Where: Unitarian Fellowship, Poughkeepsie, NY
When: Friday, November 17 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: Members: $25/Non-Members: $30

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If you haven’t heard the music of Molly Tuttle, rest assured, you will.

The newest artist to sign on to the Compass Records roster, she’s the first woman in the 27-year history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards to be nominated for Guitar Player of the Year, the only instrumental category that had not yet nominated a woman.

And, more importantly, she won.

In her acceptance speech, she said, “I want to be inspiration to other women to play lead guitar.” Indeed. Like the amazing Sierra Hull, who won for best mandolin player two years in a row — note she beat out THE mandolin player Sam Bush, also up for the same award, these young women are taking bluegrass by storm.

Tuttle was also nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly Tuttle has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, this fall, received a Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the instrumentalist category. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive song writing make her a star on the rise. She has already received more than two million YouTube views and is currently gearing up to release her first solo EP.


I am a "D'Addario Education Collective Teacher" and periodically, I'll get e-mails from the Collective on a variety of topics. Today I got one that caught my eye.

I've played with all sorts of people in all sorts of musical contexts over the years and believe me, I've seen just about every kind of 'chart' that you can imagine. Some of them are well done and some of them are almost impossible to follow.

In my experience, one type of chart is pretty much 'the standard' for allowing folks to share tunes and communicate their musical ideas with others. It simply lays out the 'bars or measures' in a tune, indicates the number of beats in each bar and indicates the chord (or chords) to be played in each bar. If done properly, it's almost impossible for anyone that you're playing with to 'get lost' while playing a tune following a chart like this.

Not everyone knows how to create this type of chart even though the process for creating them is pretty easy and straightforward. So, when I saw these videos I thought I'd pass them along to you. The videos are nicely done. In fact the instructions are so clear that even if you only invest the five minutes necessary to watch Part I, you'll know pretty much all you need to know to create or to read through one of these charts .... but do watch Part II as well! :-)

Where: 42 Haggerty Hill Rd, Rhinebeck, NY
When: Friday, Oct 27 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: Members: $20/Non-Members: $25

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including three GRAMMY nominations, six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship.

Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Her harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a writer, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others.

Blazing her own trail in the mid 70's when there were few role models for young women in the genre, Claire Lynch made history when she led the Front Porch String Band which evolved in the 80’s and 90’s into “one of the sharpest and most exciting post-modern bluegrass bands on the circuit.” She formed her own Claire Lynch Band in 2005 and has since consistently been a top pick of prestigious publications, critics and audiences across the U.S. and beyond.

Music lovers know that there’s no place like a music festival to hear the best tunes and have a good time with other revelers. According to statistics, 32 million people go to at least one U.S. music festival every year. Apart from a bluegrass fan favorite, Grey Fox, family-friendly festivals such as the Too Blue Summerfest at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park have also attracted bluegrass music festival goers of all ages.

If you really want to get in the spirit of a bluegrass festival and enjoy all of the acts, you might want to consider camping at the festival site with your family and friends. If you have a passion for music, cooking and eating together, and partying with other music lovers, then follow these tips on how to camp at a bluegrass festival.

Bring the essentials

Camping at a bluegrass festival won’t require as much gear as camping in the woods, so you only need to pack the essentials before heading to the festival site. Bluegrass festivals in the summer are often held outdoors, so it would be a good idea to bring a tent. It’s important to choose a tent that will protect you from the elements but will also allow proper ventilation. You will also need a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a camping stove, some basic cooking gear, food, a cooler, a basic first aid kit, and a few clothes.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Place:Arlington Green Park
46 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY

This marks the sixth year that the HVBA will have a presence at the Arlington Street Fair. We will begin with an open jam at 12:00pm and the bands will begin playing at 12:30.

The schedule will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Beginning in 2011, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association has had a very prominent presence at the Arlington Street Fair held in Poughkeepsie every Fall. This year we will be back!!!

Our tent is a very popular stopping point for the hundreds of visitors to the Fair to relax and enjoy the music. In addition, we have tee shirts and the CDs of each band available for sale.


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