SPRING 2001 TRAVELS
5/9/01
Colchester Spring fling On Saturday May 5 we played two shows. We started off in Colchester CT, a tiny town off of Rt 2 in the East of the state, where the traffic patterns lead to Foxwood casino. The Spring Fling featured local artists and music all day long. Kids in baseball uniforms listened to the music and chasd each other while parents chatted under the variable sunny skies.

Saturday night we played in Amesbury MA, an old Mill Town on the MA-NH border. Imagine Studios is an Arts Center run by two incredibly dedicated people, Christine and Lucian. They have drum circles, yoga, art classes, a yearly fall festival called the "Stone Bone Feather Fest" and live performances. We had a packed show with Stephanie Corby- thanks to all who made it happen!

Walk for Hunger Sunday May 6 we played at the Walk for Hunger, where 40,000 people walked and raised money to help end hunger, especially child hunger, in Massachusetts. It was a bright blue sky cool windy sunny day- perfect for walking.

 

4/30/01
On Friday April 27 we drove to Woonsocket RI and played the Center for the Arts and Spirituality. This Center is on 78 Earle St in a brick school like building ans it a very cool place offering live performances, classes in yoga, art and dance, and other events worth checking out. (webpage. We shared the show with "Big Blue Sky" a fine duo reminiscent of the Indigo Girls. I enjoyed their stories and songs.

West Strand Grill Sunday April 29 we played a benefit for the (Clearwater) at the West Strand Grill in Kingston NY. We had a great turnout, inlcuding the crew of the Clearwater, who are a very lively bunch! The Clearwater herself was anchored right outside for all to see. Kingston NY is a cute city-town that has seen a decline since IBM left this area, but which is rebounding a bit. The town is tree lined and hilly and the West Strand Grill is right next to a tributary to the Hudson river. The Grill was once a church, then a synagogue, and now has great food and music downstairs in the bar. Kingston

 

4/28/01
Trinity or the UN? We played 6 shows in 7 days this week. On April 17 we shared a show with Rebecca Riots at WPI in Worcester. It was great to hear this trio and their fine harmonies and songs. On April 19 we played Trinity College in Hartford. This room was really coll and had lots of flags hanging from the rafters- kinda like the UN...On Friday we were off to Bridgeport and played a show with Candence Carroll. Cadence sounded great as usual. It was so much fun to see her again. Saturday's show was canceled- which was fine because on Sunday we drove to Skidmore college to play Lively Lucy's outdoor festival. The weather was perfect- students were out on the lawn avoiding work and playing frisbee. Then we drove to the airport to fly to Washington DC, where we saw some friends and got a chance to play at the Kennedy Center.

Kennedy Center or the UN? The Kennedy Center has music at 6pm every night of the year (all 365). John F Kennedy's quotes are etched into its white outer walls, and there are 6 theatres for live and film performances. We shared the Millenium Stage with Jack Williams, a very well known and talented veteran of the folk scene who plays a mean guitar and writes blusey rootsy songs. We palyed first, and people seemed to enjoy our set. Apparently Alma Powell (Colin Powell's wife!) was in the audience, but I was disappointed that she didn't sign up on the mailing list...This was a spectacular end to a busy week.

 

 

4/6/01
We had four shows last weekend. Friday night we played the All Angels Coffeehouse on 80th and Broadway. The sanctuary is not too ornate, but there is a statue of an Angel (Gabriel perhaps) on one of the walls. We had a good crowd and saw some friends from high school- its great to catch up with folks. Luke Brindley opened the show with his brother Daniel. Both were excellent musicians.

Saturday we played in Princeton at the Public Library. Cindy coordinates events at the library and plays children's music. We met her when we lived in Ithaca before she moved to Princeton. Steven DiJoseph shared the show. He played beautifully on both piano and guitar.

Bryn Athyn CathedralCommon Ground at Tom's sound checkSaturday evening we played a show I've looked forward to for a long time. The Common Ground Coffeehouse is in Bryn Athyn in the student Center for a small college. There is a huge cathedral across the street (pictured), and the performance space has steep pitched ceilings in a "Tudor" design with dark wood beams and stucco walls (pictured during Tom's sound check). The Coffeehouse is run by some dedicated volunteers who really make everyone feel at ease. They always have dinner for the musicians from a local co-op and the food is spectacular. Louis does a great job on sound, Mira keeps the show running smoothly and Nina coordinates everything- including several other volunteers and the incredible desserts. We shared this show with Tom Prasada-Rao. Tom plays and sings songs with a deep sense of spirituality. One of Tom's songs is going to be covered by Randy Travis- pretty cool.

Sunday we played the Burren with our bass player Michael Calienes. Michael is so talented- really fun to play with. We had a good turnout for a Sunday night. The Burren is an Irish bar in Davis Sq..they have traditional sessiuns (folks bring instruments and jam on trad. tunes) there and other music as well. Thanks to those listeners who made this weekend so fun!

 

 

3/19/01
Bob Alonge On Friday March 16 we played at the New Song Folk Club. Bob and Renata, who run the New Song Folk club, are two of the most dedicated people I have ever met. Even though they lost their lease after 2 years of successful events at 1047 Front St, they persevered and are searching for a new space to host the Folk Club's the art lessons, gatherings and performances. Anyone with information on a space for such events-or who wishes to donate time of money can contact Bob at BobAlonge@aol.com. We shared Friday's show with the MacVitties, who are reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel, and it was fun to see them again.

Saturday's show at the Green Rooster happened to fall on St Patricks Day- not an ideal day to play for those non-Irish musicians- however, we had a full house and a wonderful crowd. The Green Rooster is on 6 Institute Rd (Congregational Church) right near downtown Worcester. The volunteers do a great job setting up- each table had a little "tealight house" with a green rooster weathervane on top of it. Richard Fox is currently running the coffeehouse. Richard also works full time, has a radio show on WCUW 91.3 FM in Worcester and is very involved with the Worcester music scene.

We shared this show with Stephanie Corby, who has a beautiful deep voice. We've shared shows with her before and it is always fun.

 

 

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