Photo submitted: The Too Tall Stringband (Plattsburgh, NY) features Hap Wheeler, Bruce Lawson, and dulcimer-maker Rod Driscoll, playing Celtic music and more.

TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) invites the community to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the Too Tall Stringband from Plattsburgh, NY for an afternoon of Celtic, Adirondack, and Americana music on Sunday, March 18 from 1:00-3:00pm at The TAUNY Center. Playing in different configurations over 33 years, the band now features original member Rod Driscoll, Hap Wheeler, and Bruce Lawson, all on vocals and varied instruments. They will share a mix of traditional, folk, and original songs, along with stories about the instruments they play. Rod is also a dulcimer maker featured in TAUNY’s current exhibit, “Instrumental Stories.” There is a suggested donation of $10-15 for this concert. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and doors will open 30 minutes before the concert.

This concert kicks off the Fiddling Bear Concert series. This spring series, accompanying TAUNY’s 2018 “Instrumental Stories” exhibit, features intimate, house concert-style performances in TAUNY’s living room corner, with a special focus on treasured instruments and the stories they hold. The remaining concerts in the series will be with Jane Rothfield on Sunday, April 8, at 4:00pm, with an old-time fiddle and banjo workshop beforehand 2:00-3:30pm; the Atkinson Family Band on Friday, May 18, at 7:00pm; and Alex Smith and Friends on Saturday, June 9, at 7:00pm. At evening concerts, there will be a cash bar, and a session with special guests will follow the main performance.

Instrumental Stories is an exhibition that features new and heirloom instruments made and/or used in Northern New York; the people who make and keep them; and how they connect people to their heritage, to living regional traditions, and to each other. The exhibition will be on view at The TAUNY Center through October 27, 2018. Over the coming months, the exhibit will be accompanied by programs highlighting people, practices, and themes central to the research project and display.

This concert series is made possible by the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding has been provided by The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation. Dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park. Additional support from T. Urling and Mabel Walker.

The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, Downtown Canton, NY. TAUNY is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand and appreciate the folk traditions and local culture of everyday life–present and past–in the North Country. To do so, TAUNY seeks to research and preserve a record of diverse groups, customs and traditions; to recognize and empower traditional arts and artists; to identify and promote regional identity; and to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about folklore and culture. More information is available at tauny.org.