Two performances on the schedule

Colonial Inn

Colonial Inn and Motel BISTRO, Watkins Glen, NY

After a winter and spring hiatus, Diamonds in the Rough are stepping back out to strut our stuff in 2016 — first as part of the ongoing Sunday Folk Revival Series at Colonial Inn Bistro in Watkins Glen, on July 24, and then (we hope!) to Binghamton Porchfest, on the 28th of August.

Binghamton Porchfest seems to still be in the planning stages, but they let us in last year… and even assigned us a terrific porch complete with super-accomodating host, musician Tom Egan. We’re hoping to be there again, but apparently the scheduling isn’t complete. We’re all keeping an eye on the Porchfest web page, and you can too —

DITR at Binghamton Porchfest

DITR at Binghamton Porchfest 2015 (Photo thanks to Regina Losinger)

The Porchfest webpage is here. Or pick up free monthly issues of the wonderful Triple Cities Carousel arts newspaper, which sponsors Porchfest. Porchfest is on Facebook, too.

We’re looking forward to these gigs, and hope to see you there!

Binghamton Porchfest 2015 – first Fest was a BIG hit!

DITR at Binghamton Porchfest

A lovely audience for Diamonds in the Rough, at Binghamton Porchfest. (Photo thanks to Regina Losinger)

Wow. Binghamton, New York’s first-ever Porchfest yesterday, on the historic West Side of Binghamton, was a tremendous success. Facebook is buzzing overtime, and we’re part of that buzz, because we were part of that Porchfest. We were at 72 Riverside Drive, corner of Chestnut and Riverside. Our host was Tom Egan, and he was wonderful: sound man, helpful host, and MC — we felt so welcomed. And what a lovely audience! As at Ithaca’s Porchfest, they came and went at their own whims. But unlike our Ithaca venue, Tom and the Humane Society had set out seating — lawn chairs, porch furniture, folding chairs —  for those without their own, That made for a more stable and appreciative crowd. And did we feel appreciated!

Organizer Chris Bodnarczuk (editor and publisher of the terrific Triple Cities Carousel arts and culture newspaper) must have been a quivering wreck by the end, but before his presumed collapse into one or more of the after-parties, there he was on his bicycle, checking us out, then moving on to the next. And there was Joshua Ludski, promoter/designer/photographer extraordinaire — and all-around Binghamton booster — with his camera, and a table publicizing his co-production LUMA festival next week. (That promises to be, well, awesome — in the original sense of the word!) We were off the porch and the next group was on, by the time Josh came around, but our friend Regina got this nice photo of our performance.

Next up, we’re at Ithaca Porchfest! (Have to skip the Ellis Hollow Fair, alas, as one of us is out of town that weekend.)

Idlewild Stepping in for DITR at RiverRead


Idlewild: Tom and Marie Quigley, Amy Shapiro, and Danielle Spindler-Swart

So chagrinned — Glenda put off her art show at RiverRead Books for several months in order to get a date when they had no music booked for First Friday opening night, so DITR could sing… and then two weeks before the opening we discovered a scheduling conflict with an Ithaca event that one of us was obliged to attend.

But our friends in Idlewild, a wonderful acoustic string band, stepped up and volunteered to take our place on December 6 at RiverRead Books, 5 Court St., in Binghamton NY. Thank you, Danielle and friends! It’s going to be a great opening, and a great night.

DITR to sing at Ellis Hollow Fair!

Ellis Hollow Fair

Ellis Hollow Fair – photo courtesy

Ellis Hollow Fair
Saturday, September 7, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
111 Genung Rd., Ithaca NY

We’re delighted to return to this sweet little country fair, featuring a Country Kitchen, White Elephant Sale, Silent Auction, Quilt Raffle, Face Painting, Games and Wacky Races, Free Music (including Diamonds in the Rough) and Jam Sessions, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Amazing Baked Goods… and more, they say! The Fair runs 12-5:00 p.m.

Free Admission
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Coming up: DITR at Ithaca PorchFest!

Yes, it’s for sure — we’ll be there for the first time as a group. We’re singing 1-2:00, but why not come for the day?

Ithaca PorchFest
Sunday, September 15, 2013 – 1-5:00 p.m. (our time slot 1-2:00)
313 Utica St., Ithaca NY


Photo courtesy PorchFest on Facebook

Many porches, many bands and groups, in the Fall Creek neighborhood of Ithaca — so exciting to be a part of it this year!

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Danby Town Hall and beyond

What a lovely time we had singing at Danby Town Hall yesterday! An attentive, VERY appreciative audience, larger than expected — a beautiful day to hold a concert outdoors — and of course, anytime we get to sing together is great.

Danby Town Hall
Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 12:00-1:30 p.m.
1830 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

Next up: a private concert in October, then the Cranberry Coffeehouse, Binghamton, October 24… UNLESS someone comes up with a gig or two for us in the intervening weeks!

Diamonds in the Rough at the Caroline Farmers’ Market

Confirmed! One our favorite just-for-fun gigs, the Caroline Farmers’ Market at the Brooktondale Community Center. Come on out, buy some veggies or crafts, and join us for some a cappella harmonies. Maybe we’ll even sing something with a chorus for you to sing along with. (Requests are welcome, if we know them… or think we might.)

Caroline Farmers’ Market
July 20, 2013 – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brooktondale Community Center
524 Valley Rd. Brooktondale, NY

Free Admission, pass the hat