Posts Tagged ‘The Ale House’

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.”

Win FREE Tickets to Mike Barnett & Jake Jolliff @ the Ale House on Wednesday

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Fab fiddler Mike Barnett teams up with mandolin master Jake Jolliff for an evening of exciting, adventurous acoustic music at the Ale House in Troy on Wednesday (October 8). And while they may not be household names, they’ve collaborated with some of the finest bluegrass musicians around.

Barnett has worked with the likes of Bobby Hicks, Buddy Spicher and Vassar Clemens, and at age 15 he toured with Jesse McReynolds & His Virginia Boys, including regular weekend performances on the Grand Ole Opry. He has been a member of such New England favorites as Northern Lights and the Gordon Stone Trio. His extensive resume also includes stints as a member of the Deadly Gentlemen and the David Grisman Sextet.

Meanwhile, Jolliff has been playing the mandolin since he was seven years old, and by age 16 he was playing in a swing group with violin prodigy Alex Hargreaves. In 2008, he joined the New England-based new-acoustic group, Joy Kills Sorrow and recorded three albums with them. A 2011 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Jake also won the 2012 National Mandolin Championship and now tours with the Yonder Mountain String Band.

Barnett & Jolliff are slated to perform at the Ale House in Troy at 9pm on Wednesday (October 8). Tickets are $10.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Wednesday (October 8), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.
 

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