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Date(s) - 06/19/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Clifton Springs library


TUNES BY THE TRACKS … still aglow from the magnificent Library Benefit show, and tribute to our beloved pal, Joe Dady, is surging ahead for a Wednesday, June 19 arrival at the library.

Your habitually hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are excited and pleased to welcome a new group as Feature:


Kubick’s Rubes, is a regional string band comprised of a plethora of seasoned musicians.

Personnel include:
+ Ethan Hughes, dobro, guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and vocals
+ Austin Wahl, lead guitar player adds his bass vocal chops to our harmony stack. Originally from Minneapolis, Austin came to Rochester to study at Eastman School of Music. Having earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical guitar performance from the Eastman, he is currently a doctoral student of guitar with Nicholas Goluses. He has won prizes in guitar competitions in six states and two Canadian provinces.
+ Betsy Kubick, fiddle and vocals. A veteran of the local music scene and occasional sojourner to Louisiana, West Virginia, and other centers of American roots music, Betsy has at last fulfilled her ambition to name a band “Kubick’s Rubes.”
+ Paul Swiatek, banjo, guitar, and vocals. He started performing in the Rochester area in 1978 with “Reeves and Swiatek” and has been writing and performing his own folk and bluegrass songs ever since. He’s been a regular performer at both Brian Coughlin’s Singer Songwriters in the Round and the Side Room in Shortsville, where he can frequently be seen picking with mandolin ace Perry Cleaveland.
+ John Denniston, is one of this area’s top Mandolin players. Born and raised in Palmyra, NY, John is steeped in the classic Bill Monroe mando-playing tradition, having honed his skills playing with Seneca County Bluegrass, Lisa Bigwood and the Washday Band, Cuttin’ the Grass, Eva and the Dog Boys, and Cabin Fever.
+ Jordan Kleiman, bass, and multi-instrumentalist, he has played jazz and roots music in Philadelphia and Rochester since the 1980s. In addition to the Rubes, he plays bass with The Crooked North ( and enjoys taking an occasional old-time gig with the Wild Root String Band, and the Rough Alley Rounders.
Kubick’s Rubes lays down a blend of bluegrass and western swing, as well as an occasional old time fiddle tune when the mood strikes. If you like hot pickin’ and sweet harmony singing, you’ll be in the right place next Wednesday.


We will, of course, ease on into the territory of these virtuosos during the second half of the evening.
“The quality of music is not strained
it droppeth as exquisite pain from heaven
upon unwary folks beneath.”
jim the bard

Wanna be a MYSTERY PICKER?? Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi)…and the trappings of stardom await you.

+ Clifton Springs library, http://
+ 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
+ WED, June 19
+ 7pm – 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
+ FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

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