2017-10-04 / Events

FIDDLERS! 24 at Roxbury on Oct. 8

Roxbury — The toe-tapping, foot-stomping, clap-your-hands tradition of fiddling will be celebrated yet again this year when the FIDDLERS! 24 festival gets underway at the Roxbury Arts Center’s Hilt & Stella Kelly Hall on Sunday, Oct. 8 It runs from Noon to 7 p.m. and attendees who want to join in on the fun can bring their own fiddles and participate in the grand finale.

Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel will highlight the day, playing music from personal experiences of love and loss as well as commemorating the joys and sorrows in the lives of loved ones. Also performing at FIDDLERS! 24 is the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist songwriting trio Lula Wiles. Joining in the celebrations is the sister duo Ari & Mia, whose stylish and sophisticated refrains honor the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors and urban concert halls.

Keeping true to FIDDLERS! tradition, The Tremperskill Boys, featuring John Jacobson, will return, supported by the Catskills Folk Connection, kicking things off with a traditional square dance to old-time Catskills tunes at noon. Bring your dancing shoes and join new and experienced dancers on the dance floor of the Roxbury Arts Center.

The Tremperskill Boys will return to the stage later in the afternoon, when they’ll perform a set of traditional music with a repertoire of fiddle-driven folk music influenced by the Irish, Scottish and Canadian immigrants who lived, worked and danced here in the Catskills. This music celebrates good times, successful crops, weddings, Saturday night dances, and shared moments with friends and neighbors.

A menu of Catskill comfort food made by friends, neighbors and local restaurants will be featured throughout the day. All local fiddlers, amateur to pro, are invited to bring their instruments to join in the festival-ending jam session with community players and festival performers. For additional details about FIDDLERS! 24, and the Roxbury Arts Group’s 2017 season of performances, events, exhibits and workshops, visit roxburyartsgroup.org or call 607.326.7908.

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