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Soldier’s Joy performs the South’s Civil War songs at the OPL

Applying their talents to the songs and stories of the Confederate soldiers, Amanda Straney on fiddle and vocals and Bill Fahy on guitar and banjo will debut a new edition of “Soldier’s Joy” at Oneida Public Library, 220 Broad St. in Oneida, on Wednesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Straney and Fahy will mingle their performance of popular songs heard at the army campfires and in the parlors of the Secessionist South during the U.S. Civil War (1861-65) with stories about the music’s composition and the lives of the people who played it.

The free concert will provide “a view into how the worst war in our nation’s history affected the lives of the Southern soldiers and how the men who fought in the war coped with it through music,” Fahy said.

Debuting the Southern Rebel edition of Soldier’s Joy, the Civil War in Songs and Stories, Amanda Straney (l.) and Bill Fahy (r.) will perform at Oneida Public Library Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

Trained early on in performing classical violin music back home in Connecticut, Straney soon combined the classics with a love of bluegrass fiddling. In Upstate New York, helping to organize the Great American Irish Festival in Frankfort, she became immersed in the Irish and Celtic music scene.

Amanda Straney has performed with the Blarney Rebel Band and is currently a member of Craobh Dugan, the Utica branch of the international Irish music organization called Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirean. She has performed at the OPL with the Rattlin’ Bog band in a St. Patrick’s Day concert and in Soldiers Joy’s Union edition in 2017.

Bill Fahy has been performing with guitar, banjo and mandolin around Central New York for the past 20 years. His repertoire includes traditional Celtic music, Old Time Country, blue grass and early jazz.

Fahy has played with the Flophouse String band, the Sail Cats, the Tired Hands String band, Springhouse and other regional groups. Currently, he is a member of Craobh Dugan and, most recently, has performed in concert with other members “The Irish and the Erie.”

The new OPL rises from the earth

459 Main Street, September 4, 2019. The forms are being put in place for concrete pouring of the arches that will grace the entryways to the new facility.

OPL Board next meets September 16  and 23
The Board of Trustees of Oneida Public Library will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the library’s Local History Room, 220 Broad St., Oneida. The public is invited to attend.

The OPL Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the library’s Local History Room, 220 Broad St., Oneida. The public is invited to attend. The History Room permits barrier-free access to the physically handicapped.

More 19th-century newspapers added to OPL’s Digital Archives Thanks to a grant from the Central New York Library Resources Council and a donation from the Friends of the Oneida Public Library, the OPL’s Digital Archives of the Oneida Public Library now has the digital versions of 10 microfilm reels of Oneida 19th-century newspapers: The Democratic Union (Feb. 1872-Sept. 1875 and Jan. 1885-Dec. 1901) and the Oneida Free Press (April 1880-March 1886).

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The OPL has Oneida High School yearbooks online Oneida High School yearbooks from 1936 through 2018 have been successfully digitized, electronically indexed and, as of today, posted online at the web site of New York Heritage, thanks to a Regional Bibliographic Databases Program grant to the Oneida Public Library from the New York State Library, as administered by the Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse. Those interested in exploring the yearbooks online can go directly to the New York Heritage site at: https://nyheritage.org/collections/oneida-yearbook-collection 

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