Canadian fiddling sensation Shane Cook will be the featured entertainer at the N.Y. State Old Tyme FiddlersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ AssociationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual FiddlersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Picnic Festival, Friday, July 24th through Sunday, July 26th at the North American FiddlersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road, Osceola.
One of the most highly awarded Canadian fiddlers, and retired from competitive fiddling while still in his mid-twenties, Shane is a three-time Canadian Open National Fiddle Champion, a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, a Grand North American Fiddle Champion and the only Canadian ever to have won the US Grand National Fiddle Championship, and at just 17 years of age. The Canadian FiddlersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Hall of Fame ranks him Ã¢â‚¬Å“at the top of the short list of the finest fiddlers in the world today.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Shane and his accompanist Jake Charron will give workshops in Fiddling and Backup Piano and Guitar from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday July 24th. The cost for the workshops is $35 including lunch, plus free admission to Friday nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s program. No advance registration is necessary.
Shane and Jake will also give free workshops in Fiddle and Backup Piano and Guitar at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, July 25th. A free workshop in Step Dancing will also be given Saturday at 9:30 a.m. by a young champion step dancer, who will dance during their performances. ShaneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performances are scheduled at six times throughout the weekend – Friday night, Saturday afternoon and night, and Sunday afternoon.
The cost for the Festival is $5 per day or $3 for Saturday evening only – 16 and under admitted free all weekend. This event is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
For a complete schedule of Festival activities or further information about the workshops, campsites, or a map and directions, visit www.nysotfa.com or call 315-487-8806 or 315-599-7009.