Saturday, January 2, 2016



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 "The Right Thing to Do," 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, 1/7, Fred and Alex Vine will be our performers in the “Side room” at Buffalo Bill’s. They will be presenting their original material. I hope Fred’s impressive bio entices you to come to their show!

“As a singer and guitar player, Fred Vine is a familiar name at coffeehouses, festivals and clubs throughout upstate New York. He is a native of Rochester, NY.

Fred is primarily a folk blues player. His finger-picking and bottleneck slide blues are expressive
and accomplished. His musical tastes are eclectic. Using a traditional finger-style technique, he expands his repertoire to include dazzling arrangements of jazz, ragtime, original and contemporary songs.

Fred has the talent and open-mindedness to be flexible with whatever audience he is working with… "Really what I do is go in and make sure that everybody has a good time".

Fred fell in love with the guitar when he first picked it up at age twelve. With the sound of the Beatles in his head, he began teaching himself by ear. Later in his career, Fred studied jazz with renowned Rochester guitarist Dick Longale. He also broadened his knowledge by taking Music Theory at the Hochstein School of Music.

Among his many influences are Rev. Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Muddy Waters, Chet Atkins and Duke Ellington. As an electric guitar player in rhythm and blues bands during the 70's, Fred had the opportunity to share the stage with legendary performers including Muddy Waters. Recently as a solo act he has shared the stage with John Hammond, Dave Van Ronk and Guy Davis at the 12 Corners Coffeehouse. Fred's passion for the music inspired him to research it. He developed "The History of Blues and Jazz," a presentation designed for continuing education. He also teaches guitar.

Fred has recorded two CD's. "Mister Freddie Blues" is a collection of solo acoustic blues and jazz including two live tracks from a 12 Corners Coffeehouse performance. "Cruising on the Belle" is a mixed bag of folk songs he plays on board the tour boat "The Colonial Belle" on The Erie Canal. His music can be heard on theWITR (89.7 FM in Rochester) radio show "Bad Dog Blues.”

For this show, Fred will be joined by his son, Alex, an up and coming singer/songwriter and guitar player.

Here is a video of Fred playing one of his songs, “Who’s Who of the Blues.”
To learn more about Fred, 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 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 on January 7!
All the best,

Siobhan and Frank

Upcoming Shows:

Eva and the Dog Boys (Elaine Verstraete, Tom (T-Bone) Farley John Denniston), January 21
John Carter, February 4
The Maria Gillard Trio (Maria Gillard, Elaine Verstraete, Perry Cleaveland), February 18
Brian Ayers, March 3
Joe Dady of the Dady Brothers and Perry Cleaveland, April 7
The Stid Hill Stompers (Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, Fran Cary), April 21
Scott Regan, May 5
Jeff Riales, May 19
The Healing Committee (Alan Whitney, Tim Pitcher, Cathryn Koch), June 2
Connie Deming, June 16
Lisa Winter, July 7
The Michael Yacci Trio (Mike Yacci, Paul Yacci, and Bryan Maslin), July 21
Eddie Lee and Closing Time, August 4
Steve Piper, August 18
Leslie Lee and Steve Gretz and Perry Cleaveland, September 1
Paulsen and Baker Band (John Paulsen, Keith Baker, and Tim Chaapel), September 15
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, October 6
Tom Whitmore of Watkins and the Rapiers, October 20
The Cadleys, November 3
John Dady of the Dady Brothers, November 17
Kerry Regan, December 1
Gordon Munding, December 15

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