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TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound for a Wednesday, Oct 16 arrival at the library. Your wholly wholesome hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins are thrilled and excited to welcome a branny new artist as our Feature:
~ ALANA AMRAM ~
Alana Amram, http://www.annaandthelens.com/alana-amram/ is not your typical folk singer. Alana, in her Folk persona, she has played the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, and on the rocking scene, she has shared the stage with Metal bands Witchcraft and Danava; Hard Rock band Diamond Nights; indie starlets Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; as well as The Blue Van, TK Webb, The Redwalls; even a burlesque hoolahooper. These diverse elements manifest themselves in her debut EP Alana Amram and The Rough Gems.
While only in her twenties, Alana's songs paint a poignant picture of American life that can only be told by someone who has a deep and unique understanding of the land.
The daughter of esteemed composer, writer and poet David Amram and playwright/songwriter Lora Lee Ecobelli, Alana was born into an opulence of modern American culture.
"My earliest memories are of lying on the balcony at The Brooklyn Academy of Music as my father conducted on stage, and being heat stuck to his vinyl pickup truck seats as we toured through New Mexico. I used to sleep in my mom's guitar case while she was on stage", Alana recalled. David Amram is an iconic American figure who traveled and performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Miles Davis. He collaborated with literary greats such Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Hunter Thompson.
When performing alone in the haunts and dives of New York City, Alana's stark voice creates a fragile and intimate presence. When performing with her band, The Rough Gems, her delicate songs take on a rowdy and rawkus spirit that brings an immediate comparison to classic honky-tonk outlaws such as Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver. Made up primarily of members of the Brooklyn based outfit The Morning Pages (also signed to Zealous Records) the The Rough Gems wrap Alana’s catalog in a raw barroom style vigor that is coming to define the New York City indie-country scene.
c'mon out and join us to meet and enjoy Alana next Wednesday.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
Still aglow from their stupendous success at the annual Mystery Picker Showcase, the gang is indubitably rehearsing feverishly, even as we speak, to take us to even greater heights, on the 16th.
Wanna give it a go...?? Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi) and shazam...you'll be rubbing elbows with the Clifton Springs glitterati.
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TUNES BY THE TRACKS is inbound for a Wednesday, Sep 18 arrival at the library.
Your effervescent hosts, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath, and Allen Hopkins, bid fond adieu to summer and welcome the glorious Finger Lakes autumn, with a musical icon, who is making her debut appearance at Tunes By the Tracks, as Feature:
~ PEG DOLAN ~
Peg Dolan, http://www.pegdolan.us/index.html ranges from traditional and contemporary Irish songs to popular hits by stars like The Eagles, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, to dozens of country and pop favorites.
Peg is well-known for her resonant vocal abilities. In his review of The Missing Peace, Jamie O'Brien, of the Irish Edition, said of "the beauty of Peg's voice" that "the lyrics burst into infectious life."Peg is an accomplished musician as well and plays six and twelve string guitars, mandolin, penny whistle, button accordion, and bodhran. Equally at home before a concert crowd of thousands (Buffalo Irish Festival, Lake Ontario Concerts By The Shore) or in the closeness of a pub venue (The Shannon Poconos, Keenan's of Rochester), Peg is in demand for all types of occasions - large, small, and in-between.As a recording artist, Peg has several well-received albums to her credit, and enjoys air play on The Irish Party House (WWWG, Rochester) as well as other stations and public radio. Her albums can be found in many music and gift stores throughout upstate New York.
Many of us Trackers are already fans of Peg's...we hope a bunch more of yez will be fans too, after this show.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
The second half of the evening, will trap the unwary with another transcendent episode of them MYSTERY PICKERS.
Wanna give it a whirl?? Just ask Cathy, Allen, or Jim (moi), and you will be added to the growing roster of musical daredevils, who never fail to add something special to the evening.
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TUNES BY THE TRACKS is rumbling inbound for a Wednesday, Sep 4 arrival at the Clifton Springs library.
Your handy hosts, Jim Clare and Allen Hopkins will hazily handle hospitality, while Cathy McGrath is on vacation.
We're very excited to bring back a Tracker favorite accompanied by his long-time musical cohort as Feature:
Phil Banaszak, https://www.facebook.com/philip.banaszak.9" target="_blank">https/www.facebook.com/philip.banaszak.9 , plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar and sings. He is a New York fiddle champion and member of the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame.
Dave Ruch, https://www.facebook.com/DaveRuchMusic/" target="_blank">https/www.facebook.com/DaveRuchMusic/ , a full-time musician/performer/music researcher/teaching artist, sings and plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, octave mandolin, bones, spoons, jaw harp and more.
These two tasty time tested musicians are chock full of tunes and songs to delight everyone, and us Trackers are always ready to be delighted.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
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"Rebecca has a beautiful voice and an intuitive gift for interpretation, along with a kindred heart that permeates all her songs."
Claire Lynch, 3 time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year
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Loren started playing guitar when he was only four years old, and by the time he was six, played the Chet A:tkins hit “Yackety Axe” in front of thousands of country music fans at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He went on to study with Jimmy Atkins (Chet’s brother) which led to a touring career with his family band from Nashville to Las Vegas. Since settling down in Central New York, he has been in constant demand as a studio musician.
Loren has performed with some of the best acoustic players in the world including Stephen Bennett, Richard Smith, John Knowles, Muriel Anderson and Loren’s friend and mentor Tommy Emmanuel, the Australian guitar sensation. He has also recorded with Multiple Grammy winner and legendary producer Lloyd Maines.
Looking forward to seeing a passel of smiling Trackers for Loren's show.
Come early, and you might toss a lawn chair in the jitney, just in case.
~ THE MYSTERY PICKERS ~
Following Loren's set and a short break...we will sit back and marvel at the musical mayhem of our always entertaining Mystery Pickers.
If you Pickers get lucky, Loren might even back you up as an accompanist on yer song.