Traditional & Original
TuneFolk offers a variety of traditional and original fiddle tunes -- lively jigs, rolling 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, as well as original tunes, TuneFolk will set your feet -- and your heart -- a dancing!
We've picked, strummed and bowed our way through years of music and dance in coffeehouses, churches, dance halls, barns, camps and homes, for private and community events. We honed our skills, gathered new tunes at jams, and wrote new ones. We played in various bands along the way; from an old-time stringband to contra and community dance bands, playing for events throughout Eastern New York and Western New England.
Still, we enjoy being a duo, playing for the sheer joy of making music. 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 watching 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. It brings us joy to see others enjoy what we do.
CALENDAR: Check listings for TuneFolk, and our other bands: The Tamarack Band (Trad. fiddle dance band), Pub Players (Celtic/Folk), FireFlies (Trad. Fiddle/International Folk), and Tame Rutabaga (a family dance band - sit-in musicians welcome).
Events open to the Public are noted as such. Please check the event details.
* Community Barn Dance *
Fall 2016 - TBA
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
(Held Spring and Fall).
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.
Want to host a barn/community 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. 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.
"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."
A Few Words About Jamming
Can't say enough about jamming with other musicians, especially with those who are
more advanced in ability. Years of jamming is how we developed the list of hundreds of
tunes we play, as well as increased our abilities on our own instruments.
It's a great way to boost your tune knowledge, pick up different
versions of tunes, learn new playing techniques and meet good folks.
Traditional music is all about learning and passing on what you know. Music
has been handed down through generations, from back porches and kitchens, to
pubs and taverns around the world.
All we can say is -- find your
instrument, follow your musical dream, and pass it on.