LIVE: The Wiyos @ The Egg at the Empire State Plaza, 7/1/15

July 21st, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

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Photographs by Tim Reidy

Led by Michael Farkas – who can conjure some powerhouse polyrhythms from his frottoir adorned with an array of noise-making devices from hotel desk bells to pots ‘n’ pans – the Wiyos nestled under The Egg on Albany’s Empire State Plaza for a free lunchtime concert earlier this month.

The Made in the Shade of The Egg concert series continues at 12noon on Wednesday (July 22) with a free concert by the up-and-coming San Francisco-based progressive bluegrass band Front Country, direct from their featured appearance at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill.

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LIVE: Roots Music Festival @ WAMC-FM’s The Linda, 4/5/14

April 30th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Although the Roots Music Festival actually began back in 2007 as a two-day, 14-band affair downtown at Red Square, organizer Ryan Dunham and his his band Red Haired Strangers consolidated it into a single evening and moved the bash uptown to WAMC-FM’s The Linda for the first time in 2010. It was a perfect fit.

So the fest returned to The Linda again for the fifth time earlier this month, with an array of Local 518 favorites and a headlining set from the Wiyos, led by the multi-talented Michael Farkas. And proceeds from the festivities went to help feed inner city kids in Albany.

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Catskill Recording Studio Racks Up Honors

April 2nd, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg

Old Soul Studios racks up nominations in this year’s Independent Music Awards.

Kenny Siegal’s Old Soul Studios in Catskill has been recording some first rate records for more than a decade, but recently the studio snagged nominations in five different categories for this year’s Independent Music Awards.

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Five Firsts: Teddy Weber of the Wiyos

June 5th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
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NAME: Teddy Weber
BAND AFFILIATION: The Wiyos
INSTRUMENT: guitars, steel guitar, brass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think it was Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction” on cassette tape!

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Win FREE TIX to the Wiyos @ The Linda on Saturday

October 13th, 2010, 10:31 am by Greg

The Wiyos are back!

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LIVE: The Wiyos @ The Linda, 1/16/10

January 21st, 2010, 3:57 pm by Greg


Looking like a group of 1930s hobos that just jumped off a freight train passing through Albany, the Wiyos climbed up on The Linda‘s stage complete with an arsenal of instruments that included guitars, a tuba, a megaphone, kazoos, and even a washboard.

The evening’s performance bounced around flawlessly from vaudevillian vamps, country blues, classic ’60s folk-rock, Appalachian string band, early ’20s & ’30s dance-band jazz, urban house party music, western swing, contemporary pop and any other American musical idiom imaginable.

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