Cathy Barton and Dave Para give dynamic performances acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their repertoire and informal audience rapport are marked by a special affection for traditional music. Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. Their audiences are as diverse as their repertoire. A versatile duo, Dave and Cathy perform and conduct workshops with hammered and fretted dulcimers, banjo, guitars and Autoharp, as well as “found” instruments like bones, spoons, mouthbow and leaf. Their music ranges from driving string band music to contemplative ballads and airs. They have a knack for finding unusual, rarely heard songs from traditional and contemporary sources in their home region, but also from elsewhere in the US and Europe. They have conducted many topical workshops on songs from the Carter family, the Civil War, river lore, gospel, children’s songs, Christmas music and Ozark ballads.
Fennig’s All-Star String Band was formed in 1970 by Bill Spence and his hammered dulcimer, a relatively unknown instrument at the time. They released their first album in 1973 titled “The Hammered Dulcimer”. It became an instant hit after it’s “recording of special merit” review in the national magazine, Stereo Review. Three more albums followed, and to date over 100,000 Fennig’s All-Stars recordings have been sold worldwide. These lively “feel good” recordings captured the fancy of a new generation of musicians, and became the source of inspiration for a new generation of hammered dulcimer players and other string band musicians here and abroad. Since 1975, the All- Stars are Bill Spence (hammered dulcimer, vocals), George Wilson (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and Toby Stover (piano, vocals). The amount of talent possessed by these three virtuoso musicians is astounding and has only been enhanced by the number of years each of them has been making music.
January 1 till May 1: Submission period for writers
All plays will be TANYS adjudicated, and monetary prizes of $100, $75 and $50 awarded to the three adjudicated as best written.
Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays. Plays may be submitted electronically to email@example.com. Please include two attachments. One will be your cover letter which will include your contact information, the title and a brief synopsis of the play. The other attachment will be the play itself with NO contact information included except title. Please submit play(s) in Standard American Play Format. If you’re unfamiliar with this, there are many internet sites to help you. One would be https://pwcenter.org. If you are submitting a hard copy, you may send it to SLCA-CTP, PO Box 179, Averill Park, NY 12018. Again, please include a separate cover letter.
Plays should be able to be staged with MINIMAL SET. The Sand Lake Center for the Arts has a number of black boxes, and you might consider submitting a play that could be staged with only these. Any play with an elaborate set will be disqualified.
Plays should be able to be performed in 15 minutes or less.
AND, here’s the challenge. Plays must have some connection with the prompt “COLD”. It can be a theme, a characterization or simply a word-cold heart, cold day in hell, cold shoulder, cold war, someone suffering from a cold, a woman putting on cold cream-or you may have a play that just mentions, “It’s cold outside”. Be as creative and as clever as you want.
Contact producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns’ kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition. Richie Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including The Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music. Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer. She has toured with The Duhks, Louisiana legend Preston Frank, Red Dog Run, The Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy, The Pearly Snaps and occasionally celtic all-star band Ferintosh. She has also made a career in teaching at various music camps across the country.
Richie and Rosie will be with us on April 22nd at 8pm.
Lost Radio Rounders honor the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I with a performance of Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Sand Lake Center for the Arts. Over the last decade, the critically-acclaimed roots duo Lost Radio Rounders has presented themed programs of historic American music throughout the Northeast, and in 2016 toured its popular Politics and Patriots show from New England to New City. With the heartfelt, inspiring and often humorous Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors, Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck (joined by special guest, Mike Kelley, on piano) honor service folk of every stripe, from the American Revolution to World War II.
Selections like the inspiring “Battle Cry of Freedom,” rousing “Marines’ Hymn,” the winking “Battleship of Maine” and the comical “Mademoiselle from Armentières” reflect the Rounders’ broad reach, with Lindsay and Eck performing vintage-radio-style on a single microphone with a variety of acoustic instruments. Members of the armed forces have always created songs to lift spirits in the barracks and on the battlefield, to commemorate victories, to praise fallen comrades and to remember their sweethearts back home. With Home of the Brave: Songs of Soldiers & Sailors, you’ll want to sing along with all of them.
At SLCA, Lost Radio Rounders will feature a timely segment marking the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into The Great War, and Dr. Jon Hausman will present WWI era audio recordings and artifacts in the lobby before the performance and during intermission.