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 "Crystals," one of my original songs. You can read about the song’s history, review the lyrics, and listen to the song. If you want to add the song to your playlist, you can download it at Amazon or iTunes.
On Thursday, 5/21, Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland will be our performers in the “Side room” at Buffalo Bill’s. If you don’t know either of these guys, here’s a bit of info I snatched from the web.
“I have been playing music since I was in elementary school. Singing, banjo and guitar playing helped me earn money for college. Music is one of the great joys in life that we are able to experience. With a little know how and practice, you can participate in this lifelong creative way of life. Check out my menu of services that lists the instruments and topics that I teach
1) DISMANTLING THE "I CAN'T PLAY AN INSTRUMENT" BELIEF SYSTEM VIA THE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER- I love working with children and adults who believe that they are not "musical"or "talented". If you sit down with one of my mountain dulcimers, I promise that you will be playing a song and smiling within fifteen minutes. There are many people who have been taught negative, restrictive beliefs that have kept them from even trying to play an instrument. If you are one of these people, I invite you to contact me and move past this mental lock. Music is for everyone, no exceptions!
2) HOW TO PLAY THE ACOUSTIC FOLK GUITAR
3) HOW TO PLAY BLUEGRASS STYLE GUITAR
4) HOW TO PLAY FINGER PICKING STYLE GUITAR
5) HOW TO PLAY THE FIVE STRING BANJO
6) HOW TO PLAY THE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER
7) HOW TO PLAY HARMONICA
8) HOW TO BUILD A MOUNTAIN DULCIMER
9) BASIC MULTI TRACK SOUND RECORDING
10) SONGWRITING FOR THE BEGINNER-INSTRUMENTALS
11) SONGWRITING FOR THE BEGINNER-VOCALS
12) WORKSHOP: "CONSORTING"- MAKING MUSIC WITH NO TALENT REQUIRED!
13) WORKSHOP: HOW TO PLAY THE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER.
14) If you are an artist who is interested in deepening your emotional awareness and how it connects to your work, let's talk. Individual one hour counseling sessions are available at my office on 1580 Elmwood Avenue.”
“He is a SAMMY Award winning mandolinist who also adds lead and harmony vocals, fiddle, lead guitar and clawhammer banjo. Born in Louisville, Kentucky Perry emigrated to Syracuse, N.Y. and grew up in a household that hosted many bluegrass luminaries during his formative years. In his High School years, and continuing later, he began playing in a number of New York State Bluegrass bands including: Hard Times, Pleasant Valley, Bristol Mountain Bluegrass, Rosewood, John Rossbach & Chestnut Grove, The McCarthy Paisley Band, and Lost Time. He has performed for festivals, colleges, clubs, private parties, corporate events, arts centers, schools, town concerts, PBS/NPR affiliates: WCNY, & WXXI, and New York State Council on the Arts-sponsored events, including Arts in Education series’ under the auspices of Young Audiences of Rochester.
His innovative mandolin playing keeps him in demand as a recording session player throughout New York State having played on projects by many regional Bluegrass, Old Timey and Folk artists such as: Joe Davoli, Maria Gillard, John Cadley, Ted Lambert, John Stevens, Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand, Jim Clare, Northwater, The Atkinson Family, Lisa Bigwood, Rebecca Colleen & the Chore Lads, Meyer & McGuire Brian Coughlin, and those bands as previously listed. Perry recently shared a CD release with the Rochester's Impressario of 'Songwriters in the Round', Brian Coughlin, and, as well, is featured on a new project from Meyer & McGuire. He is currently working on a project of his own original melodies and musings.”
Want a feel for how these two will sound together? Here is a video of them doing one of Paul’s songs, “Sell the Banjo, Dad.”
To learn more about Paul, click here. To learn more about Perry, click here. 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 three CDs, one for each of our three 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 each 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
Scott Regan was our guest on May 7. To give you a feel of the setting of these concerts, here is a video of Scott and Perry Cleaveland doing "Blue, Blue Planet," one of Scott’s original songs.
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 May 21!
All the best,
Siobhan and Frank
Connie Deming, June 4
Jim Clare, Taylor Pie, and Perry Cleaveland, June 18
Bonnie Abrams and Allen Hopkins, July 16
Eddie Lee, August 6
Steve Piper, August 20
Mike Yacci, September 3
Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese, September 17
Tom Whitmore of Watkins and the Rapiers, October 1
Rick Hoyt and Cool Club, October 15
The Cadleys, November 5
John Dady, November 19
Kerry Regan of Watkins and the Rapiers, December 3
Gordon Munding, December 17
Eva and the Dog Boys, January 21
John Carter, February 4
The Maria Gillard Trio, February 18
Brian Ayers, March 3
Joe Dady and Perry Cleaveland, April 7
The Stid Hill Stompers, April 21
Scott Regan, May 5
Jeff Riales, May 19