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…)

01/29/11 9:07am

COURTESY PHOTO | Members of the Josh Williams Band, from the left: Nick Keen, Josh Williams, Jason McKendree and Randy Barnes.

If you’re looking for a great way to take the chill off the winter blues, look no further than a great night of bluegrass with a touch of “twang.” Tickets are still available for tonight’s Josh Williams Band concert, sponsored by the Town of Shelter Island Recreation Department and set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Shelter Island School. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Josh Williams Band — which won the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Emerging Artist of the Year” with the band’s leader taking Guitar Player of the Year honors as well — pays homage to the roots of country and bluegrass, with dynamic vocals and great picking. Islanders can enjoy these award-winning musicians right here at home, in the casual setting of the school auditorium.

Reserved seats cost $20, $25 and $30, and can be purchased online at: brownpapertickets.com/event/144248 (1-800-838-3006), or locally by calling the Shelter Island FIT Center at 749-0978 or Tom Hashagen at 749-2355 or 365-1979. Students who bring a purchased ticket and photo ID to the box office on the night of the show will receive a $10 cash rebate.