We’re an evolving project of discovery.

Our ideas, our music, our web pages, all in motion.

We’re history lovers, mostly storytellers.

Come Celebrate the Live Show Premiere of Our New Album
Old Bones Odyssey.

Original Lyrics by Ellen C Kaye With Music By Ethan Fein 
At The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY 


Ellen Kaye
Ethan Fein
Diane Monroe
Andrew Drelles
Koa Ho
Jackie Presti

Soara-Joye Ross

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Howland Cultural Center

477 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

7:30pm – Doors open.
8pm – Show begins.

Old Bones Odyssey, the show, is a live performance of original songs from the new album Old Bones Odyssey with storytelling performed by Ellen C Kaye with Ethan Fein.

They are joined by musicians from the OBO album recording: featured artist Diane Monroe on violin, Andrew Drelles on woodwinds, Koa Ho on bass and backing vocals with Jackie Presti and Soara-Joye Ross.

The show will have 16 songs from the album including…

“Old Bones Odyssey,”  “These Walls Are Alive,” “Neander Valley,”  “Lovers On Horseback,”  “The RTR,”  “Renegade,”  “River Styx,”  “My Outside Heart,”  “Ghost Lineage” and “Repair With Gold.”



Saturday, May 6, 2023

7:30pm – Doors open.
8pm – Show begins.

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508




Meet the musicians

Ellen C Kaye


Ethan Fein

Songwriter/Composer, Musical Director, Guitar and Banjo

Diane Monroe


Andrew Drelles

Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax

Koa Ho

Electric Bass, Upright Bass, and Backup Vocals

Jackie Presti

Backup Vocals

Soara-Joye Ross

Backing Vocals

“We all come from somewhere. Our own past swirls around us, fog like, mysterious, unknowable. The deeper we get into the telling of our own tales the more the past tugs, nips and bites. All my life I looked forward, but in my late fifties I found myself looking back to the stories that made my world and the worlds of my ancestors.

– Ellen C Kaye

This is our project, Old Bones Odyssey.

Like my Puritan ancestors who arrived in the colonies in 1635 on a ship called The Planter, we’re embarking on an odyssey. Like my Russian Jewish grandparents who came through Ellis Island in the late nineteenth century, we’re setting sail for parts unknown.

We’re exploring American history through a small portal that takes us into my philosophical and ancestral family tree. Each of us comes from a fascinating jumble of people. Each life traces a map that leads us to today. Our aim is discovery. To gain a deeper understanding of our world and our country right now.” Ellen C Kaye

OBO explores American history through the portal of Ellen’s philosophical family tree. This first show is a deep dive into the music that tells the stories through Americana and roots music.

Ellen’s ancestral roots run deep from her Tuttle ancestors who migrated from England to America in 1635, to Zachariah Burwell, Revolutionary War soldier and original signer of the Articles of Association in Dutchess County, to her deep NYC connection and the evolution of the family-owned iconic restaurant, The Russian Tea Room (from 1947-1996). Ellen and Ethan have written a song called The RTR which captures the magic of The Russian Tea Room.

The songs and stories include her diverse family background, including her Russian-Jewish family on her father’s side and her son’s Chinese-American family who came across the Pacific to seek their fortune and more.

Ellen’s family history in Dutchess County goes back three hundred eighty-five years.

After migrating from England to Connecticut her Burwell ancestors resettled in Dutchess

County, then made their way to New Jersey and North Carolina. Ellen’s fourth great-grandfather, Zachariah Burwell, was born in the Catskill Mountains, in New York, in 1745  and signed the Articles of Association in Dutchess County, in June and July, 1775. His son, Zachariah Burwell Jr., was also a soldier in the revolution. Zachariah was a member of the troops sent by George Washington to end the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. Ellen’s third great-grandfather, Benjamin Eli Burwell, was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1780.

About The Howland Cultural Center

The Howland Cultural Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to maintain a cultural center for the community which promotes the arts and to encourage people to include the arts in their lives. The Howland Cultural Center (“The Jewel of Beacon”) is housed in the historic 1872 Richard Morris Hunt Building originally designed as the Howland Circulating Library

It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It was built by Civil War General and New York State Treasurer Joseph Howland who used his own funds to build and furnish the library, including equipping the library with all of its books. Howland commissioned his brother-in-law Richard Morris Hunt to design and complete the building. Hunt is best known for his 1902 designs for the entrance façade and Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Statue of Liberty pedestal; Biltmore Estate; and many of the Gilded Age “summer cottages” in Newport, Rhode Island. The building continued its use as a library until 1976. It became known as the Howland Cultural Center in 1979. Today, the Cultural Center hosts a potpourri of visual and performing arts, as well as public and community events. It also makes the building available for events similar to those it stages itself, as well as for weddings and parties.

For information about our Old Bones Odyssey program please email: info@oldbonesodyssey.com

Ellen C Kaye, Alan Joseph, Ethan Fein Producers

A Repair With Gold Production