Based in the Hudson Valley, our name comes from the roots of the people who settled here. Tilly Foster was an iron mine on the land once owned by Tillingham Foster. The workers were hard working Italian and Irish Immigrants. What better way to pay tribute to the original blue collar men of the valley than with our name.
Tilly Foster was formed in the Summer of 2017 and since has been presenting a modern twist on the bluegrass/ Americana world, with original compositions that meld an eclectic array of styles. The band members, inspired by a modern fusion ranging from Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and even Punk Rock Legends like The Clash, have been attracting lots of notice while staying true to the bluegrass sound.
The band was formed by Tim Fogarty (guitar) with long time friends, Bryan Lynch (banjo) and Mike Colucci (mandolin), both former members of Buckeye Rooster. The band was made complete with Cole McCormick (bass) and Vicky Triola (violin). Its shows are non stop fun, high energy and excitement to be a part of. They are guaranteed to have the crowd singing and dancing through the final set. Like all great bands with presence, the crowd will likely refuse to leave before Tilly Foster’s encore is complete!
Mike started playing the mandolin seven years ago after playing guitar in a variety of bands since high school. Mike graduated from the Crane School of Music with a degree in Music Education and currently teaches music in the Hudson Valley when not playing with Tilly Foster. Influenced by jam bands such as Phish, Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, a myriad of jazz musicians and modern bluegrass/Americana bands like Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band, Mike has melded traditional bluegrass with ingredients from these various styles.
After hearing gospel bluegrass at a religious retreat several years ago, Bryan decided to put his musical abilities towards playing the banjo. His musical influences when writing songs are based on a wide variety of artists such as Tom Waits, Del McCoury, Johnny Cash and Greensky Bluegrass. Bryan studied banjo with innovator and Bluegrass Legend Bill Keith, a former band mate of Bill Monroe’s. Bryan also graduated from the Crane School School of Music and currently teaches music in the Hudson Valley.
Tim Fogarty has been playing guitar since the age of 12. His earliest inspirations were the Beatles, Cream and Led Zeppelin and eventually would grow to love Punk. As a music minor at New Paltz, he began listening to and being influenced by Singer/Songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Lucinda Williams and even Uncle Tupelo. He recently caught the bug for traditional and progressive bluegrass and has based much of his current playing style on Tony Rice, the Infamous String Dusters and Greensky Bluegrass.
Shane Pettit started his musical career playing tuba and attending Temple University. After leaving the Philadelphia area, he joined the United States Army and has since retired as a master sergeant with his last post being West Point. Continuing to play tuba professionally throughout this time, his musical genres have varied from Classical to jazz and even blues. He continues to play with accredited musicians in the Hudson Valley. Shane has now decided though to give his other instrument and passion a try by joining Tilly Foster in August of 2023.
Vicky Triola is a multi-genre violinist and violist from Warwick, NY. She started her training as a classical violist but after attending the Mark O’Connor Fiddle camp in 2009, she soon delved into a multitude of styles, opening her eyes to the full potential of stringed instruments. Her influences include violists David Wallace, Kenji Bunch and jazz violinist Matt Glazier. She recently graduated from the Berkley College Of Music with a Music Education degree studying with fiddle extraordinaires Darol Anger and Bruce Molsky who had a huge impact on her as a musician.