November Newsletter

Tony Trischka in West Hartford at the Sounding Board

November 12, 7:30 PM  9:30 PM

Tony Trischka is a banjo virtuoso, songwriter and educator, originally from Syracuse, N.Y., where he was raised in a home filled with music. Tony settled in among a peer group of extraordinary musicians who saw American roots music as a thriving, living language that could be expanded and combined with other influences and sensibilities.

From his solo debut, Bluegrass Light (1974) to his 2021 release, Shall We Hope, Tony has explored the possibilities of the banjo on 20+ albums.

In addition to his Grammy nominations, Trischka has earned a number of honors over the years, including the International Bluegrass Music Award for Banjo Player of the Year in 2007, and he was named a United States Artists Friends Fellow in 2012.

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Bluegrass Jams


Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield. 30 Greenfield Street. Room S-3 

First and third Tuesday of each month in Wethersfield. There is a $3.00 suggested donation to cover the cost of the room. All levels are welcome. Acoustic instruments only. Wernick jamming etiquette is followed (announce your song with key, etc).


Thursday, Nov 10 6:30 PM Note Kitchen Bethel CT (Second Thursdays)


Sunday, Nov 20 2:30PM Nod Hill Brewery Ridgefield CT

New Haven

Thursday, Nov 24 (Fourth Thursday)


Sunday, Nov 12 at Best video, 2-5 PM. (Second Sunday)

Two New Jam Classes in Bethel CT

8-Week Class (Wednesdays)
Bethel, CT
Nov 2 – Dec 28

5-Week Class (Saturdays)
Bethel, CT
Nov 19 – Dec 17

Fiddle Hell Nov 3-6

We’ll have about 410 sessions, with 20 concerts, 32 instructor-led jams, and 360 workshops! And there will be lots of informal jam spots as always. While all acoustic instruments are welcome, the main tracks are for fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, cello, and singing, at 4 different levels. Have fun with your fellow musicians as you absorb techniques, styles, tunes, and history, from an amazing set of instructors. More info at

Westchester Bluegrass Club Presents


Nov 19, 2022

6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm open mic
8:00 pm Mile 12

Mile Twelve is a modern string band from Boston, Massachusetts. Winners of the 2020 IBMA New Artist of the Year award, they have been making waves in the acoustic music world with their seamless blend of expertly-crafted songs, creative arrangements, and virtuosic execution. The band takes their name from the mile marker that sits at Boston’s southern border, a road sign they’ve passed countless times while heading out on tour. They’ve found receptive audiences across the globe, touring throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Bluegrass Jam Class offered before 5-7PM Email to register


Dec 3, 2022
6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm open mic
8:00 pm Slocan Ramblers


Hailing from Toronto, this Canadian band brings a refreshing mix of old and new, traditional and modern in one package.  From Frank Evan’s classic, dusty vocals, to John Hartford-inspired lyrical musings, it’s all buttressed by impeccable musicianship, and emotionally raw songwriting from the three core members. This is roots music without pretension, art powerful enough to cut through the fog of the past two years and chart a more hopeful course forward.

Too Blue at Daryl’s House

Sun Nov 20, Daryl’s House, brunch 12-2 pm. 

130 NY-22, Pawling, NY 12564.

No cover, call for reservations. (845) 289-0185

GuitartownCT presents “The Honey Dewdrops”

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 7:30 pm.

GuitartownCT at Café Amici, 1640 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.

Tickets $35 @

Come early for dinner.

Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters at the Breadbox Theater

The Bread Box Theater in Willimantic is featuring Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters featuring Dobroist Roger Williams and bassist Bob Dick on Sunday November 20th at 4:00 p.m.  St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 220 Valley Street, Windham / Willimantic. 860 429-4220. Benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

Ticket link here

25th Anniversary of the Killingly Grange Bluegrass Series

Eastern Connecticut’s longest continually running bluegrass venue can be found in a small village in Killingly called Dayville.   Since 1997, during the winter months for about 4 or 5 shows, Nick Anderson of Plainfield, CT, has brought local bluegrass bands to audiences who have become like family. The shows are on the fourth Saturday night of the month at 7pm during October, November, January, February, and March. 

The first 3 years were held at the nearby Brooklyn Grange Hall. After they closed down, Nick brought the event, in 2000, to the Killingly Grange, on 801 Hartford Turnpike in Dayville, CT where the series continues to this day.  Even during the height of the pandemic, the season still held three concerts that year.

The format hasn’t changed much in 25 years.  The doors open at 6pm and you can buy sandwiches, treats, and beverages from the Grange Hall staff.  At 7pm, Nick Anderson & Shady Creek take the stage for a 50-minute set.  Following a 20-minute intermission, the guest band will perform next for an hour-long set.  At the end, both bands come together and jam on a couple of tunes and always end with, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

For the first time in 25 years of promoting over 100 shows, Nick Anderson will be absent at the next concert due to medical reasons.  He has never missed a show until this month.  The show will go on with Jim Plecan standing in for Nick on guitar and vocals.  Jim was a member of Shady Creek in the 1980s before joining the Rose City Bluegrass Band.  

Shady Creek, is always the host, and band members include Peggy Harvey on fiddle and harmony vocals, Monty McClanahan on mandolin and tenor, Mark Doyle on bass, and Tom Daily on banjo.  Nick Anderson, who was inducted into the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2021, plans to be back on the stage in time for the January concert where Restless Mountain is expected to once again put on a fabulous show.  

This month, The Hosmer Mountain Boys are the guest band for the November 26th concert.  This new band spotlights Keegan Day (lead vocals and guitar) and Simon Brogie (banjo and vocals), two of Connecticut’s brightest young bluegrass pickers on the local scene today.  This high-energy, traditional band is rounded out by Cathy Day on fiddle and Tom Bowman on bass. 

During the Nov 26th show, you can expect some surprises when a couple of middle schoolers will guest on a few songs with Shady Creek and with the Hosmer Mountain Boys.  If you know of any other kids that would like to join in, please contact Cathy Day at

Over the last 25 years, some of the notable bands that have played include, The Hunger Mt Boys, The Feinberg Brothers, Sam Tidwell, Grass Routes, Charter Oak Bluegrass Band, Spirit Fiddle, Still Pickin’, The Bill Thibodeau Band, Amy Gallatin, The Gospel Friends,  Dick Bowden’s Flying Circus, and MANY, MANY, more!

There have also been several benefits, most recently this past April 2022 where 8 bands came together to benefit the people of Ukraine.  The largest crowd ever was in 2010, during a benefit for Fred Ethridge.  All the seats were taken and folks spilled out into the lobby to support the cause.

Here is a list of the 4th Saturday upcoming concerts at the Killingly Grange for the 2022/2023 season:

Oct. – Mike Boulay and Hope Valley Volunteers

Nov. – Hosmer Mountain Boys

Jan. – Restless Mountain

Feb. – To Be Determined

Mar. – Redwood Hill

Doors open at 6pm for refreshments

Show starts at 7pm

Tickets are a $12 donation

Killingly Grange, 801 Hartford Turnpike, Dayville, CT 06243

On the Trail performs in Hamden and Poughkeepsie


1842 WHITNEY AVENUE, HAMDEN, CT 06517 (203) 287-9286

Fri., Nov. 25, 7 PM. Bluegrass: On the Trail

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