The Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, will be featuring Break the Bright Red Chains on Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. Open mic performances will be available to all. Cost of admission for this event is $6 ($5 for Folk Guild members and seniors).
Break the Bright Red Chains is an exciting new duo comprised of Hudson Valley folk music stalwarts, Diane Diachishin and Rich Newman. Diachishin sings, writes songs and plays guitar, and has a special affinity for Scottish folk tunes. In the 1990s she crafted a successful debut folk album, Now is the Time for a Song, which she co-produced with the master bluegrass mandolinist, Lou Martin. After a hiatus to teach and raise her kids, she has returned to the stage, to the delight of her audiences, often performing in the tri-state area with Connecticut-based fiddler Hoppin’ John.
Rich Newman, former guitarist and singer for The Back Porch Fellas, is a journeyman on the Hudson Valley open mic circuit who chucked an award-winning journalism career to commit a larger portion of his creative energies to the music that he loves. Newman is known in the region as a solid guitarist and soulful singer. A meticulous lyricist, his own songs include memorable musings on love, loss and longevity, all of which were, as he puts it, “carefully extracted from the lint filter of my heart.”
Together as Break the Bright Red Chains, Diachishin and Newman perform their own memorable, heartfelt original songs and put a unique, crowd-pleasing spin on traditional tunes, classic country hits (think Patsy Cline and Hank Williams) and more contemporary folk and Americana (think Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and John Prine). They also have a cache of incisive, derisive, and laugh-out-loud parodies at their disposal.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern is located in the Town of New Windsor at 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern, off Route 207, 3.4 miles west of Rte 300; or take I-84 to Exit 5A, Rte 747 south to Rte 207, make a right and take the second left.