Winter Carnival 2015: The Blind Owl Band at The Waterhole

The Blind Owl Band is Adirondack Grass music. Five bearded dudes with strings and electricity, howling down the mountains to put the final finis on Winter Carnival at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake NY. This band is composed of Eric Munley, picker of mandolin, Arthur Buezo sliding on guitar, James Ford rolling on banjo, and Christian  Cardiello playing at breakneck speed on bass. All transplants to the area, they now define progressive bluegrass in the Adirondacks. But with two album’s, Rabble Rousing and This Train is Made of Wood and Steel, they have been spreading their blind owl wings to festivals and towns throughout the Northeast. Their musical style is blue-streak fast and furious tempos with impressive instrumental dexterity, then fall back into old-time string band  stanzas.   Experienced live, they move, twist and turn, fingers a flying, bass a spinning and the audience pressing closer to the stage, dancing and feeling the joy of what is The Blind Owl Band. Hoot!