LIVE: Rebel Darling @ barVino, 6/25/14

John Rice and M.R. Poulopoulos

John Rice and M.R. Poulopoulos

Review and photographs Tom Lindsay

With the advent of summer, Nippertown musicians often find themselves heading for the hills to entertain tourists and locals alike. It could be the Berkshires, Catskills or, in this case, the Adirondacks.

Singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos has been performing under the moniker Rebel Darling with a flexible and floating group of musicians that has included Ryan Dunham (harmonica), Roger Noyes (pedal steel), John Rice (guitar) and others. A duo version of Rebel Darling landed at barVino in North Creek last Wednesday night (June 25) for a two-hour set, and followed that up with a three-hour performance at the North Creek Farmers Market Thursday afternoon (June 26).

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Both performances found Poulopoulos and guitarist John Rice leaning heavily on songs from Poulopoulos’ Greenhorn and Harvest the Heart CDs. Given the vast number of songs played in a 22-hour period, Rice took vocal leads on several tunes that he regularly performs with his bandmates from Red Haired Strangers, including a few from their forthcoming release. The Ryan Dunham-led Red Haired Strangers will get their shot at a North Creek audience at 6pm on Saturday, July 12 when they kick off the free Music by the River Concert Series in Riverfront Park.

Tourist trains from Saratoga Springs currently make it possible for Nippertown folks to enjoy North Creek (and its whitewater rafting on the Hudson) with little or no driving involved. See you in the mountains!

M.R. Poulopoulos

M.R. Poulopoulos

John Rice

John Rice

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