Next regular Bluegrass jam: Saturday, September 12, 2015
10 AM till 3 PM

Lamsom Road Community Church
2259 Lamson Road, Phoenix, NY 13135

Regular jams are held every 2nd Saturday - September to May (except December)

If you're looking for a good place to meet musicians who share your love of bluegrass music - or to learn some new or old songs - this is the place!

August 16, 2015 at the Apple Festival Grounds, Rt 20, in Lafayette NY
Jamming (and listening) begin at 10 am
Pot luck lunch around noon

There will be a very short meeting after dessert to vote on the officers and board members for the coming year. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor but to keep things running smoothly, please be sure to ask the person you are nominating ahead of time if he/she is willing to serve. We have use of the building all day so we can continue to jam as long as you want.

The 43rd Annual Bill Knowlton Bluegrass Ramble Picnic
Sunday, August 2, 2015
The best of CNY Bluegrass!

10:00: Gospel Way
10:30: Salmon River Boys
11:00: Brothers MacRae
11:30: Eddie Z and the Otisco Valley Breakdown
12:00: Slewfoot
12:30: Lake Effect
1:00: Joe Lamay and Sherrie Reese with Jim Stout
1:45: Mountain Top Express
2:15: Plexigrass
2:45: The Atkinson Family
3:15: Spare Parts with Gene Clayton
3:45: Northwater
4:15: Diamond Someday
4:45: Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn
5:15: Sean Martin Band
5:45: Molly and the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys
6:15: Delaney Brothers

Note: All times and groups are subject to change


Special note: Bluegrass lovers might want to take a listen to Randy's Pickin' Parlor. Join them to watch the shows streamed live or browse the Archive of 30 plus concerts (e.g. The Boxcars, The Grascals, Blue Highway and more). Go to to learn what's coming up and also to listen to previous shows.

June 2015 Newsletter!

Membership Notes

We have received word that Butch Hurrin, a former member of Bristol Mountain Bluegrass Band, passed away on August 16, 2015. Some of you will remember him. Butch played bass and fiddle. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.

We have received word that Carol Jeannin, long time member of CNYBA, died in December of 2014. We are so sorry to hear this and send our prayers to her family. Condolence cards can be sent to her husband, Bob Jeannin, at PO Box 1795, Zephyr Hills, FL 33539-1795

Henry "Hank" Wells, is at home recovering from recent surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse. He and his wife, Helen, have been frequent participants at many CNYBA events for many years. Hank plays old time fiddle and banjo. Helen plays a DeNeve resonator guitar. They are a beloved couple! Update: it was great to see Hank and Helen at the Bluegrass Ramble Picnic. Hank was wandering around, looking good, and jamming on his banjo.

Cards can be sent to Henry Wells at 7302 E. Keeney Rd, Cuyler NY 13158.


Many CNYBA members know Peter McDonald. A founding member of the Finger Lakes Bluegrass Association, Peter also maintained membership in the CNYBA. His band, featuring his daughter, Rebecca Colleen, is the host band of the Brantling Bluegrass Festival and has often played at CNY events. The July 26 benefit in his honor was very well attended by his family and friends and enjoyed by all. Peter got to talk to everyone and even played the fiddle with his daughter!

If you couldn't make the event but would still like to send Peter a note, the address is:
P.O. Box 802,
Seneca Falls, NY  13148




  Announcing our new CNYBA officers and board members!
President: Kay von Sneidern
65 Canton St.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Vice President:  Neil Smith
4524 Waltham Drive
Manlius, NY 13104

Treasurer: Eric Barth
7728 Frayer Ln
Liverpool, NY 13090

Secretary:  Aleksandra Smith
4524 Waltham Drive
Manlius, NY 13104


Alvar "Mike" VonSneidern
65 Canton St.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

Kathy Kinney
235 Blanchard Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13209

Bill Light
211 Allen St.
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Bill Knowlton
125 Meyers Road
Liverpool, NY 13088-4449

Bob Hayden
4601 Limeledge Road
Marcellus, NY 13108
315-673-1313 Home
315-251-4113 Cell

Mark Kuney
228 Milburn Dr.
Syracuse, NY 13207





























Membership Chair and Webmaster
Shirley Stevens
PO Box 536
Liverpool, NY 13088

Please send membership information and dues to Shirley.

Also please send event notices and membership notes (death, illness, joys, etc.) to Shirley


Festival Reports

Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival 2014
by John and Katie Brutcher

Katie's North Carolina Trip
Not a festival but a darn good story!
ccstival RepoKaKrts from CNYBA members

The 2014 Palatka Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The 2013 Sertoma Youth Ranch Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The 2013 Palatka Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher
The Winter Village Bluegrass Festival
by John and Katie Brutcher


Read about the Out Among the Stars Festival (OATS)
by John and Katie Brutcher


April 2015 Newsletter

February 2015 "Catch up letter""

August 2014 Newsletter

June 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

February 2014 Newsletter

December 2013 Newsletterc

November 2013 Newsletter

October 2013 Newsletter

Previous editions of the newsletter

Bluegrass on the Tube
The Internet's Bluegrass Video Search Engine

From a member of the South East Bluegrass Association, located in Atlanta, GA, comes a free website, designed to promote bluegrass music among bluegrass fans. The website currently has over 400 videos in the library, representing a wide variety of artists and styles of bluegrass.  New videos are added weekly.  Check it out at: 

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CNYBA Officers and Chairpersons Contact Information



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