The Chieftains & Ry Cooder Play Four-Day Celtic Session in Saratoga

December 12th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

Irish folk music legends the Chieftains team up with guitar great Ry Cooder for four nights and three full days of music making, workshops, concerts, singing, dancing and great food at Saratoga Springs’ Gideon Putnam Resort from Monday-Friday, July 7-11.

The Chieftains and Cooder first recorded together back in 1995 on The Long Black Veil. More recently, they collaborated on the 2010 album San Patricio.

In addition to Cooder, Paddy Moloney and the rest of the Chieftains, “The Celtic Sessions” will also feature Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack, step dancer Cara Butler, fiddler Deanie Richardson, Irish harpist Triona Marshall, fiddler-step dancer Jon Pilatzke and others.

Registration is now open for “The Celtic Sessions” with prices beginning at $1,999 – which includes rooms, meals, a welcome kit and all workshops, sessions and concerts. No single-day tickets will be sold, although one concert at 8pm on Thursday, July 10 is scheduled to be open to the public.


RIP: Jim Dickinson, 1941-2009

August 17th, 2009, 1:58 pm by Greg

jimDickinsonMemphis icon and master musician Jim Dickinson died Saturday at the age of 67. He was never a household name – not even close. But he was a behind-the-scenes player with enormous talent, and his various credits as a music and producer would fill pages.

The short version goes something like this:

He was a much in-demand session musician who recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones.

As a producer, he was at the helm for some of the best work by John Hiatt, Big Star, the Replacements, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Toots Hibbert and Ry Cooder.

His sons – Cody and Luther – are two-thirds of the North Mississippi Allstars.

Whiskey for breakfast

August 10th, 2009, 11:05 am by Greg

If Kentucky whiskey wasn’t already near the top of my list of favorite adult beverages, Ry Cooder might make me re-consider my priorities with this television commercial:

thanks to David Greenberger at Duplex Planet

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