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TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring DAVE NORTH

Posted on March 9, 2020 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (9)

                                                                                        Dave North



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is spring loaded, and inbound for a Wednesday, MAR 18 arrIval at the Clifton Springs library.
Your congenitally convivial hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are ultra pleased to welcome back our dear friend, and a perennial Tracker favorite as Feature:


~ DAVE NORTH ~


Dave became an American citizen shortly after he arrived on our shores as a young footballer...that's Soccer to us Americans...and promptly concluded that he'd found a home. 
He matriculated at SUNY Oneonta, to perfect his American accent, and he learned to talk just like us Trackers.
We're real happy that Dave has stayed a while, to share his magnificent guitar and vocal gifts with us.
Dave is a pillar of Tunes By the Tracks. He nearly always shows up to support our shows, and he frequently adds a song as a Mystery Picker. Whenever we can, we welcome the chance to present a full Dave North show.

Dave is the compleat package. He's an accomplished guitarist, with a distinctive picking style, that complements his compelling mastery of vocals, from ditties and story songs. Plus, Dave's got the pipes to sing the heart wrenchingly beautiful Irish songs like "Fields of Athenry" or "Carrickfergus".

I think we love Dave North stories and Dave North music, and I hope all you Trackers bring yer recovering selves to his concert, on the day after St Patrick's Day...see yez at the library.


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

Of course, the evening will be topped off, with yet another onslaught of the intrepid and amazingly talented artists, who step into the glare of the lime lite, to fearlessly perform a favorite song.
They just keep on getting better. If you wanna try it...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and you'll be instantly included in the pantheon of pickers whom we know and love.


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CONNIE DEMING

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (1)

                                                                                         Connie Deming



TUNES THE TRACKS is inbound, for a Wednesday, March 4 arrival at Clifton Springs library.
Your wholly wholesome hosts are super pleased to welcome a lovely artist and dear friend as our Feature:




~ CONNIE DEMING ~ 




Connie Deming is a gem. Her lovely evocative voice enhances beloved songs of our favorite artists to make them fresh and new all over again. 
She slides effortlessly into songs she's penned herself, and it's all beautiful.

Connie grew up "singing everything I could get my hands on, from Faure and Bernstein to Joni Mitchell and Elton John and the Beatles. I loved it all, picking up the guitar as well, which my father and brother and boyfriend played. When my son was born in 1985, I began to write my own songs."

Connie is a prodigiously gifted artist and a lovely, warm person. An evening with Connie Deming will defrost our winter chilled Tracker hearts, so be sure to join us on March 4th. 


"THE MYSTERY PICKERS"

And in the bullpen, the ever unpredictable and always entertaining Mystery Pickers, will step into roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd, and perform a song of their choice to ice the proverbial cake.

If you want to be a Mystery Picker...you're invited. Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and we'll add you to the list of luminaries, and you'll be in show bidness.


  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CONNIE DEMING
  • Clifton Springs library, 
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • WED, MAR 4
  • 7pm - 9pm (coors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PEGGY LYNN and DAN DUGGAN

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (4)

                                                                      Dan Duggan                   Peggy Lynn           
                                                                                                                                                   


TUNES BY THE TRACKS is ambling up the line for a Wednesday, FEB 19 arrival at Clifton Springs library.
Your herbalicious hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are really happy to welcome back old friends as our Feature:
                     

~ PEGGY LYNN and DAN DUGGAN ~

 

 Dan and Peggy Lynn, https://www.facebook.com/Peggy-Lynn-and-Dan-Duggan-160458867326262/

 Peggy Lynn, has been called "The First Lady of Adirondack Music"She is recognized nationwide for her soulful songwriting and extraordinary vocal versatility.
Her work has been featured at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, and in 1996 Peggy was selected "Adirondack Woman Of The Year". She has released six recordings, Determination, Chameleon, Bio Songs, Earned These Lines, Cloudsplitter and Close To The Sun. Peggy and Dan Duggan also have a newly released CD "A Stitch in Time", songs celebrating the art and heritage of Quilting.

 

Dan Duggan is known nationally for his wizardry on Hammered Dulcimer and Flat Picking Guitar, and is the recipient of the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. Dan has recorded four albums of original compositions, "First Frost", "Last of May", "Seasons of Change", and "Trillium Lane" as well as three albums of traditional holiday music "Christmas Morn", "Winters Eve", and "All Through The Night. Dan's recently released CD, "The Pieces of Our Life" original songs written with children, received a 1998 Parents Choice Approval Award. Dan's dulcimer work can also be heard on Paul Simon's CD "Your The One" released in October of 2000.

 


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

 

With reckless...some might say feckless...abandon, the intrepid Mystery Pickers launch themselves into the spotlight to deliver a favorite song. Styles differ, but the enthusiasm and talent of each performer shines through.

 

We welcome newbies...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (me), and you too can be a Mystery Picker.

 

 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring PEGGY LYNN and DAN DUGGAN 
  • Clifton Springs library, http/https/www.facebook.com/cliftonspringslibrary
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • Wed, FEB 19 
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 suggested for Feature and refreshments)

 


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring VAL FOWLER & GREG FRANKLIN

Posted on January 27, 2020 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (3)

                                                       Val Fowler                                                                                                           Greg Franklin




TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound for a Wednesday, Feb 5 arrival at the Clifton Springs library, with two of our favorite Trackers on board.
Your pert and perky hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are pleased and excited to debut two good friends as Feature:


~ VAL FOWLER & GREG FRANKLIN ~


Val Fowler, https://www.facebook.com/pastorval" target="_blank">http/https/www.facebook.com/pastorval  and
Greg Franklin, https://www.facebook.com/greg.franklin.77736" target="_blank">http/https/www.facebook.com/greg.franklin.77736  
are great friends and stalwarts of TUNES BY THE TRACKS.  They're an integral part of the whole milieu, from helping set up the room, to shooting photos of Features that we frequently post here...and last but not least, to perform some terrific songs as Mystery Pickers.
This will be their first opportunity to Feature, and we know they'll give us a wonderful show.
Come on out, and enjoy the evening with us.


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
Of course, no evening would be complete without the scintillating songsmanship of our Mystery Pickers. They find a way to get 
better with each performance, and we're very proud of their contribution.
Wanna be a Mystery Picker...??  Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and we'll have you center stage, quick as a wink.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring VAL FOWLER & GREG FRANKLIN
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clfiton Springs, NY 14432
  • WED, FEB 5
  • 7PM - 9PM (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring COPPER HILL

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (3)




TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound for a Wednesday, Jan 22 arrival at Clifton Springs library, with some brannie new guests on board, for their inaugural concert.
Your habitually hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are excited and just a little bit curious to welcome some talented and engaging new artists as our Feature:




~ COPPER HILL ~


Copper Hill, https://www.facebook.com/pg/CopperHillFolk/about/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">http://https://www.facebook.com/pg/CopperHillFolk/about/?ref=page_internal
An alternative folk band consisting of Willa Finck and Katie Knudsvig on violin and vocals, Ethan Cypress on banjo and trombone, and Caroline Samuels on bass and vocals, they are a group of young Eastman trained musicians came into being in 2017, and they're creating quite a buzz in their home base of Rochester.

Not our familiar con-fusion bands, Copper Hill has been dubbed a folk-fusion band, performing songs and tunes across a wide range of folk genres, from Irish to Blues to Old-Time.

​They combine a banquet of thoughtful arrangements of traditional tunes with a sweet style of song-writing, that is sometimes decidedly tongue in cheek.

It's gonna be fun and intimate evening and we hope a prodigious passel of you Trackers show up to enjoy the show, and make COPPER HILL very welcome.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

And...adding to the tumult and the shouting...our always exciting stalwarts, will step into the limelite, to perform a favorite song from their repertoires, and melt our cold January hearts.
Wanna give it a try??   Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and a yer career will be in show bizness will be launched...


 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring COPPER HILL
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs NY 14432
  • WED, JAN 22
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($5.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

 

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JOHN DADY and Friends

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

                                         Jim Clare                                  John Dady                               Cathy McGrath                        Joe Dady                                                                                                                            


TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be at the library on Wednesday, Jan 8th, with our inaugural show for 2020...and it's gonna be a humdinger.
Your habitually hospitable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are pleased as punch to welcome back a dear friend and Tracker favorite as our Feature:


~ JOHN DADY and Friends ~


John Dady is an icon of folk music in Rochester, the Genesee Valley, and beyond. 
His brother Joe left us last May, and he left behind a hole in all our hearts, but most of all, the empty place in his brother John's heart will always be there.
After nearly 45 years as half of the magnificent Dady Brothers duo, many artists would have stepped away.
It's our great good fortune that John's courage and his passion for the music made him decide to carry the Dady flame forward on his own.

John will be bringing two wonderful musicians when he comes, and I can already feel the musical energy.

John Michael Ryan, a young and accomplished traditional Irish musician from Rochester who plays the tin whistle and button accordion. Ryan has said he was inspired to learn to play after listening to the Dady Brothers as a child. Ryan was mentored by Marty O’Keefe, long a mainstay in the Irish music community.

 

Perry Cleaveland, Perry is a keystone friend of us Trackers. A master of his craft, whether he's playing Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar, or singing beautiful harmony, Perry lifts every song he plays to a higher level.
He's the go-to guy for all the cool music kids in Rochester, the Finger Lakes and Central New York.

...so all you Trackers...start the New Year on the perfect note, and join us at the library on Jan 8th.


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

Of course, no show would be complete without the antics, tomfoolery, and delightful music of the bold buskers who fearlessly step into 
the spotlight to regale us with a favorite song...often it's one that they actually know.

Wanna give it a try??  Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim, and faster than a speeding bullet...you too, will be among the anointed.


 

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JOHN DADY and Friends
  • Clifton Springs library https://cliftonspringslibrary.com/" target="_blank">http/https/cliftonspringslibrary.com/
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs NY 14432
  • WED, JAN 8
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)

 



TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring CUISLE MO CHROI

Posted on December 1, 2019 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (10)



           Lynn Pilaroscia, Pat Carey, Mary Lester, Cathy McGrath, Perry Cleaveland, Jim Clare, Allen Hopkins  


TUNES BY THE TRACKS will be at the library on Wednesday DEC 18th, with a trainload of Christmas cheer.
Your ebullient Elfin hosts, Jim Clare, and Allen Hopkins, are very pleased and excited to present a lovely tradition.
Our annual Christmas concert, featuring:



~ CUISLE MO CHROI ~


This enchanting trio of ladies, https://www.facebook.com/CuisleMoChroi3/" target="_blank">http/https/www.facebook.com/CuisleMoChroi3/
comprised of Cathy McGrath, Patricia Carey, and Mary Lester, has been beguiling folks in the Finger Lakes and the Genesee Valley since 1989.

 

Christmas music and poetry from the Celtic lands and beyond, with delicious three part vocal harmonies, guitar, flute, celtic harp, mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle, accordion, concertina, bodhran, spoons, banjo, drum and tambourine.

CUISLE MO CHROI has been our season finale at TUNES BY THE TRACKS, since we began, and their concert has become a small, but cherished tradition for us and for the little village of Clifton Springs.
We hope you'll be there to share the joy of the Christmas Season with us.



~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~


The rowdy raucous rascals will strut their stuff after the break...naturally, we anticipate another joyous presentation of music to soothe the savage breast.


TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring JIM CLARE & ALLEN HOPKINS

Posted on November 12, 2019 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)
                                                                                       Jim Clare                                                                                The Other Guy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
           

TUNES BY THE TRACKS is not daunted by unseasonable white stuff.  She's on schedule for a Wednesday, Nov 20th arrival at the library.
Your lovely and vivacious host, Cathy McGrath will be operating solo, because the two old mossbacks who co-host are otherwise engaged.
Yes indeedy Trackers...with only slight trepidation, Cathy will welcome returning Feature:


~ JIM CLARE & ALLEN HOPKINS ~ 



This will be our 10th year Featuring, and as you can see from the photo here, our exuberance is undiminished.
We're determined to keep at it, until we get it right.  
Intrepid Trackers will be treated to a heady banquet of traditional folk, rib-splitting humor, along with some original songs.
Naturally, snippets, tidbits, and miscellaneous folk arcana will be sprinkled liberally throughout. (no quiz, so there's no need to take notes)

In the folk tradition of shameless and incessant self-promotion...Jim (that's me) will introduce a new song if I finish writing it.

We're not sniveling or nuthin' like that, but we plaintively implore you to come and support us, or else Cathy is not gonna schedule us anymore.
See yez next week.

~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

The second half of the evening will burst into bloom, with that gang of musical rapscallions, who risk it all to perform a song for us.

Wanna be a Mystery Picker??  Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim...and we will gleefully add you to the prestigious panel of performers who light up our shows.

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring MARIA GILLARD TRIO

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (12)

                    Maria Gillard     Perry Cleaveland   Doug Henrie



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is luxuriating in our glorious Finger Lakes foliage enroute to a Wednesday, Nov 6 arrival at the Clifton Springs library.
Your always affable hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, are ultra pleased to welcome back an old and dear friend, as Feature:


~ MARIA GILLARD TRIO ~


When Anne Mancilla invited Cathy and I to do a show at the library way far back in 2009, Maria was our first Feature...we figured we might get to do two or even three shows, if we were lucky. 
Ten years later, we're still at it, and Maria is still willing to come and Feature.

Maria Gillard, https://www.mariagillard.com/about.php" target="_blank">http://https://www.mariagillard.com/about.php is one of the Finger Lakes region's best known singer-songwriters, and deservedly so.
Click the really good bio on this Link to Maria's web page. Maria's page offers excellent descriptions of Maria and her two accomplices who comprise the
Marial Gillard Trio.
Us Trackers are big fans of Perry Cleaveland and Doug Henry. They're two fine gentlement, and their music is always puredeelicio

Saddle up and join us for this 'un...


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

Here they come agin Trackers...they just leave us gasping in disbelief every time.
If you'd like to unlimber your instrument...hmm...that sounds off color, but it's just in yer mind.
Anyhow...ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and we'll have you cavorting in the limelite quick as a wink.

TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring DAVE NORTH

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

                                                                               Dave North



TUNES BY THE TRACKS is racing to the library for a Wed, Oct 16 arrival, equipped to head off
and salvage a potential situation with ruffles, flourishes and panache.
Your happily handy hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins were momentarily flummoxed by 
a last minute cancellation from Alana Amram.
But then...from a planet far, far away, came the stupendous Dave North to save the day.

We are so pleased and excited to bring back a Tracker favorite as Feature:


~ DAVE NORTH ~



Dave North is well known and much loved by us Trackers. Dave's nearly bottomless well of songs,
ranges from light hearted, through faintly bawdy, to his stunningly lovely and evocative ballads of England, Ireland, and America.
All are anchored and showcased by Dave's fine guitar accompaniment and his 
wonderful vocals.

C'mon out to the library on Wednesday, and burrow into the cozy comfort of an evening with Dave North.


~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~

Needless to say, these stalwarts are geared to go...their musical talents will be on full frontal display, so buckle up.
If you'd like to try a stint as a Mystery Picker...just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and you too, will be part of 
the growing crew of desperados who risk it all in the spotlight of Tunes By the Tracks.

  • TUNES BY THE TRACKS, Featuring DAVE NORTH
  • Clifton Springs library
  • 4 Railroad Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
  • WED OCT 16
  • 7pm - 9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • FREE ($10.00 donation suggested for Feature and refreshments)





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