We are sad to have to cancel this house concert. However, you can still catch this band on Saturday night at the Rosendale Cafe.

This bluegrass trio plays beautifully crafted and arranged songs... many of them being Abby's originals, along with some standards, and even one of her brother's. The songs are delivered with intricate three part harmonies, and the stellar musicianship of Ellery Marshall on the banjo and Jeff Picker on the bass.

You might Abby Hollander playing last year at the Cafe with another of her bands, The Boot Heel Drag. She's a singer, songwriter, and guitar player originally from Woodstock, NY. Coming from a family of musicians, she was raised on an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, and jazz... which were played on the stereo a little and the back porch a lot. In her travels so far she's studied voice, violin, and theatre; absorbed some swing and blues from a stint in Austin; taught English to little kids in Spain; taught Spanish to little kids in Brooklyn; and moved a piano across the country twice to finally settle in New York and make music.

Cost: $10.00

When: Friday, May 29 @ 7:30pm
Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Adults: $15
Students: $5
Children Under 12:     Free

This Friday night marks the final performance for the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association's Showcase Series until we resume in September. While we present two nationally recognized bluegrass bands each year, the HVBA created this series as a way to bring talented bands to the Mid-Hudson Valley. The setting is intimate and we work hard to bring the best talent to you each month.

Please join us this Friday in welcoming Stained Grass Window to Poughkeepsie.

Stained Grass Window is a five piece ensemble from central Pennsylvania. They've been performing in the northeast United States for the past twenty -two years appearing at a number of the region's larger bluegrass festivals as well as numerous family-centered events large and small. They include on their resume` an engagement on a cruise ship in the Bahamas with Valerie Smith.

As they describe themselves, 'we've worked hard to develop ourselves musically but what really matters is that those who make up our audiences feel that they just enjoyed enjoyed themselves during our performance.'

photo by Joan Harrison

“I started playing the banjo at age 15 and never stopped.”

On May 20th, Ben Freed died of a massive heart attack. He leaves behind his wife Nomi, their daughters Madelyn and Liza, and a far reaching network of musicians with whom he shared his love of the banjo and bluegrass music. He was generous with his knowledge and a highly respected instructor who mentored many of our finest young banjo players.

Ben developed a dynamically driving style, citing Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs, Tony Trischka and Alan Munde as major influences. Four CDs of all original music attest to his gifts as a composer, producer, and player. Pete Wernick called Ben’s Suite for Bluegrass Banjo “one of the best banjo records, ever.” Ben also played on the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers film “Raising Arizona”, “The Simpsons”, and numerous commercial soundtracks.

As a member of Diamonds in the Rough, Laurie and the Locals, American Flyer, The Soy Boys, The Corn Fed Dogs, and most recently, The Sleepy Hollow String Band, Ben declared that “performing live music with my friends is an exhilaration that is hard to describe.”

Do your brain a favor - play some music When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

By Anita Collins, Educator
TedEd: Lessons Worth Sharing

When: Friday, April 24 @ 7:30pm
Where: Christ Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Adults: $15
Students: $5
Children Under 12:     Free

So, “Who’s is playing what?,” you ask inquisitively? Enter your answers into the form below and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See if you can figure it out. Dick Bowden's Flying Circus is the band of bands! And revealing the names of the band members is the equivalent of Snowden's leak of the NSA spying...of Julian Assange's Wikileaks. Fortunately, HVBA has been contacted by the master whistle blower within the bluegrass community.

Just as Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Deep Throat are among the famous "leakers" in history. We are pleased to able to add one of own to the list.

And just as Deep Throat's identity remained secret for many years, our source, too, needs to have his/her identify protected. As you can imagine, HVBA members have been sworn to secrecy in order to protect the safety of this valuable source. If necessary, the editor of our website may simply have to serve a long prison term for the sake of protecting the First Amendment (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right ……).

So … what exactly WAS Dick Bowden's response when he was informed of the leak? It is no surprise that Dick firmly pleaded with us to not to use REAL names, stating: “We're sensitive about that. Tell [the editor] it's Witness Protection kind of stuff... "

Are you kidding, Dick? There is simply NO way that the HVBA wants to keep this news from the public. Our members need to know these kinds of secrets. Some day, maybe a movie will even be written called the “Inside the Mind of an HVBA Leaker” or “Citizen Five” and, by then, we’re sure that even Dick will understand.

Ah, seriously, it is too early to leak the names and so we’ve gone ahead and warned our own "Deep Throat" to be prepared to head for Russia. In the meantime, see if you can name the band’s members.

Dick Bowden's Flying Circus

  1. ________________________ (Mandolin)
  2. ________________________ (Guitar)
  3. ________________________ (Bass)
  4. ________________________ (Banjo)

The well-known bluegrass musician and band leader, Dick Bowden, having learnt the hard way that there is more money in booking bluegrass than playing it, has formed a Light Entertainment Squadron (detached) known as Dick Bowden’s Flying Circus. Without a doubt, it is something completely different in the bluegrass field! (Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more, say no more.)

Mr. Bowden, as impresario, has combed the ranks of the services of the Allies and gathered together a number of the finest talents in bluegrass music and military aeronautical science. (Total number currently approaching reinforced battalion strength.) Due to the exacting and exhausting nature of the Flying Circus programme, show assignments are rotated among these many brave volunteers.


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