Edgy Folk CD Release Party

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Sunday, December 22


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“An acoustic sound with inspiring harmonies and polished songwriting.” – Oasis Productions

Jon Peterson and Donna Dennihy have been writing songs and performing together for years, starting out as the duo Peterson and Dennihy in the early days of Roasters Café, and now throughout central New York as the band Edgy Folk. They mark the number of years they have been writing songs together by the birth of Jon’s middle child who is now over 6 feet 6 inches tall, 22 years old, and soon to be married. Jon and Donna co-write as well as write their own material. Their songs draw from a lifelong creative involvement in music and a love of songwriting. Together they have four CDs: Three solo projects, Weatherman, Not Payin’ Attention, and Early Girl, and three Peterson and Dennihy collaborative works A Little Change, Getting Warmer, and a new Edgy Folk cd. Edgy Folk’s current band members include Jon Peterson on guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Donna Dennihy on guitar and vocals; Zane Carnes on bass, and Jimmy Drancsak on fiddle. Jon and Donna always look forward to playing with Zane and Jimmy, both classically trained musicians, creating musical connections that span many styles and genres.

Jimmy Drancsak will be a senior at SUNY Fredonia studying music education and violin performance. This summer he has performed at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Ontario, the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin Ohio, and just returned from the Fredonia String Camp where he taught fiddle and chamber music to students in grades 8-12. A graduate of Skaneateles High School in 2016, Jimmy has performed with Grammy-award winning cellist Quill Bailey and Amr-abul Naga, principle horn of the Cairo Symphony. Jimmy performs regularly with the Fredonia College Orchestra, Fredonia School of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, and the Southern Tier Symphony. Jimmy loves teaching music as well as playing the fiddle in styles ranging from the British Isles to the Klezmer tradition.

A native of the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York, Zane Carnes strives to bring musical sensitivity and passion to his endeavors spanning genres ranging through classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and rock. He is currently a student in Ithaca College School of Music studying Music Performance – Double Bass in the studio of Nicholas Walker, class of 2020. In 2015, he was featured on WSYR News Channel 9’s “Extraordinary talent of the Week” program. In the summer of 2017, he studied with Juno Award-winning double bassist and pedagogue Joel Quarrington at Orford Musique in Quebec. In 2018, Zane attended Le Domaine Forget in Quebec where he studied with some of the world’s leading bass pedagogues. This summer, Zane performed in the pit orchestra for the Cortland Repertory Theater.

Jimmy and Zane have been playing together since the two of them met in the Syracuse Youth Orchestra and Auburn Chamber Orchestra as students in high school. They perform as a duo collaborating on fiddle repertoire, particularly of the Appalachian and Irish folk traditions, as wells classical pieces.

Put them all together and Edgy Folk captures a unique sound with roots in a variety of musical styles. Their alternative folk sound calls to mind Gillian Welch and Bright Eyes with a dash of Rolling Stones. Oasis Productions describes Edgy Folk’s sound as, “Folk music with an edge, an acoustic based sound with inspiring harmonies…and polished songwriting.”

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