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Canal Street String Band Live at the Earlville Opera House!


Join us at the Earlville Opera House on Saturday, November 23 at 7PM to hear the American musicianship of the Canal Street String Band! Tickets cost $18 for Non-Members, $15 for Members! Youth 17 and under pay only $10, and college students pay half off general admission! Call us at 315-691-3550 or visit us online at to reserve yours today!

With three voices, fifty-five strings, and a pair of cow bones, The Canal Street String Band puts a brand-new shine on some seriously fun old American music.

Fiddle tunes…sea shanties...cowboy songs...canal ditties...mountain music...western swing...and originals too, with banjo, fiddle, twin mandolins, string bass, dobro, guitar, octave mandolin, assorted "pocket" instruments, and three-part harmonies. Stellar musicianship combines with an undeniable sense of adventure and plenty of hokum to produce an irresistibly good time. The audience has fun too.

Phil Banaszak plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar, and sings. A New York State fiddle champion and member of the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, Phil has the lowest-pitched singing voice ever, and a world-class mustache to boot.

Dave Ruch, a full-time musician/performer/music researcher/teaching artist, sings and plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, octave mandolin, bones, spoons, jaw harp and probably some other things too.

Jim Whitford, a Buffalo Music Hall of Famer and sideman to the stars (Peter Case, Tarbox Ramblers, Gurf Morlix, Linda McRae), rocks the string bass as well as playing dobro and guitar and singing out with all he's got. His dogs have names like Hazel and Merle.

Special thanks to our hospitality sponsors Fred’s Inn of Norwich, NY and the Poolville Country Store and B&B, Poolville, NY.

NEW: Make it an evening out and receive 20% off dinner at Poolville Country Store by presenting your EOH show ticket, or receive 10% off your show ticket by presenting your Poolville dinner receipt at the Box Office! Call the Poolville Country Store at 315-691-2677 for dinner reservations!

Show your ticket at the Huff Brau and receive the happy hour drink rate on your first drink after the show!

The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street in the quaint Village of Earlville, NY 13332. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling (315) 691-3550.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.