East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA) is proud to present an evening of enchanting music by North Country artists Barb Heller and Gretchen Koehler. Please join us at the Keene Valley Congregational Church on April 5th at 7:00pm to hear some beautiful reels, jigs, and airs by fiddler Gretchen Koehler (TAUNY Heritage Award Recipient) and singer-songwriter and NCPR radio personality Barb Heller.
Barb Heller & Gretchen Koehler
Best known for her role as on-air host for North Country Public Radio in Canton, Barb Heller has been on the radio since 1989 in northern New York, and as a host for Folk Alley.com, an online music service, since 2005. She’s also a guitarist/songwriter with five albums to her credit, and has taught hundreds of teens and adults how to play fingerstyle guitar. Workshops, family sing-alongs, and campfire entertaining are all part of her repertoire. Heller's songs are often about people and life in the north country, with universal appeal to audiences of all ages.
Growing up in the heart of New England, fiddler Gretchen Koehler has an atlas of musical styles at her fingertips including Irish, French Canadian and Old Time. As a teen, she was a standout in the US/Canadian contest circuit for which Time Magazine labeled her "astonishingly good." She was inducted into the Fiddlers' Hall of Fame and honored with a Heritage Award from Traditional Arts in Upstate New York [TAUNY]. When not performing, Koehler "passes on the tradition" in Potsdam, NY where her 35+ "Madstop Fiddlers" range from pre-schoolers to great-grandparents. www.gretchenkoehlermusic.com
Together Barb Heller & Gretchen Koehler are a pure delight. Each song, jig, and reel carries a piece of history, a charming story and sense of merriment.
Gretchen will be on staff. Fiddle Hell Massachusetts is a yearly gathering of fiddlers, cellists, and mandolin/guitar/banjo players to meet, jam, learn, and have fun. It's both friendly and diverse, crossing all ages and including many traditional fiddle styles.Last year (2017), we had 560+ musicians at the thirteenth Massachusetts Fiddle Hell. They came from as far away as Scotland, Québec City (Canada), California, Alabama, Michigan, Texas and Florida, and from as near as Westford itself. www.fiddlehell.org
The Madstop Fiddlers will perform at the Heritage Award Folk Festival at TAUNY. More details to come. http://tauny.org/sections/4/calendar
Donna Hébert celebrates her 70th birthday with an afternoon – evening fundraiser for Old Songs Community Center in Voorheesville NY. Old Songs has hosted The Great Groove Band, Donna’s youth music program, since 1998. Donna herself began playing for contradances in 1972. Band members from current and past performing groups 3 Ravens, Mist Covered Mountains, Chanterelle, Rude Girls, and Yankee Ingenuity will join her in a day of music and dance to benefit Old Songs.
Afternoon concert, potluck supper, evening concert & dance to follow.
Playing with Donna are:
Genre busting duo Koehler & Kelly are excited to perform a benefit house concert to raise funds for Tedra Cobb for Congress. Come enjoy some lively Irish fiddle tunes by Gretchen Koehler surrounded with jazz by pianist Daniel Kelly, wine & cheese and light refreshments by Big Spoon Kitchen.
Your "ticket price" (you set the $) will be donated to Tedra campaign. Join us as we support Tedra in the last important weeks leading up to the November election. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
More about Tedra: www.tedracobb.com
Meet about Koehler & Kelly: (video) https://youtu.be/JtfGTMGNGtQ
Home of Robin McClellan
465 Old Market Road, Potsdam
(just south of Route 11 past Sanfordville)
If you cannot attend, but would like to "listen in," we hope to be streaming the concert "live." Check back here for details closer to the date. If you would like to donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tedracobbseptember18