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New! Pub Sings

Third Friday of every month, 7-10 PM

at the Colonial Inn, 701 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY

Valley Folk Music is hosting Pub Sings every 3rd Friday of the month at the Colonial Inn, 701 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, NY from 7 - 10 PM. This Pub Sing, fashioned after Pub Sings in other places we have been (Pickin and Singin Gatherin, for example), will feature unaccompanied singing. That means leave your guitar at home. Anyone is free to take a turn to lead a song and all are free to sing along, especially joining in on the chorus and harmonizing. The Colonial Inn sells homemade ice cream (including some vegan ice cream). They also serve a variety of Finger Lakes wines and craft beer. More info...

Upcoming Valley Folk concerts:

Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Four Shillings Short

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have toured extensively in the US and Ireland since 1995 as independent folk artists. Now with 12 recordings, they perform 150 concerts a year living as the troubadours of an older time, traveling from town to town playing at festivals, theaters, arts centers, folk and historic societies, libraries, museums and schools. Four Shillings Short perform traditional and original music from the Celtic Lands, India, the Americas, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, on over 30 world instruments including hammered and mountain dulcimers, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, tin whistles, recorders, Medieval and Renaissance woodwinds (even a crumhorn!), Native American flutes, North Indian Sitar, Chanango, bowed psaltry, banjo, bodhran, doumbek, guitar, ukulele, with beautiful harmony vocals. They proved their fine and creative musicianship to our audience back in June 2011. We enthusiastically welcome them back! More info...

Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante

From Scotland’s Battle Field Band

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

With Alan Reid on vocals, piano, accordion, guitar and Rob on vocals and guitar, the duo combine fine harmony singing with sensitive and imaginative accompaniments on their modern and traditional folk music. Reid’s songs have been an integral component for the renowned Battlefield Band’s 20 + albums. Rob is a highly respected, tasteful guitarist and his voice blends wonderfully with Alan’s. He has lent his ears to the Battlefield Band for the past 13 years as their sound engineer. He continues to tour with them. He has a wealth of experience playing for over 30 years with various luminaries in the English folk scene. More info...

There will be an afternoon Multimedia Presentation about John Paul Jones (at 2PM, $10 admission; co-sponsored by The Scottish American Society of the Southern Tier). Alan and Rob offer an engaging and educational presentation of song, storytelling and a slide show of the John Paul Jones story. More info...

SUNDAY, December 4, 2016, at 2 PM

Magpie: Season of Light Solstice Concert

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

From Solstice to Chanukah to Christmas to Kwanzaa, many celebrate the turn of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino (aka Magpie) perform music and tell stories from traditions that mark this “Season of Light,” celebrating the many common themes of these cultural festivals: the changing seasons, respect for nature, the quest for freedom, kindness to others, unity, cooperation, purpose and creativity. Greg’s guitar arrangements and masterful playing is complemented by Terry’s second guitar, amazing harmonica, sparkling mandolin and sultry dulcimer. More info...
[Note: the Magpie concert is not included in the any of the subscriptions.]

SUNDAY, January 15, 2016, at 2 PM

Robert Jones & Matt Watroba

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

Ever since their first meeting, over twenty years ago, Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners. Their relationship started when they hosted back-to-back radio shows on WDET-FM, Detroit. Later on they started performing together and in doing so discovered a friendship based on mutual respect and a love for traditional American music. Now Matt and Robert literally travel the nation extolling the virtues of “Music That Matters”. For Matt and Robert, American Roots Music (Folk, Blues, Spirituals, Work Songs, Chants, etc.) is music that matters. This is the music that America and the world have in common. It is music that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. It is music that is rich and diverse, direct and powerful. Robert & Matt have performed their Common Chords presentation at hundreds of schools, festivals, coffeehouses, and conferences, to resounding acclaim. More info...

February, 2017

To be announced


SUNDAY March 12, 2017 at 2 PM

Songwriters for Peace and Social Justice
Si Kahn, Joe Jencks, & Maria Dunn

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

This special concert brings together three exceptional songwriters for peace and social justice. Si Kahn’s songs of family, community, love, work and freedom have been recorded and performed by hundreds of artists around the world. A number of his songs have become part of the oral tradition, and are sung in folk clubs and living rooms, at demonstrations and on picket lines around the globe. Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago, Illinois. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. Jencks, with colleagues Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor, perform together as the popular trio "Brother Sun". Past Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she sings about the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present. She recently released “Gathering”, a collection of songs inspired by love—the love of family, community and humanity that connects us and fires our actions to make the word a better place. More info...

Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 7:30 PM

The Johnson Girls

Concert at 144 Cedar Street, Corning

In the red-brick UM Church--door on First St.

The Johnson Girls is an energetic all-woman a cappella ensemble, performing traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore. With a sound that has been called “exciting,” “haunting,” and “uplifting,” the Johnson Girls give performances that bring audiences to their feet wherever they go. Each of The Johnson Girls--Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha--brings a specialty and style to the ensemble. Their extensive repertoire includes songs with an Afro-Caribbean influence, of the inland waterways, of fishing, mining, Irish, Anglo-American, Italian, French, and Canadian ballads and work songs, and much more. The Johnson Girls bring a unique interpretation to their repertoire while preserving the traditional roots of their music. More info...

May, 2017

To be announced



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June through September, 2017

Time for summer folk festivals...

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