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…)

07/15/16 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The Gawler Sisters kick off Sylvester Manor’s Creekside Concert series on Sunday, July 31.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Gawler Sisters

Now into its second summer season, Sylvester Manor’s Creekside Concert series continues to provide an amazing way to wind down on a weekend. Bring the whole family with blankets or low-profile chairs, tote a picnic basket or sample offerings from the on–site food and beverage trucks, and watch the sun go down while listening to world class music. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35, and are available at sylvestermanor.org or by calling (631) 749-0626. Until July 31, a $70 season pass for all three concerts is available. Additional donations are always welcome. (more…)