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.

Folk in Fredonia Free-For-All

Sep 22 2019 - 3:00pm

FREE Admission (ticket required)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Fredonia folk music favorites Carmen & Dick Gilman invite their musician friends from throughout the state to join them on the Opera House stage for an afternoon of great music, dance and a humorous story or two!

There also are raffles, drawings for door prizes and loads of fun.

The official kickoff to the Folk in Fredonia Music Series, this event is great fun for the whole family!

Sponsored by The Gilman Family

Although admission to this event is FREE, tickets are required and may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 716-679-1891.

Arise & Go

Nov 15 2019 - 7:30pm
Featuring Clann Na Cara Irish Dance

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

Come experience St. Patrick's Day in November with Arise & Go and members of Clann Na Cara Irish Dance!

Arise & Go is an exciting Celtic trio that finds its roots in the dance music of Ireland, Scotland and Atlantic Canada.  Blending pipes, whistles, fiddle and guitar, the varied backgrounds of the group's members combine to produce a sound that is both grounded in tradition and uniquely fresh and driving.

Based in Ithaca, NY, the trio is noted for its "precision and energy."  Whether in an intimate house concert or on a festival stage, the band blends traditional melodies and instruments into fresh new arrangements that are sure to excite any audience. 

Winners of North America’s longest running live folk radio broadcast Best of Bound for Glory Award 2018,Arise & Go has been featured in Irish Music Magazine, Roots Music Canada, and the Irish American News and praised for its “musical complexity and colour” that is also “authentically mindful of tradition.”  

In 2017, the group released its debut, self-titled EP which introduced listeners to its variety and style.  2019 sees the release of a full-length album, Meeting Place, on which members Ellie Gould (fiddle), Michael Roddy (uilleann pipes, border pipes, smallpipes, whistles) and Tim Ball (guitar, foot percussion) showcase the unique elements of different Celtic traditions that each brings to the group's sound. 

From Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Gould grew up steeped in the Atlantic Canadian musical tradition.  She began playing fiddle at the age of 9 through the traditional music program at her elementary school, and was introduced to Acadian music by her neighbor Jean.  Her sound is uniquely New Brunswick - a cutting blend of Scottish and Acadian rhythms and sounds.

Roddy has spent more than 20 years creating his unique combination of Scottish and Irish piping styles.  After years of competitive success with the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band, Roddy turned to the world of bellows piping, making he natural leap to smallpipes and border pipes, and the bigger leap to the Irish uilleann pipes.

Ball has been a staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade.  An exceptionally versatile musician, he also performs as a fiddler throughout the Northeast with contra dance bands Tempest and Center Street, and with Ithaca's Irish session band Traonach. 

Joining the trio will be members of Clann Na Cara Irish Dance.  Clann Na Cara, Gaelic for "A Family of Friends," is an Irish dancing school founded in 2006 by Mary Kate Conrad, Katie Cunningham, Jennifer Mammoliti and Erin Mansour, all of whom danced together for years and competed at the World level.  Under their instruction, the school has earned a reputation for providing quality lessons in Irish dancing through local, national and international recognition. The school is home to regional champions and both national and world-level competitors.  Clann Na Cara dancers have performed on the Opera House stage before and are always a hit with Fredonia audiences! 

Sponsored by The Gilman Family

Cane Mill Road

Apr 18 2019 - 7:30am to 11:13am

General Admission, $20, $18 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Think of a young Steep Canyon Rangers, Infamous Stringdusters, or Nickel Creek; then, mix in the on-stage energy of Billy Strings and the homespun rapport of Balsam Range, and you have Cane Mill Road!

The four young men - Liam Purcell, Tray Wellington, Eliot Smith, Casey Lewis - roam the Blue Ridge Mountain backroads driving between Deep Gap, NC, and Rocky Gap, VA, to meet and make music — thus the title track of the band’s latest album, Gap to Gap. The title signifies more than just the long hours on the road touring, but the spaces between the bluegrass foundation of the band’s youth and the new spaces of music they create together. Honoring the past, the band looks to the future with a blended set of traditional and contemporary music 

Rapidly rising in the bluegrass scene, the Billboard-charting artists are the youngest to garner an IBMA Momentum Band-of-the-Year nomination (2018), a feat they repeated in 2019.  In addition, both mandolin/fiddle player Liam Purcell and banjo player Tray Wellington have been nominated for Momentum Instrumentalist-of-the-Year.

In 2017, Cane Mill Road landed a slot in the prestigious IBMA Ramble Band Showcase.  Grey Fox Folk Festival selected them as an Emerging Artist for its line-up in 2018; and this year, they opened the main stage at Grey Fox.

In addition to Grey Fox, the band has performed at festivals including MerleFest, Wide Open Bluegrass, Delaware Valley Bluegrass, Bluegrass Island, Carolina in the Fall, Silver Dollar City, and at hundreds of other venues/festivals over the past five years.  They also performed internationally with a nine-day tour of Argentina. 

Growing up just down the road from Doc Watson, Cane Mill Road members rock the traditional bluegrass standards on which they were raised.  They also boldly write original music with roots in the fertile grounds of bluegrass, old-time, blues, jazz, and Americana. 

Signed by the Patuxent Music label, the band’s first two albums spent seven weeks on Billboard’s bluegrass albums chart and included two Top 10 debuts.

"Cane Mill Road, based less than six miles from Deep Gap, NC, the home of Doc Watson, draws its inspiration from the late singer/guitarist whose musical imagination gathered inspiration from the deepest Appalachian roots while courageously finding connections to almost all elements of American music...the band has quickly ignited a spark that has led to a recording contract with Patuxent Music and early recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association.”  -- No Depression Journal of Roots Music

Sponsored by The Gilman Family


The Bards

May 8 2020 - 7:30pm

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

Buffalo trio Igna Yanoski, Brian Walnicki and Michael Yanoski - or, as they are better known, The Bards - are a unique group of musicians who specialize in playing an assortment of popular music, movie tunes, and folk music from European countries like Ireland, Scandinavia and Latvia.

Often described as a “dynamic trio,” the three musicians are classically trained and all have degrees in music performance.  Inga Yanoski provides vocals and plays violin; husband Michael plays hammered dulcimer, harmonium, accordion, and percussion.  And Fredonia resident Brian Walnicki plays viola and octave mandolin.

Inga Yanoski describes how the group started ... 

"Approximately 10 years ago, I was invited to play Irish tunes for a private birthday party. I wasn’t sure that I could pull this off on my own, so, the first person that came to mind was Brian Walnicki. I knew that he arranged music and had experience playing Celtic music. He jumped on board and began making the potential set list for the party, and before I knew it we had 3 hours of music.

Mike Yanoski quickly became part of the plan because we knew that his percussion talents would be the icing on the cake. We were a big hit at the party and by the end of the night we knew that we needed to play again, together.  Our big debut was opening for John and Mary at Sportsmens Tavern in Buffalo, NY.  It was for that gig that we needed to come up with a name and hence 'The Bards' were born."

The rest, as they say, is history!

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