The fourth annual Catskill Chill Music Festival will take place September 6-8, 2013 at Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY. After selling out in 2012, organizers have announced that, in an effort to preserve the intimate feel and family vibe of the Chill, capacity will remain the same in 2013 and will not surpass 5k guests.

Camp Minglewood is an intimate lakeside venue with less than 5k capacity. The Catskill Chill features free parking, free camping, on-site cabin rentals, and outdoor covered stages. Activities include an Open Mic Stage, Yoga, Drum Circles, and a communal bonfire each night. The 2013 event will offer more music than ever before with 60 acts performing live on five stages during the 3-day camping festival. Featured artists include: The Meter Men featuring Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr. with special guest Page McConnell; Lotus; Galactic; Conspirator; Lettuce; Papadosio; Tea Leaf Green; The Motet – Funk is Dead; Particle, Dopapod; Kung Fu; Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and many more.

Vermont based jam band, Twiddle, has been busy this summer and we’ve been lucky enough to follow them on a bit of their festival tour.  They blew our mind at Gathering of the Vibes, made us get down at Steal Your Fest, and we can’t wait to be dancing to them at Catskill Chill.  Their expert time changes from furious shredding to silky smooth dub will have you swooning almost as much as Mihali Savoulidis, the lead guitar player and singer, who took some time to answer a few questions for Appalachian Jamwich readers.

What artists influenced your jam/reggae sound? 

Some artists that influenced me were Bob Marley and Ernest Ranglin.  More Ranglin though—I  was turned on to him when I was very young on a trip to the Caribbean. 

Where does the inspiration come from for your imaginative lyrics? 

I strive to write lyrics that are up for interpretation.  There can be powerful artistic value in creative lyrics that push people to think.

Some of you play multiple instruments and/or practice almost daily.  Why is music important to you and what drives you to keep growing and evolving your talent?

Our fans drive us the most.  We have a devoted family of fans that is growing rapidly. They expect a lot from us, and it really helps push the envelope. 

You all are based out of Vermont, like Phish, so I have to ask you, are you Phish fans and do you go to Phish shows? 

We all love the band.  It is just tough to get to shows when we’re trying to play well over a hundred Twiddle shows a year.  Not to mention the hundred or more solo gigs a year I play.  But we make it to SPAC, and MSG when we do our NYC Post-Phish plays. 

Who is an artist on this year’s Catskill Chill lineup that you’ve never played with and think would be cool to do a sit-in with Twiddle? 


How was your experience at Catskill Chill last year and why are you looking forward to going back? 

The chill is such a laid back atmosphere, and so many of our friends are on the lineup.  We have played shows with and shared the stage with many of those guys, and we love catching up.