Posts Tagged ‘The Ale House’

RIP: Dick Quinn, Super Music Fan, 1947-2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Review and concert photographs by Ed Conway

My apologies to Billy Eli, a fine Austin-based singer-songwriter, as this was supposed to be a quick review of his show a couple of weeks ago. Instead, I am writing about a friend who was a true friend to many musicians, both locally and around the country, but I think Billy would understand, as he was one of those friends. Billy’s show was the last time I saw Dick Quinn and may have been the last show Dick saw (it’s hard to tell as he always had a habit of showing up despite not feeling well). Dick had been sick for many years, but would go out to as many as seven shows a week. He checked himself out of the hospital to attend a show on more than one occasion – it’s hard to tell as he didn’t always talk much about his health.

Dick Quinn

Dick Quinn

His dedication to the music scene was greatly appreciated by all who knew and loved Dick and was reciprocated by venues and bands alike. Dick had a permanently reserved table at the Ale House in Troy, as well as a parking spot outside the door so that he had a place to plug in his ever present oxygen machine and limit the distance he had to walk. There wasn’t always a sign, but patrons knew this and respected it. At any given show, Dick would talk about many things related to music and common friends, but not in a gossiping manner.

More often than not, he would wave someone over and with a devilish grin tell them a joke or two, often times not repeatable in mixed company. These jokes became his trademark, but it wasn’t necessarily the joke, but the delivery that made them funny. He had a comic’s timing. As an indication of the respect he had from local musicians, they all got together not once, but twice to play a gig just for him – not a benefit or paid concert, a show just for him. So many bands had signed up, there wasn’t time to put them all on the bill. Bands such as the Chandler Travis Three-O traveled from Cape Cod, just to take part. The last one took place just a few weeks ago (sadly, I was out of town and couldn’t go both times).

Another of his favorites, a band from down the Hudson Valley called the Five Points Band asked Dick to be in their music video of “Old Man River.” Check it out as he can be seen walking up the stairs in the opening scene.

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LIVE: Redd Volkaert and Robbie Fulks @ Ale House, 7/19/15

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Redd Volkaert and Robbie Fulks

Redd Volkaert and Robbie Fulks

Review and photographs by Ed Conway

It was a dark and stormy Sunday night at the Ale House in Troy when Redd Volkaert and Robbie Fulks sat down in front of a nearly full house. The two traded songs, licks and stories throughout the evening. Each seemed set on making the other one laugh, along with the audience. In fact, some of the funniest moments were not spoken but when they would let their guitars speak for them.

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A Few Minutes With… Dale Watson

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Interview and story by Don Wilcock

Dale Watson – appearing Wednesday night (January 28) at The Hangar in Troy – has an axe to grind about today’s so-called country music, what it is and what it isn’t. “Blake Shelton says nobody wants to listen to granddaddy’s music, that they’re just old farts and jackasses. He’s wrong,” says the silver-haired, tattooed Texas troubadour.

Watson is single-handedly bringing the Sun Studios, rockabilly and countrypolitan music
kicking and swinging into the 21st century with apologies to none of the black-hat pretty boys who are filling Nashville’s coffers these days. He has a two-decade discography of 20 albums that declared his intentions first time out of the box with a song called “Nashville Rash” on his 1995 Hightone CD Cheatin’ Heart Attack that railed against the mainstream country hits of artists like Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney.

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LIVE: Molly Durnin @ the Ale House, 1/10/15

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Now based in South Carolina, former Nippertown singer-songwriter Molly Durnin headed north for a January homecoming tour around the Local 518, and our intrepid contributor Tim Reidy caught up with her at one of her first stops, the Ale House in Troy.

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LIVE: Eddie Angel’s Rock & Roll Christmas Party @ the Ale House, 12/18/14

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Chris Sprague, Eddie Angel, Pete Curry and Kevin Maul

Chris Sprague, Eddie Angel, Pete Curry and Kevin Maul

Review and photographs by Ed Conway

‘Twas the week before Christmas
And all through the Capital District
Not a creature was stirring…

Because they seemed to be all packed into the Ale House, as the region’s prodigal son, Eddie Angel, was back in town. His band, Los Straitjackets, was passing through as the backing band for Nick Lowe, who was at The Egg the next night (a fantastic show, but I’ll leave that to someone else to talk about). In town a day early, they stopped into the cozy Troy pub for some libations and some wild musical fun.

Joining guitarslinger Angel were his Los Straitjackets bandmates Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague and Pete Curry (who also performed as the Outta Sites), as well as a true cornucopia of Local 518 roots-rockin’ musical talent.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Los Straitjackets

NAME: Pete Curry
BAND AFFILIATION: Los Straitjackets
INSTRUMENT: bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WASThe BIG Sounds of the Drags!

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LIVE: The Catbirds @ the Ale House, 10/25/14

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Chandler Travis

Chandler Travis

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Singer-songwriter-ringmaster Chandler Travis makes his home on Cape Cod, but Nippertown has become his home-away-from-home. Heck, he plays more Local 518 gigs than most local bands do.

On his latest stop, he brought his fab Catbirds to the Ale House in Troy, and as usual they ripped the place up with their unique, oh-so-sweet brand of rock ‘n’ roll. And once again the getting-a-little-less-reclusive Pete LaBonne was sharing the bill, both as the opening act in and joining the Catbirds in some delicious, five-piece musical mayhem.

The Catbirds have flown the Nippertown coop for now, but never fear, it’s never long before Travis returns in one of his many musical merauding incarnations or another. OH WAIT… the Chandler Travis Three-O will be returning to the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge for a free show at 9pm on Saturday (November 22). See, I told you it wouldn’t be long…

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CD Celebration: No Outlet @ the Ale House on Saturday

Friday, October 17th, 2014
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No Outlet

The versatile roots trio No Outlet – featuring vocalist-resonator guitarist Kevin Maul, drummer-vocalist Dale Haskell and bassist Tony Markellis – is back with a new album, No Outlet – Live, and they’ll be celebrating with a CD release party at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Saturday (October 18).

In keeping with the band’s eclectic repertoire which stretches from country to the blues, the album’s 11 songs range from Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me” to Little Jimmy Dickens'”Sally Boogie,” from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Strange Things Happening” to Bob Dylan’s “Watching the River Flow.”

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