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SAVE THE DATE! Announcing a Benefit for New York Folklore Society


Adirondack Attic Music History Tour featuring Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn

MAY 22, 2015
7:30 p.m.

432 State Street
Schenectady, NY

Tickets: $20
On sale
April 1
Andy Flynn

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE (ordering information will display on April 1)

Please note that there is a $2 service charge for online purchases.

Tickets are also available for purchase at NYFS in downtown Schenectady or by mail to NYFS, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.
For more information, or to order by phone, call NYFS at 518/346-7008.

Only at Proctors

NYFS Wins Grant from Erie Canalway
◊   Celebrating Music and Dance in Brockport  ◊  ◊   
NYFS partners with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the Greater Brockport Development Corporation for

Sundays on the Canal

Zorkie Nelson
Zorkie Nelson leads drumming at a Kwanzaa celebration at the Empire State Museum in Albany. Courtesy of Zorkie Nelson.

Free performances will be held at the Welcome Center, 11 Water Street, Brockport, NY at 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:

July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31
William Heyen and Friends — Poetry Readings
Garth Fagan Dance School Ensemble
Papaloti Mexican Folkloric Dance School
Zorkie Nelson and Drummers (Ghanaian drum and dance)
Caramelo Trio (Latin Contemporary Music)
Broadway on the Canal (favorite songs)
Grupo Cultural Latinos en Rochester (music and dance)
George Hogan (country music)
Fever Pitch (a cappella barbershop quartet)

The New York Folklore Society proudly announced the receipt of a Canalway grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for a partnership project with the Erie Canal Museum (Syracuse) and the Village of Brockport.

The award to NYFS was announced at a press conference in Albany on February 18, 2014. NYFS Director Ellen McHale said: “The New York Folklore Society is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this project with the Village of Brockport and the Erie Canal Museum, as it strengthens our mission to support the traditional arts of the entire state of New York. A collaborative project like this that unites institutions literally along the length of the canal simply wouldn’t have been possible without support from Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.”

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
BOB WALSER: Tuesday, June 10 In Concert and Wednesday, June 11, 2014 for a Workshop

Member discounts extended to New York Folklore Society Members

BOB WALSER in concert

6-8 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and at the John Street Church, 44 John St. (east of Broadway and one block south of and parallel to Fulton), New York, NY
General admission: $12, members of the Folk Music Society and of the NY Folklore Society $10. Info: 212-957-8386.
Bob is a leading interpreter and scholar of music of the sea whose recordings bring fresh repertoire to the world of maritime music. In addition, Bob is a music educator with years of experience in multicultural movement and Anglo-American dance traditions. As well as being a shantyman at the Mystic Seaport, Bob has presented his Folklore In Action folk music and dance programs as an artist-in-residence in schools across the USA, and performed as a singer, dance leader and dance musician from Maine to California and overseas. Bob earned his PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. His research in Folk Music and Music Education has been published in the Folk Song Journal (UK) and publications by World Music Press. In addition, he has three CDs on The Old and New Tradition label to his credit as well as guest appearances on another dozen recordings in the US, France, and England.
Workshop with BOB WALSER
7-9 p.m.
Location TBA, New York, NY
General admission $15, members of the Folk Music Society and of the NY Folklore Society $12.
Reservations recommended — call (212) 957-8386 or email hwood50 (at) aol.com.
Bob will talk about his work with the James Madison Carpenter collection, a major collection of traditional song and drama, plus some items of traditional instrumental music, dance, custom, narrative, and children’s folklore, from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the US, documented in the period 1927–55

Dancers from Ritmo Caribeno of Utica, NY
LATINO DANCE SUMMIT at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, August 9-11, 2013, a new initiative of the New York Folklore Society, provided a professional development opportunity for the myriad of community-based Latino dance programs in New York State which work with youth. The 2013 symposium provided professional development for adult leaders who teach the dance styles of Latin and South America. At the same time, it provided an opportunity for teen dancers to showcase their own traditional dance styles to their peers. The symposium culminated in a final performance which will be open to the general public. Read more and see photographs from the summit and performance...

The New York Folklore Society, Building Cultural Bridges, The American Folklore Society, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, presented


Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501


Upstate New York has become home to an ever-expanding community of refugees and immigrants from all over the world. Layering upon an already rich infrastructure of arts organizations, there is a great potential for an increasingly varied cultural landscape. Yet many of the artists from these communities struggle to maintain their expressive and cultural heritage traditions in the face of overwhelming and immediate needs as they adapt to their new environment.

This workshop explored merging the arts with social services to better serve these newcomer communities and to enliven our community at large.

Read more and see photos from this workshop.

A Special Event to Benefit the New York Folklore Society

Sunday May 12, 2013

In Concert

At The 8th Step Coffeehouse
At Proctors Theater
Schenectady, NY

Included a special reception, dinner & the show!

Pete Seeger

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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