“Driftwood draws you into their world by mixing clever lyrics with beautiful melodies. They delight listeners and leave them begging for one more song.” -Michael Kinney-WSKG TV
"Driftwood is a band with a multi-talented blend of musicians who bring traditional American roots music to a whole new level, creating a truly unique sound by blending old time folk with modern and world music." -Kayla MacLachlan-Upstate Live
Incorporating acoustic instruments and elements of Old Time, blues, jazz and modern music, these shanty rockers from Binghamton, NY have put together a traditional/original show that’s nothing short of world class music. Driftwood’s virtuosity is matched by their versatility and they are able to play sweet and sultry ballads with as much drive and passion as an up-tempo romp. That's why Driftwood has been in high demand by Upstate New York audiences since their 2006 formation. Band members Dan Forsyth (Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals), Joe Kollar (Guitar, Banjo, The Box, Drums, Keys, Vocals), and Claire Byrne (Fiddle, Vocals) come from many different musical backgrounds, and together they reinvent the songs of traditional American roots music by blending them with the sounds and feel of modern and world music. Since forming, Driftwood has appeared at a number of jam band and bluegrass music festival, including Ithaca's famous Grassroots Festival, the mainstage at the Chenango County Bluegrass Festival, the Newark Valley Bluegrass Festival (First Place, Best New Band), and the Quixotic Music Festival. Aside from their regular gigs, Driftwood is not above setting up in a park or playing as street musicians in order to share their music with the masses.
Joining Driftwood will be Westchester's own South County. Born on the banks of the Hudson River and out of the ashes of the roots rock group Whiskey Logic, SOUTH COUNTY blends together rockabilly, country and blues in their own unique brand of super-charged Americana. Centered around a homemade washtub bass and a drum kit consisting in part of a wooden crate and tin cans, SOUTH COUNTY modernizes old time music for the new millennia. Guitars, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, musical saw, glockenspiel, penny whistle, washboard and vocal harmonies all add to their bouillabaisse of sound.
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Common Ground Community Concerts
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 13 years, Common Ground has produced its flagship Common Ground Coffeehouse series, sponsored by (and hosted by) The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson NY.