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Traditional Fiddle Music for Public and Private Events

Tamarack brings the joyous touch of traditional fiddle tunes to any event, from background music at wedding receptions or public events, to the upbeat drive for barn dances, hoedowns and community dances. Foot tapping reels, lively jigs and smooth waltzes fill the trio's repertoire; traditional tunes that have been handed down through the years, with a few original works added to the mix. Tamarack's members are: Jim Mead (guitar), Sue Mead (fiddle, mandolin, tenor banjo), and Patricia Kernan (flute, penny whistle, fiddle, light percussion).

Tamarack plays for events in the NY Capital District region (Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, Troy), as well as the Adirondack north country, downstate, and Western New England.

To contact Tamarack, email , or call: 518-384-3275

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If you're interested in a caller for barn dance, or family/community dance, or private party, check out caller Paul Rosenberg's homepage at Homespun.biz

Tamarack Band with Caller Paul Rosenberg

SAMPLE MUSIC (with guest fiddler Will Welling)




Tamarack Band

Tamarack (l-r): Sue Mead, Patricia Kernan, Jim Mead


Patricia Kernan - an artist and musician, Patricia adds the brightness of Irish penny whistle and the smoothness of flute to the the traditional fiddle tunes of Tamarack, and plays fiddle, clarinet and light percussion. as well. Patricia is also a member of the English Country Dance band, HeartsEase, and joins the Meads in the community and family dance bands The FireFlies and Tame Rutabaga.

Jim Mead - has been backing dances and fiddle music events with a solid beat since 1998. A computer programmer by day, Jim adds strong guitar "boom-chuck" rhythm, and occasional foot percussion to dances and music sessions. A punster with an upbeat attitude, Jim is married to band mate, Sue Mead, and also plays guitar for The FireFlies, Tame Rutabaga, and performs with his wife as the duo TuneFolk.

Sue Mead - a folk guitarist and singer, Sue added fiddle, mandolin, tenor banjo and djembe over the years. An admin. assistant, writer and avid gardener, she also plays with The FireFlies, and Tame Rutabaga. She and her husband Jim (aka TuneFolk) host a barn dance twice a year in Charlton, NY.