Monday, June 29, 2015

HG3 - Fourth of July at the New Rochelle Grand Market

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 - Field Recordings: Vol. I

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 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

The Banjo Picking Girl

I married the Banjo Picking Girl thirty six years ago today.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Family on the Farm

"The Family That Plays Together" at the Sayville Historical Society's Edwards Farm Day.

photo by Ed Neale

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Edwards Farm Day Sayville, NY - June 7, 2015

Our Hostess Constance Currie of The Sayville Historical Society
One of our favorite days of the year! On Sunday, June 7th from 2-5 pm The Sayville Historical Society will host its "Afternoon on the Edwards Farm" at the corner of Edwards Street and Collins Avenue one block south of Butera's Restaurant. It is a wonderful event for young families that includes baby animals, hands-on quilting and weaving activities, churning homemade ice cream, planting seeds, grinding corn and playing old fashioned games. The Home Grown String Band will play their signature high-energy music! All are welcome. Admission is $4 per person and $15 for a family of four. Call 631 563-0186 for more information.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jean Ritchie Passes in Kentucky at Age 92

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