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July 31, 1992 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the dog days of August upon us and our energy levels near zero, why not listen to good old fiddle music, when the only exercise required is moving your toes? That, of course, brings us to two of the area's top fiddle festivals, the Chester County Old Fiddlers' Picnic at Hibernia County Park next Saturday and Rose Tree Park's Old Fiddlers Day on Aug. 15. Both festivals have basically the same format: hundreds of musicians playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, guitar and other string instruments in solo concerts and jam sessions throughout the park.
NEWS
June 18, 2006 | By Terri Ely FOR THE INQUIRER
On a recent trip to Nova Scotia, we accidentally discovered a delightful local tradition that became one of the highlights of our trip. We were visiting Baddeck, a charming, picturesque town in Cape Breton, on a warm summer day when someone told us about a dance with live music being held that evening in a church hall. This was not a tourist attraction. It sounded like fun, and we thought it would be a good way to get a taste of the local culture. At seven o'clock we showed up at St. Michael's Hall, a small, white building with a hand-painted sign over the doorway.
SPORTS
July 2, 2001 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Fiddle prevailed in a three-way photo finish to capture yesterday's $100,000 Christiana Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park. Ridden by Mike McCarthy, Fiddle raced the approximately 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1 minute, 522/5 seconds and paid $6.80 to win for owner Joseph Shields Jr. and Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens. Ruff, the 9-5 favorite under Harry Vega, raced extremely wide through the stretch and just failed to reach Fiddle in the closing yards, losing by a nose.
NEWS
July 24, 1988 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
At 82, Warren Mercer has been interested in fiddling and what he fondly describes as old-time music his whole life. At the 60th Annual Old Fiddlers Picnic on Aug. 13, Mercer will be honorary chairman once again, as he has been since the folk music festival moved in 1972 from the old Lenape Park in West Chester to Hibernia Park in West Caln and West Brandywine Townships. "I don't play the fiddle, but I get up there on stage and play my guitar with the musicians, as I have for the past 50 years," Mercer said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2015
MOST PEOPLE take one look at tall, dark and handsome Joseph Conyers, and assume that he's a professional athlete, most likely a football player. Much to nearly everyone's surprise, this 33-year-old hunk is a fit, smart, hardworking classical musician. "I love classical music," beamed Conyers, who is the Philadelphia Orchestra's effervescent assistant principal double bassist. Although Philadelphia is now his beloved adopted home, the Savannah, Ga., native was nurtured in a close family centered around the church and music.
NEWS
November 22, 2004 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
With its Balkan punk rumble and manically somersaulting assaults, Gogol Bordello did something neither the TLA nor its audience on Saturday had ever witnessed - unless they'd been to a Russian wedding. By melding the drunken poetic hilarity of the Pogues with a gypsy blend of accordion-pumping, violin-sawing cabaret, the band's insistently moving fusion brought the audience to a folk/pogo-dancing froth. The East Village ensemble - with twirling female dancers dressed like extras from Oliver and a hyper fiddler (Sergei Riabtsev)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1993 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If there's anything that can make the toes tap, it's an old-fashioned fiddlers' festival. So limber up those tootsies, fans, because two of the area's prime fiddling events are coming up this month. First is the Old Fiddlers' Picnic Aug. 14 at Chester County's Hibernia County Park, which has been the destination for dozens of strummers and pickers from up and down the East Coast for the last 64 years . The music will go on nonstop on center stage beginning at 10 a.m. and winding up about 7 in the evening.
NEWS
August 21, 1995 | By Kyle York Spencer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
"Give me that banjo," said Renny Allgyer, 36, his beard glistening in the sun, a group of folksy fiddlers by his side. "I need to play something," said the Lancaster resident, his brown eyes sparkling, a smile creeping across his face. A heavyset man in a lawn chair nearby handed over a banjo. Allgyer delicately plucked the small instrument and then began softly singing. Onlookers nodded in that "oh yeah, we love this music" way. Ray Frick, 40, of Ambler, tapped his foot against the grass.
NEWS
September 15, 1998 | By Andrew Rice, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A little more than 24 sleepless hours after a tornado roared through, Mayor Randy Schlegel couldn't shake the sinking feeling in his stomach when he walked through the center of town. Stately Victorian homes he had known his whole life were reduced to bricks and splinters. His little town in Berks County would never be the same after the night of May 31. "Every time I go down there, it seems like my mind's playing tricks on me," he said late on a chilly night after the disaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Marah had a tumultuous run of highs and lows between 1998's Let's Cut the Crap & Hook Up Later on Tonight and 2008's Angels of Destruction . Led by brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the Philly band made fans of Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Hornby, and Stephen King with its rootsy rock-and-roll, its literate storytelling, and, especially, its brilliant live shows. But Marah burned through rhythm section after rhythm section; it squandered early momentum with 2002's expensive, overproduced Float Away With the Friday Night Gods ; it abandoned Philly for New York City.
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NEWS
May 9, 2016
Instead of crafting a desperately needed plan to help Atlantic City, New Jersey's elected leaders are staging a vulgar north-south, bicameral rumble in the Statehouse. They spent last week promoting dueling bills and holding obnoxious, blame-trading press conferences to distract from their refusal to acknowledge the real problem: Atlantic City needs money. Two years ago, the city lost four of its 12 casinos as gambling proliferated in Pennsylvania and other nearby states. Now it is lurching toward bankruptcy and likely to run out of money this month or next.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | Inquirer Editorial Board
If there was any doubt that New Jersey needs to comprehensively fortify its back bays, last weekend's storm washed them away. The resulting floods carved a path of destruction in some Shore communities that was far worse than the damage wrought by recent hurricanes. In the Wildwoods, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City, Ocean City, and other popular resort towns, wind-whipped high tides augmented by a full moon breached bay-side bulkheads and backed up storm drains, flooding homes and businesses.
SPORTS
August 8, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Mathews was still out of breath 10 minutes after practice had ended. Chip Kelly's up-tempo workouts will do that to first-timers, but Mathews' workload may have increased slightly with DeMarco Murray's absence. Murray sat out team drills Sunday because of dehydration, and on Thursday an illness sidelined the Eagles' prized acquisition. Mathews, meanwhile, has plugged along under the radar, and would have dashed into the locker room unnoticed had a reporter not flagged him down.
NEWS
May 29, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOLS Fiddling Council With Philadelphia public school libraries closing, full-time nurses nonexistent, college counselors a thing of the past, class sizes ranging from 30 to 40 or more, buildings crumbling, gifted programs left behind, teachers buying their own supplies, and all sorts of other funding-related woes, five members of City Council spent Tuesday's budget hearing lamenting the lack of cursive handwriting instruction ("Council...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2015
MOST PEOPLE take one look at tall, dark and handsome Joseph Conyers, and assume that he's a professional athlete, most likely a football player. Much to nearly everyone's surprise, this 33-year-old hunk is a fit, smart, hardworking classical musician. "I love classical music," beamed Conyers, who is the Philadelphia Orchestra's effervescent assistant principal double bassist. Although Philadelphia is now his beloved adopted home, the Savannah, Ga., native was nurtured in a close family centered around the church and music.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2015 | By David R. Stampone, For The Inquirer
It's a given that any BeauSoleil gig will showcase beaucoup de dizzying instrumental prowess. Friday at the World Café Live, the acclaimed Cajun band from Lafayette, La. - marking four decades together this year - was spinning out plenty of it. During two hours, the legitimacy of their official full name, including "avec Michael Doucet," was on display, with founder Doucet leading via lively fiddle and melodic accordion. And there was no shortage of additional virtuosity on stage, with Doucet's brother David on fleetly flat-picked acoustic guitar, Mitch Reed on bass and second fiddle, drummer Tommy Alessi, and Billy Ware rotating among congas, vest frottoir (the chest-worn rub-board common in zydeco)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Marah had a tumultuous run of highs and lows between 1998's Let's Cut the Crap & Hook Up Later on Tonight and 2008's Angels of Destruction . Led by brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the Philly band made fans of Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Hornby, and Stephen King with its rootsy rock-and-roll, its literate storytelling, and, especially, its brilliant live shows. But Marah burned through rhythm section after rhythm section; it squandered early momentum with 2002's expensive, overproduced Float Away With the Friday Night Gods ; it abandoned Philly for New York City.
NEWS
November 17, 2012
Martin Fay, 76, a classically trained violinist who helped revive traditional Irish music as a founding member of the Chieftains, died Wednesday in Dublin. The Chieftains formed in 1962 as pacesetters of a new movement to reclaim the pure musical traditions of Ireland from the relatively slick commercial-sounding groups that had come to dominate the folk stage. Fay played haunting fiddle lines and contributed popping rhythms by knocking together a pair of bones, a time-honored Celtic instrument.
TRAVEL
November 11, 2012 | By Mike Snow, For The Inquirer
CAPE BRETON, Nova Scotia - The rolling farmland, glacial valleys, barren headlands, mountainous woods, rocky shores, and sun-scorched plateaus on the road to Cape Breton are enough to send the senses of the most ardent skeptic into overdrive. But sensory perfection doesn't truly kick in until one reaches the windswept cliffs that tower over the Atlantic. These views no doubt inspired Alexander Graham Bell, who made some of his greatest discoveries there. But it is the Cape's unique sounds, surprisingly, that elevate the senses to unparalleled heights.
SPORTS
May 16, 2012 | Associated Press
MANCHESTER, England - In a city that's more used to a sea of red during title celebrations, it was blue confetti that fell over the streets of Manchester on Monday. About 100,000 fans packed the streets as Manchester City paraded the Premier League trophy through the city to celebrate its first English title in 44 years. Blue and white ticker-tape and streamers rained down on the team bus as City players showed off the trophy they had wrestled away from crosstown rival Manchester United in nailbiting fashion a day earlier.
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