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Short write-up: Celtic, Americana, Eastern European, Scandinavian and other world folk styles
Medium write-up: Rosetree features Celtic, Americana, Eastern European, Scandinavian and other world folk styles on fiddle and guitar. Amy Shapiro (violin/nyckelharpa) is a long-time performer who is well known to the Binghamton region folk scene; allen lutins (guitar/whistles) is a multi-instrumentalist/ethnomusicologist who has played professionally since the late 20th century. Amy and allen previously played for scores of contra dances throughout New York and Pennsylvania with Wild Rose and the Thorns.
Long write-up: Rosetree consists of Amy Shapiro (fiddle & nyckelharpa) and allen lutins (guitar/whistles). The duo brings a breadth of folk music styles to the contra dance floor.

Amy, well known to the Binghamton region folk scene, plays violin and nyckelharpa (or "keyed fiddle"), a formerly obscure Swedish instrument gaining prominence on the Scandinavian folk music scene. This haunting instrument, with its series of sympathetic understrings, is a member of the hurdy-gurdy family, and dates back to Medieval times. Amy started out playing classical violin and viola, coming to folk music later in life, and has studied Scandinavian and European music at folk workshops in Germany.

allen lutins, a multi-instrumentalist/ethnomusicologist, performs with numerous acoustic ensembles in New York's central and Southern Tier regions. He is co-founder of Klez Project (a klezmer ensemble), Musica Universalis (an early European music ensemble), and Rosetree. He performs regularly with a number of folk and ethnic ensembles, including Klezmer Kings, Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble, Playford Gang and Bardo Brothers. His primary instruments are clarinet, Irish whistles and guitar; he also plays Turkish saz and various percussion instruments, and received two years of training in Hindustani music on the sitar.

Amy and allen previously played for scores of contra dances throughout New York and Pennsylvania with Wild Rose and the Thorns. Their duo performances feature European folk music (especially Celtic, Eastern European and Scandinavian), and Old Time, Bluegrass and other 'Americana' classics. Their schedule is posted to the Rosetree website at www.rosetreemusic.com.


Last updated 6 July 2016
Picture of Amy and allen courtesy of Barbara Duffy (Otsego Dance Society).