Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dady Brothers Irish and Celtic Music Workshop and Concert 3/26/15

Dady Brothers Workshop and Concert
Location: Finger Lakes Community College Main Campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr, Canandaigua, NY 14424 - 2nd Floor, Stage 14
Date: Thursday 26 March 2015
Time: Workshop 5pm; Concert 7pm
Concert tickets $2

They use instruments including pennywhistle and uilleann pipes.

From the FLCC Connects blog:

Celtic musicians The Dady Brothers will give a workshop and concert at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, March 26.

The workshop begins at 5 p.m. in Stage 14 on the second floor of the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Several student performers will open the show.

The Dady Brothers are a widely acclaimed folk duo and have performed their special brand of Irish music throughout the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. They use a variety of instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, pennywhistle, bodhran, harmonica, banjo, and uilleann pipes. Special musical guests are also expected to perform.

Both programs are open to the public. Entry to the 7 p.m. concert is $2 for the general public and free with an FLCC ID. The FLCC cafe will be open until 8 p.m. the day of the concert.

This program is sponsored by the FLCC Student Corporation and the FLCC Social Science Department. For additional information, contact Joshua Heller, chair of the social science department, at (585) 785-1335 or

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Native American Flute Festivals (No Potomac)

From Rochester, New York, there are few festivals dedicated to Native American flute that are within a reasonable day's drive. To the south, in the Washington, DC area, there's the Potomac Native American Flute Festival (PNAFF) and to the west, in Dayton, OH, the SunWatch Native Flute Festival. When I first began to play Native American flute, the first flute festival I attended was Potomac in 2010, and for me it was an ideal blend of educational workshops, evening concerts, private lessons from outstanding performers and teachers, and a vendor room filled with beautiful, tempting flutes. This is a well-organized and worthwhile regional Native American flute festival experience from my perspective, and I have attended every year since, except the organizers took a break in 2012, and it seem like 2015 they are taking a break again. The beginning of this year has blown by so quickly it was only when a friend asked me last month about when PNAFF was scheduled that I realized that it wasn't happening. I'm very sad to miss a great festival, but I'm at peace knowing the hard-working organizers can get a respite from a very big project, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

SunWatch is 14-16 August 2015. Other Native American flute festivals this year that I know of are listed below. I've only attended SunWatch, but I hear from my Native American flute community friends that of the East Coast festivals, Native Rhythms is a great one.

2015 Native American Flute Festivals

Musical Echoes Native American Flute Festival, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 24-26 April 2015
SunWatch Native Flute Festival, Dayton, OH, 14-16 August 2015
Flute Quest Native American Flute Festival, Des Moines, WA, 14-16 August 2015
Medicine Park Flute Festival & Art Walk, Medicine Park, OK, 19-20 September 2015
Sweetgrass Flute & Nature Festival, Hiawatha, IA, 25-27 September 2015
Native Rhythms Festival, Melbourne, FL, 12-15 November 2015

Finger Lakes Flute Circle Meeting, Thursday 19 March 2015

How do you get a "canyon effect" out of a Native American flute? This meeting, we'll find that out and see how these effects can create the feeling of listening in a very big space.

The Finger Lakes Flute Circle will meet Thursday 19 March 2015, 6:30 pm, at the Brookside School (Brighton Parks & Recreation), 1680 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14618. This entrance on Winton Rd is south of Westfall Rd. The official address, 220 Idlewood Rd, takes you through the neighborhood streets to the alternate entrance on the other side of the building. We will be meeting in the Conference room.

Beginners are encouraged! Flutes will be available to try out. We will be playing Native American flute, drums, and hand percussion. The Native American flute is an easy to play instrument that allows people of all experience levels to play beautiful, expressive music.

This year most meetings will be planned for the second Wednesday of each month.

We will have a lot of fun and make really nice music together. We look forward to seeing you!

Current meeting schedules are listed on the Blog and Meetup websites: