Blues up next at Hamilton Arts in the Park

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Tom Townsley on harmonica!

The Hamilton Concerts in the Park continue this Thursday, August 8th at 7 pm with the blues of Tom Townsley and the Backsliders!  Opening at 6:30 pm is our featured youth artist Mike Dufresne, who won the KJ James Blues Award and just graduated from high school..  The evening will feature sign language interpretation by Aurora of Central New York. (We’ll be doing some “sign alongs” tonight!)

Townsley’s harmonica blasts the blues with “that big fat tone, that gorgeous vibrato, that combination of sinew and subtlety,” says Blues Revue.  In the 90s, Townsley formed Tom Townsley & The Backsliders. This successful group recorded two CD’s on Poverty Records, which garnered rave reviews locally and nationally. “Moonlight Worker” was a top selling blues disc in Central New York, going through two pressings, receiving worldwide airplay and being picked up by Crosscut Records in Germany. “Twice Too Much” followed with more accolades.

Living Blues: “Parts of this set jump so fine you’d think the songs were Louis Prima covers. But Tom Townsley wrote almost all of the tunes, and his tasteful harmonica playing sets the tone for the entire album.”

Tom Townsley & The Backsliders video:  Hot Tempered Woman or Bullfrog Blues

The Hamilton Concerts in the Park will continue on August 15th; Cincinnati Creek will share their deep tradition of bluegrass music. Liz Friedel will open the evening with a Fiddle Styles: From Louisiana to Nova Scotia workshop.  Steve Blais’ll accompany her on accordion.

Cincinnati Creek is a bluegrass band featuring musicians who have performed in New York State for many years. Based in the Adirondack foothills, they took their name from the creek that runs nearby. Lori Thompson, Chris Pepe, and Gary Dygert performed with Stump Hollow up until the retirement of Carl Stump and Suzanne Privet in 2008. Since then, the performers have regrouped to carry on their nearly two-decade tradition of great bluegrass music.

Cincinnati Creek plays a mix of bluegrass, original compositions, and gospel. Band members have performed at venues including Utica Monday Night, The Fox Family Festival, The Adirondack Railroad, The Remsen Barn Festival, numerous coffee houses and outdoor festivals.The concerts in the series begin at 6:30 pm on the Hamilton Village Green. Rain Location is the Barge Canal Coffee House. No tickets necessary for this free event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair!

Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.  For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

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