We are sad to report the loss of a good friend and ardent lover of bluegrass music.

Howard L. Tubbs, 79, died on February 2, 2011 after a 15 year struggle with Parkinson's Disease.

Howard had many interests, including maintaining and enjoying antique wooden boats, square dancing, and playing harmonica. Howard was a master carpenter, had a gentle, easy going nature, was always eager to lend a helping hand, and was a regular at HVBA concerts, especially during our early years. Our condolences go out to his entire family and friends, especially his wife Dolores. Anyone who has been connected with the HVBA since the beginning knows that Dolores was our very first member, served for many years as Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Coordinator, and our first board meetings were held in Howard and Dolores' home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dutchess County SPCA.

This is a fine collection of songs from the Virginia based band Lost & Found, which last year marked its 30th year. Allen Mills, bass player and founding member, plays on all 14 cuts, and the CD contains songs from the current band as well as past configurations. There is a consistency of professional musicianship and recording throughout that ties this package together, plus the songs are all interesting and well chosen. Allen Mills is a great singer and songwriter himself, and two of his numbers are found here, “If Today Was The Last Day” and “Sweet Rosie By The River”. There are also songs written by Pete Goble, Randall Hylton, and Randall's sister, Wanda Dalton.

The concert, co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, was fraught with sound and equipment problems but that didn't bother the audience or stop Claire Lynch from putting on an enjoyable concert. New addition Matt Wingate showed that Claire Lynch had chosen the right replacement for the formidable Jim Hurst. Matt compliments the group with not only guitar but mandolin as well. It's a nice combination when Jason Thomas is on fiddle and Matt on mandolin. Claire's jovial style and bell-like voice made the sound problems trivial. Jason Thomas shows how a sideman should play, weaving his notes into the spaces between vocals with a delicate and soft touch--whether fiddle or mandolin.

When: Saturday, March 5 at 7:00pm (come earlier and have your dinner)
Where: Sugar & Spice Café - Poughkeepsie Plaza
Tickets: Available at the Door 

From Jerry Oland:
I have personally known most of these fine musicians since the early 1990's, when I picked banjo with the Massachusetts band Bear Acker and Billings Gap. During that period we performed many shows with these folks, and I can attest they're all solid bluegrass veterans. Robert and Lillian Fraker for many years headed up the Bear Bridge Band from Western Massachusetts, and Dick Bowden is a wonderful bluegrass singer and instrumentalist from the State of Maine. Terry McGill you may recognize from the New Jersey based band Straight Drive, and Herb Applin is just about a bluegrass legend in New England. They know bluegrass inside and out, they've paid their dues, and they're from our neck of the woods. I'm excited they're traveling all the way to Poughkeepsie to perform for us, and I hope you come out to hear them.
 From Bluegrass Unlimited:
The Old Time Bluegrass Singers are bluegrass pioneer Herb Applin on mandolin, Lillian Fraker on bass, Terry McGill on banjo, Dick Bowden on guitar, and Robert Fraker on guitar. All contribute vocals. Applin was designated a pioneer by the IBMM (International Bluegrass Music Museum) for his work with the Lilly Brothers, Don Stover, and Joe Val, all strong roots of bluegrass in New England."Herb Applin, mandolin and fiddle. Much honored senior bluegrass performer in New England known for his startling tenor voice. From Boston, now living in Pepperell Mass. The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro KY named Herb a Bluegrass Pioneer.

The Gibson Brothers started their 2011 schedule in the warm venue of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, NY. It was a typically exciting and smooth Gibson Brothers performance. Sandwiching some of the new songs on their upcoming February CD release with past original hits and covers, they also responded to audience requests. Anticipating the next bit of repartee between Leigh and Eric Gibson is an added bonus when watching the Gibson Brothers perform.

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Where  Sugar & Spice Café
  2600 South Road (Poughkeepsie Plaza)
  Poughkeepsie, NY
When Friday, February 11 at 6:30pm
Special C returns to Poughkeepsie to give a very "special" evening to those who register first.  This event will be open only to 25 jammers, but the capacity for the room is 50.  If you are a musician who would enjoy some jamming with Special C and be treated to a very intimate concert, as well, this evening is for you.  Bring your non-musician friends and family, too!


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