Five Firsts: Eric Munley of the Blind Owl Band

The Blind Owl Band

The Blind Owl Band

NAME: Eric Munley
BAND AFFILIATION: The Blind Owl Band
INSTRUMENT: Mandolin

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I ever had was Led Zeppelin II. I remember not liking it for the first few weeks because my ears were so fresh I didn’t understand Robert Plant’s voice or what Page was doing with his guitar. Then it all clicked it and… BAM! The first album I bought was probably Rancid’s Life Won’t Wait. I was hearing ends of music from the perspective of my father and another from the kids I went to school with. Both badass.

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2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Saw a bunch of folk music a kid, and a bunch of punk rock as a teen, and although I connected to it, it never swept me off my feet. Later on, I remember seeing Hot Day at the Zoo at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake. One of the first times that I really saw a whole crowd get swept off their feet in a frenzy of rampant energy. That energy stuck in my bones.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … The first instrument that I ever owned was a guitar. I could never play barre chords, so I didn’t learn how to play for years. Then found the mandolin.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … It was one of three. Either “Silver and Gold” by Trampled by Turtles or “Sparrow” or “Needle and Thread,” both Blind Owl Band originals. This moment was with two members of my band (James Ford and Santiago Buezo), maybe the third time we ever played together.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Blind Owl Band.

Mandolin man Eric Munley and the rest of the Blind Owl Band take the stage at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls at 7pm on Thursday for the next installment of the Folklife Concert Series. Admission is free.

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