04/20/17 10:35am
Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Folk music, like home cooking and regional accents, is one of those cultural traditions that has a way of taking on the flavor of where its makers settled.

In North America, our traditional music is a derivative of the Scottish and Irish fiddle folk tunes that immigrants brought with them hundreds of years ago. But as these populations settled on this side of the Atlantic, how that music grew and morphed as songs were handed down to successive generations depended largely upon where the players settled. 

For that reason, though the language of North American traditional music shares the same cultural identity, what we hear as audience members depends on whether we’re listening to music from the Canadian maritime provinces or the hills of Tennessee. (more…)

03/17/17 6:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Celtic fiddler Katie McNally

COURTESY PHOTO | Pianist and mandolin player Neil Pearlman and Celtic fiddler Katie McNally.

Musically speaking, this will be an active weekend on Shelter Island with the Presbyterian Church slated to host not one, not two, but three very different concerts in the days ahead.

First up on Friday, March 17 is a good dose of folk music with fiddler Katie McNally and pianist Neil Pearlman who play traditional tunes from Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church and is presented by Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. (more…)

01/18/17 3:42pm

Legends of Rock logoFans of straight up rock n’ roll will be pleased to know that Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor is bringing back Joe Lauro and his “Legends of Rock” films at the Sag Harbor venue on Fridays, January 20, February 10, and March 10 at 8 p.m.

The “Legends” programs are made up of rare and iconic filmed performances by the greatest icons in rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and blues. Past segments have included seldom seen clips of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Sex Pistols, David Bowie and many others. (more…)

01/03/17 9:36am
Handel's Messiah will be the focus of a public sing in this Sunday on Shelter Island. (Credit: Bev Walz)

Handel’s Messiah will be the focus of a public sing-in this Sunday on Shelter Island. (Credit: Bev Walz)

Hallelujah! It’s Handel!

That’s right all you classical music lovers, the second annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-in will be held on Sunday, January 8 at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church. This is the first Sunday after the feast of the Epiphany (Twelfth Night) and all are invited to join in singing the Choruses in the Christmas section (Part I) of the Messiah, ending with the Hallelujah Chorus. (more…)