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01/17/17 10:00am
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO The Lonely Heartstring Band in performance Saturday night at the Shelter Island School auditorium.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO The Lonely Heartstring Band in performance Saturday night at the Shelter Island School auditorium.

An inch of icy snow coated Shelter Island Saturday night, but it would have taken a blizzard to keep Islanders away from the annual January bluegrass concert, an event that never fails to blow away the bleak. (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…)