One of the great things about working at (and patronizing!) the Capitol is the sheer variety of cultural happenings– with the mix of theater, films, and live music, we have quite the cross-section! Capitol-enthusiast and Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association member (and former-board member) Bill Fahy shared a similar sentiment in a recent interview.
A self-taught musician, Fahy was playing locally in the Tired Hands String Band when he came across an article about the MVBA. “I thought it would be a good idea to join and volunteer my time…[and] to give it as much support as I could,” says Fahy.
With a passion for Bluegrass and an understanding of musical performance, Fahy’s enthusiasm rubs off on listeners. “Bluegrass music was a hit with me the first time I heard it,” he says. “I loved the sound, the jazz-like free flowing instrumentals, the tight harmony singing, and the unamplified combination of mandolin, banjo, bass and guitar. It was nothing like Rock and Roll or any other music and it touched a chord inside.”
On the upcoming MVBA performance at the Capitol, Fahy says, “An indoor festival is so different– it’s a pure listening and visual experience. I LOVE the Capitol– it’s a great building with its own unique sound. I’ve played three times on the Capitol stage… it feels like you are playing Carnegie Hall.”
Enjoy the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Festival at the Rome Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m., featuring popular bands Pocket Change, the Remsen Social Club and Diamond Someday. Proceeds benefit the MVBA, with tickets available online.
[Correction: An early version of this entry read that Fahy was the past-president of MVBA. In fact, he served on the Board of Directors for 9 years.]