For as long as I can remember, the Kirkland Arts Center has been a hotbed for all kinds of music, especially bluegrass and folk music.
If violinist Nora Leveneau has anything to say, that tradition won’t end anytime soon.
Nora and her band, The Boom Chickens, will host Kirkland Arts Center’s inaugural “Winter Hootenanny” on Friday, January 27, bringing together the best of local folk and bluegrass music.from 7pm
“I grew up in the traditional music scene in Ireland, where fun, casual music parties are just part of the daily social life,” explains Leveneau. “My friends in the Bluegrass community have it too. I wanted to bring that living room warm energy to this show. The idea is that it is made by
“That’s what folk and traditional music has always been about.”
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Of course, such events depend on presenting quality music. It doesn’t matter at this concert.
The Boom Chickens are a local folk trio who use their signature three-part harmonies and creative instrumental arrangements to wow audiences with an upbeat show that combines original songs, folk classics and acoustic covers. captivate
Joining the line-up are two of Central New York’s greatest songwriters, Gina Holsopple and J. Schnitt. Gina Holsopple has been writing music for 25 years and has over 10 albums. Schnitt, on the other hand, brings sharp lyrics to a rich catalog of folk poetry and biting social commentary.
I was a judge in a singer-songwriter competition a while back and two of them won 1st and 2nd place honors. It’s safe to say that this is world-class songwriting at its best.
Rounding out the roster is Bluegrass Upstate newcomer Quarter to Orange. The band has built a following with original songs performed in a classic bluegrass style.
Also, as an added bonus for those wishing to be part of this music community, representatives from the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association, Gina Marie Music Studios and local Irish group Craobh Dugan O’Looney will be at Hootenanny to discuss available resources. share information. and local learner sessions.
“I talk to a lot of people who used to play an instrument and missed it, but don’t know how to make music part of their busy adult lives,” says Nora. “Most of the hootenanny performers and volunteers are also involved in running local open sessions, open mics and learner sessions, so concerts have access to resources to connect people interested in the scene. increase.”
Tickets are $15 for the general public and $13.50 for KAC members.