LIVE: The Nellies @ Dana Park, 8/10/15

September 3rd, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Who knew that Albany’s tiny little pocket park at the corner of Lark Street and Madison Avenue could hold so much music? The summer-long Monday evening concert series in Dana Park played host to an eclectic mix of Local 518 music this summer, including the Nellies, the rootsy alt-country band led by Karen Ann and Peggy Lecuyer with bassist Gene Lemme and Dobroist extraordinaire Kevin Maul.

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LIVE: Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, 7/12/14

July 25th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Nellies

Gene Lemme and Peggy Lecuyer of the Nellies

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

Led by Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer, Nippertown’s own Nellies were once again on hand to host the sixth annual Riverlink Jamboree at the Beechnut Bandshell at Riverlink Park on the banks of the Mohawk River on a beautiful Saturday in Amsterdam.

Joining in the afternoon acoustic Americana hoedown was Dark Don’t Catch Me Here, a Alston, Mass.-based rowdy, roots-rockin’ duo featuring Evan Gavry and Laura Jean Dargus.

Meanwhile, straight outta Asheville, North Carolina, the Locust Honey String Band – featuring Chloe Edmonstone (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Grace Van Hof (banjo) and Meredith Watson (guitar, vocals) – captured hearts and tore ’em asunder with their old-timey fiddle tunes and aching country harmonies, as they showcased selections from their latest album, Never Let Me Cross Your Mind.

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LIVE: The Nellies @ Caffe Lena, 4/6/14

April 11th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer

Karen Ann Gilpin and Peggy Lecuyer

Photographs by Tom Lindsay

Two of Nippertown’s finest roots-oriented outfits teamed up for a Sunday matinee and a good cause at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, donating their time and considerable musical talents at a benefit concert to raise funds for the Amanda’s Journey Foundation, a local charity that assists children who are battling Mitochondrial Diseases and raises awareness about these genetic disorders.

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LIVE: Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, 8/3/13

August 15th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Nate Gross of Tumbleweed Highway

Nate Gross of Tumbleweed Highway

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson

The fifth annual Riverlink Jamboree brought the Nellies, the Bear Bones Project and Tumbleweed Highway to the stage at Riverlink Park on the banks of the Mohawk River on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Amsterdam.

First up on the day were the Bear Bones Project, featuring Carey Ahner on vocals and acoustic guitar, Bill Decker on bass, Sandy Decker on vocals and accordion, Eric Johnson on drums and Pete O’Hearn on vocals and electric guitar.

The band boogied through a set of covers including “You Can’t Do That” (Beatles), “Half-Step Mississippi Uptown Toodle-oo” and “Cumberland Blues” (Grateful Dead), “Wild Night” and “Tupelo Honey” (Van Morrison) “Stir It Up” (Bob Marley), “Willin’” (Little Feat) and “Revival” (Allman Brothers Band), with lots of hot guitar licks by Ahner.

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Five Firsts: Peggy Lecuyer of the Nellies

October 23rd, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Peggy Lecuyer

Peggy Lecuyer

NAME: Peggy Lecuyer
BAND AFFILIATION: The Nellies is my beloved band.
INSTRUMENT: Mandolin & Voice

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I ever bought was Marshall Tucker’s Carolina Dreams. I played it over and over again and went out and bought the song book so I could learn “Heard It in a Love Song,” which was by far my favorite song on the album. Hmmm … I think I need to add that to our set list!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … On an annual basis, my mom and my grandmother took me to listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC. However, the first rock concert that I saw was Journey. It was 1978, also at SPAC. I was a senior in high school. I have to admit that I don’t remember much about the concert besides the fact that they played for free. I do remember that I was on a blind date with someone that my mother would never want me to be with, and I was very distracted. Something must have clicked though, because I did go out and buy Journey’s Infinity. Oh my goodness, now I have “…when the lights go down in the city, and the sun shines on the baaa-aay” in my head!

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LIVE: The Riverlink Jamboree @ Riverlink Park, 8/6/11

August 11th, 2011, 4:01 pm by Greg
The Nellies: Karen Gilpin, Peggy Lecuyer, Gene Lemme and Peter Bearup

The Nellies: Karen Gilpin, Peggy Lecuyer, Gene Lemme and Peter Bearup

The third annual Riverlink Jamboree in Amsterdam started on Saturday afternoon during a light drizzle in the park next to the Mohawk River, but it finished in an Irish-American club a few blocks away.

The newly-erected bandshell, purchased with a corporate donation by Hero Foods, managed to keep the bands and their instruments mostly dry at first, but as the day went by, the rain increased, and the dampness took its toll on the instruments as well as the crowd.

Nonetheless, the music was fine all through the day and evening. The Nellies were first up, with mandolinist-vocalist Peggy Lecuyer pulling double duty as she also served as emcee for the fest. She and Karen Gilpin on banjo and guitar and stand-up bassist Gene Lemme were accompanied by guitarist-vocalist Peter Bearup in the lead guitar slot.

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