Next regular Bluegrass jam: Saturday, February 14, 2015

10 AM till 3 PM
Starting September, 2014, Board meetings will be held at another time
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!

January 23 – 25, 2015 @ La Tourelle and the State Theatre of Ithaca

Celebrating its 5th year, the Winter Village Bluegrass Festival continues to bring the best acts in bluegrass music to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes. Our host, La Tourelle, loves to host musicians and music lovers – it’s a great place to spend a winter weekend. This year, the Saturday night Big Show returns to the historic State Theatre, Ithaca’s favorite and largest music room. And we are adding a new Bluegrass & Beyond concert at the new Coltivare Restaurant.   Join us for a fun and inspiring weekend of listening, playing, learning and relaxing with old and new friends.

Festival performers feature some of the most renowned bands in bluegrass and Americana music today.  The Travelin’ McCourys headline the Saturday night Big Show at the State Theatre of Ithaca and conduct an unplugged band workshop at La Tourelle on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Sun, featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, Joe Walsh, Karl Doty and special guest Tony Trischka and the exciting new duo of Michael Daves and Brittany Haas will perform and teach throughout the weekend and join the McCourys for the Saturday night show at the State Theatre.  Ithaca’s favorite old time music duo Richie & Rosie will be performing on Saturday along with Too Blue, a fine swinging bluegrass band from the New York City area.  Ithaca’s Paris Texas featuring Bobby Henrie round out the lineup.

Membership Notes

Our friend Betsy Keough Allan, of Hannibal, was transported on January 12, 2015, to St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse. She is diagnosed with a massive coronary and is on a ventilator in ICU in very critical condition.
Her husband Frank has requested that all her friends say prayers for her.
Our dear Linda Curtis is at home recovering from injuries sustained during a fall apparently caused by extreme dizziness accompanying intestinal flu. Cards and notes can be sent to Linda at:
353 South Webber Drive 
Chittenango, NY 13037
We received the following from our friends in the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association. Malcolm V. Murphy, 89, of Cider St. in Oriskany, NY,  affectionately known as “Mac”, passed away after a battle with cancer on Friday, January 2, 2015. His obituary can be found at!4e5ic5lCfCujC3Sv7Giakg/

We are sad as we tell you that the lady with the sweetest smile ever, Betty Knauss, passed away on December 3, 2014. Our hearts and prayers go out to her husband, Juergen, and all their family. We will miss her.

Condolences may be sent to Juergen Knauss at 5407 Bennetts Corners Rd, Elbridge, NY  13060

Betty J. Knauss, 73, of Elbridge (town of Camillus) passed away Wednesday at home with her family at her side. Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. A 1959 graduate of Elbridge High School, she was a life resident of the area.

She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Freda Davis; her brother, Ronald W. Davis and nephew, Donald Davis.

Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Juergen Knauss; son, Mark E. (Connie) Knauss of Topton, PA; daughter, Christine J. (Daniel Splane) Knauss of Skaneateles; brother, Edward R. (Barbara) Davis of Camillus, and two grandchildren, Matthew and Erik.

Calling hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bush Funeral Home, 120 E. Main St. (Rt. 5), Elbridge, NY (315-689-6116) with a service to follow at 4 p.m., Rev. Thomas Bell officiating. Private burial will be in Shepard Settlement Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the SPCA of CNY or the American Cancer Society


We have some sad news to report.  George Hall has passed away. There will be a memorial planned for this summer here in New York and his ashes will be buried next to his wife's grave.  We will announce the details as they develop.  George was having a struggle with his heart so it wasn't unexpected, but family and friends are still very sad. Our prayers are with them all.  

If any CNYBA members would like to participate in the memorial this summer, please email We will pass along your message.


Our long time CNYBA friend, Rich Curtis, has lost his mother following a prolonged illness. Condolences can be sent to Rich and Linda Curtis, 353 S Webber Drive, Chittenango, NY 13037. Memorial contributions can be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 731 Hooper Rd.,Endwell, NY 13760.




  Announcing our new CNYBA officers and board members!
President: Kay VonSneidern
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

Chad Darou 
P.O. Box 507
Harrisville, NY 13648

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





























Please note that our dear friend, Helen Weldon, has retired from being our Membership Chair. Please address membership concerns and information to our new chair: Shirley Stevens
PO Box 536
Liverpool, NY 13088



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


August 2014 Newsletter

June 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 Newsletter

February 2014 Newsletter

December 2013 Newsletterc

November 2013 Newsletter

October 2013 Newsletter

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The Internet's Bluegrass Video Search Engine

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