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Tribes Hill begins our 2017 Kindred Folk concert series at a different location than last year. We are now partnering with Division Street Guitars and using their performance space. Come by, get a set-up for your guitar, buy some strings, and catch the show. We hope to turn some new peeps on to our stable of talented Hudson River Valley Songwriters and welcome more young Indie Folk into the Tribe.

With a voice as powerful as it is sultry and sweet, Christine Sweeney deftly handles poppy and playful without sacrificing genuine emotion. The blues pop musician from New York has been described as “streetwise, with a tender heart” by Folk DJ Joe Pszonek. Her unique chord choices and harmonies meet her thoughtful lyrics in a place feels like home. Her full band, Christine Sweeney & The Dirty Stayouts, is a 5 member powerhouse of talented musicians that serve as the perfect vehicle for her songwriting. Her music releases have been celebrated in her home base of Long Island, NY. Find her music at as well as Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.


GREG CORNELL with Amanda Homi of The Cornell Brothers
For decades, singer-songwriter Greg Cornell’s soul has been something of an antenna receiving transmissions from America’s beloved heritage of roots music and storing them deep in his being. Before he could add to the canon, however, he had to live his own stories. It took decades of heartbreak, loss, and finding the kind of hopeful disposition that only comes through searching. Today, he’s a critically acclaimed roots musician with a redemptive message.

Cornell’s music courses through that muddy river of bluegrass, country, old-time music, and blues. His work conjures the plaintive and unvarnished beauty of contemporary and classic roots artists such as Ralph Stanley, Blind Lemon Jefferson, John Prine, Gram Parsons, Levon Helm, Garcia and Grisman, and Neil Young. Currently, Cornell has a two-album body of work, Deep Ocean Blues and Come On Home. Cornell’s debut, Deep Ocean Blues, is a spiritual journey of making that brave trek into an emotional and introspective abyss. It’s follow-up, Come On Home, is produced by fiddler Adam Moss (The Defibulators, Anna Egge, and the Brother Brothers), and engineered by Justin Guip who won three Grammys recording Levon Helms' final albums. This release thematically weaves its title through the album’s tracks.

Cornell has built a robust profile through a diverse calendar of shows. Over the past few years his band, The Cornell Brothers, has appeared at folk conferences and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City UT, toured New England and upstate NY, played festivals throughout the Tristate area, and gigged at the finest listening rooms in NYC. Cornell’s sincerity, uplifting introspection, and singular approach to making emotionally resonant music from timeless art forms has earned him praise from Americana fans and critics. The popular music discovery and critical outlet Mind Equals Blown says: "Cornell visits the deep, looming sense of longing that's often tied to bluegrass or folksy tracks...and steers clear of any clichés.”


PLUCK & RAIL draw from the deep well of American music, and blend together gritty songwriting, tight vocal melodies and soaring cello runs to craft their unique sound. They have been featured performers at The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, NJ Prog House and The Tribes Hill Music Festival. This past summer Pluck & Rail were featured at the 2016 Long Island Bluegrass Festival.

Pluck & Rail is the acoustic intersection of Andrew Sussman of the prog-rock heavyweights, Frogg Café, and George Gierer (and Tribes Hill president) of the folkabilly band, South County. George bought his first guitar at age 17 and moved to Austin, TX, where he soaked up the sounds of the south and was forever changed. After hearing hearing Eddie Van Halen at the age of 15, the classically trained cellist Sussman starting spinning Bach into the blues and Beethoven into Zappa.
“…bittersweet…” —New York Times (July 2015)
“…evocative of the Felice Brothers…”
—Westchester Magazine’s 2014 Fall Arts Preview
“…a fresh take evoking aspects of T Bone Burnett.”
—Progression Magazine, Oct. 2015

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  • Post your gigs on our website calendar
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  • or mail a check to: Tribes Hill / Kindred Folk Hammond House 111 Grasslands Rd. Valhalla, NY 10595 PARTICIPATE IN TRIBES HILL ACTIVITIES
  • Tribes Hill Presents - music at venues in Westchester and beyond , including benefit concerts for members in need to celebrate the gift of giving.
  • Gatherings – First Monday of the month at our members’ homes. Gatherings are open to all - members, non-members, musicians and music lovers alike! Here’s where we socialize, informally and collaboratively make music, sing, listen; meet, network and share a meal. Always fun!
  • Annual Summer Solstice Fundraiser - Tribes Hill open business meeting and Hootenanny including open mic, performances, campfire song circle, and pot luck dinner at historic Hammond House in Valhalla, NY.
  • Annual Winter Holiday Celebration - December's Gathering where we rehearse Solstice songs, collaboratively make music, sing, or just listen; meet, network and share a potluck dinner.
  • Annual Winter Solstice Fundraiser - Tribes Hill member performance in a local public venue – the highlight of our year!
  • Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) – Participate in annual fall event for performers and presenters of folk music.
  • Benefit Concerts - to celebrate the gift of giving for members in need.

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