RIP: Tom Healey, 1956-2014

July 22nd, 2014, 9:00 am by Greg

By Greg Haymes

As I wrote back in 2006 on the occasion of the release of their sophomore album, Tough Dog, “the Tom Healey Band once again proves they’re the Capital Region’s premiere blues band.”

Guitarist-vocalist-bandleader Tom Healey died on Monday (July 21) at the age of 58, and his passing leaves a major hole, not only in the Nippertown blues scene and the Local 518 music scene, but all throughout the Capital Region community. His band – formerly known as Good Friday – was an anchor all around town, frequently playing neighborhood clubs, the Hibernian Hall and a countless number of benefit shows. Healey played with the band just last weekend at the Albany Rail Yard.

At various times, his band featured such musicians as keyboardist Jason Ladanye, saxmen Brian Patneaude and Keith Pray, drummer Al Kash, bassist Adam Graham and many others over the years.

The Tom Healey Band’s debut album, Pearl Street, was hailed by regular Nippertown contributor Don Wilcock as “the best local blues album I’ve ever heard,” upon its release in 2001.

A longtime history teacher at Albany High School, Healey had only just retired from his day job a month ago.

Life can be very, very cruel…

UPDATE: Friends are invited to call at the Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home in Watervliet from 4-8pm on Friday (July 25). Services will be held at 10am on Saturday (July 26) at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Watervliet.

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Five Firsts: Tom Healey of the Tom Healey Band

September 23rd, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

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INSTRUMENT: guitar, harmonica

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … After a long addiction to 45s, my first album was “Time Peace” by the Rascals.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Who in Saratoga in 1970. It was $2.50 for the lawn.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My mother purchased a Whirlpool washer during the ’60s when the whole folk music scene was in full bloom, and they were giving acoustic guitars away with the purchase of the washing machine.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … An Irish song called , “Rising of the Moon ” when I was 14 years old in a bar called the Schuyler Pub in Watervliet. That was some gin mill, and I still miss it today.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Purple Heart. I was in seventh or eighth grade. I sang and played percussion on an electric shaver case.

Singer-guitarist Tom Healey leads the blues-soaked Tom Healey Band into Albany’s Corning Preserve at 6pm on Friday as part of the Capital District Area Labor Federation’s picnic and party. The band also rolls into the Orchard Tavern in Albany at 6:30pm on Saturday. Admission to both shows is free.

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