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Review: Dry Branch Fire Squad Concert

Friday night at Christ Church saw an intimate annual Fall concert for the lucky people who attended the Dry Branch Fire Squad's concert for the HVBA. It was an opportunity to see this band up close and personal and listen to Ron Thomason's drawl with his tall tales of real happenings based on actual true facts which he swears really happened and, for which, he said, he had documentary evidence to back it up if anyone had the wherewithal or interest to actually check it out.

But all that aside, when the "drawling" was over the band broke into a set list of his "personally selected requests" which were warmly received and demonstrated the multi-instrumental talents of each band member as they passed their instruments around with each guy playing not only his own instrument, but all of the others.

It is not fair that such talent is concentrated in so few people. The program contained both bluegrass standards and DBFS's own versions of some country standards as well.

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Fall Concert: Dry Branch Fire Squad

When: October 24, 2014
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Tickets at The Door: $20/Members - $25/Non-Members

The HVBA is ecstatic to be presenting one of the most entertaining and talented bluegrass bands in the country. The much beloved Dry Branch Fire Squad is coming to Poughkeepsie for our annual Fall Concert.

In thirty-five years of music making, Rounder recording artists, Dry Branch Fire Squad, have become an institution in American acoustic music. Inspired by a fierce and uncompromising loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass, old time and southern gospel music, Dry Branch Fire Squad is fueled by the musical vision and cultural commentary of Ron Thomason. Unlike most bluegrass groups, Dry Branch Fire Squad sells neither itself, its members, nor even particular bluegrass songs. What it markets are the emotions which stimulated the creation of bluegrass and mountain music as well as a taste of the culture in which this music evolved.

A native of southwest Virginia, Thomason founded the Dry Branch Fire Squad in 1976. To date, the band has recorded over twenty-three projects and performed at the most prestigious acoustic music venues and festivals in North America. Most bluegrass observers agree that Dry Branch’s current line-up is one of its strongest ever: in addition to Ron Thomason on mandolin, guitar and lead vocals; other group members are Brian Aldridge on guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals; Tom Boyd on banjo, Dobro and harmony vocals; and Danny Russell on bass and harmony vocals.

Showcase: The Feinberg Brothers

When: September 26 @ 7:30pm
Where: Christ Episcopal Church - 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie
Tickets: $15.00 at the door
Students: $5.00
Children 10 and Under: Free

Kicking off the new HVBA Showcase Concert Series this year are The Feinberg Brothers and we are so lucky to have such a prestigious band open this season for us.

The Feinberg Brothers are a bluegrass duo from Long Island, New York. Consisting of brothers Rourke and Patrick, the two are among the top, young bluegrass artists in the North Eastern United States. Having grown up with the sounds of bluegrass emanating throughout their house, their love of the genre came quickly. And it didn’t hurt to have some of the area’s best musicians come to pick at the house, giving the boys easy access to a wealth of talent. The brothers had front row seats for sessions from Andy Falco, Patrick Falco, Terry McGill, Dave Thompson, Dave Hampton, and Michael Cleveland, who all offered and received tutelage from along the way.

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