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Paris Texas & Friends

Paris Texas performs an eclectic repertoire of vintage bluegrass, western and gypsy swing music.    The band features the jaw-dropping guitar playing of Bobby Henrie who performs Doc Watson and Django Reinhardt with equal passion and precision. He recently released Doc Remembrances, a tribute to one of his musical heros Doc Watson, and performs rockabilly with Bobby Henrie and the Goners and gypsy swing with the Djangoners.   Bobby is not only a fine jazz, rockabilly and bluegrass guitarist but also an accomplished old time fiddler. Bobby and Doug are music legends in the Finger Lakes region having performed with the Henrie Brothers at festivals thoughout the United States.  Doug performs with Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads and many other finger lakes bands.  Rick Manning performs bluegrass, swing and contradance fiddle and mandolin with Paris Texas, the Falling Waters Trio (Grietzer-Hodgson-Manning), the Contradictions and, formerly, Cornerstone in the Ithaca and Finger Lakes area.   Rick has recorded five CD’s – three in Nashville with Cornerstone in the 1990’s and most recently two  with the Falling Waters Trio. He is also the founder and director of the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival and the Falling Waters Music Camp, both held during January at La Tourelle.

Paris Texas will be joined for a mini-set with Judy Hyman and Tim Ball, a well-received show they performed at Cornell's Schwartz Hall this past summer that features old-time, irish and bluegrass fiddle styles. 


With roots in classical training, traditional fiddle music, and modern rock, Judy is a founding member of The Horse Flies. She has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and recorded 8 albums with ‘Flies, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records. Judy composes music for film/television/multi-media and received an Emmy Award in 2006. Judy has toured and recorded with pop singer Natalie Merchant several times and appears on her albums, The House Carpenter’s Daughter and Leave Your Sleep.  In 2012 she released an album of her original waltzes, Late Last Summer, with her dad, renowned pianist Dick Hyman. Judy has been featured in Electronic Musician Magazine and twice in Fiddler Magazine.


Tim Ball is a fiddler, guitarist, and teacher from the Ithaca area. His music reflects a variety of influences, from New England contra dance music to rural New York State fiddlers to Irish music, classical, and jazz. A member of numerous groups including the traditional Irish band Traonach, the fiddle-jazz fusion band Tempest, and the string band O’Shanigans, Tim is known for his creativity, sensitivity, and deep respect for traditional music and dance. Tim attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he to studied classical violin and became an avid contra dancer and an enthusiastic dance musician. Tim also teaches violin, fiddle, and guitar in the Ithaca area and is currently recording a duo fiddle CD with Sophie Orzechowski.