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
On Thursday, 3/20, Jim Clare will be our guest performer at the “Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room” concert series. Siobhan and I first met Jim a few years ago at “Tunes By The Tracks,” a concert series Jim runs with Cathy McGrath and Allen Hopkins in the meeting room at the Clifton Springs Library in Clifton Springs, NY. Jim, Cathy, and Allen have been a great help to Siobhan and me in developing our own concert series at Buffalo Bill’s. Jim’s sense of humor is second to none, and it, along with his self-deprecating manner, really draws his audience to him. Jim, a native of Waterloo, NY, only returned to the Finger Lakes Region in recent years after a long and interesting journey around the globe. After graduating from St Lawrence University where he learned to play guitar, Jim joined the Navy and became a fighter pilot. In between flying missions, Jim managed to get in a few gigs in with some navy buddies who were also into folk music. After his stint in the Navy, Jim was headed to Denver to fly for United Airlines, but music kidnapped him and took him to Aspen where he wound up playing bass in Swamproot, one of the hottest bands in Aspen for several years. Two members of Swamproot, John Sommers and Bobby Mason, went on to bigger platforms in the music world. John, the author of “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” went on to play with John Denver for several years, and Bobby became a member of Starwood, another great band that came out of Aspen during those years. From the late 1970s until the early 1990s, Jim’s involvement with music was somewhat minimal. Then, Jim met Mark Teachey at a jam in Wilmington, NC. The two connected and formed a business of composing and recording personalized children’s songs. Their company, StarCatcher, grew, and they eventually sold it to KidMusic, a very successful firm who markets their songs. Jim eventually made his way back to the Finger Lakes Region, and he currently lives in Canandaigua. His passion for writing songs has not diminished a bit, and you will see this if you attend his show. For this show, Jim will have Perry Cleaveland (mandolin, fiddle, and vocals) joining him. Perry, like Jim, is a down-to-earth guy who really knows how to have fun with an audience. I am sure the two will have you doubled over at times. I’ll have more details about Jim as we get closer to the show, but if you have the time, check out these videos of Jim doing some of his original material.
"Old Faded Picture"
"Jumpin’ Sam Patch"
Now, if you want to know more about Jim and his interesting, creative endeavors, here is a link to his web site. Hope you can join us for the show!
The concert is free, but we do ask for donations to support our performers. Siobhan has created two Cds, each a compilation of season one and two. 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 concert takes place on the third Thursday 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
Maria Gillard, Perry Cleaveland, and Elaine Verstraete were our guests in February. To give you a feel of the setting of these concerts, here is a video of the trio doing one of Maria’s songs, “Steady Woman.”
If you would like to see videos of the other performers who have taken the stage at “Singer/Songwriters in the Side Room” concerts, check out this link:
Videos of Performers in the Side Room
Hope you can join us on March 20!
All the best,
Siobhan and Frank
Scott Regan, Apr. 17
John Dady, May 15
Bonnie Abrams and Allen Hopkins, Jun. 19
Jed Curran, Jul. 17
Steve Piper, Aug. 21
Marc Black, Sept. 18
Rick Hoyt and Cool Club, Oct. 16
Connie Deming, Nov. 20
Eva and the Dog Boys, Dec. 18
Jeff Riales, Jan. 15
The maria Gillard Trio, Feb. 19