Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York
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Canton, NY 13617
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Fiddling Bear Concert Series

Intimate house concert-style performances in TAUNY’s living room corner, with a focus on treasured instruments and their stories.These programs are part of the Instrumental Stories exhibit program series.

Light refreshments will be served. Evening concerts will have a cash bar, and a session with special guests will follow the main performance.

A suggested donation of $10-$15 for each concert supports the artists as well as TAUNY's ongoing programs and projects. Please note: seating is limited. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of each show.

This concert series is made possible by the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Additional funding has been provided by The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation. Dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

Additional support from T. Urling and Mabel Walker.

Photo: Fiddling Bear by "Woody" Adams (Malone, NY), c. 2003

 Fiddling Bear Concert:
The Too Tall Stringband  

Sunday, March 18

$10-15 Suggested Donation

Join the Too Tall Stringband from Plattsburgh, NY for an afternoon of Celtic, Adirondack, and Americana music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Playing in different configurations over 33 years, the band now features original member Rod Driscoll, Hap Wheeler, and Bruce Lawson, all on vocals and varied instruments. They will share a mix of traditional, folk, and original songs, along with stories about the instruments they play. Rod is also a dulcimer maker featured in TAUNY’s current exhibit, “Instrumental Stories.” There is a suggested donation of $10-15 for this concert. Light refreshments will be served.


Photo: The Too Tall Stringband (Plattsburgh, NY) features Hap Wheeler, Bruce Lawson, and dulcimer-maker Rod Driscoll, playing Celtic music and more.

Fiddling Bear Workshop: Old-time Fiddle and Banjo with Jane Rothfield

Sunday, April 8


$30/$25 for TAUNY Friends

Jane Rothfield is a world-traveling professional traditional-style musician who has been teaching fiddle and clawhammer banjo to all ages and abilities for over 30 years at festivals, workshops, and music camps around the world. Her easy-to-learn approach combines technique, musicality, and strategies for making it easier for you to play better and have more fun with music. In this workshop, Jane will teach 1-2 tunes for fiddlers and clawhammer banjo players who have several years experience playing their instrument and are able to play at a moderate speed. The focus of the class will be to help you play with more rhythm and musicality, how to play easier by ear and play in a jam. No previous experience with old-time music necessary. Jane is experienced in both northern and southern old-time styles. Please bring recording devices (audio and video), notebook, instruments and accessories, a cushion and a smile (chocolate is always nice, too). Jane will have copies of her CD’s for purchase. For more information contact Jane This workshop is part of the “Instrumental Stories” exhibit program series.

Pre-registration for this workshop is requested. Please register by calling 315-386-4289 or online here.

Learn more and hear and see Jane play at:

Fiddling Bear Concert: Jane Rothfield

Sunday, April 8

$10-15 Suggested Donation

Join internationally-known multi-folk-instrumentalist Jane Rothfield for a concert of old-time music on fiddle and banjo. Jane is a power house American Fiddler and American Old-Time clawhammer banjo player who is widely recognized for her traditional and inventive style and her own award-winning original tunes. She has been performing, recording and teaching music that is rooted in Traditional American and Celtic Music since her teens when she started playing with older generation musicians from New England, North Carolina and Quebec. Jane will present a concert of her vibrant take on old-time music along with stories and insights about how her treasured instruments have come to her, the adventures she’s taken them on, and how she brings her distinctive music out of them.

Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and doors open 30 minutes before the start of the concert. A suggested donation of $10-15 supports the artist as well as TAUNY’s ongoing projects and programs.

Please note: Jane will also offer a workshop for old-time fiddle and clawhammer banjo before the concert (2-3:30 pm, pre-registration requested). See above for further details and registration.

Fiddling Bear Concert: Atkinson Family Band

Friday, May 18

$10-15 Suggested Donation


Join the Atkinson Family Band (Harrisville, NY) for an evening of lively bluegrass and Americana music meets tales of making, playing, and touring with treasured instruments. The Atkinsons are a family band, rooted in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains. They play a style all their own, drawing on Americana, bluegrass, and folk music traditions. They compose many of the songs they perform, telling stories through their music of their lives in the northern mountains of the Adirondacks. Along with building their own family music tradition, the band features guitars Dick Atkinson has built (one of which is currently on display as part of TAUNY’s Instrumental Stories exhibit), along with other treasured instruments. Though generally holding down the banjo fort, Dick also plays his father’s Tama and guitars he himself as made using wood from the family’s land. Shelene plays a guitar Dick made to suit her uniquely, and others in the band have also regularly played instruments handmade by luthiers they admire in and near the North Country. Their instruments as well as their songs express their own direct experience on the land and also connect them to musical and crafting traditions of the region. They’re no strangers to big crowds, so take this opportunity to join the Atkinsons for an intimate show featuring both their captivating music and tales of their experiences making, playing, and touring with treasured instruments.

There will be a cash bar at this concert, which will feature a full set by the band, to be followed by a more casual session at which the Atkinsons will be joined by additional special guests. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and doors open 30 minutes before the start of the concert. A suggested donation of $10-15 supports the artists as well as TAUNY’s ongoing projects and programs.

Fiddling Bear Concert: Alex Smith & Friends

Saturday, June 9

$10-15 Suggested Donation

Join Alex Smith and Friends (Long Lake, NY and beyond) for an evening concert featuring Adirondack mountain folk music bringing together family, friends, and storied instruments from the exhibit. This concert will have a cash bar, and a session with special guests will follow the main performance. More details coming soon!

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