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MUSIC GENRES
IN NEW YORK STATE

New York State contains many types of traditional music, each with its own history and development in the State. Find links to specific traditions here, and come back again, as this section is still in development.

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Music Genres in New York State

New York State contains many types of traditional music, each with its own history and development in the State. Below, we’ve begun a list that illustrates the main musical genres that have come to define the traditional music landscapes of New York State. Each link consists of a brief overview of the genre as it developed in the State, links to articles that give more explanatory information and focus on New York’s connection to the genre, as well as a brief list of current representative traditional artists.

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Brian Conway was named “Top Trad Artist for 2008” by Irish Echo. Dirty Linen magazine calls him “one of the finest Irish-American musician fiddlers.” He is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman.
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Sacred Steel

Chuck Campbell plays pedal-steel guitar at the dedication services for the new House of God in Rush, New York, March 1998. Photo: ©Robert L. Stone


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These traditional music & dance web pages were developed with support of New York State Music Fund, administered by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. These music pages are still in development. Please enjoy and come back again, as we continue to expand this section.

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