Rattlesnake Fangs, Fiddles & Folklore

People have always had a strange fascination with rattlesnakes. As one of America’s most poisonous snakes, they are both feared and hated, and yet their rattles are prized for their mythical and magical properties.

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An Interview with Andy Bing

HVBA member Andrew Bing, 61, is just a year into his retirement from a career as a lawyer for New York State, but he’s staying busy running Vassar College’s continuing-education program, “Bluegrass–Folk Music in Overdrive.” The program is “a six-session … Read More

Bluegrass: Folk Music in Overdrive

The HVBA has a very simple Mission Statement and here it is: The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association — or HVBA — was founded in 1994 to knit together the bluegrass community of musicians and fans. The HVBA is chartered as … Read More

Bluegrass Intensive Weekend

Tara Linhardt is once again partnering with RiverArts and running a Bluegrass Intensive Weekend offering instruction on all the main bluegrass instruments. The workshop will be open to adult students at every level of instruction and experience. The camp will … Read More

Cowboys in Bluegrass Music?

As a kid, I desperately wanted to be a cowboy. I dreamed of owning a horse, riding the range, and doing what cowboys did. And why wouldn’t I? Every night I slept under a cowboy blanket and my lunch box … Read More

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