American folk legends perform at Skaneateles Fest

American folk legends Mike Seeger and the New Lost City Ramblers perform at Skaneateles Fest.

American Folk Music owes a great deal to Mike Seeger. Seeger has turned audiences onto the world of old-time music for the last 50 years as part of the folk band the New Lost City Ramblers. He brought folk music into renowned venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, Carnegie Hall and the White House and has circled the globe performing alongside revered folk musicians like Elizabeth Cotton and Dock Boggs. Now, Seeger and the New Lost City Ramblers will give Skaneateles Festival audiences a taste of America’s rich repertoire of traditional music.

Seeger, John Cohen and Tracey Schwarz quickly carved out a place for themselves in the folk music world when they formed the New Lost City Ramblers in 1958. Their dedication to old-time American music won the band many fans, and they soon began touring across the United States. Audiences simply fell in love with their homegrown style. It wasn’t long before they were showcased on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion and were making appearances on every major U.S. television network. The band soon became international stars as they took their act overseas to such countries as France, Denmark, Great Britain, Japan, Sweden, Finland and more. The New Lost City Ramblers have been performing and recording together for more than four decades now. With more than 25 records and two Grammy nominations, they still love to tour, bringing their iconic American music to towns and cities across the country.

“Sometimes in interviews I’m asked why we play old-time music,” Seeger said. “I suspect that many of us play this older style music for some of the same reasons that most bluegrass musicians play bluegrass, because we like it and it fits us.”

As a solo artist, Mike Seeger has recorded more than 10 of his own old-time music albums, garnering four Grammy nominations for his work. Hear this incredible musician entertain audiences of all ages at the Skaneateles Festival’s Opening Concert, a free FamilyFest concert at 11 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 8. The following evening, at 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 Seeger collaborates with the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quintet to present their unique take on traditional and new American music.

At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 Mike Seeger and the New Lost City Ramblers take the stage or rather the porch for a good old-fashioned musical jamboree at Brook Farm. Come early, bring a picnic and experience the joy of live, old-time music.

For more information regarding concert times, locations and tickets prices, go to or call 685-7418.

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