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Spuyten Duyvil Brings Eclectic Mix of Roots Music to Bay Shore 9/11/10

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The seven-member Yonkers-based band –fresh from impressing audiences during this summer’s Falcon Ridge and Huntington Folk Festivals — brings its eclectic mix of riveting traditional and original songs to Bay Shore on Saturday night, September 11. Spuyten Duyvil opens the 2010-2011 season for The Eclectic Café (www.eclecticcafe.org), a monthly concert series held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk at 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore. The 8:30 p.m. concert, for which tickets are $10, will be preceded by an hour-long open mic starting at 7:30p.m.

For more information on Spuyten Duyvil and to sample a few songs, log-on to www.spuytenduyvilmusic.com.

To some, Spuyten Duyvil conjures up images of spitting or spinning devils. To others, it refers to the creek that originally separated Manhattan from Riverdale in the Bronx. But an ever-growing number of people who enjoy alternative roots music know Spuyten Duyvil as a musical group whose sound wanders the last 100 years of American music conjuring embittered civil war veterans, recalcitrant small town bawds, suicidal bureaucrats, star-crossed lovers and brave-hearted fools navigating the mysteries of daily life.

Mark Miller, Spuyten Duyvil’s primary songwriter, who also sings and plays tenor guitar and bouzouki said:

We’ve had a great summer on the festival circuit and are really looking forward to playing this excellent listening room. A venue like The Eclectic Cafe gives us the opportunity to dive more deeply into the songs, the stories and the local history that inspires them.

Joining Miller in the band are Beth Kaufman (vocals), Tom Socol (guitar and dobro), Sarah Banks (fiddle and vocals), Jim Meigs (harmonica), Lou Geser (drums) and John Neidhart (bass).

Here’s a sampling of what others have to say about the band:

  • “Fans of Spuyten Duyvil … are drawn to their riveting storytelling and melodic harmonies.” (Riverdale Press).
  • “Spuyten Duyvil is a band that can perform songs in a variety of styles without sounding like just a visitor to any of them.  They have a writer who can deliver those songs, and a lead singer who can put them across beautifully.” (Oliver di Place, a music blog).
  • “They cover the whole spectrum of Americana [with] great arrangements and beautiful harmonies.” (Elliot Glick, owner of The Starving Artist Café on City Island).

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