FIDDLERS! 15 plays at RAG on Sunday

Fiddlers!, the annual festival of fiddle music at The Roxbury Arts Group this Sunday will have a different format in this its 15th year. An all-star concert featuring three talented women fiddlers; Liz Carroll, Andrea Beaton and Hope Grietzer, will begin at 5 p.m. while the usual Fiddlers! square dance will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. In between there will be food, baked goods, and all manner of drinks for sale.
Horse and carriage rides will allow visitors to tour the Village of Roxbury, and all are invited to bring their instruments and jam at the Dancing Bear Auction House on Bridge Street. The concert will be held in The Hilt Kelly Hall, Vega Mt. Rd. Tickets are $14 adults, $10 seniors, $5 12 and under. One admission lets you in for the full day of fun at the best-loved tradition in the Catskills. Call 607 326-7908 for information.
The Catskills Folk Connection, a consortium of eight Delaware County organizations was founded this year to celebrate and preserve the traditional lifeways of the Catskill Mountains. In its first year, the Connection has worked with fiddler and square dance caller Hilton Kelly to develop a cohort of younger musicians to carry on the traditional tunes calls and dances of the region. This summer there were monthly square dances that brought together longtime residents who grew up dancing and newcomers who wish to learn the local dance and music traditions. The dance on October 12 will be the culminating event of this very successful project.
“We hoped that having the square dance earlier in the day would attract both more senior dancers and more young people,” says Susan Kenney, RAG’s executive director. Dances will be taught so that newcomers can enjoy learning the dances and participating in the squares.
Hilt Kelly and the SideKicks will stay on to lead off the evening concert, which begins at 5 p.m. Hilt and Stella Kelly and the SideKicks, Don Strausser and Don Irwin need no introduction to local audiences.
Liz Carroll, who will be performing with Keith Murphy, has charmed and amazed international audiences with her virtuoso performances. She was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994 for her great influence on Irish music.
Keith Murphy is a proficient multi-instrumentalist and a valued band member (in his band, Nightingale) and a sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin, and foot percussion as well as vocals and piano.
Andrea Beaton comes from the most impressive array of musical relatives of any Cape Breton fiddler. Buddy Mac-Master is her uncle and Natalie Mac-Master is her first cousin. The Beaton side of the family has been rich in musical tradition over many generations. In an area rich in music, Andrea is one of the best in her generation. Her music is at once her own and deeply rooted in tradition.
Pianist and fiddler Troy Mac Gillivray, who will be accompanying Andrea, has performed widely across Canada, in the United States and in Scotland.
Owego fiddler Hope Grietzer, who will be performing with her husband, Jim MacWilliams, and Curt Osgood, studied with New York State Fiddling Hall of Famer Larry Downey and while living in Colorado, her band Black Rose was awarded the prestigious Rockygrass band competition and Hope was voted Rocky Mountain Region Fiddler of the Year by the Colorado Bluegrass Society.