sylvia tyson and scarlet rivera


Event Date and Time: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $25 or $23 for Byrdcliffe members – tickets available for purchase online or by calling 845.679.2079

On September 24, Byrdcliffe presents Sylvia Tyson of the famed folk group Ian & Sylvia, and Scarlet Rivera, who made her mark in the rock and roll world as violinist for Bob Dylan's band. The duo will perform at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in downtown Woodstock, where musical performances are combined with a regionally renowned exhibition program.


Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera Concert - $25 (not-yet member price)

Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera Concert - $23 (Byrdcliffe member price)

Sylvia Tyson is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose music is deeply rooted in the 1960s folk sound upon which so much of Woodstock's musical history is based. She began her career as half of the folk-country duo Ian and Sylvia, discovered by famed manager/producer Albert Grossman (Bob Dylan; Janis Joplin; Peter, Paul, and Mary). Grossman heard them perform in Greenwich Village and launched Ian and Sylvia's career with their first album, Ian & Sylvia, recorded with Vanguard Records in 1962. Their 1964 hit "You Were On My Mind," written by Tyson, topped the charts; she tells the story of having written it in the bathroom of her apartment in order to escape the ever-present New York cockroaches. Though Ian and Sylvia parted ways in 1975, they later played a packed reunion concert which also included Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, and Linda Ronstadt.

Sylvia Tyson has re-recorded "You Were On My Mind" with Scarlet Rivera, one of the most sought-after violinists in the history of folk, rock, and pop music. Rivera has recorded with Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, Keb 'Mo, and David Johansen, and many more in addition to Sylvia Tyson. Her work is featured on several Dylan albums, including every track of Desire – with the story behind that collaboration being one that Rivera, to say nothing of music critics, can't resist telling. She was on her way to a rehearsal and Dylan, whom Rivera notes "works on intuition," pulled up in a station wagon. "He saw me walking down the street, with very long hair, carrying an instrument....and something said to him 'stop – stop that girl.'" From this resulted an experimental studio session, Dylan on piano and guitar, Rivera playing along, and her subsequent invitation to participate in Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review.

Since this quintessential "every musician's dream" moment, Rivera has recorded 15 albums of her own, in addition to countless albums as a studio musician. She plays and composes in a vast expanse of genres, from rock to Celtic, including recent recordings with John Cate and the bluegrass band Terraplane.

Tyson and Rivera recently toured with steel guitar master and Woodstock native Cindy Cashdollar. On September 24 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Sylvia Tyson and Scarlet Rivera will perform a songbook from the days of Ian and Sylvia, as well as Tyson's solo treasures. Tyson's fine voice and legendary songs combined with Rivera's incomparable violin work promise an unforgettable evening of folk music in a venue that has presented performers including Pete Seeger, Cindy Cashdollar, Happy Traum, and Warren Bernhardt.

Tickets are $25 ($23 for Byrdcliffe members). Doors open at 7:30 pm; performance starts at 8:00 pm.

Photo credit: Sylvia Tyson photo by Lisa Macintosh.