Hope you all are staying warm! Siobhan and I just got back from spending an awesome week in Dallas visiting with Tom and Jeanne Murphy, good friends from Saugerties, NY, my home town. While we were there, I met up with Jim Atkinson, an old friend from Colgate, and I got to jam with him at the White Rock Sports Bar, a place where Jim hosts the Sunday Jam session. What a blast! Finally, I met up with Dave Smith, one of my former students from Canandaigua Academy, the high school where I taught English. What a neat coincidence it was to meet up with people from three significant stages of my life! It doesn’t get any better! Now, here’s what I have for you in this post.
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 my songwriter’s notes, lyrics, and music.
Frank’s Songwriter’s Notes, Lyrics, and Music
Last month, Siobhan and I did something we have not done in a long time. We hosted an open mic at Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill, an eatery and entertainment center behind the Arbor Hill Winery & Grapery in Naples, NY. What a blast it was! We are going to do it again this month, and The date, time, and address for this event can be found on our music schedule listed at the end of this message. Last month we had some great performances given by Harry, Keith, Bob Dugan, Mac Johnson, Joe Preston, and Tim Chaapel, and we’d like to see the list of performers grow. So, on February 8, Siobhan and I will be there again to run the sound. Of course, we will fill in the down-time with our music, but we hope to see many of you show up with your guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, harmonicas, etc. You can perform as a solo, and if you want some backup, we’ll find it for you. If you are not a player, come out and enjoy the food, beverages, and entertainment! Hope to see you there!
As always, thanks for supporting original music! Perry Cleaveland and Paul Swiatek put on a great show at the “Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room” concert in January. Siobhan will have a video of one of their songs from that show ready for my next update in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I just want to give you a little introduction to Maria Gillard, the songwriter who will open up season three of the “Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room” concert series at Buffalo Bill’s. Siobhan and I first met Maria in 1981, and the three of us just connected immediately. We often go through long stretches of time without seeing Maria, but when we see her, we pick up like it was yesterday. She is a natural on stage, and her genuine, sincere nature draws you to her. Her terrific personality is only enhanced when she picks up her guitar, and with her awesome voice, she delivers one of her powerful songs. For this show, Maria will have her trio with her, Perry Cleaveland (mandolin, fiddle, and vocals) and Elaine Verstraete (bass and vocals). Perry and Elaine, like Maria, are down-to-earth people who really know how to have fun with an audience. I’ll have more details about Maria as we get closer to the show, but if you have the time, check out these videos of Maria doing some of her original material.
”It Used to Be Darker”
”Must Be I’m in Love”
”Imagine My Surprise”
Now, if you want to know more about Maria and her interesting, creative endeavors, here is a link to her web site. Hope you can join us for the show!
Well, have to go for now. Below is a list of our dates for February. Hope to catch you at a show! Take care!
All the best,
Siobhan and Frank
Meyer and McGuire Web Site
Sat., Feb. 1: Sheridan’s Pub, 1551 Mt. Hope Ave. Rochester, NY, 7 PM to 10 PM, (585) 271-7777
Sun., Feb. 2: Buffalo Bill's, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY, 3 PM to 6 PM, (585) 289-4104 (Pre-Game Super Bowl Party)
Fri., Feb. 7: Rylie J’s, 38 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY, 6 PM to 9 PM, (315) 759-6050
Sat., Feb. 8:. Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill, 6461 Route 64, Naples, NY, 6 PM to 9 PM, (585) 374-2870 (Meyer and McGuire host the open mic, bring your guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, voice, etc.)
Sat., Feb. 15: Rio Tomatlán, 5 Beeman Street, Cdga., NY, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (585) 394-9380
Wed., Feb. 19: Tunes by the Tracks, Meeting Room at the Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Avenue, Clifton Springs, NY, 7 PM to 9 PM, (315) 462-7371 (With Guest Perry Cleaveland on Mandolin and Fiddle)
Thu., Feb. 20: Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room (a concert series), Presents Maria Gillard in the side room of Buffalo Bill’s Family Restaurant and Taproom, 19 Main Street, Shortsville, NY, 7 PM to 9 PM, (585) 289-4104 (no cover charge, but donations for performer gratefully accepted) (event produced by Meyer and McGuire, 585-394-8929)
Fri., Feb. 21: Finger Lakes Gifts and Lounge, 60 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY, 7 PM to 10 PM, (315) 759-5247 (With Guest Rick Hoyt on Mandolin and Guitar)