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The Stillhouse Rounders

July 26, 2014
8:00 PM


The Stillhouse Rounders are a group of Hudson Valley musicians playing traditional acoustic oldtime rural stringband music. Their sound is reminiscent of the early stringbands recorded during the “Golden Years” of stringband music, throughout the rural South and Midwest during the 1920s and ’30s. This music grew out the traditional ballad and dance music of the Appalachian Mountains, and country music, during its infancy, before it became more modern “Country and Western”.

Individually, the musicians are Geoff and Sarah Harden, on guitar, vocals and bass, respectively. The Hardens, originally from the Washington, DC area have been fixtures in the music scene around Woodstock, NY, for many years playing in both bluegrass and oldtimey bands in the Catskills and Mid-Hudson Valley. Mike Fleck, although growing up in the Bronx, NY, has been playing oldtime banjo for more than two and a half decades, and playing with such well-known oldtime bands as Cool as Grits and Hoppinjon. Mike hails from Esopus, NY. Lastly, fiddler Mark Schmidt has been playing for many years in various oldtime stringbands (most notably the St. Regis Stringband from upstate New York). Mark is from the small village of Altamont, NY.

The Stillhouse Rounders combine the wild and crazy fiddle and banjo dance tunes with driving vocal renditions of traditional songs, and come up with an infectious blend of music “poured straight from a Mason jar”.

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