Sunday, January 30, 2011

Snow Shoveling Blues

The record snowfall in January gave me a sore back and a new song.

The Snow Shoveling Blues by the Homegrown String Band
January 29, 2011 - Mineola, NY

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Back by Popular Demand

The Happy Family at The Watkins Glen Oldtime Fiddlers Gathering June 2010
Happy New Year everyone! January 2011 marks the 14th anniversary of the Homegrown String Band. It's hard to believe the family has been performing in public for nearly a decade and a half. We have gone from home school music lessons in the living room to live radio and TV, recording sessions, and prestigious venues around the country, including The Festival of American Music in Branson, MO, and The National Theater in Washington DC. Being a band on the road isn't all fun and games, there's the loading and unloading, traffic jams, performing in less than ideal conditions, and sometime sub standard accommodations, (not to mention just generally getting on each others nerves) but overall the experience of traveling and performing as a family has been a blast (see photo above). In 2010 Georgianne and I did a couple shows as Homegrown Two. We also performed as The Homegrown String Band with Tim Hryvniak on bass. In 2011 look for various configurations of family and friends ranging from a one man band to a five piece ensemble.

As we begin our 15th year as a performing family, we are pleased and proud to be once again selected to be a part of the Town of Oyster Bay's Distinguished Artist Series, a program where outstanding local artists are invited to perform at various venues around the town. Our performance will take place in the auditorium of the Plainview Old Bethpage Library on Saturday, January 15th at 8:00 pm.