01/10/17 4:30pm
The Lonely Heartstring Band, George Clements (guitar), Matt Witler (mandolin), Charles Clements (bass), Patrick M'Gonigle (fiddle), and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo). (Courtesty photo).

COURTESY PHOTO The Lonely Heartstring Band, George Clements (guitar), Matt Witler (mandolin), Charles Clements (bass), Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle), and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo).

Local bluegrass fans know that each January, Shelter Island is the place to be when Sylvester Manor presents its annual traditional music concert in the school auditorium.

But when The Lonely Heartstring Band heats up the school’s stage this Saturday evening, bluegrass lovers will hear at least one player who had to move thousands of miles and cross an international border in order to tap into the traditional American music form he now calls his own. (more…)