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Benefit for The Center for Food Action


The Tribes Hill Collective 



December 5, 2015

8 pm

Our December concert will be a benefit for the Center for Food Action. The Center for Food Action strives to prevent hunger and homelessness and to improve the lives of those living in poverty. It provides emergency food supplies, services to protect against homelessness and utility assistance to thousands of individual and families living in Northern NJ. In addition to enjoying the concert, we ask attendees to bring a donation of canned or packaged food (non-perishable, please).   

Providing the music will be The Tribes Hill Collective, a collaborative effort that brings together folk musicians and music lovers in the tri-state area. Among the members who will perform at the Hurdy Gurdy are: Fred Gillen, Jr., Susan Kane, Judy Kass, the duo Pluck & Rail, and Matt Turk.

The music of Fred Gillen Jr. reflects on the despair, hope and struggles that are part of the human condition. His songs have been featured on ABC's "All My Children, NPR's "Car Talk," and CMJ's New Music Marathon Sampler. His version of Woody Guthrie's "I Aint Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's remembrances of Woody Guthrie. A recipient of a New York Foundation for The Arts grant, he has released nine full-length albums.

Susan Kane is an Americana songwriter, whose work addresses the universal themes of love, loss and hope. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey, she was drawn to music at an early age. The arrival of Bob Dylan and equal time given to folk music on radio called to her. She has shared bills with such artists as Pete Seeger, Garnet Rogers and Sloan Wainwright, among others. An active member of the local music scene, she has appeared at a variety of venues and festivals including the Towne Crier Café, the Better End, the Pleasantville Music Festival, the Huntington Folk Festive and the Tarrytown Music Hall. She is a past president of Tribes Hill

New York based Judy Kass is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and arranger, whose original music blends folk, jazz and blues. Whether playing piano or picking guitar, she quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrics and genre-bending harmonies. Her songs range from the humorous disillusion of not-so-new relationships to middle school misery. She released her first album, "Better Things" in 2014.

The music of Pluck and Rail, the acoustic duo of Andrew Sussman and George Gierer, draws from the deep well of American music. They blend gritty songwriting, tight vocal melodies and soaring cello runs, to create a unique sound. Andrew brings to the duo his experience as a member of progressive rock group, Frogg Café, while George adds his as a member of South County, a folkabilly band.

Matt Turk is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world as both a folk troubadour and a hard rocking bandleader. He has shared the stage with numerous artists including Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Norah Jones, the Dave Matthews Band, Richie Havens, and Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. He has appeared at scores of music festivals and concert venues among them, the Clearwater's Hudson River Revival, the Gathering of the Vibes, the Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, The Beacon Theater and the Tarrytown Music Hall. At the invitation of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he performed at Gracie Manson. Considered a "Renaissance Man of Music, " Matt composed original music for the award winning documentary "The Lion of Judah." He is an Arts Westchester Roster Artist and a past president of Tribes Hill.

Come start off the holiday season with some good music, while doing some good for the less fortunate!





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