10/13/17 12:00pm
MARIA CAMILLO PHOTO | Darol Anger and Mike Marshall perform in concert at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Friday, October 13.

MARIA CAMILLO PHOTO | Darol Anger and Mike Marshall perform in concert at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Friday, October 13.

 

Shelter Island’s Lisa Shaw and Tom Hashagen of Tom and Lisa Music will present Grammy Award nominated legends of contemporary strings Mike Marshall and Darol Anger in concert on Friday, October 13 at 8 p.m. at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The musicians are and founding members of the David Grisman Quintet.  (more…)

04/19/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers.

COURTESY PHOTO | Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers.

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.  (more…)

03/16/17 8:00am
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…)

09/09/16 8:00am
ALEXANDRA DEFURIO PHOTO | Jayme Stone, left, with fellow musicians in his Lomax Project band, Moira Smiley, Andrew Ryan and Sumaia Jackson.

ALEXANDRA DEFURIO PHOTO | Jayme Stone, left, with fellow musicians in his Lomax Project band, Moira Smiley, Andrew Ryan and Sumaia Jackson.

Like storytelling, music is not always a static form of expression. Though subtle, movements of people and the shifting of cultures have a way of altering music over time — particularly traditional music — causing it to change, transform, merge or sometimes disappearing altogether. (more…)

07/20/16 4:30pm
JON BURKE PHOTO | Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, from left, Rowen Gallant, Caleb Gallant and Jesse Périard.

JON BURKE PHOTO | Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, from left, Rowen Gallant, Caleb Gallant and Jesse Périard.

Islands tend to be great places for creating musicians. Especially isolated islands where long traditions and even longer winters feed the creative energy.

Making music on an island is something fiddle player and singer Rowen Gallant, 22, knows quite a bit about. Collectively, he, his brother Caleb, 20, and friend Jesse Périard, 22, are Ten Strings and a Goatskin, a bilingual three-piece band hailing from Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes.  (more…)