Seàn Heely & Paul Bidanset (Irish & Scottish Folk)
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Seàn Heely & Paul Bidanset (Irish & Scottish Folk)

Seàn Heely (2016 1st place U.S. National Scottish Fiddling champion) and Paul Bidanset (founder of award-winning Brackish Water Jamboree and the NorFOLK Festival) perform traditional Celtic jigs, reels, and pub sing-a-longs on fiddle, bodhràn, banjo, and guitar. 

Admission is free. 7pm-10pm. The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery (Fort Monroe, Hampton)

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Seán Heely & Paul Bidanset (Irish & Scottish Folk)
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Seán Heely & Paul Bidanset (Irish & Scottish Folk)

Seàn Heely (2016 1st place U.S. National Scottish Fiddling champion) and Paul Bidanset (founder of award-winning Brackish Water Jamboree and the NorFOLK Festival) perform traditional Celtic jigs, reels, and pub sing-a-longs on fiddle, bodhràn, banjo, and guitar. 

Admission is free. 7pm-10pm. Bottlecraft (Virginia Beach)

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The Music of St.Patrick (Free Concert)
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Music of St.Patrick (Free Concert)

The next in a concert series to promote the 2nd annual NoFOLK Festival at O'Connor Brewing:

Enjoy a free, special sitting-room performance of traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs at Cure Coffeehouse and Brasserie in the Freemason area of Norfolk, Tuesday evening, March 14th.  Jigs, reels, and pub sing-a-longs will played on fiddle, banjo, bodhran, and guitar by Rachel Gaither and Paul Bidanset of Brackish Water Jamboree. 

Plan dinner at Cure or just enjoy a number of signature cocktails, craft beer, wne, and of course, desserts. 

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Mar
5
2:00 PM14:00

Norfolk Scottish Session (Free Jam)

"Southeastern VA's only Scottish-focused session. Held at the lovely Pasha Mezze resaurant in the Ghent area of Norfolk. 1st Sunday of the month from 2-5pm wih an intermediate-advanced skill level. We draw heavily from the fiddle and pipes repertoire of Scotland, Shetland and the Hebrides, Cape Breton Island and Donegal. We play a great variety of traditional and modern/newly composed tunes. If you are visiting the Norfolk area, come on down and check us out! Visiting musicians always welcome!"

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Brackish Water Jamboree at Fort Monroe's The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Brackish Water Jamboree at Fort Monroe's The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

Catch NorFOLK Festival creators Brackish Water Jamboree for free, lively, and up-close performance.

"[O]ne of the most entertaining bands around!" - Peter Pittman, Owner of Iconic VA Roots Venue: The Hampton Taphouse

“Brackish Water Jamboree is an eclectic mix of foot-stomping bluegrass, old-time folk and classic Americana pulled together with a high-energy performance and one extraordinary stage presence. Brackish Water Jamboree is a band that will bring down the house and bring the audience to their feet time and time again.”

- Brenda Barkley, Talent Buyer, Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

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The Sandler Center's "Out of the Box" Emerging Artist Series: MSG Acoustic Blues Trio (Free)
Feb
23
6:00 PM18:00

The Sandler Center's "Out of the Box" Emerging Artist Series: MSG Acoustic Blues Trio (Free)

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"Make your New Year's resolution to support local artists! The Sandler Center's "Out of the Box" Emerging Artist Series taking place every Thursday from January 12 – March 2, 2017 in the Miller Studio. This great after work event is in collaboration with Paul Shugrue from Out of the Box on 89.5 WHRV. It's the perfect setting to meet-up with co-workers and friends to enjoy a night of music, food, and drinks."

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Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music Present: Seamus Kennedy
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music Present: Seamus Kennedy

"

The hardest working superstar in the whole business is the irrepressible Seamus Kennedy, who seems to have the energy of ten men. The craic has never been better and it is in the good hands of Seamus Kennedy.

~ Shay Clarke
Irish American News

Seamus Kennedy is an Irish singer, songwriter, musician, comedian, all-around entertainer, and author."

 

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Ramblin' Conrad Folklife Institute Presents: Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Americana/Roots legends
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Ramblin' Conrad Folklife Institute Presents: Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Americana/Roots legends

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"Sparky Rucker is unique! He'll make you glad to be alive and struggling."

Pete Seeger

"Sparky and Rhonda put on a good concert, with plenty of heart, soul, and good feeling. It is always a joy to see and hear them."

Loyal Jones, Director, Appalachian Center
Berea College, Kentucky

"They really raised the roof. I've watched Sparky fine tune his performance over the years and he's reached the pinnacle of his art. Sparky and Rhonda flawlessly work together and really embody the essence of folk music. They held the audience in their thrall like a revival meeting."

Rich Warren
Host of Folkstage and The Midnight Special 
WFMT in Chicago, IL

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The Sandler Center's "Out of the Box" Emerging Artist Series: Brackish Water Jamboree (Free)
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

The Sandler Center's "Out of the Box" Emerging Artist Series: Brackish Water Jamboree (Free)

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"[O]ne of the most entertaining bands around!" Peter Pittman, Owner of Iconic VA Roots Venue: The Hampton Taphouse

“Brackish Water Jamboree is an eclectic mix of foot-stomping bluegrass, old-time folk and classic Americana pulled together with a high-energy performance and one extraordinary stage presence. Brackish Water Jamboree is a band that will bring down the house and bring the audience to their feet time and time again.”

- Brenda Barkley, Talent Buyer, Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

" [T]hese fellas know how to entertain a crowd!"

Charlie Grant, Executive Director, Hops in the Park  

"Make your New Year's resolution to support local artists! The Sandler Center's "Out of the Box" Emerging Artist Series taking place every Thursday from January 12 – March 2, 2017 in the Miller Studio. This great after work event is in collaboration with Paul Shugrue from Out of the Box on 89.5 WHRV. It's the perfect setting to meet-up with co-workers and friends to enjoy a night of music, food, and drinks."

 

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Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association Presents: Brackish Water Jamboree Live
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association Presents: Brackish Water Jamboree Live

"What do a bunch of beach boys (and gal) know about hillbilly music? Brackish Water Jamboree named their roots-music free-for-all after the swampy confluence from which they hail: Tidewater, Virginia. But in just over two years since their formation, they've experienced some success extending beyond their hometown, being invited to regularly to play the iconic Floyd Country Store on The Crooked Road - Virginia's "heritage music trail", and recently, Knoxville's historic WDVX Blue Plate Special; they've shared the bill with roots-greats such as Dom Flemons, Hackensaw Boys, and The Steel Wheels; their single 'Home' was featured on the cult-revered Americana music website No Depression; and their full-length, self-titled debut album (co-produced by Mark Padgett) reached the top 40 of iTunes' "New Country Music" chart the month of its release (February 2016).

American roots music in-part stemmed from Celtic folk music, and Brackish Water Jamboree is no different; the band formed when the drummer of a prominent Celtic folk-rock band left the group and literally traded in his drum set at the music store for a banjo to begin testing the waters of writing and singing old-time music. After a few years, featuring Dobro, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, upright bass, and even a washboard, the band performs all original music (and a few staple standards) that echo classic country, upbeat Appalachian fiddle tunes, ragtime blues, the Bakersfield sound, and more.  In fact, the boys are so passionate about sharing this genre of music to their hometown, that they have started their own festival in Norfolk, VA - the Norfolk Folk Festival. The inaugural event into boasted a headlining performance from Grammy-winner Dom Flemons (founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), 13 Virginia-based roots bands, 2 stages, and Virginia instrument makers."

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The Sunny Mountain Serenaders Live (Free Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series)
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Sunny Mountain Serenaders Live (Free Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series)

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" The Sunny Mountain Serenaders feature three of the most accomplished, steeped-in-the-tradition old-time musicians you'll find anywhere.  
     Mark Campbell, who was raised in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, has won many ribbons at Southern fiddle contests, including 1st Prize at Clifftop in 2001.  He is an unrepentant booster of Virginia music and a long-time musical mentor to scores of folks in the Richmond area.  When he's not playing with the Serenaders, Mark enjoys playing with his wife and daughters, known collectively as The Campbell Family Band.  Mark also is an accomplished landscape painter.
     Native Virginian Mac Traynham, who plays banjo and harmonica and sings lead with the Serenaders, may be best known for the soulful tight-harmony duets that he sings and plays with his wife, Jenny.  He's another guy who's papered his walls with fiddlers convention prize ribbons.  Mac lives in the country, near Floyd, VA, and is a full-time musician, banjo builder, cabinetmaker, and farmer.  
     John Schwab is the guy who literally wrote the book on playing old-time backup guitar.  He's anchored the rhythm sections of several fine bands, including The Hoover Uprights, who took the blue ribbon in the traditional band contest at Clifftop in 2001 and again in 2003.  John plays his old Gibson archtop guitar and sings harmony with the Serenaders.  "

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Joseph Decosimo Live (Free Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series)
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

Joseph Decosimo Live (Free Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series)

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"Raised in southeast Tennessee, Joseph Decosimo is a traditional musician and folklorist with a deep respect and love for the older music of his home state and the broader South. His old time fiddling and banjo playing has introduced listeners to the richness and vibrancy of the region's musical traditions. Based out of Durham, NC, he currently performs and teaches old time music anywhere that people are willing to listen. When not playing music, he is writing a dissertation of aesthetics, musical learning, and sound technologies in old time music. 

In seventh grade, he purchased a banjo from a neighbor and quickly found his way to the backrooms of the local Friday night opry where he encountered older musicians from the region. At sixteen, he began making regular visits to learn from old time fiddler Charlie Acuff. He has dedicated himself to spending time with the master fiddlers living in the region, including National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow Clyde Davenport and Charlie McCarroll. By grounding himself in a regional repertoire and style, he crafts music for the present with a deep understanding of place and a reverence for the past. 

Joseph's attention to the tradition has not gone unnoticed. In 2007, he won the National Old Time Banjo Championship. His fiddling has earned him blue ribbons at prestigious contests from the Appalachian Stringband Festival (Clifftop) to the Tennessee Valley Fiddlers Convention. His band, The Bucking Mules, comprised of guitarist, singer, and fiddler Karen Celia Heil, banjo player and fellow Tennesseean Luke Richardson, and bassist Joe DeJarnette has won first place in the stringband contest at Clifftop in 2012 and 2014. They continue to perform at festivals and workshops at home and abroad, delivering driving, regionally-inflected music.

A sought-after teacher and performer of old time music, he has taught and performed at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA; the Swannanoa Gathering in Swannanoa, NC; the Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week in Mars Hill, NC; the Nimble Fingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Workshop in Sorrento, BC; the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV; the Ashokan Southern Week in Olivebridge, NY; and the Bekeley Old Time Music Festival in Berkeley, CA. From 2012-2013, he served on the faculty of East Tennessee State University's Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program, teaching Appalachian Studies, Old Time Fiddle and Banjo, and working with student bands. 

In 2012, he earned an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina, where he explored transformations in the fiddling tradition of the McCarroll family of East Tennessee. Currently writing a dissertation on the music, he deeply engages with traditional music through his scholarship and performance, making sure that it never reduces to an academic exercise."

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Banjo Virtuoso Seth Swingle Live (Free Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series)
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

Banjo Virtuoso Seth Swingle Live (Free Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series)

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The Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series is free and open to the public.

"Seth Swingle is an award-winning musician and scholar. A curious and dedicated practitioner of traditional music, he has studied Southern banjo styles with noted folklorist Mike Seeger, given talks and performances of banjo history at universities throughout the South, and is 2-time Virginia State Banjo Champion. " 

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The Easy Winners Live (Free Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series)
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

The Easy Winners Live (Free Virginia Wesleyan College Old Time Concert Series)

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Full band of Seth Swingle. 

"Seth Swingle is an award-winning musician and scholar. A curious and dedicated practitioner of traditional music, he has studied Southern banjo styles with noted folklorist Mike Seeger, given talks and performances of banjo history at universities throughout the South, and is 2-time Virginia State Banjo Champion. He can pick, strum, pluck, and beat upon the banjo in a half-dozen archaic and modern banjo styles and in over a dozen tunings. His new CD, Solo 5- & 6-String Banjo, features Seth playing everything from intricate Irish reels to 19th century waltzes to fiery Appalachian breakdowns. He explains, “the banjo was once the universal American instrument, played by men and women of every class. People used the banjo as a courting instrument, a dance instrument, a stage instrument, a parlor instrument. We have this image today of the banjo as a rural, Appalachian, white instrument, but it was played almost exclusively by African-Americans until the 1830’s, was hugely popular in the urban North-East as early as the 1840’s, and was a respectable middle-class instrument by the 1890’s.” Seth brings the wide and varied history of the banjo to life on stage with music that stretches across the centuries to the earliest transcriptions of banjo music and even to the banjo’s roots in W. Africa."

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