April through December 2018

The Sky Blue Boys team up with Danny Coane = Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers!

 Saturday, April 21 at 8 PM: The Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers!

 

The VT Bluegrass Pioneers is an exciting new band that unites the talents of three of Vermont’s veteran and best-known bluegrass musicians: brothers “Banjo” Dan and Willy Lindner – co-founders of the prolific and well-traveled Banjo Dan & the Midnite Plowboys, and who, since the band’s retirement, have continued their career as the multi-faceted Sky Blue Boys – and Danny Coane, guitarist and dynamic lead singer formerly with such bands as the Throbulators and the Radio Rangers, and, since 1998, with Vermont’s nationally award-winning honky tonk heroes, the Starline Rhythm Boys.

 

The three became acquainted in the 1970s, when they were among the first musicians playing bluegrass – a uniquely powerful, updated version of acoustic string-band music – in the hills of Vermont. In May 2016, after years of friendship and other musical pursuits, Danny, Willy, and Dan hit on the idea of – finally! – teaming up as the aptly named VT Bluegrass Pioneers.

Their audiences learned quickly that their ardor had never cooled. The Pioneers give a riveting performance. Still rooted in the hard-driving tradition of first-generation bluegrass, the three share lead and harmony vocals, and in a unique twist Dan and Danny, both of whom are commanding banjo players, alternate on that instrument and rhythm guitar, while Willy holds forth on mandolin. They are sometimes augmented by solid contributions on bass and fiddle.

 

As performers, the VT Bluegrass Pioneers “leave it all on the field” – or in this case, the stage. Decades in the making, this new band is an idea whose time has come. Check out their website at:  http://www.skyblueboys.com/pioneers/

 

The Michele Fay Band comes on Saturday, May 19th at 8 PM

 

The Michele Fay Band features original and Americana music that brings forth a comfortable groove of folk, swing, and bluegrass-influenced songs that are woven seamlessly together. Michele’s heart-felt lyrics are central to the ensemble, as she sings with a clear, authentic voice accompanied by guitar and banjo. Tim Price adds ideal melodic instrumentals on mandolin and guitar, while Kalev Freeman works his “lilting” fiddle. Michael Santosusso provides tenor harmonies and drives a dynamic beat with upright bass.

 

Her “crack backing band”, a perfect match for Michele’s talent as a singer-songwriter, adds to the charm and sincerity of these songs without detracting from their earnest messages.  Their repertoire provides a mix of understated originals and well-placed traditional covers, played and sung with relaxed polish, personality and taste.

 

The band’s performances are both energetic and unpretentious, appealing to a wide range of audience. Its growing musicianship is increasingly being well received throughout the region as it continues to gather its well-deserved recognition.

 

Seven Days Magazine comments on Michele’s 2015 CD Believe:

 

“On the newly released Believe, The Michele Fay Band serves up a suite of material that plays exclusively to their front woman’s best assets. With a mix of understated originals and well-placed traditional covers, played and sung with relaxed polish, personality and taste, the record is easily the band’s strongest to date.” More can be found out at www.michelefayband.com

Sat. August 18: Alex Smith at 8 pm

 

Check him out at www.alexsmithlonglakemusic.com/

 

Sat. September 22: Randy, Leslie and Rik at 8 pm

Laslo Cameo (Randy Bulpin and Leslie Campos) meets Rik Barron.

 

Check them out at http://www.laslocameo.com/

          And at http://rikbarron.com/

Sat. October 13: Hiroya Tsukamoto at 8 pm

Sat. November 3: Cookie's Hot Club at 7:30 pm

Sat. December ???: TBA