“That’s a mighty fine sound they’ve got going on in there!” exclaimed a woman with husband and Heineken in tow as they made their way to the big-top set up behind Clinton’s Ditch in Schenectady. Snow flurries and swirling winds in the early afternoon could not deter a tent full of local singers and instrumentalists from raising funds for a noble cause.
Roots-music lovers gathered on Saturday, November 27 for a Kicking Cancer’s Ass event in honor of Kate Szuberla Jauch, a mother of three suffering from leukemia. Jauch’s uncle, harpman extraordinaire Ted Hennessy, opened the wintry afternoon with the Doornails, a talented acoustic trio featuring guitarist Mike McMann and upright bassist Geno Lemme. With gusto, the band braved the cold temperature by opening with a Chess Records-styled instrumental jam, a swinging vocal number “I’m Out,” and bluegrass instrumental featuring some deft picking by McMann and thumping bass by Lemme.