Dave Ruch: What, if anything, is a New York State Fiddle Tune?
March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Old-time fiddling seems to be having another renaissance moment right now, with young and old alike taking up the instrument and learning to play in a breathtaking range of styles from near and far. “Southern,” “New England,” “Irish,” “Texas,” “Scandinavian,” “Quebecois,” “Contest Style” — these are just some of the many traditions we study and learn tunes from. So where does New York fit into all of this? Certainly, there have been fiddlers here since the earliest European settlers came, and the instrument was used right from the start for social dancing and homemade entertainment just as it was in Southern Appalachia, Cape Breton, and elsewhere. What were the New York fiddlers playing? How should we think of New York State fiddling as it relates (or doesn’t) to these other styles? Join performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch for an open conversation punctuated by field recordings, live music, images and stories from his investigations into New York State fiddling traditions.