October 27, 2012

Blue Deer Center Music Festival

Featuring the music of Mike Herman, The Catskill Mountain Boys, and the Tremperskill Boys

Saturday, October 27th 11 am to 4 pm

Food, Vendors and Fun!

Celebrate local music and visit the Blue Deer Center

Mike Herman

Mike Herman grew up on Long Island, New York. Inspired by Jorma Kaukonen on Hot Tuna recordings, the bluesmen of the 20s and 30s, and a strong foundation of music studies at SUNY Purchase, Mike developed a “finger-picking” style for which he has become known. A trip through Mississippi, meeting old time country blues guitarists, fostered an even deeper desire to keep the music of these times and cultures alive. He blends styles – acoustic blues, bluegrass, ragtime, and, most recently, old-timey music – into a unique style all his own.

Catskill Mountain Boys

The Catskill Mountain Boys are a bluegrass band that features Mike Herman, Henry Herman, Todd Pascarella, and John VanBenschoten. Mr. VanBenschoten, the lead vocalist, started playing guitar and banjo at age 17 and has played in bluegrass duets from Prescott, Arizona to Sitka, Alaska. He studied banjo with the legendary banjo picker William Bradford Keith – known to many as Bill Keith. Henry Herman first picked up a violin at age six, but, according to him, did “not start fiddlin’” until he was 22 when he joined the “Almost Heaven Band” in Miami. Todd Pascarella plays bass and performed for several years with the rock band “The Lost Beat Heroes” before he moved to the Catskills in 2001.

Tremperskill Boys

The Tremperskill Boys, known as a traditional “string band” are neither all strings, nor all boys. Their repertoire is derived from fiddle tunes now native to the Catskill Mountains. Over one hundred years ago, the Irish and Scottish farmers and laborers of the Catskills produced a distinctive style of fiddling, described as “hard driving, northern Appalachian music.” This is music made to dance to and is the mainstay of the Tremperskill Boys. Their varied and talented group of performers includes John Jacobson, who grew up learning Catskill Mountain fiddling, Ginny Scheer, cofounder of the Catskill Folk Connection, Amy Lieberman, on mandolin (and an “avid fan of Phish”) and John VanBenchoten, one of the original members of the band.

Details & Pricing

Suggested donation: $10 per person in advance; $12 at the door

Kids under 12 are free!


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