The Fiddleheads play acoustic roots music Sat., May 22

The Fiddleheads plays the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck on Sat., May 22, starting at 5 PM.

The Fiddleheads have been playing for contra dances, weddings and parties in New Haven and elsewhere in New England since 1978. The current musician lineup has been together for the past two decades and includes Willow Sirch on fiddle and viola; Jim Sirch on clawhammer banjo, bodhran, Irish flutes and whistles; Gary Wikfors on the mandolin, octave mandolin, nickelharpa and fiolharpa; and Norman Plankey on guitar.

Jim and Willow also play local Irish sessions, Gary plays Bluegrass and Scandinavian, and Norman is a stalwart of classic and Gypsy Swing (think Django Reinhardt). Together they offer a great, varied listening experience that draws from a range of traditions, and includes vocals as well as a lively instrumental mix. Whether you’re interests lie in Appalachian string band music, New England Contradance tunes, Celtic songs and tunes, Swing, or Scandinavian — you’re sure to find something to love.

The Best Video cafe will be open from 4-8 PM, serving coffee drinks, beer, and wine.

We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others.

No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up.

Parking is available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.