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Long John and the Tights
June 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Long John and the Tights is an old time string band from Ithaca, New York. We play dance music, fiddle tunes and songs inspired by American country music popular before it splintered off Blues, Bluegrass and Rock & Roll.
John Hoffmann is the fiddler for New Cut Road as well as UpSouth, and Long John & the Tights. John played banjo for The Tompkins County Horseflies in the early 1980’s before he segued to fiddling. John has garnered a number of awards for his playing at the Mt. Airy, NC, Fiddlers Convention, Galax, VA, Fiddlers Convention, Clifftop, WVA, and the Wheatland Music Festival, Remus, MI.
Randi Beckmann is the guitar player for New Cut Road as well as UpSouth and Long John & the Tights. Randi began her musical career playing classical flute and attended music school at Ithaca College. Randi happily switched to the Irish flute in the 1990’s and after some arm-twisting began playing Old Time backup piano and guitar. Her solid, powerful rhythm playing provides the groove to keep her rambunctious band mates in sync.
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. She is the current bass player for New Cut Road, Long John and the Tights and Up South with Mac Benford along with various other local configurations, including Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus. Sally is also is the scrub-board and triangle player for the Ithaca based Zydeco TrailRiders.
James Riedy started playing banjo uke with the Boston old time band The Chicken Chokers in 1989. On through the years with old time music: The Primitive Characters, Up South, Long John and the Tights, and now New Cut Road. Then there were the other genres: psychobilly with Twang, blues with The Cayuga Blue Notes, creole with the Zydeco Trail Riders, and Finnish Tex-Mex with TOiVO. He is a rhythm player on uke, tenor guitar, regular guitar, and electric bass, and has been reported to sing “like an air raid siren”.