Appalachian music comes to Blue Deer Center

The Blue Deer Center near Margaretville will be celebrating local musicians on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mike Herman will open the festival, followed by The Catskill Mountain Boys and the Tremperskill Boys for a day of local music, food, and fun for all ages.
The Blue Deer Center is proud to present this one-day music festival, featuring local talent from the Hudson Valley regional area.

Mike Herman grew up on Long Island. Inspired by Jorma Kaukonen on Hot Tuna recordings, the bluesmen of the 20s and 30s, and a strong foundation of music studies at SUNY Purchase, Mike developed a “finger-picking” style for which he has become known. A trip through Mississippi, meeting old time country blues guitarists, fostered an even deeper desire in him to keep the music of these times and cultures alive.

John VanBenschoten, the lead vocalist, started playing guitar and banjo at age 17 and has played in bluegrass duets from Prescott, Arizona to Sitka, Alaska. He studied banjo with the legendary banjo picker William Bradford Keith – known to many as Bill Keith.

Early fiddling start
Henry Herman first picked up a violin at age six, but, according to him, did “not start fiddlin’” until he was 22 when he joined the “Almost Heaven Band” in Miami.
Todd Pascarella plays bass and performed for several years with the rock band “The Lost Beat Heroes” before he moved to the Catskills in 2001.

This is music made to dance to and is the mainstay of the Tremperskill Boys. Their varied and talented group of performers includes John Jacobson, who grew up
learning Catskill Mountain fiddling, Ginny Scheer, cofounder of the Catskill Folk
Connection, Amy Lieberman, on mandolin (and an “avid fan of Phish”) and John
VanBenchoten, one of the original members of the band.

Visit bluedeer.org for details and to pre-register. For more information, please contact Jennifer Schuman at 845 586-3225 or jenn schuman@bluedeer.org.