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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