Thursday, December 17, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Join us for an afternoon of high energy acoustic roots music as The Homegrown String Band™ performs a program featuring original arrangements of traditional songs that have been covered by modern and classic rock, folk, and pop artists; including The Grateful Dead, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, John Prine, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and maybe, even one done by Anna Kendrick.
3 pm Sunday November 1, 2015
80 Franklin Ave
Pearl River, NY
Monday, October 5, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Founded in 1841 as the Queens County Agricultural Society, The Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties is one of the oldest agricultural societies in the United States. The Society has sponsored a fair on Long Island since 1842.
|Long Island Fairgrounds - Harpers, October 5, 1867|
This weekend The Homegrown String Band™ will be playing two sets on Sunday (2pm & 4pm) at the Long island Fair which takes place on the grounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage, NY. If the weather is fair we will be playing on a stage under the flagpole pictured in the Harpers illustration above. If the weather is un-fair we will move into the Exposition Building shown in the background.
NOTE: SATURDAY"S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELED
Monday, September 21, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
Sunday September 20, 2015
Sherwood Jayne House
Old Post Road
East Setauket, NY
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Bradstock in Center Moriches, NY, for a Saturday 12:30 pm set on the Flower Power Stage and then we're off to, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to do a show on Sunday at 11:30 am as part of their Fall Harvest Festival.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Saturday July 25, 2015 The Homegrown String Band at New Village on the green in Patchogue, NY.
1:00 to 3:30 pm
1 Village Green
Patchogue, NY 11772
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Monday night, @ 7 pm, July 20th, The Homegrown String Band™ will be performing as part of West Milford, New Jersey's summer concert series, "Monday Nights Under the Tent," sponsored by the West Milford Township Library. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain we will move to Town Hall.
West Milford Township Library
1490 Union Valley Road
West Milford, NJ 07480
Call 973-728-2820 for Directions and Contact information
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
"Recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Pancreatic Cancer, our father has created a "bucket list" of things he would love to do with the time he has left. My siblings and I are working to try to fulfill as many of these as we can. One wish our father had was to play with a family band from Long Island whom he has admired for years. With the gracious help of the band themselves, we have a date for this concert to happen. Depending on how his health is at this time, Paul will be playing AT LEAST a song or more with the band! We feel so lucky to have the kindness of others to help Dad make these wishes come true. We sincerely hope you can join us to celebrate his life and his passion for music!" - Emmie Maass
There will be a $15 cover charge, and if we book a full house, some of the proceeds will go to helping to fund additional items on Paul's list! Tickets are now available for preorder tickets online!
Monday, June 29, 2015
Join The Homegrown String Band™ Trio, Homegrown 3.0, for a special Fourth of July celebration at the New Rochelle Downtown Grand Market. Food, music, and other community programs throughout the day. The event takes place on Library Green; our set runs from 12 to 1pm.
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Homegrown String Band™ is proud to announce the release of a "new" live CD, "Field Recordings: Volume I." The album was recorded at four separate performances in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, between 2004 and 2010. It includes thirteen music tracks as well as a snippet from a radio interview. The CD is currently available (for $10) at HGSB gigs, by mail (free shipping) from us (PO Box 1251 Rocky Point, NY 11778) and on CD Baby. It will also be on Apple Music and Amazon.com in the near future. We will be celebrating the release of our new CD (as well as the life of Paul Maass) at our upcoming show at The Towne Crier in Beacon, NY, on Thursday July 9, 2015.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
|Our Hostess Constance Currie of The Sayville Historical Society|
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Kentucky folk singer and mountain dulcimer player (and builder) Jean Ritchie passed away yesterday. Jean came to NY in the 1940s, she and her husband George Pickow lived in Port Washington (on Long Island) for many years. Some years ago, when we were performing at the Port Washington Library, Jean and George came to see us. I didn't know they were in the audience until I offered a free Homegrown String Band CD to anyone in the audience who knew who Lily Mae Ledford or Tommy Jarrell were. Of course Jean knew who they were, she knew each personally, and had played music with both of them. Jean had a regal and (to my eyes) larger than life presence, she would have been American folk music royalty, if there was such a thing
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Darlington Arts Center in Garnett Valley, PA on Saturday May 9th. There will be an open mic starting at 7:30, our show starts at 8:00 pm. General Admission Tickets are $15 ($10 for members) This is a real nice intimate listening room in the Philadelphia area, check it out!
977 Shavertown Rd
Garnet Valley, PA 19060
Tel. Tel: (610) 358.3632
Monday, April 27, 2015
On Saturday May 2, 2015 The Homegrown String Band will be rolling in to Syosset for a special performance at The Syosset Public Library. The show is part of the Town of Oyster Bay's Distinguished Artist Series. The concert starts at 7:30pm and is free to the public, seating available on a first come first serve basis.
225 South Oyster Bay Road
Syosset, NY 11791-5897
Friday, April 24, 2015
Any fellow banjonauts (nuts) who want to check it out can see and hear it at one of our upcoming shows:
May 2, 2015, 7:30 pm at The Syosset Public Library in Syosset, NY
May 9, 2015, 7:00 pm at The Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley. PA
Monday, April 13, 2015
On Friday April 17, 2015 The Homegrown String Band will be going over the river to Bridgewater, NJ for an evening of traditional and original American music presented by The Friends of the Bridgewater Township Library. The show starts at 7:30 pm and admission is free.
1 Vogt Dr.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
|Making Sauerkraut photo by Rick Jackofsky|
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
I’ll be taking time out from my maple sugaring to join my fellow Homies for a gig this weekend. Maybe we’ll play Maple Leaf Rag or Sugarfoot Rag . . . well probably not, but we will be playing some original tunes as well as a few by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, Leadbelly, The Carter Family, and Bob Dylan.
The Homegrown String Band at The Oceanside Library
Sunday, March 15th at 2pm
Free Show - Doors Open at 1:30.
30 Davison Ave Oceanside, NY 11572 (516) 766-2360
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
|Day One - 2 1/2 Quarts of Maple Syrup - photo by Rick Jackofsky|
What a long cold winter! Sugar time starts when the daytime temps are above freezing and overnight temps are still below freezing. Sunday was the first time the temperature cracked the freezing mark this year. I added a few more taps this year for a total of nine. Annalee and I tapped the trees Saturday morning and the sap was really flowing well Sunday and Monday. I got up early this morning determined to get in a good day of boiling before the rain started. Thanks to some nice dry wood, including some sappy pine that practically exploded when I put it in the fire, I was able to boil down about 25 gallons of sap for a yield of two and a half quarts of sweet Long Island maple syrup in only eight hours. My most productive sugaring day so far.
March 16, 2015 - Day 2:
|Cinder Block Evaporator photo - by Rick Jackofsky|
March 22, 2015 - Day 3:
Boiled 32 gallons of sap today to make three quarts of syrup. My collection buckets were overflowing yesterday and today. I pulled my taps, I still have about another 20 gallons of sap, but no more dry wood, so I'm done for the year. Total yield for the year, two gallons plus a cup. Next year I will cut back to 6 or 7 taps unless I come up with a more efficient evaporator and gather a bigger supply of wood.
2016 Sugar Diary
2014 Sugar Diary
2013 Sugar Diary
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Took time out from snow shoveling to dig through our desk drawers. This is one of the treasures we unearthed; an eight minute video of The Homegrown String Band jamming with Ken "The Rocket" Korb and Artie Scholtz at The Riverhead Heritage Festival in September 2000. This was so much fun, I am so glad that Lisa Dabrowski captured it on video.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
All told, we spent about four hours shoveling, but only got a mild case of The Snow Shoveling Blues.
Friday, January 23, 2015
|Spicy Fermented Tofu - photo by Rick Jackofsky|
To make fermented tofu you cut up a block of firm tofu into one inch cubes, put them on a baking sheet between two tea towels and press them under a two pound of weight for two hours. The pressed tofu is then placed in a glass baking dish covered in plastic wrap (with a few holes poked through.) Then the fun(gi) begins: you leave the tofu out in a warm room (I used a bread proofer since our house is so cool this time of year) for two or three days until the tofu passes the three S test. When the tofu is Slimy, Splotchy, and Stinky it's time to marinate and refrigerate. You should let it sit in the fridge for at least a week or more; then you will have a creamy, spicy, pungent, delicious condiment that keeps indefinitely.
Monday, January 12, 2015
This Saturday, January 17th, The full band will be doing some Jammin' at Crazy Beans in Miller Place. Come on down have a cup of coffee or a mug of beer with some Homegrown Jam. It's a free show (donations are much appreciated). We'll be playing from 7 pm 'til 9 pm or so.
465 Rt 25A Miller Place, NY
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Our first show of 2015 will be a Homegrown Two, aka: Cackle & Crow, show at the North Babylon Public Library. Georgianne and I will be performing from 2 to 3:30 pm on Sunday January 11th. The show will feature ballads, blues, and banjo tunes played on banjo, guitar, harmonica, dulcimer, banjo-uke, ukelele, and doumbek. I'm really looking forward to performing some of the guitar/dulcimer duets Georgianne and I often play together at home as well as some solo clawhammer banjo tunes that don't usually make it into full band shows.
|The Mountain Dulcimer, an American Musical Tradition|
2:00 pm January 11, 2015
815 Deer Park Avenue
North Babylon, NY 11703