Listeners can enjoy some musical fun with a concert of old-time fiddle music by Fiddlin’s Fun, the Southern Tier area chapter of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association.
The concert takes place 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road, Osceola.
It is sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Fiddlin’s Fun was formed in 2001 and dedicated to the memory of the late Larry Downey, whose motto — “Fiddlin’s Fun” — the group adopted as its name.
Larry, who took his first fiddle lesson in 1917 and passed away at the age of 90, once quipped that he wrote one of his tunes, “Baltimore Rag,” “back when the world was young — around 1940.”
Larry’s repertoire was endless and he learned many of his tunes from one of his musical mentors, the late Jehile Kirkhuff , 1954 World Champion Old-Time Fiddler. Larry treasured Jehile’s gold mine of tunes and took great efforts to preserve and proliferate this music, greatly varied as it is.
Larry loved a very varied repertoire, and “Fiddlin’s Fun” carries on this tradition by performing a wide variety of tunes ranging from traditional Irish, English, Scottish, French Canadian and New England and jigs, reels and polkas, to catchy Appalachian songs that are sometimes accompanied by vocals. The group is especially appreciated for its beautiful harmonies.
For more information about the chapter’s activities, visit their website at fiddlinsfun.org.
The next free Sunday concert at the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame in Osceola, on Sunday, September 8, will feature Dick Bolt, of Rochester. Patrons are invited to tour the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum during the Sunday concerts.
All the facilities are handicapped accessible and enclosable in the event of bad weather. Refreshments are available from a food concession.
For directions, visit nysotfa.com or call (315) 599-7009 and leave a message. Upcoming concerts Sundays 2-5 pm at the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame and Museum 1121 Comins Rd., Osceola, NY.
Sept. 8 – Dick Bolt, of Rochester
Sept. 15 – Association of North Country Fiddlers chapter of the NYSOTFA
Sept. 22 – T.B.A.
Sept. 29 – Season’s Finale – “Roger Thesier House Party” – Noon – 5 p.m. – Dish-to-Pass lunch, Old Time Fiddlers’ Reunion and Jamming