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Ronan Tynan, The Irish Tenor, In Wolfeboro, NH, Aug. 7, 2015 Was But TOWERING Virtuosity!

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>> Glenn Miller Orchestra.
>> Jonathan Edwards & Marina Evans.
>> “Best of Broadway”.
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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His voice SOARED. It, at times, was primeval. It had the intensity of a lion. You could feel the Viking blood that imbued the Irish centuries ago. Our dear friend, Dianne Monahan, an accomplished singer in her own right (with ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ for one), who knows her music and her English, called his voice ‘strident’. It sure was that. I loved it. I got to sit in the front row. His high notes make my body tingle. It was sublime. Yes, I know that there were a lot of complaints during the intermission that his voice, amplified, was too loud! Some claimed that the amplification caused it to break up and I heard the word ‘saturated’ being used. I cannot attest to any of that. Sitting in the front row I might have missed the worst of the amplification because of the way the speakers are positioned. I thought he was GREAT — in every way and in every sphere. Not the cat’s whiskers, but definitely a lion’s whiskers.

Yes, I am a sucker for any and all Celtic music and this was, indubitably, a class act. I was familiar with about 70% of his repertoire (done by others) and Ronan, to his credit, let me savor them in a different light. He is quite the entertainer. It is basically two shows in one — actually THREE shows in one because his piano accompanist, Billy (‘William’) Lewis is a magical, vastly gifted musician, worthy of being classed ‘peerless’. So it was Ronan Tynan of the blessed voice, Ronan Tynan the stand-up comedian & Billy Lewis the musical maestro. I would pay and go and listen to Billy on his own. I will have to look him up. Got to interact with him fleetingly before the show and I was struck by his humility. Such a nice guy.

I knew nada about Ronan prior to the show — and I missed, because I was supposed to be doing ‘security’ (which is kind of an oxymoron), his introduction. I noticed he limped and that he made a lot of jokes about his legs. It was only during the intermission that I learned that he is a double amputee, a bona fide orthopedic surgeon and the holder of numerous Paralympic records. An author too! He is quite the guy. Read up about him. He is inspirational. Start here on Wikipedia.

I relished every second of this unforgettable concert. Yes, it has been one great show after another — every week — all Summer BUT this was, nonetheless, still special, spectacular and scintillating. I am going to follow his music more.

People who complain that live concerts are loud kind of bug me. Concerts are supposed to be LOUD. If you like to modulate the volume stay at home and listen to your iPod. I love the vibration of loud concert music. When Matthew (now 23) was young he would drag me by my hand to stand in front of the huge 10′ monitors that ‘Seven Nations‘ would use in their incredible concerts — Loon Highland Games and in other places. The power of the sound waves coming out of those speakers made your teeth rattle. Now that was loud and we loved it. Yes, I have been going to loud concerts, with glee, since I was a teenager. And, oh yes, my ears must be shot, but jeez why come to a concert and talk about wearing ear plugs! I am sure Ronan probably has some choice words for people like that.

Two small gripes. I, knowing the Irish better than most, kind of thought that some of his ‘gushings’ were a tad too patronizing and as such, came across to a professional cynic as I, as being slightly ‘over the top’ (and I don’t want say more than that). Now, reading about him, I see that he has been blackballed for a supposed politically incorrect remark — and that would explain some of his cracks about Trump. That anybody would blackball this guy for remark like that is sad and bad. But I don’t think he needs to bend over backwards, as much as he does, to make up for being Irish to the core. The other thing that bothered me was his slight girth. He is a doctor. And yes, I gather you need some bulk to be able to have a voice like that — but he, to my untrained eyes, did not look a picture of health. That is sad. He loves his red wine and apple strudel. I can empathize. I love my red wine and apple ‘anything’ too — but not having been lucky enough to have been born Irish I am able to exercise something called moderation. And lets face it, it was the 2nd most famous Irishman, next to Ronan, Oscar Wilde, who said (and I am paraphrasing here): “I have terrific will power. I can resist anything but temptation”. I guess that must be Ronan’s thinking too. I am going to stop now. Moving into Oscar territory at this juncture might not be the best move for any of us. Moderation in all things — bar two (which is my motto).






“Glenn Miller Orchestra”, For “Great Waters”, Captivated Wolfeboro, NH, On July 31, 2015.

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>> Jonathan Edwards & Marina Evans.
>> “Best of Broadway”.
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Well, well, well. They made a believer out of me, and a few weeks away from my 62nd birthday, I, thanks to the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra“, suddenly find myself willing to believe that I might possibly like ‘Big Band’. Wow. That took some doing and that alone is testament to how good, compelling and even mildly titillating they were. Yes, there were ladies older than me going ‘ga ga’ like blushing teenagers over very suave band leader (and Director of Music) Nick Hilscher and I can’t even tell you the words used by one of the photographers present to describe what he thought of the female vocalist, Natalie Angst (and he expressed no angst in what he said). Though I did not get to meet them, and I really did want to, I gather there were close to 25 Word War II veterans who attended — gratis, since this performance was going to be free for any and all Word War II veterans. That alone was neat. WW II ended 70 years ago. So to be a WW II vet you have to be around 88 and older. The last WW II vet I knew personally, my very neat neighbor Milt Cram (who inspired me to buy a few shares of Apple in 2007 (pre-split) for around $3), has now been gone 8 years. Don’t think I know any others.

Growing up in Britain as I did you can’t escape Big Band and in particular Glenn Miller. But Big Band had never done much for me — until last night and the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra”. Yes, of course, I know all the timeless hits and like all good Brits tear up each and every time I hear “Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover” — and as somebody who used the ferries in/out of Dover on quite a regular basis, the White Cliffs are very real and poignant to me. Their rendition of the “Bluebirds” last night was UP THERE was EXQUISITE! Dare I even say it because this might be considered sacrilegious, but I like their rendition even better than Vera Lynn’s classic. I hope I am not going to be getting a letter from the Foreign Office saying that they have withdrawn my cherished British Citizenship for saying that. That could be beyond embarrassing. I would have to seek asylum (in every sense of the word) since that is the ONLY citizenship I have. But, I have to say that. I know that Vera wouldn’t mind. I wonder whether the lovely Natalie has ever heard of Vera?

It was quite the night. Kingswood Art Center was nearly packed. Some 600+ people I gather. And from what I heard they loved it. Right at the end an elderly couple, and they had to be past 70, got up and slowly and softly danced in the aisle. Wow. It was so touching. And I heard that from one of the ushers. How you could feel the audience’s connection with the music and the ‘band’. All very good. Great bunch of guys and Natalie was very sweet. The band members, despite their unmistakable talent — and the fact that they do about 300 shows a year — are very unassuming, carry their own ‘kit’ and set it up (and take it down) without any fuss or requests of assistance. Wow. I was impressed — and we did help out. It was fun.

For the ONLY time in my now 2 years of volunteering for Great Waters I took a book with me, inside my camera bag, because I thought I would end up being bored — and as a stagehand I needed to stay till the end. How wrong I was. Book never came out. The “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra” had me captivated and if they managed to do that, those that came to see them must have had an absolute TREAT. I wonder how many people knew that it was ‘National Orgasm Day‘! And it was.





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Jonathan Edwards Was Exhilarating & Marina Evans Mellifluous At Wolfeboro, NH, July 15, 2015 For “Great Waters”

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>> “Best of Broadway”.
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Jonathan Edwards absolutely galvanized a very appreciative crowd of around 230 folk, at Wolfeboro’s Anderson Hall, for ‘Great Waters‘, on Saturday, July 25, 2015. What an exceptional entertainer and performer — and he can sing too. He, at times, had me mesmerized and that takes some doing these days. I had heard, more than once, over the last 10 months, that ‘Jonathan Edwards’ was GOOD, v. good. Well he sure was. I felt very privileged to have been at this concert (and the fact that, as a stagehand, I got to interact with him and his delightful band on stage and backstage was an added bonus). I know that HE was the first act that “Great Waters” booked for 2015 — nearly a year ago. I gather he had played for them 5 years ago and had been a smash hit. Well he was a smash hit all over again. I am a fan. Gather he spent 10 years of his life, his ‘lost decade’, in the Caribbean before moving to Austin (which he did not realize was in Texas). He sure knows a lot of folks and the names he dropped were but a “who’s who” of the music scene over the last 40 years. Not 100% sure whether he actually played with Bob Marley but he implied he played a lot of Marley while he was in the “West Indies” (as we Brits like to call it). Well he did one Marley song. And this dude, with a white goatee, and mainly ‘light’ hair, from Maine (I gather), doing Marley gave me goose bumps! He is good. Did I already say that.

Man, have we lucked out with “Great Waters” this year. “Aztec, Two-Step“, when we still had 10′ of snow on the ground, was brilliant. “Devonsquare“, soon afterwards, with snow still on the ground”, was as good. Then we had the inimitable John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt. I was pretty sure that they could not be beat in 2015. I, yet again, was wrong and that bothers me none. Jonathan Edwards was a revelation. As with ALL of them, ‘Gorka’, ‘Cliff’, ‘Aztec’, I had never heard of him till “Great Waters”. I think that has to do with me being in Britain in the 1970s and half of 1980. My folk heroes were British: Steeleye SpanLindesfarne in the main — and I would go to multiple concerts, by each, every year.

And then we had a BONUS. Marina Evans from Massachusetts. She did an “Alison Krausseque” 30-minute opening gig for Jonathan (and Deanna and I have met Alison, in NH, in her PJs, and I kid you not). She is good. Very compelling and will make you tap your feet whether you want to or not. She was a revelation. I thought she came with Jonathan. Appears that that was not the case. It was the first time that they had met. So it would appear “Great Waters” arranged this inspired pairing. I am sure she will be back with “Great Waters”, with her own show, in the next few years. She definitely gathered quite a fan base at the concert. Her CDs were flying off the merchandise table.

So that was that. What a night. Jonathan, not heeding his wife’s ‘advice’ to keep it short, played for nearly two hours. So the concert didn’t finish till past 10pm. I would have been happy if he played for another 2 hours. He was that good. So we didn’t get away till about 11 pm though Jonathan’s band, to their credit, took care of all their equipment, and they had a fair amount.

Thank YOU, Mr. Edwards. Thank YOU, Marina (and I won’t call her Miss. Evans since I have a daughter older than her).




Jonathan’s extremely talented and fun band.


Jonathan sings barefoot and has a cute dog off stage.
His multifaceted drummer, who also plays guitar from behind the drums,
plays barefoot too — and MOREOVER plays a MARACA with his foot!
Given that I too get accused of having ‘monkey toes’ in that I can pickup
and use things with my toes, I found this very much to my liking.


Wolfeboro, NH Blessed With A Beauteous Broadside Of Broadway By “Great Waters Festival Chorus”, July 18, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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YouTube video of the “Tonight” Quintet
from “West Side Story”

Click to access. Also has the names of the soloists.



Lauren Jelencovich, the BRILLIANT soloist
(featured vocalist for Yani) [right],

Cathy Venable, pianist from Broadway [center]
& my 14-year old daughter, Devanee, soprano (for her 2nd year) [left].

Lauren Jelencovich, the Soloist

Lauren’s Website … click to access.



42nd Street, New York, NY was truly at Wolfeboro, New Hampshire last night, at the ‘Kingswood Arts Center‘, as the immensely talented and outlandishly enthusiastic “Great Waters Chorus & Orchestra” regaled an appreciative crowd of 500+ with the “Best of Broadway” and it was THE BEST. Though I have lived on a dirt road in New Hampshire for longer than I care to admit I am not a stranger to Broadway or Haymarket (sometimes having seen the same production in both places). And I have seen “42nd Street” in Broadway and “Titanic” (the musical) in Boston. So I know what to expect and what to look for. And we sure got our monies worth last night (though as a “Great Waters” volunteer, I luckily, did not have to pay though I would have gladly paid to see this). Full Disclosure. My 14-year old daughter, Devanee, my soprano (also of “Clearlakes Chorale” fame) was singing with this always festive Chorus (for her second year) and I knew some of the singers and the maestro conductor, Chris Shepard, from last year (not to mention the percussionist Dov Schiller, who also plays for “Clearlakes“). But, even if I put aside a fair chunk of bias this was still GREAT and there were upwards of 500 who would have agreed.

Wolfeboro is truly blessed when it comes to music. This was a masterclass performance with some genuine professional stars bolstering the giddily enthusiastic and committed amateurs. Everybody was having fun, before, during and after. It truly was festive. ‘Boston Pops’ in Wolfeboro. Another great success for “Great Waters” and its proud founder Dr. Gerry Mack, who was at hand to welcome and thank the audience and performers. I had a ball (as I invariably do). Devanee and I did not get home till 12:30 am. If you missed this concert make a note in your calandar for July 2016. They will be BACK. Rejoice.




Another YouTube Video. From “Titanic”.

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Click to access this 1:51 minute YouTube.


59 photos from the show made into a video montage, set to music,
“Lullaby of Broadway”.
This gives you a good feel of the show.

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“Best Of BroadWay” By “Great Waters Chorus & Orchestra” July 18, 2015 In Wolfeboro, N.H.

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>> BS&T.
>> BS&T Preview.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Click to ENLARGE and read. This is the official programme. I have the scoop here. Devanee is singing in the Chorus.


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Click here to get tickets.


This is the annual, much anticipated “Great Waters” chorus concert. The other concerts during the season done by “Great Waters” is when they host other performers. THIS is their ‘in-house’ show. This goes back to the origins of “Great Waters”. Choral music in the Summer for the good folks of Wolfeboro, N.H.

Devanee is singing with the Chorus for her second year. So, of course, we are pulling for this even more — though, of course, we are involved these days with all the GW concerts.

Last year was brilliant and I am NOT just saying that because Devanee sang with them. It was good and I think it was a packed house. This year should be great as well. Good selection of songs. I will get, as with “Clearlakes Chorale“, get to hear much of it before hand as I will be taking Devanee for rehersals and helping, most of the day Friday & Saturday, with setup.


“Blood, Sweat & Tears” In Wolfeboro, N.H., For “Great Waters”, On July 10, 2015.

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>> BS&T Preview.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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This was quite the concert. It was BIG in every way. The ‘Great Waters‘ BIG signature event for the year. BIG BAND! Nine people on stage plus a guest artist (the new drummer’s sister) and three or four tour management types. More equipment than I have ever seen and this was like the 20th concert I have worked as a stagehand for ‘Great Waters‘. We thought that dear Gordon Lightfoot (which was a great show) set the highwater mark when they came with a 53′ truck, packed to the gunwales, with equipment. This group that crisscrosses the globe doing concerts here, there and everywhere, on the other hand, travel light. They use drums and even some guitars rented locally and a full sound system, with TWO (2) 48-channel mixing boards — one of the audience the other for the stage — supplied locally. I have never seen or unloaded (and then re-load at 10:30pm) SO MANY monitors.

And it was BIG SOUND. It was loud as it is supposed to be. I liked it (and yes in my advanced age I am very likely going deaf). I have always liked loud music. But quite a few of those that had BOUGHT tickets and attended complained it was too loud! “Great Waters” even supplied, FREE, ear plugs and had a notice that the music would be loud. That all seems a bit strange and stupid to me. Why would you come to a concert like this IF you don’t like loud music? Why pay $50 or $80 to attend this concert and then use earplugs? Very strange people.

I will readily admit that I have never been a fan of BS&T. Yes, they are definitely of my era and 90% of the audience were around my age. Maybe it was because I was in Britain in their heyday. Plus, though Charlie Bird Parker’s son, Bird Jr., was my best friend when I lived in Paris 1968 – 1969, I have never been a great fan of brass. But there were 4 pieces I liked very much. The flue was a BONUS — shades of Jethro Tull. The new drummer (as of February 2015), from New Zealand, Dylan Eilse was awesome. It is said that he is the BEST drummer ever in the 40 year history of BS&T! His sister made a guest appearance on bass guitar. I got to chat with both. Very nice people. I also liked David Gellis, the lead guitarist. He is said to have been in the group 30 years. But you can see that he still loves every second of it. He was HAMMING for me when I was taking photos from the wings. That is cool! He was wearing a lovely shirt — but it probably cost more than my camera. I know he would have given it to me IF I had asked but I am still way TOO big.

It was a good experience. Some 600+ attended — in some cases paying some BIG bucks. They seem to love it — despite some complaining that it was too loud. They bopped, they cheered, they shouted. And that is all that matters. Making sure the punters are happy. Devanee and I, bar a 2 hour break, were at Kingswood from 11 am to 11pm. It was fun. Lot of work, but fun work. Nice people. That always makes the difference — though 96% of those that come to perform are VERY PERSONABLE.

I personally don’t get this BS&T ‘setup’. It is NOT the originals NOR is it a tribute band per se. Basically it is the latter. A tribute band. I personally think it would work BETTER if it was a tribute band and they emulated the originals, as much as they can, as did ‘1964‘ — the Beatles’ tribute band.

But, it was all good. We enjoyed it. 






“Blood, Sweat & Tears” Next Up For Great Waters, In Wolfeboro, N.H., Friday, July 10, 2015 — THE BIG ONE.

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>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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‘Recent’, i.e., Dec. 2014, performance by the latest reincarnation of BS&T — with Bo Bice doing the lead vocals. Click to access YouTube video.


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Click to ENLARGE. Current vs. Original members. No there are none of the originals in the band now. BS&T is a franchise. Bobby Colomby, one of the originals, OWNS the franchise.

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Click to ENLARGE. This, their very specific catering requirements for shows, appears on their (rather slipshod) Website under ‘Tour’. Thought you might enjoy it. Shame that they have never bothered to correct ‘etc.’. Big crew — 14. 9 band members (one more than the original).


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This Friday, July 10, 2015 concert, at Kingswood, Wolfeboro, N.H. (the first at that venue this year), as I wrote about in November 2014, is THE BIG ONE — the star event — for Great Waters for this season.

It is, from what I can see, going to be BIG in all fronts. 9 members in the band. A crew of 4 to 5. It will be quite the set-up and tear-down. It should be fun.

Was never a big BS&T fan. But maybe they will win me over. Of course I will tell you about it after the show.

Hope you can make it.


John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt, For Great Waters, In Wolfeboro, N.H., On July 3, 2015, Were Outstanding.

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>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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This, on a Friday, on the eve of the 4th of July, proved to be one heck of a concert. It was compellingly melodic. The music, with easy to follow lyrics, was extremely pleasing to the ear. Twangy and catchy. This was the 5th “Great Waters” concert of 2015 and we have been privileged to some fine music — but the guitar play by these two maestros, longtime friends, took the cake. I was very glad to be there to experience it and also have the chance to talk to these two extremely charming — and hugely talented — gentleman. I sometimes feel so lucky. And I found out, while chatting with Cliff Eberhardt that we had all lucked out. This is NOT a duo. They just get together for a week, in the Summer, and do joint concerts. And this was that week. So, in essence, we got two gifted musicians, each a solo artist in their own right, performing together. And it was good. They both have a tremendous sense of humor.

It was not a large crowd, the looming 4th probably having something to do with it. But most in the crowd knew these two and their music. That was good. They were both new to me BUT they now have a follower. It was a great way for us to kick off this long weekend. What a thrill. Thank YOU John. Thank YOU Cliff.


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‘Red Molly’, Female Trio, Next Up At ‘Great Waters’, At Wolfeboro, Anderson Hall, On Friday, June 26, 2015 — 7:30pm.

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>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.
>> 2015
Season preview.

>> 2014 Volunteer Cruise

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Two relatively ‘recent’ YouTube videos of “Red Molly“.
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This is one of the 2015 “Great Waters” concerts that have been on our radar — though more than likely we will be at all of them (I already having helped out at the 3 that have taken place already).

I checked out all the groups as soon as I got the schedule. ‘Red Molly‘ sure sounded good.

I listened to two YouTubes (above) and some tracks on their Website. Yes, my time of music. Folk-rock. That they cover one of my favorite songs, “Homeward Bound“, was a bonus. 

And they have a Dobro player. I love the sound of a Dobro. Yes, that we are “lifelong” Alison Krauss (& Union Station) is a fact. Yes, we have even got to meet Alison (in her PJs) and the members of Union Station. Yes, we do have contacts.

Looking forward to this concert. See you there.


‘Devonsquare’, For ‘Great Waters’, At Wolfeboro, Anderson Hall, On June 5, 2015 Was Good, Probably Very Good.

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>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.
>> 2015
Season preview.

>> 2014 Volunteer Cruise

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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They definitely were GOOD. They might even have been VERY GOOD. I was suffering from a terrible cold, the first one I have had in 4 years, and was not feeling well. So I really could not do them justice in terms of my appreciation. Plus I was not familiar with their work. They definitely have a following and some of their fans were there. They sure appreciated what they heard.

I will say this. They produced the most exquisite guitar notes I have heard in a long time. Very sumptuous and rich. Perky. Reminded me of the clarity and robustness of a really decent red wine. This was my 5th performance at Anderson Hall and it was the best sound quality I have heard there — by a long chalk.

That said I am not sure, and I could be wrong, that Anderson Hall was the best venue for their kind of music. For a ‘Trio’ (as they still call themselves) PLUS 1 they have a lot of sound equipment. So having the stage and full sound deck at the back helped BUT I think they are better suited for a more intimate setting. Lets face it, they are a folk group. I would have loved to have seen them at “Inn On Main“. That would have been a great venue for them and the relatively small audience we had. 

I would definitely like to see them again — when I am not ‘dying’. As ever VERY nice people. I got a chance to talk to two of them after the show, a long conversation with Robby Coffin. I had to ask him about his name. He was very nice about it. He has a nickname ‘Pine Box’. He is from Rockland, Maine — a place I am very familiar with given that Deanna is from Cushing, just down the road. Deanna did not make it to the show. She was volunteering at the Alton Central School (ACS) semi-formal dance that Devanee was attending. Mr. Coffin obviously knew Cushing and some people there. Denanna would have enjoyed talking to him.