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Photo submitted Sue Tillotson and Jim Cunningham.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center presents Sue Tillotson and Jim Cunningham in concert Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

The Opera’s executive director, Rick Davis, notes that “In accordance with changes to New York State and CDC guidelines, and because the level of transmission in Chautauqua County has dropped to a LOW status, masks are no longer required at Fredonia Opera House events. We always encourage customers to wear masks when in the room; and staff and volunteers will continue to be masked. He adds that the Opera’s board and staff are grateful for everyone’s cooperation during the previous masking requirement.

Both Sue Tillotson and Jim Cunningham hail from Western New York and have been playing music together for many years, bringing a love of Celtic music and exciting instrumentation to their audiences.

Tillotson plays fiddle, whistle and vocals with Cunningham on guitar, bouzouki, cittern, Celtic harp and vocals. She is an award-winning Scottish fiddler and as the leader/founder of the Bonnie Loch Fiddlers, she is sought after as a teacher and workshop clinician.

hailed as the “The Celtic Standard Bearers of Chautauqua County”, the duo have extensive experience at many types of events including weddings, receptions, art galleries, wineries and festivals. The pair have been a regular fixture at the regional Celtic Festival in Jamestown and the Highland Games in Ligonier (PA).

With a repertoire including Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian and Breton tunes, as well as songs for Contra Dance, Square Dance, Celtic Christmas and original pieces, Tillotson and Cunningham have two full CDs available on CD Baby, Spotify and iTunes. They can be followed on Facebook and ReverbNation.

This performance will feature the Bonnie Loch Fiddlers as special guests.

This performance is part of the Folk in Fredonia music series, which is generously sponsored by the Gilman family. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Opera members, and $10 for students, and can be purchased in person at the Opera box office or by phone at 716-679-1891, from Tuesday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fredopera.org at any time.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is a non-profit, member-supported performing arts center whose mission is to “Presenting the performing arts for the benefit of our community and our region…by providing access to artistic diversity…and high-quality programming at an affordable price. » It is located in the town hall in downtown Fredonia. For a full calendar of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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