Osceola, N.Y. >> Old time and Celtic fiddler Mike Hoke, of Utica, along with musicians from Craobh Dugan will bring a touch of Celtic joy to fans at Osceola on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. with a concert of traditional music and dance at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum.
A longtime member of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association who plays a broad repertoire of old time fiddle tunes, Hoke was led by his special interest in Celtic music to join Craobh Dugan, the “Dugan Branch” of the international organization Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. That group was established in 1978 by the late Frank and Pat Dugan of Clinton to promote traditional Irish music, song, dance and language. Besides bringing cheer to local nursing home residents, Craobh Dugan has performed at various venues such as the Rome Capital Theater Celtic Festival, Great American Irish Festival, St. Patrick’s Day parade, Clinton Art & Music Festival, St. Johns Annual Irish party, the Lock 20 Irish day celebration, and the Town of Westernville Annual Heritage Days.
Craobh Dugan leads two monthly open sessions at local pubs, conducts weekly Irish dance workshops and gives Irish language instruction at a local college. Instrumentation varies but most often features a fiddle, accordion, bouzouki, flute, bodhran, guitar, harp, banjo, and small pipes. Among the Irish tunes for the concert will be jigs, hornpipes, marches, slides, and reels, as well as waltzes and polkas.
During the concert, listeners are encouraged to view the displays in the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum and…
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