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Music in the Square: METKU

August 22, 2019
6pm - 8pm

METKU – Michael Ludgate (mandolin, kantele, banjo) and Katrina Mackey (fiddle, flute) have both been inspired by their Finnish ancestral heritage to learn more about traditional music and dance of Finland. The result is the band Metku. Katrina and Mike play as a duo but often are fortunate to have the super talented Philip Robinson (guitar) join for a trio. In addition to the traditional Finnish repertoire, they play traditional music for contra dances, square dances, private parties and weddings. Metku is joined by Richard Koski, a master accordionist from Trumansburg. He has been playing Finnish-American folk music since 1970. Richard has always lived in the Finnish-American community near Ithaca, NY, and since the 1940's has been exposed to the music in that community. Richard Koski's father played accordion at home and for local Finnish dances and events. He had a great memory of the old Finnish dance tunes that he grew up with. In 1970 Richard began playing with him, and over a period of 40 years learned about 100 of his old time Finnish tunes which he has played at many local and national Finnish-American dances and events and music festivals in Finland. In 2005 Richard was selected as the National Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year, and in this role played many concerts all over the United States. Richard has taught Finnish-American dance tunes to his bandmates, first in the Crumtown Ramblers, and presently in his band, Toivo. In 2018, Richard, Michael and Katrina received a Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for Richard to teach Katrina and Michael some of the songs Richard learned from his father. In addition to learning the tunes, Katrina and Michael transcribed the music to preserve a written record for future generations.

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