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Peter Rowan in Concert
Joey Eppard
Lillias White w/ Joshua Pearl



The Spotted Dog at Catskill Corners
Wednesday, Spetember 17 @ 7pm


The festivities begin with an outstanding musical event featuring Peter Rowan in concert, with Bill Keith on banjo and Jay Ungar on fiddle.

Buddy Merriam and Back Roads will kick off the show with some hard drivin' bluegrass.

The concert, which is in tribute to “Bluegrass Journey”, a new film from local filmmakers Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer, will take place at the Spotted Dog in Mount Tremper. Seats are limited.

Grammy-award winner Peter Rowan began his professional career in the 1960s, playing guitar, singing lead vocals and co-writing as a member of the Bluegrass Boys, led by the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. In the early ‘70s, Rowan, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn formed a band called Old & In the Way, which brought bluegrass to new audiences. Rowan subsequently embarked on a well-received solo career, releasing critically acclaimed records such as Dustbowl Children, Yonder (a record of old-time country music in collaboration with ace dobro player, Jerry Douglas) and two  bluegrass albums, The First Whippoorwill and Bluegrass Boy. His most recent release is High Lonesome Cowboy, a recording of traditional and old-time mountain music with Don Edwards and Norman Blake. Peter is featured in "Bluegrass Journey," a documentary portrait of the contemporary bluegrass scene, playing Thursday evening at the Bearsville Theater, and Saturday afternoon in Hunter."

Peter will be joined by legendary banjo player and longtime Woodstock resident Bill Keith. Bill was a member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in the early 60s. He invented a revolutionary style of chromatic and melodic banjo playing that has influenced generations of banjo players since, and which paved the way for such contemporary stylists as Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck. He is widely considered one of the foremost bluegrass banjo players in the world.

photo by Gina Motisi 
(from http://www.backroadsbluegrass.com)

New York native Buddy Merriam formed Back Roads in 1980, a traditional bluegrass band determined to carry on the style of music first invented by the "father of bluegrass," Mr. Bill Monroe. They play music with hard drive, high lonesome singing, blues, fiddle tunes and good songs, both new and traditional, sung from the heart. Buddy is known for his original mandolin style, his fine songwriting and his close association and friendship with Mr. Monroe, who invited Buddy to play with his legendary band, The Bluegrass Boys, on more than a dozen occasions. 

 *Sponsored by Catskill Corners and  the Chamber of Commerce of Ulster County, with help from Keegan Ales.



performing at the opening night film gala, Thursday, September 18

Joey Eppard of Three is a true, musical triple-threat: a brilliant songwriter, an astonishing instrumental player and a phenomenal singer.  His notoriety to date is significantly derived from his work with a five-piece rock/pop band based in legendary Woodstock, New York and known as 3.  The group came together in the early 1990’s and appeared at the Woodstock ‘94 Festival in Saugerties, New York and the Woodstock ‘99 Festival in Rome, New York.  In recent years, Joey has been building a strong presence as a solo performer and in 2003 has appeared regularly on the Acoustic Thunder Jam-boree Tour assembled by celebrated acoustic-duo, Aztec Two-Step.

3’s debut CD recording, “Paint By Number,” was released in 2000 and received national and international radio promotion, airplay and sales.  The band’s highly-anticipated follow-up, the live album, “Half Life,” was released in October, 2002, to raves from audiences and critics alike.  The band’s latest studio recording, “Summercamp

Nightmare” is scheduled for release in the fall of 2003.  Joey also released his debut solo CD, “been to the future” in December, 2002 and he has just completed a second solo recording project with legendary session drummer, Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney).  All of the releases are on indie label, Planet Noise Records, www.planetnoiserecords.com.

Listen to Joey Eppard's "Been to the Future," and Three "Paint by Number."

The opening Night Film Gala is Sponsored by Planet Noise Records


SEPTEMBER SONG: A Magical Autumn Night” featuring Lillias White & Joshua Pearl
Friday, September 19 at the Colony Cafe

Lillias White who can be seen in the upcoming Peter Hedges film “Pieces of April,” is the quadruple-crown winner of the 1997 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award, and the People’s Choice Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Sonja in “The Life”. Ms. White received unqualified acclaim for her triumphant portrayal of Jonesy in the revival of “How to Succeed In Business...” Lillias’ recordings include the cast albums of “How To Succeed”, “The Life” and “From Brooklyn to Broadway”, her one woman show. She is the voice of the lead muse, Calliope, in the Disney animated film Hercules.
Joshua Pearl is an Internationally recognized pianist, composer, arranger, and music director. He has performed throughout the United States and Japan on such stages as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, New York City’s Town Hall, and The Garden State Arts Center.
Mr. Pearl has worked on numerous Broadway productions, performed on NPR’s “A Prarie Home Companion”, and produced several independent albums. He composed the original score for the recently premiered Tennessee William play “The Day On Which A Man Dies” and had the premier of his original musical “Courting The Muse” in 2002 starring Lillias White. Joshua has also worked with many musical luminaries regionally and nationally including Peter Schickele, Kate Pierson, Amy Helm, Paul Winter, Greg Brown, Hariprasad Churasia, Hamsa El Din, and Mellissa Erricco.
For more info, contact Ian@letitoutproductions.com

September Song, $15

Stay tuned for more announcements regarding music at the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival

performers include...


Karl Berger, the founder of the legendary Creative Music Studio (www.CreativeMusicStudio.org ) in Woodstock, NY, is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist and has gained acclaim for his original scores for live orchestras/ensembles and for film/TV/video.

He is noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley (“Grace”), Natalie Merchant (“Ophelia”), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Bootsie Collins, Angelique Kidjo a.o. The vibraphonist/pianist has won numerous Composition Awards and has recorded and performed internationally with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, and many others.

His recordings and arrangements appear on the Blue Note, Milestone, Polygram, EMI, MCA, Island Records, Enja, Vogue, JVC, Black Saint, CBS, Virgin, Sony, Elektra, Capitol and Knitting Factory labels. Karl is currently on a number of scores, performs, records and teaches internationally and conducts the Creative Music Studio Music Universe Orchestra.

Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham recently released “L’Avventura”, an album of duets and covers, on the Jetset label. It was produced by legendary Tony Visconti. Dean and Britta are also members of the New York band LUNA, who have made six albums and toured all over the USA, Europe, Japan and South America. Dean Wareham makes his acting debut in Alison Bagnall’s film “PIGGIE,” and also contributed songs and score to the film.

The artistry of Tamar Haviv reveals itself through layers of emotional colors. Iridescent, transparent; Her music is like a rich tapestry woven with sonic loom. Musical metaphors-- folk, ska, blues, trip-hop-- are all stylistic signposts to this singular sound' but Tamar's songs are the destination. The words and music, distilled through her hypnotic vocals, effortlessly segue within milliseconds; she is simultaneously a blues belter and a high art diva; an edgy rocker and a neo-beat poet. Her most recent CD; Insatiable, released independently, served to further introduce Tamar to the world--receiving fanatic reviews throughout the US & the UK. The title track, 'To the circus', has been included on two compilation albums; UK's Slap Dash Records & Michelle Malone's SBS Records. Other Recent music  Collaborations include composition on the UK  Indie film Soar with producer Lynne Earls &   Vinyl release Doug Gray and Friends Electroganic on sweet Daddy Records. "Music just lives it's own life,' say's Tamar, " It just breathes it's own breath and can get through anything. It's beautiful. It's blind."

The following musicians can be heard on the 2003 Woodstock Film Festival complimentary CD. Use them for your next project.

from the upcoming album “Summercamp Nightmare”
Planet Noise Records

Teenage Lightning
Jetset Records

The What
Revolution #2
From the upcoming album, “Help is on the Way”

Mark Suozzo
To Live in a Home
The Final Ride

Peter Rowan & The Texas Trio with Jerry Douglas and Tony rice
Hobo Song
Written by Jack Bonus
Any Old Name Music (ASCAP) c/o Mietus Copyright Management
From “Bluegrass Journey”
Ruth Oxenberg (518) 537-6536

Dusty Micale
Going Down
Vespers Music (732) 431-2905

Ryan Shore
Billy Shot
From “Coney Island Baby”
Score selection
from “Prom Night”

Mark Wike
From “Particles of Truth”

Victor Bellomo& David Pace
The Spirit of Gravity
From the animated film “The Spirit of Gravity” by Victor Bellomo & David Pace
(650) 323-1217

Tamar Haviv
To the Circus
from “Insatiable”

Mark Donato
You Think You Know What It Mean
from “The Old Joy”

Brandon Roberts
The Confrontation
From “Back Up, Please”
(818) 986-7927

Sara Carmody
Only One (Joshua Pearl)        
From “Soul Reflections”
Liana Turner
This Life        


Karl Berger and Friends

*Schedule is subject to change

Tinker Street, Upstate Films and the Catskill Mountain Foundation Theater are 35mm facilities.
Upstate and CMFT will also screen beta sp and digibeta films.
Bearsville, Mountain View, WCC are are beta sp & digibeta


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