“Reading Music”: Where Books Meet Songs

August 27th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee (photo: Michael Hochanadel)

At 7pm tonight (Wednesday, August 27), the Albany Public Library is hosting its second “Reading Music” concert. It’s an evening of songs, readings and discussion based on John Steinbeck’s classic novel, “East of Eden.” The evening will feature nearly a dozen brand-spankin’ new original songs penned by Local 518 songsmiths Matt Durfee and Michael Eck. Admission is FREE.

Joining Durfee (vocals, guitar) and Eck (vocals, resonator guitar, resonator mandolin) will be August Sagehorn (bass), Tommy Krebs (drums), Roger Noyes (steel guitar), M.R. Poulopoulos (electric guitar) and Adam Prizio (readings).

You may recall the inaugural “Reading Music” performance back in April featured M.R. Poulopoulos and friends performing a number of original songs based on the novels of Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy, who was in attendance.

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LIVE: Matt Durfee @ Red Square, 11/23/13

December 3rd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Local 518 singer-songwriter Matt Durfee celebrated the release of his long-awaited debut solo CD, Little World, with a performance and party at Red Square in Albany last month.

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New Release Rack: Matt Durfee’s “Little World”

November 22nd, 2013, 3:24 pm by Greg

Matt Durfee: Little World

Singer-songwriter Matt Durfee is certainly no stranger to Nippertown music fans. He first made a name for himself as half of the acoustic duo Palatypus, his musical partnership with M.R. Poulopoulos, and more recently he’s been fronting the Rattling Baddlies, the acoustic trio that also features percussionist Tommy Krebs and bassist August Sagehorn, the rhythm section of Alta Mira.

So, given his Local 518 musical history, it’s somewhat surprising that it’s only now that Durfee has come around to releasing his solo debut, Little World. Not that the nine-song disc disc was an easy birth; he’s been working on it for two and a half years, finally closing out the deal with a successful Kickstarter campaign that wrapped up in September.

Perfectionist? Maybe. But that’s not a bad thing if the results are as sparkling as Little World.

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LIVE: An Evening of Murder Ballads @ Caffe Lena, 10/26/13

October 30th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Tom Wadsworth and Kim Kilby

Tom Wadsworth and Kim Kilby

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tim Livingston

It was the third year for “An Evening of Murder Ballads,” Caffe Lena’s fund-raising Halloween tradition, and as Lena’s manager Sarah Craig explained, in years past, the focus was squarely on the traditional folk ballads of murder, killing and revenge.

Not so this time around…

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Real Good for FREE: Matt Durfee & Music Matters: Guitar 201 @ Albany Public Library

September 16th, 2013, 1:30 pm by Greg
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, the Albany Public Library’s free Music Matters workshops are for you. Held in the Main Library’s auditorium, the classes are designed for teens and adults. No experience is necessary; the only requirement is a desire to make music. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Taught by Local 518 professional guitarists Tor Loney and Ben Himmelfarb, six 90-minute workshops will be held weekly at the library on Tuesday evenings beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, September 17) at 7pm.

As a special bonus, Local 518 singer-songwriter Matt Durfee will perform an acoustic set prior to each of the Music Matters sessions, beginning at 6pm. Durfee’s performances are also free and open to the public. You need not attend the guitar workshops in order to enjoy Durfee’s performances.

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LIVE: Diego Garcia @ The Linda, 1/27/12

February 21st, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Love songs, love songs, nothing but love songs…

Yeah, it sounds like the recipe for a really bad MOR radio station, doesn’t it?

But it’s also quite an apt description of Diego Garcia’s performance last month at The Linda in Albany. And there was absolutely nothing cheesy about it at all.

He crooned, and we swooned. The devastatingly handsome and relentlessly charming Garcia – imagine an alt-Latin incarnation of Bryan Ferry – made his Albany debut last September at LarkFest, and that performance obviously made quite an impression on him. “This is our first show in Albany,” he said at The Linda, a sly grin spreading across his face. “The first one you’ll remember, anyway. You guys were soooooooo drunk at LarkFest…”

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LIVE: Riverlink Singer-Songwriter Festival @ Riverlink Park, 8/11/11

August 17th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Matt Durfee and M.R. Poulopoulos

Matt Durfee and M.R. Poulopoulos

As part of the Riverlink Concert Series, the Singer-Songwriter Festival brought four performers to the venue at the edge of the Mohawk River in Amsterdam last Saturday.

The fest saw the return of host Michael Eck showcasing some of the rising talent in local singer-songwriters. First up was M.R. Poulopoulos, one-half of the acoustic duo Palatypus, who featured several songs from his recent solo debut, “Greenhorn,” as well as new and older songs.

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Five Firsts: Matt Durfee of Palatypus

June 29th, 2010, 12:02 pm by Greg

Matt DurfeeNAME: Matt Durfee
BAND AFFILIATION: Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies, Palatypus
INSTRUMENT: Guitar/Vox

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Hmmmm, tough to say, owned many tapes early on, but the first one I bought for myself was probably Bon Jovi’s “New Jersey.” I remember getting yelled at for singing along with it in while I had headphones on when we were vacationing in Florida. Apparently, I didn’t get the concept that only YOU can hear headphones… The cooler album would’ve been Zep’s “Houses of the Holy,” which I owned and played down to nothing around the same time, but since I think I stole it from my dad’s cassette collection, can’t really claim that I “bought” that one.

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