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BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA! 17

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA! 17

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              A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS     

 

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow . . AND THE BEATLES!9007130-monument-to-the-beatles-in-ekaterinburg-russia

 

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Just shows to go ya . . . some of us Berkshires musicians really do make it to the big time, and I mean—

 

Appearing on CBS on Sunday night, 50 years to the day when they first appeared in America on the Ed Sullivan show, with original Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney!—

 

Our own Kenny Aronoff, longtime Stockbridge resident, and the local-guy drummer who has had a long and spectacular rock career laying down the beat for stars like Elton John, Bob Seeger and John Cougar Mellencamp!

 

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And so, in honor of Ringo, Sir Paul, the dearly departed John and George, the original Beatles, and also, newly enlisted sideman Kenny Aronoff, we would like to officially declare this month of February, 2014 to be

 

                   Beatles History Month !

 

EARLY BEATLEShere at

 

     BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA

 

       On behalf of your hosts, Gene Christy and Rod MacDow, welcome!  We’re gonna party it up from coast to coast, from Portland in the west to the Berkshires in the east, with the Beatles, featuring their tunes and their pictures and OUR MUSIC—because who personified in our lifetimes the soundtrack of our days if not The Beatles?

 

          In fact, let’s listen right now to our own Norm Schaffer, with Mountain Breeze backing him up—NORM LOOKIN GOODdoing the Beatles___

 

 

  CAN’T BUY ME LOVE  

 

 

Just in case you thought the Beatles weren’t popular “across the universe”—check this out–!

 

 

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What a morning to invite Jessica Roemischer to visit with us!  It’s snowing out there in the Berkshires and it’s supposed to go on all day and all night!  Just in time for me and Cam Collins to do our Collins & Christy duo tonight at the Olde Heritage Tavern in Lenox!  But you see—we go all out for the Beatles History Month—and let not wind, rain, snow or sleet stop us!

 

Here’s Jess with her beautiful piano rendition of Paul’s song to his mother,

 

LET IT BE

 

It’s hard to describe in words, what Jessica does with a piano, but, as she plays most Saturday afternoons at the Chocolate Springs Café, here in Lenox, we are privileged to have her “in our midst,” so to speak—and I recommend heartily to you that next time you’re up our way, don’t fail to treat yourself to chocolates, latte and Jessica, and make your weekend complete.

 

 

JESSICA AT CHOCOLATE SPRINGS CAFE Jessica Roemischer!

 

 

 

                   Right now we’re gonna interrupt ourselves for a live recorded interview—Gene Christy interviewing himself! 

 

I know—it’s all very confusing—but with tongue firmly planted in cheek, here I go interviewing myself!

 

 (Don’t miss it—it’s all Beatles all the time!)

 

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Well, folks, we just had to do it—we made the sacrifice—in honor of

 

Beatles History Month !

 

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     BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA


The Dossers are, L to R, Rick Marquis on vocals, banjo, and mandolin, Gene Christy on vocals and Roland all-digital accordion, and Bill Morrison, on vocals and rhythm guitar

The Dossers are, L to R, Rick Marquis on vocals, banjo, and mandolin, Gene Christy on vocals and Roland all-digital accordion, and Bill Morrison, on vocals and rhythm guitar

 

 

 

 

And now let’s hear from my band, The Dossers, with my partners Bill Morrison and Ricky Marquis, doing the Beatles’

 

I’VE JUST SEEN A FACE

 

         

Next up!— Michelle Plouffe of Mountain Breeze

 

MOUNTAIN BREEZE

 

 

harmonizing with partners Tim Farkas and Norm Schaffer on Ringo’s hit re-make of Buck Owens’–

 

ACT NATURALLY

 

 

 

RINGO RINGO PUTS HIS STAMP ON TODAY’S BLOG!

 

 

 

Next, we’d like to call on the Dossers again– this time our own ace vocalist, Rick Marquis, for his soul-sensitive banjo! rendition of–

 

 

AND I LOVE HER

 

Recorded live at The Old Forge, Lanesboro, December, 2013

 

Any Beatles fans out there?  I know you are!  I’m one, too!  As well as my friends!  So, to wrap it up on our Beatles Tribute one-day-only blog-tour, in honor of the world’s favorite band—

 

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 John Lennon, standing outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool

 

 

Here’s Norm Schaffer doing Ringo Starr doing the cover of 50’s girl group “The Cookies” doing Bob Marlette and Sue Shifrin’s immortal rock’n’roll classic–

 

 

  CHAINS

 

Don’t forget, folks, as we tour the Berkshires, USA, this year, in 2014, we’ll be hunting up the best of our local artists on the musical bandwagons of the County, north and south, and so, in the coming weeks we’ll be featuring Anthony Luchi, Mary Verdi, Patrick Gray, Rakish Paddy, Bobby Sweet, Jack Waldheim, the Malibu Brothers, Norm Schaffer, Erin and Duffy, and hopefully many more—

 

 along with our regular Dossers and Gene Christy selections—

 

 

UPCOMING THIS YEAR__2014!

 

          We will have plenty of new, original Gene Christy tunes, recorded here at Christy Studios, some from last year and yet-to-be-recorded, some yet-to-be-written, on the road to 99 good tunes—

 

Because, you see–

 

The Berkshires is not home solely to James Taylor and Arlo Guthrie!—WE ALSO COUNT KENNY ARONOFF  as one of our own!kenny aronoff 2

 

 

So stay tuned, every Thursday, same time, same station, for

 

 

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, 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

 

And Jessica Roemischer at             http://pianobeautiful.com/

 

 

Fair thee well, Titanic! 

 

 

Titanic-redo

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA! 16

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA! 16

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              A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS      

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow 

episode sixteen . . . 

Yes!  WE HAVE DONE IT! 

We are re-branding the brand, folks! 

Without further ado, and also without prior notice, in our fast-paced universe, and in our ever-expanding quest for new readers, listeners and viewers, we are taking it up a notch and re-inventing ourselves as!–

 

                            BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA!

 

       Well, we just had to do it—in the interest of all the fine music, and more precisely musicians, featured lately on our blog—and looking ahead to the delights of exploring throughout the Berkshires USA the rest of this year 2014, on the hunt for bands, tunes, performances—and yes, Tanglewood will be back this summer!—because we’re now in a position to look forward to increasing delights of live music within plain view of our glorious hills and valleys–! 

          In fact, let’s listen right now to Jack Waldheim live at Portsmitt’s: 

 

ATLANTIC CITY

 words & music by Bruce Springsteen

performed live by Jack Waldheim at Portsmitt’s  Oct 2013 

JACK WITH STARS  JACK WALDHEIM 

What a snow-blanketed morning full of sunshine, here in the Berkshires USA,  to invite Jessica Roemischer to visit with us!  (We had one of our traditional February blizzards yesterday!) 

JESSICA AT CHOCOLATE SPRINGS CAFE  JESSICA ROEMISCHER 

It’s hard to describe in words, what Jessica does with a piano, but, as she plays most Saturday afternoons at the Chocolate Springs Café, here in Lenox, we are privileged to have her “in our midst,” so to speak—and I recommend heartily to you that next time you’re up our way, don’t fail to treat yourself to chocolates, latte and Jessica, and make your weekend complete. 

In fact, I must say, Jessica is one of the reasons we are re-branding!   More people should know about her and be able to hear her!  So, after intense skype-consultation with our West Coast partner, Rod MacDow, out in Portland, OR, and with our man in New York City, Jorge Hernandez, at CoPromote.com, on this, our 16th edition, I’m proud to present, right here on our blog,

 

                               

      BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA!

 

 

 

LET IT BE               Words and music by Lennon and McCartney 

performed by Jessica Roemsicher on her cd “Haven”— 

          Needless to say we selected this track by Jessica in honor of the 50th anniversary, this month, of the Beatles landing in New York! 

And if you would like a copy of “Haven” for yourself,

JESSICA ON HER COVER

just visit Jessica at her website http://pianobeautiful.com/

 
where you will find all her cds available for purchase, including her most recent, just out a week ago, the “Light Born of Light” album.
 

                   This Friday evening in Pittsfield, Feb 7th, will feature the return engagement of good friend, Norm Schaffer, at the American Legion, on Wendell Avenue, in Pittsfield, 7-10 pm.

 

NORM LOOKIN GOOD 

 Norm, at Portsmitt’s, Tuesday night! 

Yes! Norm came down, and it was just like at Cheers!  The room erupted when Norm walked through that door!  What a BLAST! we had! We almost tore the roof off the place!  Those who were there—well, you know what I mean!  Norm Schaffer joining in for a totally off-the-cuff, completely unrehearsed jam session with the Dossers, myself, Gene Christy, that’s me! on squeezebox, Bill Morrison on 6-string, and Rick Marquis on banjo and tender ballads.  Well, it just goes to show—because we didn’t have the recorder going—you had to be there!  

Let’s hear from Norm right now, on a previous live recording: 

RAMBLIN’ MAN          Words and music by Dicky Betts of the Allman Bros  

Next up!—Cam Collins! 

BROKE-DOWN ENGINE                  Words and music by Blind Willie McTell

Performed solo by Cam Collins at O’Loughlin’s in Pittsfield last Ocotber—or November—one of them months! 

CAM COLLINS !  CAM COLLINS 

Now what happens when you add squeezebox to the same tune?  Yes, that’s me, Gene Christy, on my old, now-retired, acoustic accordion, my 1956 Excelsior, backing up Cam Collins—  

BROKE-DOWN ENGINE                 Words and music by Blind Willie McTell 

Performed by Collins and Christy at the Olde Heritage in Lenox, July, 2013. 

Any Johnny Cash fans out there?  I know you are!  I’m one, too!  As well as my friends!  Here we are on a memorable night up in Killington, Vermont, away back in 2007 or 8, at McGrath’s Irish Pub, at the Inn at the Long Trail—on an evening when the Dossers, from Pittsfield, with Gene Christy on the old Excelsior acoustic squeezebox, Bill Morrison on 6-string, and Johnny McManus on banjo, joinng forces on stage with Billy Mac’s group, Revel’s Glen, out of Boston, with a line-up of County Donegal’s own Bill McElaney on rhythm guitar and vocals, Jeff Roman on fiddle, and Tommy Joyce on bass guitar, from the Joyce Family Pub, in Matunuck Beach, Rhode Island, just inches from Narragansett Bay, of which it was said by a visitor from California: 

Cheap booze, guitar player, local old drunks at the bar, greasy food. I’ll be back! 

So, we’re all assembled up on stage in Killington, that nice, warm September evening, in 2007 or 8 or whatever, and Billy Mac’s getting a little sentimental, and remembering the old days on the Cape when he and Tom Neville and I used to play Falmouth in the hot weather for the bikini brigade from Boston, out and about, and desperate for a wild summer!—and Billy starts reminiscing about how we met!  I left it all in—but don’t be surprised when he calls me “Chris”—which is one of my names—in Dublin, I was known as “Christy”—and in London, as “John Doyle”—but that’s another story!  Anyway, here’s the 

UNCUT VERSION 

Of Johnny Cash’s “Long Black Veil”— 

  LONG BLACK VEIL

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Don’t forget, folks, as we tour the Berkshires, USA, this year, in 2014, we’ll be hunting up the best of our local artists on the musical bandwagons of the County, north and south, and so, in the coming weeks we’ll be featuring Anthony Luchi, Mary Verdi, Patrick Gray, Rakish Paddy, Bobby Sweet, Jack Waldheim, the Malibu Brothers, Norm Schaffer, Erin and Duffy, and hopefully many more— 

 along with our regular Dossers and Gene Christy selections— 

UPCOMING THIS YEAR__2014! 

          We will have plenty of new, original Gene Christy tunes, recorded here at Christy Studios, some from last year and yet-to-be-recorded, some yet-to-be-written, on the road to 99 good tunes— 

I just wrote one today called “Solid White Hardtop Rocket Olds ’61.”

It’s about my way-back-when original car which I purchased for 50 bucks !!!!  on a long-ago day in South County, RI !!  Wait’ll ya hear that one! 

Because, you see– 

The Berkshires is not home solely to James Taylor and Arlo Guthrie!  We are fortunate, indeed, here in the Berkshires USA because

                                       WE HAVE THE BEST, and WE HAVE THE REST! 

So stay tuned, every Thursday, same time, same station, for 

 

                                         

      BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA!

 

 

 

Meanwhile, 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

And Jessica Roemischer at             http://pianobeautiful.com/

 

Fair thee well, Titanic! 

 

 

titanic-at sunset   Titanic in the sunset . . . 

songs of a coal miner’s son 15

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A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode fifteen . . .

Good morning! What a gorgeous day to be alive in the Berkshires, USA!—strong, glittering sunshine, pristine cold of January, beds of white snow lying on the rushes of the river across from my house—where the ducks motorboat around, impervious to the frozen temperatures–I can watch them amuse themselves through my dining room windows!

IMG_9120   the west branch of the Housatonic River

What a morning to invite Jessica Roemischer to visit with us!

JESSICA ON HER COVER   

It’s hard to describe in words, the magic Jessica causes, with just two hands, to pour forth from a piano keyboard as she extemporizes, but, as she plays most Saturday afternoons at the Chocolate Springs Café, here in Lenox, we are privileged to have her “in our midst,” so to speak—and I recommend heartily to you that next time you’re up our way, don’t fail to treat yourself to chocolates, latte and Jessica, and make your weekend complete!

Here’s what one listener had to say:

“Jessica Roemischer’s solo piano performance is a musical meditation, an exploration of melody through the prism of blues, jazz, classical, and more. She wonderfully integrates these styles into a tapestry of sound textures that evoke peace, because they come from love.”
Greg Thomas, Music Writer and Author, New York Daily News

So, today, I’m proud to present, right here on our blog, “Songs of a Coal Miner’s Son,” Jessica Roemischer.

LEONARD COHEN – HALLELUJAH

I would really like to describe the range that Jessica displays in her playing, where she roams from classical to pop, from Broadway show music to down-home rock’n’roll, from folksong to new-age meditation—

But let’s take this opportunity to sit down and enjoy a little chat with Jessica herself!

Recorded Live at Chocolate Springs Cafe, Rte 7, Lenox, MA, on Saturday, 10 January__2014 on TEAC VR-20 digital recorder

JESSICA AT CHOCOLATE SPRINGS CAFE

And next, for your listening pleasure, let’s dip into the amazing rendition Jessica gives to Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.”

LIKE A ROLLING STONE

Just for comparisons-sake, you can hear Dylan himself performing “Like a Rolling Stone,” on stage in Liverpool, back in 1966! –just by clinking on this YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vld69lCK-lc   DYLAN, Live in Liverpool, 1966

While we’re on the subject of our FEATURED ARTIST OF THE WEEK, I would also like to let you know all about Jessica’s own website—and encourage you to visit her there—where there is so much more on offer—an entire lineup of videos and audios and even cd’s which you can buy to add to your own collection:

http://pianobeautiful.com/             This Link will take you to  Jessica

Here’s what one individual, who happens to be our Governor, here in Massachusetts, had to say about Ms. Roemischer:

“In her work, Jessica Roemischer makes so much possible
and it is clearly giving her so much in return.”
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

JESSICA WITH GOV PATRICK

Any Bruce fans out there? I think so. Jessica has something for the Springsteen legions, right here, right now:

JESSICA ROEMISCHER  playing BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S  “Incident on 57th Street”

You can also hear Mr Springsteen performing this song in Barcelona by clinking on this YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb6SG9GtgMU   

Don’t forget, folks, as we tour the Berkshires, USA, this year, in 2014, we’ll be hunting up the best of our local artists on the musical bandwagons of the County, north and south, and so, in the coming weeks we’ll be featuring Anthony Luchi, Mary Verdi, Patrick Gray, Rakish Paddy, Bobby Sweet, Jack Waldheim, the Malibu Brothers, Norm Schaffer, Erin and Duffy, and hopefully many more—

along with our regular Dossers and Gene Christy contributions . . .

One last happy message from Jessica, who would like to thank her friends and supporters, because – – this news just in!—

1,000 copies of “Light Born of Light” were just delivered to my doorstep. I put one on the CD player and it sounds BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making this album possible!!!!!! Each of you will be receiving the deluxe digital download of the album. And those who opted for a Light CD reward will be receiving a physical CD, too.
Thanks to your help, I am able to bring this music to the world. You are in my heart and a part of the beauty and inspiration music brings to so many.
With love always,
Jessica
P.S. The albums are available on my website http://www.pianobeautiful.com and will soon be up on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon. Please share with anyone you know who will enjoy what you’ve helped me create. Thank you again!!

UPCOMING THIS YEAR__2014!

We will have plenty of new, original Gene Christy tunes, recorded here at Christy Studios, some from last year and yet-to-be-recorded, some yet-to-be-written, on the road to 99 good tunes—

As you can see–

The Berkshires is not only home to James Taylor and Arlo Guthrie!

So stay tuned, every Thursday, same time, same station, for “Songs of a Coal Miner’s Son.”

Join the blog and become a Follower—click on the flag lower right corner!

Meanwhile, 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

And Jessica Roemischer at http://pianobeautiful.com/

Fair thee well, Titanic!

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songs of a coal miner’s son 14

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A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode fourteen . . .

Wow! I’m excited now!

It was 12 below in the Berskshires last night!

Now that is the fact, but it’s hardly what I’m excited about!

I’m excited about Norm Schaffer heatin’ things up over at the American Legion Hall,

THE LEGION HALL

in the downstairs pub, last Friday night.

PLAYING TONIGHT NORM SCHAFFER __OUR

FEATURED ARTIST OF THE WEEK!

BAD MOON RISIN’

What better song to warm you up, and get things cookin,’ than a little Creedence!

WORDS AND MUSIC by John Fogerty. From the CCR album, “Green River”

We were there with a table-ful of friends–

I SEE MARIE G I SEE MARIE G!

and Norm kept it warm and lively with his inimitable renditions of all our favorites from days gone by that we grew up with and went to high school with and fell in and out of love to—the soundtrack of our lives!

I imagine it’s the same or similar all over “This Land is Your Land,” as Woody sez, and has been for a long time now—for the life of me, I can’t understand why some of the talents you see on a Friday night at the Legion Hall or the VFW or the Grange are not household names in every town and village across this great big USA of ours! But as someone wisely told me—I think it was good-buddy Rod MacDow—“The further up the pyramid you go, the less room there is at the top!”

And that’s not to say that the Norm Schaffers of the world don’t have their finger on the pulse. They do! It’s the TV dolls with their botox lipsticks and beat-box monotony that all look and sound the same, and only talk to each other, removed and remote behind their glass walls and inside their pixel-boxes, in their rarefied isolation from the real world of real people.

I’ll take me some home-cookin’ any day in the week!

NORM IS AVAILABLE! “NORM IS AVAILABLE!”

So without further ado, let me introduce NORM SCHAFFER, as our FEATURED GUEST OF THE WEEK—and also let you know that Norm may be just the first—if our plans work out, there will be many more as we go through 2014 together.

And one of the extra-added nice things about this is that, beginning with Norm, we will commence a series of LIVE RECORDED INTERVIEWS with our featured guests, so that listeners and musicians alike can learn about not just the person but how he goes about creating the sounds of music that we present on our blog alongside the interview.

Listen up, folks! Here’s Norm Schaffer, in a studio version, on the well-known John Denver favorite,

TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS

This song was written by John Denver with Bill and Taffy Danoff in an all-night session after a gig in Washington, DC, on a night when Denver broke his thumb in an auto accident! When Denver brought it in to his producer with the title “Country Roads”–Milt Okun pointed out to him that James Taylor had just brought out a song called “Country Road.” Denver didn’t blink when he replied, “Sure–whatever–make it “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
Whatever, indeed. Even if you call it “Country Roads,” it will forever be known as John Denver’s signature song.

And next, one of my own particular all-time faves,

GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME

“Green, Green Grass of Home” was written by Curly Putman and recorded by singer Johnny Darrell, but originally made popular by Porter Wagoner, in 1965—but it only reached No. 4 on the country charts. It didn’t become the world-wide sensation and trendsetter it was destined to become until Tom Jones, the Welsh heart-throb of the blue-haired Vegas set—and your living room TV!—put it out in 1966—and suddenly every pop star had to record a country ballad!

Before we go any further–! COMING NEXT WEEK!

Jessica Roemischer—Piano Beautiful!—right here on “Songs of a Coal Miner’s Son”—

JESSICA ON HER COVER JESSICA !

NEXT WEEK! Don’t miss Jessica!

A live recorded interview with Jessica will be one of the features!

And now—back to Norm Schaffer—with the Beatles!

Seeing as we are celebrating right now 50 years of the Beatles on our American shores—

STRANGERS WELCOME STRANGERS WELCOME

And to show you a little peek into Norm’s diversity of talent–

here’s John Lennon’s “Across the Universe”

Check it out! Recorded live on a Teac VR-20 Digital Recorder
Friday night, 17 Jan 014, at
the American Legion Hall, Downstairs Pub, Pittsfield, MA
. . . in the Berkshires, USA!

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

This song was written, words and music, by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon-McCartney—just as “Lady Madonna” was credited to the partnership, but was actually written by Paul McCartney. John’s song first appeared, in a version different than the one on the “Let It Be” album, in December of 1969, on a compilation album called “No One’s Gonna Change Our World.”

And now it’s time for us to sit down with Norm for a little Q&A session!

INTERVIEW WITH OUR FEATURED ARTIST OF
THE WEEK!
__NORM SCHAFFER!

A song written by Norm Schaffer himself?—both words and music?

Here it is—and it’s a good one–I love it–I’m jealous!–good job on you, Norm!

PEACE OF MIND

Words and music by Norm Schaffer

Norm Schaffer ***** Sammy Winner
__Notable New Berkshires Performer of 2014

This award is named after little Sammy, the son of Cam and Rachel Collins, and also little Sammy, the son of Ricky and Theresa Marquis—I can never tell them apart—they both have sons named Sammy!

They have the Grammy! We have the Sammy!

REFLECTIONS OF NORM REFLECTIONS OF NORM

UPCOMING THIS YEAR__2014!

We will have plenty of new, original Gene Christy tunes, recorded here at Christy Studios, some from last year and yet-to-be-recorded, some yet-to-be-written, on the road to 99 good tunes—

As you can see–

The Berkshires is not only home to James Taylor and Arlo Guthrie!

—we are lucky enough to have here in our little mountain home an array of talented performers, which makes it a very special place indeed!

so look for such featured guests such as Erin and Duffy, Rakish Paddy, Anthony Luchi and Bobby Sweet—

And don’t forget!—

COMING NEXT WEEK! — JESSICA ROEMISCHER!

So stay tuned, once a week, same time, same station—

Join the blog and become a Follower—click on the flag lower right corner!

And don’t forget, people, to go visit the websites, while you’re here, of our friends,

Bobby Sweet at

http://bobbysweet.com/

You can find Rakish Paddy at

http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

You can find Eddie Dillon and a world of great music at

http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

See you guys next week, same time, same station!

Fair thee well, Titanic!

titanic-at sunset

songs of a coal miner’s son 13

songs of a coal miner’s son 13
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A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode thirteen . . .

13 in ‘14!! . . . what was going on this year a hundred years ago?

A little affair they decided to call, as they went along, “The Great War”—and, lest we forget—“The War to End All Wars”–???

Thank God we got over that century!

Fifty years ago, this year, however—things lightened up considerably with the arrival on our shores of — the Beatles!

As you may well remember, at least one of them was tagged on the Facebook of the day, Melody Maker, as the “good-lookin” Beatle!

So here goes with the Dossers’ own Good-Lookin’ band-member, Ricky Marquis,

GOOD-LOOKIN' RICKY!

GOOD-LOOKIN’ RICKY!

giving his rendition of the Beatles’


__________AND I LOVE HER Lennon & McCartney

( . . . & always remember —– DOSSERS has the same number of letters as BEATLES___!!!!!!)

BY THE WAY–how about that Ricky! what a fabulous job of picking that tune on–BANJO !!!

Before we go any further–! COMING SOON!

Jessica Roemischer—Piano Beautiful!—right here on “Songs of a Coal Miner’s Son”—

JESSICA WITH GOV PATRICK

Jessica! pictured here with Gov. Patrick of Massachusetts – – who also lives here in the Berkshires!

In just 2 weeks! Don’t miss Jessica!

A live recorded interview with Jessica will be one of the features!

And now—Jack Waldheim, live at PortSmitt’s!

THE DOSSERS PLAY EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT AT PORTSMITT'S!

THE DOSSERS PLAY EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT AT PORTSMITT’S!

Check it out!

__________WALKIN’ IN MEMPHIS

Words and music by Marc Cohn, 1991, #13 on Billboard Charts
Grammy Winner __Best New Artist of 1992

SINGER-SONGWRITER ACE BLUES GUITARIST JACK WALDHEIM JACK WALDHEIM

Moving right along, next up we have none other than Cam Collins!

__________GET ALONG HOME, CINDY, CINDY!

by the well-know A. Nonymous
Traditional American folk-song artist !

cameron-collins CAM COLLINS

UPCOMING THIS YEAR__2014!

We will have plenty of new, original Gene Christy tunes, recorded here at Christy Studios, some from last year and yet-to-be-recorded, some yet-to-be-written, on the road to 99 good tunes—

This week, on Friday night, we’ll be getting together with Norm Schaffer at the American Legion hall in Pittsfield for a little live recording of tunes and interviewing the singer/guitarist, so look for Norm to be here soon, as well, on our blog, in addition to featured guests such as Erin and Duffy, Rakish Paddy, and Bobby Sweet—

The Berkshires are not only home to James Taylor and Arlo Guthrie!

—we are lucky enough to have here in our little mountain home an array of talented performers, which makes it a very special place indeed!

And don’t forget!—

COMING SOON! — JESSICA ROEMISCHER!

So stay tuned, once a week, same time, same station—

Join the blog and become a Follower—click on the flag lower right corner!

Right now, we’re gonna leave you with a selection from that well-known sensitive-dude-of-the-90s, Gene Christy,

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on a number written by Tommy Makem—one of my all-time faves—which I learned long, long ago from County Waterford’s own Michael Dunphy—on this recording, with Eileen Markland, of Rakish Paddy, accompanying on fiddle—

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and it’s called . . .

__________RAMBLES O’ SPRING

words and music by Tommy Makem
Recorded Jul 15_2013 Live at The Shamrock, Rte 9, Dalton, MA

And don’t forget, people, to go visit the websites, while you’re here, of our friends,

Bobby Sweet at

http://bobbysweet.com/

You can find Rakish Paddy at

http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

You can find Eddie Dillon and a world of great music at

http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

See you guys next week, same time, same station!

Fair thee well, Titanic!

Titanic-redo

songs of a coal miner’s son 12

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A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode twelve . . .

No. 12!! . . . a round dozen! Who ever thought we’d make it this far?

But this year we have a chance to string together 52 episodes in a row. GO FOR IT!

That’s what Joltin’ Joe did—he went for it—a hit in every game—56 in a row!

So, let’s start building a brand-new tradition, right here, right now, with a song from my band, the Dossers

WE ARE THE DOSSERS!

The Dossers are

Bill Morrison, Martin 6-string and vocals
That’s me!—— Gene Christy, Roland all-digital accordian and vocals
And, of course, the ever-popular star of his own long-running show,

Good-Lookin’ Ricky Marquis! On vocals (wow!) banjo & mandolin!

The Dossers are, L to R, Rick Marquis on vocals, banjo, and mandolin, Gene Christy on vocals and Roland all-digital accordion, and Bill Morrison, on vocals and rhythm guitar

So here goes with the whole band jamming it up on a Beatles tune!

This one can be found on the “Let it Be” album—just a 7-sec slice where John trills a few notes of an old-time Liverpool street song that the lads sorta grew up with—but which John was too embarrassed to sing in full—so, on the album, he kinda makes a joke of it, and tosses off a line or two!

But we’re gonna give ya the whole thing!

It’s called . . .

DIRTY MAGGIE MAY!

words and music by A.Nonymous___Liverpool___c. 1850
performed by The Dossers
Recorded Live at The Old Forge, Lanesboro, MA, 17th Dec 2013

( . . . & always remember —– DOSSERS has the same number of letters as BEATLES_____!!!!! )

And now—Jack Waldheim, live at PortSmitt’s!

Check it out!

I’LL STOP THE WORLD & MELT WITH YOU

words and music by Modern English 1990s
performed by Jack Waldheim on vocal, guitar and looping
Recorded live at PortSmitt’s Oct 2013

SINGER-SONGWRITER ACE BLUES GUITARIST JACK WALDHEIM JACK WALDHEIM

Moving right along, next up we have none other than Cam Collins!

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JOHNNY 99

words and music by Bruce Springsteen
performed by Cam Collins on vocal and 1999 Takamini acoustic guitar
Recorded Oct 1 _2013 Live at O’Loughlin’s, merrill Road, Pittsfield, MA

UPCOMING THIS YEAR__2014!

the uses of the past

We will have plenty of new, original Gene Christy tunes, recorded here at Christy Studios, some from last year and yet-to-be-recorded, some yet-to-be-written, on the road to 99 good tunes—

as well as featured guests such as Jessica Roemischer, Norm Schaffer, Erin and Duffy, Jack Waldheim, Dublin Porter, Patrick Brady, Rakish Paddy, Bobby Sweet, Mary Verdi and many others!

So stay tuned, once a week, same time, same station—

Join the blog and become a Follower—

Right now, we’re gonna leave you with a selection from that well-known sensitive-dude-of-the-90s, Gene Christy, on a number written by Pete St John—one of my all-time faves—with Eileen Markland accompanying on fiddle

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—and it’s called . . .

DUBLIN IN THE RARE OULD TIMES

words and music by Pete St John
Recorded July 15_2013 Live at The Shamrock, Route 9 in Dalton, MA
Lead vocal and Roland all-digital accordion by Gene Christy
Eileen Markland on fiddle

See ya next Thursday!

oops!!!! almost forgot . . . a blast from the past___

THE RODEO SONG

words and music by Garry Lee
performed by The Ramblin’ Rovers
Recorded Live in the summer of 1988 at Tom McGann’s Irish Embassy Pub, Route 28, Falmouth, Cape Cod, MA
the Ramblin Rovers were Billy Mac, aka Bill McElaney, County Donegal, vocals and 6-string rhythm guitar
Tom Neville, County Connecticut, on vocals and electric guitar
Gene Christy, on vocals and 1956 Excelsior acoustic accordian, and passing-out-in-the-back-seat-of-the-car across the road from the pub between sets . . .
ANALOG RECORDING__ Recorded live on a stolen govt-issue professional-grade casette-tape recorder on a lead wire direct from the mixer, which is why the crowd noise of the bikini girls is rather subdued on the audience participation shout-outs . .
we didn’t steal the recorder–we borrowed it from the guy who stole it . .
transferred to digital sometime in the 2000s . . .

. . SO MUCH FOR THE SENSITIVE DUDE OF THE 90s !!!!

See ya next Thursday!

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songs of a coal miner’s son 11

songs of a coal miner’s son 11

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              A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS     

 

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

 

episode eleven . . .

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Oh-14! everybody! . . .

 

 WE’RE BACK!

 

Had a hiatus, or whatever—sounds like something you wear on your head at a racetrack in Florida!

 

ALL BECAUSE THE DAMN COMPUTER UP’D & DIED! . . .

 

Thank God for Rod MacDow—sent it out to him by UPS, out to Oregon and it came back to me, by UPS, here in the Berkshires—fixed!

 

I knew he was good for somethin’!

 

So—we’ve only been gone for three months or so—but now WE’RE BACK!

 

So without further furtherin’ around here—let’s get goin’ on a jump-start on the New Year, Oh-14!, and let’s make it a good one—full of song and story, words and pictures, melodies and harmonies, and thrills, chills, spills and trills!

 

Because it’s gonna be tough to top last year –wrote a ton of new songs, and also –finished my novel!—just before Christmas!

The mention of which brings us to our pictures of The Dossers’ Christmas Party

 

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at The Old Forge in Lanesboro on the 17th when we had a rousing good time with our friends from the Dead Owl Society!

 

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 L to R__Rick Marquis, banjo & vocals, Christy-on-the-Box, plus vocals, and Bill Morrison, 6-string & vocals__the DOSSERS! 

Now, for Xmas tunes, of which we did plenty, you’ll have to wait till next holly-jolly season—it comes once a year—think you can wait? 

But we did do some of our usual rip-it-up Irish material for the good people of the Dead Owl Society, so here goes with

 

 

 

Two reels in G__St Ann’s Reel plus Maire’s Wedding!

That’s us!  The Dossers, Bill Morrison on 6-string, Gene Christy on Roland all-digital squeeze-box, and Ricky Marquis, on banjo! 

 

And now for a special treat—Jack Waldheim, live at Portsmitt’s, back in October!

 

Check it out!

 

 

WHEN DOVES CRY performed by Jack Waldheim, on vocal, guitar, drums and looping machine, recorded live at Portsmitt’s, back in October–WORDS & MUSIC by Prince 

 

 

If you’ve never heard of “looping”—now you’ve heard the real thing, live, from the master of looping himself—the Berkshires’ own Jack Waldheim.

 

SINGER-SONGWRITER ACE BLUES GUITARIST JACK WALDHEIM

SINGER-SONGWRITER ACE BLUES GUITARIST JACK WALDHEIM 

 

Moving right along, next up we have none other than old friend Cam Collins CAM COLLINS on a night in October at O’Loughlin’s, on the Merrill Road in Pittsfield, capital of the Berkshires, USA! Home of Herman Melville__Birthplace of MOBY DICK!

 

 

Old flavor-ite, GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY___in a haunting, stripped-down rendition by Cam Collins, guitar and vocal

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING THIS YEAR__2014!

 

          We will have plenty of new, original Gene Christy tunes, recorded here at Christy Studios, some from last year and yet-to-be-recorded, some yet-to-be-written, on the road to 99 good tunes—

 

 

as well as featured guests such as Norm Shaffer, Erin and Duffy, Jack Waldheim, Dublin Porter, Deja Vu, Patrick Brady, Bobby Sweet and many others!

 

So stay tuned, once a week, same time, same station—

 

Join the blog and become a Follower—

 

And HAPPY NEW YEAR!    to all  !!

 

Let’s make it in 2014! 

We’d like to take you out now with a rousing chorus of the best of all New Year’s songs, WORDS & MUSIC by good friend Kevin McKrell, performed by THE DOSSERS! with Good-Lookin’ Ricky Marquis on the lead vocal, and it’s called — what else?–

ALL OF THE HARD DAYS ARE GONE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY! Chris 7 mos Aug 1947