Thursday, August 12, 2010

Old-Time Fiddlers' Fair-This Weekend!

If you love fiddle music, then rosin up your bow and head out to the museum this weekend for our Old Time Fiddler's Fair featuring hundreds of musicians on three stages with non-stop entertainment. Music will flow continuously with performances from more than 100 musicians, drawn from around the state and ranging from polished professional to the youngest beginner. Plan to join us once again at…

STAGE #1 The Rising Generation Stage ~ hosted by Fiddlesticks

This venue offers two full days of performance opportunities for our younger and/or newer fiddlers. Noted teacher Carol Monaco will again serve as Mistress of Ceremonies while her band, Fiddlesticks, provides back-up music for the performers. Stage #1 will offer a supportive environment for students, new performers and fiddlers who seek to enhance their skills. We will also be offering some special “Meet the Fiddler” presentations that will teach more about the fiddling tradition in New York State.

STAGE #2 The Exhibition Hall ~ hosted by Fiddlers of the Genesee

The museum’s spacious Exhibition Hall will again be the setting for expanded performances by fiddler- or dulcimer-oriented music clubs and bands. The Fiddlers of the Genesee will host two full days of music and fun.

STAGE #3 The Main Stage ~ hosted by The Flint Hill Folk Our traditional open stage is for fiddlers ages 12 and over and their accompanists. Noted regional fiddlers will kick-off each hour while, as always, other performance times are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Special Features of the Fiddlers’ Fair include

o The Fox Den will host a pick-in parlor in the Freight House both days of the fair as a place to perform and hear more country style songs and instrumentals

o Friday Night Jam Session on the Freight House deck from 7pm to 9pm

o Gospel Hour on Sunday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Main Stage

o Square Dancing featured each afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Stage

o Hammered Dulcimer performances and play-along hosted by Mitzie Collins and Striking Strings both days of the fair

o Various jamming areas will be available around campus

o concert by the Genesee Harmonic Society Sunday at 2 p.m.


All fiddlers and their accompanists are admitted for FREE to this event. Please have your instrument IN HAND at the admissions gate in order to receive your pass for the day (pianists may simply identify themselves). Please accept the free admission only if you plan (or have already been booked) to play on one of the stages. All fiddlers under the age of 18 are entitled to free admission for themselves and one parent or guardian.


Fiddlers can sign up for performance times on Stage 1 and Stage 3 at each stage on the day of the event. Some time slots are reserved for key regional performers and presentations of traditional artists. If your group is interested in performing on Stage 2, of if you would like to discuss pre-scheduling a performance on another stage, please contact the Special Events Department at (585) 538-6822 or

The Old-Time Fiddlers' Fair is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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