The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association is hosting another in its series of popular live bluegrass concerts, on Sunday, November 18th. Appearing will be Andy's Ramble, a remarkable quartet of bluegrass aces from the lively New York bluegrass scene. Leading the group will be Andy Statman, universally recognized as one of the world's most talented mandolin virtuosos. He studied under his lifelong friend David Grisman and is equally famed as a klezmer clarinetist, a major part of the klezmer revival of the 1970s. Statman has been a Grammy Awards nominee and played as part of the group that won the Best Pop Instrumental Album award at the 2008 Grammys.
Joining Statman will be Gene Yellin on guitar and vocals; Marc Horowitz playing banjo; and Tim Kiam, bass and vocals. All are lifelong friends and co-performers.
Yellin, a 40-year staple of the New York bluegrass scene, has recorded with Hazel Dickens and Gene Lowinger. He is recognized as one of the best bluegrass singers that New York has produced.
Banjoist Marc Horowitz won his first banjo contest in 1966, at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. He has played, recorded or toured with Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins and Hall & Oates, plus many others, and among his banjo students has been the great Bela Fleck.
Though Tim Kiah is originally from the land of the Red Sox, a move to Brooklyn established him as a New York bluegrass artist. As a classical bassist, vocalist and composer, his credits stretch from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The HVBA will be hosting Andy's Ramble at the intimate and acoustically exemplary Unitarian Fellowship, at 67 South Randolph Avenue in Poughkeepsie at 4:30 p.m. on the 18th. Tickets are $15 at the door.