Fall + Winter Folk
Music Weekend - October 21 - 23,
|Máire Ní Chathasaigh
+ Chris Newman
Máire is "the doyenne of Irish harpers" Scotland on Sunday, sole harpist recipient to date of Irish music's most prestigious Award, Gradam Ceoil TG4 (Traditional Musician of the Year), and one of Ireland's most influential traditional musicians - described by the late Derek Bell as "the most interesting and original player of the Irish harp today". A multiple All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic winner, she developed profoundly influential techniques for harp performance of traditional Irish music, heard on her New-Strung Harp (1985) - the first harp album to concentrate on traditional Irish dance music: "a masterpiece of virtuosity ... a milestone in Irish harp music" The Irish Examiner. Her "celebrated virtuoso partnership" (The Daily Telegraph)with Chris Newman has made seven duo and two quartet albums and toured in twenty-two countries worldwide to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls and historic European churches to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London's Barbican, Sydney's Town Hall and Cologne's Philharmonie. "Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation brought an extended standing ovation" The West Australian. Her 2015 CD with her sisters, Sibling Revelry, was "Blissfully beautiful" Songlines, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Times.
Chris is "one of the UK's greatest musicians" (BBC Radio 2). He's played with luminaries of folk (Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli and Diz Disley) and comedy (Fred Wedlock). He received a silver disc for producing Fred's hit Oldest Swinger in Town. "Newman's playing boggles my mind" Flatpicking Guitar, "Dazzling" Acoustic Guitar, "Guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility" Songlines. Chris has been principal guitar tutor for Newcastle University's Folk B.Mus. course since its inception. His fourth solo CD Still Getting Away with It, a celebration of his 40-year areer, is "Astonishing - a must-buy for any guitar player." Scotland on Sunday, "Dazzling... guitar-playing to be marvelled at" Daily Telegraph, "Beauty and virtuosity from a master craftsman at the peak of his abilities" Maverick. His partnership with Máire Ní Chathasaigh tours worldwide and has made seven acclaimed duo and two quartet albums.
Chris on Wikipedia
|Phyllis Elkind +
Phyllis is a long-time member of FMSNY, where she met bandmates Evy Mayer and Don Friedman for Triboro, an Americana trio with two CDs to its name, and CrossStitch, a duo focused on fiddle tunes and brother duets. Her most recent group is Grand Central Breakdown, an all-woman band, which plays bluegrass and country covers. Phyllis is also a long-time teacher and teaches harmony at Jalopy Theatre and Doo Wop at the McBurney YMCA.
Bill has played traditional music in the New York area since 1971. He fiddled with the Fly By Night String Band and the Lazy Aces, two seminal old-time-revival string bands, and currently performs with the Lonely Street, a brothers duet that does country and bluegrass songs, and with Uptown Hoedown, an old-time string band. Introduced to trad music by the New Lost City Ramblers, he has recorded with Tom Paley and accompanied John Cohen in concert. Hell & High Water, his first old-timey venture in a decade, is a collection of Appalachian and Southern fiddle tunes. It features several area musicians (including the Rock-House Gamblers), a variety of styles and fiddle tunings, and a spare esthetic: Solo fiddle tunes, fiddle duets with banjo or guitar, and fiddle-mandolin-guitar trios predominate - though the dance-band groove gets its due as well. Setting off the instrumentals are three ballads whose themes speak to the album's title.
is a teacher of children, a singer of old songs, sailor of old square-rigged wooden ships, and man of Chanteys at Mystic Seaport Museum. Chris primarily performs US and British traditional music, and he is attracted to the stories behind many of the songs he sings. He has played in concerts and festivals in both the US and the UK, and has led workshops dealing with a variety of traditional music forms. Chris can accompany himself on Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Concertina, and other things common to an average garage sale. Chris will be our dance caller and spearhead the infamous Pinewoods Pickup Band.
has been a member of Pinewoods since 1990 and has attended close to 100 weekends. He has been singing since preschool and playing guitar since 1961. In 2016 he took over leadership of the Community Song Circle at the Ethical Culture Society in Brooklyn. He has appeared, with fellow Pinewoods member John Ziv, at the Peoples' Voice Café and has twice been the featured performer at Penn South Music Club events.
If you have never been to one of our weekends, or have not attended any of the last three in-person weekends (Winter & Fall 2019, Fall 2021), you can claim $100 off your registration fee. Just note it on your registration.
can stay on the Thursday
before or the Sunday after for
$50 per person (no meals)
Dogs - $50 for the weekend (service dogs free of charge).
Any questions, contact Heather, hwood50 (at) aol.com, (646) 628-4604
You can book through Eventbrite (small fee applied), send a check made out to FMSNY
to H.Wood, 444 W 54th St #7, New York NY 10019,
or call Heather with credit card info: (646) 628-4604.
You can also book tickets to the daily sessions and the concert (no hotel stay or meals) via Eventbrite (small fee applied) or at the door.
Applications are now being accepted
for the Fall+Winter Weekend for the
George Parker Scholarship, the
Charles & Ilse Mayer Scholarship
and the Lil & Lou Appel
Scholarship. These funds provide
either full or partial scholarships
to individuals who could not
otherwise attend and who have a
strong interest in folk music,
singing, and/or instrumental
TO APPLY: Please download the Scholarship Application in MS Word or pdf format, or request an application form from Heather Wood, hwood50 (at) aol.com, (646-628-4604. The most important considerations are financial need and interest in folk music. The candidates will be considered and notified by mail. All information is confidential.
modified 10/13/22 (hw)