continued The farm operates on a donation basis and Kellish refers to attendees as her “music family.”
“We’re music for the people and by the people of Central New York,” she said, “and all skill levels are appreciated.”
Kellish and her husband Rick Harding are the farm’s proprietors. Their generosity and love of good times is made clear on their website, kellishhillfarm.com, wherein they’ve written, “Join us every Sunday afternoon … for our old time music jams. Come and play, sing, dance, or just stomp your feet and listen! Everyone welcome! … Come and join the fun!”
Any given Sunday sees their peerlessly democratic weekly folk jam. Everyone is given a turn to pick a song and lead the whole company in playing it. People of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. It is a friendly and supportive, “no judgment” environment. The music, which tends to be of a country and traditional vein, routinely lasts for hours and starts at 1 p.m. Participants and guests are even invited to stay for a potluck supper at 5 p.m. In wintertime the Sunday jams take place in the aforesaid house, while in warmer months the music barn is used, though the stage is not utilized.
Kellish Hill Music Farm also hosts an open mic night every Thursday. It lacks the participatory character of the Sunday jams, where everyone plays along with each song, and instead offers players a three-to-five-song slot, taking turns on stage. After everyone’s had a turn, the players who wish to gather together onstage for the informal “infamous all-star jam,” which closes the evening. Open mic night at Kellish Hill Music Farm begins at 7 p.m.
Kellish Hill Music Farm is located at 3192 Pompey Center Road, Manlius.
Paul Shepard is a freelance reporter for the Eagle Bulletin.