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lauren mettler- cornfieldFresh from last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign and tour, versatile indie songstress Lauren Mettler is breaking new ground with her outreach to kids and families.  On Saturday, December 5th join us for an Afternoon with Lauren for a holiday themed performance at 2 pm.  The concert is part of the Earlville Winter Celebration activities.  Lauren brings all her skills as a singer-songwriter, performer, and arts educator with Folk, Blues, and World influences to this new show for young audiences.

Lauren’s voice, nuanced and beguiling, captivates her listeners as she leads them through beautiful ballads, comedic anecdotes, and holiday tunes on guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and penny whistle to celebrate the season.  Her repertoire displays shades of the blues, world music, and is sprinkled with sweet little ditties reminiscent of favorite jazz classics.

Lauren with leggingsThis Afternoon with Lauren will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week with holiday magic! The concert is about an hour in length and will be followed by a brief reception with the artist. This is a “pay what you want” event, our way of saying thanks to our community! The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our Earlville Galleries and the gorgeous 18th Annual Holiday Sale.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Note: This performance is the second of an EOH series of Youth Programs by Young Artists.  EOH put out a call to young artists to create programming for youth and families this past May.  Our goal is to grow interesting work for families on a grassroots level while also making professional opportunities available to young artists.  Please call EOH to find out more.

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EOH events are made possible, in part, with funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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Blues singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell fronting her red hot Americana band returns this September to the amazing acoustics of the Earlville Opera House.

Boston-based Eilen Jewell and her red-hot Americana band make their way to the historic Earlville Opera House main stage on Saturday, September 12th at 8pm. Best known as an alt-country artist, Jewell channels a presence between the sultry soul of jazz siren Billie Holiday and the “sneering edge of danger” of a pistol-packing mama. This performance is generously sponsored by Stickley Audi & Co. and WAER 88.3 Syracuse Public Media.

“She employs musical styles rooted in ‘50s America, but this isn’t some retro trip down nostalgia lane,” opines PopMatters.com. It’s where the hillbilly south, urban ethnic working class, and Southwestern badass meet.”

Jewell’s fifth studio album, Sundown Over Ghost Town will be released May 26th (Signature Sounds). The album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band and special guests in her hometown of Boise, and is composed of twelve stunning, original compositions that feature some of her most personal stories yet.

The band is touring in support of Jewell’s fifth studio album, Sundown Over Ghost Town that was released this May on Signature Sounds. The album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band and special guests in her hometown of Boise, and is composed of twelve stunning, original compositions that feature some of her most personal stories yet.

Jewell’s band is on fire. According to Pop Matters, “Much of the credit belongs to the band. Johnny Sciasa’s throbbing upright bass and Jason Beek’s skittish drums could make Tiny Tim sound like Johnny Cash. Jerry Miller’s command of electric, acoustic, and steel guitars allows him to rock out or create spectral atmospherics as needed.”

And don’t overlook Jewell’s considerable vocal prowess. According to My Old Kentucky Blog, “With a burnished voice lingering somewhere between Billie Holiday and Neko Case, Eilen Jewell’s aching vocals are pure, country-gospel, boxcar soul.”

Take a listen to the Eilen Jewell Band on You Tube below.     “Packed with vivid lyrics, steel guitars, and hot licks, Jewell’s Americana-driven brand of country music sounds tailor-made for sweltering, stagnant summer nights.”   – Eric Renner Brown, Entertainment Weekly

Don’t miss an evening with one of Americana’s hottest bands on Saturday, September 12th, at 8pm. Admission is $20 for the public, $18 for members, and students are discounted to $15. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with new exhibits opening that evening and the Artisans’ Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

More about this artist   http://www.eilenjewell.com/

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Catch them live in the amazing acoustics of the 1892 Earlville Opera House!

Catch them live in the amazing acoustics of the 1892 Earlville Opera House!

This singalong event will include lyric sheets to take home and keep on singing.  Be the only one around the campfire this summer that knows all the words!

This singalong event will include the lyric sheets to take home and keep on singing. Be the only one around the campfire this summer that knows all the words!

Get ready to enjoy a campfire-style hootenanny with your friends and family on Saturday, August 15th, at 7 pm. Join guitar wizard and Hamilton native Chris White for a sing-along for all ages, drawing on over 200 years of classic American songs, from Oh! Susanna to Think of All the Things You Can Do With a Chair! White will explain the stories behind the songs, and packets will be handed out with lyrics. This promises to be a night to remember, with as many sing-along moments as possible.

White is a regular performer at the Roots and Ruckus showcase at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn and has taught numerous children and adults to play the guitar and the ukulele. Although he has written hundreds of songs and plays in a large variety of different styles, he is most well known for his interpretations of jazz and pop standards and for his silly original songs. It is not uncommon for him to interpret a work in wild and wonderful voices. Chris notes, “Kids today don’t seem to be familiar with Stephen Foster, or other classic, old American songs.” He will mix some history and mythology in with the performance as well as a couple of his goofy originals.

Learn these songs:

Aloha ‘Oe
Blue Skies
Slue Suede Shoes
Yankee Doodle
Home on the range
Working on the Railroad
When you Wish Upon a Star
Wonderful World
Erie Canal
When the Saints Go marching In
Stand by Me
Think of all the things you can do with a chair
Keep on the Sunny Side
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Oh! Susannah

This evening with Chris White will inspire folks to be singing all the way home and into next week! The concert is about an hour in length and will be followed by a brief reception with the artist. This is a “pay what you want” event, our way of saying thanks to our community! The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three new quilt exhibits.
For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Note: This performance is the first of an EOH series of Youth Programs by Young Artists. EOH put out a call to young artists to create programming for youth and families this past May. Our goal is to grow interesting work for families on a grassroots level while also making professional opportunities available to young artists. Please call EOH to find out more.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Shivering Timbers! In 2014 we've been voted Best Musician/Band in Akron Empire, and Second Best Local Band (second to The Black Keys) in Akron Life Magazine.

Shivering Timbers:  In 2014 they were voted Best Musician/Band in Akron Empire, and 2nd Best Local Band (second to The Black Keys) in Akron Life Magazine.

Join what the Nashville Scene compares to “P.J. Harvey fronting the Bad Seeds on a shadowy corner of Sesame Street…

Shivering Timbers, a fast-emerging indie trio boasting ethereal Americana harmonies and bluesy rock sensibilities. They’ll be performing live on the Hamilton Village Green on Thursday, August 13th at 7pm.

The trio calls Akron, Ohio home, and both their performance style and the subject matter of their songs tips a hat to their Rust Belt home. Their songs are wistful, curious, sparse, and haunting like the profile of a steel mill long-shuttered. In 2010, the group released its first album, a collection of fractured fairy tales and dark folk songs called We All Started in the Same Place. Sing Sing followed in 2012, and in 2014, Shivering Timbers was voted second best local band in Akron Life Magazine (ok so the Black Keys were first…that’s some pretty stiff competition!).

Enjoy an evening of music in a beautiful park setting! Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE! Our rain location is the Colgate Inn on the village green.

For more than a decade, Arts in the Park has provided area residents with an opportunity to enjoy free live music and participate in the arts community in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program. The Decentralization Program is a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by CNY Arts in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. These funds are made possible with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

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Shivering Timbers is Sarah Benn, Jayson Benn, joined by Daniel Kshywonis, musicians who call Akron, Ohio home. Our story developed when we — Sarah and Jayson Benn — started singing and crafting songs for our then-infant daughter. As she grew the music began to take shape, and a band was born. Our music was discovered by our friend Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) when we were invited to perform at his birthday party. The first album was subsequently recorded at Auerbach’s Akron studio, a collection of home-spun dark folk songs and fractured fairy tales called “We All Started in the Same Place”.

“Two of the important developments in the first half decade of the 21st century are the greater influence of other cultures in the popular mix and the new generation of independent artists who possess the creativitiy and freedom to incorporate those sounds in unique, attractive ways. One of the leaders in this progression of popular music is Martha Redbone…” Chris Rizik, SoulTracks.com

Martha Redbone brings her rocking, soulful blues and charismatic vocals to the Earlville Opera House on Saturday, June 13th at 8 pm. Redbone has been a leader in a “new generation of independent artists who possess the creativity and freedom” to incorporate their heritage into the progression of popular music. Her rock and R&B influences integrate “a strong undercurrent of Redbone’s Native American heritage.” 1 Her latest project, Garden of Love, with verses penned by 18th century English poet William Blake set to haunting Appalachian string band melodies was the Vox Pop winner of the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Concept Album. The Martha Redbone Roots Project is generously sponsored by Seven Oaks Clubhouse Restaurant and media sponsor WAER FM 88.3.

Miss Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets. The Martha Redbone Roots Project will be a quartet for this performance and includes Aaron Whitby, piano with Alan Burroughs, guitar and vocals, and Charlie Burnham, violin, harmonica.

“Martha Redbone’s music chronicles the crossroads of the American experience,” offers Anastasia Tsioulcas of NPR. “Born in Kentucky and of Cherokee, Choctaw and African-American descent, Redbone combines folk, Appalachian, soul and Native tradition in a group of settings of poetry by William Blake – a startling idea, perhaps, but one that brims with potency and freshness.”

Independent Music Award-winner Redbone makes both a departure and a return to roots with this project, trading the wilder electric blues she’s become known for the subtle power of this culture- and continent-crossing exploration. Join us for an evening with Miss Redbone and her band on Saturday, June 13th, at 8 pm. Admission is $20 for nonmembers, $18 for members, and students are discounted to $15. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows.

“A truly hypnotic and eloquent roots Americana exploration. The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake beautifully and unexpectedly matches two powerful voices; two centuries, continents, and cultures apart. The mastermind is Martha Redbone, an Independent Music Award winner renowned for blending Native American vibes from her Cherokee and Choctaw background with R&B grooves, blues and dashes of Appalachian folk.” ALL MUSIC

The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit the three Earlville Galleries featuring Tina Dillman, Anne Cofer and Sheila Smith exhibits and our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Take A Listen:

You Tubes for Martha Redbone from Garden of Love

On Another’s Sorrow

The Garden of Love

How Sweet I Roamed https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=16&v=WRNK-_nIDvw

From more rocking days in 2007 Divine Cool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87arUslg8OM#t=39 

Martha Redbone Roots Project is part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

“Brooklyn band Roosevelt Dime feels ripped from some earlier era with a sound that’s part rollicking blues, part Dixieland. Their songs are catchy toe-tappers, real feel good stuff. A splendid time is guaranteed” - Sing Out! Magazine

“Brooklyn band Roosevelt Dime feels ripped from some earlier era with a sound that’s part rollicking blues, part Dixieland. Their songs are catchy toe-tappers, real feel good stuff. A splendid time is guaranteed” – Sing Out! Magazine

Roosevelt Dime will be heating up the historic main stage at the Earlville Opera House with the first show of the season on Saturday May 2nd at 8 pm. The band represents a melting pot of Americana music combining the blues with the instrumentation of bluegrass, transforming struggle into celebration and taking the joyous beat from sidewalks and streetcars to backrooms and barrooms.

“Inspired by Appalachian string bands, Memphis soul, New Orleans dixieland, and honky tonk harmonies, Roosevelt Dime describe their multi-faceted sound as “Steamboat Soul”…Singing songs born from whiskey and moonshine… with the perfect mix of talent and showmanship to make the audience feel they’re witnessing something special…rhythm and blues, rockabilly, bluegrass and soul…Full of sweet rhymes, finger-picking guitar and a foot-tapping, thigh-slapping rhythm…”

Andrew Green’s banjo is soulful and rhythmic, less claw-hammer and more crawfish boil, dixieland by way of the BQE, and he sings with a New York drawl softened by the rolling hills of Appalachia. Eben Pariser is the gunslinger, with guitar sensibility straight out of Abilene and a voice like a velvet tent revival, perfect for the church of the unrepentant. Underpinning the groove is Tony Montalbano’s laid-back Pacific-meets-Delta percussion, and Craig Akin’s bass, as sweet and complex as Kansas City barbecue.

earlville-NY_rooseveltdime_webRoosevelt Dime Special: Buy pre-sale tickets for any Roosevelt Dime concert and email a screenshot or copy of your receipt to info@rooseveltdimemusic.com. They’ll give you a free digital download of our entire music catalog – four full albums! Sing along in your car, then boogie down at the show.

Take a listen!

YouTube: I Want Mo’, Recorded live at Gypsy Sally’s in DC

YouTube: Down on Your Luck, Recorded live in Rockaway Beach

YouTube: Roosevelt Dime, Recorded Live @ Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 

Roosevelt Dime heats up the stage with their “Steamboat Soul” on May 2nd! Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $20, $18 EOH members, $15 students. Premium seating applies in the first 4 rows with additional charges of $10 in the front row and $5 in rows b-c-d. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists as well as the homemade desserts in the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Legendary Cajun band BeauSoleil, fiery bluegrass group the Steep Canyon Rangers, country rock greats Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, bluegrass icon Peter Rowan, and masterful rock songster John Sebastian are just some of the acts destined to be a part of the Earlville Opera House’s 44th season— one that features the exceptional talents of many rock and roll pioneers! The season kicks off the first weekend in May, with lively fusion of New Orleans Blues with bluegrass instrumentation in Roosevelt Dime, and a Sunday matinee with local a cappella group The Blue Parsley Boys. Tickets are online for all of these shows or call the EOH office at the contact below.

“Brooklyn band Roosevelt Dime feels ripped from some earlier era with a sound that’s part rollicking blues, part Dixieland. Their songs are catchy toe-tappers, real feel good stuff. A splendid time is guaranteed” - Sing Out! Magazine

“Brooklyn band Roosevelt Dime feels ripped from some earlier era with a sound that’s part rollicking blues, part Dixieland. Their songs are catchy toe-tappers, real feel good stuff. A splendid time is guaranteed”
– Sing Out! Magazine

Sat, 5/2 at 8 pm Roosevelt Dime – Blues- Steamboat Soul (Mardi-GRASS)                       

Brooklyn band Roosevelt Dime feels ripped from some earlier era with a sound that’s part rollicking blues, part Dixieland. Their songs are catchy toe-tappers, real feel-good stuff. A splendid time is guaranteed.”- Sing Out! Magazine With a long, cool wail or a hot-and-heavy three part harmony, Roosevelt Dime speaks the language of the Blues. Andrew Green’s banjo is soulful and rhythmic, less claw-hammer and more crawfish boil, dixieland by way of the BQE, and he sings with a New York drawl softened by the rolling hills of Appalachia. Eben Pariser is the gunslinger, with guitar sensibility straight out of Abilene and a voice like a velvet tent revival, perfect for the church of the unrepentant. Underpinning the groove is Tony Montalbano’s laid-back Pacific-meets-Delta percussion, and Craig Akin’s bass, as sweet and complex as Kansas City barbecue. Come feed your musical soul! These guys are straight up high energy, infused with New Orleans swamp-stomp, Appalachian hollow banjo runs, and a little bit of sultry Dixieland swing. And surprisingly, or maybe not, these guys hail from Brooklyn. Their latest release, 2014’s “Full Head of Steam,” caught the attention of Relix Magazine, CMT Edge, Performer Magazine, and more when it climbed to #8 on the national folk charts

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Singing “Fifty Shades of Blue” The Blue Parsley Boys are one of the area’s premier a cappella ensembles.

Sun, 5/3 at 3 pm The Blue Parsley Boys – A Cappella Harmonies                        

The Blue Parsley Boys are one of the area’s premier a cappella ensembles. Together since 1998, the Blue Parsley Boys are known for singing familiar and humorous a cappella arrangements.

The group works on an ever-changing book of approximately 100 songs. In the past, this has included fan favorites such as Joyce Eilers’ spiritual “Bound for Jubilee,” “In My Room” by the Beach Boys, a satirical rendition of the story of Noah in “Old Man Noah,” the traditional American folk song “Shenandoah,” the Irish ballad “Danny Boy,” and Billy Joel’s iconic “For the Longest Time.”

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The historic 1892 Earlville Opera House welcomes the Voices of Tabernacle with a new program to celebrate the human voice: “Say It With Music” from Around the World.  This year’s program features folk songs and popular songs from different countries.

Directed by Anita Humer the chorus will appear in concert with the Sherburne-Earlville High School Select Chorus, directed by Kylie Davis and featuring Megan Murphy, soprano solist, and Stephen Sabin, cellist.   The performance is a fundraiser for EOH and is sponsored by the Sherburne United Methodist Church.

“Voices of Tabernacle” is a mixed chorus combining adults and students. Members come from Sherburne, Norwich, Hamilton, Lebanon, Madison, Earlville and Waterville. Their annual concert at EOH is an uplifting celebration of the human voice.

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“The accordion will make you want to throw salt on your hardwood floors and two-step with someone.” – The Examiner

Sat, 5/30 at 8 pm Matuto – Brazilian Folk Meets Appalachia  

Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where dynamic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, telecaster twangs, accordion acrobatics, and folksy fiddle tunes.  Matuto moves with two-stepping grace between bluegrass and forró, between swamp rock and maracatu, between surf guitar shimmies and the wah-wah of the berimbau.  They explore styles like forró, xoté, maracatu, and arrasta pé with an in-depth look at the rhythms, melodies, and cultural influences that make up this infectious and universally appealing dance music. 

We first introduced Matuto with a free concert in Hamilton last summer that had everyone dancing! 

Brazilian musical styles like Bossa Nova, Samba, and Choro! The members of Matuto have spent decades mastering the folkloric styles of the Brazilian Northeast, where Rabecas (Brazilian Fiddle), Accordions, and polyrhythmic percussion instruments reign supreme.

Enjoy lower ticket prices for these amazing artists  made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support for the National Endowment for the Arts!

TIME OUT NEW YORK “Martha Redbone is a charismatic indie-soul diva whose sound is a just-right mix of retro and modern”

Sat 6/13 8 pm Martha Redbone Roots Project – Blues                              

Miss Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. “A truly hypnotic and eloquent roots Americana exploration. The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake beautifully and unexpectedly matches two powerful voices; two centuries, continents, and cultures apart. The mastermind is Martha Redbone, an Independent Music Award winner renowned for blending Native American vibes from her Cherokee and Choctaw background with R&B grooves, blues and dashes of Appalachian folk.” Allmusic.com   The Roots Project will be a quartet for this concert including piano, guitar, bass and vocals.

“Once in a blue moon an album comes along out of nowhere that starts by giving you goosebumps and ends by knocking you completely off your feet. This is one such album. In terms of quality and soulfulness it eclipses everything else I’ve heard this year. BLUES AND SOUL

Enjoy lower ticket prices for these amazing artists thanks to a grant from The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project!!

Their recordings and dynamic live performances have earned them many accolades, including Grammy and IBMA Awards, but most important, is the devotion of their fans. The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles Humphrey (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit).

Their recordings and dynamic live performances have earned them many accolades, including Grammy and IBMA Awards, but most important, is the devotion of their fans. The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles Humphrey (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit).

Sunday 6/28 8 pm Steep Canyon Rangers – Rollicking, Grammy-winning Bluegrass               

The Steep Canyon Rangers have been among the nation’s most celebrated bluegrass acts ever since they started touring with Steve Martin. Since then, the buzz surrounding the lively, highly entertaining sextet has endured long past the glitz that came with Martin’s affiliation. The band netted the International Bluegrass Association’s award for Entertainer of the Year (in 2011, with Steve Martin), and even a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013.

Their work as Steve Martin’s backup band has “introduced them to a national, and non-bluegrass, audience and earned them a Grammy…with Martin on his Rare Bird Alert album, to which they also contributed three songs. On their Rounder debut, the band continue to challenge their fans with tunes that show off their growing playing and songwriting skills. They’re still a bluegrass band, but most of the songs here have a feel that owes as much to pop, folk, and singer/songwriter impulses as they do to bluegrass. They break out of the usual melodic structures of bluegrass for something that’s between newgrass and pop.Allmusic.com

“Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove.” —The Boston Globe

“Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove.” —The Boston Globe

Sunday 7/12 8 pm The Duhks – Captivating Folk Fusion                                               

“The Duhks (pronounced “ducks”)…plays a sometimes high-energy blend of Appalachian old-time string band, Irish fiddle tunes, and kick-ass rock/folk fusion. Other times they are playing delicate finger-picked traditional instrumentals.”
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Last year, The Duhks released their first studio album since reuniting with their powerful original vocalist Jessee Havey. The record, entitled Beyond the Blue, is representative of their characteristic eclectic mix of Celtic, Cajun, gospel, and even some Latin-inspired percussion. The group, which hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has put itself squarely back on the map with what roots music magazine Engine 145 calls a “more electric” exploration that sometimes features “lap steel, a full drum kit, and even a horn section scattered throughout the album.” Personnel-wise, The Duhks have fleshed things out, adding Québécois multi-instrumentalist Colin Savoie-Levac on guitar, as well as Swedish fiddling phenom Anna Lindblad on violin, plus Podolak on banjo, Havey on vocals, and Kevin Garcia on percussion.

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Chris Bord returns to direct another musical at the EOH this summer! More soon about auditions etc.

Steven Sondheim’s “Putting It Together”: Friday & Saturday, July 24-July 25 at 8 pm & Sunday, July 26 a 3pm matinee!

“Putting it Together” is a musical revue set in an all-night, black-tie party in a penthouse. The hosts are an older couple that face their disillusions and marital troubles, while a younger, less jaundiced couple struggle with their feelings and desires, and a commentator oversees and influences the action. The spouses deal with infidelity and divorce but finally reconcile before dawn.

Sondheim is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer) including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award. His most famous works include (as composer and lyricist) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy.

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What kid can resist being the star of the show!

EOH Circus Mon-Fri, July 27-July 31 9am-3pm with EOH Circus Show on Friday, 7/31 at 7 pm

Join us for the culmination of a week of fun and merriment in a zany, crazy evening of circus fun for the whole family. Every kid who dreamed of being a star has a chance to shine in this wonderful performance where all the circus skills come together after an intensive week of fun!

Led by Jen Taylor of OM-Fly Circus who the fundamentals of putting on a circus with teamwork and tapping inner creativity.

Last year's Irish Music Award Winners for Top Traditional Band, the six talented musicians  of FullSet are full of energy and innovation.

“The blazing energy they possess is matched with confident instrumental skill and imaginative outcome. You will have gathered from this that Fullset is a thoughtful creative and imaginative outfit – they are but there’s enough spit and vinegar in their music to balance the studied atmospherics.” Irish Music Magazine

Saturday 8/8 pm FullSet – Award-winning Irish Traditional       

FullSet continues to stack up the honors winning Best Traditional Band in the 2014 in the Live Ireland Music Awards following their New Group of the Year in 2012. That same year they won, Best New Band in the Irish American News Music Awards. Six talented musicians full of energy and innovation make up the band. Michael Harrison of Tipperary is the grandson of Irish fiddler Aggie Whyte, and a three-time All-Ireland fiddle champion with his smooth and free flowing style of fiddle. Martino Vacca is an exceptional uilleann piper and employs his mastery of this instrument in intricate arrangements. Janine Redmond of Dublin plays the button accordion, and has solo All-Ireland titles to her credit. Eamonn Moloney on bodhrán and Andy Meaney on guitar, effortlessly blend the music together with a sensitive yet driving accompaniment. The emotive singing style of Teresa Horgan completes the ensemble with her lovely voice and with the flute.

Director of Irish Studies, Traolach O’Riordain sums it up: “There are two kinds of musicians in Ireland…You have those who learn the traditional music in school, and those who learn it from their parents and grandparents, just as they learned it from their parents and grandparents before them, all the way back to the time God was a small boy. FullSet falls into the latter category.”

Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson are two quietly monumental figures of an era of American music

Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson are two quietly monumental figures of an era of American music

Fri 8/14 8 pm Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen – Two Americana Icons                            

The two country rock pioneers take the EOH main stage to explore the back roads of Americana music. Hillman’s excellent guitar and mandolin technique blend beautifully with the hillbilly flavors provided by Pedersen’s fiery banjo picking. Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson are two quietly monumental figures of an era of American music – guys who played alongside Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, J.D. Souther, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Dan Fogelberg, Timothy B. Schmit, and Al Perkins as young guns, then went on to found the Desert Rose Band. Chris Hillman’s won a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Arguably the pioneer of the genre know as “Country Rock,” Chris Hillman has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music with such notable bands as The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band.

Herb Pedersen began his career in Berkeley, California in the early 60’s playing 5 string banjo and acoustic guitar with people like David Grisman, Butch Waller, David Nelson, and Jerry Garcia. His recording discography is like a who’s who of the singer/songwriter scene. Don’t miss these American icons!

Fri 8/21 8 pm Beausoleil – Legendary Cajun Fusion 

“The best Cajun band in the world.” -- Garrison Keillor, host of NPR's

“The best Cajun band in the world.” — Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

The best Cajun band in the world.” — Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The band has brought Cajun music to new heights and they were the very first Cajun group to ever win a GRAMMY!

Their most recent release From Bamako to Carencro is a culture-crossing release designed to highlight the connections between Bamako, Mali, in West Africa, and the kind of music made in Lafayette, LA, suburbs like Carencro. “After 37 years as globe-trotting Cajun ambassadors, there are not many unconquered frontiers left for BeauSoleil. Caribbean/world music has a strong presence here on its 25th album, though it’s not necessarily new ground…But what’s astounding is how familiar ground can be revisited and still sound remarkably fresh. A good portion of the proceedings sweep through a worldwide Creole odyssey …The arrangements are beyond the traditional dancehall-centric variety but are more string-band, world music-oriented…Cajun musicians have always fused outside styles and influences into the repertoire and made ‘em their own.” Offbeat

8-31 Eilen_Jewell band

“With a burnished voice lingering somewhere between Billie Holiday and Neko Case, Eilen Jewell’s aching vocals are pure, country-gospel, box-car soul.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

Sat 9/12 8pm Eilen Jewell – Smooth, Smoky Blues    

Eilen Jewell and her red-hot Americana band make their way to the historic Earlville Opera House main stage this fall.  Where is Eilen Jewell in the fast growing Americana realm? SavingCountryMusic.com says it best: “…she bridges many elements of American music: country, swing, jazz, rockabilly, by not taking those older art forms and melding them together, but traveling back to a time when all these specifics genres were still forming, and the differences between them were still relatively obscure.”

She is starting a new chapter with a new album arriving May 26, Sundown Over Ghost Town. For the project the evocative singer-songwriter draws on her experiences of welcoming her first child, Mavis, and moving from Boston back to Idaho, where she’s from. Her previous release made her many Opera House fans! “Queen of the Minor Key, draws on everything from classic country to early R&B, with an emphasis on sounds from the seamier side of the tracks. With dirty sax riffs and low-slung guitars, the instrumentals that bookend the album evoke the bump-and-grind exotica of vintage Southern California suburban saloons. Yet on the flipside, Jewell imbues slow, jazzy numbers like “I Remember You” and “Only One” with torch and tenacity that linger long past last call. Eilen Jewell is the Queen of the Minor Key. Sad songs are her wealth and finery.” (Signature Sounds)

“One of the top bluegrass singer-songwriters of his generation.” – Terry Gross, NPR's Fresh Air.

“One of the top bluegrass singer-songwriters of his generation.” – Terry Gross, NPR’s Fresh Air.

Sat 9/19 8pm Peter Rowan – Grammy winning Folk-Bluegrass Icon                                Sound <))

Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. “A major cult figure among progressive bluegrass aficionados, Peter Rowan participated in a number of adventurous projects in the late ’60s and ’70s before embarking on a highly productive solo career. Primarily a guitarist, Rowan also sang, yodeled, and played various members of the mandolin family.” AllMusic.com From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects and constant touring.

Fri 10/2 8pm John Sebastian and David Grisman – Legends of American Music         

These two Americana icons' history dates back to the Greenwich Village folk revival, and encompasses everything from bluegrass to The Lovin' Spoonful to Woodstock to jazz to blues and back again.

These two Americana icons’ history dates back to the Greenwich Village folk revival, and encompasses everything from bluegrass to The Lovin’ Spoonful to Woodstock to jazz to blues and back again.

David Grisman and John Sebastian met over 50 years ago in The Even Dozen Jug Band in 1964. After that, both of them became legends in their genres. David Grisman is normally associated with the bluegrass wing of country music, but his music owes almost as much to jazz as it does to traditional American folk influences. Because he couldn’t think of what to call his unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of acoustic bluegrass, folk, and jazz without leaning toward one idiom or another, he offhandedly decided to call it “dawg music” — a name that curiously enough, has stuck. John Sebastian has had a varied career as a singer, songwriter, and musician. As the leader of the folk-rock band the Lovin’ Spoonful, he was responsible for a string of Top Ten hits in 1965-1967 that included the chart-toppers “Daydream” and “Summer in the City,” and he returned to number one in 1976 as a solo artist with “Welcome Back.” He wrote or co-wrote those hits as well as many others, along with songs used on Broadway and in the movies. As part of the Lovin’ Spoonful, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Together, they recorded Satisfied in 2007. The album offers a collection of traditional folk songs, mixed with originals by both Sebastian and Grisman.

Apart from live musical events, EOH’s season will be filled with lively gallery openings, creative and informative workshops, and family-friendly events like our EOH Circus, which runs July 27th-31st. The Opera House has three art galleries open to the public during business hours, which are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. For more information, www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call 315-691-3550. 

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EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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