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Hope Machine With Special Guests - A Concert For Peace 9/11/2021

Hope Machine With Special Guests  A Concert For Peace
Hammond House Concerts Presents
A Concert For Peace
Hope Machine with Special Guests
7PM rain or shine - outdoors under tents
$10. suggested donation

Hope Machine, whose core members are Steve Kirkman and Fred Gillen Jr., was born at a 2003 Woody Guthrie hootenanny hosted by Woody's granddaughter Anna Canoni. It was named after the Woody quote: "about all a human being is anyway is a hoping machine."

Their debut CD March, which was released in the Winter of 2006/ 2007, was recorded live-in-the-studio and received folk airplay all over the East Coast. The follow-up to March, Big Green Hope Machine, features some of Gillen and Kirkman's finest songs, and some great special guests. It has gotten great reviews and airplay all over the world. In 2011 International Folk Alliance featured their song Peace Rant on its War and Politics compilation CD. Their arrangements of two Woody Guthrie songs were featured on the Pete Seeger album Pete Remembers Woody, which was released by Appleseeds Records on September 25, 2012.

Hope Machine is always evolving, but the message of the songs they write and the songs they choose to play is one of hope, peace, and freedom. They encourage people to sing along at every show, and often have special guests in the band. They are equally at home performing acoustically at a house concert as they are with electric guitars wailing at a big theatre or festival. Though they sing many of their own songs these days, they retain the spirit of their days as an "official program" of the Woody Guthrie Foundation, and carry Woody's message wherever they go, that we are all hope machines.

updated: 2 months ago


Tribes Hill Annual Meeting & Hootenanny 9/12/2021

Tribes Hill Annual Meeting amp Hootenanny
Tribes Hill Annual Meeting & Hootenanny

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

12 noon until late night.

Hammond House
111 Grasslands Rd.
Valhalla, NY 10595

Potluck Dinner / BYOB

Open mic during the day and a song circle around the campfire in the evening.

updated: 1 month ago


The Return Of Acoustic Live!

The Return Of Acoustic Live
From Richard Cuccaro:

Acoustic Live's new website, has launched. We've added a couple of new features to our homepage, "Stream of the Week," and "Other Voices," where we select features and reviews from other web sources that we think our readers might find interesting.

In this month's Other Voices, Steve Wosahla of Americana Highways covers "Emma Swift’s Blonde Ambition," which explores her fascination with Bob Dylan, and her take on the Nashville scene.

Our Area Listings section is still in the process of being built. We've covered up through Upstate New York and have started adding New Jersey venues (Connecticut to come). It should be totally finished in the next day or so. We've added new livestream shows in the listings at City Winery, Landmark on Main Street and others.

This month's Best I've Ever Seen or Heard has also been posted. For March, author Gary Stoller steps forward to list his own favorite shows in "Stoller's Best."

updated: 2 months ago


Tribes Hill Gatherings

Monthly First Monday Gatherings nbspHave Been Discontinued Impromptu Tribes Hill Gatherings Encouraged
Remembering Tribes Hill Gatherings

Although the traditional first Monday gatherings have been suspended, the opportunity to host an impromptu gathering of the host's design, any day of the week, is encouraged.

We held monthly gatherings that included a song circle on the first Monday of every month. Sometimes we would change the date to accommodate holidays. They began at 6:30 with dinner prep and music. We served our traditional pasta and salad dinner with potluck additions at 7 pm. After dinner music would continue until about 10:30 with our collaborative song circle that included music makers and music lovers from the Tribes Hill community and newly invited guests. We had respectfully fit into the space offered us with about 20 - 25 people and plenty of acoustic music and song to share.

Hopefully gatherings will resume sometime in 2021.

Email Rick Rock at or phone him at (914) 564-9212 if interested in hosting a gathering.

updated: 2 months ago