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The Dust Busters

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The Dust Busters, photo by John Cohen, Fall 2010

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The Dust Busters are an old-time string band based out of Brooklyn, New York. They met while playing in a larger band with folk music legends John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers and Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders. The Dust Busters strive to integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes and jug band blues into every performance, infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ high energy that characterized early string bands such as The Skillet Lickers, Dykes Magic City Trio, The Mississippi Sheiks, and J. E. Mainer’s Mountaineers, among many others. They are influenced and inspired by the direct fusion of Scots-Irish and African music that took place in Appalachia, the Western states and the Deep South from the earliest colonial times through the Second World War. By carrying this music forward with authenticity and creativity The Dust Busters make it thoroughly contemporary, meaningful and fun!

The Dust Busters have appeared at venues including Club Passim and the Jalopy Theater. They have played at festivals such as The Brooklyn Folk Festival and the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival and appeared on radio shows such as Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and Sound Check with John Schaefer, WNYC 93.9fm.

“The Dust Busters bring back the true spirit of Old Time Music, where every singer invented his own performance. Besides being excellent musicians, …they sing with the high voices that echo the sounds of young artists heard on the old 78s , evoking the spirit of the ‘Golden Era’ of recording, and the mystery of their own identity.

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