Showing posts from July, 2010

The Itinerants: band in NYC

Accordion Jokes: {:|||:} I went to an event in Paddy Reilly's Pub in NYC recently. It was the launch of a book by the founder member of the Mighty Avons an Irish show-band originally from Cavan. The name of the book is called 'Ned the Bed' about a musician and how he got his nickname. After the event I stuck around for the next show/act and met Pat the lead singer and tall dude from 'The Itinerants' He had a cool voice and delivery and played the accordion. The drummer was reputed to have played with Paul McCartney- Wings variety and the acoustic /lead guitarist was great and I recognized him but not his name... anyway the banjo player was slagged at one point by the drummer - The definition of a gentleman is one who can play the banjo but does n't - this joke I also heard with accordion substituted for banjo -- The lead singer had good enunciation and they had a good set of Irish/Celtic flavored tunes. I met some die hard fans that go to all of their gigs- I en

Recent Gigs: Great Hill Arts Festival, Central Park NYC

Played Central Park - Great Hill Arts Festival I now have something more in common with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel - highly exalted folk guitar strumming singer- songwriter company - I played a gig in central park! Yesterday was a sizzling hot day on the pavements of NYC as we searched for a nice n cool place to have snack before the show. Found a nice French pastry shop and have some delic pink lemonade and french sandwiches. I was invited along with some other local singer songwriters in the city to participate in the inaugural Great Hill Arts Festival - and yes it really is on a hill and when it's so white hot the trek is quite a trip. After some setup time we got under way and Luis wowed us with some melancholy Latin/Spanish-ish picking and singing. Luis supplied PA and thanks go out to him as well as festival organizer Vanessa S. Some other performers were members of the Gotham Songwriters Robert and Annie C. I was a little nervous earlier in day but started off with my ha