Spring Tour 2015 Means More Blind Owl Band!!


With the mud season making it’s way to the north country, Blind Owl Band plans their pre-summer season with a Spring Tour. We will be stretching our wings out and over 7 states this tour, beginning with a revisited Vermont hotspot, Nectar’s Burlington! From there, we will be returning to one of our favorite cities of all time…. ROCHESTER, NY for our first show at the newly renovated Flour City Station. That weekend we will be making our way through NY and VT where we will then begin to charter new territory and revisit old ones. We are also excited for our first performance at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, D.C., and our return to Funk’n Waffles in Downtown Syracuse, NY, and this time will be bringing out friends Still Hand String Band up from PA!! And WESTERN NEW YORKERS…. we will be having a residency in Buffalo, NY.. where we will be joined by some great local acts in Buffalo including our friends Folkfaces!! Then be on the look out for us in Albany, NY as we return to The Hollow with our great friends very special guests Swampcandy from Annapolis, MD>

We will be returning to old festivals and discovering new ones, check out the line-ups and websites below:

Spring Pickin’ Bluegrass Fest – Millmont, PA

Hullabaloo Boogaloo – Johnstown, PA

Lilac Festival – Rochester, NY

Fiddlehead Festival – Dover, VT

Check us out in any of these states : MA, NJ, NY, VT, PA, OH, DC…….

Cannot wait for this y’all, and cannot wait to see you all out there!!


Happy Winter Carnival 2015!!

Howdy y’all, happy 2015, and boy are we excited for what’s to come this year. We have plans and ideas already bubbling up, but for now we are onto our Winter Carnival tour, beginning in Saranac Lake, home of their 116th Annual Winter Carnival Celebration!!

There will be bands performing all week long in our hometown of Saranac Lake, NY at The Waterhole and other various locations around town. Band’s playing through the week include Swampcandy, Donno the Buffalo, Big Mean Sound Machine, Driftwood, Moonhooch, Formula 5 and more!!! Blind Owl Band’s begins their tour with the first show since September 2014 at The Waterhole Saturday February 14th with their good friends Swampcandy from Annapolis, MD. The tour continues as a week long run through NY, PA, NH, and VT, below are the dates for Blind Owl Band’s Winter Carnival tour 2015!!!

Feb. 14th – The Waterhole w/sg SWAMPCANDY         Saranac Lake, NY

Feb. 17th – Tellus 360 – Lancaster, PA

Feb. 18th – The Sportsmens Tavern – Buffalo, NY

Feb. 19th – Funk n’ Waffles – Syracuse, NY

Feb. 20th – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
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Feb. 21st – The Dutch Treat – Franconia, NH

Feb. 22nd – The Pizza Stone – Chester, VT





We are incredibly excited to announce these shows, some venues we’ve never been to before, some where we get to revisit favorite places of the past. But each show will have an energy like we may have never seen before, these boys are ready for 2015, and cannot wait to be a part of it!! Make sure you stay up to date on our Facebook page and we hope to see you all out there in the new year!!


The Summer is Approaching… And There is Much to Come!!

Howdy y’all, and boy are we ready for the summer of 2014. It has already been an exciting year so far with our first trip down south being a huge success, and our return to the north country has reminded us how ready we are for all of our regional shows this summer. We are lucky enough to be a part of quite a few festivals this summer, our return to a number of them, and the introductions of many new ones. Running into old friends and family, playing with musicians we haven’t seen all year, we are ready for what’s to come this summer, we hope you are too. Below is a list of festivals we are a part of this summer, and stay in tune for more details on all the events, for there are sure more to be added!! Spring Pickin’ – May 1st-4th – Blain, PA Susquehanna Breakdown – May 10th – Scranton, PA Supermoon Festival – June 20th-22nd – Eolia, KY The Still Meadows Revue II – July 11th-13th – Jermyn, PA 9th Annual Bear’s Picnic - July 17th-July 21st – Roaring Branch, PA Jerry Jam 2014 – July 24th-27th – Bethlehem, NH Sterling Stage String Fling – July 31st-August 3rd – Sterling, NY Backwoods Pondfest – August 8th-9th – Peru, NY Crowfest 2014 – TBA Peace of Mind 4 – August 28th-31st – Elizabethville, PA


We are incredibly excited to return to one of our top favorite cities at one of our favorite venues. Come out JULY 9TH, JULY 13TH, AUGUST 13TH AND AUGUST 20TH, and be ready for surprises and special guests, don’t miss one of ‘em!!!


… and we can’t wait to see all y’all very very soon!!


A Bit Farther West, A Little More South – Hiding From the Mud Spring Tour 2014


Happy carnival everybody, and man was it a memorable one! A special thanks to our friends Derek and Jamie on sound, our good friends Lucid, Brenda and Murphy and all at The Waterhole, and to our beloved friends and fans of Saranac Lake, it feels great coming back to the greatest celebration in the north country. Winter Carnival is a celebration and tradition of Saranac Lake’s, and has been for over 100 years. We are honored to be a part of it, and already can’t wait for next years.

But as for now, man, we’ve got some great news!! We are heading south, and are doing everything we can to let as many people know as possible!! If you want to help be part of The Blind Owl Street Team, message us on Facebook, go to our contact page, or click here, and message us your address. Request for posters and/or CDs, providing your physical address, and we will send you samplers (our Bootleggers Series) along with posters you can hang up around your town or surrounding areas of our shows.


 2014 “Hiding From the Mud Spring Tour”


March 19 – Buzzbins – Canton, OH


March 20 – Wilberts – Cleveland, OH

March 21 – The Crooked I – Erie, PA

March 22 (Early Show) Bocktown Beer and Grill – Monaca, PA

March 22 (Late Show) Dively’s Tavern – Johnstown, PA

March 23 – Thunderbird Cafe – Pittsburgh, PAMarch 24 – Hideaway Saloon – Louisville, KY

March 27 – Al’s Bar of Lexington – Lexington, KY

March 28 – Jack of the Wood – Asheville, NC

March 29 – The Mill – North  Charleston, SC

March 30 – The Station – Carrboro, NC

April 1 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC

April 2 – Franks Bar at 622 – North Blacksburg, VA

April 4 – Moonshadow Cafe – Accident, MD

April 5 – Dante’s Bar – Frostburg, MD


Stay tuned folks, we’re just getting started, and get ready for what’s to come in the year 2014 for The Blind Owl Band!!

The Blind Owl Band’s Instruments Were Stolen – Our Road to Recovery…. and how YOU can help!!

Late in the night of October 23rd, our trailer was broken into, and the instruments listed below were taken from us. We ask our friends, fans, and families to keep their eyes open, alerting other musicians, business owners, and citizens about our loss. We hope with enough constant support and determination we are able to unearth these instruments and bring them back to their rightful owners.

List of things stolen for any who are on the look out. Take a look at our photos to see closer details,

1 – Weber Mandolin (Gallatin) Light natural finish, 1 – 1942 Kay Stand up, Double Bass, 1 – Fender p-Bass Fretless Black, 1 – 2006 Stelling Banjo serial # 6316, 1 – Martin Guitar, 1 – Ashdown Bass Head, 1 blonde-finish vintage Stradivarius German copy fiddle,  50 or so Blind Owl Band T-Shirts, CD’s, Hot Sauce, and James’ suitcase of clothes and belongings.


Our instruments and gear being stolen from us has felt like a big blow and quite a set back, but our fans have been more supportive and generous than ever!! We are now on the Road to Recovery, we have shows booked until November 24th, and do not plan on canceling any of them. Many folk have been coming out of the woodwork and have been asking where donations can be made. With the push for us to continue forward, we have opened up a Paypal account where donations can be made to help us get back to zero, below are the instructions


We would like to thank everyone for their continued support. We are now starting the fund raising process, to support the replacing of our instruments. For all who are wondering where donations can be sent, here are instructions:

Go to paypal.com



Go to “Send Money Online”

Send it to emunley88@gmail.com

or Log in to your account,

Select the Send Money Tab

Send to emunley88@gmail.com

Select Send Money to Family or Friends

Send Donation.

You can also mail cash or check to

The Blind Owl Band
P.O. Box 260
Bloomingdale, NY 12913

Make to to also include your name and address, we don’t know how yet but we intend to thank everyone and we want to know how we can get ahold of you and where we can send some stuff.

Thanks for supporting our FIGHT to LIVE off of making music!!!!

This Train Keeps a Rolling!!

Thanks to all of our friends and fans, new and old, for the love and support we felt throughout our album release tour. We are getting warm and wonderful feedback from everyone, and support that continues to drive us as a band. We are growing as musicians and friends, and this is a big stepping stone for us. We are fueled by what we experience when we are on the road together, and we owe all of our energy, love, and sound to you all!! Thanks again and find us soon!!

Stay tuned with our shows and festival appearances, as well as making way for a few suprises we have for you all, including what we are planning for our Halloween Extravaganza……. stay tuned!!!!

Click on the picture above to download our new album!!

‘This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel’ out July 10th!!

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing our second full-length album ‘This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel’ July 10th, and we will be having a two week tour to celebrate it. Our tour will begin in Syracuse, NY at Al’s Wine and Whiskey, and we will be finishing it off at Barnaby’s in Brattleboro, VT!! Here is the run of shows!!

July 10 – Syracuse, NY – Al’s Wine and Whiskey
July 11- Winooski, VT – The Monkey House With Pappy
July 12 – Saranac Lake, NY – The WATERHOLE
July 13 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den With Lucky Jukebox Brigade
July 14 – Chester, VT – Chester, VT with Hayley Jane and The Primates
July 17- Rochester, NY – Sticky Lips Barbeque
July 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
July 19 – New Paltz, NY – Bacchus with Yard Sale
July 20 – Brattleboro, VT – Barnaby’s

We cannot wait for what’s to come this summer, check out all the festivals and and venues we will be visiting and returning to, thank you to all our friends and family, we couldn’t do this without you!!!!

Hootin’ and Hollerin’ Festival to Festival

Happy Spring y’all!! Our winter grew long up north, but getting ready for the summer has been exciting. We are excited to announce many festival appearances and shows all around the northeast these upcoming months (along with a big surprise TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!)

As for now we are pleased to announce that we will be appearing at a number of festivals including:

Free Range Music Festival in Belfast, ME

The Spring Pickin’ Festival in Blaine, NH (LATE NIGHT)

Barnaby’s Bluegrass Blowout 4 in Rockingham, VT

Strawberry Jam in Northville, NY

Groovelink Family Funktion in Pulaski, NY

Alleghany Mountain Music Festival in Angelica, NY

Fiddler’s Picnic in Marion, NY

Madsummer Meltdown #4 in Schuylkill Haven, PA

Sterling Stage Ameribeat in Sterling, NY

Jerry Jam in Bath, NH

Rondaeu Fest in Long Lake, NY

Backwoods Pondfest in Peru, NY

Crowfest in Keeseville, NY

These will all be incredible events with friends of all kinds; performers, vendors, and all the great people that make these festivals work. Check out any of these festivals by simply clicking the links above, and be on the lookout for our big news to come…. the picture below is your only hint.

photos by Nimble Vagrant Photography

We are back!!

Our 6 weeks off were great, as we hope everyone elses’ holiday seasons were!! We are back and have already heard talk of some exciting things happening in the summer of 2013. But before our year is over we have our New Year’s Party at The Pizza Stone in Chester, VT, sponsored by CIDER MAG!! Information for that can be found through Facebook or contacting The Pizza Stone through their website. We are ending 2012 with a show in Syracuse with our good friends Driftwood in Syracuse, NY on the 28th at Dinosaur BBQ and a show in our hometown at Captain Cook’s in Saranac Lake on the 29th. January and February are filling up with many dates already up on the site.

Make sure to try and catch The 2nd Annual Cider Awards in Rutland, VT at The Paramount Theater on Friday, January 18th. The Blind Owl Band is up for an award, and are playing an after party that same night, click here to find out where.  If you cannot make it, come out to The Pizza Stone in Chester VT the night before, Thursday, January 17th, for a special performance by ‘James and Jane‘, a new project started by James Ford of The Blind Owl Band and Hayley from Hayley Jane and the Primates, event details here. Many plans and ideas are in store for 2013, so thank you to all who have helped us so far and supported us through these past couple of years, 2013 sounds exciting and we can’t wait to see y’all there!!!

Fall is Here in the North Country!!

Man has it been an amazing summer it was!! The leaves are changing and it begins to make a little more sense that it is coming to an end. We have met amazing bands these past few months, and have been welcomed into tons of different venues, homes, and picking circles. We continue our shows going into the winter, and plan to take our month and a half break November 18th and will be taking time until Christmas for ourselves, traveling, writing, and relaxing from this past year. We have seen a lot of interesting places, and want to thank bands such as Eastbound Jesus and Gold Town for helping to make our stages seem a bit smaller, great memories and good pickin’ times with these guys! Also all the places that have warmed their fires for us such as The Pizza Stone in Chester, VT and all of our new friends and family in the Rochester area. But October and November have a lot in store for The Blind Owl Band. We will be venturing up to Maine for our first time to Harry Brown’s Farm for the Harvest Ball. We will be playing in Vermont and New Hampshire as well with bands such as Gold Town, The Bloodroots Barter, Twiddle, Hayley Jane and the Primates and more. We will be playing our Halloween Rager w/ Lucid, where we will be taking over The Waterhole in our hometown Saranac Lake, NY with Lucid Halloween weekend. We will be out in Syracuse area for our Halloween night show, and will take November for shows in Vermont and western NY. Check out our new events page, and come find us when we are near you!!