The Columbia Land Conservancy and Sustain Music and Nature partner to bring Twisted Pine to Ancram:

Local and visitors to the Hudson Valley are invited to take a hike and enjoy great music in a beautiful location. The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) and Sustain Music and Nature are excited to present a hike and concert with Americana funk band Twisted Pine at Overmountain Conservation Area.

The event kicks off July 17 at 2:00 p.m. with a guided hike led by CLC. The acoustic concert begins at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $5 – $75; children may attend for free. Attendees should park at the Kite Hill Road entrance to Overmountain, located at 138 Catalano Road in Ancram. “We’re thrilled about partnering with Sustain Music and Nature to bring Twisted Pine to Overmountain,” says Heidi Bock, Conservation Education Manager. “We’re looking forward to having a great day on the trails and enjoying some fabulous music.” Betsy Mortensen, co-founder of Sustain Music and Nature, notes “Trail Sessions are a great way to engage new audiences with the outdoors. It’s rewarding to use music to introduce people to public lands and the organizations, like CLC, that steward them. Partnering with CLC to bring our first Trail Session to New York from Colorado is a blast!”

For more than thirty years, the Columbia Land Conservancy has worked to inspire our community to more deeply connect with, respect, and protect the natural world. They work with partners and volunteers to improve the health of the land, ensure a thriving farm economy, create environmental education opportunities, provide access to outdoor experiences, and support municipal leaders in conservation-minded decision making.

Sustain Music and Nature makes music a force for nature. Tapping into the emotional hook of music and cultural sway of bands, they engage new audiences with the outdoors. Their nonprofit is based in Colorado, but does work across the US with musicians of all genres.

Praised by NPR for their “upbeat, poppy vibe; energetic, driving rhythms; and virtuosic solos,” Twisted Pine released their sophomore full-length Right Now on August 14, 2020 (Signature Sounds). Exploring a sound they call Americana funk, Twisted Pine takes traditional music in exhilarating directions. Bassist Chris Sartori writes, “This album is easier to feel than describe. We’re rooted in bluegrass, continually inspired by explorers like Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Sierra Hull. Right Now takes this heritage into a new dimension. Our bluegrass is jazzy, our indie folk is poppy, our grooves are funky.”Twisted Pine [Kathleen Parks, fiddle; Dan Bui, mandolin; Chris Sartori, bass; Anh Phung, flute] grooves with fearless improvisation and intricate arrangements. “They were once bluegrass,” wrote The Boston Globe, “but … this Boston band has become something else, a wider version of string band, boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still.”

Images courtesy of Sustain Music and Nature, visit to purchase tickets. Space is limited!

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