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TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PAUL PRESTOPINO

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)


                      Paul Prestopino and some other guy



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound for a Wednesday, Oct 3 arrival at the Clifton Springs library.
Your habitually hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are thrilled, excited, and pleased to welcome a genuine Folk legend as Feature:



~ PAUL PRESTOPINO ~



Paul, https://www.facebook.com/paul.prestopino" target="_blank">http://https://www.facebook.com/paul.prestopino is the guy we all know, but never knew we knew.

Paul is not just a fashion plate who sets the style for male sartorial elegance, he is the consummate sideman. Paul has provided the instrumental highlights on just about every stringed instrument that has showcased the records from the Folk royaty of our generation. When we listen to the iconic records from The Kingston Trio, Tom Paxton, John Denver, Chad Mitchell Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Murray McGlachlan, Spanky McFarlane, Judy Collins...and many other folkie favorites with names too fierce to mention...the lead instrument and the hook that lingers in our ears, is often Paul Prestopino.

Here are some of Paul's recording credits, to tantalize us Trackers:
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/paul-prestopino-mn0000377808/credits" target="_blank">https://www.allmusic.com/artist/paul-prestopino-mn0000377808/credits

...and the icing on the cake...Paul is an all round great guy with wonderful stories to tell, accompanied by one of the instruments that he played on the records we have in our collection, by Noel Stookey, or John Denver, or Chad Mitchell.
I really urge all you Trackers to get to this show. It's gonna be a very special, one of a kind evening, truly destined to be a treasure that all of us will cherish.


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ 
The best kept secret in folk music, will step once again into the limelight. They just keep getting better every time...and thank goodness for that...


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PAUL PRESTOPINO
  • Clifton Springs library, https://www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary/" target="_blank">http/www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14424
  • Wed, Oct 3
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANDY COHEN

Posted on September 9, 2018 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

                                                                                              Andy Cohen



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is whinin' low, and inbound for a Wednesday, Sep 19
arrival at Clifton Springs library.
Your always amenable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are delighted to welcome a new Tunes By the Tracks artist, with an old soul as our Feature:


~ ANDY COHEN ~




Andy, http://www.andycohenmusic.com/ has followed a long and winding road, on his musical journey and he's still rambling...
In his words:
"What I do mostly anymore, is a sort of Country Blues 101. It’s broader than that, of course, covering material from before the twenties to about the fifties, and ranging over the several states to which Memphis is adjacent. I grew up during the Sixties Revival in Massachusetts, but I’m a Southern boy at heart. I made a point of acquainting myself with all the blues players I could, on record and in person. In my shows, I do material by Reverend Davis, John Hurt, Big Bill, Gus Cannon, Frank Stokes, Memphis Minnie, Bukka White, Barbecue Bob, Charlie Patton, Ted Bogan, Henry Spaulding, and any of a hundred other blues people."

"People down here are serious about religion, and when they sing, you know they believe it. Street corner Gospel and spiritual players from a dozen different forms of Black and white worship add richness and gravity to Southern music. I do my best with it…"

"Being something of a picker, I’ve studied Reverend Gary Davis’ repertoire extensively. He was from western South Carolina, but lived in several places in North Carolina before coming to New York, finally and permanently. I regard him enough of a guru that I’ve issued one CD of his sacred songs and produced a tribute album to him. 

THE DOLCEOLA: A major purveyor of what historians call the ‘Social’ Gospel (think of Dr. King) was Washington Phillips. He made 78s back in the twenties, playing on a pair of zither-form contraptions called Celestephones. I play his music and a good deal more on a Schroeder-sized grand piano called a Dolceola, made in 1905. Carry it everywhere with me, wouldn’t leave home without it."


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


Of course...the second half of the evening will be festooned with music from our highly self-regarded gang of intrepid artists, who step boldy into the limelight, to perform one of their best songs.
We invite newbies to give it a go. To perform for a very supportive crowd, you need only buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and yer in like Flynn.




TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring REBECCA COLLEEN

Posted on August 26, 2018 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)


                         Rebecca Colleen



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is right on schedule, for a Wednesday, Sep 5th arrival at Clifton Springs library. 
Your happening hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are excited and pleased to welcome back our returning Feature:



~ REBECCA COLLEEN ~



Rebecca Colleen, http://www.rebeccacolleen.com/  Just yesterday, she was the cute and precocious little girl, with the big red guitar and the grown-up voice, who could front a Bluegrass Band at the drop of a downbeat.  Well now, Becky has completed her studies at Hobart and William Smith, and she's embarked on developing a new career, in addition to the music business. 

Not to worry...Becky is still playing shows with the Chore Lads, and expanding her own considerable solo repertoire. 
We're still in her plans, and we really look forward to seeing Rebeca, hearing some favorites, and perhaps being introduced to some new songs from this lovely and talented young lady. 





~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

Their fan base has exploded into double figures, so of course, we anticpate a wholly huge hoohah for the second half of the evening, when these scalawags take the stage.

Wanna be a Mystery Picker??  ...just buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or moi (me)...and slam bam...ala kazaam...there you is...!!


 




TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JIM KIMBALL & MITZIE COLLINS

Posted on August 6, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)



NOTE: struggling to get Jim and Mitzie's photos to behave...please hold yer breath for corrections


TUNES BY THE TRACKS is hurtling down the rails, for a Wednesday, Aug 15th arrival at Clifton Springs library.
Your hampered hosts, Jim Clare, and Allen Hopkins, will struggle gamely to keep us on track, while Cathy McGrath lolls by a lake on vacation someplace.
We're pleased and priveleged to host regional folk icons as our Feature:



~ JIM KIMBALL & MITZIE COLLINS ~ 



Jim KImball, https://www.geneseo.edu/music/kimball" target="_blank">http://www.geneseo.edu/music/kimball  Lecturer in Music at SUNY Geneseo, Jim is a scholar of American musical traditions, especially the fiddle and dance music of the Northeast US. Outside the classroom, where he teaches everything from ethnomusicology to American and world popular music, Jim is a multi-instrumentalist on strings and winds, a noted dance caller, and organizer of the Geneseo String Band, combining college and community musicians to play traditional dance tunes. For decades Jim and his band have hosted regular square dances at the college, and his students have become award-winning composers, professional touring acoustic musicians, and preservers of traditional music and folk arts


Mitzie Collins, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitzie_Collins" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitzie_Collins is a singer, collector and presenter of traditional music; she has been a radio host, a record company owner, a world-wide ambassador of the hammered dulcimer, and an organizer of community musical educatioWen through the Eastman School of Music. Mitzie has released over a dozen recordings of instrumental music, featuring her dulcimer, and also other traditional musicians from the Rochester area; styles have ranged from Christmas carols, Irish dance tunes, New York State fiddling, to “world music” featuring Middle Eastern instruments combined with Caribbean steel drumming, and Mitzie’s dulcimer. Currently she performs as a soloist, with other musical friends in a variety of ensembles, and as leader of the Striking Strings hammered dulcimer orchestra.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


Lest you think they're resting on their laurels after their triumphant showcase last week...the second half of the evening, will herald the regurgitation of the inimitable MYSTERY PICKERS...a test of talent and courage, as performers step into the spotlight to serve up their best song, in what might be called a "micro-set".
We invite newbies to give it a go.
Just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi) know...and we'll gleefully insert you into the rota.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JIM KIMBALL & MITZIE COLLINS
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Aug 15
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring MYSTERY PICKER SHOW

Posted on July 27, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, is headed back to the library, for a Wednesday, Aug 1 arrival.
Your habitually hospitable hosts Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are pleased as lunch, to welcome a special annual Feature:


~ MYSTERY PICKER SHOW ~


Yes indeedy, THE MYSTERY PICKERS...that motley crew of loyal luminaries, who delights us every time with their performances, are an integral part of Tunes By the Tracks, and we love 'em. This is their special night.

LAURI PARKHURST -  banjo pickin’ to delight us all, we’ve watched Lauri honing her craft, and we've cheered her progress, and we're gonna do it next week one more time.

RALPH & DAWN - Ralph Minervino's Irish whistles and Dawn Felice Jenkins' fiddle blend to make sweet Celtic tunes that can make you tap your toes, or just sit back and smile. 

DAVID IANNI - David is such a fine fingerstyle guitarist, that it comes as a pleasant surprise, when he begins to sing. His gentle voice is a sweet accomplice in stealing our hearts with his great songs.

DAVID NIXON - our resident master of acapella, David's deep repertoire of songs, never fails to include some that we discover we've known all our lives, and we find ourselves singing along on the choruses.

BETH SLEBODA - Beth is certain to offer an eclectic...not to say eccentric...set, drawn from her quiver full of traditional and original songs always elicits a smile, and often an invitation to join right in.

VAL & GREG - this band sprang to life in the hallowed halls of TUNES BY THE TRACKS, so we take a proprietary interest, in the delightful progress of Val "Fingers" Fowler & Greg "Thumper" Franklin...these lads are good, and they keep getting gooder, with every performance.

DAVE NORTH - I think everyone who has ever seen him, is a Dave North fan. A fine musician and a delicious singer, Dave is the consummate entertainer.  He connects immediately to his audience, and he gets us laughing and crying with a bottomless repertoire of Irish, English, and American traditional songs, that always leave us wanting more.

We hope all you Trackers will join us for this show, to show our MYSTERY PICKERS how much we enjoy their talents and appreicate their support.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring THE MYSTERY PICKERS
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, Aug 1
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for TBTT)




TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring LOREN BARRIGAR

Posted on July 17, 2018 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                       Loren Barrigar 




TUNES BY THE TRACKS is full steam ahead for a Wednesday, July 25 arrival at Clifton Springs library.
Your wholly wholesome hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are super pleased and over excited to welcome back a huge Tracker favorite as Feature...the gittar kid from Elbridge:




~ LOREN BARRIGAR ~



Loren Barrigar, https://www.facebook.com/loren.barrigar" target="_blank">http//www.facebook.com/loren.barrigar
We met Loren a few years back, as half of the International Guitar Duo, with Mark Mazengarb, and it was love at first listen. As us Trackers got to know Loren, right up close and personal...we marveled as he conjured effortless magic from his guitar, and his warm, engaging personality, made us like him even more.
Loren is a master guitarist, who precociously played "Yakety Axe" on stage at the Ryman Auditorium with the immortal Chet Atkins, when he was only 6 years old...Loren, not Chet.
Like the fine tone wood instruments he plays, Loren only improves with time. If you haven't seen Loren as a solo yet, yer in for a special treat.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ 


This exciting portion of the evening, defies explanation. An eclectic collection of intrepids steps boldly into the limelight, to stupify us Trackers with music that dazzles, amuses, beguiles, and mystifies.
Wanna try...??  Easy peasy...just buttonhole Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and yer career as a Mystery Picker is launched.

 



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring BILL DESTLER and REBECCA JOHNSON

Posted on June 28, 2018 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (4)

                              Rebecca Johnson                                                  Bill Destler




TUNES BY THE TRACKS is full steam for a Wednesday, July 11 arrival, at the Clifton Springs library.
Your holistically helpful hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are  delighted to welcome two great friends as Feature:



~ BILL DESTLER and REBECCA JOHNSON ~


Bill Destler, https://www.facebook.com/bill.destler" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/bill.destler, is a consummate folkie. He's been singing and playing traditional and original songs since The Kingston Trio and the Weavers roamed the earth. A classy guitar, banjo, and mandolin player, Bill has recorded for Folk Legacy (as part of the Sharon Mountain Harmony ensemble) and Swallowtail records and has two recent CD’s. He has performed at folk music clubs, festivals, colleges, and coffeehouses all over the U.S. Bill is a traditional song-finder, and many of his songs are performed exclusively by him. Several of his original songs, like Tracker favorite “Would You Have Time”, have been recorded by other artists, and his recent composition, “Alternative Facts” has been downloaded more than 5,000 times on YouTube. 
Bill will be joined for our show, by his wife, Rebecca Johnson.
I predicts a wonderful evening.




~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


The gang that keeps on giving...round and round they goes, and where they stops...nobody nose.

Yer invited to join these steadfast stalwarts...just let Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi) yer interested, and there ye'll be...singing yer favorite song, for a roomful of folk fans.

 



  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring BILL DESTLER and REBECCA JOHNSON
  • Clifton Springs library, https://cliftonspringslibrary.com/" target="_blank">http://cliftonspringslibrary.com/ 
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, July 11
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)





TUNES BY THE TRACKS, ANNUAL LIBRARY BENEFIT

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound with a smorgasbord of Feature artists.
Your habitually happy hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are very grateful and proud, to present a banquet of Features:


~ ANNUAL LIBRARY BENEFIT ~

JOE DADY
DAVID NORTH
BILL THOMAS
VAL FOWLER & GREG FRANKLIN
DAVID IANNI
JED CURRAN


All of these wonderfully talented musicians, have graciously donated their times and talents to give us a spectacularly eclectic evening of music. 
Each 15 minute set will be unique, with songs that are likely to run the gamut from traditional American folk, to songs of Ireland, England, Canada, and Tomfoolistan.
I fully anticipate, a dash of original songs will be added to the mix for seasoning.
All proceeds from this show go to Clifton Springs library. It's our small way thank them for their generous, ongoing support of TUNES BY THE TRACKS.  

We hope a whole passel of you Trackers will join us to make this another great library benefit concert.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, ANNUAL LIBRARY BENEFIT CONCERT
  • Clifton Springs library, https://www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, June 6
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Clifton Springs library)


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANNE HILLS

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Anne Hills 




TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound for a Wed, May 16th ETA, at the library, with a very special passenger on board.
Your congenitally convivial hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are most thrilled and pleased to welcome back our good friend as Feature:




~ ANNE HILLS ~




Anne Hills, http://www.annehills.com/, has been described by so many, with so many superlatives, that it's hard to choose a favorite, but I gotta go with ole Tom Paxton...here's what Tom sez about Anne:

“Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like ‘Follow That Road’ and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”
Tom Paxton

Anne is a consummate artist...she's a goose bumpy singer, an evocative poetic songwriter, a beautiful person, and a very good friend.  We're indeed fortunate to have her return as a Feature, and we hope a whole passel of you Trackers will be at her show.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


Of course, the second half of the evening will be festooned with those who dare...the folks who step into the limelight, and perform their favorite song for us.
It's the talk of the town, so if you wanna give it a go, just axe Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me)...and zippety doo dah...yer on the roster.




  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring ANNE HILLS
  • Clifton Springs library, https://www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary/" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, May 16
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • Free ($10.00 donation suggested for touring pros)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring GERRY TIMLIN

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                                                   Gerry Timlin




TUNES BY THE TRACKS is racing up the line, for a May 2nd arrival at Clifton Springs library.
Your wholly wholesome hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are thrilled and pleased to welcome a brannie new Feature:



~ GERRY TIMLIN ~


is a great favorite in the USA and Canada. He's a Delaware-based singer. who has enjoyed success all over the world. Born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Gerry developed an early interest in traditional Irish music and in folk music. From the time he was a wee bairn, Gerry displayed a musical talent, winning several singing competitions in Northern Ireland when he was still in his teens. He moved to the USA in the early seventies, and has been delighting audiences with his smooth baritone voice and his irreverent humor ever since. in 2014, he was honored to perform with his singing partner, Tom Kane, at the Congressional Friends of Ireland Luncheon on Capital Hill for The President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, Prime Minister of Ireland, members of Congress.

Us Trackers will be meeting Gerry for the first time next Wednesday, and it's surely destined to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~ 

Of course, the second half of the evening will include the celebrated Mystery Pickers performing with passion and aplomb...(I think Passion & Aplomb may be a CPA firm down to the suthren tier)
If you would like to take a turn as a Mystery Picker...just axe Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and kazingo...yer in.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring GERRY TIMLIN
  • Clifton Spring library, https://www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary/" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, May 2
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 donation suggested for touring Feature and refreshments)




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