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Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc.

Fall Weekend / Eisteddfod

A Festival of Traditional Music
at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY 12446

A FAQ sheet for 2012

This is combined with the Folk Music Society's Fall Weekend.  FMSNY Weekend FAQs, ...Children at weekends FAQs

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What About 2013?
Eisteddfod Takes a Break, but the Music Goes On
At the January 2013 meeting the FMSNY Executive Board voted to suspend our annual Eisteddfod festival for 2013 and reintroduce the Fall Weekend, which was one of the club’s yearly highlights before being combined with Eisteddfod in 2009. The Fall Weekend will, as always, feature the kind of program and performers that have long demonstrated the value of Pinewoods membership.  Meanwhile, the Board’s Eisteddfod Committee will be working diligently to reimagine the festival so that when we bring it back in 2014 it will be attractive to a wider audience. Those who have attended Eisteddfod know what a great contribution it has made to the folk music community in terms of education, entertainment and fellowship.  Our goal is to find a way to spread that message and draw an audience large enough to make the festival self-sustaining into the indefinite future.
The information below is from November 2012 -- just to give you an idea of what the festival is like.
Eisteddfod-NY is proud to host traditional music and song from Brittany, England, Hawaii, Ireland, Macedonia, Scotland, Serbia, and of course America — Appalachia, New York State, and more — along with contemporary songs, sea shanties, Gospel and Sacred Harp, and blues. As always, there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to play and/or sing in the participatory workshops and informal jams. Come listen, come play and sing, come learn.
2012 Performers
  • Malcolm Austen — melodeon player and singer
  • Joy Bennett — a wonderful singer and a member of The Johnson Girls
  • Margaret Bennett — folklorist, collector, and singer from Scotland
  • Ralph Bodington — banjo player andsinger of old time songs and ballads
  • Claire Boucher — native of Brittany, sings traditional songs of her homeland
  • Joanie Bronfman — Anglo-American songs and ballads
  • Allan Carr — Scottish singer and guitarist, member of Red Hen Stringband
  • Dennis & Judy Cook — American songs and ballads
  • Moira Craig — fine singer of Scottish songs
  • Chris Davis — Hawaiian steel guitar
  • Phyllis Elkind — a fine singer and guitarist
  • Jerry Epstein — songs of the Eastern US and Canada
  • Don Friedman — good-time songs and great guitar
  • Alan Friend — old time banjo, ballads
  • Howard Glasser — founder of the Eisteddfod and collector of songs and tunes
  • Brad Hurley — piper, flautist, and whistle player
  • Claudia Kanile'a Goddard — Hawaiian songs and lore
  • The Johnson Girls (Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, Deirdre Murtha) — maritime music with attitude
  • David Jones — master of English traditional songs and Music Hall songs
  • Alison Kelley — a wonderful singer and a member of The Johnson Girls
  • Dave Kiphuth — outstanding bluegrass and old time banjo player and singer, member of Red Hen Stringband
  • Chris Koldeway — powerful singer and shantyman
  • Kenny Kosek — outstanding old time and bluegrass fiddler
  • Neal MacMillan — Northumbrian and Scottish small pipes, Border & French pipes, fiddle and songs
  • Evy Mayer — our own ukelele lady
  • Patti McCurdy — singer-songwriter with world music roots
  • Bonnie Milner — a powerful singer and a member of The Johnson Girls
  • Dan Milner — singer and balladeer
  • Deirdre Murtha — a fine Irish singer and a member of The Johnson Girls
  • Sean Murtha — songs of Ireland and America
  • Caroline Paton — co-founder of Folk Legacy records, vast repertoire of songs
  • Jason Poole — music, dance, and lore of Hawaii
  • Ann Porcella — powerful singer rooted in Gospel traditions
  • Anne Price — grand singer and writer of neat songs
  • Red Hen Stringband (Jane Rothfield, Allan Carr, Linda Schrade, David Kiphuth) — old time, Appalachian & Celtic tunes and songs
  • Jane Rothfield — grand old time fiddler, member of Red Hen Stringband
  • Linda Schrade — powerful singer and guitarist, member of Red Hen Stringband
  • Steve Suffet — an old-fashioned folksinger
  • Heather Wood — old and new songs and stories from the British Isles
  • Olga Zaric — Serbian and Macedonian traditional songs
  • John Ziv — enthusiastic songwriter
  • . . . and more TBA

  • The Eisteddfod Award will be presented in 2012 to Bill and Andy Spence

2012 flier
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2012 Ticket Prices

tickets are available either with accommodations (blue section) or without (purple section).
Note: through several generous donations, we are offering a very reduced group "friends" rate for group reservations by those age 21 through 35. These "friends" rates are for the entire festival including all all programs, lodging, hotel facilities, and meals Friday dinner through Sunday Lunch. See the yellow section below.
2012 Prices per person, including all programs, lodging, hotel facilities, and meals Friday dinner through Sunday Lunch Members of Sponsoring and Supporting Organizations General Admission
Double Room (per person) $340
3 in a room (per person) $295
single rooms $440
Kids 5 and under in room with 2 adults  Free
Kids 6-12 in room with 2 adults (per person) $85
Kids 13-17 in room with 2 adults (per person)
Full-time Student 17-22 (per person in double room)
Special Group "friends" weekend rate for groups of 3 or more age 21-35, registering as a group:  in triple rooms @ $150 per person;  in double rooms @ $180 per person  (online orders: http://enyfriends.eventbrite.com)

One-day Rates with accommodation and meals
Either Friday dinner through Saturday lunch or Saturday dinner through Sunday lunch
2011 Prices per person, including all programs, lodging, hotel facilities, and meals for one day as noted above Members of Sponsoring and Supporting Organizations General Admission
Double Room (per person) $175
3 in a room (per person) $155
single rooms $225
Kids 5 and under in room with 2 adults  Free
Kids 6-12 in room with 2 adults (per person) $45
Kids 13-17 in room with 2 adults(per person)
Full-time Student 17-22 (per person in double room)
2012 Prices per person for festival admission only, no meals or lodging Members of Sponsoring and Supporting Organizations General Admission
All-Festival Pass $110 $120
Friday (Concert only) $25 $30
Saturday  (all day including concert) $65
Saturday evening (concert + dance only) $25 $30
Sunday  (all day including concert) $45 $50
Kids, accompanied by adult: under 9 free. 9-18 and  students 22 and under, half the above admission prices.   Please contact us for detailed kids' meal prices.
2012 Meals
Must be booked in advance with the hotel (Toll free: 888-9HUDSON, Phone: 845-626-8888)
  • Breakfast: $tba
  • Lunch: $tba
  • Dinner: $tba
  • Day tickets will be available at the door.

    How to order tickets:
    Mail in order blanks:
    Weekend tickets
    , One day/Night, Admission only 
    Or online:
    You can order tickets online from Eventbrite (processing charge applies): 
    order tickets including weekend accommodations

    order tickets including one night lodging and meals
    order special group"friends" 21-35 rate
    order day rate tickets without lodging or meals

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    Approximate Schedule Outline - Subject to change   Full Preliminary Schedule

    Here's how we arrange the Eisteddfod program: we contact performers, ask them so make suggestions, then try to work out who will do what and with whom.

    Our overall endeavor is to have some workshops that are participatory (for example, songs with choruses, old-time jamming; some workshops that cover a particular area or type of music (blues, Sacred Harp, Scotland, etc.); and some that are "mini-concerts' so people can get a taste of what individual performers do. There is also a campers' concert, for which anyone can sign up to perform.

    In the past, we've had some great synergy between performers — people who had never met before but found community in their music.

    We hope that everyone who comes will take the chance to play, sing, and learn.

    Friday, November 2:

    • Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
    • Staff Concert: 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
    • Informal Jamming 10:45 p.m. to whenever

    Saturday, November 3:

    • Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
    • Workshops: 9:30 a.m.– 12:45 p.m.
    • Lunch: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Workshops and Camper Concert: 2:15 – 6:30 p.m.
    • Dinner: 6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
    • Staff Concert: 8:30 p.m.
    • Informal Jamming:  to whenever

    Sunday, November 4:

    • Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
    • Workshops: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    • Lunch: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    • Staff Concert: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m

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    Festival Marketplace and Silent Auction

    The Marketplace will offer CDs etc. from the performers and others, plus information on local organizations. We also hold a Silent Auction to benefit our Scholarship Fund.

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    Advertise in the Souvenir Program Book

    Every Eisteddfod-NY attendee will receive a copy of our Souvenir Program Book, which contains details of the performers, schedule, and more. The deadline for inclusion is 10 days before the festival. Full payment must accompany copy. Send check made out to FMSNY to Heather Wood, 444 West 54th Street #7, New York NY 10019. For inquiries or questions, please send an email.  Advertising order form

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    Half Page $60 4-5/8" 3-3/4"
    Quarter Page $30 2-1/4" 3-3/4"
    Eighth Page $15 2-1/4" 1-3/4"
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    If you are interested, please email 

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    Sponsored by:

    The Folk Music Society of New York., Inc. / New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club,
    444 West 54th St #7, New York NY 10019
    and the following co-operating organizations:
    Borderline Folk Music Club, NY
    Branford Folk Music Society, CT
    The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, MA
    The Folklore Society of Greater Washington
    People's Music Network
    Sounding Board, CT
    More to be announced

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    A FAQ page for 2012.
    If you would like to be added to our e-mail list and be updated on developments on an ongoing basis, send us your e-mail address
    Questions?  phone: 917-279-7546.

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    Hudson Valley Resort and Spa;  (845) 626-8888   map
    400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, Ulster County, NY 12446-3552

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