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Spuyten Duyvil to play Farewell (For Now) show at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 January 20th at 7PM

Dec 12 | Posted by: Mark

Dear friends,


Grammatically speaking, “Taking a hiatus” means the pause between two vowels coming together but not in the same syllable, like the ear, or cooperate.


Yup, we are taking a break from touring, but not before a bang-up Farewell (For Now) Spuyten Duyvil performance. We return to our favorite NYC venue, Rockwood Music Hall's Stage II on Jan. 20th for a celebration of 10 amazing years and our only 2018 show. More info and tickets at https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1584514


We are coming off a beautiful and busy run, including our sets and workshops at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Caramoor's American Roots Music Festival, raucous shows at Club Passim in Cambridge MA, Daryl's House ClubMusikfestExit Zero Jazz Festival, and other storied venues across the region. Recent tours have taken us out to connect with fans from Maine to Chicago to California and to the far reaches of Israel’s Jacob's Ladder Festival. In 2016, our CD "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1," a spirited re-imagining of traditional folk songs, was nominated for "Album of the Year" by Folk Alliance International, and our 2017 single "The Warmth of Other Suns" reached the International Folk DJ Top 20 list. (Listen at https://www.reverbnation.com/spuytenduyvil/songs)


Over 10 years—and four CDs—we could not feel prouder or more deeply humbled by the generosity of everyone who provided a stage, spun us on the radio, listened to a song in the car or came out to a show. We’re beyond grateful for the accolades, encouragement and support we’ve received. We've evolved from "the hottest new band in folk music" (Gene Shay, WXPN) to road-seasoned "masters of high-octane Americana" (John Platt, WFUV). We remain inspired by our good friends at publications like The Alternate Root Magazine who put it like this, "Spuyten Duyvil are the real deal when it comes to roots revivalist Americana music...outstanding songwriters, accomplished musicians and a musical family atmosphere converge to make some of the most outstanding music around today." We’re also deeply in debt to everyone who played in the band and shared the stage with us over the years. It has been a joy and a privilege!


There are changes in the air for all of us and the timing just feels right. After maintaining a demanding performance schedule for nearly a decade, we’ve decided to clear the books for a little downtime to pursue other projects. Band-leader Mark Miller recently opened a Board Game Cafe, Hex & Company (www.hexnyc.com) in NYC. Meanwhile, Beth is adding creative education back into her life with a newly minted certificate in teaching ESL. Our dear long-time bass player John Neïdhartis moving to Atlanta. Harp master Jim Meigs is busy writing a book. Our fabulous double-duty guitar and fiddle player, Jeremy Aaron (http://www.jeremyaaron.com/) is developing his solo career. Our gifted drummer Steve Jagoda will be on the road with his other band Swamp Cabbage. Lou Geser, our other and original drummer who helped drive the enthusiasm and energy for Spuy Duy from our earliest days, continues to work along-side his wife Ilene as they build their marketing business. So life is busy and ever-evolving for us all, BUT the band will continue to get together for music and camaraderie, and—when the time is right—to perform again.


So come out and celebrate a decade of music with all of the amazing folks who have supported us over the years. The January 20th show will wrap with an after party…. eating, drinking and conversation in the back bar above Rockwood III.



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