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Fredonia Opera House

The Folk-in-Fredonia Music Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House will kick off its 2018-19 season with the annual “Free-for-All” on Sun., Sept.23.  The concert will begin at 3 p.m.; and admission is FREE.

The Free-For-All was started 24 years ago by local folk group The Newton Street Irregulars as a way to help promote the Folk-in-Fredonia Music Series at the Opera House.  Although half of The Newton Street Irregulars have since left the area, founding members Dick & Carmen Gilman still invite their musician friends from across the state to join them for this Opera House tradition.  From fiddles, banjos and guitars to step-dancing, audience sing-alongs and tall tales, the Free-For-All is an afternoon filled with music, stories, laughter and fun.

Fredonia folk musicians Carmen & Dick Gilman are just two of the many area performers who will help make the 24th Annual Free-for-All at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House an afternoon of music, laughter and fun.

In addition to the Gilmans, the list of performers for this year’s event includes: guitarist/fiddler/singer Cheryl Ritch; singer Ed Hart with Scottish piper Bob Carlson; parody writer/singer Dr. Rich Milazzo; and Irish storyteller Doug Manly.

Also performing will be multi-instrumentalist/singer Todd Crowley; fiddler/singer Kathy Petersen; old time instrumentalists/ singers Jean and Don Wisniewski; guitarist/singer Christine McKay; and multi-instrumentalist/storyteller  Kelly Armor.

During the concert there will be raffles and giveaways of Folk-in-Fredonia T-shirts, CDs and tickets to 2018-19 Opera House Folk Series events.

Admission is free, but tickets are required, and can be reserved by visiting the Opera House Box Office or calling 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1–5 p.m.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.  For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

Erie (PA) Musician/Storyteller Kelly Armor is one of the many area performers who will help make the 24th Annual Free-for-All at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House an afternoon of music, laughter and fun.