Folk in Fredonia Music Series

About the Folk in Fredonia Music Series

For the past 19 years, the Folk in Fredonia Music Series has been graciously sponsored by The Gilman Family.   From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, old-timey to new singer/songwriters, the Series is all about grassroots music and new acoustic artists.   Performers featured in the Series have ranged from well-known established artists to new, rising talent.  For a complete list of artists, visit here.

One of the unique elements of the Folk in Fredonia Music Series has been the creation, each year, of a colorful Folk in Fredonia t-shirt with the logo on the front and the complete list of Series concerts on the back.  Patrons of the Series purchase the shirts each season and have made it a game to take photos of themselves wearing the shirts wherever they travel.  After 22 years, the shirts have been all over the world as evidenced in this extensive list.

Currently a fund-raising effort is underway to help broaden support for the Series, Called The Opera House Rocks, the effort provides handcrafted traditional-style rocking horses as a thank you gift to those who make a donation to the Folk in Fredonia Music Series.  Visit here for more information.


Dan Berggren Folk Concert to Benefit EAR Scholarship

Oct 20 2018 - 7:30pm

Admission by Goodwill Donation ($20 Suggested Donation)
Opera House Rental Event to Benefit EAR Scholarship

Dan Berggren returns to his folk music and radio roots, singing fresh acoustic folk music based in mountain tradition and enviro-awareness.

Songs about life, love, and hard-working people taking care of our planet and each other are all woven together with humor and stories of community.

The concert benefits the State University of New York at Fredonia's Communication Department EAR Scholarship (Excellence in Audio & Radio).

Admission is by donation at the door (suggested donation is $20). 

 


Bill Staines

Nov 9 2018 - 7:30pm General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students/Children
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

 
Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

For more than forty years, Staines has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, he became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge.

Staines quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer," Staines has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving more than 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic."

Over the decades, you have heard Staines singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running, with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles' debut as a writer-director.

In 1975, Staines won the National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville Texas.  In the fall of 2015 Yankee Magazine, New England's premiere magazine, published its "80th Anniversary Issue."  In the issue, along with the likes of Stephen King and Katherine Hepburn, Staines was chosen as "One of the 80 gifts New England has given to America." 

"Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Staines continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.

Series Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Sponsored by Darwin's Health Club, Inc.   


Monroe Crossing

Apr 11 2019 - 7:30pm

General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Monroe Crossing plays an average of 150 shows a year in intimate rooms, at major venues, and outdoor festivals. They are favorites among bluegrass connoisseurs and non-bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music!

Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds. When combined, their individual histories make for a very unique ensemble sound. Band members are:  Derek Johnson - guitar & lead vocals; Lisa Fuglie - fiddle, mandolin, guitar & lead vocals; Matt Thompson - mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals; Mark Anderson - bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson - banjo, dobro, harmonica & harmony vocals. Because they met through the music of Bill Monroe, they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003. In 2007, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. They have twice been selected to showcase at the annual “World of Bluegrass” convention hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and they have appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2016, Monroe Crossing had the honor of being the first Minnesota bluegrass band to ever perform in South Korea.

Monroe Crossing has recorded 15 CDs to date. Their latest release is entitled, "Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country." It is a collection of cover songs from the golden era of country music (1950s & '60s). Songs from George Jones, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are brought back to life with bluegrass instrumentation and that special Monroe Crossing vocal blend.

Whether playing traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, original bluegrass, or even songs outside the bluegrass genre, Monroe Crossing is one of the most active and most entertaining acts on the bluegrass scene today!  

Series Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 


John McEuen and the String Wizards

Apr 26 2019 - 7:30pm
Four-time Grammy Award Winner and Founding Member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 

General Admission $30, $25 (Opera House Members), $15 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

McEuen and his unique cast of iconic Americana string wizards share the music and memories of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible 50-year career and its landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album, initiated by John.  With narrative and early NGDB music, McEuen takes us on the band's incredible journey interwoven with Nitty Gritty favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard early classics, and Carter Family music, all in a multimedia presentation that features archival footage.  Add to that new selections from his latest album, Made in Brooklyn.

McEuen helped found the NGDB in 1966.  In October of 2017, following the band's 50th anniversary tour, McEuen left the group to pursue his own tour dates and projects, which include this special multimedia concert.

In 1971, McEuen initiated what Rolling Stone called "the most important record to come out of Nashville" and what the 2004 ZAGAT survey called "the most important record in country music" - Will the Circle be Unbroken.  The platinum-selling album was inducted into the Library of Congress in 2004 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 as a historic recording.

In 1977, the NGDB became the first American band to tour the then Soviet Union.  With 28 sold out shows, the tour included a televised broadcast reaching 130 million people.  The band and its tour are featured in 2017's Free to Rock documentary about how American music helped bring down the Iron Curtain.

John McEuen and the String WizardsJohn McEuen and the String Wizards

McEuen is a four-time Grammy winner: in 2004 for Best Country Instrumental with special guests Earl Scruggs; in 2009 when Mr. Bojangles was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a historic recording; in 2010 as producer for Steve Martin's Best Bluegrass Album The Crow, and 2011's Hall of Fame induction for Will the Circle be Unbroken.  He recently was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame; and Deering Banjos made a special "John McEuen" model in his honor.

McEuen has performed continually for more than five decades.  He has performed more than 9,500 concerts, and traveled more than 3 million miles to do it.  He has appeared on more than 300 television shows, both with NGDB and solo; recorded more than 40 albums that have earned four platinum and five gold recognitions; won Grammy, Country Music Association, American Country Music, and International Bluegrass Music Association awards; received an Emmy nomination; and performed as guest artist on 25 other noted artist's albums.

In all of this, he has influenced some of today's most acclaimed artists:  "I went to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in college at Gallagher Arena.  A bunch of guys in the dorm pooled our monies together and threw in an extra buck to pay one of the guys to sleep out for tickets.  We got front row seats!  We were having the time of our lives when during a fiddle solo, John McEuen leaped over the monitors and past the edge of that stage and landed in between John Mathiason and me.  McEuen never missed a lick of that solo!  THAT MOMENT is forever etched in my soul!" -- Garth Brooks, 2014

 


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