The fair is an eclectic weekend of music for everyone from professional players to students and music enthusiasts. More than 100 musicians from across New York State will take to the six stages set up around the museum grounds, entertaining visitors with music representing a broad range of American traditions.
To encourage an atmosphere of learning and participation, students and amateurs of all ages and skill levels who come to the fair with an instrument can sign up for stage time. The musical line-up ranges from bluegrass and folk to traditional Irish ensembles, and, of course, lots of fiddlers. Several student groups will also perform, and workshops are scheduled throughout the day on a wide variety of musical topics, including “trick” fiddling, hammered dulcimer and Irish fiddling.
Impromptu performances pop up throughout the weekend, particularly at the Jam Tent and Freight House Pub which takes on the feel of a traditional Irish jam session. The highlight of Saturday’s revelries will be an after-hours concert by award-winning duo Koehler & Kelly, known for blending the traditional sounds of reels and jigs with jazz and dance rhythms.
GCV&M has partnered with ROCmusic to hold a string and accessory drive. Donations of new or gently used strings, bridges, chin rests, pegs, shoulder rests and rosin will be accepted. gcv.org