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The Bluegrass Festival Takes Center Stage in Sloatsburg

Posted on 31 August 2017 by Editor

Bring a little blue skies and sunshine with you when you travel to the 8th Annual Highlands Bluegrass Festival at Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg, NY. Also bring a comfortable lawn chair for an afternoon of live bluegrass and Americana music that will feature banjo extraordinaire Tony Trischka.

The free event goes from 1 p.m. through 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 10. Continue Reading

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Down at the Highlands Bluegrass Festival

Posted on 20 September 2015 by Editor

HHBluegrassFest2015The Highlands Bluegrass Festival on the Great Lawn of Harmony Hall kicks up its heels Sunday, September 20, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Sloatsburg, NY.

2015bluegrassThe event, including most parking, is free with a suggested donation to help raise funds for Harmony Hall and to keep the music going. What’s $5 or $10 — that’s the cost of a beer in the big city.

Now in its 6th year, the day-long Highlands Bluegrass Festival has become an important event for the corridor parks region, drawing both a local crowd and visitors from across the Lower Hudson Valley. The selection of musicians and bands also ranges from nationally known bluegrass brands to local players eager to show their stuff to the crowd at the big stage.

JeffScrogginsGeoff Welch has curated the Highlands Festival music since it’s first year, with a nice selection of finger pickers and jammin’ –this year’s bill includes the Eric Escoffery Band  Garcia &  Grisman Tribute, Dogs Like Us, and bluegrass master Jeff Scroggins with his many Friends. The local group Moonshine Creek Bluegrass Band was a late addition but will undoubtedly make hay while on stage.

The Highlands Bluegrass Festival will also feature an assortment of craft and food vendors. Sponsored by the Town of Ramapo, with essential help from Rockland County, the event is the product The Friends of Harmony Hall — a non-profit Sloatsburg organization that helps raise funds and awareness for the renovation and operation of the Jacob Sloat House in Sloatsburg, NY, a Ramapo National Historical Registry treasure.

The Highlands Bluegrass Festival celebrates the life and music of Sue Cunningham, who passed away on September 3, 2015. Cunningham was a noted fiddle player whose participation in the Highlands Bluegrass Festival helped elevate the event into a recognized and appreciated festival.

The Highlands Bluegrass Festival celebrates the life and music of Sue Cunningham, who passed away on September 3, 2015. Cunningham was a noted fiddle player whose participation in the Highlands Bluegrass Festival helped elevate the event throughout the bluegrass music community.

This year’s Highlands Bluegrass Festival celebrates the life and music of fiddle player extraordinaire Sue Cunningham, who passed away on September 3, 2015. Cunningham was the headline act at the 2012 Highlands Bluegrass Festival, and again in 2013 with the Rowan Cunningham Band, helping to establish the Sloatsburg event as a player on the bluegrass music circuit.

Cunningham was raised in a musical family and has been involved with music since she was five years old, becoming the centerpiece of the The Flying Cunninghams in the early ’80s — a bluegrass band with brothers Steve on bass and Tom on guitar. A three-time Florida Bluegrass Fiddle Champion, she gained national recognition as a fiddler and fiddle instructor, going on to have a successful musical career that included the Hickory Project.

Though music was her passion, Cunningham worked full-time as an engineer, most recently at Florida Turbine Technology in Jupiter, Fla. She earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an executive MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 


A look back at the 2012 Highlands Bluegrass Festival and twang and mournful sounds of headliner Sue Cunningham’s fiddle work.

 

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Get To The Highlands Bluegrass Festival For Some Sunday Free Music

Posted on 05 September 2014 by Editor

HighlandsBluegrassFest2With the super Harvest Moon rising full this weekend, don’t let the patchy sky fool you. This Sunday’s Highlands Bluegrass Festival at Harmony Hall should get you out under sunny skies for some down home roots music. The event takes place September 7 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Great Lawn at Sloatsburg’s Harmony Hall, so bring a blanket and pull up a chair. Continue Reading

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That Good Old Time Music Returns With The Highlands Bluegrass Festival

Posted on 20 August 2014 by Editor

HHBluegrassFest2014Soon enough Sunday will roll through the Ramapo Mountains and with it the Highlands Bluegrass Festival at Harmony Hall. Pull up a chair and for a bit of twanging banjo and fiddle whine — a perfect way to welcome in the harvest season. Continue Reading

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