Next regular Bluegrass jam: Saturday, May 9, 2015

10 AM till 3 PM

Lamsom Road Community Church
2259 Lamson Road, Phoenix, NY 13135

Regular jams are held every 2nd Saturday - September to May (except December)

If you're looking for a good place to meet musicians who share your love of bluegrass music - or to learn some new or old songs - this is the place!

April 2015 Newsletter!


CNYBA Jam and Showcase !

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Marcellus American Legion Hall
13 E Main St, Marcellus, NY

Join us for exciting Bluegrass
Jamming at 11 am
Potluck Dinner at 1:30 pm
Concert at 3 pm, featuring the Mark Allnatt Band

Traditional Bluegrass with a healthy dose of original tunes!

Admission is $10 ($8 for members). Come for any part of the day...everyone is welcome!

The Mark Allnatt Band includes Mark Allnatt on banjo and vocals; Ted Williams on mandolin/guitar and vocals; Karl Paisley on dobro/guitar and vocals; Henry Jankiewicz on fiddle; and John Dancks on bass. Band leader, Mark Allnatt was born in Cherry Creek New York. Russ Tarby writes, "Mark began playing banjo on a dare. When he was 11, his eyes lit up when his uncle held a five-string banjo in front of him. 'My uncle told me that if I could learn to play a song on it, he’d give me the banjo,' Mark remembered. Sure enough, Mark got the banjo, and he still plays the sizzling instrumental – 'Cherry Creek Breakdown' – that he composed as a result of that childhood challenge. In 2004, 'Cherry Creek Breakdown' became one of the 13 tracks on 'Black Dog,' the Syracuse Area Music Award-winning compact disc by John Cadley & The Lost Boys." Come and join us for exciting Bluegrass!



Membership Notes

Rose Depeyster is in Onondaga Community Hospital with pneumonia with complications. Please pray for Rose's recovery. Cards can be sent to Rose at 2036 Recreation Lane, Baldwinsville, NY 13027


Sadly, we've received word that Jerry Miller, long time CNYBA member, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Many of you will remember Peg and Jerry from various Bluegrass events. They were great supporters. Peg writes, "The cancer metastasized in his lung and just about everywhere. It was a very, very quick process. He suffered some but nowhere near what could have been and we are truly grateful to God for that...Still in NC but will be returning first week of May. We will be planning a Celebration of Life Memorial Service when I get back up north. Cards can be sent to Peg Miller at 6290 Pottery Rd,, Warners, NY 13164. We will let you know when we find out about the Memorial Service.


Betsy Keough Allen is back home again. Please keep Betsy and her husband, Frank, in your prayers. Cards can be sent to Betsy Allen at PO Box 500, Hannibal NY 13074


We have some sad news to report.  George Hall has passed away. There will be a memorial planned for this summer here in New York and his ashes will be buried next to his wife's grave.  George was having a struggle with his heart so it wasn't unexpected, but family and friends are still very sad. Our prayers are with them all.  The memorial will be Sunday, June 28, 2015, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at the Colocca Estate Winery, 14678 West Bay Road, Fairhaven NY
BBQ Buffet; Cash Bar
RSVP by calling George's daughter, Carolyn Costello at 804/615-1117 or email:
She needs to know by the end of April.


Boots and Shorts has just finished recording their latest album at Moletrax Studios. It is expected to be released in the spring. All the material is original and played live but for a few backing vocals. We will keep you posted!



  Announcing our new CNYBA officers and board members!
President: Kay von Sneidern
65 Canton St.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Vice President:  Neil Smith
4524 Waltham Drive
Manlius, NY 13104

Treasurer: Eric Barth
7728 Frayer Ln
Liverpool, NY 13090

Secretary:  Aleksandra Smith
4524 Waltham Drive
Manlius, NY 13104


Alvar "Mike" VonSneidern
65 Canton St.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Kathy Kinney
235 Blanchard Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13209

Bill Light
211 Allen St.
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Bill Knowlton
125 Meyers Road
Liverpool, NY 13088-4449

Bob Hayden
4601 Limeledge Road
Marcellus, NY 13108
315-673-1313 Home
315-251-4113 Cell

Mark Kuney
228 Milburn Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13207





























Membership Chair and Webmaster
Shirley Stevens
PO Box 536
Liverpool, NY 13088

Please send membership information and dues to Shirley.

Also please send event notices and membership notes (death, illness, joys, etc.) to Shirley


Festival Reports

Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival 2014
by John and Katie Brutcher

Katie's North Carolina Trip
Not a festival but a darn good story!
ccstival RepoKaKrts from CNYBA members

The 2014 Palatka Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The 2013 Sertoma Youth Ranch Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The 2013 Palatka Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The Winter Village Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher


Read about the Out Among the Stars Festival (OATS)
by John and Katie Brutcher


April 2015 Newsletter

February 2015 "Catch up letter""

August 2014 Newsletter

June 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

February 2014 Newsletter

December 2013 Newsletterc

November 2013 Newsletter

October 2013 Newsletter

Previous editions of the newsletter

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