Cincinnati Creek – Music and History Merge in Bluegrass

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Cincinnati Creek in concert

Cincinnati Creek will share their deep tradition of bluegrass music for the last of the summer concerts on the Hamilton Village green this Thursday, August 15th at 7 pm. Liz Friedel will open the evening with a Fiddle Styles: From Louisiana to Nova Scotia performance/demonstration that will include brief historical notes between the songs.  Steve Blais’ll accompany her on accordion.  You Tube of Cincinnati Creek!

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 the band 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 traditionals, 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.

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The band has a new CD out this August! Cincinnati Creek: Doing As We Please

Lori Thompson writes much of the new material played by the band.  She began playing mandolin in her family band at age 16. She has been writing songs ever since. Lori now plays mandolin, guitar and sings both lead and harmony vocals for Cincinnati Creek. Her songs are inspired by her family, friends, and even local folklore. For example, “The Ghost of Wash Loomis” is about the memorable Loomis Gang from the Sangerfield area. Their newest CD, “Lori Thompson and Cincinnati Creek – Doing As We Please,” has just been released in August. Both CD’s will be available on and

Other band members include Chris Pepe on the banjo and he sings harmony on a few tunes too. His fancy picking and good humor are a great addition to the band. Gary Dygert plays the guitar, dobro, and mandolin occasionally. He also sings lead and harmony vocals. As the group’s official “musicologist,” Gary adds many traditional tunes to the group’s repertoire. Cathy Martin plays the upright bass and sings harmony as well. Although relatively new to bluegrass, Cathy has been a performer for many years with the Remsen Community Choir and the Steuben Players.

Liz Friedel

Liz Friedel teaches fiddle and plays in several bands: Tumbleweed Gumbo, Hot Club of Hamilton, and more.

Fiddle Styles from Louisiana to Nova Scotia Workshop
Liz Friedel is a private music instructor from Oneida Music Company as well as a fiddler in a number of bands including Tumbleweed Gumbo, Fish Creek Rodeo and Hot Club of Hamilton. She has studied violin with: Joan Batson VVS, Kit Dodd OCC, Joe Davoli Syracuse, and Andrew Zaplatynski (classical). Liz will be accompanied by Steve Blais on guitar, bodhran and accordion.  The presentation will include brief historical notes between the songs of the musical migrations  leading to the development of these various fiddle styles.

FREE CONCERT AND WORKSHOP:  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 with the help of the Earlville Opera House. This project is made possible with 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.

Cincinnati Creek - will perform the last summer concert on the Hamilton Village Green August 15, 2013

Cincinnati Creek – will perform the last summer concert on the Hamilton Village Green August 15, 2013

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