Hall of Famer plays Sunday


Phil Banaszak

OSCEOLA — Sunday North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame inductee Phil Banaszak and his wife Gretchen — Buffalo’s "City Fiddle" duo — will play a concert of old time fiddle music from 2-5 p.m. at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road.

This free concert is funded in part through the State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

One of Western New York’s best known fiddlers, Phil Banaszak is a former New York State Fiddle Champion. In 2005 he was inducted into the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame. He is on the faculty at the Community Music School in Buffalo where he teaches fiddle, violin and mandolin.

Gretchen began playing the violin in the fourth grade and later attended the New England Conservatory of Music. Gretchen also teaches fiddle and violin at the Community Music School in Buffalo.

She has a special affinity for the Celtic and early American traditions.

"City Fiddle" creates a memorable sound and is known for its intimate harmonies and infectious energy that sets toes tapping and faces smiling in venues ranging from coffeehouses and contra dances to living history events and outdoor festivals.

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