Kurpil Family Fiddlers 2018


The Kurpil Family Fiddlers, Christina Jones, Sam Kurpil, Cindy Gieger, and Garrett Diehl. Photo provided by Christina Jones.

Kurpil Family Fiddlers to perform at the Time and the Valleys Museum, Grahamsville Sunday, August 26th

[Grahamsville, N.Y.] – The Kurpil Family Fiddlers will perform at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County, on Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m.. They will perform their toe tapping fiddle music while intermingling local fiddle music history, song history and the origins of fiddling.

The Kurpil Family are native Sullivan County residents. John Kurpil came to America with his fiddle and he taught his children to play. His sons Sam and Peter Kurpil of Liberty started their own band in the 1950’s called the Kurpil Ranch Boys. Along with their brother-in-law Joe, they played and sang current music of the day accompanying themselves on guitars and fiddle. Sam went on to teach his children and grandchildren the same old time fiddle music, and in 1997 he created a band by the name “The Kurpil Family Fiddlers”. They continue to entertain many crowds throughout the county. The band consists of Sam on guitar and his daughters Cindy Gieger and Christina Jones doing fiddle and vocals. On occasion they are joined by grandson Rudy Gieger and granddaughter Kathleen Burns.

The program is FREE for members, and $3 for non-members. This very entertaining programs also includes an exhibit of fiddle photos and memorabilia, raffle prizes, trivia sheets and light refreshments. For further information call 845 985-7700, email info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or visit www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org.

About the Time and the Valleys Museum: Connecting Water, people and the Catskills, the Time and the Valleys Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and weekends in September.

Current exhibitions:

  • Water and the Valleys, an exhibit on the history of the Rondout and Neversink watershed area
    from early geological times to the 20th century. This newly renovated exhibition includes
    interactives such as a Native American artifact guessing game, grinding corn with a mortar and
    pestle, videos and more.
  • Tunnels, Toil and Trouble: New York City’s Quest for Water and the Rondout-Neversink
    an interactive exhibit on NYC water supply system and the towns that were removed to build the system, which includes computer interactives, games, puzzles, videos and building a dam and tunnel.
  • Picture Yourself(ie) in the 1930s a completely hands on and immersive exhibition on life in the 1930s.

The Museum is located at 332 Main Street (St. Rt. 55) in Grahamsville Sullivan County. Adult admission is a suggested donation of $5, Children under 16 $2, and children under six are free. Town of Neversink and Town of Denning residents receive free admission every Thursday. As a Blue Star Museum, the Museum offers free admission to active duty military members and up to five family members. For more information call 845 985-7700, e-mail info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or visit www.timeandthevalleysmuseum.org. Groups, camps and schools are always welcome – Guided tours are conducted for groups of 15 to 100 people throughout the year.