Old Tyme Fiddlin' at Baltimore Woods

While the fiddle is his main instrument, Davoli also plays mandolin on five of the record's 14 tracks. The disc showcases "Waltz for Darbie," an original 3/4-time tune which Davoli dedicated to his wife.

In 2001, Davoli won a Sammy for Best Bluegrass Instrumentalist, and six years later he and guitar player Harvey Nusbaum took home a Sammy for Best Folk and Acoustic Recording of 2006 for their eclectic disc, "Fiddle & Guitar."

Those who attend Saturday's shindig should bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of rain, the program will be staged in the nearby John Weeks Interpretive Center.

All fiddlers will have a chance at the microphone, and plenty of parking lot pickin' is expected.

What is old-time fiddling?

Old-time music is a form of North American folk music with roots in the traditional tunes of many countries, notably England, Scotland and Ireland.

Developed along with folk dances such as the square dance, old-time music is played on acoustic instruments, usually a combination of fiddle and plucked-string instruments, most often the guitar or banjo.

While the most prominent old-time musicians -- such as Uncle Dave Macon, Fiddlin' John Carson and Gid Tanner -- hailed from the South, New York state boasts a strong old-time tradition dating back to the early 20th century when performers such as John McDermott and Lyle Miles played for dances along with groups like the Hornellsville Hill-Billies and Woodhull's Old-Tyme Masters.

More recently, the old-time torch has been carried by performers such as the Salmon River Boys from Pulaski, Phoenix fiddler George Harriger Sr. and North Syracuse's own Hal Casey, a New York state champion fiddler many times over.

"In our Upstate N.Y. area, old-time is predominantly the playing of old jigs, reels and various other traditional-style dance tunes on a violin or fiddle," explains Keith Hunt, a member of the New York State Old-Tyme Fiddlers' Association. "These tunes are mostly remnants of dance tunes brought to this country by early settlers from the British Isles. The music naturally migrated westward as settlers from New England took up residence in the Empire State."

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