Canal Street String Band To Perform Free Concert At Fenton

The Buffalo-based Canal Street String Band will perform a free concert Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fenton History Center.

“This is timeless music. From three-part vocal harmonies to masterful playing on pretty much every stringed instrument … these guys sound like they’re having a great time,” stated The Buffalo News.

The performance will be held outside on the park-like grounds. The museum will be open for tours and refreshments will be available before the concert. In addition, the band will lead a jam session at the conclusion of the performance. Those interested in participating in the jam session should bring their own instruments to join the fun. Admission to the performance is free, however a donation basket will be passed. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved inside the museum.

With three voices, 55 strings and a pair of cow bones, the Canal Street String Band puts a brand new shine on some seriously fun old American music – fiddle tunes, sea shanties, cowboy songs, canal ditties, mountain music, western swing and originals, too. With banjo, fiddle, twin mandolins, string bass, dobro, guitar, octave mandolin, assorted “pocket” instruments and three-part harmonies, the band combines stellar musicianship with a sense of adventure and plenty of hokum to produce a good time.

Phil Banaszak plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar and provides vocals. He is a New York state fiddle champion and member of the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame. Dave Ruch, a full-time musician/performer/music researcher/teaching artist, sings and plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, octave mandolin, bones, spoons and jaw harp among others. Jim Whitford, a Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member, rocks the string bass as well as plays dobro and guitar and provides vocals.

This performance is part of the New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Support also is provided by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. The event is a collaboration between the Fenton History Center and the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.