October 9: The Tremperskill Boys

Veterans Memorial Park
Main Street & Railroad Avenue
Stamford NY
Presented in partnership with Catskills Folk Connection

Keeping true to FIDDLERS! tradition, The Tremperskill Boys will kick-off the weekend’s festivities with a free concert of Catskills tunes, original songs, plus Irish and Scottish melodies on Saturday, October 9 at 2:00 pm in Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street in Stamford.

The Tremperskill Boys band was founded in 2008 by John Jacobson, and he named it for the creek that runs past his home in Andes. In addition to John’s fiddle, the band included guitar, banjo, and mandolin – later adding string bass, button accordion, flute, and an occasional keyboard. The current group has been together for many years: John Jacobson fiddle and calling; Dane Scudder fiddle, banjo and calling, Chris Carey banjo, Sheila Addison guitar, Amy Lieberman string bass, and Ginny Scheer silver flute. Though the genders are evenly divided, the band decided to keep their “Boys” name. They say “We’re an old-time string band – but we’re not all strings; and we’re the Tremperskill Boys – but we’re not all boys!”

The concert will include a wide variety of tunes – some fast and toe-tapping and others more mellow. They will be drawn from a repertoire of Catskills tunes, especially ones learned from Hilt Kelly, Irish and Scottish tunes common in northern and southern regions, and original songs by John Jacobson. One song in particular, “Red Hill,” reflects the experience of Catskills farmers in the face of “progress.”

Bring your own lawn chair or a blanket, and we continue to ask that audience members socially distance themselves from other viewing groups. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for use.