NJ Folk Fest to honor Garden State mandolin master Barry Mitterhoff

by JAY LUSTIG
BARRY MITTERHOFF

BARRY MITTERHOFF

The pioneering progressive-bluegrass band Tony Trischka & Skyline will reunite for a set at the 42nd annual New Jersey Folk Festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 30 on the grounds of theĀ Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. They will perform at 3:30 p.m., and their mandolinist, Barry Mitterhoff, will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at noon.

Over the course of his 47-year career,Ā Mitterhoff ā€” who was born in Newark and grew up in Irvington and Springfield ā€”Ā also has played with Jorma Kaukonen and Kaukonen’s bandĀ Hot Tuna, Silk City,Ā Peter Rowan, Bottle Hill and the Dirdy Birdies Jug Band.

Skyline, which recorded and touredĀ in the ’70s and ’80s, includes singer-guitarist Danny Weiss and bassist Larry Cohen, in addition to Mitterhoff and banjo player Trischka. Fiddler Kenny Kosek and guitarist Joe Selly will joinĀ them at this show.

Other performers throughout the day will include The River Drivers, Dark City Strings, Aubrey Grand, Spook Handy,Ā Roger Deitz, Dan Oā€™Dea and Eagle Ridge, and Dan Godbey. The event will also feature jam sessions and instructional workshops. For information and the complete schedule, visit njfolkfest.org.

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