Category Archives: History

1978 – Cobleskill, Johnstown and A Forgotten Road Trip

September 1978 brought the changing of the leaves and a new direction for Sweet Cider. Glenn was officially on-board and we were developing a style and “sound”. Glenn played his first gig as a member of the band at the … Continue reading

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Winter 1981/1982 Photos

I wanted to make sure I got a post in for December so I have a few pictures to share. The first four photos were taken at a show we did in the ski lodge at Scotch Valley Ski Area … Continue reading

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More Loose Ends

We’ll try and tie up some more loose ends in this post. Most of the photos were taken at Tom’s cousin’s place in Mariaville. We were playing more and looking to book more jobs, so publicity photos were definitely needed. … Continue reading

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Loose Ends

I can finally start tying up some loose ends. I started this using the materials I’ve kept over the years, but I knew that Tom had saved nearly everything related to Sweet Cider. A couple of weeks ago I received … Continue reading

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The Sweet Cider Bluegrass Festival Experience – Part 2

July 26, 1979 Having already won First Place at the Mayfield Bluegrass band contest and fresh from the Corinth Bluegrass Festival, we decided our next stop would be the 4th Annual Berkshire Mountains Bluegrass Festival down in Hillsdale, NY. The … Continue reading

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The Sweet Cider Bluegrass Festival Experience

I don’t remember for certain when I went to my first bluegrass festival. I think it may have been Smokey Greene’s festival in 1976. It rained and we got wet. I don’t remember for certain either who was there. I … Continue reading

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1978 – Old Time Music, Duane and Nayd

…….The Royal Mountain Bluegrass Festival had been a blast, and the following Saturday promised to be just as much fun. We had been invited to play at the Second Annual Adirondack Old Time Music Festival in Northville. We were appearing … Continue reading

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1978 / Festivals, Parades, Band Contest and Belly Dancers

By the spring of 1978 we were becoming “seasoned performers”………. well not really, but we were playing a lot.  Our weekly Sunday trips to play at the Buckshot Inn had resulted in our developing a bit of a following in … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Flavored Acoustic Music

I’m not sure who came up with it or when we first started calling what we played “Bluegrass Flavored Acoustic Music”, but the label seemed to fit what we were doing. When we started, we called ourselves a bluegrass band, … Continue reading

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1978 The Buckshot Inn

I’m not sure how our stint at the Buckshot Inn began. It was either Tom contacting them or they got in touch with Tom, but on March 19, 1978 we made our way to Mayfield, NY, to do a paid … Continue reading

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