Bluegrass Festivals



Bluegrass Festivals
CNYBA News & Notes
President: Ed VanCott
759 Village Blvd. S. Baldwinsville, NY 13027 (315) 638-7617 [email protected]
Vice-President: John Brutcher
167 State Route 48 Phoenix, NY 13135
(315) 598-2652 [email protected]
Treasurer: Jim Clark
4175 Seeber Road - Canastota, NY 13032 (315) 697-2719 [email protected]
Secretary: Betsy Robson (Editor)
5818 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13205
(267) 893-9422 [email protected]
Dan Ward - 2 (315) 492-6627
[email protected]
Juergen Knauss - 1 (315) 672-3749
Bill Knowlton - 1 (315) 457-6100
[email protected]
Kay Betts von Sneidern - 3
[email protected] (315) 303-4684
Neil Smith -3 [email protected]
Bob Hayden (315) -251-4113
[email protected]
Webmaster: Shirley Stevens
[email protected] - (315) 451-2801
Membership & Sunshine:
Helen Weldon 2446 Hillview Dr. #17, Cato, NY
13033 - (315) 626-2603 [email protected]
The unofficial opening
of the Bluegrass Festival season is upon us with
the Weekend Blue Getaway at Bonnie Castle in
Alexandria Bay! And most festivals have special
savings for an early advanced registration. Inside
the newsletter is an exhaustive list of Bluegrass
festivals within our proximity to experience the
best in Bluegrass this summer!
Busy Bird
Tug Hill
Oneonta Hills
 CNYBA Community News, Thought & Prayers 
Note from Betty Jane, Helen Weldon's daughter:
Helen sustained a fall on Sunday, February 9, and fractured her hip. She had emergency surgery and
everything went very well. The hip was realigned and 'screwed' back together--non-invasive with one small
Latest update, March 17, regarding Helen: Good News! Mom had appointment with surgeon today and her
hip has healed very well, and he is authorizing as much weight-bearing as tolerable on her leg to physical
therapy today. Mom is saying she'll be home within two weeks...we'll see! I know she'll give it her all!
Thanks for all the cards, well wishes, and prayers...she's appreciated them all. (For newer members, Helen
has been with CNYBA from the beginning, and served as our membership chair for many years. She
continues to serve, though she cannot get to many meetings or events. We so appreciate her efforts.
Please remember our Chair of Sunshine Helen Weldon, 2446 Hillview Dr. #17, Cato, NY 13033
Here's the latest update on Ray Delaney's health: They have stopped
giving him chemo because it was making him so weak. The last scan,
however, showed that the tumor has grown slightly. So without the chemo
holding it back he needs our prayers more than ever. Although I think
personally all those good positive and loving thoughts and prayers have been
really what's helping him the most. So please do continue to pray for his
complete and total healing. Who better to go down in the books of those
miraculously cured than this wonderful man who has touched so many
lives? Also see the information about the 21st Annual Bluegrass Dinner on
the adjacent page!
Ron De Peyster is in the hospital in Florida and very ill. Ron and Rose definitely need our uplifting and
encouragement as well as our prayers. Their address where cards/letters can be sent is
Ron and Rose DePeyster Lot #F35, 2092 Culbreath Rd., Brooksville, FL 34602-6232
Please send Board member Kay Betts Von Sneidern your thoughts and prayers as she recovers from
knee replacement surgery.
The Robson family greatly cherished all the prayers, cards, and caring thoughts that came our way during
our mother’s illness and gentle journey into the arms of our Gracious Creator. Jean Robson mother of
current newsletter editor Betsy passed away surrounded by her family on February 19, 2014.
9 pm to
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(315) 451-9269 or (800) 451-9269 (includes Canada)
CDs to give away and festival tickets
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Delaney Brothers Bluegrass is looking forward to its 21st Annual Bluegrass Dinner Show on
Saturday, March 29. Held at the American Legion Hall on Main St. in downtown Homer, the
Delaney Brothers invite you to an evening of a tasty buffet dinner catered by the American Legion
and two sets of great bluegrass music including dessert between sets.
This year’s show is extra special because it will be the debut of the newest Delaney Brother –Luke
Parsnow. Luke is multi-talented on the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and vocals, and he is a good song
writer as well. He will be a fabulous addition to the band. Luke will actually be a second generation
Delaney Brother-his father, Pat Parsnow, was banjo player in the original band in the early 1980’s.
Doors open at 6pm, dinner is at 7pm and music is from 8-10:30pm.
Be sure to call Vicky Delaney by Wed., March 26 for reservations (607) 745-9933 or (607) 753-8365.
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F e s t i v a l s
April 4 & 5, 2014 - 13th Annual Weekend Bluegrass Getaway at Bonnie Castle Resort
Holland Street, Alexandria Bay, NY - All day jamming with concerts 7 - 10 Friday and Saturday evenings:
$15 per person - Beartracks, Creek Bend, Dave Nichols & Spare Change Thousand Island Bluegrass Preservation
Society - Dick Bartlett at 315-658-2679 Rooms $70.00- $85 800-955-4511
April 11 - 13, 2014 - Enchanted Mountain Music Festival - Ellicottville, NY
Bluegrass & Roots Music, Workshops, Bands - 6557 Holiday Valley Rd., Ellicottville, NY
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Creek Bend, Paris Texas
Festival/Room packages at Tamarack Club and the Inn at Holiday Valley $95/person per night.
$75 weekend - Organizer Rick Manning/Winter Village
May 24-26, 2014 –Wrench Wranch – Coventryville, NY - Typically the festival occurs over Memorial
Day Weekend. More details in May CNYBA News & Notes.
May 29 - June 1, 2014 – 7th Annual NEPA Bluegrass Festival –Tunkhannock, PA
Lazy Brook Park, Routs 6 & 92. Little Roy & Lizzie, Hillbilly Gypsies, The Roys, Travis Chandler, Jim
Gaudet & Railroad Boys, Mason Porter, Hillbilly Water, Without a Paddle, etc.
Advance tickets $55 through April 15th - Danny S. (570) 721-2759
June 6 - 8, 2014 - 24th Annual Thousand Islands Bluegrass Festival
Rt. 180, at Stone Mills Agricultural Museum, LaFargeville, NY - Bluegrass Mountaineers, Washington
County Line, Creek Bend, Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Plexiglass, Backroad Bluegrass, Grass Transit Gates open 10am Tuesday; Free rough camping Workshops, crafts, vendors, food, covered viewing,
dumping station, generator free area, security.
Advance tickets $40 (315) 658-2679 or 778-0320
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June 12 - 14, 2014 – Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival - 7421 East Road; Lowville, NY 13367
Host bands Atkinson Family and Lost Time, Grascals, Lyndsey Family, Audie Blaylock & more
Advance tickets $55 before June 1st (315) 376-2640 Gates open 9am Thu
June 20 – 22, 2014 - 4th Annual Babbling Brook Bluegrass Festival - Westville Center, NY
Bear Tracks, Dave Nichols & Spare Change, The Atkinson Family, Lake Effect Bluegrass
Gates open on Thursday June 20th at 9am (518) 358-4245 -
June 27-29, 2014 –– Madrid Bluegrass “River” Festival – Madrid, NY – keep eye out online!
July 11 - 13, 2014 – Busy Bird Bluegrass Festival 231 Ketchumville Rd. Berkshire NY 13736
Jim Hurst, Jim Gaudet & Railroad Boys, Chad Darou & Stealing Time, Slewfoot, and more
Advance tix $30 until April 15 Adam Gwardyak (607) 642-8925 www.busybirdbluegrass.comJuly 10 13, 2014 – 33rd Annual Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival - Wind Gap, PA
Mountain View Park, Mountain Rd, Grascals, Dan Paisley, Tennessee Mafia Jug Band & more
Advance tickets $65 through April 30 Harry Grant (973) 584-2324
July 10 - 13, 2014 - 20th Annual Basin Bluegrass Festival, 91 Charberry lane, Brandon, VT
Cannonball Express, Dave Nichols & Spare Change, BigSpike, Cold Country, Crossover, Zink & Company,
CPS Express, Blistered Fingers, Seth Sawyer Band, Cedar Ridge, Lonesome Will Mullins & the Virginia
Playboys, Smokey Greene, Spinney Brothers, Bluegrass Pickin' Pals
Advance tickets $45 by June 30th /$50 gate (802) 247-3275
July 11 – 13, 2014 - 10th Annual Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association Festival
Woods Valley Ski Area, Westernville, NY, State Rte 46 (7 miles north of Rome)
Corey Zink, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Chad Darou & Stealing Time, Mathews Family Tradition,
Diamond Someday, Rebecca Colleen & the Chore Lads, Pocket Change, Ernie Evans & Florida State
Bluegrass Band, Louie Setzer & The Appalachian Mountain Boys, Plexigrass - Open 9 am Friday,
workshops, restaurant, Bar-B-Que Saturday; Breakfast Sat/Sun, Guitar raffle Advanced tickets $45 before
June 26 (315) 245-0153
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July 10-13, 2014 - 8th Annual Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival - Centre Hall, PA
Grange Fair Grounds169 Homan Lane 1500 Hookups 30amp & Water, Shower House, Public Restrooms,
Dump Station - Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Little Roy & Lizzy, Ralph Stanley II, Goldwing Express,
Hillbilly Gypsies, Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Spinney Brothers & more. Gates open Tue 9 am Advanced
$45 by May 3rd (717) 348-3537
July 17-20, 2014 - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival - Walsh Farm, 1 Poultney Road, Oak Hill, NY
Del McCoury’s 75th Birthday Celebration, Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range, top commercial line
Advanced tickets $175 through May 15 camping included
July 17-20, 2014 – Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival – Trumansburg, NY Fairgrounds
Past performers Donna the Buffalo, Merle Haggard, Mountain Heart, Arrested Development
Advanced tickets $95 till May 1st – onsite camping expensive (607) 387-5098
July 24 – 27, 2014 –Norwich Bluegrass Festival Chenango County Fairgrounds, Norwich NY
Little Roy & Lizzie, Goldwing Express, Ingersoll Bros, Jesse Alexander Band, Smokey Greene
Band Competition Friday- Hillbill Water, Mountabank Brothers, Last Whippoorwills
Advanced $45 until May 15th Camp extra Danny Stewart (570) 721-2759
July 30-August 2, 2014 –Brantling Bluegrass Festival 4015 Fish Farm Road - Sodus, NY
Lonesoe River Band, Grascals, Rebecca Colleen & Chore Lads, Paris Texas with Bobby Henrie,
The Cadleys, The Grill Billies, Higher Mountain Bluegrass, Diamond Someday, and others
Advanced tix $40 until May 1st Peter McDonald (315) 331-2365
August 3, 2014 – Bill Knowlton’s 42nd Annual Bluegrass Ramble Picnic – Little York, NY
Dwyer Park 10 am – 6 pm info [email protected], 315-457-6100, or by listening Sunday night to
Bill Knowlton’s “Bluegrass Ramble,” 9 pm to 12 am WCNY-FM (91.3) Syracuse WUNY-FM, Utica (89.5)
WJNY-FM (90.9) Watertown and Canada Free
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August 8 - 10, 2014 - 2nd Annual Oneonta Hills Bluegrass Festival – Oneonta, NY
Susquehanna Trail Campground and Music Park, 4292 Hwy 7 - Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys, the
Stable Hands, Gravel Yard, Melanie & the Boys, Barrington and more. Martin & Jeff Lovell are members
of Barrington! Free camping, hot showers, restrooms, dump station, water.
Advance tickets $25 by May 1st Dean Tribe (607) 432-1122
August 15 - 17, 2014 – CNYBA Jamming & Camping –Apple Fest Grounds, Lafayette, NY
Route 20 Bluegrass and Old Time Country Jamming/camping weekend, free sites, modest electric Beautiful grounds, nominal donation, come on out!
August 15 - 17, 2014 - Hickory Fest 13th Annual Music in the Canyon - Wellsboro, PA
Stoney Fork Creek Campground - Claire Lynch, Hillbilly Gypsies, Verlon Thompson, Driftwood, Uproot
Hootenanny, Harris Brothers, Well Strung, Mama Corn, Coal County Express, & others Open mic, field
picking, food/craft vendors, pool. Benefits local American Cancer Society Advance $40 before 4/1, $50
before 6/1 (570) 439-1549
August 21 to 24, 2014 – Pickin' in the Pasture Bluegrass Festival - Lodi, NY
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Junior Sisk, James King, Jesse Alexander, Goldwing Express, Danny
Paisley, Lorraine Jordan, Dale Ann Bradley, Spinney Brothers and more.
Gates open noon Wednesday, Workshops, camp shuttle, free camping, vendors, field picking
Advanced Tickets $70 by May 1st (607) 582-6363
August 29 - 31, 2014 - North Branch Bluegrass Festival of Bridgewater, Vermont
3 days of shows - Chasing Blue, Cricket Tell the Weather, The Green Mountaineers, Fox Point Rounders,
Jersey Corn Pickers, Crunchy Western Boys, Moonlight Ramblers, Cold Chocolate, Bondville Boys - Wed
Potluck Picking Party, Thurs Open Stage, Fri Spaghetti Dinner - Advanced Tickets $50 by July 10th R & H
Kennedy (802) 672-3042
August 29 - 31, 2014 – Wrench Ranch – Coventryville, NY – Labor Day Weekend Festival – great filed
picking – real country!
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 Events 
Rebecca Colleen & the Chore Lads May Memorial Unitarian Universalist
Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY.
Rebecca Colleen, Peter Macdonald, Perry Cleveland & Doug Henrie
Mar 22
Louis Setzer & the Appalachian Mountain Boys
Town Hall Opry 15 N Main St, Bainbridge NY 13733
Patti Dahl & Heartsong, national Christian recording star, at the Community
Coffee House. Christ Church United Methodist, 417 Park St., Sherrill, NY Country/Blues/Bluegrass/Gospel. Refreshments
(315) 725-0974 (315) 363-1061
Mar 29
Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association Talent show
Stittville Fire Department, Stittville, NY - Bake sale.
6 pm
doors open / Free
21st Annual Delaney Brothers Bluegrass Dinner Show
American Legion Hall, Main St. Homer, NY
Tasty buffet dinner catered by the American Legion, two sets of music,
dessert between sets. Call Vicky Delaney by Wednesday, March 26, for
reservations (607) 745-9933 or (607) 753-8365.
6 pm doors open
7 pm dinner
8-10:30 pm
Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Sodus High School Auditorium, Sodus, NY,
presented by the Sodus Rotary Club. Kicking off the event will be Rebecca
Colleen and the Chorelads, from the Finger Lakes area. All proceeds
support Rotary - Mike 585-415-9641 [email protected]
April 4-5
Bonnie Castle Winter Getaway See festivals page for detail
April 5th
Early Bird Spring Festival - Newark Valley Fire Station – Benefit fund
raiser for Busy Bird Festival - Mathews Family Tradition, Melanie & the
Boys, Cannon Hole Rounders, Slewfoot –
April 13
The Cadleys (John & Cathy Cadley) – Auburn Public Theater
108 Genesee Street Auburn, NY
4 pm
$10 door
April 18
The Cadley - Creekside Books & Coffee House
35 Fennell St Skaneateles, NY (315) 685-0379
7:30 pm
Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association 3rd Annual Indoor Festival at
the Capitol Theater, 220 Dominick St., Rome, NY. 3 premier NY bands to
be announced. Bake sale. Plenty of seating. Tickets at the door.
May 3rd
Easy Ramblers – Green Gate Inn 2 Genesee St Camillus, NY
Tony Trischka - May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
3800 E. Genesee St. spring tour of new album Great Big World (Rounder
June 19, Little Roy and Lizzie - Lavonia United Methodist Church, Lavonia, NY.
2014 Paul J. Stark, 5312 East Lake Rd., Honeoye, NY 14471 (include SASE)
Thursday with check. (585) 229-2366.
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8 pm
$15 ($12
8 pm
Free will
7 pm doors
open at 5
$20 adv $25
Doors 10 am
Bands at 12 $10
7 pm
7:30 pm
8 pm
7 pm
$12 adv $15
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 Local Jams 
Every Sunday - 1 PM – Old Time Jam at Kellish Hill Farm- 3142 Pompey Center Rd, Manlius, NY
Come to Kellish Hill Farm starting at 1:00 pm for Country, Gospel, Bluegrass music. Bring an instrument
or just come to listen. Pot luck dinner later in afternoon 1/2 mile north of Route 20. Kathy Kellish 315-682-1578
Every 3rd Sunday – Noon - Southern Tier Bluegrass Association Meeting, Addison, NY Tuscarora
Elementary School - Bring a dish to pass, your table setting, a friend, your music implement, and/or your
listening ear. Picking begins at noon. Meeting at 1pm - lunch - then back to picking. Ken Pearson,
President, 269 Dweight Ave., Corning, NY (609) 936-1844
Every 4th Sunday - 3 - 6 pm Finger Lakes Bluegrass Association - Clyde Grange
16 East Genesee Street, Clyde, NY (Rte 31 East) - March 23 April 27- Pickers, bring your acoustic
instruments - guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, or banjo. All levels of proficiency are welcome. Listeners are
especially welcome. Donation of $3. Snacks/food/beverages. Food for purchase. Beverages available Phyllis Mattison (585) 905-0584 [email protected]
Sundays - 6 to 8:30 PM every two weeks - Ithaca, NY At Longview retirement community less than a
half mile up the hill past Ithaca College on Rt. 96B. Note: check the link below, or email Phil or Mike to
find out if there's a jam on a particular Sunday - Bluegrass only - all levels Phil Robinson [email protected],
Michael Ludgate, [email protected]
Monday night jam -American Legion, Rochester Street in Hannibal canceled until spring
Every Tuesday - 7:30 – 10 pm, The Golden Link Folk Singing Society, Inc. Sing-Around Twelve
Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY
Sing, play or just listen! (716)234-5044 -
Every Tuesday - 8 to 11 PM - Bluegrass open mic night at JB Quimbys Public House
Hosted by String Theory - 3259 Winton Rd. South, Rochester, NY (585) 272-9780 Banjos, Fiddles,
Mandolins or Acoustic Guitars and sign up to pick with the band!
Every Friday - 7P M American Legion Ralph Share Post 297, 13 E Main Street, Marcellus, NY
Everyone welcome at CNY’s longest running jam - Jack Burns, (315) 673-1844, Sam & Marion (315) 6732329 - $2 per person: under 16 free
Formerly First Friday "Sandy's Country Club Jam" Camden, NY has come to an end.
Every 2nd Friday - 7 PM - Gospel Jam in Bernard’s Bay - Lord Our Righteousness Church, Willard
Drive, Bernards Bay, NY, (On Oneida Lake, Route 49) Bernards Bay is near Constantia, on Oneida Lake.
Coming from North Bay area, when you get into Bernards Bay, you will turn left onto Willard Drive. The
church is the second place on the right. It will be well lit and has a parking area next to the building. Sandy
(315) 245-0153 [email protected]
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MORE JAMS …………………
Every Second Saturday CNYBA Jam
Lamson Road Community Church 2259 Lamson Rd., Phoenix, NY (315) 695-4751, Combination
Board/Membership meeting April 10th. September to May
Every Third Saturday - 8 AM to 3 PM Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association
Breakfast and jamming Stittville Volunteer fire barn. Take Mill street just off rte 365, over the bridge across
the intersection, fire barn 100 yards on left. Additional parking behind church. Benefits the Stittville
volunteer fire barn. Information (315) 271-4567 or (315) 942-4165
Most Saturdays Parish Fire Department, Round and Square Dance and Jamfest 6-10 pm
"Members of a Country Club" Suggested donation $5 per couple; $3 single; musicians free
Bring snacks/non-alcoholic beverages to share if you like (coffee, tea, bottled water provided) Get on their
email list to get monthly details. [email protected]
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Benefits include: Monthly CNYBA News & Notes (except Summer) to learn what’s going on in the
local and wider Bluegrass community, receive discounts at selected CNYBA events, the satisfaction
of supporting bluegrass and old-time country music and encouraging others to join in!
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Please mail your re/membership form to our Membership Coordinator & Chair of Sunshine…
Ms. Helen Weldon - 2446 Hillview Dr. #17 - Cato, NY 13033
Next CNYBA meeting/JAM: Saturday, April 10, 2014 - 10 AM till 3 PM - Business meeting
at 1 pm - Lamsom Road Community Church - 2259 Lamson Road, Phoenix, NY 13135
Board agreed to hold a Jamming & Camping Weekend at the Apple Fest Grounds on Route
20 in Lafayette, NY on the weekend August 15 - 17, 2014 instead of having bands, like the
JamFest has had in the last two years. - Bluegrass and Old Time Country Jamming/camping
weekend, free sites, modest electric - Beautiful grounds, nominal donation, come on out!
The April CNYBA Board meeting will begin to discuss nominations for
the new board members to begin in September. New officers and
members will be elected in May.
Positions will be open, time to step up!
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Central New York Bluegrass Association
P.O. Box 491
Baldwinsville, NY 13027 USA
Remember to check your
membership renewal date!
I Heard The Bluebirds Sing - Jim & Jesse
“I met a girl out in the hills who gave my lonely heart a thrill
Her beauty seemed just like a breath of spring
And when I looked into her eyes,
I thought of bluer summer skies
And when I held her hand in mine I heard the bluebirds sing”
The Sweetest Song I Sing – Hot Rize
Was in the spring we met each other
And by chance a seed was sown
Now it's five years we've been together
And our love how big it's grown
You're the one who wears my ring
These hardtimes don't mean a thing
I may be poor but I'm a king
You are the sweetest song I sing
Come Spring
Before the roses have bloomed in my garden
I’ll be gathering flowers in a better land
Before the fields are green, before the robins sing
I’ll be gone to be with Jesus, come Spring