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.


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

Thursday, July 21, 2016
42 Haggerty Hill Road - Rhinebeck, NY


Those of you who have been to Lyn Rosen's home are already familiar with the comfortable seating, the welcoming hostess, and the extraordinary acoustics.

How lucky for us that Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley are going to be in the Mid-Hudson area on July 21. And how lucky for us that Lyn Rosen is opening her home to them that evening.

Before the beginning of Time....well, at least before the HVBA went digital, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association communicated with our members through snail mail. Jeff Anzevino, founder of the HVBA sent out 44 issues of "Jamboree" to inform local bluegrass lovers about what was going on in the Hudson Valley. We are missing a two of them, but here are the ones we were able to recover for posterity.

Here are the newsletters.

Editor's Note: This is the second blog published by EFF. This case has not been completely resolved as SONY has agreed to release their claims only under certain conditions. Stay tuned for further developments.


We're pleased to report that Sony Music backtracked on its accusation of copyright infringement against the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, and HVBA's educational video remains freely available to the public. But the music label’s response leads us to think that Sony's misuse of copyright and of YouTube’s automated enforcement system will continue.

We wrote last week about how YouTube’s system, Content ID, incorrectly flagged HVBA’s own video as infringing. The video, an hour-long lecture on the history of bluegrass music, triggered the Content ID filters because it contained three clips of bluegrass recordings copyrighted by Sony, each around 30 seconds and surrounded by a discussion of the music and its historical relevance. That’s an obvious fair use under copyright law, one that any human reviewer with minimal training would recognize.

Where: Unitarian Fellowship: 67 S. Randolph Avenue - Poughkeepsie
When: Sunday, June 12 @ 4:30pm
Adults: $15
Students: $5
Children Under 12:     Free

In April, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association presented its third six-week educational series for the Marist College Center for Lifetime Study program.

Led by David Gandin, each class session featured lectures along with live music and, in particular, each bluegrass instrument was demonstrated by a top musician.

To culminate this class, all of the individual musicians will come together on June 12 for a rousing and exciting concert in Poughkeepsie.

All-Star Band!!! Who are these guys?


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