Folk Arts at the Market

Folk Arts at the Market will have its debut event at the Montour Falls Farmers Market on Thursday, May 25th.  Come by our tent at 300 West Main Street, Montour Falls from 4-7 p.m. to learn about the Folk Arts Program and listen to fiddler Kit Fallon, with guest Jess Youngquest, play Old Time Tunes from 5-6 p.m.

Folk Arts at the Market brings the Folk Arts Program at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes to local Farmers Markets in our region. Come meet a local traditional artist performing or demonstrating their work. You can learn about our ongoing folk arts programs and upcoming events, ask our staff folklorist a question, and introduce us to your favorite local lore. At our Mobile Documentation Booth, step up to record a story, tell a tale, or let us know about your traditional art form.

For more information, contact Folk Arts Coordinator Maria Kennedy at or call 607-962-1332 ext 206.  Our next event will be at the Watkins Glen Farmers Market on Friday, June 16th.

Kit Fallon has been a performing fiddler for over 40 years. Kit started playing the fiddle at age 19 when she was a student at SUNY Potsdam. She discovered a local group, the St. Regis String Band, and, after many long nights of parties at their remote farmhouse, picked up the old-time string band style by ear. Kit has taught fiddle classes through adult education programs at Cayuga Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, and independently at numerous venues in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region. She is currently a member of The Unholy Alliance (Finger Lakes fiddle/banjo duo featuring Appalachian and Adirondack tunes), Clan Tankerous (Celtic fusion), and Miller’s Wheel (Finger Lakes – original, novelty).

Jess Youngquest started his musical career after seeing legendary giants of blues and jug band at the Newport Folk Fest of 69 and started street singing in NYC in the early 70s. He settled in the Finger Lakes region in the late 70s and has been playing in numerous bands ever since. His style of music might be classified as ‘Celtic Ragtime Tin Pan Alley’ which he plays on acoustic guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, harmonica, and vocals.

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