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Wind up for the holiday season with Tribes Hill!

We will be delighted to welcome you to our new home at the BeanRunner Café, located at 201 South Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.737.1701 It’s a good idea to call ahead for a reservation. The BeanRunner has a complete café menu, including wine and beer. Our heartfelt thanks to Drew and Ted for giving us the opportunity to present our series in a truly comfortable and artist friendly space.

Tribes Hill Presents Kindred Folk, bringing you the best in singer songwriter talent. Proud to be partially supported by an ArtsWestchester ArtsAlive grant. $10 suggested admission at the door. Doors 4:00pm, the music starts at 4:30.

This month we are presenting:

Alyssa Dann is a 17-year-old singer songwriter raised in the legendary artist enclave of Woodstock, NY. Alyssa began writing stories in elementary school. At 15, she was already a strong singer and guitarist, when a creative writing class ignited her desire to write her own songs. In 2016, she received a youth scholarship to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference and received favorable reviews in the pool of professional singer songwriters. She continues to build her repertoire and hone her performance and songwriting skills.

Bill Kelly is a poet, singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist, touring musician and producer whose early life includes working and studying with spiritual master/pioneer Walt Baptiste of San Francisco (1979-85) Kelly’s music has appeared in major motion pictures, network television, compilation records including Dave Alvin, Slaid Cleaves, Todd Snyder, Hayes Carll. His new, as yet still untitled, record was produced by Lincoln Schleifer and features Larry Campbell, John Leventhal, John Ginty, and other greats. Larry Campbell says "Bill has the voice and pen of a true artist.” Buddy Miller praised Bill’s record Bread on the Waters as "a beautiful record/songs that won't let go," and Robert K Oermann called Seraphima "a great song/real Americana music." Kelly was a vocalist in a nationally touring Crosby Stills Nash tribute show (2016-18), and recorded and performed with Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth (1986-2018)
Bill is a multi instrumentalist and vocalist with Chris Berardo, Brother Flower, and Folkfoot.

Susan Kane’s sweet and sharp Americana is an alchemy of stuff dug from the dirt, born from books, gleaned from the air, yesterday's news and tomorrow's daydreams. Her fourth CD, Mostly Fine, released in July 2016, enjoyed wide airplay and strong chart positions in the US and abroad. Roots Music Reports ranked the song “Away” the #16 Folk Rock song of 2016, and the album #33. called it "...a set of potent originals that reveal a rich and eminently human inner world through the superimposition of the mundane and the magic." Born in New York and raised in various suburban locations by artistically inclined parents in New Jersey, Kane was drawn to music at an early age, but wandered away from her mother’s conservatory piano repertoire to the homespun vibes of acoustic folk and twangy country music. Something old, something new: the old bridal rhyme is the perfect prescription for songwriting. If you follow her on Twitter/Instagram, you’ll find she admits to digging in the dirt, digging the Dead and reading a lot of books, mostly the paper kind. A connoisseur of words, she’s a reader, a listener, a hunter and gatherer of raw song material.

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Call To Artists For Solstice Show

Call To Artists For Solstice Show
On Sunday December 16th Tribes Hill will be hosting our 17th Annual Solstice Show at the BeanRunner Cafe in Peekskill. We invite artists to join us in celebrating this special annual event. Our Winter Solstice Celebration offers the opportunity for our collective of musical artists to unite and share fresh and familiar seasonal world music. Representing traditional, original, contemporary and classic genres, songs in native languages spotlight the diversity of celebration and highlight our commonality, the heart of this season's traditions and festivities.

If you are interested in performing at the Solstice, please send an email to Rick at  expressing your interest, naming the song you'd like to perform, any links to websites, videos, or streaming mp3s that would be helpful, and if possible, a lyric sheet for the song if it is an original song. If you propose to perform a cover, that is of course fine as well. As always, we encourage collaboration with other artists, as well as songs that are suitable for audience sing-along.

Our Winter Solstice Gathering and Rehearsal will be held on Monday, December 3rd at the Hammond House. Final selection of songs will be made at that time.

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Steve Scholle Continues Songwriting Workshop Independent Of Tribes Hill

Register by December 1st for a discount

Steve Scholle Continues Songwriting Workshop Independent Of Tribes Hill
Chords and Courage
Songwriting Workshop Series

Come join the Chords and Courage Songwriting Workshop Series for the New York metro and lower Hudson Valley areas.  If you already have some song-playing skills and a curiosity to go further, or feel like you’re songwriting has hit a plateau, this series is an opportunity to:
·        Build confidence to express yourself in a supportive environment
·        Develop your songcraft and explore lyric voices
·        Access places inside where songs come from

Here’s what participants in our previous workshop series' had to say:

"This was a wonderful series. Your hospitality, encouragement and enthusiasm was really appreciated."
"Loved it.  Each instructor brought something different and complemented each others' classes. Introduced to some great songwriters.  Sharing and feedback was great".
"I truly enjoyed the sessions. I felt very comfortable sharing my songs and I appreciated all the feedback. I absolutely loved hearing the songwriters describe and play their songs.  It gave me a better understanding of how they write their music."
"The best parts?  Meeting and listening to the other participants. They were as encouraging as the teachers. What teachings stood out?  They were all different, which made a total whole".
"It was a positive, creative space with a good, open vibe. Having it at Steve's house was beautiful and generous of him."
"Loved:  - Hearing from a collection of diverse and very impressive songwriters about their processes - and then getting to hear them play!!!
- Learning from the rest of you - hearing your songs and the stories behind them, watching them evolve.
- Belonging to a supportive community where I felt we were truly doing this sacred thing.  Steve, you set this tone, and opened your home and heart - I'm so grateful that you do this."

The Details:

8 sessions meeting Sundays from 3 to 5:30 in Hartsdale, NY,  Sessions will run from January 6 to February 24 or March 3.

Full series: 8 sessions:
By December 1: $435
After December 1: $500

Series location: My house in Hartsdale, NY. Guitars and keyboards available.

Class size?
8 maximum full-timers, in order to give each participant attention.

Your host/facilitator
Stephen Scholle,
Over the years, in my work as a psychologist and acupuncturist, I’ve guided folks toward a felt-sense of things, that river which impels our deeper resources.  So when I started creating songs a decade ago I trusted in this process, and it’s been… fecund.

This is the 5th in this series and the first produced independently of Tribes Hill, the collaborative community of musicians and music lovers centered in the lower Hudson Valley.  For more on Tribes Hill please visit

Our line-up of award-winning teachers (subject to change):

KJ Denhert,
Her blend of urban folk and jazz has earned her 4 Independent Music Award nominations and has been named one of’s top female vocalists. Performing since the 1970s she has been top-billed at venues around the world.  KJ is a regular with us and we’re lucky to have her.

Burr Johnson,
Burr is a guitar phenom and leads his own jazz-fusion band. He’s played with and wowed BB King, Bruce Springsteen and Les Paul.  He’s also a great teacher, and he’s my teacher. He will hear things in your music that will lift you.

Ina May Wool,
Ina May began writing songs, poems and even operas in childhood.  She eventually fronted her own band, performing around New England and opening Americana, blues and country shows for Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Tom Rush, and many others. Now based in NYC, she continues to write and teach. Ina has taught lyric writing with us several times.

Matt Turk,
Matt is a seasoned recording artist and veteran performer. He has worked with Pete Seeger, and opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, and Mickey Hart, among others. He's performed throughout the USA and Europe and his band Deadgrass, is a local mainstay. Matt is an exceptionally insightful teacher.

Glen Roethel,
Founder of Gathering Time, frequent performer with Sloane Wainwright,  award-winning singer-songwriter and session vocalist/musician - Glen writes honest, personal songs with a sharp focus on clarity and simplicity. A highly inclusive performer and gifted teacher.

Fred Gillen, Jr.,
Touring singer/songwriter, recording engineer and producer, Fred has worked with many established and aspiring artists over the years as partner and mentor, including me.  Fred is well-loved in the Hudson Valley, and is unique as a performer making a living in the tradition of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.  Fred will focus with us on developing songs through the production process.

To register and for questions, email Steve at and write "Songwriting" in the header.

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  • or mail a check to: Tribes Hill / Kindred Folk Hammond House 111 Grasslands Rd. Valhalla, NY 10595 PARTICIPATE IN TRIBES HILL ACTIVITIES
  • Tribes Hill Presents - music at venues in Westchester and beyond , including benefit concerts for members in need to celebrate the gift of giving.
  • Gatherings – First Monday of the month at our members’ homes. Gatherings are open to all - members, non-members, musicians and music lovers alike! Here’s where we socialize, informally and collaboratively make music, sing, listen; meet, network and share a meal. Always fun!
  • Annual Summer Solstice Fundraiser - Tribes Hill open business meeting and Hootenanny including open mic, performances, campfire song circle, and pot luck dinner at historic Hammond House in Valhalla, NY.
  • Annual Winter Holiday Celebration - December's Gathering where we rehearse Solstice songs, collaboratively make music, sing, or just listen; meet, network and share a potluck dinner.
  • Annual Winter Solstice Fundraiser - Tribes Hill member performance in a local public venue – the highlight of our year!
  • Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) – Participate in annual fall event for performers and presenters of folk music.
  • Benefit Concerts - to celebrate the gift of giving for members in need.

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