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Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble is a club open to any student 11 – 20 who play violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, 5 string banjo or Dobro. They play songs by Bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Ralph Stanley and Jimmy Martin, and also play music by newer bluegrass influenced artists like Nickel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Grateful Dead. Instrumentally music choices include traditional Irish and American Fiddle music that has entered the mainstream of American string music.
Public performances may range from appearances in Farmers Markets, Fairs and museums.
The group is run by former Director of the Frontier Central Fiddlers, Mark Panfil. He is a retired public school music teacher, member for the Music in the Schools committee and Foundation for Bluegrass Music in the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association).
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Rush the Growler is a folk band based in Buffalo, New York. The band consists of the duo of Matt Englert on guitar and Scott Frank on mandolin and banjo. They also perform as a trio when joined by percussionist Brian Seibel. Rush the Growler has been together since 2010 and has performed all over western New York.
The band’s repertoire includes American, Irish, Scottish, and even German folk songs, along with a growing list of original material. The band’s motto is “Meaningful songs in the folk traditions,” and the group’s members value the stories that are told by each of the songs that they play.
Rush the Growler’s selection of folk music fits many settings— from pubs to front porches, from farmers markets to music festivals. The band has performed at pubs and festivals across Western New York, including the Buffalo Irish Festival, the Niagara Celtic Festival, the German-American Heritage Festival, the Buffalo Irish Center, and Old Fort Niagara.
This group of musicians started in 1985 with the motto “Fiddling for Fun”. The club now consists of 66 members from all over WNY. While their name suggests they play the fiddles, they also have harmonica players as well as guitar, banjo, mandolin, washtub base, accordion, dobro and even bag pipes, spoons and a washboard. They play at a variety of venues such as festivals, fairs, nursing homes farmer’s markets and at many charitable events and have been regular performers at the Fiddle Fest since 2012.
To learn more about this group visit their website Niagara Fiddlers
If an eclectic mix of traditional bluegrass and upbeat folk music is your style, Blue Mule Band is for you! Five members, Gail Pearles, Bernie Dotterweich, Dug Stein, Steve Strom and Don Strom, make up this warm and humorous group of musicians. To create their own personalized style, they use numerous instruments including the harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and rhythm guitar while the bass rounds out the bottom end. To learn more about this group, please visit their website www.bluemuleband.com and be sure to check them out on Facebook.
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Led by teacher and former NYS Fiddle Champion, Heather (Smith) Pennington, these talented kids come from Springville, West Falls, Hamburg and Franklinville, NY. They range from ages 9-16, playing traditional Folk, Bluegrass and Irish tunes. They also compete regularly with classical violin as well! This is one show you will not want to miss!
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Chris Panfil’s interest in bluegrass music can be traced back to his early teens when his brother mark needed a mandolin accompanist for his banjo habit. The boys played Flatt and Scruggs tunes for hours at a time, much to the consternation of their steeltown neighbors. Chris has played with many Grand Old Opry stars such as Jeanne Sealy, Del Reeves and Sherb Wooley. Mark’s harmonica prowess has earned him first place winner of the Bushman’s Harmonica World’s International video harmonica contest.
Mark and Chris Panfil are two of the most sought after multi instrumentalists in WNY. After establishing their first band, the Erie Lackawanna Railroad in 1974, they soon followed separate paths. Chris moved to Florida and later to Nashville playing tours across the US and Europe. Mark continued to play in the Buffalo area while teaching music in Hamburg NY and teaching dobro at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins WV. When Chris moved back to the Buffalo area to begin his teaching career, they resumed playing music together in Bluegrass, Irish and as the Panfil Brothers.
Together they play guitar, piano, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dobro, harmonicas and accordion. They both sing and write music.
In 2016 they were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame