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Our season opens with the irrepressible joy of the American roots triple-fiddle sound. Then, on to Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz/world music!  Renaissance band Cantiga will provide a celebration of music from the inclusive court of the legendary 13th Century Spanish "King of the Three Religions", a haven for Christian, Muslim, and Jewish musicians. The sublime music of Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach will fill the barn with music by Duo Amici including a Bach cello suite. Celebrations of our American singing and songwriting traditions continue with Barb Heller's Sing-&-Play Along Jam, 'A Gathering of Voices' led by Penny Jo Pullus, and the greatly-loved bluegrass of The Atkinson Family Band.. The beautiful rhythms of Latin America return with Caramelo Trio. Acclaimed Celtic harper Maeve Gilchrist will close the season with a concert that evokes our area's Celtic heritage.

Listeners are  invited to ask questions of the performers and see their instruments at close hand. 


ALL TICKETS:  $10 with the exception of Barb Heller's Sing & Play Along Jam and A Gathering of Voices--to benefit the Hammond Area Food Bank..


All children 12 and under listen for free.  All high school students attending as a school assignment listen for free.  No one is to be turned away.  

Yellow Barn Concerts 2023

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1. FIDDLERS THREE return to RAISE THE RAFTERS at the Yellow Barn!
Kathy Sommer, Ellen Carlson and Melissa Bragdon Caron
SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2023 AT 5 PM

Introducing “Fiddlers Three” with fiddling gals Kathy Sommer, Ellen Carlson and Melissa Bragdon Caron. Hear the triple-fiddle sound traveling through fiddle tunes, country and blues with a fabulous band of players. These seasoned performers will be joined by Syracuse guitarist Harvey Nusbaum and Clayton bassist Andrew Willis. The concert will certainly “WOW” the audience with energetic and well-honed fiddle harmonies. This performance is not just for fiddlers though. These gals are inspired by the horns of Chuck Berry, the swing of Bob Wills, sultry violin, country twang, the energy of a contradance, and the hard driving sound of bluegrass.
You can learn more about them at and www.ellencarlson@com.
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All concerts are $10 at the door. All children 12 and under listen for free. All high school students attending as a school assignment listen for free. No one is to be turned away

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2. WORLD ON A STRING: Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz/world music!
Paul Meyers, guitar; Vanderlei Pereira, percussion; Michael O'Brien, bass guitar
SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2023 AT 5 PM

Jazz guitar virtuoso Paul Meyers, who lived and worked professionally for over 40 years in and around NY City, now living in Hannawa Falls, will be joined by his NYC compatriots to bring the unique sounds of Brazilian jazz and more to the yellow barn for an opening concert that promises to be the essence of cool and the first of its kind in our area!
For more than 10 years Paul has led World on a String, which features the wonderful drummer Vanderlei Pereira, originally from Rio de Janeiro, who brings in a vast knowledge of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms. On bass is another fantastic musician, Michael O'Brien, a veteran player of these styles as well as much African music, and another very melodic soloist as well.
Paul says "The repertoire is of my original compositions and arrangements, using a core of great players/improvisers to perform music that fuses the jazz tradition with Brazilian & Latin and beyond. It’s my own version of world music, but all with a swinging, grooving foundation.
All concerts are $10 at the door. All children 12 and under listen for free. All high school students attending as a school assignment listen for free. No one is to be turned away.

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Cantiga's unique, magical music has delighted visitors to Renaissance Festivals across North America for close to thirty years. In the summer of 2023, Cantiga is returning to Hammond! Listeners will be delighted by the freedom, virtuosity, life and love that Cantiga infuses into its ancient melodies and rhythms.
The word CANTIGA means 'song' in the language of Alfonso the Wise, the legendary 13th Century Spanish "King of the Three Religions" whose royal court was a haven for Christian, Muslim, and Jewish musicians. Following in their tradition, the members of Cantiga are dedicated to the inclusive spirit of musical improvisation that has flourished among musicians in cultural crossroads throughout history and continues to be celebrated in today's diverse Global musical village.
Alexander Korolov, on lute, recorders and viola da gamba; Martha Gay, harp; Thomas Nuendel, violin; Dan Grip, Bass
All concerts are $10 at the door. All children 12 and under listen for free. All high school students attending as a school assignment listen for free. No one is to be turned away.

4. SUMMER AFTERNOON SONG SOIREE, Ivy Walz, Vocalist & Pej Reitz, Pianis
SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2023 AT 3 PM

An enchanting program of art song from Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and the United States from the 18th to the 20th century, enjoy rich colors and a variety of texts that will allow the audience to enjoy the vibrations of summer. This program has something for everyone!
Ivy Walz – mezzo soprano
Dr. Ivy Walz currently serves as an Associate Dean at the Ithaca College School of Music, Theatre, and Dance where she is also an Associate Professor of Voice. Her credits in opera include appearances with Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Spoleto Festival, Opera Ithaca, Tri- Cities Opera and Resonance Works. She is an active concert soloist, and has been featured with Symphoria Syracuse, Binghamton Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. Her scholarship within art song has brought invited performances with the International Music by Women Festival, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, SongFest, Cincinnati Song Initiative, Denver Art Song Project, Civic Morning Musicals, and Middlebury Song Fest. Her most recent performances have centered the works of women composers. She holds the DMA from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a BM and MM from Ithaca College.
Pej Reitz, pianist, is a native of the Binghamton Area. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance with accompanying emphasis. She attended Boston University, New England Conservatory and Binghamton University. She has studied piano with Jean Casadesus, Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Fink and Walter Ponce and ccompanying with Allen Rogers. She has accompanied throughout the United States, in England, South America, Spain and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She was a winner of the Artistic Ambassadors Program by the United States Information Agency in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts.
She was an official accompanist for the MTNA State and Eastern Division Competition held at Ithaca College. She has been a guest chamber music artist in Morges, Switzerland. She also was selected to attend the Accompanying Workshop for Singers and Pianists held at Northwestern University with Chicago Lyric Opera Faculty and Coaches. She was recently invited to the International Clarinet Conference to play a recital in Tokyo, Japan. She was a guest artist on the Cornell Summer Series. She was an official pianist at the International Double Reed Competition and Convention in at Ithaca College and was invited to play the Convention in Birmingham, England with the Glickman Ensemble. She was selected to accompanying at the Interpretation of Spanish Music in conjunction with University of Madrid in Grenada, Spain coached by Teresa Berganza and at Mannes School of Music. She has been a Guest Artist in Granada, Spain and accompanied the Barcelona Song Festival. She was the pianist for the Glickman/Poplin Festival in North Carolina. She was a guest artist performing at the International
Gilbert and Sullivan festival in Harrogate, England. She performed at the National Opera Center in NYC. She has been selected to perform at the Newport Music Festival for two seasons. She was a guest artist in Madrid, Spain. She was a guest artist on the OSFL series in Elmira, NY Spring 2019 at the Rockwell Museum. She was a guest artist on the Union College Series Sept 2018 and performed in June 2019 with harpist Coline-Marie Orliac from France. She will be on the Temple Concord Series performing with Ivy Waltz, Mezzo and Zachary Sweet, cellist this coming season. She will be a Collaborative Pianist for the Brass Symposium at Ithaca College in 2020. She will perform with Flutist, Jeanne Sperber on the Horned Dorset Series near Cooperstown. She will be a Guest artist on the Trinity Church Series with clarinetist, Timothy Perry. She is currently on the faculty at Binghamton University and Ithaca College School of Music and SUNY Broome. She is a member of the New York District MTNA organization. She is the Treasurer of the local District VII Music Teachers Association and is an active adjudicator for the National Piano Guild Organization.
All concerts are $10 at the door. Children 12 and under listen for free. All high school students attending for extra credit assignments listen for free

5. A GATHERING OF VOICES, a heartfelt celebration to honor the memory of artist Will Salisbury
SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2023 AT 5 PM

Celebrated songwriters Mike Younger, Linda McRae, Kay Miracle, Penny Jo Pullus, join together bringing a range of creative diversity that spans genres, reflects the solidarity and creative coalition-building happening in the grassroots of our times. They are are bringing their Grindstone Island concert to the yellow barn to celebrate social commentary artist Will Salisbury, our friend and ally in the creative arts world.
Will Salisbury was known for his support of local food banks. Proceeds from this concert will be entirely dedicated to the Hammond Area Food Bank. Please plan to donate dry goods or cash donations of $10 or more to address the issue of hunger in our area.


A North Country treasure recognized for her afternoon radio show String Fever and loved for the musical concerts and sing-alongs that she has hosted over the years in town halls, local opera houses, old barns and around campfires where people gather together and raise their voices in song, Barb's community folk jams celebrate the songs of our shared musical heritage and offer it up as a gift to the next generation.
Grab your guitar, ukulele, kazoo, drums (or whatever!)--or just come along to sing or listen. Join Barb Heller and friends old and new in a celebration of shared music for a summer evening -- folk songs, camp songs, your songs....
All proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Hammond Area Food Bank. Please plan to bring dry goods or cash donations in the amount of $10 or more to address the issue of hunger in our area. Thank you, in advance, for your kind offerings.


A genuine musical family born and brought up in the North Country, rooted in country and bluegrass musical traditions, the Atkinsons have expanded the repertoire with their original compositions. As the Atkinson Family Band’s music moves the heart, their skill inspires admiration and their banter invites their listeners to be part of their larger musical family.
A listener to the music of the Atkinson Family Band comes to appreciate the heart of their genre — music as history, music as storytelling, music that resonates with simpler times and universal experiences that unite us a human family.
All tickets $10 at the door. Children 12 and under listen for free. All upper grade students coming for extra credit assignments listen for free.


Caramelo Trio -- Oscar Sarmiento, Guitar and Vocals; Beth Robinson, Cello; Mark Seymour, Percussion (cajon and bongos) -- creates an exciting blend of lyrical melody and rhythmic motion inspired by the rich traditions of Latin American musical styles such as tango, Bossa nova, waltzes, and more. As Professor of Latin American literature at SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Sarmiento is now incorporating poetry into the trio's repertoire.
Over the past ten years, Caramelo Trio has been featured on North Country Public Radio and has performed in both the Saranac Lake Summer Concert Series and the Brockport Summer Concert Series, in addition to numerous local settings.
All tickets are $10 at the door. Children 12 and younger listen for free. All students who attend for extra credit assignments also listen for free.


Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity”, Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic (lever) harp to new levels of performance and visibility.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently based in the New York City area, Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities. She is as at home as a soloist with an internationally renowned orchestra as she is playing with a traditional Irish folk group or using electronic augmentation in a more contemporary, improvisatory setting.
Maeve has released five albums to date, including her most recent 2020 recording, The Harpweaver which was hailed by the Irish Times in its five-star review as “Buoyant, sprightly and utterly beguiling....a snapshot of a musician at the top of her game.”
In 2018 Maeve was a featured soloist on the Dreamworks blockbuster movie soundtrack, How to tame your dragon: The hidden world.
Maeve was the first lever harpist to be employed as an instructor by her alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she taught for five years before switching to being a visiting artist in 2018.
All tickets $10 at the door. All children 12 and under listen for free. All upper grade students attending for extra credit assignments also listen for free. No one turned away!

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