Sara Hulse Songs, life events and the other stuff

June update


Sara performing at the Jeffersonville Stage

It’s not like we haven’t been busy.

The summer schedule has been full, even before the summer technically started. (Happy belated summer solstice, by the way.) Not much happening in the studio, but plenty of performing. Art openings, block parties, weddings,benefit stage shows and bars-lots of cafes and bars.

Last Friday we played a show at Shane’s new venue The Lake House, in Glen Spey. We love Shane and his new place and while the A/C was working, it couldn’t keep up with how hot the show was.

The Bikearoo benefit was the weekend before, and we got to share the stage with the Slam Allen, Mountain Wave, Shlomo Franklin and many great others.


Sara, Shlomo Franklin and Paul at Bikearoo

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Performing at the Beacon Sloop club boathouse, celebrating Pete Seeger’s birthday


A few weeks back we had the privelage to perform at the Pete Seeger birthday party at the  boathouse of the Beacon Sloop Club, which Pete was part of founding. It was an honor to be part of celebrating the legend. Playing and listening to the songs he played and the stories that made his life.


This weekend is another busy one- 3 Shows

Saturday at 3PM we’ll be performing at the Prohibition Distillery in Roscoe, New York. It’ll be our second time there- they loved us the first time around, especially after our show was done, Sara sat a the bar and serenaded the guests with some fiddle tunes on her mandolin.

Then we head down to Honesdale for a 9pm show at the Bluestone Bar and Grill, our first show there and our first show with drummer Jason Freethy.

Then Sunday afternoon, we help close out the Milford Music Festival with Bobby Kyle and the Adminsters, 4pm at the Milford Theater, a beautiful old 300 seat theater in Milford,PA.  Last year we helped open the Music Festival at the Pikestock Festival in the theater and we received a warm and fuzzy reception. We love them in Milford and we’ll do our darnedest to not disappoint this year.


The summer is shaping up just fine… And we haven’t even gotten to July. The weekend of the 4th will be CRAZY! A lot more has happened, too much to go into here, and alot more to come…


Sara, Tony Penn and Paul at the Bikearoo Festival


July Newsletter

What we were up to last month –

In June, we played a lot at our favorite spot, Bakers Tap Room in Yulan.  We had a few very awesome special guests(Tony Penn, Bob Tellefsen. and Joe Granger, Stephen Fauble and Casey Jones of The Rail Birds.)  We also started building a fan base on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River by playing The 10th annual Honesdale Music Festival and The Milford Music Festival. The folks across the river really love us and we appreciate their feedback and support. Definitely looking forward to playing more in PA.
What we’re up to this month –
After a month of business in June, we are now in the thick of our summer gigs.
The evening of July 8th, we will be playing as a duet at Albella Family Restaurant in my hometown of Monticello N.Y.  Their food is quite good and the place has a very friendly atmosphere.  So far, their white wine,clam sauce has to be my favorite.
On the 10th and 11th, we are excited to be playing as a four piece band again, with Ron Rodkin on Bass. We start the weekend by playing The Arnold House on Shandalee Road in Livingston Manor in their BBQ Barn. The next day we’re taking a little trip to Clinton New Jersey to play a 7:30pm time slot on The River Stage at The Black Potatoe Festival.  We’re especially excited to be playing The Black Potatoe Festival because they focus on unsigned independent artists, providing a wide range of great music that’s beyond what main stream music industry wants you to like.  It looks like clear weather forSaturday evening and we’re ready to jam out!
The following week we are just as busy (if not busier). We’re playing River Edge in Mongaup Valley on the 15th, Hotel Belvidere’s open mic night on the 16th, The Fare in Honesdale on the 17th, and last ,but definitely not least, The Phillipsport Community Center’s music night on the 18th where we are excited to be opening up for RJ Storm and Old School.  This last show is especially meaningful to me because when I first started out as a songwriter the folks in Phillipsport truly listened to me and praised me in a very inspiring way.  I’ve grown as a musician since that first time playing there and attribute my new found confidence to those who supported me from the beginning. I’m very happy and blessed to be playing one of my favorite venues the night before we leave for our West Virginia tour.  We’re leaving on the 19th! That should be a whole different newsletter.
Blessings! Sara

May Sara Hulse Band newsletter-The Latest

So here’s what’s happening…

Spring is in full tilt now. Shows are picking up now that we have beautiful weather and everyone’s getting ready for summer!
The past month has kept us busy, playing the Vineyard in Bashakill, Albella’s in Monticello, and what’s become a kind of home base for us lately, Bakers Tap Room in Yulan.
Bakers is a fun show, where they love us and we love them. What’s not to love? Great burgers & pizza (along with a great full menu), great beers, and the folks there are just so nice… It’s kind of become a testing ground for us, testing out new material, having friends sit in, it’s just plain cozy… If you come out to Bakers, it’s more than likely you’ll hear something out of the ordinary for us.

A new CD

We’ve also started preliminary work on a 2nd CD for Sara, recording basic tracks. Sara is soooo good to work with-two takes and we have it. No headphones. No click track. Just Sara, her uke, and her beautiful voice.
We’ll be posting tracks at as we progress, so check there for updates.

A podcast?

We’re trying to get a monthly webcast started, “The kitchen sessions” is the working title. Sort of a kitchen jam session with various guests and friends joining us. This is all in the embryonic stage: just getting started, still too many details to iron out, but we like the concept. Need a time, need a place. So much to do. So little time..

What’s coming up…

Check our list of shows coming up in the next month (as of now that is, subject to constant change of course.)
Plus, there’s always some new project in the works You can check the latest and complete schedule several months out at:

Thu May 07 15 06:00 PM Froggy Daze Fest in Narrowsburg, NY – A good old hippie river festival
Sat May 09 15 07:00 PM Dancing Cat Distillery in Bethel, NY, With special guest.
Sun May 10 15 07:00 PM Rivoli Theatre , Spring Concert Series in South Fallsburg, NY –
Sat May 16 15 07:00 PM Baker’s Tap Room in Barryville, NY – Back at Bakers, with Casey Jones on Fiddle & Mandolin, also Ron Rodkin sitting in on bass. Something a little different for the night. We always like to mix it up at Bakers.
Sat May 30 15 07:00 PM Baker’s Tap Room in Barryville, NY – Back at Bakers, with Casey Jones. Great food, great beer, great people. Perfect mix!
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Almost Heaven. Maybe….I hope so

This post is about the past.
Sara never met her father. Her closest direct connection is one photograph. I’ve seen it. You can see Sara’s eyes in her Father.

When you hear Sara play the song “Legacy” you need to listen. Listen close. It’s not one of those buoyant, “feelgreat” songs of hers.

He lived in West Virginia. Up until 3 years ago when he died. I used to wonder why Sara liked doing the John Denver song Country Roads, the one that start: “Almost heaven, West Virginia….”

A few month back Sara asked me if I would go on tour to West Virginia; that she has family there that she just connected with online. Family she’s never seen.
My answer was, “yes let’s do a tour”

But the tour is not the reason-it’s the excuse.

So here we are getting ready, trying to book shows in between scheduling meeting relatives.

In any event what we do in late July is not about the tour. It’s about Sara connecting with her past, connecting with family she’s never met.
It’s far more important than a few gigs on the road.

But we will play it, and we’ll call it a tour. Maybe a little new exposure. Sell a few CD’s

We’ll be on the road in West Virginia from July 19th to the 26th. Wish us well.. Maybe not heaven but I’m hoping the closest thing for her.


March is all about Irish Music

Traditional music lovers look forward to March in the same way the rest of the world looks forward to December and Christmas.

Artwork by Sara's Grandfather Terry Hulse

Artwork by Sara’s Grandfather Terry Hulse

St Patrick’s day is the excuse all of us lovers of reels,jigs and anything irish music use to let the music flow. Musician gatherings abound,  and the bars are drenched with the sound of Fiddles and pipes.

Last St. Patrick’s day Sara and I, having no gig, just sat around at her grandparents house running through a slew of great Irish tunes & reels. While we were having a blast, it kinda sucked that it was just Sara and me; no one else was there to share in the musical bounty. Still the beer flowed and we had a grand time.

Not this year.

This year we’re brushing up on all those great tunes beforehand and will be ready to rock & reel through all of March. This month will be alot of Irish stuff, both real old and “still-warm” new modern Irish, and we’ll be performing them live at venues around the area. We’ll even be playing a beautiful Irish tune the lovely lass herself Sara penned that it’s highly unlikely you’ve ever heard. We’ll have guests sitting in through shows. And I’m sure we’ll come home from the annual folk bash at Rick & Donna Nestlers with a new old tune or two.
So if ye love Irish music, you best be on hand.

Artwork by Sara's Grandfather, Terry Hulse

Artwork by Sara’s Grandfather, Terry Hulse

The set list Sara sent me(complete with comments)..

The Wild Rover in A
I’ll Tell Me Ma in G with dublin style chord pattern swap
Irish Rover in B
Salley Gardens in G
Rocky Road To Dublin – which is a slip jig and I have no idea how we can play it.. lol
Tim Finnegans Wake in A
Whiskey in the Jar… I think we did that in G
Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye in Dm
7 drunken nights. maybe in A
What’s Left of the Flag and Drunken Lullabies,If I Ever Leave This World Alive…none of which are traditional..  Flogging Molly toned a million times down by uke.

and last but definitely not least “Boston” – a beautiful Irish ballad written by Sara that I’ve been trying to get her to play out since I first heard it.  A definite must to hear.

Tabula Rasa

Something New. 15 minutes, made in New York

Camera rolling…. hit it.

Kinda fun to be part of the pilot for a new concept show 15 minutes live, Made in New York.

It’s about the live experience. All the little things that go into a performance.  Meetings, logistics, setups, levels, tuning, stage position, camera position, fights, friendships.  You get the idea.

And it’s all done one take. No redos. Live is live.

Not that we were concerned. We’ve all done live, on-air performances. It’s just that, not only is it one shot, you’re done, just like a show, but it’s also forever. It will exist somewhere on YouTube for all our days. That edge puts you on game just a little sharper.

We knew this would be fine, despite the fact that Sara was croaking with a sore throat the day before. I made sure a little blackberry brandy was on hand “for medicinal purposes”. And all went well.

We had a great time, made some new friends  and got some great videos. And we will be back Rock City Academy in Pine Bush to host another show soon.

Here’s an outtake while we were warming up. More to come…..

Dream a Little Dream for Me. Sara Hulse Band


Playing at the Distillery

This is a show we’re really looking forward to. We’ll be playing the Catskill Distillery on Saturday, January 31 with Windy Mule opening.  The plan includes having Greg Fiske from Hard Drive Recording for a live video taping. We hope you can come down and be part of it. It may be January, but it will be hot inside!!!!


A Review of the CD

We just came across glowing review of the CD “Tabula Rasa” and the event night of the CD release party printed in the December 23 issue of the “The Sullivan county Democrat”

Click here for a review of Tabula Rasa in the Sullivan County Democrat

What a great Christmas gift!  Thanks to Tamara and the folks at the Sullivan County Democrat, and thanks again to Stacey and all the folks at the Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel  for making the CD release party and  a great night happen.


Sara and Chris Cernak performing

Sara backing up Chris Cernak during his performance at the release party for Sara’s CD,Tabula Rasa at the Dancing Cat in Bethel,NY



Wishing everyone a happy new year. We intend on making alot more music this year, and hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do.


Update-the real band please stand up.

With everything going on, it’s tough to stay in touch here on the web site.  Life just seems to be a series of random events separated by shows. Or is it the other way around? Recently the gigs have been picking up but before that we haven’t had much chance to play the past few months. Sara got caught up living in a tent most of the summer, and finally got settled in a new place she loves in western Sullivan county. I’ve been busy doing, we’ll I’m not quite sure honestly.   It all blurs into night/day/night/day cycles. But I look back and it seems something was accomplished…

But we now have focus on getting a real full band back together. Get a solid bass player, a percussionist, maybe even a keyboardist(!!).  I’d love to focus on guitars, so we can get the songs live to sound just like the record. There seem to be an endless array of obstacles between us and that right now, from storms to sick kids, to you name it.

Bass players seem to be no problem. Same with percussionsts. Ah but the keyboardist..

We really would love to have someone with a classic piano and hammond sound. not much else is needed. If you like what you hear and are: good and seasoned/experienced/professional with a positive outlook. We could use you.

The pay isn’t so good (yet) but the benefits can’t be beat (if you love good music).