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Farm to Folk

“Farm to Folk”

Caffe Lena at Pitney Meadows community farm

FREE Sunday Afternoon Concerts

Special series kick off, June 2nd, 1pm-4pm

June 9th – july 28th, 3 to 4 PM

Enjoy a summer afternoon of songs from the roots and branches of American folk music. These free, family-friendly concerts will take place under the pergola in the beautiful community gardens at Pitney Meadows Community Farm, a preserved working farm where Saratoga celebrates and explores agricultural education and healthy food production.

**Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Lemonade and ice tea will be available for purchase.**

RAIN OR SHINE! If the weather is wet we’ll move the show into the high hoop house.

June 2nd: Special Series Kick-off 1pm – 4pm

featuring Rich Clements Band, The Useless Cans, and Angelina & Carolyn

The Rich Clements Band plays original music and covers including rock, blues, classics, contemporary, and roots. Based in Saratoga Springs, the group is made up of Rich Clements, Jon Tario, Ray Gargett, & Gary Osarchuk.

The Useless Cans are a gypsy swing band consisting of Dylan Perrillo on big bass, Bobby Davis on guitar, and Julia Posin on the vocals and washboard.

Angelina & Carolyn are an acoustic duo that love to write songs and sing harmonies. With Carolyn on the open-back banjo, Angelina on the piano and ukulele, and two voices that seamlessly blend together, these ladies put on a show that is purely delightful.

June 9th: Zan & the Winterfolk

Zan & The Winter Folk is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Zan Strumfeld. Formerly a solo performer, Strumfeld carved her own niche of winter folk—anthems for the revivalists, lullabies for the lonely, ballads for the hopeful. In 2017, she brought together an eclectic group of musicians with wide ranging influences, from folk to bluegrass to jazz to rock. Paired with Strumfeld’s seductive vulnerability and soulful lyrics, The Winter Folk creates a unique and captivating sound in both their recordings and live performances. 

June 16th: Maswick & Brown

Renowned Saratoga guitarist Joel Brown has been featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Tanglewood, with the Boston Pops, and on stages around the globe. Dave Maswick was in the early MTV hit band Blotto, and has long played bass for The Stony Creek Band, a progressive country-bluegrass outfit. Combine these two seasoned musicians and you get exquisite, hook-laden, modern folk pop. Their super tight harmony singing and intricate fingerpicking have been a highlight of our Beatles Tribute nights.

June 23th: Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining

Founded by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joan Kelsey, Joan Kelsey’s Silver Lining is an unusual trio composed of guitar, fiddle, and cello. Joan Kelsey writes the songs and lends their vocals and guitar. They are grounded in folk and country music. Connor Armbruster tickles the Silver Lining fiddle. He also works on solo music projects under the name Darksquare Bishop. Raquel Velho bows the Silver Lining cello. She’s a professor at a local university, but secretly sneaks this into her life for sanity.

June 30th: Golfstrom

Let Golfstrom take you on a musical journey through the music halls of old Paris and Warsaw, the famous Berlin cabarets of the 1920s, concert halls in the USSR, and the musical cafés of Vienna! Their repertoire includes the dramatic sound of Buenos Aires tango clubs, the joyful and wistful melodies of Gypsy and Klezmer bands at Ukrainian village dances and Jewish weddings, and music from French, Italian, and Russian cinema. Accordionist Sergei Nirenburg sets the scene with histories of composers, genres, and cultures, to build an experience that will deepen your understanding and delight your senses.

july 7th: Rich Clements Band

The Rich Clements Band plays original music and covers including rock, blues, classics, contemporary, and roots. Based in Saratoga Springs, the group is made up of Rich Clements, Jon Tario, Ray Gargett, & Gary Osarchuk.

July 14th: Drank the Gold

Oona Grady & James Gascoyne are Drank the Gold. They play and sing North Atlantic dance tunes and folk songs. Steeped in Irish music for as far back as she can remember, Oona spent many years living in Cork, Ireland, where she honed her skills as a fiddle player and Irish music specialist. Growing up outside Louisville, KY, James was surrounded by music from an early age; radio, vinyl records, church music, and live concerts were a part of daily life. Finding his own musical style as an adult, James always keeps his ears open for sounds – new, old, familiar, or strange. While singing and playing guitar and banjo with Drank The Gold, he delves into the traditions of American old time and Irish dance tunes, while keeping true to his borderless, experimental musical roots. 

july 21st: Dan Berggren

Dan Berggren is a tradition-based songsmith who writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His concerts are engaging as he invites audiences to join in on songs that explore the lives of hard working folks and the many dimensions of home. Berggrens roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. For over 40 years, Berggren has entertained audiences in libraries, coffeehouses, schools and concert halls across New York, from Vermont to Michigan, Kentucky to Texas, and overseas in Europe, the British Isles and Central Africa.

July 28th: Hot Club of Saratoga

Hot Club of Saratoga, upstate New York’s premier gypsy swing collective, plays a repertoire that reflects the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in The Quintet of the Hot Club of France most prominent in the 1930’s and kept alive through a long line of gypsy jazz artists since that time. Most of the tunes we play were either written by, or recorded by, Django at some time in his all too brief musical life.