Sunday, July 23, 2017

THE FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE

Only played three songs this weekend, but Oh what a treat it was! I met Katie Hastings and her family when she was thirteen. She is thirty now, and over the years Siobhan and I have become quite close to her family and her. About a month ago, she emailed me and asked Siobhan and me to play the father/daughter dance at her wedding. When she went off to college, her father secretly left behind in her dorm room a copy of the lyrics to “Forever Young.” She decided this would be their father/daughter dance. However, instead of a recording of Bob Dylan or Rod Stewart, she wanted to surprise her dad by having Siobhan and me play the song for them. Well, her surprise worked. Jim, her dad, not known for displaying his emotions, was blown away, and I was glad Siobhan and I were able to be the catalysts. Originally scheduled to only play “Forever Young,” we were asked to come back later in the evening to play two of our songs, favorites of the Hastings family. Jim and Margie, Katie’s parents, were celebrating their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary the next day; so, we played “Seasons with You,” one of Margie’s favorites. We followed it up with “When You Were Cute and I Had All My Hair,” a history of the Hastings family, and probably a history of many contemporary families in America. Much thanks to Katie and Matt for including us in their special day!

In reflecting, we will probably never play a father/daughter dance again, but it got me to thinking about all the various ways we have brought joy to the lives of people through music. We are so grateful to be able to do this, and we hope we can continue to do it for a long time. We are also grateful for all the wonderful friends we have met through music. Thanks for being in our lives. You’re the best!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS THE MICHAEL YACCI TRIO

Hey Folks,

This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to mySongwriter Notes.

On Thursday, 7/20, The Michael Yacci Trio (Mike Yacci, Bryan Maslin, and Paul Yacci) will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. If you have never seen the trio, you are in for some great original music. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Somebody’s Man”
”Changed the Spark”
”Leanne”
”One More Goodbye”
”I Lost My voice”

Want to know more about Michael Yacci?
Michael Yacci Official Web Site

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created five CDs, one for each of our four seasons. Each CD contains songs of the performers who appeared during that season. The requested donation for each CD is $10, and the proceeds go to the performers who are playing on the night of the donation. The CDs have gotten good reviews, and we hope they get passed around to let others know about the great talent we have appearing at this venue.

The concerts take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom

Here is a link to videos of performers playing in the Side Room. The videos will give you a feel of how much fun we have at each show. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:

The Brothers Blue, August 3
Steve Piper, August 17
Paulsen Baker and Chaapel, September 7
The Cadleys, September 21
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary, October 5
Tom Whitmore, October 19
Loren Barrigar, November 2
John Dady, November 16
Kerry Regan, December 7
Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henri, December 21
Gordon Munding, January 4
John Carter, January 18
Fred Vine, Lynn Pigage, and Alex Vine, February 1
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, and Perry Cleaveland), February 15
Brian Ayers and Mike Nelson, March 1
Connie Deming, March 15
Warren Paul, April 5
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, April 19
Scott Regan, May 3
Jeff Riales, Mike Wittek, and Dana Fine, May 17
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Tim Pitcher), June 7
Ben and Rita Proctor (members of Crooked North), June 21
Joe Rickard (AKA Joemama), July 5

Friday, July 14, 2017

WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN THE STARS ALIGN

Sometimes the stars align, and magic occurs with music. Back in the 1980s, I played music at Gilhooley’s, a bar in East Rochester. Dan McManus, a class act when it comes to bar owners, was the owner, and Siobhan and I often reminisce about the great times we had working for Dan.

Well, yesterday, when we went to set up our equipment at The Timber Creek for our monthly happy hour, Dan and Al, Dan’s long-time side kick, were sitting at the bar. We hadn’t seen Dan in years, and it seemed like yesterday when we started talking. Dan and Al called their wives and several friends, and soon a group descended on The Timber Creek for our happy hour. From the first song, we engaged in a sing-along of some of the old favorites from the Gilhooley days, and the magic in the air brought me to that great high that music often brings. Music is just like fishing. Most of the time, you catch a lot of sunfish, but every once in awhile, a big lake trout comes along, and it’s a blast reeling it in.

Thanks to Dan, Bonnie, Al, Linda, and their friends for making this Timber Creek happy hour a memorable one. Thanks to Susie and Hillbilly for giving us this neat little spot to play our music. Thanks to Jill for taking good care of our friends who came to the Timber Creek. Thanks for supporting our music and hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, July 10, 2017

THE FENNELLY FAMILY PICNIC

I love all kinds of venues, and one of the ones that gets little public exposure is the backyard family picnic. Siobhan and I have done several over the years, and some of the most memorable ones were the Crudele Fish Party, the Otto Family Picnic, and the Yarger Memorial Golf Scramble. In fact, the Crudele Fish Party inspired the writing of "Home Town." For the past several years, Siobhan and I have played the Fennelly Family Picnic, a beautiful event just a little south of Canandaigua. Most family events follow a certain format, and yesterday was no exception. After arriving at the Fennelly Homestead and catching up on some news, we started up our tunes at about 3 PM. We played until Maryann and Erin’s delicious food was ready, and we all delighted in their salads, mac and cheese, burgers, and hot dogs. Following dinner, the best part of this event occurred for me. We gathered around in a circle, as we always do, and shared stories well into the evening. I love listening to the voices of people telling their stories because they always give me a new perspective on life with regards to empathy and compassion, something we all need to develop. Much thanks to the Fennelly Family for having us become part of their family! Hope there are many more Fennelly events!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

OPEN MIC AT BREW AND BRATS

Another fun night at the open mic at Brew and Brats! Thanks to Jay Sharman for joining us and adding such great percussion to our show! Thanks to the following players for contributing to this good time: Jimmy Gleason, Jack Jones, Bob Dugan, George Scherer, Tom MacAllister, Ed Loesch, Donna Star, and David Snaith. Thanks to John and Katie Brahm and John and Sherry French for developing this great venue for everyone to enjoy. Finally, thanks to all of you who were there to support the music. You’re the best! Today it’s Fennelly Fest, a great family picnic, and tomorrow it’s playin’ tunes as we sit by the dock of the bay at the Braddock Bay Tavern and Grill! Check out for more details about these shows! Thanks for supporting our music and have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS JOE RICKARD (AKA JOEMAMA)

Hey Folks,

This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to mySongwriter Notes.

On Thursday, 7/6, Joe Rickard ( AKA Joemama)will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. Joe, originally from this area, moved south many years ago and has become a well-known singer/songwriter throughout the Florida Keys. If you have never seen Joe, you are in for some great original music. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Love This Country USA”
”Take That Cell Phone and Shove It”
”No Scum Allowed”
”Bottle Up and Go”

Want to know more about Joe?
Welcome to Joemama Music

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created five CDs, one for each of our four seasons. Each CD contains songs of the performers who appeared during that season. The requested donation for each CD is $10, and the proceeds go to the performers who are playing on the night of the donation. The CDs have gotten good reviews, and we hope they get passed around to let others know about the great talent we have appearing at this venue.

The concerts take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom

Here is a link to videos of performers playing in the Side Room. The videos will give you a feel of how much fun we have at each show. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:

The Michael Yacci Trio (Mike Yacci, Paul Yacci, Bryan Maslin), July 20
The Brothers Blue, August 3
Steve Piper, August 17
Paulsen Baker and Chaapel, September 7
The Cadleys, September 21
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary, October 5
Tom Whitmore, October 19
Loren Barrigar, November 2
John Dady, November 16
Kerry Regan, December 7
Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henri, December 21
Gordon Munding, January 4
John Carter, January 18
Fred Vine, Lynn Pigage, and Alex Vine, February 1
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, and Perry Cleaveland), February 15
Brian Ayers and Mike Nelson, March 1
Connie Deming, March 15
Warren Paul, April 5
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, April 19
Scott Regan, May 3
Jeff Riales, Mike Wittek, and Dana Fine, May 17
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Tim Pitcher), June 7

Friday, June 9, 2017

SINGER/SONGWRITERS IN THE SIDE ROOM PRESENTS CONNIE DEMING

Hey Folks,

This blog started out giving you posts of the songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music for my original songs. As with many things, it has gone in new directions. So, if you just started reading my post and are interested in my original material, here is a link to mySongwriter Notes.

On Thursday, 6/15, Connie Deming will be our guest in the Side room at Buffalo Bill’s. If you have never seen Connie, you are in for some great original music. Take a look at the videos listed below, and see for yourself!
”Across the Table”
”Water”
”She Said”
”Where They’re Singing Still”
”Look at You”

Want to know more aboutConnie?
Connie’s Interview with Jeff Spevak

The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created five CDs, one for each of our four seasons. Each CD contains songs of the performers who appeared during that season. The requested donation for each CD is $10, and the proceeds go to the performers who are playing on the night of the donation. The CDs have gotten good reviews, and we hope they get passed around to let others know about the great talent we have appearing at this venue.

The concerts take place on the first and third Thursdays of every month in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY. The show runs from 7 to 9 PM. To learn more about Buffalo Bill’s, check out their site right here:
Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom

Here is a link to videos of performers playing in the Side Room. The videos will give you a feel of how much fun we have at each show. Check them out!

Hope you can join us!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:

Joe Rickard (AKA “Jomama”), July 6
The Michael Yacci Trio (Mike Yacci, Paul Yacci, Bryan Maslin), July 20
Gabe Schliffer and Friends, August 3
Steve Piper, August 17
Paulsen Baker and Chaapel, September 7
Loren Barrigar, September 21
Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, and Fran Cary, October 5
Tom Whitmore, October 19
The Cadleys, November 2
John Dady, November 16
Kerry Regan, December 7
Michael George, Perry Cleaveland, and Doug Henri, December 21
Gordon Munding, January 4
John Carter, January 18
Fred Vine, Lynn Pigage, and Alex Vine, February 1
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, and Perry Cleaveland), February 15
Brian Ayers and Mike Nelson, March 1
The Crooked North (abridged, Rita and Ben Proctor and friends) March 15
Warren Paul, April 5
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, April 19
Scott Regan, May 3
Jeff Riales, Mike Wittek, and Dana Fine, May 17
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Kathryn Koch, and Tim Pitcher), June 7