Jam with the Band Cincinnati Creek
All are welcome to attend the concert and jam session. Musicians who play bluegrass music are encouraged to bring their instruments to join in and jam with the band after the concert. Our host for the evening and leading this Jam Session is Bill Fahy. Doors open at 6:30pm $5 suggested donation Beer, wine, and refreshments will be available by donation Cincinnati Creek performs songs about life, love, and local folklore. Performances include traditional bluegrass instrumentals and songs with three and four-part harmonies, sprinkled with some history and fun. Cincinnati Creek features seasoned musicians who have performed in New York State for many years. In 2008, Lori Thompson, and Chris Pepe, formed the band along with Cathy Martin. Based in the Adirondack foothills, the group took its name from the creek that runs through the area. It has performed at venues including the Rome Art and Community Center, MWPAI, Bluegrass festivals, The Remsen Barn Festival, Utica Monday Night, The Adirondack Railroad, and numerous coffee houses and outdoor festivals. The group has released 2 CDs. Lori Thompson learned how to play instruments and sing from her family. Lori got her to start with the family band in the 1980s before moving to the Mohawk Valley. She has been writing songs for several decades as well. Currently, Lori plays mandolin, and guitar, and sings both lead and harmony vocals for Cincinnati Creek. Her songs are inspired by her family, friends, and historical events. “The Ghost of Wash Loomis” was written about the infamous Loomis Gang from the Sangerfield area. She performed her song about the 19th century Forestport breaks called, “Where the Black River Flows,” on WKTV’s program, Mohawk Valley Living in 2007. The Civil War tune, “Home to You,” explores the tragic experience of family fighting on opposite sides. Chris Pepe began playing instruments in high school. He was inspired to play banjo at a local bluegrass festival. He also sings harmony on a few tunes as well. His fancy picking and good humor are a great addition to the band. Chris began playing the banjo in 1992. He and Lori have been performing together for over 20 years. Cathy Martin also is multitalented. She learned to play several instruments at a young age including the piano. The bass is her latest endeavor. Cathy also adds tenor harmony to the group. She has been a performer for many years with the Remsen Community Choir and the Steuben Players as well. New member, Joe Rowlands, plays guitar and Harmonica and also sings lead and Harmony Vocals. He has been an active performer in the area for over 40 years and is well-known in Irish Circles as a founding member of the Rattling Bog.