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SpillianFest 2016

July 23, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm


“Dylan Doyle is like a young, white Jimi Hendrix.” Ben Cauley-sole surviving band member of the Otis Redding plane crash.

Last August, on a warm idyllic summer evening, more than 300 of your neighbors and friends made their way to Fleischmanns, up a winding driveway, to the Spillian mansion and meadow for more than 2 hours of acoustic and plugged in blues based artistry from 17 year old Hudson Valley native Dylan Doyle. It was a magical evening of authentic Southern BBQ and smoking hot music, 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 23, we’re turning the heat up even higher for SpillianFest 2016 — a Cajun inspired feast of music and food, as Dylan Doyle returns to claim his piece of history. What really makes this evening a one-of-a-kind, don’t miss event is that the entire show is being recorded for Dylan’s next CD – Live at Spillian! It’s your chance to be part of the live CD— as Dylan and some special guests perform blues classics and new originals in a rocking, dancing, cajun food fueled afternoon and evening of great music, and the reveal of Dylan’s newest original songs.

“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

Come be part of the story, as this emerging new artist takes the Spillian stage. Bring the spouse, bring the kids, bring the neighbors for a summer evening you’ll remember..come celebrate as, together, we create something magical, mythic and part of the ongoing history that makes the Catskills, arts and artistry inseparable.

And, of course, come because it’s Spillian—where we always imagine past what you think is possible.


July 23, 2016
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm


50 Fleischmanns Heights Rd
Fleischmanns, NY 12430 United States