Award-winning fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Bill Gregg, of Trumansburg, NY, will give a free concert of old time fiddle music Sunday, September 15, 2-5 pm, at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Rd., Redfield. This concert is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature.
Bill Gregg fell in love with Appalachian folk music at his grandmother's knee. As a boy he studied piano and organ, but later developed a passion for American folk music and went on to master guitar, fiddle, autoharp, banjo, mandolin, and Appalachian dulcimer, as well as the lyrics to hundreds of traditional songs. The deepest influence on his fiddle style is the elegant Upstate New York fiddling of his lifelong friend, Ray Robinson, who played for dances through much of the 20th century.
Bill has performed at the New York State Fair, on TV for Bill Knowlton's “Bluegrass Ramble”, and at folk and bluegrass festivals in over fifty years of entertaining. He has played at the Genesee Country Museum's Fiddlers' Fair for more than 30 years. He is in demand as a contra and square dance fiddler and has played with various ensembles for English country dances as well. In his youth, Bill won numerous prizes at contests in New York and Pennsylvania for his guitar, autoharp and banjo playing as well as fiddling. In 2012 he won the coveted Leonard Reid Award at the annual Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Newport, PA.
Bill is also in demand as a teacher and workshop leader. This year he had the honor of presenting a workshop on fiddling at the 75th annual New England Folk Festival in Mansfield, MA. Four young fiddlers whom Bill trained are well remembered in Osceola for leading the annual “Kids Kamp”, where they all performed Sunday concerts and taught aspiring young fiddle players.
Bill lives in Trumansburg, New York, where his “day job” is teaching stringed instruments at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts and at his private studio, Harmonic Resources.
During the performance, concertgoers are encouraged to take a break to tour the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, see the new display space and listen to digitized historic fiddle performances. Kids will enjoy playing in the well equipped playground while parents watch them from the adjacent seating area. The whole family can enjoy refreshments from the new Fiddlers Kitchen while watching and listening to the concert. All facilities are handicapped accessible and enclosable in the event of bad weather. For a schedule or map visit www.nysotfa.com or call and leave a message at 315-599-7009.