The Dust Bunnies will present a concert at the United Methodist Church in Long Lake at 730 p.m. on August 7.
Born in 1961, violinist Elaine Dewar grew up in British Columbia, starting piano lessons at five and violin lessons at ten. After earning a Bachelor of Music in 1985 and a Master of Music in 1990, she has enjoyed a career of professional playing and teaching. Symphonic engagements include the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Harrisburg Symphony and the Bronx Opera Orchestra. She has also performed with a variety of artists including Joni Mitchell, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone, the Electric Light Orchestra, and Luciano Pavarotti. Ms. Dewar has taught violin and piano lessons throughout Canada and the United States and is currently the Principal Violin II in the Orchestra of Northern NY, based in Potsdam and Music Director for the Backwater Orchestra based in Lake Placid.
Harmonica player Tracy Psezich’s early musical training was on classical piano. Her father and grandfather were musicians who performed in many genres on several instruments, and Ms. Posezich credits her current musical interests to the influence of her rich experience playing with these talented musicians. She considers her experience in collaborating with the Dust Bunnies for the past fifteen years to have been an amazing gift.
Shamin Allen, guitar player and native of Saranac Lake, has been playing throughout the Adirondacks for the past ten years. She performed with The Dust Bunnies, Community Celli, and is an original member of Innisheer. She enjoyed “many swingin’ years with Crackin’ Foxy” and was an occasional new grass gig fill-in with Big Slide. Currently she is a member of Jeremiah Weed and the Wildeflowers, an original rock-n-roll band out of Upper Jay.
Mary Lou Reid on the guitar and flute’s passion for music stems from the gatherings at her Italian grandparents’ home. Song was an integral part of the Sunday and holiday get-togethers. Her memories of guitars, mandolins and beautiful voices continued at her own home where she and her father, who taught her to play guitar, sang country and folk tunes around the kitchen table. She has now inherited these very instruments that were played all those Sundays ago, and treasures them dearly.
A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert. This concert is part of a series presented by the Long Lake Friends of Music and is partially funded by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County, the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, located in Blue Mountain Lake. Donations are appreciated to further fund the concert series. For more information call 624-2056.