|Posted on September 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Jon Rubins Ralph Minervio Chris Glatley
Ralph Minervino Jon Rubins Chris Glatlty
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is just over yonder hill, headed for an ontime arrival at Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday, Sep 21st.
Your ebullient hosts Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are very pleased to welcome back our Feature:
~ ALMOST IRISH ~
We've loved these lads on their previous visits...and by jingo...here they come again...
ALMOST IRISH, is a trio familiar to traditional music lovers in the Finger Lakes where they have performed for over 10 years. They are so named because none of them are Irish. and their repertoire includes tunes from all over the Celtic map besides Ireland, such as Shetland, Brittany and French Canada.
They've been regular performers at the annual GCVM Fiddle Fair, Springwater Fiddlers Fair, Honeoye Redbeard festival and outdoor concerts in Canandaigua, Bloomfield and Clifton Springs.
Chris Glattly (keyboard and guitar) studied piano at MSU earning a BA (Music) with a concentration in piano tech, where he discovered recordings of the Chieftains and other folk groups. Chris has far ranging musical interests in both classical and traditional and is a much respected accompanist in the Rochester Irish musical community. Chris is a registered piano technician (RPT) and owner of Glattly Pianoforte, providing piano sales and service.
Ralph Minervino is a regular Tracker, who is a retired podiatrist and a long time lover of Irish music, although his first instrument was the clarinet. He joined Fiddlers of the Genesee (FOG), where his interest in Celtic music was piqued. He now plays the penny whistle and flute, and teaches whistle technique at workshops in the Rochester area. He finds time to play with the Victor Community Band and is exploring the world of fiddling.
Jon Rubins was inspired by Andres Segovia and took classical guitar lessons as a teenager. He sang and played guitar and banjo at cofee houses while in medical school( he is a retired oncologist) but dropped music until 20 years later when he picked up a fiddle rented by his wife from Music Lovers Shop. FOG was also his entry into Irish music, and bluegrass banjo and mandolin have been added to his repertoire, “Almost Irish Almost Live” is the group’s CD, released in 2004 and includes over 40 tunes.
...yes, indeedy folks...THE MYSTERY PICKERS...the wildly popular segment of the show, where our frisky musical friends strut their stuff, will occupy the second half of the evening. (Feeling ready??
just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi)...and yer career as a MYSTERY PICKER, is launched!!)
|Posted on August 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
Allen Hopkins Bonnie Abrams
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound, for a stop at the library on Wednesday, Sep 7th.
Continuously congenial hosts, Jim Clare and Cathy McGrath, are delighted to welcome our mossy-horned co-host and his long-time duet partner, as our Feature:
Bonnie, http://dynrec.com/bonnieabrams/ , is a multi-instrumentalist, who writes and performs her own songs and she sings everything from choral music to Broadway show tunes. As "Voice of the Second Generation", Bonnie has performed programs of song and narration from the European Jewish experience at multi-cultural celebrations and Holocaust Commemorations.
Allen Hopkins, is our own TUNES BY THE TRACKS co-host.
You all know Allen...he's the guy who plays bluegrass, blues, Celtic music and even Stephen Foster ballads on his three dozen acoustic instruments...(calm down, he won't be playing all of them).
Us Trackers have kicked back with Bonnie and Allen before, so we're prepared laugh, clap, sing along, and maybe even shed a tear...(metaphorically speaking)
...but wait ~THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ those loveable louts have been stealing the show lately, so who knows what surprises are in store, this time...
If you're champing at the bit to give it a go, as a Mystery Picker...see Cathy or Jim (moi), and we'll sign you up, on the spot.
|Posted on August 5, 2016 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
Summer continues to sit hotly upon us, which means, it's a great time for some live
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is steaming in, and she'll be at the Library on Wed,
Your ever cool hosts, Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are delighted and excited to
welcome back another favorite as our Feature:
~ FRED VINE ~
Fred Vine, http://www.fredvine.com is is a master of "Piedmont"
style and Delta bottleneck slide guitar.
His repertoire is rich with traditional blues, compelling instrumentals and captivating
Fred's musical tastes are eclectic, so we'll enjoy acoustic blues, jazz, original
compositions , American Songbook and contemporary songs.
His influences include bluesmen Rev. Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Son House,
Mississippi John Hurt, Jelly Roll Morton and certainly Chet Atkins.
Laid back, yet engaging and witty, Fred easily connects with his audience...which is us
Heads Up Shoppers...Fred's CD's will be for sale ~ "Mister Freddy Blues"
(a compendium of roots blues), "Crystal River Blues" (a mixed bag of jazz, blues and
contemporary), "Cruising on the Belle" and "Genesee Delta Stomp", which showcases
Fred's original music.
As a seasoned performer, Fred has shared the stage with Muddy Waters,
John Hammond, Guy Davis, Dave Van Ronk and many others.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS...will let fly, during the second half of the
evening. See Cathy or Jim (moi), to try yer hand at the glitzy, glamouous
world of show bizzness.
|Posted on July 24, 2016 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is under full steam this summer, and she'll be at the library on Wed, Aug 3rd.
Your hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath, are very pleased to welcome a wonderfully talented young artist, as our Feature:
~ REBECCA COLLEEN ~
Rebecca is well known to us Trackers, as the lead singer, for Rebecca Colleen & the Chorelads, a mainstay of Finger Lakes Bluegrass festivals and venues. https://www.facebook.com/rebeccacolleenandthechorelads/" target="_blank">http://https://www.facebook.com/rebeccacolleenandthechorelads/
Rebecca sometimes likes to stretch her musical wings, and perform as a solo, so we unabashedly seized the opportunity, to book her as a Feature at TUNES BY THE TRACKS.
Just to whet our appetities, here a few of the remarks from folks who have seen Rebecca Colleen perform:
"Rebecca Colleen - a beautiful young artist with an angelic voice.She has been instantly added to my personal listening collection. I know you're going to love her too!" ~Rhonda Vincent
"Rebecca has a beautiful voice and an intuitive giftfor interpretationalong with a kindred heart that permeates all her songs." ~Claire Lynch
"There's an ease about Rebecca that draws you in - it's in the strum of her guitar, in the way she chats with the audience between songs, in her countenance when she sings, and of course in her rich and compelling voice, so full of promise at her young age. Keep an eye on this one!" ~ Mark Schatz
...hold yer horses...THE MYSTERY PICKERS will once again, excoriate us during the second half of the evening! ...see Cathy or Jim (moi), and join those in the know...who are already doin' it...an you can do it too.
|Posted on July 11, 2016 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is under full summer steam, so make sure yer on board, for our next show, on Wednesday, July 20th.
Your effervescent hosts, Jim Clare, and Cathy McGrath are thrilled and excited, to welcome back a Tracker favorite, as our Feature:
~ TAYLOR PIE ~
Taylor Pie, http://www.taylorpie.com/
is a delight. She is so very self effacing about her prodigious talent, that each time she performs, we're pleasantly surprised all over again, to realize that we're listening to a star.
When she was still in high school, Pie began her musical journey that continues today. Along the way, she has worked with many of the marquis names, in Country and Folk music, and she has great stories to tell...hoo dawgie...and Pie can tell a story.
Pie's lead vocal on "Time", with Pozo Seco Singers, when she was called Susan Taylor, has become a folk classic.
The record hit #1 in LA, Chicago, and Boston! Three albums followed on Columbia, 1 on Certron Records and then a solo album on JMI Records. Her first Taylor Pie release was, “Long Ride Home” which front paged on CDBaby, followed by “Jubal”. Then came PuffBunny Records “So Little Has Changed”, "Live at Hondo's", and re-release of the JMI album, "Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor Finally Getting Home."
Artists Bette Midler, Tanya Tucker; Mickey Gilley; The Forester Sisters; Terri Hendrix; Don Williams; Valerie Smith; Lewis Family; The Tuttles with A.J; Cluster Pluckers and more have recorded her songs. "Just Like Angels", was nominated for the gospel Dove Award, and "Full Grown Fool" gave Mickey Gilley a top 20.
Pie's songs can be heard on Americana/Folk Pop satellite, internet and public radio stations and her current cd, "Taylor Pie aka Susan Taylor Finally Getting Home" has become her top seller. Les Marcott's story @ http://www.scene4.com/archivesqv6/dec-2012/1212/lesmarcott1212.html, points out that Pie was Americana before there was a name for it.
...jes' a minnit...THE MYSTERY PICKERS are on deck, and they'll be swingin' away, during the second half of the evening.
Anyone feeling intrepid, bold, and/or musical...see Cathy or Jim (moi), and join the hardy bunch, who are already MYSTERY PICKERS.
|Posted on June 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on June 7, 2016 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Joy Bennett Chris Koldewey
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is gathering steam, Trackers...she's on schedule for arrival at Clifton Springs library, on Wednesday, 15th.
Your hifalutin' hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased to welcome, two very talented artists as our Feature:
~ CHRIS KOLDEWEY & JOY BENNETT ~
Joy Bennett has been involved in folk music most of her life. As a member of the quartet Water Sign for 13 years, she explored the close-knit harmonies of traditional and contemporary folk music. Joy is a founding member of the all woman chantey group The Johnson Girls, whose sound and energy in sea and work songs has brought entire audiences to their feet. Joy has performed solo, with Chris, Water Sign, the Johnson Girls, and with guest artists in the US and Europe
Chris Koldewey, a public school music teacher, has been singing folk music and sea music in particular since his early teens. He comes from a family rich in maritime traditions, and his lullabies as a child, were traditional songs of the sea.
Chris has played many concerts and festivals in states along the US eastern seaboard and internationally, and has led workshops dealing with a variety of traditional music forms. He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, fiddle, concertina, and other things common to an average garage sale. His singing has been said to be “not too hurtful to the ear,” and has been known to attract neighborhood strays.
Chris and Joy deliver powerhouse chanteys, haunting ballads, and tender laments, rich with harmonies.
Their repertoire will often travels comfortably away from the sea to the mountains, with an Appalachian standard, an old-time song, or a ballad from some distant land.
Audience participation is encouraged, so that's right in our wheelhouse, Trackers.
...the MYSTERY PICKERS will descend upon the unwary, during the second half of the evening. These rascals just keep on getting better and better.
If yer feeling bold...buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and jist like that...ye'll be a MYSTERY PICKER...
|Posted on May 24, 2016 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on May 7, 2016 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS is right on schedule, Trackers. She'll be rolling into Clifton Springs on May 18th.
Your excessively genial hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are abuzz with excitement, and very pleased to introduce a new Feature:
~ CARLA ULBRICH ~
Carla, http://www.carlau.com/ is currently a Jersey girl, who wears that mantle lightly.
Just beneath the thin veneer, is the Clemson, South Carolina native, who is as nice and sweet, as she is funny and musical...and that's saying something!
Carla has performed at the Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, South Florida and Philadelphia Folk Festivals and at such notable venues as Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, Nashville’s Bluebird Café and New York City’s The Bitter End, among others. Ulbrich -- who cites Sesame Street, camp songs and cat food commercials as her biggest musical influences – is primarily known for writing humorous songs about such topics as Waffle House, Klingons and how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the 'F' word. On Totally Average Woman, she also tiptoes into the topical/ social commentary realm with songs that touch on non-smokers’ rights, classroom animal dissection, and low-slung pants.
...and you guessed it, Trackers... THE MYSTERY PICKERS will protrude into the second half of the evening.
Even as we speak, our scouts are out right now, looking for candidates.
Just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi) know yer intent to pick...and Bob's yer uncle.
|Posted on April 26, 2016 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Cathy McGrath Allen Hopkins Jim Clare
TUNES BY THE TRACKS Too, is racing inbound Trackers.
She's scheduled to arrive at Victor Farmington library, http://www.victorfarmingtonlibrary.org/ on Wednesday, May 4th, for our annual road trip.
Your convivial co-hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins will do double duty as Feature, singing and playing our li'l hearts out for yez.
We'll get plenty of help from Cathy's Cuisle Mo Chroi bandmate, Pat Carey, along with Bob White, and his band of reknown.
...of course...THE MYSTERY PICKERS tunes will pick up the slack, during the second half of the evening.
If you've been teetering on the brink...now is the perfect time, to jump into the mix as a MYSTERY PICKER...just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know, and shazaam...yer on the squad!