Saugerties Pro Musica
   2009 / 2010 Concert Season

September 20th, 2009



A Quadricentennial Concert

underwritten by Explore New York 400
All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM

at the Saugerties United Methodist Church

on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street


the concert will include the following songs
but the list and the order are subject to change 

- Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal 
- Lifeline
- Once More a-Lumberin' Go
- Juberju
- Barefoot Boy with Boots on
- Puttin' on the Style
- Applejack
- Last Winter was a Hard One
- Waterbound
- Fifty Sail on Newburgh Bay
- The Ballad of Storm King
- Sailing Down My Golden River
- River that Flows Both Ways
- Rolling Home


You'll relish this Hudson Valley stringband's rollicking renditions of regional folksongs, mountain ballads, square dance tunes, and instrumental medleys. Specializing in traditional music from the Hudson/Catskill/ Adirondack regions, they're also likely to play sea songs, ragtime tunes, novelty numbers, and even more recently songs from people like Pete Seeger that reflect life from long ago. Starting as duo with Rich and Tom in 1993, they became a trio in 2006 with the addition of Rick Hill. Over the years they've performed at coffeehouses, concert series, community events, and festivals throughout the northeast, including Caffe' Lena, Clearwater's "Great Hudson Revival" Festival, Sonny Ochs' "Helping Hands" Concert Series, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and First Night events in Albany and Saratoga Springs, NY, to name just a few.

The Boys and Their Music

Rich Bala - vocals, guitar, harmonica, mountain dulcimer

Rich has over 25 years' experience researching, collecting, and performing traditional songs of the region. In addition to his work with "The Boys", he also performs solo and with stroyteller Jonathan Kruk as "The Hudson River Ramblers". He has made a total of 5 recordings to date, and has performed with Pete Seeger, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Happy Traum, John Herald, and Joe Hickerson, among others.

Tom White - vocals, banjo, concertina, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, pennywhistle.

Tom is considered a "musician's musician", has won numerous prizes at instrument competitions, has appeared on over 40 recordings, and has played with Woods Tea Co., Pete Sutherland, Sandy & Caroline (AND Dave and Robin) Paton. He also owns and operates Wizmak Studio, where The Boys' recordings were made.

Rick Hill - vocals, bass, guitar, banjo

Rick is the newest Barefoot Boy, and in addition to providing a rock-steady low end on standup bass, adds impeccable harmonies to the Boys' sound. He has lots of experience performing both as a solo and in groups all along the East Coast, and has organized many musical events and concerts from Virginia to New York.


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