SpillianFest 2017. A Magical Summer Evening in the Catskills.
The Bite of the Blues. The Brilliance of Young Musician Releasing his First Live Album. Bliss.
“Dylan Doyle is like a young, white Jimi Hendrix.” Ben Cauley, Sole surviving band member of the Otis Redding plane crash.
Last July, on a warm idyllic summer evening, more than 500 of your neighbors and friends made their way to Fleischmanns, up a winding driveway, to Spillian’s mansion and meadow for an extraordinary evening of blues-based artistry from 18 year old Hudson Valley native Dylan Doyle. It was the second annual SpillianFest, a magical evening of a live radio broadcast and a live recording, framed by the inspirational setting of Spillian and the Catskill mountains.
There’s history in our mountains and there’s history in Spillian’s meadow—the very same meadow that has been the scene of weddings, reunions, birthdays, performances and events over more than 100 years—a place where artistry, history and geography have been fueling inspiration for decade after decade.
This year, on July 15, we’re celebrating the release of Dylan’s CD, Live at Spillian, an rich array of original blues and rock and roll from Dylan and his band, and a Catskills style cookout with superb local treats from the grill at SpillianFest 2017.
Stay tuned for more details, but get it on your calendar now!
Saturday, July 15
4 – 9 PM
Lots more details coming about great food, more music, grand times…
About Dylan Doyle
“Dylan Doyle is a great young musician with the soul of an old bluesman.” – John Platania, Guitarist, Van Morrison
Southern born and Northern bred, eighteen year old Guitar Slinger Dylan Doyle embodies the best of both old and new music worlds. Steeped in the authentic sounds of blues and Americana — with influences as broad as the Mississippi river, from Robert Johnson to John Lee Hooker, from Buddy Guy to Bob Dylan, The Band, Bill Withers and Jimi Hendrix, Dylan’s unique musical interpretation lies somewhere in the intersection of delta Blues, Rock with just a taste of Funk that is uniquely his own.
Touring since age 15, Dylan has performed at the Grateful Garcia Gathering, at the King Biscuit Blues Festival for the last 3 years, and, this year, is planning his first European tour for early 2017. In short, Dylan has been preparing all his life to take the stage for his first live CD, and plant his flag where legendary artists have tread before.
“There truly must be something in the water in Upstate New York. Dylan joined the group Minstrel (Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Will Bryant, and Brandon Moss) and me last September at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY. He sat in on Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken” that evening. His playing was flawless and inventive. Live performance is not about only playing a song but being aware of the conversation and flow of those you’re playing with. He spoke beautifully and was listening to what was going on around him.” — Bill Payne, Little Feat
A growing annual tradition on a summer’s evening at Spillian, SpillianFest celebrates our deep mission – to help people imagine past what they think as possible. We join together to help this young artist not simply perform but to gather his tribe, gather his creative energy, and capture a mythical event into a recording that will help to launch the next major step of his career. Our goal at Spillian is to make that sense of possibility and magic sing in all that we do – with our entire community. Steeped in the creative flow of Catskills history with a passionate commitment to the future, we are making magic together!