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TONITE! 6 – 9 PM! AT THE CROWNE PLAZA PUB, DOWNTOWN PITTSFIELD

HEADS UP!   EVERYBODY!  Tonite 6 – 9 pm  Crowne Plaza Pub

ANNOUNCING THE RETURN OF        RICK MARQUIS

THE DOSSERS-ricky-gene-bill__1 (2)

    ON VOCALS, BANJO, MANDOLIN, GUITAR & GENERAL MAYHEM !

INDEED, ‘TIS TRUE!   Ricky is back!   Don’t miss his first nite back !

                             TONITE! At the PUB AT THE CROWNE

                                                THE DOSSERS!

                   With gene christy, bill morrison, and rick marquis !

      Crowne Plaza   Park Square    downtown Pittsfield     6 – 9 pm

BRING YOUR FRIENDS, BRING YOUR RELATIONS!  WE’RE A TRIO ONCE MORE!

IT’LL BE LIKE – DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN !

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA ! 30

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA No. 30
songs of a coal miner’s son
====
A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS
With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode thirty . . .

For sheer exuberance, it’s hard to match Andy Kelly! With a guitar strapped over his shoulder, his fingers flying, and his feet dancing, and his voice carrying the band with him—and his eclectic tastes—which make him a one-man museum of musical lore—

Well, why don’t we find out for ourselves what the magic is all about?

ANDY KELLY & GUITAR ANDY KELLY HIMSELF

So, I did! I went around on a beautiful Sunday evening, in June, up to the Lodge on the Lake, on the 22nd—and recorded Andy Kelly live with one of his bands—just one of them at a time!—the Berkshire Dance-Kings!

ANDY KELLY'S BERKSHIRE DANCE-KINGS

So, it’s with great pleasure that I introduce The Berkshire Dance-Kings!

as our Featured Artist of the Week, here on

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

Located on your online dial at genechristy.com.

So, let’s start the party with the Dance-King’s opening number from the night of the 22nd__

ROUTE 66

Route 66—what a way to go!

First stop!—the “Berkshire” Bar & Grille! where we can find posted on the back wall__the lineup!

ANDY KELLY__ LEAD VOC & ELEC LEAD GUITAR
DAVE HEALEY ON BASS & VOCALS
JOHN HADDAD ON DRUMS
BEN KOHN ON KEYBDS YAMAHA ELEC PIANO PLUS VOCALS
WOODY STROBECK ON TROMBONE

And the party rolled on with a hit song by none other than Sinatra himself—as interpreted here by the smooth-as-glass vocal of piano man Ben Kohn!

FLY ME TO THE MOON

Do I remember this song? Do I ever! We had it on our set-list back in ’61 when I was playing and singing it myself with a little pick-up band—I mean, they literally picked me up and I rode to the gig with my big black 120-bass acoustic 1956 Excelsior, which provided the keyboards for the evening, for company—in the back end of a pick-up truck! I was fifteen (15) years old! That night we traveled down Rte 28 to the Stardust Lounge in Reading, Massachusetts—and the memories we made!—there, and at The Riverview, out on the Lowell Boulevard, on the shores of the Merrimack River!—wow!

In those days, we seldom rocked out—the other guys in the quartet were a lot older than me—we weren’t “allowed” to play Rock’n’Roll!–but Andy Kelly—who’s a little younger than I am—

ANDY IMPROVISING ANDY IMPROVISING

in addition to being a jazz aficionado—–is a veteran rocker! Listen to this!

ROCKIN’-OUT MEDLEY! JAILHOUSE ROCK / SPLISH-SPLASH!

I love the beat-the-band vocal by Andy singing out front and charging into that party-up! anthem. Andy’s fearless!—he’s takin’ on Elvis and Bobby Darin both in the same medley!

ANDY’S NEWEST FAN IS FROM DOWN SOUTH! ANDY KELLY'S NXT GENERATION

Just for a change of pace—did I once say Andy is nothing if not eclectic?—as well as electric! Let’s check it out when Andy decides to lead John Haddad down Caribbean-way into reggae waters—

I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW

Andy did ask me one favor—he said don’t forget to mention my all-time favorite Irish screen legend—

ANDY KELLY'S FAVORITE IRISH MOVIE STAR_MAUREEN O'H

Ah, indeed! Maureen O’Hara!

Now Berkshire County USA – – is nothing if it ain’t country!—as you can hear for yourself from the lips of a patron on the evening of the 22nd—and Andy Kelly was ready, willing and able to fulfill his wish!

HEY GOOD-LOOKIN’

WE SUPPORT LIVE & LOCAL!_n

GET OUTTA YOUR HOUSE! SHUT OFF THAT TV! GO SEE –AND HEAR – SOME OF THE AWESOME LIVE MUSIC BEING PERFORMED IN YOUR TOWN OR CITY OR COUNTY OR NEIGHBORHOOD—find your own Berkshire Dance-Kings!

We haven’t heard the last of Andy Kelly—not by a long-shot—stay tuned right here to

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

And in a couple or three weeks time, Andy will be back with his other band—or one of them!—the Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors!

AND U DON’T WANNA MISS THAT!

Next up, next week, BOBBY SWEET & ANNIE GUTHRIE at the Spectrum in Lee—recorded live! right here at

genechristy.com

It’s the place to be! It’s TITANIC!

Meanwhile, visit the boys from the JP Murphy band at their own website at
http://www.jpmurphymusic.com/

Thanks again once more for being with us here at

https://genechristy.com/

. . . and remember, upcoming features will include such outstanding, notable, listenable performers as Tom Gardner, Dave Healey, and The Malibu Bros, this time with lovely lady lead vocalist Jeanne Laurin! Bill McElaney, currently back all the way from County Donegal and the streets of Dublin to the good ole USA after touring his home-base of Ireland—and of course—the summer season at Tanglewood, which this year, we will cover here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

@ genechristy.com

visit our friends:

Bobby Sweet at http://bobbysweet.com/

Rakish Paddy at http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

Eddie Dillon at http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

EDDIE DILLON WILL BE COMING TO THE BERSKHIRES THIS FALL! THAT’S IN THE AUTUMN OF THE YEAR! ALL YOU DEVOTEES OF THE CELTIC SCENE OUT THERE – WHO KNOW EDDIE AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TOURING CAST OF THE CLANCYS -STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS, TO BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE, HERE ON

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

And don’t forget

Jessica Roemischer at http://pianobeautiful.com/

And Robin O’Herin at http://www.robinoherin.com/

And Champagne Jam at champagnejam.org

You can also follow all the doings at Tara’s Tipperary Tavern at

http://www.tarasfamilypub.com/

titanic-poster-8 Fare thee well, Titanic!

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA ! 29

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA No. 29
songs of a coal miner’s son
====
A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode twenty-nine . . .

Well—it is indeed a pleasure to sit down to blogging today–

Because this group is, like, totally awesome!

D&E BEST
Welcome, Duffy & Erin!

One night I happened to drop in to the Marketplace Café & coffee shop reflections

(beautiful downtown Pittsfield’s version of Starbucks GOOD TIMES AT MARKETPLACE

—only better!—with live music –several nights a week!)—

So–one night I happened to drop in–and what did I behold but one of the most exciting live performances of the year by this husband-and-wife team of Pittsfield school teachers, who moonlight as a cover band—and deserve, believe me, the widest possible audience!

So, it’s with great pleasure that I introduce Duffy & Erin!

D&E BIZ CARD

as our Featured Artist of the Week, here on

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !
Located on your online dial at genechristy.com.

With a couple of guests sitting in—

a very special guest! A VERY SPECIAL GUEST!

well, you’ll see—we have, as usual, pictures and audio tracks and more! So, let’s start the party with Duffy & Erin’s rendition of the Don Henley tune,

BOYS OF SUMMER

Mike’s brother, Glenn Duffy, also sat in that night on keyboards–

GLENN AT THE KEYBOARD GLENN! — A KEY PLAYER IN THE ENSEMBLE!

And the party rolled on with a hit song by Aviici–

HEY BROTHER

MIKE DUFFY MIKE IN GREEN

I MIGHT AS WELL JUST SHUT UP—and let you guys listen to this—with Glenn Duffy workin’ out strong on the keys on Daft Punk’s

GET LUCKY

I love the steamy vocals by Erin and Mike singing together—their timing is acute, their voices compliment, each-one for the other—it’s harmony!—so beautiful to see in a husband-and-wife team!—tight! But then good friend David Plante stepped up to the mike for an old favorite, to duet with his buddy Mike, on Simon and Garfunkel—

SOUNDS OF SILENCE

For one of the “other” generation, like myself, it was pure bliss!

DUFFY & DAVID DUFFY AND DAVID

Berkshire County USA – – blessed with bands you can dance to!—and!—how would you like to have Duffy and Erin in your school system! SINGING MOODY BLUES!

STORY IN YOUR EYES

Did I tell you I saw the Moody Blues in person way Bach when?—at the Orpheum in Boston—1968!—when they rolled onto the stage a something called a mellotron—back then, it was bigger than the guy who played it—you couldn’t see him sitting behind it!—an early precursor of what came to be known as the synthesizer! So, how awesome to find out, from Duffy and Erin, that the great masterworks of music in our time roll on from generation to generation—and genius will out in the end!

live_local_bands_musicians_berkshires_western_ma SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSICIANS!

GET OUTTA YOUR HOUSE! SHUT OFF THAT TV! GO SEE –AND HEAR – SOME OF THE AWESOME LIVE MUSIC BEING PERFORMED IN YOUR TOWN OR CITY OR COUNTY OR NEIGHBORHOOD—find your own Duffy and Erin!

WE LIKE THE ONES WE GOT!

And you can hear them, and so many more, past and future, coming soon, no one-shot wonders, all worthy of return-and-repeat performance—there’s so much I just can’t get to all of it fast enough!

Tomorrow night going to see Bobby Sweet and Annie Guthrie at the Spectrum in Lee—Sunday night dance music by Country Club, with Jeanne Laurin singing lead, at the lodge on the lake—stay tuned, right here at genechristy.com for the next posting of

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

It’s the place to be!

TOMORROW NIGHT—SATURDAY NIGHT IN AMERICA!—WITH

BOBBY SWEET & ANNIE GUTHRIE 8 PM THE SPECTRUM IN

LEE, MA TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!

Bobby’s song “My Sweet” on ABC’s NASHVILLE!

Get Cowboys and Poets at CDBaby

Hey Sweet Music Fans,
So soon another Arlo Guthrie tour comes to an end. We had a great time on the “Here Comes The Kid(s) tour, and it’s great to be back home! Now that I’m back in The Berkshires, I’ll be sending more regular updates on my local shows, and look forward to seeing you.

Saturday, 6/28 8:00pm The Spectrum Playhouse w/Annie Guthrie.
Annie and I will be sharing the stage in an informal and intimate concert at The Spectrum Playhouse, located at 20 Franklin Street, in Lee, MA. The Spectrum is a beautiful stone church, converted into a performance space. For tickets and info call (413) 395-5023. SpectrumPlayhouse
The Spectrum Playhouse is a multi-purpose performance space hosting professional performing artists, theatre productions, concerts, lectures and more. Its primary mission is to develop the performing and visual arts talents of young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and other learning differences.
The former St. George’s Church at 20 Franklin Street in Lee, MA has undergone a transformation into the Spectrum Playhouse, Community Center and Joyous Studios. A proceeds generated from Spectrum Playhouse events benefit the creative development of young adults with learning differences.

Arlo Guthrie’s “Here Come the Kids” tour Live Album.
For you Arlo fans: Rising Son Records has just released a two CD live album from the tour. Get it at RisingSonRecords.

July dates coming soon…..Thanks for supporting live music!

Love & Peace- Bobby

Meanwhile, visit the boys from the JP Murphy band at their own website at

http://www.jpmurphymusic.com/

Thanks again once more for being with us here

AT https://genechristy.com/

Coming up next week—Andy Kelly’s Dance-Kings! Don’t miss it!

. . . and remember, upcoming features will include such outstanding, notable, listenable performers as Tom Gardner, Dave Healey, and the Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors—as well as return visits from The Malibu Bros, this time with lovely lady lead vocalist Jeanne Laurin, Bill McElaney, currently back all the way from County Donegal and the streets of Dublin to the good ole USA — and of course—the summer season at Tanglewood, which this year, we will cover here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

@ genechristy.com

visit our friends:

Bobby Sweet at http://bobbysweet.com/
Rakish Paddy at http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

Eddie Dillon at http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

EDDIE DILLON WILL BE COMING TO THE BERSKHIRES THIS FALL! THAT’S IN THE AUTUMN OF THE YEAR! ALL YOU DEVOTEES OF THE CELTIC SCENE OUT THERE – WHO KNOW EDDIE AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TOURING CAST OF THE CLANCYS -STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS, TO BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE, HERE ON

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

And don’t forget
Jessica Roemischer at http://pianobeautiful.com/
And

Robin O’Herin at http://www.robinoherin.com/

And

champagnejam.orgnted variorish and a percussionist early on in life, he has

You can also follow all the doings at Tara’s Tipperary Tavern at

http://www.tarasfamilypub.com/

Titanic_with stormclouds_by_amadscientist Fare thee well, Titanic!

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA ! 28

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA No.28
songs of a coal miner’s son
====
A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode twenty-eight . . .

IN THE TUNNEL

That was Patrick Gray, Sr. – – words and music by Patrick Gray, Sr.

Born and raised in Williamstown, as a young man, Patrick Gray resided for quite a significant time, in Springfield, the largest city in Western Massachusetts—known the world over as the place where Dr Naismith invented basketball, and today the home of the national basketball Hall of Fame—

but I believe that Patrick Gray, Sr, himself,

PATRICK GRAY, SR

is one of the institutions of the Berkshires, in his own right–a native son that the hills have produced—as a folk performer, a storyteller, historian, singer/songwriter, chronicler of Celtic music, on many fine cds—and certainly one of the most fascinating and multi-talented individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting—and so, today’s

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !
Located on your online dial at genechristy.com.

is proud to present as our Featured Artist of the Week,

Patrick Gray, Sr

L TO R PAT JR & SR

seen here as part of his trio, the band called J.P. Murphy, alongside his son, Patrick Gray, Jr—the trio also includes

MICHAEL BURDICK ON PERCUSSION

Michael Burdick on percussion.

As an introduction to our listeners, readers and viewers out there, I cannot do better than to let Patrick speak for himself—and so, when I had a chance to interview him—I grabbed it!

You know, I said once, recently, that it’s truly a joy to spend your time traveling the Berkshires USA, listening to all the local bands—and never ceasing to be amazed that there is yet more out there!—waiting to be discovered.

And, last week or so—on a Wednesday, I think it was, Pat Gray and I met for lunch and told stories from the illustrious past to one another and shared our mutual love of song and story, and here’s the recorded-live interview that resulted—

INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK GRAY, SR__duration 9.56

Berkshire County USA – – blessed with bands you can dance to!—and!—our own home-grown historian-vocalist, Patrick Gray!

Let’s listen to him and his son, the other Patrick Gray, as well as their sidekick, Michael Burdick, on their rendition of
FINNEGAN’S WAKE

J.P. Murphy was formed in early 1991. Pat, Sr, sings lead and plays rhythm guitar or banjo, as well as an occasional harmonica. His love for his Irish heritage—his mother came from County Longford—the words and music he grew up with—made it a natural choice for him to form a traditional Irish group. Originally formed as a duo with son Patrick on guitar or mandolin and vocal harmonies, they performed in Orlando, Florida at Finnegan’s Pub in Universal Studios and various other pubs in the Orlando area until moving back to the Berkshires in 1993—where they soon turned into a three-man-band by adding drums, percussion and acoustic bass performed by life-long friend and relative, Michael Burdick.

DIRTY OLD TOWN by Ewan McColl

The group performs the traditional Irish music that reflects the struggle as well as the triumph of an enduring, fun-loving people—the drinking songs and the battle hymns, arranged and performed to get your foot stomping and your heart pounding while the hands keep clapping and the drink keeps flowing.

KELLY THE BOY FROM KILLANE

That being said, or sung, as the case may be, the Berskhires ain’t nothin’ if it ain’t the history written in the rocky faces of the hills and mountains, scoured by the falls and rapids and streams of the county, reflected in the weathered visages of the farmers and the townspeople—the sort who gave their lives and fortunes to the country all during the trying times of the 19th and 20th centuries, and still do today—so let’s sit back and let our storyteller, Patrick Gray, Sr, our local historian,

PAT GRAY SR PROFILE SHOT

our own chronicler of the past, with his own composition, words and music—

FORBIDDEN MOUNTAIN

The next time you have the chance to visit North Adams, Massachusetts, drop into the local library, or the campus of Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts, or the MassMOCA museum, and learn more about the authentic story of the Mohawk Trail—and catch Patrick Gray, father and son, with Michael Burdick, the J.P. Murphy group, playing their songs and stories from both sides of the Atlantic, at the Freightyard Pub, where good food, good beer and good times are to be had by all.

Meanwhile, visit the boys at their own website at

http://www.jpmurphymusic.com/

Thanks for being with us here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

It’s the place to be! AT https://genechristy.com/

Coming up NEXT WEEK — next week! – – DUFFY & ERIN !

COMING SOON—Cory Zink’s band, COUNTY LINE! Don’t miss it!

. . . and remember, upcoming features will include such outstanding, notable, listenable performers as Tom Gardner, Dave Healey, and the Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors—as well as return visits from The Malibu Bros, this time with lovely lady lead vocalist Jeanne Laurin, Bill McElaney, currently touring his home-base of Ireland—and of course—the summer season at Tanglewood, which this year, we will cover here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

@ genechristy.com

visit our friends:

Bobby Sweet at http://bobbysweet.com/
Rakish Paddy at http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

Eddie Dillon at http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

EDDIE DILLON WILL BE COMING TO THE BERSKHIRES THIS FALL! THAT’S IN THE AUTUMN OF THE YEAR! ALL YOU DEVOTEES OF THE CELTIC SCENE OUT THERE – WHO KNOW EDDIE AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TOURING CAST OF THE CLANCYS -STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS, TO BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE, HERE ON

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

And don’t forget
Jessica Roemischer at http://pianobeautiful.com/
And

Robin O’Herin at http://www.robinoherin.com/

And

champagnejam.org

You can also follow all the doings at Tara’s Tipperary Tavern at

http://www.tarasfamilypub.com/

titanic-at sunset Fare thee well, Titanic!

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA ! 27

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA 27
songs of a coal miner’s son
====
A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode twenty-seven . . .

What I do – takes a bit of tender, loving care.

NO MATTER . .

If you believe this, as I do, or as much as I do, you will understand. It’s a joy to spend your time traveling the Berkshires USA listening to all the local bands—and never ceasing to be amazed that there is yet more out there!—waiting to be discovered. It’s a joy to realize that every year, every summer, in the Berkshires USA, is devoted to the music love-in which is Tanglewood in Lenox—where the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops and a lineup of international recording stars come out to the beautiful, blessed hills to make a summer sojourn—every year!—devoted to music!

This week—well, let’s start with last Friday night. I enjoyed the sounds of Patrick Gray, Jr, doing his solo act at the Adams Ale House—the next night Pat joined his dad, Patrick Gray, Sr, in the JP Murphy Band trio at the Freightyard in North Adams. On Wednesday, Pat Gray and I met for lunch and told stories from the illustrious past to one another and shared our mutual love of song and story that will eventually be featured here on

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

Located on your online dial at genechristy.com.

Thursday night was spent at the Olde Heritage Tavern in Lenox listening with great pleasure to the Malibu Bros with the extra added attraction of Jeanne Laurin taking up the middle with her lead vocals. Friday night at Portsmitt’s—after my own gig at the Marketplace Café—went round to pick up some delicious wings to take home!–and catch part of a set by the Jeff King Blues Band!

They all have been or will be featured on this blog—and we haven’t yet even scraped the tip of the iceberg!

Berkshire County USA! – – blessed with bands you can dance to!

And one of the best is the 3D Trio–our Featured Artist of the Week here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

THE 3Ds L to R L to R Dave Healey, Dave Lincoln, and his father, another Dave Lincoln!

Dave, Dave and Dave – – is it any wonder they’re called the Three Ds?—

Let’s listen up—because I really like this band!—especially their harmonies on vocals!

AND just in case you thought the Berkshires was some unsophisticated backwater, or that bands here couldn’t boogie down the dancehall or slap that backbeat, we’re gonna start the show with a Las Vegas lounge lizard opener by none other than Louis Prima himself, a blazing hot version of a very cool number called

JUMP, JIVE ‘N’ WAIL

THE YOUNG DAVE DAVE HEALEY, back in the day . .

However, that being said, or sung, the Berskhires ain’t nothin’ if it ain’t country—as you’ll soon find out at one of the local dances—so, here we go with a big hit song written by Don Williams

LIVIN’ ON TULSA TIME

DH LOOKIN GOOD DAVE HEALEY today–still lookin’ good!

Of course, if you really wanna get them to rush the dance floor, in the homey hills that surround us here in the western end of Massachusetts, or just about anywhere in the good ole USA—or the world, for that matter—just crank it up on Johnny Cash’s

FOLSOM PRISON BLUES

Did I mention that—without benefit of a harmonizer!—the 3D Trio put out some awesome harmonies on their choruses?—I just have to include this next number, one of my all-time faves (used to do it down the Cape with Bill McElaney and Tom Neville back in the 80s!)—by Bob Dylan—

KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

And of course, the night would not be complete—the 3Ds did a first set lasting 57 minutes and change!—without Mary and me dancing to another of my all-time personal No. 1s, which I do myself in my solo act these days—John Fogerty’s

LODI

And now, I’m going to break all the rules—and go to a number 6 selection from the 3D Trio, for today’s blog—we never do this!—but I guess I just love this band—and to end the set—what better than to dance with your sweetheart cheek-to-cheek on Van Morrison’s slow, and tender, romantic ballad—dancing alongside the floor-to-ceiling picture windows framing the 3-mile long mirror of Lake Pontoosuc, with 3,491 foot-tall Mt Greylock ten miles off in the distance—absolutely the most beautiful spot in Massachusetts for dancing—to Van Morrison’s

HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU

Thanks for being with us here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

It’s the place to be!

Coming up next week—Cory Zink’s band, County Line! Don’t miss it!

. . . and remember, upcoming features will include such outstanding, notable, listenable performers as Tom Gardner, Dave Healey, and the Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors—as well as return visits from The Malibu Bros, this time with lovely lady lead vocalist Jeanne Laurin, Bill McElaney, currently touring his home-base of Ireland—and of course—the summer season at Tanglewood, which this year, we will cover here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

@ genechristy.com

visit our friends:

Bobby Sweet at http://bobbysweet.com/
Rakish Paddy at http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

Eddie Dillon at http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

EDDIE DILLON WILL BE COMING TO THE BERSKHIRES THIS FALL! THAT’S IN THE AUTUMN OF THE YEAR! ALL YOU DEVOTEES OF THE CELTIC SCENE OUT THERE – WHO KNOW EDDIE AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TOURING CAST OF THE CLANCYS -STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS, TO BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE, HERE ON

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

WE SUPPORT LIVE & LOCAL!_n
And don’t forget
Jessica Roemischer at http://pianobeautiful.com/
And

Robin O’Herin at http://www.robinoherin.com/

And

champagnejam.org

You can also follow all the doings at Tara’s Tipperary Tavern at

http://www.tarasfamilypub.com/

from Belfast, in the north of Ireland . . .

harland & wolf Titanic Fare thee well, Titanic!

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA ! 26

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA No. 26
songs of a coal miner’s son
====
A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode twenty-six . . .

Berkshire County USA – – blessed with bands you can dance to!

And one of the best is Champagne Jam, C-JAM L2R DAVE, TRACY N JIM

our Featured Artist of the Week here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

But before we get to Tracy, Dave and Jim – –

We got news to catch up on!

First of all – – Florida was fabulous! Visited with favorite cousin growing up, TJ, down in redneck country, in Homestead, FLA, next door to the beach (and the canal with the gators and pythons!) hard by the Everglades west of Miami—and what a time we had! Here’s a big hello to all the gang at Loly’s down on Krome Avenue—to Tommy

???????????????????? GOOD-LOOKIN’ TOMMY !!

and Freddy, and good-buddy Sidney!

(We sat down with Sidney at Tom’s house and played and sang us some of that good ole reggae the likes of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff!)

Sidney ! SIDNEY !!

And then we got back home to the Berkshires, and had a spectacular good-time at our old stand, Tuesday night’s at Portsmitt’s, when none other that Robin O’Herin herself dropped by to sit in and sing us some Delta blues, and play us some bottle-blues guitar

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA ROBIN O’HERIN

—and here’s what Rick Marquis, my partner in the Dossers, had to say about that—

“Got to play with blues/gospel singer, songwriter, known as Robin O’Herin last night at Port-Smitts! What an honor!!! Probably one of the top five musicians that I’ve ever played with. WOW!!! Faux T ”

So, all I can say is – -the name of that tune is –MUSIC! – – the universal language!— – speaks to –and for – everybody!

And now for a special treat – – CHAMPAGNE JAM !! – -known all over the Berkshires and western Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Connecticut, for the last 20 years and more—

from 1958!–the Dell Vikings’ COME GO WITH ME!

CHAMPAGNE JAM___ is a versatile musical trio comprised of . . . .

Tracy Kittler: female lead vocalist, keyboard and guitar player
Jim Sauve: lead guitar and vocalist
David Kittler: bass guitar, vocalist and percussion

C-JAM REMEMBER WHEN REMEMBER WHEN?

As for versatility?–check out this CHAMPAGNE rendition of Santana’s “Smm-mm-oooo-th!”

SMOOTH

Their repertoire of selections includes big band and commercial numbers,
classic and modern, country and western, golden oldies from the 50’s and 60’s and 70’s and more–ballroom dance numbers–and timeless rock and roll favorites!

Country and western? How about George Strait’s “dance-able” 1998 hit “I Just Wanna Dance with You!”

I JUST WANNA DANCE WITH YOU

Over the decades, CHAMPAGNE JAM has entertained the Berskhires with professional performances at community events such as . . . .
LaFesta, Heritage Park,
Windsor Lake Concert Series
and The Downtown Celebration in N.Adams.
Town Common Concerts, Street Fair and Cruise Night in Adams.
Concerts on the Common and The First Night
Celebration in Pittsfield.
Under the Tent Concert Series in Bennington, Vermont
Tri State Singles, Middlefield Fair and Pownal Tri State Fair—all in Vermont

C-JAM MID-CAREER

Let’s have another Champagne bubbly !!

PRETTY WOMAN

1964 – ROY THE BOY! How I remember that one! Used to do it every single show back in the day when I did that ten-year stretch with Boston’s BLACK VELVET BAND — 1985 to 95 !! – – drummer Paul McDonald useta sing the lead, and that number had such power–you felt like you were standing not on a stage–but the deck of an aircraft carrier–and here we go, takin’ off!!!

Countless VFW, American Legion, and Shriner dinner dances, weddings,
anniversaries, benefits, parties and club engagements–over the last 20 years–
have given Champagne Jam the experience of seasoned veterans.

C-JAM TODAY

Please feel free to contact CHAMPAGNE JAM at 413-743-3282 or 413-743-3358 for more information regarding rates and availability.

You can also reach them via email . . . . CONTACT THE BAND at

champagnejam.org

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

It’s the place to be!

I’m happy to say that right after this, I’m leaving for a night of good, live music from Berkshires Music Beat faves Norm Schaffer, playing tonight at the Marketplace Café in Pittsfield, and Patrick Gray, booked at the Adams Ale House, 1st Set, 9 pm tonight! And tomorrow night—our long-anticipated trip to North Adams to see the JP Murphy Band at the Freightyard Pub & Restaurant. WHAT A WEEKEND !!

So don’t forget us, and remember, when we come back next week we’re going to move on to upcoming features on such outstanding, notable, listenable bands as The 3D’s and County Line—as well as Tom Gardner, Dave Healey, and the Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors–

Thank you!

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

@ genechristy.com

visit our friends:

Bobby Sweet at http://bobbysweet.com/
Rakish Paddy at http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

Eddie Dillon at http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

EDDIE DILLON WILL BE COMING TO THE BERSKHIRES THIS FALL! THAT’S IN THE AUTUMN OF THE YEAR! ALL YOU DEVOTEES OF THE CELTIC SCENE OUT THERE – WHO KNOW EDDIE AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TOURING CAST OF THE CLANCYS -STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS, TO BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE, HERE ON

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

AND NOT LEAST OF ALL – –

BILL McELANEY, OF COUNTY DONEGAL, AT http://www.reverbnation.com/billmcelaney/song/19620248-home-to-donegal

And don’t forget
Jessica Roemischer at http://pianobeautiful.com/
And

Robin O’Herin at http://www.robinoherin.com/

You can also follow all the doings at Tara’s Tipperary Tavern at

http://www.tarasfamilypub.com/

21289418-happy-family-having-fun-at-the-beach-vacation-concept from FLA, to the entire USA! Happy family day, everybody !

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songs of a coal miner’s son
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A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode twenty-five . . .

Happy Holidays, everybody!

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and so, for many families here in Berkshire County and around the country, it will be a special day, a day of gathering together of loved ones and friends to celebrate, to share food, laughter and good times—and, of course, music.

But whatever your faith, persuasion, background or nationality, we here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

send out our best wishes to you and yours for a happy and holy holiday!

And in honor of the best of human sentiments, the sharing of joy, we would like to present today only one song –

A special song – –

Taken from a special book – –

And shared by millions the whole world over, whatever their creed or faith, as a testament to the power of love—

From the Old Testament – –

Psalm 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want . . .”

Performed here so beautifully by the Berkshires’ own Robin O’Herin . . .

Psalm 23

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

It’s the place to be! It’s the “church-hall of the cyberspace” !! —

I’m happy to say that right after this, I’m leaving for a long-anticipated trip to Florida to see my own family—and that last night, here in Pittsfield, at the Marketplace Café,

I had my personal best.

Playing and singing.

So thank you all who were there and contributed to the tip jar! You are the ones who made it a special evening for me!

And–lest we forget–to all those attending Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon–runners and spectators alike–stay strong!–stay BOSTON STRONG !! MAKE IT YOUR PERSONAL BEST !!

We’ll be gone for just a week, so don’t forget us, and remember, when we come back we’re going to move on to upcoming features on such outstanding, notable, listenable bands as The 3D’s, Champagne Jam, and County Line—as well as Tom Gardner, Dave Healey, Patrick Gray, and the Gypsy Jazz Ambassadors–

Thank you!

SINGER / SONGWRITER / COUNTRY BLUES GUITARIST

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– ROBIN O’HERIN !
(the Bonnie Raitt of the Berkshires!)

For that very special rendering of a powerful prayer here on

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

@ genechristy.com

visit our friends:

Bobby Sweet at http://bobbysweet.com/
Rakish Paddy at http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

Eddie Dillon at http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

EDDIE DILLON WILL BE COMING TO THE BERSKHIRES THIS FALL! THAT’S IN THE AUTUMN OF THE YEAR! ALL YOU DEVOTEES OF THE CELTIC SCENE OUT THERE – WHO KNOW EDDIE AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TOURING CAST OF THE CLANCYS -STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS, TO BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS AVAILABLE, HERE ON

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA !

And don’t forget
Jessica Roemischer at http://pianobeautiful.com/
And

Robin O’Herin at http://www.robinoherin.com/

You can also follow all the doings at Tara’s Tipperary Tavern at

http://www.tarasfamilypub.com/

from FLA, Happy family day, everybody !

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