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Stories, Songs and Poems of Place: Thursday, March 7th

Stories, Songs and Poems of Place

Keuka College

Tuesday, March 7th

7:00 PM in the Gannett Room Lightner Library.


A conversation about place, in song, poetry and oral memoirs, with Musician Pat Kane and Poet Michael Czarnecki.

Pat Kane is a seasoned showman, being a singer, dancer, actor, and instrumentalist since childhood. On his farm in the hill country of the Canisteo River, he was raised in the traditions of the Grange and of his Irish family. Pat’s cousins still run the family farm in West Clare, Ireland, which Pat visits often. On fiddle, guitar, and bodhran, he plays jigs, reels, square dances, and hundreds of ballads from Ireland and America. Pat has written many fine songs and has twice won first place for singing at the NYC Fleadh Cheoil. 
Michael Czarnecki moved to the hills of Steuben during the “back-to-the-land” movement in the 1970s. These hills have been his homeland for most of the ensuing decades. Much of his poetry and oral memoir stories come from his close connection to the region. Michael has made his living as a poet, small press publisher and oral memoirist for nearly two decades. He lives with his family on 50 Wheeler Hill acres and mostly old-order Amish neighbors. From there he often goes out into the “dust of the world” on cross-country poetry/oral memoir tours.

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