All the Folk and Bluegrass Concerts to Catch in the Hudson Valley This Summer

Get ready for foot-tapping tunes and crooning, twangy melodies at the region's riverside shows.


Deadgrass will perform at The Falcon on June 15.

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From Taste of Country to Falcon Ridge and Grey Fox, fans of all things rootsy and twangy have more than their share of festivals to look forward to this summer. But when it comes to more intimate performances, the coming months won’t disappoint. Anyone looking for a hoot and a holler should make sure to put these upcoming folk shows in their calendar:



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Where: The Falcon, Marlboro
When: June 15

As you might have guessed, this five-piece acoustic group performs the music of Jerry Garcia and his many projects, in a traditional roots-music style. Expect a different kind of old-time music.



Heather Maloney

Where: Club Helsinki, Hudson
When: June 29

Maloney discovered her songwriting voice while spending several years at a Massachusetts silent meditation center. Her songs have a care and tenderness even when, on albums like 2015’s Making Me Break, she is joined by members of the Wallflowers and My Morning Jacket.


Too Blue

Where: Daryl’s House Club, Pawling
When: July 7

Blending bluegrass and spring, this brunch performance merges folk instrumentation with rollicking rhythms from albums like 2016’s Trouble with the Grey.



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The Quebe Sisters

Where: The Towne Crier, Beacon
When: July 21

These siblings from Texas are triple-threat fiddle champions, performing their progressive swing with sweet, multi-part harmonies. You may have heard them on Kacey Musgraves' A Very Kacey Christmas album.


Our Native Daughters

Where: The Egg, Albany
When: July 26

Anchored by folk superstar Rhiannon Giddens, OND challenge all racial and patriarchal assumptions about folk music, finding stories or resistance and survival in slave narratives and African American folk traditions.


Gordon Lightfoot

Where: Bethel Woods Events Gallery, Bethel
When: August 1-2

The Canadian Dylan celebrates his 80th birthday with this multi-night performance of his countless classic hits, from The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald to Adult Contemporary Radio standards like If You Could Read My Mind.



Johnny Nicholas & Cindy Cashdollar

Where: The Colony, Woodstock
When: August 15

Two vastly different guitar virtuosos meet, mixing Nicholas’s bluesy riffing with Cashdollar’s butter-smooth lap-steel. This will be an exciting collaboration between masters.



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Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor

Where: The Egg, Albany
When: August 18

Two folk greats headline this double bill. You’ll likely catch renditions of classics like At SeventeenBoatman, and I Will Be in Love With You.


Chris Thile

Where: Bethel Woods Events Gallery, Bethel
When: September 21

Since his days in groundbreaking ‘newgrass’ trio Nickel Creek, Thile has been acknowledged as one of the foremost folk musicians in the world, and is the only person on this list to earn both a Macarthur Genius grant and a regular NPR hosting gig. He will perform original compositions and more at this intimate solo performance.

Related: The Coolest Hudson Valley Music Festivals to Hit This Summer

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