Above: Friends Union performing at the Shaker Meeting House
Steve and Rod have reunited after being in the Friends Union String Band 36 years ago. We have been joined by master guitarist Norman Rodham.
A.K.A.: "Shaker Fiddle" is well known for his unique playing style blending celtic, old time and Appalachian folk fiddling along with the occasional mandolin, frailing banjo or tenor guitar tune.
He performs on his collection of vintage instruments: a 1722 fiddle, an 1890's vintage frailing banjo, a 1950's vintage Gibson mandolin and a 1958 Gibson tenor guitar. Steve performs in the acoustic duo: Shelving Rock, blending traditional and acoustic rock (visit at: shelvingrock.us).
Steve has a bustling luthier business, Shaker Violin Repair & Performance, he now runs from his home. He repairs and restores violins, violas, cellos and stringed basses for schools as well as professional, and student musicians. Since he opened the business last year, his services have been in high demand.
Steve is also Vice President of the Shaker Heritage Society overseeing the National Shaker Historic Site - Amerca's First Shaker Settlement in Colonie, adjacent to Albany Airport.
He performs on the hammered and lap dulcimers, guitar (6 & 12 string), banjo, bouzouki and bodran. Rod sings lead vocals on his wide repertoire of songs. He has been active as a performer and promoter of folk music in the Adirondacks of New York for the last 35 years.
Rod has performed with the Too Tall, Old Mountain and Friends Union String Bands as well as many solo appearances over the years.
As a promoter of music in the North Country, he helped start the Plattsburgh Concerts in the Park series, started the Peru Coffeehouse series and organized many other benefit concerts over the years such as the concert to aid victims of the great North Country ice storm of 1998. Rod builds the dulcimers he plays at his workshop “O’Driscoll Folk Instruments” located at his home in Peru, NY. (odriscollmusic.com)
Rod retired from AuSable Valley High School this past June, after 32 years of teaching. He is also the former president of the AuSable Valley Teachers Association and is the retired, long time president of the Peru Central School Board of Education.
Rod's numerous op eds on education, politics and economics have appeared in the The Burlington Free Press, Plattsburgh Press Republican the NY Times and the Albany Times Union.
Norman Rodham- Norman is a master of the DADGAD guitar tuning who plays with us whenever he is visiting the frozen north from his home in sunny Florida. He has a wealth of experience in the folk world, performing regularly, in a duo named Stepping Stone, with his wife Robin, who is an accomplished fiddler. Norman also plays the Irish bodhran and the bones.
Audio: Friends Union Performing "June Apple" & "Marnie"