Eisteddfod New York Takes Place In Brooklyn

DARTMOUTH, MA. - The New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club is proud to announce the return of the Eisteddfod New York, a three-day festival of traditional folk music. This second annual Eisteddfod New York will take place at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York, from Friday through Sunday, August 13 through 15, 2004.

DARTMOUTH, MA. - The New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club is proud to announce the return of the Eisteddfod New York, a three-day festival of traditional folk music. This second annual Eisteddfod New York will take place at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York, from Friday through Sunday, August 13 through 15, 2004. 

This event is co-sponsored by Polytechnic University's Office of Student Development and by its Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, nearly a dozen associated folk music, folk dance, and folklore organizations have given their endorsement and support. 

The word Eisteddfod (pronounced ay-STED-fuhd) is Welsh, and it means "Gathering of Bards." An international Eisteddfod is held in Wales each year, and it features the traditional music, dance, and folklore of many countries. The direct inspiration for the Eisteddfod New York, however, is a festival called the Eisteddfod which took place first in Pennsylvania and then at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth 
which was last held in 1996. 

“We have honored Howard Glasser, the guiding spirits of that earlier Eisteddfod, as our Festival Director Emeritus”, said Donald Wade, organizer of the Eisteddfod. Glasser is a retired Professor of fine arts from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he was a founder of the festival. 

Performers who will appear at the Eisteddfod New York this year include Ralph Bodington, Paul Brown, Andy Cohen, Judy Cook, Danny and Joe Elias, Jerry Epstein, Alan Friend, Julia Friend, Mark Gilston, Tom Gibney, Joe Hickerson, David Jones, Jug Free America, Norman Kennedy, Margaret MacArthur, The NexTradition, Will Noble, Anne Price, Ian Robb, Helen Schneyer, Rafe Stefanini, Bishop Nathaniel Townsley, Jr. and the Gospel Jubilee, Hedy West, and Heather Wood, plus others to be announced. 

So many are among the top traditional musicians performing today that it is impossible to even start listing their credits, honors, and accomplishments. Specific information about each of the performers can be found at the Eisteddfod New York website. 

The Eisteddfod New York will begin with a Friday night featured concert. For those who wish to arrive early, there will be an organized side trip to Liberty and Ellis Islands. There will also be featured concerts on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Concert MCs this year will be three well respected hosts of folk music radio programs: Oscar Brand (WNYC, New York), Mary Cliff (WETA, Virginia), and Ron Olesko (WFDU, New Jersey). At other times the festival will present musical workshops, mini-concerts, dance events, jam sessions, and open sing-arounds. 

In addition, this year the Eisteddfod New York will introduce the Heritage Muse Symposium on Traditional Music. Funded by a grant from the e-publishing company Heritage Muse, the symposium will feature noted scholars Ed Cray and Steve Winick. They will give presentations on the life of Woody Guthrie and on traditional ballads, respectively. 

All-festival festival general admission to the Eisteddfod New York is $75 per person by advance registration or $85 at the door. Members of the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club or any of the associated organizations listed on the festival website need pay only $65 per person by advance registration or $75 at the door. Polytechnic University students, staff, and faculty will be admitted free, but are required to register and present valid ID. Children under 9 years old may also attend free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Older children, full-time college students, and person with limited income can purchase half price admission. Single day admission will only be available on that day, space permitting. 

Polytechnic University is located in Metrotech Center in downtown Brooklyn, easily accessible by public transportation. The nearest subway stops are Lawrence Street on the M, N, and R lines, and Jay Street -Borough Hall on the A, C, and F lines. Air conditioned dormitory housing is available on campus at $30 per night per person double occupancy or $60 per night per person single occupancy. 

The Folk Music Society of New York, Inc., a not-for-profit membership organization commonly known as the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club, sponsors many folk music events throughout the New York metropolitan area and beyond. These include concerts, workshops, weekend retreats, and informal gatherings. 

For information about the Eisteddfod New York, the public can visit the festival website: 
http://www.eisteddfod-ny.org/ 


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