Long Lake awaits annual fiddler's jamboree

LONGLAKE-Frank Orsini and The Whippersnappers will join Donnie Perkins and The Family Band to lead Long Lake's 20th annual Spring Blossom Fiddle Jamboree, May 1 at the Long Lake Town Hall.

The Whippersnappers, which includes Peter Davis, George Wilson and Orsini have played the Albany Region folk-music scene for decades. They display folk-style guitar, piano and clarinet. Wilson is a traditional fiddler and banjoist who regularly performs at regional folk festival. Fiddler-mandolinist-guitarist, Orsini has played with bluegrass greats like Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield.

Donnie Perkins and the Family Band are welcomed back to the jamboree with some new bluegrass and country-western offerings.

"He will bring some new styles of music this year," said Alexandra Verner Roalsvig, director of parks, recreation and tourism. "All the while, though, he has continued to carry the torch for the old-time fiddle music he grew up with."

Now based in Plattsburgh, Perkins has won numerous fiddle contests, recorded several albums and published a book on fiddling.

The jamboree aims to be a celebration for all ages and all levels of experience in order to help preserve and promote old time fiddling, according to Roalsvig.

"No auditions are required and it is not a competition," she said. "It is just good, toe-tapping, spirit lifting music."

Fiddlers interested in joining the slated bands should arrive at the Long Lake Town Hall on Route 30 by noon May 1 to reserve a slot.

Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for kids 10-16 and children under 10 are free. The Long Lake Ladies Auxiliary will be selling lunch.

For more information, visit www.mylonglake.com or call 624-3077.

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