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 "Blue Highways," 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, 2/25, Maria Gillard, Perry Cleaveland, and Elaine Verstraete will be our performers in the “Side room” at Buffalo Bill’s. This engaging trio opens every Side Room concert series, and this year they are starting Season #5 for us. If you don’t know them, here’s some info I snatched from the web. Hope it entices you to come to the show!
“Maria Gillard is a talented singer, songwriter, and educator from the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Best known as a folk musician, she has grown to embrace a wider style range including jazz, swing, and blues. She leads the Maria Gillard Band, a four-piece Rochester-based swing/jazz band. She is also revered in folk and bluegrass circles, often toting a mandolin and singing impeccable harmonies.
Her compelling voice draws you into her lyrics which, when combined with memorable melodies, head straight for the heart. Maria’s songs offer wise, humorous, and sometimes painful observations on life and relationships. She tells stories through her music in ways that are soul stirring, evocative, contagious, lively and energizing. When you listen to Maria’s songs, you feel her heartache and, more often, her joy and delight at life’s experience. She has a warm, inviting, natural flair, which leaves audiences wanting more and coming back!
As an educator, Maria received a bachelor’s degree in Music from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. She is a music instructor and directs a vocal jazz ensemble at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York. She has worked for the Aesthetic Education Institute as a teaching artist, given concerts and held workshops in schools and nursing homes for many years. She teaches private voice, piano and guitar lessons in her home and has toured as a folk musician throughout the northeast
Perry Cleaveland 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.
Elaine (Eva) Verstraete Bassist and lead/tenor vocalist is a fast study. Elaine is in real life a respected illustrator and university faculty member, who draws from a wide-ranging musical background. She has a restless desire to sing almost anything and has drawn heavily from her strong family musical history. Known for her photogenic Germanic face, her athletic figure, and survivalist instincts, she leads by example. Eva draws from a wonderful musical experience with Lisa Bigwood and The Washday Band and is currently a member of Eva and the Dog Boys and one half of regional recording artists , birds-on-a-wire, with her close friend, Brooke Pevear.”
If you want a feel for the group’s sound, check out these videos:
Here is a video of the trio doing one of Maria’s songs, “It Used To Be Darker.”
Here is a video of the trio doing one of Maria’s songs, “Steady Woman.”
To learn more about Maria Gillard, 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 four 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.
With the exception of this concert, 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 February 25!
All the best,
Siobhan and Frank
Brian Ayers, March 3
Joe Dady of the Dady Brothers and Perry Cleaveland, April 7
Paul Swiatek and Perry Cleaveland, 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
The Stid Hill Stompers (Jack Jones, Kendall Paul Wilt, Fran Cary), 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
Eva and the Dog Boys, January 5
John Carter, January 19
Fred Vine, February 2