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Folk prodigy in L’pool

Liverpool Public Library’s Fifth Annual Folk Music Series — The Youth Movement, kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, with Nick Piccininni in the Carman Community Room at the Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St, Liverpool.

Admission is free; lpl.org; 457-0310.

Nick Piccininni aptly embodies the local folk music youth movement. He began playing the five-string banjo at age 13 and now he also plays guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin and Dobro.

While the multi-instrumentalist from Vernon is best known as a versatile picker, Nick also writes songs with titles such as “Only in My Mind” and “Pothole Blues.” He has performed with the bands Blue Lightnin’ and Delaney Brothers Bluegrass. When he opens the library’s 2012 Folk Music Series on Sunday, Jan. 15, Nick will be accompanied by fiddler and mandolinist Joe Davoli, a Syracuse Area Music Award-winner.

King of Swing recalled

Clarinetist Ron Joseph will be featured when Rochester bandleader Jon Seiger stages a tribute to Benny Goodman at the Motto Musicale, at 2 p.m. Jan. 15, 2012, at Fayetteville Free Library’s reading room, 300 Orchard St. Admission is free; 637-6374, ext. 328; fayettevillefreelibrary.org.

Over the years, Joseph has performed at Dixieland festivals throughout the Northeast and Canada. His diverse style — reflections of lifelong influences Jack Maheu, Peanuts Hucko, Kenny Davern and Pee Wee Russell — treat audiences to plenty of hot jazz, swing tunes and ballads.

One of the most sought-after reed players in Upstate New York, Ron has also performed with Albany clarinetist Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band and with Ray Skalski’s Jambalaya Jazz Band from Buffalo. Ron’s brother, Anthony, is also an accomplished clarinetist, formerly with the Bear Cat Jass Band and now fronting his own Oswego-based Swingtet.

On Sunday, the Fayetteville audience is likely to hear Goodman gems such as “King Porter Stomp,” Moonglow,” “Bugle Call Rag” and “Tea for Two.” The Musicales continue Feb. 5, with a performance by Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame guitarist Mark Hoffmann and Friends.

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