Songwriting Workshop at Saratoga Guitar

October 16th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
Nancy Walker, Michael Jerling and Bob Warren

Nancy Walker, Michael Jerling and Bob Warren

Saratoga Songwriters Panel – featuring the trio of veteran singer-songwriters Nancy Walker, Michael Jerling and Bob Warren – is offering a two-hour songwriting workshop at 7pm on Thursday, October 18.

“The Inspiration & Craft of Songwriting” will be held at the Saratoga Guitar & Music Center in Saratoga Springs.

The cost of the workshop is $30, and you can register by emailing Bob Warren at


Workshops: The Inspiration and Craft of Songwriting @ National Dance Museum

September 26th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Nancy Walker, Michael Jerling and Bob Warren

Nancy Walker, Michael Jerling and Bob Warren

Michael Jerling, Nancy Walker and Bob Warren are three of Nippertown’s finest singer-songwriters, and now they’re sharing some of their musical knowledge and tricks of the trade that they’re learned over the years.

The three songwriters will be presenting the Saratoga Songwriters Panel over the course of six consecutive Saturday mornings this fall. Titled “The Inspiration and Craft of Songwriting,” the series of two-hour workshops will begin on Saturday, October 15, and classes will be held at the National Dance Museum in Saratoga Springs.

Some of the topics that will explored during the workshops include:

1. The Songwriting Process
2. Structure and Expanding Your Musical Palate
3. Putting Your Song Across
4. Music First? Lyrics First?
5. How to Write a Bad Song
6. Ideation and Musical Variation
7. Recording and the Songwriter

The cost is $90 for the series, and registration is now open.

Jim Gaudet, Nancy Walker Play Benefit for Riverlink Park Concert Series @ Crystal Ristorante, 2/26/11

February 25th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
Jim Gaudet and Nancy Walker

Jim Gaudet and Nancy Walker

Jim Gaudet (and perhaps the Railroad Boys’ trusty bassist Bob Ristau) and Nancy Walker team up for an evening of sparkling acoustic music to benefit the annual summer concert series at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park. Two of the area’s finest singer-songwriters, Jim and Nancy have both graciously donated their services to help. The concert takes place at 7:30pm on Saturday at Crystal Ristorante in Amsterdam.

Beautifully situated along the Mohawk River, Riverlink Park has become one of the premier outdoor concert venues in Nippertown, beloved by audience members as well as the musicians who have graced the stage. It has been the scene of many diverse musical acts over the years. It has hosted national acts, such as Terry Adams, as well as such local favorites as Nippertown’s own Michael Eck (who performed with Ramblin Jug Stompers and Lost Radio Rounders, in addition to closing out last year’s series with a few friends in celebration of his latest solo album, “In My Shoes”). Other years have been highlighted by such diverse performers as Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Yarn.

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LIVE: “The Right Mix” @ the Saratoga Arts Theater, 11/7/09

November 20th, 2009, 12:35 pm by Greg

How big was it? Michael Jerling at the Saratoga Arts Theater

How big was it? Michael Jerling at the Saratoga Arts Theater

Produced by Nancy Walker – an excellent singer-songwriter-turned-concert-promoter – and emceed by Dave Michaels from radio station EXIT 97.7, “The Right Mix” showcased some of Nippertown’s very best roots-oriented musicians, packing the intimate Saratoga Arts Center Theater with a full house of fans.

Hot on the heels of his new CD, “Music Here Tonight: Live At Caffe Lena” on Fool’s Hill Music, magnificent singer-songwriter Michael Jerling kicked off the evening’s music in fine fashion. Accompanied by percussionist-keyboardist-accordionist Teresina Huxtable and the Northeast’s incomparable, premier bassist Tony Markellis, Jerling rolled through a set of evocative, heartfelt songs, highlighted by the humorous, real-life-on-the-road odyssey “Wide Awake In Parsippany” and the comical “In The Middle Ages.”

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