|Posted on March 6, 2017 at 1:15 PM|
TUNES BY THE TRACKS, will be at the Clifton Springs library, Wednesday, March 15th.
Your hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased, to present our
~ ANDY COHEN ~
ANDY COHEN, http://www.andycohenmusic.com/ is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist, who has
been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.”
He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland Jazz
records. During the Sixties Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music
of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Andy was 16, he heard South Carolina’s
Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life
to studying, performing, and promoting traditional blues and folk music of the pre World
War II era.
Andy toured with Martin, Bogan and Armstrong,John Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Brother
Daniel Womack, Rev. Dan Smith, Jim Brewer, and Honeyboy Edwards. He also worked
extensively with Walt and Ethel Phelps, Big Joe Duskin, Pigmeat Jarrett, Etta Baker, Big Boy
Henry, and Son Thomas.
Andy has helped to support a number of his mentors and younger players, by organizing
festivals and other venues for them to play in. Many of his students are now professional
touring musicians. The Country Blues says “One thing is for sure, the
boy can play. There are few people around today who had a chance to
pick it all up from the old generations, get this good at it and continue
to cherish and preserve the old traditions.” He has been assiduous in
sharing his expertise in classes, camps, and anywhere people are making
Andy Cohen has more than a dozen recordings to his credit, including
Oh Glory, How Happy I Am: The Sacred Songs of Rev. Gary Davis and
Andrew M. Cohen: Dolceola Favorites. An enthusiastic
proponent of the dolceola, Andy says he
“never leaves home without it.” Described by
some as a “miniature piano,” the dolceola has a
keyboard, but the strings are struck with wooden
At an Andy Cohen concert, expect to hear
blues rooted in Mississippi, the Piedmont, Memphis,
and Chicago, as well as some ragtime, gospel,
and original tunes.
...and, of course...
~ The Mystery Pickers ~ will keep our ferocious momentum rolling, during the second half of the evening. We encourage you to try...so polish up yer favorite song, and let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know...and faster than a speeding bullet...you'll be, a Mystery Picker.