Thursday, December 17, 2020

Party in the Henhouse

The Homegrown String Band™  Party in the Henhouse 
Recorded December 12, 2020 at a Zoom show sponsored by

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Final Homegrown String Band Zoom Show of 2020


Saturday, December 12th at 2 pm The Homegrown String Band™ will once again be projecting their music out into cyberspace. This virtual performance is sponsored by The Amityville Public Library.

To register email: with "Homegrown String Band" as the subject and your full name in the body of the email. Then we'll email you the Zoom link for the concert.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!


Staying home, baking and breaking bread with "The Family that Plays Together". Maple oat whole wheat bread made from fresh ground spring wheat baked in a convection toaster oven. Looking forward to our vegan Thanksgiving feast, thankful for what we've got.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! from The Homegrown String Band

Saturday, November 14, 2020

* The Homegrown String Band™ - The Gallows Pole *


*Child Ballad # 95 - Gallows Pole, AKA Maid Freed From the Gallows performed by The Homegrown String Band™ November 8, 2020, from a Zoom show sponsored by The Franklin Township Library in Somerset, N.J. * (This video was captured at a relatively low resolution, to see "The Family That Plays Together" in our full HD glory sign up for our next Zoom show!)

Monday, November 2, 2020

HGSB "Zoom Show" Sunday November 8, 2020 @ 2 pm

American Roots Music — A Free Virtual Concert

This Sunday, November 8th, we will be doing a Zoom concert sponsored by the Franklin Township Public Library. The show runs from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Contact The Homegrown String Band™ or The Franklin Township Public Library to get the meeting link. 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Another "Zoom" Show September 10, 2020 - 6:30 pm

 The Homegrown String Band will be performing via Zoom and YouTube Live on September 10th at 6:30 PM. They are “a postmodern neo-traditional old-time string band” playing “high energy acoustic American roots music.”
This program was funded in part by a Delaware Valley Arts Alliance “Arts For Sullivan” grant entitled “An Outdoor Music Series in Monticello.” This project is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. This series of musical programs is also possible, in part, through funding provided by the Friends of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Inc.
Register for this exciting and fun-filled evening with the Homegrown String Band here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Another Zoom Show Saturday August 22, 2020 at 2 pm

The Welles Turner Memorial Library presents :
The Homegrown String Band ~ A Virtual Concert

Go to the library website or call (860-652-7720) for more information. 

Click on this link… to go straight to the registration form.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

** The Homegrown String Band™ - Candy Man - Live! **

The Homegrown String Band™ Live! from the Henhouse!

July 17, 2020 - A Social Distance Concert

Monday, July 13, 2020

This Thursday July 16th at 7pm The Homegrown String Band™ will presenting a "Zoom" show sponsored by The Greenville Lake Public Library.

For more info contact the library 


Friday, April 24, 2020

The Homegrown String Band Live in The Henhouse 4/20

Here's a short video we recorded a few weeks back in our living room. We will try to get some better quality video up soon, but even more we are hoping to be out playing live again. Take care, be safe, be smart, hope to see you soon!

- "Rooster" Rick and the Cacklin' Hens

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Our New CD is Available Now! Only $12 - Free Shipping!

Party in the Henhouse: Field Recordings Volume II

Nashville Blues
Waiting for a Train
Darling Cory
Party in the Henhouse
Twa Sisters
Already Home
The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn
Wild Northland
Barbara Allen
The Elfin Knight
Mojo Clark
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar

These live unedited stereo recordings were made with Audacity open source software, a Macbook, and two Audio Technica 4033 microphones, set up in an xy pattern in our living room. The end result is a reasonable facsimile of a Homegrown String Band™ live performances or radio show; minus the chatter : ) We hope you enjoy the show, warts and all.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

- Barbara Allen - The Homegrown String Band - Live! -

Barbara Allen, a cut from our new CD "Party in the Henhouse"
Available Early April 2020!

Recorded Live! at The Henhouse - Rocky Point, NY  - March 2020         

Click Here to Buy Your Copy Now!      

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Sugar Time 2020

I guess I didn't post a blog entry about my backyard maple sugaring last year (2019). It was another early year, once again I tapped my trees in January and was done by early March. I boiled sap on three very cold days and ended up with  2 1/4 gallons of syrup.

Day 1: This year, my eighth year of backyard maple sugaring, it seemed like winter was never going to get here. I tapped six trees on Friday February 21st, but because of rainy and windy weather, I didn't get out to boil until Monday March 2nd. By then I had about forty gallons of sap collected. I managed to boil down 35 gallons of sap (a new PR) to make 3 1/2 quarts of syrup (also a PR) in eleven hours of fun filled (read back breaking) maple sugaring. I may be getting too old for this. I think two days of boiling will be enough for me this year.

Day 2: Sunday March, 8 Today I boiled down 25 gallons of sap to make a little more than a half gallon of syrup, then I pulled my taps. I only wanted to spend two days boiling this year, turns that's all the sap I got any way. We didn't have very many cold nights this winter. I could have tapped my trees a week earlier and gotten another day in I guess. Total this year one gallon plus three and a half pints of syrup.

2018 Maple Sugaring Blog

2017 Maple Sugaring Blog

2016 Maple Sugaring Blog

2015 Maple Sugaring Blog

2014 Maple Sugaring Blog

2013 Maple Sugaring Blog

Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Unbroken Circle at The Bayport Bluepoint Library

Sunday January, 26 The Homegrown String Band returns to The Bayport Bluepoint Library to present our Unbroken Circle program. This show, inspired by the 1972 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album of the same name, features traditional songs that have been covered by popular artists including Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Harry Belafonte, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, and Nirvana. The show is free, starts at 2:00 pm, and is open to the public.

203 Bluepoint Avenue
Bluepoint, NY 11715

Monday, January 6, 2020

The Middletown Thrall Library Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Homegrown String Band will be appearing at The Middletown Thrall Library in Middletown, New York on Sunday, January 12th at 2:00 pm. This will be our first show of 2020 and it marks the twenty third anniversary of our family band. Come on down, up, or over, and help us celebrate an American tradition with an afternoon of original and traditional acoustic American roots music. Free admission!

Middletown Thrall Library
11-19 Depot Street
Middletown, New York 10940