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Mac Benford, Judy Hyman, Sally Freund, Jeff Claus – Appalachian Fiddle Music!
June 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mac Benford has been a leading figure in the preservation and performance of traditional Appalachian stringband music for more than forty years. He began playing clawhammer banjo in 1960, while a student at Williams College. His interest in the authentic mountain styles of playing the 5-string led him to the greatest living masters of the time – players like Wade Ward, Kyle Creed, Tom Ashley, and Roscoe Holcomb who would provide life-long inspiration and models in the formation of his own style.
With roots in classical training, traditional fiddle music, and modern rock, Judy Hyman is a founding member of the alt-folk rock band, The Horse Flies. With them she has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and recorded 8 albums, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records.
Sally Freund, is the bass player for New Cut Road. Back in the 1980”s Sally danced her way into the hearts of old time musicians when she won 1st place in the dance competition at the Galax Fiddlers Convention. With her roots in dance, she has gone on to become a trusted rhythm player on bass, guitar, triangle and scrub-board, backing up many of the great Old Time and Cajun/Zydeco musicians around western NY and beyond.
Jeff Claus is one of the founding members of alt-folk band, The Horse Flies. Jeff plays guitar and banjo ukulele, writes songs and sings, and has had songs and music used by Natalie Merchant, MTV’s Rock the Vote, the band Fiery Furnaces, film director Oliver Stone (in his film Any Given Sunday), and others.