Traditional & Original
TuneFolk offers a variety of traditional and original fiddle tunes -- lively jigs, rollling reels, stately marches and smooth waltzes (and maybe a song or two!). Drawing from Celtic, Southern Old-time, Early American, French-Canadian and international folk music, TuneFolk will set your feet -- and your heart -- a dancing!
We've picked, strummed and bowed our way through 30 years of music and dance in coffeehouses, churches, dance halls, barns, camps and homes, for private and community events. We've played in livingrooms, backyards, town parks,
grange halls, country stores, barns (w/horses, cows and chickens!), stage, porch, living room, yard, store window, hay wagon, and the back of a pickup truck.
Why? We both grew up with music in our lives, and . . . well, we just enjoy playing together! And watching music we play affect people is a kick! If one person cracks a smile, dances a jig, or just moves a toe to the beat -- it's worth the moment. There's nothing like waching people react to live music; react to something we've just created. It gets into their feet, then works its way up to a smile.
From Duo to Band: We also play with local dance band, Tamarack, as well as The FireFlies Band, and the inter-generational family (sit-in) dance band, Tame Rutabaga. And then there's Gordon Creek with a more Celtic
flavor. . .
(Gordon Creek - St Patrick's Day, Carney's 2009)
With the addition of other musicians on fiddle, flute, pennywhistle, bass, bodhran or banjo -- we can adjust to the needs of an event, or the whim of the mood -- as background music, or dance band.
Charlton Community Barn Dance
Come join TuneFolk for a kick-up-your-heels, feel-good time at our Barn Dance at
Historic Harmony Hall Community Center in Charlton, NY
(Spring and Fall).
NEXT DANCE: Nov. 9, 2013. For more information and directions, see our Barn Dance page.
Planning a reunion, barbecue, party? A community or private social event?
A little toe-tapping fiddle music in the background brightens any gathering and
sets the mood:
"Your music was just what this event needed. It really made the day."
"We enjoyed the fiddle tunes. A nice break from the usual recorded music."
Interested in community, contra and other dances in the area? Check our Schedule
and/or Links pages for more opportunities.
Want to host a dance? -- contra, squares, circles, or folk dances from around the world (and for all ages) -- we know a few good callers who can walk you through the moves, step-by-step, for a really fun night you, your family and your friends won't forget. You don't even have to know how to dance - caller and band will lead you through it all.
TuneFolk Sightings -
So, Where Have We Been?
We love to pull out instruments whenever and wherever, no matter where we travel, and we often hear, "Hey, didn't we see you at...?"
Well, maybe so, if you were were visiting . . .
• Charlton General Store - Charlton, NY
Strawberry & Pie Festivals - @ Harmony Hall, Charlton, NY
Carney's Restaurant - Ballston Lake, NY
Charlton Founder's Day - Charlton, NY
Glens Falls Contra Dance, Glens Falls, NY
Saratoga Contra, Saratoga Springs, NY
Barn Dance Series, Delmar/Albany, NY
Albany History Fair - Albany, NY
Sheep & Wool Showcase, Clermont. NY
Fox Creek Run - Berne, NY
Altmont 5K Run - Altamont, NY
Burnt Hills Farmer's Market - Burnt Hills, NY
Ballston Spa Farmer's Mkt - Ballston Spa, NY
Troy Farmer's Market - Troy, NY
Saratoga Farmer's Market - Saratoga, NY
Schenectady Greenmarket - Schen., NY
Waterford Farmer's Market - Waterford, NY
Lakeside Farms - Ballston Lake, NY
Barn Dance - Greenfield Center, NY
Saratoga Contra Dance - Saratoga Spr., NY
Family Dance - Keene, NY
Knox Octagon Barn Dances, Knox, NY
Thacher Park Harvest Fair, Voorheesville, NY
Emma Thacher Nature Center Craft Show - Voorheesville, NY
Various summer camps in NY & Western New England.
Parties, community events, reunions
We get around . . .
Top Photo: "Morning Mist" taken the morning after a contra dance at Barkeater Inn, Keene, NY