04/19/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers.

COURTESY PHOTO | Alastair Whitehead (bass), Darryl Poulsen (guitar), Frank Evans (banjo) and Adrian Gross (Mandolin) are the Slocan Ramblers.

Folk music, like home cooking and regional accents, is one of those cultural traditions that has a way of taking on the flavor of where its makers settled.

In North America, our traditional music is a derivative of the Scottish and Irish fiddle folk tunes that immigrants brought with them hundreds of years ago. But as these populations settled on this side of the Atlantic, how that music grew and morphed as songs were handed down to successive generations depended largely upon where the players settled.  (more…)

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…)

01/03/17 4:30pm
The Lonely Heartstring Band. (courtesy photo)

The Lonely Heartstring Band. (courtesy photo)

Bluegrass is coming back to the Island.

Sylvester Manor sponsors its annual bluegrass concert at Shelter Island School on Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m. The January concert has historically featured some of the hottest bands on the traditional music scene. This year is no exception, and this time around, the music will be provided by The Lonely Heartstring Band. Based in Massachusetts, the group describes as being “nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music.” (more…)