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House Concert - Brother Harmony Through The Years - Gibson Brothers

Where: 42 Haggerty Hill Road - Rhinebeck, NY
Date: Sunday - December 14, 2014
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Tickets: $35/Members - $40/Non-Members

So you thought you lost out? Thought you had to miss this unusual and intimate concert?

The tickets for the December 4 concert at Christ Church were sold out in less than 48 hours and generated a waiting list. We have just found out that The Gibson Brothers have the afternoon of Sunday, December 14 available for a second concert.

This one will be held at a private home in Rhinebeck, NY. The house is large and has amazing acoustics (as well as many comfortable chairs).

You should NOT wait to purchase your seats, as we have already begun to sell them just through contacting the waiting list or answering frantic calls from people wanting to hear their favorite band!!!

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November Showcase: Cricket Tell The Weather

When: Friday, November 21
Time: 6:30pm - Open Jam / 7:30pm - Concert
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

Winners of the 2013 FreshGrass Award

Tickets: $15.00 at the door
Students: $5.00
Children 10 and Under: Free

Based in the New York-Connecticut area, Cricket Tell the Weather is an indie string band featuring bluegrass-inspired original music. Winners of the 2013 FreshGrass Award, Cricket is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, and expands to include rock, pop, and chamber ensemble elements. Award-winning songwriters Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) and Jason Borisoff (guitar) received a blue ribbon in 2011 at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Competition for their co-written song “Remington”. They are joined by NYC native Doug Goldstein on the banjo and Jeff Picker on bass from Portland, OR. The band has twice been awarded the Neighborhood Arts & Heritage Grant from the City of Bridgeport, and is actively involved in providing bluegrass workshops to to students of all ages under their “American Roots Revival” workshop series. Committed to respecting and furthering the traditions of American music, the quartet’s voice carries a new spirit that explores a century of influences, owing as much to the traditions that inspired bluegrass to the journey that follows.

Review: Dry Branch Fire Squad Concert

Friday night at Christ Church saw an intimate annual Fall concert for the lucky people who attended the Dry Branch Fire Squad's concert for the HVBA. It was an opportunity to see this band up close and personal and listen to Ron Thomason's drawl with his tall tales of real happenings based on actual true facts which he swears really happened and, for which, he said, he had documentary evidence to back it up if anyone had the wherewithal or interest to actually check it out.

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Fall Concert: Dry Branch Fire Squad

When: October 24, 2014
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Tickets at The Door: $20/Members - $25/Non-Members

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.

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