John Potocnik and Tom White, from Otsego County and Schoharie County respectively, will be presenting a mostly original, instrumental concert on a variety of instruments highlighting fiddle tunes written about people, places and critters from where they live.
John Potocnik has been playing for dances in the area for over 40 years. As a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in American Folk Culture, he stayed in the area to become the co-founder of the Catskill Puppet Theater. The company presented original stories to hundreds of young people across the country. Always fiddling, John recently began composing tunes inspired by nature, family, and friends. Accompanying him will be Tom White from Middleburgh, NY, on a variety of instruments. Tom is also a prolific composer of tunes. Sunday’s coffeehouse program will feature mostly original compositions along with some traditional tunes on a variety of instruments.
What is a coffeehouse?
The Coffeehouse Program
Music on the Delaware (MOD) initiated our Coffeehouse program in the fall of 2009. This program complements our main stage concert season at the Walton Theatre. The Coffeehouse events take place on the second floor of the Walton Theatre in a small intimate setting on the third Sunday of every month from September through May (except December). Our focus in these programs is to highlight local and regional musicians playing a variety of types of music such as traditional, classical, jazz, folk, and includes singer/songwriters. The events are free to the public, but donations are welcomed by MOD to help support operating costs. The site is excellent for acoustic music with only minor amplification needed for balance and voice. Volunteers provide desserts and coffee. Attendees come and go as they wish.
During the pandemic of 2020 through spring of 2021, our Coffeehouse program went virtual. We will retain our virtual outreach to complement our in-person programs starting in September of 2021. On a more limited basis, we plan to include additional, occasional, virtual-only programs to attract musicians from far away.
We hope to see and welcome many of you at our Coffeehouse events
Upcoming Coffeehouse concerts
October 17, 2021
John Potaknic & Tom White
John and Tom, from Otsego County and Schoharie County respectively, perform a mostly original, instrumental concert on a variety of instruments highlighting fiddle tunes written about people, places and critters from their local area.
November 21, 2021
John plays solo piano arrangements of classic jazz standards as well as his own compositions.
January 16, 2022
Bea Summers & Barb Acker
The B’s perform classic country, country rock, folk and original music with lovely harmonies
February 20, 2022
Randy sings his own works, a mix of country, folk or bluegrass, rockabilly, and blues, stories of love, murder, and wild times.
March 20, 2022
Patrick Reynolds and Friends
Irish fiddler Pat Reynolds and colleagues celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish songs and dance tunes
April 10, 2022
Vocalist Don Gilkinson performs country classics, often with unconventional jazz guitar accompaniment.
May 15, 2022
Paul Huh will entertain the audience with classical cello solos.
Past Coffeehouse Videos
Take a look and enjoy! More videos available on our YouTube channel.
Kimberly Hawkey- Virtual Coffeehouse
Jay Unger & Molly Mason
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are an American roots music duo based in New York's Catskill Mountains. They are best known for their work on the soundtrack of Ken Burns's PBS documentary series, The Civil War.