Monday, 29 September 2014
Bob Snider is a musician you’ve never heard of, though nevertheless he has spent his life in music, playing in the streets of Toronto and in folk clubs across Canada. He’s also written two books on performing and songwriting, and they draw from his long experience reaching audiences. There is a lot of wisdom in those books—since he’s never gained fame, he always has to work hard to gain and keep the ear of an audience.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
The HVBA is ecstatic to be presenting one of the most entertaining and talented bluegrass bands in the country. The much beloved Dry Branch Fire Squad is coming to Poughkeepsie for our annual Fall Concert.
In thirty-five years of music making, Rounder recording artists, Dry Branch Fire Squad, have become an institution in American acoustic music. Inspired by a fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old time and southern gospel music, Dry Branch Fire Squad is fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason. Unlike most bluegrass groups, Dry Branch Fire Squad sells neither itself, its members, nor even particular bluegrass songs. What it markets are the emotions which stimulated the creation of bluegrass and mountain music as well as a taste of the culture in which this music evolved.
A native of southwest Virginia, Thomason founded the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 1976. To date, the band has recorded over twenty-three projects and performed at the most prestigious acoustic music venues and festivals in North America. Most bluegrass observers agree that Dry Branch’s current line-up is one of its strongest ever: in addition to Ron Thomason on mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; other group members are Brian Aldridge on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals; Tom Boyd on banjo, Dobro and harmony vocals; and Danny Russell on bass and harmony vocals.
Tickets can be purchased online or by mailing a check (payable to the HVBA) to:
c/o Lynn Lipton
21 Adriance Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Thursday, 25 September 2014
Mike Scott is one of those guys who has a thousand-watt smile—his album covers look like ads for dental work—and always seem to be selling something. Indeed, what he is selling is himself and his ability to do so is prodigious. There are a lot of great banjo players out there, though of course you don’t have to be great to make good music, you just have to elbow your way in front of an audience. Scott is one of those banjo players. He is a host of the television show, “Reno’s Old Time Music,” or so says his bio, though it’s kind of stretching a point—I know I’m sounding nitpicky and grumpy, but Ronnie Reno is the host, and Scott plays in his band. It’s just another instance of him having the salesman’s gift of stretching a point.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
This is a minimalist’s dream of an album. For the most part it is just Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott and a guitar or two. There are guest appearances (my favorite is John Prine singing on his own song “Paradise.”) But for the most part this is just two guys singing and strumming (and occasionally picking) together. This is front porch, late afternoon, music.
Saturday, 06 September 2014
When: September 26 @ 7:30pm
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Tickets: $15.00 at the door
Children 10 and Under: Free
Kicking off the new HVBA Showcase Concert Series this year are The Feinberg Brothers and we are so lucky to have such a prestigious band open this season for us.
The Feinberg Brothers are a bluegrass duo from Long Island, New York. Consisting of brothers Rourke and Patrick, the two are among the top, young bluegrass artists in the North Eastern United States. Having grown up with the sounds of bluegrass emanating throughout their house, their love of the genre came quickly. And it didn’t hurt to have some of the area’s best musicians come to pick at the house, giving the boys easy access to a wealth of talent. The brothers had front row seats for sessions from Andy Falco, Patrick Falco, Terry McGill, Dave Thompson, Dave Hampton, and Michael Cleveland, who all offered and received tutelage from along the way.
Friday, 05 September 2014
Yes! The bells toll for us! Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes created the recording session they’ve all wanted to do together and we are the beneficiaries! This recording was done knowing Mike Auldridge, battling cancer, had little time left.
Mike Auldridge’s cool, smooth style has mesmerized many a dobro player. His uncanny intonation, slick riffs and mellow tone are musical fruit. Gone now, with his death, a few days after Christmas 2012. He was born December 30, 1938. His recorded music abounds but watching him play up close was a joyful event!