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July 29, 2014
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Honesdale’s Roots & Rhythm: Who could ask for anything more?

Honesdale residents Richie Ardisson & Silvia Brandt danced the night away in support of the Roots & Rhythm fundraiser at the Narrowsburg Inn.


“I have played every corner of the Catskills” he told me, “and my family is in Milford, PA, so this is home to me.” He went on to describe the venues that no longer exist, recording at Jimi Hendrix’s old studio, Electric Lady, and wax rhapsodic about the musical heritage of the area. Once on stage, Kyle looked out into the crowd and declared, that “I’ve been all over the world, but the most beautiful place, by far, is the Upper Delaware Valley.”

Roars of approval from the crowd got me keyed up as I sat back and listened to what this musician can do. His cohorts (“These guys all drove here from Stroudsburg for John, the audience and the cause”) were so tuned into each other that it was clear that their own roots were firmly planted in the blues.

A bit of internet research found these words about Kyle:

“Now performing with his own band, Bobby’s emotional, soulful voice rings true, and is forged with a raw, distinctive quality all his own. Honest and forthright, Bobby’s original songs tell the story of Everyman with a passion born of life, love and loss.”

The Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Festival is “pleased to have so many musicians and artists” like Kyle on hand to support the Herculean efforts of this event. The festival’s mission statement reads, in part, that its “purpose is to further promote and develop music and arts in the greater Honesdale community, which already has an established reputation as a destination, while providing a platform to further expand the development of local businesses and attractions to residents and visitors alike.”

“It takes a village” springs to mind, as I watch the Roots & Rhythm festival get underway. With far too many volunteers and sponsors to mention, I can only admire, support and attend. For more information go to www.Hones dalerootsandrhythm.com or call 570/253-5492.