2009 Nominees for the New York State Fiddlers' Hall of Fame
Joe Davoli is a graduate of DePaul University and attended the Berklee School Of Music.He has studied with improvisational greats Matt Glaser, Darol Anger and John Blake. Joe is a consummate performer of several styles of music including bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, rock, classical and blues. Joe was the recipient of a Syracuse Area Music Award for Best Bluegrass Instrumentalist/Vocalist in 2001.
Also in 2001, Joe composed and recorded music for the off-Broadway revival of Israel Horovitz' "The Indian Wants The Bronx". In 2004 he served as musical supervisor for the short film "Brando From The Neck Down" in which its soundtrack features Joe playing both fiddle and mandolin. In 2006, Joe and guitarist Harvey Nusbaum won a Syracuse Area Music Award for their "Best Folk and Acoustic Recording" entitled, "Fiddle and Guitar". Joe has published a method book for fiddle and is in demand as a studio musician and teacher.
Joe lives in Syracuse, NY with his wife Darbie and three children Nicholas, Olivia and Joseph III.
Originally from Johnson City, N.Y., Hope Grietzer fell in love with fiddle music in college south of Rochester, playing for dances in the Geneseo String Band under the leadership of fiddler and ethnomusicologist Jim Kimball. She became friends with New York State Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame inductee Larry Downey, and studied with him while fiddling in various bands throughout New York State and Pennsylvania.
After moving to Colorado in 1992, Hope sang and fiddled for eleven years with the popular band Black Rose throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, South Dakota and Kansas. The band went on to win the prestigious Rockygrass band competition, and Hope was voted Rocky Mountain Region Fiddler of the Year by the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society.
Living now in the countryside of Owego, N.Y., Hope is the author of the instructional book and companion CDs “Learn to Fiddle”. She teaches fiddle full time, both privately and in group lessons through Broome Community College in Binghamton. Hope is president of the Fiddlin's Fun chapter of NYSOTFA, leads a monthly kids fiddle tune jam, and presents a "Fiddling with Books" childrens' program at regional libraries. Hope works with the Fiddlin's Fun board in sponsoring a "Fiddlin's Fun Festival" in Binghamton, where three generations of fiddlers (and audience members) enjoy a day of concerts, workshops, and jamming.
In addition to performing with husband Jim MacWilliams, Hope can be found fiddling at square and contra dances throughout New York State with "Rosie's Ready Mix" and in a trio with Kathy Selby and Tom Hodgson. Visit Hope's website at www.happyhollowmusic.com
Keith was born during the "great depression" and grew up on Wellesley Island on the Saint Lawrence River. He attended the local island dances from his earliest memory, where his father played banjo with local island musicians. Thus, he grew up with the North Country and Canadian fiddling of the area, liistening to great fiddlers such as Don Messer, Ned Landrey, Earl Mitton, Jim McGill, King Ganam, and others on live radio shoes of the time.
Keith started out playing the music on a tenor banjo, but soon found that the fiddle tunes were better suited to playing on the fiddle. Keith finally got a serious start on the fiddle by attending a group fiddle lesson given by Eleanor Townsend at the NYSOTFA Fiddlers Picnic around 1978. Telleta Atwell assisted Eleanor in that class and Telleta continued working with Keith through the present.
After leaving Wellesley Island, Keith always sought the kind of dancing like he know from the island, never quite finding it the same anywhere else. However, in his search, he ended up doing the dances of many lands and international folk dancers. He also learned to call traditional square dances and contra dances such as he grew up with. Even though Keith and his wife Judy are members of a Scandinavian dance performance group, Keith's first love, musically, is the traditional jigs, reels, and related dance fiddle tunes. In the past, Keith has been the instructor for the square and contra dance workshops during the 1980's at the Fiddler's Picnic. In 2006 Keith was a clinician at the Fiddle Workshops and he is also a member of the Board of Directors for NYSOTFA.
Victor Fountain Kibler was born on October 22, 1919, in the Town of Wells, N.Y. Vic's grandfather, William Fountain, a very fine fiddler, was the main early influence on Vic's playing style. Vic started to learn fiddling at age 13 and was playing in public while still in high school, but not for dancing. Vic's mother had strict religious beliefs and to honor her strong wishes, Vic agreed never to play for dancing; a vow he has adhered to throughout his life. His playing also was strongly influenced by his Uncle Lewis Nichols, who was noted for having a different bowing style than other local fiddlers.
During WWII, Vic was a medic who even fiddled while in Germany. After the war, Vic became an auto mechanic and played with the Adirondack Mountaineers. Vic married and eventually was playing for three sons. He has continually sought out and learned tunes bringing his repertoire to about 500 tunes.
Some of Vic's performances since 1990 have included the Eastman School of Music, Troy Music Hall, Altamont Fair, Roxbury Arts Community Center, Albany Arts Museum, NY Historical Society and Elderhostel. He has been recognized as a Master of the North Country Folk life by North Country Public Radio and received a North Country Heritaage Award from TAUNY. Vic has serves as contest judge for 25 years and recorded family tunes that would otherwise have been lost. He also has passed on his music to students. Vic's Adirondack playing style is uniquely his own, having been influenced by music from the many traditions that have become New York's folk culture.
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