Real Good for FREE: HVCC’s American Music Celebration

October 24th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

Thomasina Winslow

Thomasina Winslow

Hudson Valley Community College in Troy is hosting a three-concert American Music Celebration this fall, featuring some of Nippertown’s finest roots, blues and bluegrass musicians.

The hour-long lunchtime concerts take place on campus at 12noon on Thursdays. Admission is free.

Here’s the line-up of performers:

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A Few Minutes With… Thomasina Winslow

June 14th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Thomasina Winslow

Interview and photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Acoustic blues singer-songwriter Thomasina Winslow is no stranger to Nippertown having grown up just south of Albany in New Baltimore. Her father, the late Tom Winslow, was a celebrated folk-blues musician and part of the inner circle of friends and activists surrounding Pete Seeger. As a child she sang back-up vocals on her father’s folk music classic, “Hey Looka Yonder (It’s the Clearwater).” Thomasina grew up with the annual Clearwater Festival: Great Hudson River Revival, and she’ll be kicking off the fest at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson at 11am in Saturday (June 16).

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Be Here Now: Ladies Sing the Blues @ Caffe Lena, 2/6/10

February 4th, 2010, 1:07 pm by Greg



At 8pm on Saturday (February 6), some of Nippertown’s finest female vocalists will band together to present a one-time-only tribute to some of the all-time great blueswomen at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Sponsored by the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society, “Ladies Sing the Blues” will feature performances by Mikki Bakken, the Dwyer Sisters, MotherJudge, Sarah Pedinotti (of Railbird), Thomasina Winslow, Annie Rosen (of Annie & the Hedonists), Gail Sparlin and Becky Walton (of Big Medicine).

MotherJudge, for example, will be paying homage to Memphis Minnie and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, two women whose brand of the blues owes a debt to the gospel music tradition. She’ll be accompanied by guitarist Mark Tolstrup of Street Corner Holler.

Blues greats such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Billie Holiday and more will also be honored throughout the evening.

“Ladies Sing the Blues” is a special benefit for Caffe Lena, which is celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Tickets are $20.

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