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Toe-tappin’ times had at the fiddle and bluegrass fest

FIDDLIN’ AROUND — Fiddlers, pickers, crafters, re-enactors and music lovers poured into Springville for the second annual Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival, held Aug. 3 in Springville. The event included music, food, civil war re-enactments and more. Photos by Leo McCarthy.
SPRINGVILLE — There was dancing in the street at the second annual Fiddler’s Green Country and Bluegrass Festival, held on Aug. 3. A series of bands took the stage in Fiddlers Green Park, beginning at 12 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m.

Playing first, at the Fiddlers Green Gazebo, were Fred and Pete Boberg and their sister Margaret “Peggy Montana” Schue. The trio has performed together for more 60 years. They were joined by Louie Feldman and Tom and Jonathan Reding. The group makes performances at local nursing homes, parks and other community events, according to a representative from the Concord Historical Society.

COME ON DOWN — The country and bluegrass festival brought hoardes to the Concord Mercantile.

The Concord Mercantile featured the Niagara Frontier Fiddlers. This group of musicians started in 1985 with the motto “Fiddling for Fun.” The club now consists of 66 members, coming from all over Western New York.

“If you are a picker, fiddler or singer, we would love to have you join the fun. We welcome acoustic instrument players and vocalists, from beginners to experienced, who play and sing traditional, old-time music,” said a Niagara Frontier member.

The group meets to practice and jam on the fourth Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, located at 2735 Union Road in Cheektowaga.

TASTY TREATS — A group of festival-goers took a break from the music and sights to grab a quick bite.

“You don’t have to be a musician to join the club, but you must be a member to play during performances. Non-playing members are welcome to come to the meetings/jams.”

The gazebo also hosted the United Heritage Fiddlers of North Collins.“We play bluegrass with a little bit of country. All instruments are acoustic, including banjos, guitars and fiddles. We also include harmonicas, mandolins and bass guitars.”

Interested musicians may sign in, for single-band jams, at the beginning of each meeting. Next is an open jam, with all who play, at the end of the session. Beginners and seasoned players are also invited to play. All events are free, and donations are always accepted, according to a statement by United Heritage.

JIGS AND REELS — A fiddler concentrates on his tunes, during the fiddle and bluegrass fest, held Aug. 3.

“The United Heritage Fiddlers organization was formed in the early 1980’s,” added a representative from the Concord Historical Society. “The purpose of this musical club is to promote the art of fiddling, which was brought to America by the early settlers. Over time, many clubs formed and soon became a national organization.”

“The Western New York Cloggers were a surprise. Thirty women were in attendance, from the West Seneca area. Their line clogging echoed like thunder on the wood floors of the town hall,” said Springville Mayor William Krebs.

“The fast-paced step dancing, with loud shoes, got everyone clapping and in a great country dancing mood,” Krebs continued.

Other groups in attendance were the Middle Road Misfits, the Sunset Bluegrass Band, John Boys and Homemade Jam.

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