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Come for the history, stay for the revelry!

Come for the history, stay for the revelry!

An extraordinary music experience that brings together over 100 musicians on six stages for a weekend of non-stop entertainment! Bring your lawn chair, settle in to hear the variety of performers, grab food and drinks, or wander the Historic Village and spend the day immersed in live performances! Admission includes an evening concert by Koehler & Kelly, 4-6pm! Are you a musician? Bring your own instrument and get free admission!

This melodious weekend features non-stop entertainment from polished professionals to the youngest beginner - from across New York State. Tickets valid either Saturday 8/17 or Sunday 8/18. Pre-sale online tickets are discounted $2 each, see below for details! Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Event is RAIN or SHINE! GCV&M Members FREE!

Museum hours: Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm

FREE ADMISSION FOR PERFORMERS!

Fiddlers and accompanying musicians planning to perform, jam and/or participate in workshops, and performing dancers are admitted FREE. Please have your instrument IN HAND at Admissions. Musicians age 16 and under are admitted FREE w/ 1 GUEST.

 

STUDENT FIDDLER PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY!

Join Koehler & Kelly on stage for a live group performance of "Boil 'em Cabbage Down"! If you're interested in participating, plan to rehearse with North American Fiddlers' Hall of Famer and instructor, Gretchen Koehler, at Genesee Country Museum on Saturday, August 17 at 2:15pm in the Town Hall. Together you'll go over the song and "visual tricks" (over the head, behind the back, behind the legs and more!) to create a novel rendition of this traditional tune. Then, stick around for the evening concert and join the duo and fellow fiddlers on stage immediately following intermission. Remember, musicians with instruments in hand are admitted free! ALL LEVELS & AGES.

 

PERFORMERS BOOKING YOUR TIME SLOTS:

Groups featuring fiddles can sign up for performances in the Exhibition Hall and Brooks Grove Church prior to the festival. Student Groups are welcome to sign up for performances on the New Performers Stage prior to the festival. To book your performance, please contact the Special Events office by emailing events@gcv.org or by calling 585-294-8222.

 

NEW! STRING & ACCESSORIES DRIVE

In keeping with the festival's mission to support burgeoning fiddle generations, we are welcoming donations of new or used strings, bridges, chin rests, pegs, shoulder rests and rosin at the check-in tent to benefit ROCmusic. ROCmusic offers tuition-free, high-quality music instruction and instrument lessons to students in grades 1-12 who reside in the city of Rochester, NY. No previous musical experience or training is required, and there is no charge for instruments, participation, or instruction! The program is designed to instill a love of learning, responsibility, respect, and academic success, ultimately positively affecting social change in our students and the community. Please join us in supporting ROCmusic!

Laurie Leenhouts

NEW Evening Concert! - Koehler & Kelly

When a full day of fiddlin' just isn’t enough, stay for our after-hours show from 4pm-6pm.

Koehler & Kelly set fiddle tunes ablaze. Their unique soundscape infuses the energy of traditional dance music with the irresistible rhythms of jazz, weaving in and out of jigs and reels with a delivery that ranges from elegant to fierce, searing to sensitive. Fiddler Gretchen Koehler’s (North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame, ’12) left hand boasts a fierce Irish brogue, her bow arm provides a distinct American Old Time drive while her feet hammer out accompaniment on the floorboards in typical Quebecois style. Daniel Kelly (U.S. State Dept. Jazz Ambassador) is an award-winning pianist and composer who blends jazz, classical and folk music into a signature sound.

"Masterful." - Fiddler Magazine
"Kept our full house enraptured from first note to last." - Artistic Director, Festival of the Arts, New Paltz
"[They] deliver the picture and the thousand words." – FolkAlley.com

The evening concert is included in festival admission for both the general public and GCV&M members. Tickets for just the concert may be purchased separately at a reduced rate: $10 general public and FREE for GCV&M members. Doors for those attending just the concert will open at 4:00pm.

Workshops

 

Saturday, August 17

   

Sunday, August 18

11:30am

Irish Fiddling - Kit Fallon
Learn and practice the basic melodies, ornamentation and rhythms unique to Irish music, as well as tips for participating in group seisiúns held throughout the weekend. ALL ages and skill levels.

 

11:30am

The WNY Dulcimer Connection - Nils Caspersson
Explore the history of dulcimers in Western New York and bring your instrument to practice some historic local tunes. ALL skill levels.

 

 

 

 

 

2:15pm

Novelty Trick Fiddling - Gretchen Koehler
In addition to learning the "sound effects" and fancy bowing found in popular tunes(train brakes, whistles, car horns, double shuffle, bird calls), participants will learn "visual tricks" on the tune Boil 'em Cabbage Down (over the head, behind the back, with the toes and more!)As a bonus, participants will receive an invitation to join Koehler & Kelly on stage during their performance. Basic violin/viola/cello skills as well as advanced players. ALL ages and skill levels.

 

1:30pm

Rhythm, Tone & Heart - Bill Gregg
Get ready to work on taking your fiddling to a higher level. We are going to improve the tone and rhythmic power of your playing, then learn how to play with the abandon that makes the music soar! ALL ages and skill levels.

 

 

 

 

 

1pm

Fiddle Styles 101 - Gretchen Koehler
This "informance" (instructional performance) on the New Performers Stage takes participants on a listening tour of fiddle styles from the British Isles, through Canada, across the United States and to parts of Europe.

The Stages

The New Performers Stage

Co-hosted by Mark Panfil and the Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble and Jackie Hobbs’ Fiddlin’ Future, this venue offers open performance opportunities for young and new fiddlers alike. New performers of any age are welcome to sign up for 10-minute slots of solo or group performance as they practice and continue to enhance their skills. The New Performers Stage also features special presentations by NYS “tradition bearers,” which provide visitors with more information on our state’s fiddling roots and support the traditional education of new fiddlers.

 

The Main Stage

Hosted by the Flint Hill Folk, this stage caters to fiddlers ages 12 and older, their accompanists and fellow band members. Noted regional fiddlers and NYS “tradition bearers” kick-off each hour, while other performances are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

The Exhibition Barn

Hosted by the Fiddlers of the Genesee, the museum's spacious agricultural barn serves as the setting for expanded performances by fiddler and dulcimer-oriented music clubs and bands.

 

Brooks Grove Church

Part of our 19th-century Historic Village, this restored Methodist church seats 175 comfortably. The church’s natural acoustics and open architecture lend itself to groups to perform “unplugged” and at their leisure.

 

Other Venues

Be sure to stop by our other venues to get your fill of music, including:
The Hammered Dulcimer Tent – Featuring Mitzie Collins and the Striking Strings, etal.

The Jam Tent – Hosted by the Fiddlers of the Genesee next to the bandstand, all musicians are welcome to drop by for a casual set.

Musicians are encouraged to strike up a tune anywhere they please throughout the Historic Village and Great Meadow areas!

Special Event Pricing:

$22.00 Adults, $19.00 Seniors, $19.00 College Students, $14 Youth (4-17), FREE Youth (3 and under)

All GCV&M members are FREE

 

Old Time Fiddlers Fair - Genesee Country Village and Museum