Posted on March 6, 2017 at 1:15 PM

                                                               Andy Cohen

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

first-time Feature:


ANDY COHEN, 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

music .

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

mallets .

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 polish up yer favorite song, and let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me) know...and faster than a speeding'll be, a Mystery Picker.

  • Clifton Springs library,
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Mar 15
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)


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