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Red Hen in harmony

Soon, the two were smitten with each other. Schrade called music "a really good connecting force."

She and Kiphuth played together in New Hampshire in a band called First Ticket. Later, after they had their daughter, they moved to Saratoga to be closer to family.

Schrade said Red Hen, whose repertoire includes old time, country and bluegrass music, has "kept that festival feeling."

That means high-energy shows that are fun for all ages.

"We'll make you smile," she said.

Rothfield promised "fabulous harmonies and fabulous instrumentals." Red Hen's previous shows have gotten an "incredible response" from audiences, and she's particularly excited about performing at Old Songs, where she does a lot of work.

"They just put on the best traditional music," she said.

Rothfield, who co-owns Rothfield-Daniels Media Services, teaches banjo workshops at Old Songs, as well as across the country. She also teaches fiddle classes and performs with Jane's Gang, a contradance band, and Donna Hebert in Groovemama. In addition, she plays southern style dance music with fellow banjo player Hilarie Burhans and pianist Bernie Nau.

Fellow band members have similar resumes that are heavy on playing and teaching. Kiphuth was part of the 1970s bluegrass band Apple Country, which was hugely popular in New England, and both he and his wife have both taught at banjo camps. Carr is a prolific song writer and performs often with Rothfield.

Jimmy McCown, another banjo and fiddler player who has a long history with the Red Hen members, will join the band at Old Songs.

"You'll hear old friends playing together," Schrade said. "It will be a really fun night."

Old Songs Community Arts Center will host "Music from Kentucky and Beyond," a concert featuring Red Hen and Jimmy McCown, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 or younger. They can be purchased by calling 765-2815. Old Songs is at 37 S. Main St. in Voorheesville.""

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