SARANAC LAKE On Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Bluseed Studios will present Quickstep, a versatile group that offers up lively fiddle tunes, folksongs and fancy footwork.
This multitalented homegrown New York band features singing, four fiddlers, flute tooting, banjo plucking, guitar picking, bass slapping, mandolin strumming, bodhran tapping, all mixed together into remarkably melodious harmony. Even more variety is added to the evening with the groups dance routines. They get their audiences to join in with funny songs and sing-alongs. The five musicians have worked together for many years; their shows are appropriate entertainment for all ages.
Quickstep presents a diverse repertoire of old-time and original music rooted in the North Country. Their tunes and songs are drawn from Celtic and North American sources. Some selections are sentimental, others celebrate nature's beauty, still others are strictly hilarious. Many of the tunes are originals. The band is best known for its lyrics and blazing hot fiddle medleys.
John Kirk is the lead singer and a versatile instrumentalist, playing mandolin, guitar, banjo, and fiddle. He has always made his living as a musician. In addition to his work with Trish, he works with the Vanaver Caravan and the Susquehanna Stringband. He can be heard on TV and recording projects with Jay Ungar and other notable musicians. John has played with the Catskill Conservatory Chamber Players at Carnegie Hall and with Walt Michael & Company. He has appeared at Lincoln Center as well as at many prestigious festivals. The Dixie Chicks recorded his song "Long Roads." John and Trish live in Greenfield Center, NY. They have their own recordings, and John has played on many a disc with other artists. In addition to performing, John teaches music at Bennington College, in VT, and gives lessons at Skidmore College, in Saratoga.
Trish Miller has been teaching and performing Appalachian clogging since 1981. She calls dances, choreographs country dance routines, plays banjo and guitar. The groups she has danced with include the Green Grass Cloggers from Asheville, NC and the Back Creek Cloggers, from Virginia. Trish teaches banjo at Skidmore College, directs the dance stage at several festivals and she uses her footwork like soft drumming to accompany fiddle tunes.
Ed Lowman is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. Old-time and Cajun fiddling, bass, guitar, and mandolin are his specialties. He is also hails from Greenfield Center. In addition to working with John and Trish since 1984, Ed has appeared with several groups including the St. Regis Stringband. He is known for his authentic rendition of early country music songs and has worked as a studio musician on several recordings. For more than twenty five years, Ed has been the Schroon Lake summer dance coordinator.
Sara Milonovich is a promising example of the next generation carrying on the fiddle-and-dance tradition. Sara is a fiddle contest winner and she is the featured act in many concerts. Shes produced her own recordings and traveled the world appearing at the finest Irish music halls and folk or Celtic festivals. In addition to sparkling fiddling, Sara sings, step dances and plays flute. She has worked with the McKrells, Cathy Ryanand, and is currently appearing with guitarists Greg Anderson and Richard Shindell. Take a look at www.saramilonovich.com for more information on this natural talent.
Cedar Stanistreet has been playing piano and violin/fiddle since he was five. Irish tunes and classical pieces are some of his favorites. In May he graduated as a music performance major at Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, where he was concert master in the orchestra. Cedar is also an avid birder and hiker. His home is in the Adirondack Mountains near North Creek. He often plays for dances and has taught fiddling to violinists at music camps.
Together, John, Trish, Ed, Sara, and Cedar make up a band for all ages presenting new material along with old-time favorites. For more information about Quickstep please visit www.johnandtrish.com.
Admission for this concert is $14 at the door and $12 for Bluseed Studios members/students. Bluseed Studios is a non profit organization whose mission in part is to connect the community to the arts.