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May 15, 2014

Beartracks shake off winter fur

CHATEAUGAY — Beartracks’ “Out of Hibernation” concert is Saturday at the Chateaugay Town Hall Theatre.

If you’ve longed for a listen of Julie Hogan (acoustic/electric bass), Tom Venne (rhythm guitar), Scott Hopkins (banjo) and Harry Ralph (fiddle), this may be one of few chances locally, with the exception of the Clem Hawkins Revival Band (a Beartracks spinoff with Eric Gibson) during the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration.

“We’re going to different festivals,” said Hogan, who shares lead and harmony vocals with her brother, Venne.

“We’re going to Pennsylvania, Vermont and quite a few private parties, which we don’t normally do, but if the price is right we’re going anywhere. We had a lot of requests for parties and anniversaries.”


Hogan has new boots to rock, and the guys have trimmed their winter hair.

In July, the band heads to the High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival in Westcliffe, Colo.

“One of the guys who’s in charge of Grey Fox (Bluegrass Festival), Ron Thomason, was behind the stage when we were doing our set,” Hogan said. “He’s this really nice guy. When we got off, he gave us a lot of nice compliments. He liked our singing and music. We kind of knew he was one of the big shots of Grey Fox but we didn’t really know him.”

A few weeks after the gig at the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, Venne received a call from Thomason.

“He talked about flying us out and to his festival for three days in July,” Hogan said. “Eric Gibson told us it’s a great festival. It’s a really great venue to play, so we’re really psyched.”


Summers, Beartracks usually schedules a couple of far-away gigs but was limited due to the Hogan’s daughter’s graduation from Peru Central School.

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