Cincinnati Creek Blue Grass Concert

By Cindy McNicholl

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

October 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM

Location: Christ Church United Methodist Coffee House, 417 Park Street, Sherrill

Phone: 315-363-1061



Event Description

The well-known acoustic, bluegrass band, “Cincinnati Creek, will be the featured act when the Christ Church United Methodist of Sherrill Community Coffee House reopens for the 2012-2013 season on Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 417 Park Street, Sherrill.

Coffee and dessert will be served. The Christ Church Community Coffee House is open to the community. A free will offering will be accepted. Children as well as adults are welcome.. For more information, please call 363-1061. The website is

Cincinnati Creek plays an acoustic variety of bluegrass, gospel, pop tunes, and original compositions taken from their 2010 release, “Doing As We Please.” This CD and the 2005 release, “Little Bit of Love,” are often featured on WKTV’s “Mohawk Valley Living." Cincinnati Creek features songs about life, love and local folklore. Live performances include traditional bluegrass instrumentals and three and four part harmonies, sprinkled with some history and fun too.

Cincinnati Creek features seasoned musicians who have performed in New York State for many years. Based in the Adirondack foothills, they took their name from the creek that runs through the area. Lori Thompson, Chris Pepe, and Gary Dygert were veteran performers with Stump Hollow for nearly 14 years. In 2008 they regrouped, along with Cathy Martin, to carry on their tradition of great bluegrass music. They have performed at venues including MWPAI, Utica Monday Night, The Fox Family Bluegrass Festival, The Adirondack Railroad, The Remsen Barn Festival, and numerous coffee houses and outdoor festivals.

Lori Thompson learned how to play instruments and sing from her family. Her father, Art Sutton, and brothers, Warren and Ron, were established bluegrass musicians in the Hudson Valley area since the mid 1960’s. Lori performed in the family band for a few years before moving to the Mohawk Valley. She has been writing songs for several decades as well. Currently, Lori plays mandolin, guitar, and sings both lead and harmony vocals for Cincinnati Creek. Her songs are inspired by her family, friends, and historical events. “The Ghost of Wash Loomis” was written about the infamous Loomis Gang from the Sangerfield area. She performed her song about the 19th century Forestport breaks called, “Where the Black River Flows,” on WKTV’s program, Mohawk Valley Living in 2007. The Civil War tune, “Home to You” explores the tragic experience of family fighting on opposite sides.

Chris Pepe began playing instruments in the high school band. He was inspired to play banjo at a bluegrass festival. He also sings harmony on a few tunes too. His fancy picking and good humor are a great addition to the band. Chris began playing the banjo in 1992. He and Lori have been performing together for 18 years.

Gary Dygert plays the guitar, dobro, and mandolin. He also sings lead and harmony vocals. Like Lori, Gary has family ties to music as his father played the guitar and his grandfather was a fiddler. Every group needs an official musicologist, and Gary adds many interesting tunes to the group’s repertoire. Gary has performed in many other local bands over the years such as Midnight Flyer and Keeping it Country.

Cathy Martin also is multitalented. She learned to play several instruments at a young age including the piano. The bass is her latest endeavor. Cathy also adds tenor harmony to the group. She has been a performer for many years with the Remsen Community Choir and the Steuben Players as well.

More information about the band can be found on CD’s are available at concerts and online at

Musical bands, poets, dance groups and others interested in performing at the coffee house should contact John Furman at 725-0974.

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