Max Maksimik: Last time John Reishmann and the Jaybirds were on the East Coast was in 2013. It's great having you back three years later, but I wish it wasn't so long between shows!

John Reischmann: We're very happy to be returning to the East Coast for some concerts, including the Freshgrass on the 18th and the Friday night concert at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall in Poughkeepsie on the 16th. And I was just thinking about playing at the Town Crier in Poughkeepsie 35 years ago when I was on tour with the with the Tony Rice Unit, so it's good to be playing back here 35 years later.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This will be the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association's fourth year at the Arlington Street Fair and it is always a joyful day of music, attracting hundreds of visitors and residents.

This year we have six outstanding HVBA member bands to perform and the day will begin with a 30 minute on-stage open jam, so bring your instruments for the 11:30pm open jam and then join the crowd for a day of outstanding bluegrass music! Oh, and lots of great food, street vendors, fun....and did we say Bluegrass Music?

Note: Moonshine Falls is a Member Band of the HVBA

Dave McKeon of Moonshine Falls was awarded first prize in the song writing contest at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival on August 13th. His song "Sweet Annie Mae" had already gotten praise by No Depression, Journal of Roots Music describing it as seamless with traditional bluegrass songs with the story of "a joyful celebration of a fiancee who says, "yes". Sweet Anne Mae, with her driving mandolin and banjo tracks. Listeners are immediately uplifted into a buoyant bluegrass frame of mind that lasts until the last note". In his review of Moonshine Falls' debut album, Weeds in the Ballast, Mark Hudson of the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association describes it as having a "bluegrass swing and a joyful lilt" and goes further to complement Dave's song writing ability stating the song shows "real songwriting talent accompanied by true musicianship".

September 16 is the first Showcase Concert of our 2016-2017 season. Our new venue has only excellent seats and acoustics. Hope to see you there!

When: Friday, September 16 @ 7:30pm
Where: Unitarian Fellowship - 67 S. Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie
Tickets: HVBA Members/$15 - Non-Members: $20
Students: $5
Children Under 12:     Free

Years of European and North American tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations...little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of story-telling and side-show humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material.

For many years now the HVBA has staged high quality bluegrass concerts at various locations in the Hudson Valley, each venue offering a unique perspective for the band and audience. Last week’s concert, featuring Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, happened to be set at a beautiful house tucked away in the rural farm land of Rhinebeck, NY. This was both my first time seeing a Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley concert and my first time at this venue. I’ve listened to Rob Ickes play with Blue Highway for many years and always enjoy his powerful bluesy solos. I had never seen Trey Hensley perform, but have watched countless videos of him playing solo or in tandem with Ickes.

JOHN REISCHMAN & THE BLUEJAYS

September 16, 2016

Years of European and North American tours, five critically acclaimed albums, two Juno nominations and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations...little wonder, the buzz around John Reischman and The Jaybirds continues to grow. Like the mandolinist at its helm, the group fashions a stylish, elegant take on bluegrass that is at once innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned, yet unselfconsciously new. To see their live show is to believe it. A genial blend of story-telling and side-show humor provides the backdrop to their studied performance of original songs, instrumentals, and newly arranged traditional material.


BLUEGRASS IN ARLINGTON

September 24, 2016

11:30 - Jam
12:00 - R. J. Storm & Old Time
1:00 - Rich Hines & The Hillbilly Drifters
2:00 - Two Dollar Goat
3:00 - Dyer Switch
4:00 - Hudson Crossing
5:00 - Rich O’Hanley’s Band: Rip & The Sleepy Hollow Boys

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