Old Tyme Fiddlin' at Baltimore Woods

Clemens Tradition bandleader Jackie Hobbs.

Sammy-winning fiddler Diamond Joe Davoli.

Fiddlin' in the forest

Diamond Joe Davoli sparkles at this weekend's 20th annual old-time music bash at Baltimore Woods

By Russ Tarby

From the high lonesome keening of Appalachian ballads to high-spirited two-steps to lowdown blues and bluegrass, the sound of fiddles will ring out at Baltimore Woods from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday June 14. Admission is free.

The Cultural Resources Council, the Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods and the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers' Association present the 20th annual Old-Time Fiddlin' at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road in Marcellus; 673-1350.

Clemens Tradition

Saturday's fiddle fest begins with Clemens Tradition, a quartet from Tug Hill named after the longtime New York State Ladies' Fiddle Champion, Alice Clemens, who was the featured fiddler at the first Fiddlin' at Baltimore Woods program. Alice's granddaughter, Jackie Hobbs, now carries on the family's fiddling tradition.

"Traditional fiddling is a centerpiece of Fiddlin' at Baltimore Woods," said CRC folklorist Dan Ward. "The program provides a wonderful opportunity for fiddlers and other musicians of all styles and ages to meet and share their favorite tunes."

After its opening set, Clemens Tradition will accompany guest fiddlers during an open mike at 1:30 p.m., but the jam session will pause at 2:30 p.m. for a half-hour performance by Syracuse Area Music Award-winning fiddler Diamond Joe Davoli.

After Davoli's set, the open mike will continue followed by a fiddle finale at 4:30 p.m.

Though Davoli can play everything from classical to jazz, old-time fiddling remains close to his heart. After studying at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Davoli now performs across the Northeast with Delaney Brothers Bluegrass and the Flyin' Column among other groups.

Diamond in the rough

A couple years back, Davoli released his debut solo disc, "Game Plan," which demonstrates the breadth of his talent on tunes ranging from the Bob Wills' ballad "Faded Love" to the 1907 pop tune "Redwing," from the bluegrass of Bill Monroe's "Wheel Hoss" to the traditional Scots reel, "Hop High Ladies."

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