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EOH Auction logo copyYou are invited to join your friends and neighbors and fellow patrons of the arts on Friday, October 16th at the Colgate Inn for a silent auction to benefit the Opera House. Enjoy complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the Colgate Inn, listen to the incomparable piano stylings of Tony award-winning Dianne Adams McDowell, and bid on artwork, local crafts, food, trips, antiques, and services from babysitting to legal counsel, all donated by friends of the Opera House.

For more than 40 years, Earlville Opera House has been a mecca for arts and entertainment in rural central New York. Housed in a restored, historic, late-19th-century structure on Main Street in the Village of Earlville, the Opera House offers classes for children and adults; exhibits the work of local, regional and national artists; and stages performances ranging from community theater to nationally renowned musicians.

There is over $11,000 in auction items to bid on this year!! Here are some sample items to fire your enthusiasm:
· Golf for four from Seven Oaks Golf Course (including cart!)
· Portrait photography session from Vantine Imaging
· Family four-pack of zoo entry tickets from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
· Four tickets to the Claire Lynch Band holiday concert
· Private screening of a film of your choice from Hamilton Movie Theater
…and much, much more!

Listen to the incomparable piano stylings of Tony award-winning Dianne McDowell

Listen to the incomparable piano stylings of Tony award-winning Dianne McDowell

Fabulous gift certificates to local businesses include the Scotch n’ Sirloin, The Dark Horse, Lakeview Restaurant, Fojo Beans, Jewett’s Cheese House, Ray Brothers BBQ, and Curtis Lumber and more.

Idle and abandoned for more than two decades before it was saved from demolition in 1971, the Opera House has been rehabilitated and sustained through volunteer effort and the generosity of EOH members and friends. This support has enabled it to become a beacon for the arts in our community.

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 16th, 5:00-7:30 pm. Admission is $18, and you’ll be fostering the arts in central New York.  Here’s a link to pictures from last year’s auction!

{Edibles} – These delectable edibles offer a taste of our local food culture. Choose from a variety of restaurant dining experiences, locally produced meats, cheeses, syrups and beverages for a true taste of Central New York!

{Experiences} – Maybe these items aren’t on your “Bucket List” but there’s sure to be at least one that you’ve always wanted to do… see a bit of Central New York by air or water, engage in a culinary adventure, visit a museum, explore the zoo or spend the day on the links.

{Entertainment} – Whether your idea of enjoyment is a special night at the movies with a bunch of your besties, a unique house party with live musicians, or an evening of contemporary dance, get your party hat on and pick from a great selection of fun and merriment.

{Essentials} – Far more than “the basics,” these fundamentals give you just what you need: choose from legal advice, massages for wellness, architectural consultation, fitness training, and more!

{Embellishments} – Items ranging from the beautiful to the truly unique to adorn your home or office. Select from antiques, fine art and photography, pottery, garden decor, and other original embellishments!

Tickets available through our online donation page, Please put Auction in the message box. or at: Evergreen Gallery, 11 Lebanon St., Hamilton or via the Earlville Opera House through 315-691-3550 or by seeing one of our board members Roger Bauman, Suzanne Collins, RuthAnn Loveless, Dode Page, Lara Scott, Jonathan Vaughn, Merle Vonwettberg, Bruce Ward, Shirley Zimmer, Diane Fenton, or Ted O’Bryan.  We’ll also have tickets at the door at the Colgate Inn on Friday night.

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
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 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.

cincinnati creek liveSoaring harmonies. Front-porch picking. Down-home gospel and bluegrass songs. All these musical stylings and more will be on display when local bluegrass foursome Cincinnati Creek comes to the Hamilton Village Green Thursday, July 30th at 7pm.

The band features members who’ve been playing in the area together and separately for over 14 years. Lori Thompson, who plays guitar and mandolin in the band, has been writing original music for several decades, including “The Ghost of Wash Loomis,” a ballad about the infamous Loomis Gang. Rounding out the group are banjoist Chris Pepe, bassist Cathy Martin, and guitar and mandolinist Gary Dygert.   Their music can frequently be heard on WKTV’s “Mohawk Valley Living.”

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. This season’s offerings run the gamut from folk to rock, big band to bluegrass, and bluesy Americana to concert band music.

Cincinnati Creek - will perform the last summer concert on the Hamilton Village Green August 15, 2013

Cincinnati Creek with Bluegrass tunes and Mountain Ballads.

Continuing into August, Arts in the Park will bring Monk Rowe and the Roots of Rock & Roll, a lively trio that covers the 25 years of early rock and roll, from Chuck Berry to Carl Perkins, In the Mood to Great Balls of Fire, on August 6th. Closing out the summer concert series, fast-emerging indie trio Shivering Timbers brings their ethereal Americana harmonies and bluesy punk sensibilities to the green on Thursday, August 13th.

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 or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

Summer15Symphor!a will kick off the Hamilton Village Concerts in the Park on Thursday, July 9th at 7:30 pm on the village green in Hamilton, New York. Before the concert, the Earlville Opera House will host an Instrument Zoo for children and families starting at 6:30pm on the green. Make your summer plans to include this beautiful evening in the historic setting of the village green of Hamilton!

Come early to enjoy a picnic in the park or Hamilton’s local restaurants! No tickets are necessary for these free events. Bring a blanket or lawn chair! This concert will go on rain or shine; the rain location is confirmed at the Colgate Field House on NYS Route 12B (on the Colgate University Campus).

Symphor!a will be presenting seven summer concerts in July with the first on the Hamilton Village green on July 9th and the last in Rome, NY on July 25th.   Lawrence Loh, who officially joins Symphoria as music director in September after serving most recently as resident conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra says, “Whether you’re a fan of well-known classical composers, Broadway show tunes, great choral works or creative collaborations, this season will surprise the community with all we have to offer. Our extraordinary musicians will perform something for everyone to enjoy.” More information about Symphor!a is at

20140710_183457 zoo crBefore the concert at 6:30pm…EOH is growing audiences for Symphony music and new musicians! The Earlville Opera House will be hosting an INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO for children and families during the hour before the concert starts starting at 6:30pm. It’s a wonderful opportunity for kids to meet the wild instruments and the daring musicians who tame them!

The Hamilton Concerts Committee will have liner notes for the concert online at with thanks to Jennifer Meyers (they’ll be posted soon on this site).

Liner notes are also online on the Earlville Opera House website at

July 11th – August 29th, 2015

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Regional Quilt Artist Norma Lamb’s The Road Less Traveled. Her quilts were featured last summer. All quilts are welcome for the show whether contemporary or traditional.

Local quilters please drop off your quilts to exhibit at the upcoming Regional Quilt Celebration show at the Earlville Opera from July 11th – August 29th. Last year’s quilt show at the EOH galleries had over 700 visitors!

The Regional Quilt Celebration show will be in the EOH West Gallery at the same time that the annual “Contemporary Art Quilts” exhibition runs in the East Gallery. The dates for all three exhibits are from July 11 – August 29 with Openings on SATURDAY, JULY 18th from Noon to 3 pm to coincide with the Earlville Community Days Celebration.

All quilts must be received on or by July 3rd for hanging. Please bring them in a protective bag with a label on your quilt and bag to keep them safe in the drop off and return process.

Please call if you have any questions. Quilts should be labeled and an exhibition form should accompany your quilt so that it can be safely returned to you. The forms may be filled in at the EOH gallery office at the time of drop off or downloaded from or if you would like one to be mailed, call the EOH at 315-691-3550.

Current EOH hours for dropping off quilts are Tuesdays – Fridays 10-5, and Saturdays 12-3. The Earlville Opera House Art Center is located at 18 East Main Street at the intersection with NYS Route 12B

Quilt loan form: direct link

Kathie Webster's Adirondack Chairs

Kathie Webster’s Adirondack Chairs

diningBelowOn Wednesday, June 24th, at 6:30 pm, the Poolville Country Store will open its doors to a very select group of customers — you and your friends or family! Now in its third year, Eat Out for the Arts is a great opportunity for arts lovers and fine dining aficionados alike to enjoy a perfectly prepared meal, meet your local community of fellow arts and music fans, and support EOH! The Poolville Country Store will generously donate a portion of  the evening’s proceeds to EOH. There will be one seating, from 6:30-8:30 PM. The fixed price of 440 includes three courses. Beverages are extra. This event is available exclusively for EOH guests, making it a special occasion indeed! Need a reason to come? Try one of these on for size!

  • Because you don’t need a reason to treat yourself to a fabulous dinner!
  • Because proceeds from this special night will help the Earlville Opera House continue to bring exciting musical performances to the Central New York community.
  • Because the Opera House is Your House — everything we do, we do for you!

Join us for dinner on June 24, experience the culinary genius of Roger and Charles, visit with friends, and help support local arts and artists in Central New York. Celebrate summer, the joy of community, and the satisfaction of perfectly prepared food! 11Setting-01 About the Poolville Country Store Now in its ninth year under the creative guidance of partners Roger Foster (who trained at the Culinary Institute of America) and Charles  Wilburn (a graduate of Johnson & Wales University‘s College of Culinary Arts), The Poolville Country Store has become a local treasure for anyone who appreciates the art and science of preparing fine food, artfully presented, in an historic setting that is welcoming and beautiful. Charles and Roger offer European- influenced American cuisine with a menu that includes all natural hormone-free meats and fresh, wild seafood. The menu is further enhanced by local produce and farm fresh eggs, and sumptuous, homemade desserts. With combined experience of over 45 years in the hotel and restaurant business, chefs Roger and Charles will create a dining experience you won’t soon forget!


First course choice:

*Vietnamese-style Spring roll w/ toasted sesame & peanut sauce *Miso soup w/ tofu, roasted nori & shiitake *Greens w/ sesame-ginger vinaigrette

Second course choice:

*Grilled Teriyaki Sirloin Steak w/ fried rice & asian vegetables *Chicken or Vegetable Pad Thai *Ginger-Lime Marinated Swordfish Skew w/ fried rice & asian vegetables


Gingered Orange Sorbet

Reservations are required! To reserve a table for this special night, please call the Poolville Country Store at 315-691-2677 no later than June 17, Thanks!  Fixed price for the full dinner is $40, doesn’t include drinks, tax or tip.

The Poolville Country Store 1245 Earlville Road Earlville, NY 13332 (map link)
Tel: 315-691-2677     Fax: 315-691-9842
Helping to support the ARTS at the Earlville Opera House!

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


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.”

Microsoft Word - 5-30 Voices of Tabernacle flyer.docSat, 5/30 at 1 pm Voices of Tabernacle   – “Say It With Music”                                

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.


“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.”   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

“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.”

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

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“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? 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.” 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, or call 315-691-3550. 

Call us about volunteering if you’d like to help make all of this happen!

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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