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On Friday, May 18 at 7:00pm TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) presents an evening of lively bluegrass and Americana music with The Atkinson Family Band at The TAUNY Center in Canton, NY. 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 a banjo player, Dick also plays his father’s Tama and guitars he himself has 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 this will be a rare 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.


This concert will be the third performance in the Fiddling Bear Concert Series. This spring series, accompanying TAUNY’s 2018 Instrumental Stories exhibit, features intimate, house concert-style performances in TAUNY’s living room corner, with a special focus on treasured instruments and the stories they hold. The previous two concerts included a performance by The Too Tall Stringband and a performance and workshop with Jane Rothfield. The next and last concert in the series will be with Alex Smith and Friends on Saturday, June 9, at 7:00pm.


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.



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