LIVE: Chandler Travis Philharmonette @ Peint O Gwrw, 9/22/12

October 1st, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Joel Patterson and Denise Borden
Video by Joel Patterson

In the spirit of cover versions that meet or exceed the original, better put another notch in your lipstick case for the Chandler Travis Philharmonette’s “Cry Baby Cry.” The CTP’ette has championed this obscure late-’60s tune from the all-but-unknown duo of Van & Titus ever since longtime friend/musician Christine Ohlman, the “Saturday Night Live” beehive queen singer, played it for him after she uncovered it while rummaging through boxes of records at a yard sale. Christine, like Chandler, adored the song from first listen. So much so that she went on to record it in a powerful performance with her guest singer Dion on her most recent album “The Deep End.”

And as Travis explains, Van & Titus “only did two singles, ever, in their whole lives. When you think about it – this is only one of four songs these guys put out – it just breaks your heart.” Heartbreak never felt so good. They performed at the Peint O Gwrw under the adoring gaze of owners Tom and Lynne Hope. Sound reinforcement by Rob Caldwell. Often hosting music on Friday nights and some Saturdays, Peint o Gwrw is a Welsh pub on Main Street in Chatham, proudly sporting an eclectic pub menu and an extensive beer list, to drown your sorrows…

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The Return of Chandler Travis (Again!)

March 10th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

Chandler Travis is back.

After years of banging out music that is both sweet and out-there – sometimes at the same time – singer-songwriter-ringleader Chandler Travis seems to have made Nippertown his second home. In a dizzying variety of different musical contexts – from solo to the Incredible Casuals to the Chandler Travis Philharmonette to the full-blown, three-ring Chandler Travis Philharmonic – he’s become a regular around town, making stops at Caffe Lena, The Linda, Valentine’s Music Hall and some Indian restaurant in Clifton Park.

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Two New Bands from Ex-Tern Rounder Marc Clayton

February 24th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Lazy Suns

The Lazy Suns

When last we heard from singer-guitarist Marc Clayton back in October, he was making a surprise departure from Tern Rounders on the eve of the release of the band’s fine, self-titled sophomore album.

So we were kinda wondering what he’s been up to since then…

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