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Mark Tolstrup Trio to perform at Conservancy

GLEN — The Mark Tolstrup Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Glen Conservancy Hall, 1538 Route 161.

According to a news release, Tolstrup plays traditional and original songs that reflect the far-ranging identity of American music, but he sticks closest and most authentically to the sounds of the Mississippi Delta blues. His slide guitar and unaffected raw vocal sound show him to be the genuine article. He becomes completely at one with his instrument, with the journey of the song, with its rebirthing into the present moment. And even when the song is over, he brings that same energy into developing a rapport with the audience.

Although the concert includes a mixture of ragtime, rock and jazz, Tolstrup’s song stylings harken to the very roots of all of those styles: the blues from New Orleans.

He’s joined by bassist James Gascoyne, a multi-instrumentalist who is an integral part of many Saratoga area and national bands, including the Celtic duo “Drank The Gold,” and Jessica Wern on drums and vocals, who studied music at Five Towns Collage and is equally adept singing and playing guitar or piano solo as she is playing drums to drive a jazz band.

This is the third concert in Conservancy Hall’s second season, and it takes place in a former church in Montgomery County’s Mohawk Valley. The structure, which seats more than 100 and is handicapped accessible, is located (despite its Fultonville mailing address) in the hamlet of Glen, and is part of the Glen National Register Historic District, which was created in 2001. The hall was acquired by the Glen Conservancy in 2014 and is continuing to undergo restoration.

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