiences; participatory singalong storytelling for children; taught historic & traditional dance workshops (French, English, and Renaissance); entertained, produced, and scripted Madrigal dinners and Renaissance Faires; appeared at Colonial American and Victorian historic sites; and regaled the public with Holiday concerts and pageants. Their mastery on an exciting array of historic instruments includes a variety of bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, Celtic and medieval harps, Renaissance wind band, button accordion, medieval and traditional fiddles... 3 Recordings.

Bentwood Rockers
Contact: Roland Vinyard
(518)673-3212
Email:
Website:
www.myspace.com/thebentwoodrockers

Featuring an eclectic mix of old time country, hokum and Piedmont blues, mixed with the right amount of humor and just enough scholarly infusion, The Bentwood Rockers will play for you, be it coffeehouse, benefit, private party, farmer's market, or open mic. Together, Smokin' Bill Ackerbauer and Roland Vinyard (The Bard Rocks) play a good dozen traditional instruments, though rarely all at once.

Dan Berggren
Sleeping Giant Records
99 Grove Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 490-1809
Email:
Web: www.berggrenfolk.com

Fresh, acoustic folk rooted in mountain tradition - songs about neighbors, lovers, and hard-working folks, written with wit, soul and great choruses. The 35-year folk veteran is known for his Adirondack programs presented with guitar, banjo and a strong rich voice. "Dan is a throwback to the old role of the folk singer . . . he's articulating things that need to be said right now." - author Bill McKibben. Available for concerts, coffeehouses, festivals, community events and Arts in Education.

Beverwyck
Contact: Britany Orlebeke
265 South Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (518) 427-0537
E-mail: 
Website:petesiegel.com

Beverwyck is Kristen Hislop, Britany Orlebeke and Peter Siegel. The group plays high-spirited traditional music for contra, square, circle, couple and family dances, with a blend of Irish, French Canadian, New England, Scandinavian and recently composed tunes. Britany plays fiddle, Kristen plays piano and fiddle, and Peter plays everything else, including guitar, mandolin, banjo and percussive feet. Their name derives from the original Dutch name for Albany where Kristen, Peter and Britany met and began playing music together in 1993. For dances, weddings, parties and concerts.

Kate Blain
Phone: (518) 899-6504
Email:
Website: www.kateblain.com

Mellow, acoustic folk - originals and covers. Open mic host at Caffè Lena, Saratoga. "She has the qualities that spell success for a modern folk musician - a beautiful soprano voice, interesting stories, poignant ballads, engaging wit and good guitar skills. Her shows are immediately engaging for newcomers and regular fans alike." —Caffè Lena

Chrissy Budzinski
13 Mahican Way
Catskill, NY 12414
E-mail:
Website: www.myspace.com/chrissyfromcatskill

Acoustic Folk with a touch of the Blues: Introducing Chrissy, a Folk singer/songwriter whose style of music ranges from beautiful heartfelt ballads to upbeat and outrageous fun songs. Her warm crystal clear voice and awesome acoustic guitar playing will spell bind you. She’s truly a performer you won’t forget!

Bobba Culpa
Contact: Bob Schulz
8 Victoria Drive
Guilderland, NY 12084
(518)452-1154
E-mail:

International folk-dance band; instrumental and vocal. Instruments: clarinet, violin, saxophone, tambura (mandolin), various flute, accordion, tupan (2-headed drum), dumbek (single-headed drum), bass. Folk music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Russia and others. Available for folk-dance events, parties, weddings, concerts, workshops, community events.

The Buskers
Contact: Steve Herubin
Phone: (518) 435-9794

A hard-working trio composed of Don Hinman on guitar, Conor Smith on fiddle and mandolin and Steve Herubin on whistle, harmonica and percussion. We all sing. We play Irish tunes and songs along with a healthy amount of bluegrass and a judicious selection from modern pop.

Byrne and Barrett
POB 2551
Albany, NY, 12220
Phone: (518) 767-9595
E-mail:
Web: www.celticguitarmusic.com/setceltic.htm

Tradtional Irish and Scottish music by fingerstyle guitarist, mandolinist and harmonica player Glenn Weiser and singer, piper, whistle player and guitarist Gregory Schaff. This versitile duo covers the full range of Celtic music, including jigs and reels, O'Carolan's harp melodies, pipes marches, and songs. Available for weddings, coffeehouses, festivals, workshops, and other occasions.

Andy Caruso - Hammered Dulcimer
Lake George, NY
Phone: 518-668-3391
Email:
Web: www.andycaruso.com

Composing and playing his own music on the Hammered Dulcimer is Lake George musician Andy Caruso's real passion. He also includes Irish, Scottish and American Folk tunes in his repertoire. An avid outdoorsman and ADK '46er' Andy's compositions are inspired by his "trampings" through the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. Available for Community and Fundraising Events along with Coffeehouses, Festivals, Wedding Ceremonies or Special "Family Events".

Caryn and Andy, Fiddle and Guitar Duo
Phone: (518)479-3438
E-mail:

Caryn Niedringhaus and Andrew Davis, a husband and wife duo, bring renditions of Celtic- American fiddle tunes to life.  Beautifully played fiddle music and  inventive guitar accompaniment creates color and diversity in their musical collaborations. Musical selections from USA, Ireland, Scotland, Shetland Islands, Sweden and range from fast paced jigs and reels, waltzes, polkas, to slow airs, and songs.  Experienced performers and players, they are available for country dances, weddings, festivals, concerts, workshops, community or private events, demonstrations and lectures.  

Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh
2280 Duanesburg Rd
Duanesburg, NY 12056
Phone: (518) 463-7103
E-mail:
Website: www.cavandkav.com

Versatile folk duo playing original and traditional songs and tunes in the Irish and Southern Old Time tradition and more. Coming from very different musical backgrounds, they blend their two styles to create unique, exciting, and heartwarming performances. “This … duo, who just happen to share the same last name in pronunciation if not spelling, have been a long time part of the Capital District music scene…talented multi-instrumentalists (banjo, guitar, piano, mandolin, dulcimer, fiddle, limberjack) who share a commitment to music as a way of life.” - Caffe Lena. Available for workshops and performances for children and adults at coffee houses, festivals, weddings, parties and other special events.

Veena Chandra
25 Garling Dr.
Latham, NY 12110
Phone: (518)786-1309

Performing Classical and Light Music of India, Devotional Music. Instruments: sitar, tabla, flute, violin, harmonium, luraj. Tapes and videos available.

Dawn Collins
87 Sunset Drive
Stuyvesant, NY 12173
Phone: (518) 758-8369 home; (518) 424-2342 cell
Website: www.expressiveartscenter.net   www.oletsmakemusic.com

Vocals and acoustic accompaniment on varied instruments (guitar, banjitar, mountain dulcimer, percussion) for childrens birthday parties; historical events, libraries, cultural associations, community events; senior settings; weddings and special occasions. Certified Music Practitioner, National Music for Healing and Transition Program, providing palliative music for chronic and critically ill, and the elderly.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Contact: Jen Hedderman
399 Wellington Road
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439-6467

An international organization, Comhaltas is devoted to promoting traditional Irish culture, including music, dance and language. The Comhaltas performing group performs traditional Irish music on traditional instruments. Accompanied by singing and dancing. Available for events and festivals. Donation accepted.

Carol Connolly
Contact: Carol Connolly
1100 Niskayuna Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 786-1271
Email:
Website: www.talesntunes.net

A professional storyteller for over 20 years, Carol performs for both children and adults at schools, libraries, museums, colleges, cafes, nature preserves, festivals and conferences, and for professional and civic organizations in New York, New England and North Carolina. Her constantly expanding repertoire includes myths, folk and fairy tales, literary tales, and modern "real-life" tales. In addition to her solo performances, Carol is a member of the highly acclaimed storytelling quartet, Four Stories High and the multi-award-winning musical storytelling duo, Tales `n Tunes.

Corelli Clash
Contact: Ole Christensen
334 Sand Creek Road
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 446-0811
Website: www.corelliclash.org

Corelli Clash is an Early Music Recorder Trio based in Colonie, New York. The group performs for Retirement Communities, Church functions, and Civic Organizations.

Ted Crane
PO Box 6886
Ithaca, NY 14851-6886
Phone: (607) 273-8678

Website: http://tedcrane.com

Traditional music and dance for regularly scheduled dance events, parties, weddings, meetings, and pretty much anything you could think of. Teach and lead traditional, contemporary, and original contra dances and squares, and couple dances (waltz, schottische, hambo). Live music available.

Jim Davis
17 Prospect Ave.
Catskill, NY 12414
Phone: (518) 943-6559

Celtic harp for weddings, restaurants, parties and nursing homes.

The Dawnland Singers
Contact: Joe Bruchac
PO Box 308
Greenfield Center, NY 12833
Phone: (518) 583-1440
Fax:(518)583-9741
E-mail:
Website: www.ndakinna.com

Traditional and Contemporary Native American music and storytelling. Our focus is on the history and culture of the Abenaki and English. Storyteller Joe Bruchac, linguist and drummer Jesse Bruchac, singer and historian Margaret Bruchac and singer and percussionist James Bruchac make up the group.

DayLily
Contact: Gail Griffith
345 Totem Lodge Rd.
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-3052
E-mail:

DayLily is a band that plays beautiful traditional American, French-Canadian, and Irish music for dancing and listening. It includes Vonnie Estes on piano, John Guay on hammered dulcimer, Terry Klein on fiddle, Patricia Kernan on harp or flute, Marilee Urbanczyk on pennywhistle, and Gail Griffith on concertina (or dance calling - see her separate listing below).

Ed Degenhart
22 Holloway Lane
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-5247

Contemporary folk music on piano and guitar; covers and originals. Lena Spencer referred to Ed as "A voice that deserves to be heard." Available for concerts, fund-raisers, benefits, festivals, libraries and community events.

Dudding, Kate
8 Sandalwood Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700
518-383-4620
E-mail:
Website: www.katedudding.com

With entertaining, heart-warming and memorable stories, Kate Dudding has become an award-winning author and storyteller. For example, she won the Story Slam at the 2010 National Storytelling Conference in Los Angeles and each of her two CDs have received national acclaim. She enjoys telling many kinds of stories to all ages. A particular interest of hers is giving a voice to people from the past who have made a difference. She has told stories at many venues in the Northeastern USA, including The New-York Historical Society (New York City, NY), The Clearwater Festival (Croton-on-Hudson, NY), First Night Saratoga (Saratoga Springs, NY), and The Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA).

Liza DiSavino & A.J. Bodnar
c/o Vane Pig Music
880 Stanley Roseboom Rd.
Schenevus, NY 12155
Phone: (607) 434-1164 (or 1162)

Escapees from New Jersey, this versatile multi-instrumental/singer-songwriter duo plays original acoustic music, traditional and contemporary folk, classical, and jazz. They do concert programs, contra dances, ballroom dances, Wassail programs, workshops, festivals, weddings and parties. One or both have won national competitions, been played on NPR, and have done National and European tours.

Chris Dukes
725 New Salem Rd #3
Voorheesville, NY 12186
(528)-765-9178

Email:
Web: www.dukesmusic.com

Duo Dolce
Phone: (518) 785-7842
Email:

Acoustic guitar and flute duo with Joe Hetko and Alison Jacob. Classical and folk styles for weddings and other special occassions.

Michael Eck
PO Box 1461
Albany NY 12201
Phone: (518) 432-6634
Email:
Website: www.michaeleck.com

A "maximum solo acoustic" singer/songwriter and painter merges the brevity, energy and attitude of his punk rock youth with a broad, passionate knowledge of American roots music (check out his musical portraits on the website). Three solo albums. Member of Ramblin' Jug Stompers and The Gospel Train. "Like a louder Townes Van Zandt," No Depression.

Fairview Avenue
Contact: Scott Hopkins
Phone: (518) 569-4481
Email: email Fairview Avenue
Website: www.fairviewavenuebluegrass.com

Fairview Avenue is a bluegrass band featuring three distinct lead singers, harmonies from two-part to four-part, passionate instrumental picking, original tunes from every member's pen, and a professional and fun stage presence. They also play some non-bluegrass songs in decidedly bluegrass fashion with tons of enthusiasm and energy.

The band features Scott Hopkins on banjo, dobro and harmony vocals. Liz Hopkins plays the upright bass and sings beautiful lead vocals. Tony Califano plays the mandolin and is the band's primary lead singer and song writer. Morrie Safford plays lead and rhythm guitar, sings lead and harmony vocals and also writes tunes for the group.

Fiddleharp
Contact: Frank Orsini
59 Sherman Ave.
Glens Falls, NY 12801
(518) 792-7986
E-mail:

Frank Orsini (fiddle, viola, vocals, storytelling) and Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher (Celtic harp, vocals, percussion) provide fine acoustic music for your special occasions.

Bill Flanagan: Hammered Dulcimer
Capital District Region and Saratoga Springs, NY
Contact: Bill Flanagan
Phone: (518) 384-1602
Email:
Website: http://hammerdulcimermusic.com

The hammered dulcimer has a wonderous, magical sound... a full, rich tone with glorious sustain. Once it gets into your soul, nothing else quite comes close. The simplest melody can take on an intimacy and a fullness far beyond the actual notes being played. Bill Flanagan performs a variety of celtic, medieval, seasonal and contemporary instrumental music with a new age flair... perfect for weddings or other intimate social occasions. Please visit http://hammerdulcimermusic.com for info and mp3 samples.

Flood Road
Contact: J. Peter Yakel
Phone: (518) 810-5285
E-mail:
Website: www.myspace.com/floodroad

Flood Road hail from upstate New York, playing an original recipe of "Acoustic FolkGrass": a blend of Americana, Bluegrass and Folk. They cook up a rootsy mix of memorable toe-tappers and eye-weepin' ballads as varied and unpredictable as the northeast seasons. The quartet features Bob Carreau on mandolin and lead guitar, Pete Murphy on upright bass, Chris Schultz on banjo, and J. Peter Yakel on guitar and vocals. Homegrown music...easy to enjoy...that's Flood Road.

The Foothills Trio
Contact: Bill Engelhardt     
3205 Birchton Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 885 - 4726
E-Mail:
Website: www.FH3.com
 
The Foothills Trio hails from the Saratoga/Mohawk Valley region of New York State and is a folk/Irish/maritime music group in the tradition of the Kingston Trio, the Clancy Brothers, and Schooner Fare. The Trio's emphasis is on their unique and high energy vocal arrangements, especially their three part harmony. They can be heard on two studio recordings: "In Good Company" (released in 1994) and "Songs for a Winter Night" (released in 1997).

Adam Foster
E-mail:
Website: www.adamfoster.com

Singer/songwriter. Voted "Best Local Songwriter of 2003 - Reader's Choice" by Albany's Metroland newspaper, Adam is a direct descendant of legendary songwriter/composer Stephen Collins Foster. Adam's musical and lyrical style draws comparison to such musical legends as Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, and Bob Dylan. If you listen closely, you can hear the presence of these luminaries as well as a distinct original voice.

Four Stories High, A Storytelling Quartet
Contact: Carol Connolly
1100 Niskayuna Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 786-1271
Email:
Website: www.albany.net/~hello/four.htm

Four Stories High is a storytelling quartet which brings both traditional and modern tales to adult and family audiences. Composed of Jane Ainslie, Carol Connolly, Barbara Palumbo, and Mary Murphy, the group has been called "the perfect picture of what storytelling is all about." Four Stories High has appeared at Albany's First Night, Troy's Victorian Stroll, The Norman Rockwell Museum, NYS Imagination Celebration, Caffe Lena, and Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference, Boston, MA., as well as in school, library, and college settings.

Martha Gallagher – The Adirondack Harper
11021 Rt. 9N
Keene, NY 12942
Phone: (518) 576-2055
Email:
Website: www.adkharper.com

On Celtic harp, bold and beautiful, and with vocals from powerful to poignant to hilarious, Martha Gallagher enthralls her audiences with original music of many diverse influences, traditional music and surprise touches of jazz and country. Her dynamic stage presence, insightful songs, and superb musicianship make for an exceptional performance.

Melinda Gardiner
22 West End Road
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Phone: (518) 325-5546
E-mail:

Harper and singer available for parties, events and weddings. Also, as a Music Practitioner, playing palliative music for ill and/or dying people. Melinda specializes in the gaelic (wire-strung) harp, and also plays the lever harp.

Jim Gaudet
10 Kakely St.
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (518) 438-1297

Singer/songwriter. "The allure of his songwriting is built upon his storytelling prowess, which is at once captivating and convincing. Gaudet has that rare ability to relate the very essence of being human with an engaging performing style and the clever use of wit. His songs honestly portray contemporary life in a refreshing way." - Andrej Pilarczyk, The Source.

Marni Gillard - Storyteller
833 Parkside Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12309
518-381-9474
E-mail:
Website: www.marnigillard.com

After twenty years of teaching Marni Gillard now works as a storyteller-in-the-schools or literacy consultant, performing,working with teachers, and helping children sing and tell tales. Of Marni’s CD of life stories "Without a Splash - Diving into Childhood Memories," harpist Lucy McCaffery says,"These tales are so honest, so real, so touching. I couldn't stop listening!" Teachers rave Marni help students of all ages and abilities claim their voices, and the classroom community becomes more cohesive. Marni’s books, Storyteller Storyteacher: Discovering the Power of Storytelling for Teaching and Living (Stenhouse, 1996) and Give a Listen: Stories of Storytelling in School (edited for NCTE, 1994), offer educators tips on working with children as young language artists. Gillard has served on the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network and offers programs for adult groups wanting to share stories or elicit them from elders.

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen
Contact: Cindy Mangsen
PO Box 1501, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-6846
E-mail: 
Website: www.CompassRoseMusic.com

Nationally-known touring artists, performing original and traditional songs with warmth and humor. Fine duet singing, accompanied by guitar, banjo, concertina, and fiddle.

Ron Gordon
801 Lakewood Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 372-4172
E-mail:

Performing acoustic music in the following styles and instruments: Guitar - traditional Delta and Piedmont blues, classic ragtime, swing, and country; Banjo - old time clawhammer styles; Mandolin - old time, ragtime, blues and celtic styles. Currently performing solo and with Mandolin Madness for a variety of municipal and private events.

Christopher Gotzen-Berg
Classical/Flamenco/Composer
46 Pleasant Ave.
Centereach, NY 11720
Phone: 518-866-1736
Websites: www.gotzenberg.com  www.myspace.com/christophergotzenberg

Christopher Gotzen-Berg, a Classical/Flamenco Guitarist on the WEPA Records Label, has been performing throughout New York State for over 10 years. His unique programming of Spanish Classical pieces, traditional Flamenco, and original compositions has thrilled audiences from small coffee shops to large venues.

Gail E. Griffith
345 Totem Lodge Rd.
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-3052
E-mail:

Dance caller. Gail teaches and calls traditional American, English, and Welsh dances as well as Colonial American and Victorian dances. Specializes in working with beginners, and doing family dances.

Gigue-a-Bit
Contact: Yonnie Estes
Email:
Website: www.myspace.com/twobitsstringband

Gigue-a-Bit plays mostly Celtic, Contra and Quebecois genres along with original tunes by John Guay, the hammered dulcimer player and spoons/podorhythmist. Patty Rutins usually plays the fiddle (she sure can sing, too); but we've replaced her with David Kaynor, Colin McCoy, Bernd Neumann or Maura McNamara when she can't attend. Vonnie Estes rounds out the group on piano/pump organ/keyboard.

Susan Hamlin
FloodWood Music Productions
PO Box 823,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 587-5456
Website: www.susanhamlin.com

Singer, acoustic guitarist, songwriter, recording artist. Recognized as one of the region’s finest performers of Celtic, Appalachian, traditional & original music. Performs solo or in ensemble. Concerts for audiences of all ages, school and library programs, private functions, weddings, traditional dances, workshops. Celtic/folk style rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals, studio sessions.

Harper's Delight with Martha Gallagher, The Adirondack Harper
Contact: Martha Gallagher
11021 Rt. 9N
Keene, NY 12942
Phone: (518) 576-2055
Email:
Website: www.adkharper.com

On Celtic harp, bold and beautiful. and with vocals from powerful to poignant to hilarious, Martha Gallagher enthralls her audiences with original music of many diverse influences, traditional music, and surprise touches of jazz and country. Led by Martha and her Celtic harp, Harper's Delight fuses flute, whistle, fiddle, viola, hammered dulcimer, and percussion into a band with wonderful music, a terrific stage presence and creative arrangements. They are truly a delight for audiences.

Harpist Lucy McCaffrey
Phone: (518) 478-0413

Harpist/singer with 33 years performing experience.

Kim and Reggie Harris
Contact: www.kimandreggie.com
Manager: Vivian Niwes
  VNI: (303) 814-1500
E-mail:
Website: www.kimandreggie.com

Music, History & Stories. The music of the Underground Railroad; Music and stories of African-American history; Original music of relationship, peace, ecology; Concerts, Assembly Programs, Workshops for teachers.

Hawthorne's Hoedown
Contact: Caryn Niedringhaus, Musical Director
Phone: (518) 479-3438
E-mail:

Hawthorne's Hoedown is a Young Fiddler's Performing Group that have a passion for fiddle music and who love to perform! Hailing from the Tri-County New York Region (Rensselaer, Columbia, Green) and neighboring Massachusetts, they play authentic renditions of Celtic American Fiddle Music on violin, cello, penny-whistle, guitar, harp, and bass.

HeartsEase
Contact: Gail Griffith
345 Totem Lodge Rd.
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-3052

E-mail:

A band that plays beautiful 18th and 19th century English and American music for dancing and listening. Includes Vonnie Estes on piano, Diane Hamilton Bell on violin, Patricia Kernan on flute, Marilee Urbanczyk on recorder, and Gail Griffith on concertina. (Gail can also teaches and calls contra- and square dances for families, Colonial and Victorian re-enactors, and the general public.)

Helderberg Madrigal Singers
Contact: Richard or Dawn Dana
221 South Main Ave.
Albany, NY 12208-2423
Phone: (518) 446-0382
E-mail:

This eight-member ensemble specializes in singing unaccompanied music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Their repertoire includes a wide range of sacred and secular music of such composers as Machaut, Morley, Byrd and Monteverdi. The group is available to perform at festivals, church services, weddings, parties and other events.

Joe Hetko
Phone: (518) 785-7842
Email:

Solo acoustic guitar performance, classical, jazz, folk and standards for all occassions. See also Duo Dolce - guitar/flute duo.

Chris Holder
Storysinger Productions

14663 West Lake Road
Hammondsport, NY  14840
Bus/Fax: (607) 868-7249
E-mail:
Website: www.storysinger.com

Acoustic folk music, stories, performances and concerts for children, adults and families. Fee range: $450 - $750 daily. Since 1977 Chris Holder has been a performer of music, storytelling and folk culture for children and adults across the country - at colleges, festivals, libraries, prisons, retirement centers and schools. He's appeared on Garrison Keilor's PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, led scores of community and school residencies and has 3 cassette albums of family songs and stories. Write for a free brochure.

Homespun Traditional Community Dancing with Peter, Paul and George
Contact: Paul Rosenberg
538 Providence St.
Albany, NY 12208-3223
Phone: (518) 482-9255; (800) 908-HOME (toll free)
E-mail:
Website: www.homespun.biz

Families are invited to participate in community dancing from around the world with an emphasis on American dances that originated in Europe and Africa. This includes singing games, folk, square and contra dancing. Homespun Community Dancing with Peter (Davis), Paul (Rosenberg) & George (Wilson) teaches the origins, sounds and uses of traditional folk instruments, including fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, clarinet, pennywhistle, and recorder. This program helps children to develop an awareness of what life was like before electricity, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries, when families and communities made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance.

Meg Hutchinson
Contact: Ericka Wilcox, Berkshire Artists Group
PO Box 781
Lee, MA 01238
Phone: (413) 243-6662
Booking: Katie Wells
Email:

Website: www.meghutchinson.com

The twenty-four year old singer/songwriter describes her style as "lyric-based, folk-pop, barn-raising music with perhaps too much idealism and maybe a touch of the real sad blues." Her songs are characterized by a weathered but unselfconscious optimism, and a love of language and of the natural world. She's an award-winning Berkshires singer-songwriter with two albums, Meg Hutchinson and Against the Grey.

Illegal Contraband
Contact: c/o Duvoo
880 Stanley Roseboom Rd.
Schenevus, NY 12155
Contact persons: Liza DiSavino, A.J. Bodnar
Phone: (607) 434-1162 (or 1164)
Email:
Website: www.duvoo.net

Psst. Over here. Yeah, I know - another contra dance band. But listen - aside from the usual rep, these guys write original tunes. And they play, like, 20 instruments between 'em, and set attendance records at 4 different venues! They sing like boids in concert, and smuggle folk, ballroom, swing and old rock-and-roll into weddings, concerts, dances, and parties.

Janes's Gang
Contact: Jane Rothfield
Phone: (518) 522-7445

Website: www.janerothfield.com
Email:

Rockin’ Contra and Square Dance band featuring the fiddling of Jane Rothfield, David Kiphuth on Banjo, Allan Carr on guitar and Geoff Harden on Bass. Southern Tinged dance music with a bit of Celtic Flavor! Available for parties, festivals, weddings and more!

Michael Jerling
PO Box 718
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: (518) 587-3307
E-mail:
Website: www.michaeljerling.com

Michael has been a noted artist on the club, college and festival circuits of North America since 1975. His live shows are buoyed by his sharp sense of humor and his smooth baritone voice is backed up with consummate skill on six & twelve string guitars, harmonica and mandolin.Michael has been among the winners of the prestigious “New Folk” competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and his involvement with the seminal Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York City has led to his song “Long Black Wall” being included in a CD on Smithsonian Folkways celebrating twenty years of Fast Folk. His latest CD, Little Movies, features fourteen new original songs and has been released on his own Fool’s Hill Music label.

Michael Kernan
35 Clermont Street
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 587-3307

Contra dance caller

John Kirk and Trish Miller
Contact: Trish Miller
PO Box 363
Greenfield Center, NY 12833
Phone: (518) 581-0255
E-mail:
Website: www.johnandtrish.com

Fiddle Tunes, Folksongs, and Fancy Footwork. John Kirk and Trish Miller perform traditional and original music with clog dance accompaniment. John is a singer-songwriter, prize winning square dance caller, multi-instrumentalist, and skillful fiddler. Bluegrass Unlimited says, "He's one of the finest vocalists in the folk world." In addition to quicksteppin' clogging, Trish calls dances, plays banjo and guitar. They work as a duo and in larger ensembles featuring Celtic and American tunes and songs. Both of them teach at Skidmore College; John is also a music instructor at Bennington College. John and Trish have a variety of music and dance workshops for schools, camps, parties and festivals. They have eight recordings of their own available and are known for community programs for folks of all ages.

CarolLynn & Gene Langley
QuietCreek Music
282 Blue Factory Road
Averill Park, NY 12028
Phone: (518) 283-4769
E-mail:

The Langleys' traditional and original folk music combines the essence of Gene's North Carolina sharecropping boyhood with the 35 years the couple have lived on their E. Poestenkill farm. Their vocals, accompanied by mountain dulcimer and autoharp, "build bridges from the past and offer hope for tomorrow." Available for festivals, schools, libraries, historical societies, churches, community events, the Langleys have performed and taught mountain dulcimer building/playing workshops for children and adults from Vermont to North Carolina. They have recently released their first CD, Speak a Little Louder, Please.

Lawson
Contact: Eric Everson
705 Deans Mill Road
W. Coxsackie, NY 12192
Phone: (518) 756-8273 or (518) 424-7245
E-mail:

Website: www.lawsontrad.com

Tradtional Irish music by Hilary Schrauf (fiddle, bodhran, whistle, vocals) and Eric Everson (bouzouki, guitar, vocals). This traditional duo focuses specifically on Irish music, including jigs and reels, hornpipes and waltzes, O'Carolan compositions, and songs in the Irish tradition. We'd love to play at your wedding, coffeehouse, festival, workshop, or other special occasion! Check us out at www.lawsontrad.com.

The Living Harp
Contact: Karlinda Caldicott
Phone: (518) 226-0508
E-mail:

Karlinda Caldicott is a professionally trained harpist who plays both pedal (classical style) and lever (Celtic style) harp in many styles, including classical, Celtic/folk and new-age style. Karlinda has been performing on the harp for over 30 years; she plays in several regional orchestras, gives solo and chamber music concerts, as well as playing for churches, weddings, receptions, birthday parties, and other special events. She plays solo harp and can also offer small ensembles with harp, such as flute and harp or violin and harp, etc. Karlinda is also an active harp teacher (see teacher listing for more details) throughout the Capital Region as well as in the Oneonta area.

Liza and A.J.
Contact: c/o Duvoo
880 Stanley Roseboom Rd.
Schenevus, NY 12155
Contact persons: Liza DiSavino, A.J. Bodnar
Phone: (607) 434-1162 (or 1164)
Email:
Website: www.duvoo.net

The girl from the right side of the musical tracks meets the boy from the wrong side. With Liza's background in classical music and A.J.'s in jazz, they meet on the folk plane. From there, they visit many genres, taking their audience along for the ride through traditional music (with a specialty in music of the Catskills), originals, and New Orleans jazz. The duo sings and plays a plethora of instruments. They have three albums together and received a grant from the Puffin Foundation. Available for concerts, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and events.

The Lockhart Mountain Boys
For information and booking please contact:
Bill Healy: 518/399-3675
Email:
Dick Sausville: 518/656-9392
Email:

Web site: http://rare-books.com/lockhartmtboys.htm

The Lockhart Mountain Boys play traditional bluegrass music from northern New York, hard-driving music from the standard repertoire as well as original songs from band members and their friends. First organized in 2005, their new and current lineup includes Mac Petrequin, banjo and resonator guitar; Dick Sausville, guitar; Bill Healy, mandolin and guitar; and Bob Zink, bass. Nick Barr joins the band on fiddle when available. Their first CD was released in December, 2007, and they appear at all types of public and private events, including the Washington County and Schaghticoke Fairs, the ABL Bluegrass Roundup, and the Thurman Fiddle Jamboree..

Lost Radio Rounders
c/o Tom Lindsay
P.O. Box 11621
Albany NY, 12211
Phone: Tom Lindsay (518) 435-1526/ Michael Eck (518) 432-6634

Email:
Website: www.lostradiorounders.com , www.historicamericanmusic.com

Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck have been playing Historic American Music together for over 25 years, and in addition to the Lost Radio Rounders’ “Songs from 78s” repertoire, the duo offers a number of well-researched, style/artist specific programs, including “The Gospel Train: Historic American Spiritual & Religious Music,” “Lincoln And Liberty: Songs from The Time of Honest Abe,” “Wildwood Flower: Songs of The Original Carter Family” and “American Favorite Ballads: Songs from Folkways.” Lindsay, a music history teacher, and Eck, a nationally-respected music writer, accompany themselves on guitar, mandolin, dobro, ukulele, strumstick and banjo.

Low 'N Lonesome
Contact: Phil Drum
Phone: (518) 466-3346

Website: www.reverbnation.com/lownlonesome

Rob Adkins and Phil Drum are two fine Fingerstyle /Acoustic Blues guitar players and songwriters from Saratoga Springs, NY. As Low ‘N Lonesome, they join forces and blend their talents to produce some of the finest old time Blues & Ragtime to be heard anywhere. They perform top-notch originals, as well as Blues-based versions of tunes from old school jazz, rock, folk, and country music, covering great artists from from Robert Johnson and Louis Armstrong to Hank Williams and Bob Dylan.

Peggy Lynn
7456 Hawley Rd.
Red Creek, NY 13143
E-mail:
Website: www.quercusmusic.com

Peggy Lynn, dubbed "the voice of the mountains" by poet Marice Kenny, is a singer with a versatile, sweet, and sultry voice. She is a songwriter whose topics range from the historical to the hysterical. She has released ten recordings, some solo - original songs of the Adirondacks or from a woman's perspective, some with Dan Duggan or Dan Berggren - traditional and original songs and tunes on guitar, hammered dulcimer, piano, banjo and concertina, and as the trio JAMCRACKERS. Lynn presents programs on 1920s Women's Blues, the American Women's Suffrage Movement, and combining the previous two with her own uppity songs, Finally Feminist. She continues to evolve her "Mountain Women Can Be Heroes" program. With a masters degree in Women's History and a depth of experience in storytelling through ballads and tales, Lynn weaves songs and stories together to challenge perceptions of women's roles.

Kate McDonnell
P.O. Box 437
Slingerlands, NY 12159
Booking:
Website: www.katemcdonnell.com

Recently featured in USA Today, Kate McDonnell, singer-songwriter who plays upside-down-and-backwards guitar, is perhaps the musical lovechild of Bonnie Raitt and Leo Kottke. Fearless and funny on stage, she continues to impress audiences in Europe and the U.S. with her heart-stopping voice and jaw-dropping guitar work. Kate's songwriting, as well as her recent co-writing with Anne Lindley, has won her significant awards. Kate's new CD, Where the Mangoes Are, is available on Appleseed Records.

Medicine Hat String Band
Contact: Deirdre Oakley
46 Park Ave.
Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 426-4083

Four-piece acoustic string band performing traditional and contemporary bluegrass music, as well as original songs and other acoustic music. Three-part harmonies with banjo/fiddle, guitar, mandolin, upright bass. Good PA system for any event. Have played coffeehouses, bars, civic events, benefits throughout the Capital Region and the Berkshires.

Merry Mischief
P.O. Box 425
Jordan, NY 13080
Phone: (315) 689-6815
E-mail:
Website: www.merrymischief.net

Marilyn Fuller (Merlyn) was raised with homegrown music in the kitchen made up by the bushel after family gatherings. Wayne Fuller (Harry) was raised with famous classical musicians by the score. Together they learned their own unique styles and have formed this mischievous blend of down home low humor and highbrow training. Merlyn's Alto voice delights the audience with a resonant full-bodied gutsy range you can relate to, while Harry's tenor voice amazes people with his true blend with Merlyn's voice. Together they bring great harmonies and good picking to their music! Good hearted times for all.

John Moak
2406 Parkville Place
Schenectady, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 370-3096
Email:

Gospel, folk, church venue. I sing and play fingerstyle folk and gospel 12-string guitar.

Roger Mock
PO Box 90
Altamont, NY 12009
Phone: (518) 765-2815
Email:

Performing traditional and contemporary songs and tunes on acoustic guitar and hammered dulcimer. Available for coffeehouses, church services, weddings and other ritual ceremonies. Can assemble small group for same (with flute, violin, vocalists).

Mountain Laurel Band
Contact: Joe Baker
Box 332
Monterey, MA 01245
Phone: (413) 528-9385
Fax: (413) 528-9394
E-Mail:

New England Square and Contradance band includes caller, guitar, fiddle and hammered dulcimer; same musicians working together since 1983. Hold our own dances in Sheffield, Mass on 4th Saturdays. Available for dances, parties, weddings, schools, etc.

Music Mobile, Inc.
Contact: Ruth Pelham
PO Box 6024
Albany, NY 12206
Phone and Fax: (518) 462-8714
E-mail:
Website: www.musicmobile.org

Music Mobile is a not-for-profit arts organization that performs upbeat, participatory concerts, workshops, residencies, special events and professional development programs at festivals, schools, coffeehouses, concert halls, parks, libraries, conferences and other community venues. Program themes focus on self-esteem, cooperation, the environment, family issues, peace, justice and community building. Weather permitting, programs feature the colorfully decorated Music Mobile van that will make single or multiple visits to communities on a fee-for-service basis or through grants.

Northeast Bluegrass
28 Cleveland St.
Albany, NY 12206
Contact: Mickey Bagley, Nick Barr
Phone: (518) 489-2369
Fax: (518) 489-2369
E-mail:

Vocalist (lead and harmony), and instrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo) available as solo or to work with groups. Experienced master of ceremonies, stage manager, producer, songwriter. Many years of experience in commercial radio as announcer/producer, writer, editor and publisher. Specializing in bluegrass music.

Robin O'Herin
PO Box 667
Lee, MA 01238
Phone: (413) 243-2271
Website: www.robinoherin.com   www.myspace.com/robinoherin

Acoustic Blues and Gospel
"The musicians in the audience last time Robin O'Herin played were impressed with the Lee, Mass. woman's tasty blues repertoire and versatility on three guitars; her performances are partially a history lesson, part original, classic and timeless throughout..." Arthur Gonick, Bailey¹s Cafe, Saratoga Springs, NY

Anson Olds
Contact: Storrs Olds
Star Rt 62, Box 27, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Phone: (413) 528-2683

Repertoire of traditional and original songs and instrumentals, plus yodels. Recipient of guitar, fiddle and song writing awards. Available for concerts, festivals, coffeehouses, other events. Known throughout the Northeast.

Frank Orsini
59 Sherman Ave.
Glens Falls, NY 12801
(518) 792-7986
E-mail:

Free lance fiddle work from one of the best around. Styles: bluegrass, string band, Celtic, swing, contra.

Patti Melita Quartet
Contact:Patti Melita
P.O. Box 232
Troy, NY  12181-0232
Phone: (518) 274-5356
Email:
Website: www.cdbaby.com/cd/melita

A quartet consisting of Peg Delaney on keyboard, Pete Toigo on bass, Paul Couch on Saxophone and Patti Melita on vocals, the group plays jazz standards from the '20's through the '50's.  It is a perfect background for social affairs of all types: fund-raisers, weddings, anniversaries, etc.

Patti-O & The Hip Hooligans
Contact:Patti Melita
P.O. Box 232
Troy, NY  12181-0232
Phone: (518) 274-5356
Email:
Website: www.cdbaby.com/cd/melita

As a swing dance afficionado, Patti Melita's expertise on "music that motivates people to dance" enables her to assemble a variety of tunes that defy the listeners not to dance. The Hooligans is a five-piece band behind Patti on vocals, known for it's traditional jazz standards from the '20's through the '50's with a swingin' beat.

Sandra Peevers and Dave Paton
Contact: Sandra Peevers
On Queue Performing Artists
P.O. Box 145
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-9494
Email:
Website: www.OnQueueArtists.com

Traditional music of Quebec, Brittany, Scandinavia and Celtic nations. Guitar, concertina, mandolin, whistle, some vocals. Other musicians often join us - ie fiddle and bass.

Ruth Pelham
PO Box 6024
Albany, NY 12206
Phone and Fax: (518) 462-8714
E-mail:
Website: www.musicmobile.org

Ruth Pelham is hailed by Pete Seeger as "one of America's greatest song-writers." She is known for her keen ability to make a room full of strangers feel like longtime friends and family, and performs for people of all ages in concert halls, festivals, schools, cnoferences and numerous community venues. Ruth Pelham's songs bring to audiences a passionate, poignant vision of world peace and social justice, and are recorded by dozens of artists as well as on her own recordings which include Look to the People, Under One Sky, and Collage. Ruth is also the founder and director of Music Mobile, Inc. (see listing)

Ken Perlman
68 Windsor St.
Arlington MA, 02474
Phone: 781 316 5564 (cell)

Email:
Web: www.kenperlman.com

Superb instrumentalist, acclaimed teacher of instrumental skills, gifted performer, award-winning folklorist, Ken Perlman is surely a welcome addition to any festival or concert-series lineup. Ken is both a pioneer of the 5-string banjo style known as "melodic clawhammer," and a master of fingerstyle guitar. He is considered one of the top clawhammer players in the world, known in particular for his skillful adaptations of Celtic tunes to the style. On guitar, Ken's sparkling finger-picked renditions of traditional Celtic and Southern fiddle tunes are simply not to be missed.

The Please & Thank-You String Band
Contact: Will Welling
PO Box 285, Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-3319

Contradance band, wedding and party entertainment, swing and country songs. P&TSB is a widely acclaimed fiddle, mandolin and guitar trio from the Northeast. Their original and traditional approach to instrumental music and songs paints unexpected yet pleasantly familiar images. With Will Welling, violin; Bill Walach, mandolin; Dave Howard, guitar - the trio combines humor, passion, and a candid view of tradition. More than 25 years of playing music together have made this trio substantially more than the sum of its parts!

Jared Polens
366 ½ Houghton St.
N. Adams, MA 01247
Phone: (413) 663-7705
E-mail:

Instrument: Hammered dulcimer. I play a mix of tunes on the hammered dulcimer - Irish, New England contradance, Swedish, and more. I'm available to play at weddings, parties, and other celebrations either solo or with Wintergreen. (See Wintergreen listing)

Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers (with Ben Murray)
Manager: Siobhan Quinn
Roundhouse Music Agency
107 S. West Street, #516
Alexandria, VA  22314
phone: (703)-489-9448
E-mail:
Website: www.dreamersloversandoutlaws.com

Brimming with compelling songs and seamless harmonies, Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers paint dynamic and colorful stories with rich original, contemporary and traditional music with a big dash of humor and the occasional special of electric blues (with Ben Murray). Their CD “Dreamers, Lovers and Outlaws,” is filled with gracious and gritty songs and observations of the human experience. These rising stars have been awarded spots at the prestigious 2007 Kerrville New Folk Competition and 2007 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase, along with multiple regional, national and international main stage showcases.

Richard Raczkowski
29 LaGrange Rd
Delmar, NY 12054
518-439-7466
Phone: (518) 439-7466

Music Style: Instrumental, folk, old-timey. Instruments: Autoharp, guitar. Various types of music are played on this uniquely American instrument with the heavenly sound, from rags to folk to old-timey. Will perform solo or as an accompanist. Workshops and lessons (private and group) also available. Available for benefits, libraries, and community events.

Ramblin Jug Stompers
PO Box 1461
Albany NY 12201
Phone: (518) 432-6634

Website: www.jugstompers.com

This honest-to-goodness jug band offers 78 rpm music for the 21st century! This quartet features luminaries from the Albany music scene including founding members of the Star Spangled Washboard Band, Blotto, Rumdummies, Chefs of the Future and other legendary acts. Classic instrumentation - kazoo, jug, washboard, banjo, mandolin, guitar, dobro… Classic material - Gus Cannon, Memphis Jug Band, Uncle Dave Macon, Grandpa Jones… Included on the “Jugs Across America” compilation. Currently at work on second studio album, “The Last Boxcar.”

Rosanne Raneri
PO Box 62
Troy, NY 12182
Phone: (518) 477-4728
Email:
Website: www.rosanneraneri.com

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Raneri combines elements of folk, jazz, pop and r&b to create an arresting, unique, contemporary sound with substance. The lyrics are full of compelling imagery, and her melodies and compositions set new boundaries. She is a riveting perfomer who delights in sharing the energy of the moment with new and returning audiences. Garnet Rogers says, "In my dreams I have a voice like Rosanne's." She has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Annie Lennox, Shawn Colvin, Patty Larkin and Maura O'Connell.

James Reams and the Barnstormers
Contact: Tina Aridas
Mountain Redbird Music
565 9th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Phone: 718-965-8490
E-Mail:
Website: www.jamesreams.com

Originally from eastern Kentucky, James Reams has been in NY since the early 1980s, playing traditional bluegrass music with an old-time edge. James Reams & The Barnstormers is a crowd-pleaser wherever they go.

Red Hen
Contact: Jane Rothfield
Phone: (518) 522-7445

Website: www.janerothfield.com
Email:

Red Hen is a “new” Old Time Band that dips into a blended palette of old time, country and bluegrass, with a few Celtic roots showing. Their repertoire is traditionally based, mixed with award winning new tunes and songs written by band members Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr. Boasting four distinctive lead voices with great harmonies and instrumental excellence, Red Hen is acoustic Americana at its best. Red Hen is Jane Rothfield, Linda Schrade, Allan Carr and David Kiphuth. Available for concerts, festivals, weddings and contra/square dances.

Dave Rhodes
11 Pineview Ave.
Delmar, New York 12054
Phone: (518) 439-7749
E-mail:

Songwriter and member of NorthEast Country Music Association is looking for bands or artists interested in original material - folk or country.  Also plays trombone in the Nisky Dixie Cats and Georgie Wonders Orchestra.

Heather Richards
PO Box 23
Hartford NY 12838
Phone: (518) 632-9237
E-mail:
Website: www.heatherrichards.com

Acoustic Folk/Country - Heather Richards music is a taste of Sunshine pleasing crowds from 0-100 with her sweet vocals that warm the heart! Here original music portrays uncomplicated simplistic innocence in a complicated world. You can hear touches of her bluegrass, folk, and traditional country roots within each unique song she writes —Fronhofer Multimedia

Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher
Dragonflower Music
PO Box 8766
Albany, NY 12208
Phone/Fax: (518) 453-6312
E-mail:
Web: www.dragonflower.com

Darhon Rees-Rohrbacher holds Doctor, Master and Bachelor of Music degrees. Initially trained as a classical singer and pianist, she began her harp studies after moving to Upstate New York. She teaches voice, harp and piano in her home studio in Albany, is an active area performer, and a prolific publisher-arranger of harp music.

Riverview Ramblers
Capital District Region and Saratoga Springs, NY
Contact: Bill Flanagan
Phone: (518) 384-1602
Email:
Website: http://riverviewramblers.com

The Riverview Ramblers play a variety of tunes ranging from bluegrass to newgrass and Americana and a few things inbetween. This is homemade, hometown bluegrass music... full of spontaneity, camaraderie, and the acoustic vibe! Please check our website for info, samples, performance schedule and more!

John Roberts & Lisa Preston
1605 Lenox Road
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518)370-4166
E-mail:

John Roberts is well-known as a player of concertina and banjo, and a frequently recorded singer of anglo, celtic and traditional ballads, sea-songs and shanties. He has appeared at the Old Songs Festival many times as singer and m/c. He is often accompanied by Lisa Preston, primarily on celtic harp, but who is also a talented instrumentalist on several other instruments.

Paul Rosenberg
Homespun Occasions
538 Providence St.
Albany, NY 12208-3223
Phone: (518) 482-9255; (800) 908-HOME (toll free)
E-mail:
Website: www.homespun.biz

Caller and musicians for simple traditional community dances (contra, square, and international folk) with live acoustic music including fiddle, pennywhistle, flute, banjo, guitar, accordion, mandolin, and more. A “homespun” alternative for parties, weddings, family dances and community celebrations. All dances are geared to non-dancers, especially those with "two left feet".

Jane Rothfield
Contact: Jane Rothfield
Phone: (518) 522-7445

Website: www.janerothfield.com
Email:

Superb fiddler and clawhammer style banjo player specializing in Appalachian and Celtic styles. Excellent teacher of all levels. Available as solo or with band (Jane’s Gang or Red Hen).

Saratoga Faire
Contact: Lise Winne or Jim Lestrange
P.O. Box 145
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
E-mail:
Website: www.saratogafaire.com

Saratoga Faire plays Celtic, folk and original compositions and tunes from the 16th century to the present which include both instrumentals and vocals. Featured instruments are hammered dulcimer, violin, viola, guitars, bass and vocals. Members: Lise Winne (vocals, guitar, recorder, cello, whistle) Frank Orsini (violin, viola), Jim Lestrange (hammered dulcimer, bass, guitar, vocals) and Jeff Belding (guitar, mandolin, bass).

Saratoga Mandolin Ensemble
Contact: Dick Ahlstrom
182 Adams St.
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: (518) 439-0568
Email:

Music from the “Golden Age” of mandolin orchestras (late 19th/early 20th centuries).

Charles Semowich
Phone: 449 4756
E-mail:
Website: http://members.tripod.com/~rensselaer/
 (Friends of the Albany City Carillon)

Charles Semowich performs music on the famous Albany City Hall Carillon. Special concerts may be arranged. He plays classical, folk, popular, original carillon, patriotic, religious, song arrangements, contemporary and other music. Dr. Semowich is also a composer who will create a new piece if requested for a concert.

Christopher Shaw
PO Box 609
Averill Park, NY 12018
Phone: (518) 674-8282
Fax: (518) 674-2259
E-Mail:
Website: www.chrisandbridget.com

Christopher Shaw is a singer/songwriter/storyteller who specializes in the songs and tales of his native Adirondack Mountains. He has 10 albums to his credit, including two holiday titles with his wife, Bridget Ball. Chris is a highly respected artist educator who presents concerts, workshops, and residencies for thousands of school children every year.

Skuttlebutt
Contact: Bill Engelhardt
3205 Birchton Rd
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 885 - 4726
E-mail:
Website: www.Skuttlebutt.cc

SKUTTLEBUTT, from the Saratoga County area of upstate New York, is a lively, instrumentally complex, vocally powerful quartette specializing in acoustic folk, maritime and both traditional and popular Irish music. They perform at coffee houses, festivals, and other venues that cater to a "folkie" and fun-loving audience. SKUTTLEBUTT has recently (Dec. 2002) released a CD, Stand to your Glass,  an eclectic blend of vocals, instrumentals, original songs, and other acoustic tunes sure to please!

Erik Sootes
Contact: Tanya Toren
E.S. Time, Ltd.
Phone: (518) 475-1218
Mobile: (518) 221-8280
Email:
Website: www.sootes.com

Erik Sootes is a virtuoso guitarist with an amazing concert program and tours nationally. He is a professional musician with a PhD in music composition, who has earned himself a name of a "One-Man-Orchestra".  Erik Sootes succeeded in his artistic quest for ultimate synergy of different cultures and various styles in music. He writes and skillfully performs guitar music in an astonishing variety of genres: classical, flamenco, jazz, fusion, folk, rock, pop, hip-hop, and more.

Alice Spatz
PO Box 324
Lanesboro, MA 01237
Phone: (413) 442-2969

Folk and classical free-lance double bassist and folk vocalist. 20 years performance and recording experience in folk groups, symphonies and chamber ensembles. Extensive recording experience. Folk bass ranges from simple to sophisticated. Sings alto and soprano backup and lead. Available for live or recording gigs.

Bill Spence and Fennig's All Stars
424 Wormer Rd.
Voorheesville, NY 12186
Phone: (518) 765-4979 (evenings)
E-mail:

Web: www.billspencemusic.com

Bill Spence, hammered dulcimer; George Wilson, fiddle and banjo; Toby Stover, piano. Celebrating 28 years of playing and performing for country dances, concerts, and weddings.

Spirites Consort
Contact: Lise Winne
P.O. Box 145
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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Website: www.lisewinne.com/spirites_consort.htm

Renaissance, new age Celtic and classical. The Spirites Consort often performs in costume (especially for Renaissance festivals, faerie festivals and Victorian Streetwalks). They are noted for their new twist on Renaissance music and new age style music. Members are Lise Winne (vocals, guitar, recorder, Celtic harp, cello), Jim Lestrange (hammered dulcimer, bass, guitar), Rick Eckberg (double bass, vocals) and Jeff Belding (guitar). Joe Davoli (violin, baritone violin) is on all recorded material and is also sometimes part of performances.

Stepping Stones
Contact: Robin Osgood
86 Glendale Rd.
Latham, NY 12110
Email:
Phone: (321) 728-7799

Cell: (518) 316-1256

Fiddle, classical violin and guitar. Dance music and songs, specializing in old timey, Appalachian and Celtic. Available for contrdances and weddings and any other fiddle/guitar gigs.

Stillhouse Rounders
Contact:  Mark Schmidt
9 Sunset Dr.
Altamont, NY 12009
(518) 861-8783
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Web: www.stillhouserounders.com

Southern style Appalachian Mountains Stringband plays old time rural country and early bluegrass.  Available for concerts and participatory dancing (contra and squares)

Peter Stix
21 Clermont Street, Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 729-7791

Experienced caller and teacher of contra dance and New England style square dances, and English Country dances. Programs for public dances, private parties, wedding receptions, festivals, conventions, groups (singles groups, church groups). Material suitable for all ages, from children on up, beginners to experienced dancers. I can handle arrangements for bands/music. I have been featured at dance events in 22 states, and edited 3 collections of dances. I can also teach introductory international dances for all ages.

The Storycrafters
Contact: Barry Marshall or Jeri Burns
PO Box 353
Philmont, NY 12565
Phone: (518) 672-7664
E-Mail:
Website: www.storycrafters.com

Award-winning tandem storytellers, recording artists, and radio hosts, The Storycrafters creatively integrate ethnic instruments, song and dance into their stories. With programs for all ages, they work in schools, libraries and festivals across the US and UK. They host the award-winning family radio show "Just Imagine."

The String Dusters
Contact: Bill Healy
Phone: (518) 399-3675
Email:
Website: www.rare-books.com/stringdusters.htm

The String Dusters draw inspiration from the deep well of American music - the lonesome blues of Jimmie Rodgers, the folk songs of the Carter Family, the bluegrass of Bill Monroe, western ballads and swing, fiddle tunes, the hillbilly boogie of the Delmore Brothers, and the developing honky-tonk sounds of early 40s and 50s country music. From these musical roots they have developed a style that is familiar, yet uniquely their own, enabling the group to be enjoyed by audiences of all types and ages. Formed in 1993, the band can boast of more than a century of playing and performing experience among the members. The String Dusters are: Bill Healy, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and dobro; Neil Yetwin. guitar; Barry Weinstein, fiddle; and Fred Woodward, bass. In addition to entertainment, the band has prepared lecture/concert programs for schools, libraries, and museums.

Tales 'n Tunes
Contact: Carol Connolly
1100 Niskayuna Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 786-1271
Email:
Website: www.talesntunes.net

Tales ‘n Tunes is a musical storytelling duo from the Capital District of New York State with more than 20 years of experience presenting programs in schools, libraries, museums, and at community events and festivals. They perform stories, primarily from the folk tradition, with original songs creatively integrated in them to allow for audience participation. They also feature songs between stories. Carol Connolly and Don Darmer bring tales and tunes from around the world to audiences of all ages. They are high energy performers and their programs engage children and have them singing and clapping along, and adult listeners are enchanted by their musical stories. Together, they bring folk and fairy tales to life for their audiences. Their CD, Travelin' Down the Road: Sing Along Stories from Around the World, was awarded both an iParenting Media Award and a NAPPA Honors Award and received a rave review in the School Library Journal. Their second CD, Bunches of Beasts, received fantastic reviews in the April 2007 issues of both the American Library Association’s publication, Booklist and in the School Library Journal. It recently won a NAPPA honors Award and is a finalist in the Children's Music Web Award Spoken Word category. Their recordings features traditional folk and fairy tales with original songs creatively blended into them, as well as songs which stand on their own. Their character voices and toe-tappin’, finger-snappin’, hand-clappin’ tunes invite kids and adults to sing along.

Thirty Strings and a Squeeze
Averill Park, NY
Phone: 518-674-3052
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"Thirty Strings and a Squeeze" is Donna Salata on violin and mandolin, Dian Ryan on guitar and mandolin, and Gail Griffith on cello, concertina, and banjo.  They play and sing for parties, weddings, background music, and community dances (which Gail also calls).  They play dance tunes from many countries and traditions, as well as classical trios.

Donna, Dian, and Gail have been playing together for a total of more than 60 years, and Gail has been calling for over 30 years. She teaches and calls traditional American, English, and Welsh dances as well as Colonial American and Victorian dances. She also specializes in working with beginners, and doing family dances. 

Three Quarter North
11 Pineview Ave.
Delmar, New York 12054
Phone: (518) 439-7749
E-mail:
Website: www.threequarternorth.com

Five piece bluegrass/folk band - Jim Atkins - banjo, harmonica, guitar, vocals; Mark Bagdon - fiddle; Nelson Gage - mandolin; Dave Rhodes - bass, guitar, vocals; Mark Smith - guitar, vocals. We perform traditional folk and bluegrass with some original country/pop tunes.

Mark Tolstrup
36 Phila St
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866
(518)583-9315
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Website: www.rootblues.com

With a real passion for roots music and especially the Delta blues Mark Tolstrup blends blues and ragtime influences with folk, jazz and rock, sending you on a journey down the back roads of America. Playing bottleneck slide on an old National Steel Guitar, finger picking and singing with a distinctive voice that on slower numbers can modulate from loving to desolate. Mark’s live shows are characterized by an engaging warmth combined with driving energy. He's one of the blues artists who can be depended on to put forth all he's got in live performance, connecting with the audience in a relaxed and intimate way.

Tri-County Banjo Band
Contact: Kitty Murphy
Phone: (518) 732-7578
E-mail:

Tri County Banjo Band plays toe-tapping, sing-along music from the early 1900's. The Band has been entertaining audiences since 1969 and consists of four string banjos, banjo/guitar, bass, drums and vocalists who lead the singing. Members of the band originally lived in Albany, Greene and Rensselaer counties, giving the band its name. Members presently come from Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and
Herkimer counties. For booking information, call 732-7578.

Susan Trump
2005 Rosedale Way
Schenectady, NY 12303
Phone: (518) 357-4018
E-mail:
Website: www.susantrump.com

As seen in WMHT's "Christmas in the Adirondacks," Susan's outstanding work on guitar, mountain dulcimer, and banjo highlight songs which touch the heart, recall the past and inspire the times ahead. She tours nationally and was voted (by Riffs Newsletter) an "all time favorite show" at the Caffe Lena, where her programs are consistently sold out. Susan is available for community concerts, festivals, musical, healing and spiritual workshops, educational programs and songwriting workshops for schools, family concerts for fund raisers. Recordings: "What the Hill People Say," "Tree of Life," "Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer," "Live at Caffe Lena."

Nancy Tucker
97 Pie Hill Rd
Goshen, CT 06756
Phone: (860) 491-2067
E-mail:
Website: www.nancytucker.info

"An unnervingly talented combination of master guitar instrumentalist, insightful songwriter and stand-up comic" (Dirty Linen Folk Magazine). Winner of four Songwriting Awards from Songwriter's Associations in Connecticut and Washington, creator of a patented guitar invention, and First Prize winner of the 2002 Comedy Competition in Connecticut. Writer of the hit parody "Everything Reminds Me of My Therapist."

TuneFolk
Contact: Sue Mead
Phone: (518) 384-3275

Add a little atmosphere to your gathering. Traditional and original fiddle tunes as background music for communtiy events, private parties, hayrides, farmer markets, bbq's, craft shows, picnics, reunions, you name it. Or add a hoedown or contra dance. Mix of Old-time, Celtic, early American and original tunes; toe-tappin' jigs, reels and marches, and sweet, slow waltzes. Sue Mead (fiddle, mandolin), Jim Mead (guitar). Other "tune folk" added, as needed (flute, bodhran, bass, banjo, etc).

Two Bits Band
Contact: Yvonne Estes
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Website: www.myspace.com/twobitsstringband

John Guay (hammered dulcimer) and Vonnie Estes (piano/pump organ) play mostly traditional dance tunes of Scotland, Ireland, Quebec and New England in the old style - straight (if not crooked) and with no frills (at least not enough to get in the way of the tune) for all occasions. 

Valley Bog Players
Roland Vinyard
Phone: (518) 673-3212
Email:
Website: http://valleybog.prometheus.to

The Valley Bog Players are a traditional Irish band, featuring Kathy Walsh on accordian, John Walsh on bodhran, and Roland Vinyard on guitar & Celtic banjo + vocals. In addition to traditional dance music, they perform ballads, love songs, rebel music, drinking songs in a simple, unadorned style, much as it would have been done in the "auld country". Many of their performances are centered around the Mohawk Valley, but they get to Saratoga and the Capital District upon occasion.

Nancy Walker
58 Wilton Rd.
Greenfield Center, NY 12833
Phone: (518) 893-0390
Email:
Website: www.nancywalker.net

Nancy Walker is first and foremost a performing songwriter with a message that is compelling and inviting. She possesses a strong, distinctive alto voice that peals “like a bell” (Dirty Linen) through any musical arrangement. “Buffy Sainte-Marie once said that she sings from her toes. Nancy Walker sounds like that. Her original compositions present a fresh and spacious landscape. She’s also a leader in cooperative, grassroots promotion of meaningful music in her community.” —Andrew Calhoun / Waterbug Records. CD’s: All These Things and Layers of Rust & Time.

George Ward
PO Box 201
Rexford, NY 12148
Phone: (518) 399-0315
E-mail:

Website: www.mulesong.com

American, English, Celtic folksong performances, with special emphasis on regional traditions of N.Y. State, based on 35 years of field collecting and presenting of traditional artists. Programs and school residencies for children of all ages.

George Wilson
10 Loomis Rd.
Wynantskill, NY 12198
Phone: (518) 283-4957

Web: www.oldsongs.org/georgewilson.html

25+ year veteran performer - solo, with bands. Fiddle - New England, Cape Breton, French Canadian styles; banjo - old timey styles, Uncle Dave Macon expert; Leadbelly expert (12-string guitar); singer of unusual old and new songs. Entertaining down-home commentary. Plays for dances, parties, concerts, schools, etc.

Wintergreen
Contact: Larry or Alice Spatz
PO Box 324
Lanesboro, MA 01237
Phone: (413) 442-2969

Instrumental/vocal folk trio performing traditional, contemporary and homemade songs and dance tunes from America and British Isles. Featuring hammer dulcimer, guitar, bass and intricate 3-part vocal harmonies, along with autoharp, mandolin, psaltery, banjo, recorder, percussion. Available for concerts, contradances, festivals, celebrations for all ages.

The Wrinkled Ramblers
Contact: Penny or Don Pitt
Phone: (518) 633-1129

Email:
Web: www.wrinkledramblers.net

The Wrinkled Ramblers, consisting of Don on vocals and banjo and Penny singing and playing tambourine, are a husband and wife duo who have performed over 800 shows at over 100 different venues since moving to Upstate New York in early 2008. Their extensive repertoire, encompassing oldies, country, folk, railroad songs, sea shanties, gospel, Irish and Scottish melodies, and holiday tunes enables them to offer a variety of completely different shows. They encourage lots of audience participation and tell stories about the history and meaning of many of the songs they sing. People of all ages will enjoy them, bu their style is especially suited for those fifty and over.

Young Fidder's Performing Groups
Contact: Caryn Niedringhaus, Musical Director
69 Clarks Chapel Rd.
Nassau, NY 12123
Phone: (518) 479-3438
E-mail:

The Young Fiddler's Performing Groups consist of dedicated and talented young musicians who have a passion for fiddle music and love to perform!  Hailing from the Tri-County New York Region (Rensselaer, Columbia, Green) and neighboring Massachusetts, they play authentic renditions of Celtic American Fiddle Music on violin, cello, penny-whistle, guitar and bass. The Fiddlebuskers are junior high / high school string players and Hawthorne's Hoedown is Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School weekly group class. 
Performances are led by husband and wife duo Caryn Niedringhaus, fiddle and Andrew Davis guitar.  For information about performances & classes contact Caryn.

The Zillionaires
Contact: Billy Drislane
64 Charlotte St
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-9212

The Zillionaires rang out their first rhythms on the floor boards of the Kinderhook, New York Village Hall in 1988 and have been entertaining dancers and listeners ever since. This quintet features string swing jazz standards, fiddle tunes, klezmer dance music, and songs new and old. They have played barn dances, contra dances, weddings, garden parties, celebrations and festivals too numerous to mention. They like to say: “It’s always fresh! We’re still working on the first Million!”
Centered in Albany, New York, the Zillionaires are:
Dave Danks on mandolin, banjo-mandolin, ukulele and vocals; Andy Davis on guitars and vocals; Billy Drislane on fiddle, guitar, vocals; Dave Ray on fiddle; and Frank Stettner on the bass and vocals.