“You Can’t Forget” was the title of their contribution to the seminal 1982 Local 518 compilation album, Hudson Rock. And they haven’t forgotten.
During the course of their four-year life-span (from about 1982-85), post-punks Lumpen Proles ran through a number of personnel changes, recorded a knock-out single (“She Wasn’t Home” b/w “Positive Thinkin”) and churned through “Worlds in Darkness” for the 1983 comp, Live at 288.
With the advent of summer, Nippertown musicians often find themselves heading for the hills to entertain tourists and locals alike. It could be the Berkshires, Catskills or, in this case, the Adirondacks.
Singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos has been performing under the moniker Rebel Darling with a flexible and floating group of musicians that has included Ryan Dunham (harmonica), Roger Noyes (pedal steel), John Rice (guitar) and others. A duo version of Rebel Darling landed at barVino in North Creek last Wednesday night (June 25) for a two-hour set, and followed that up with a three-hour performance at the North Creek Farmers Market Thursday afternoon (June 26).
Dick Solberg: Lead & backing vocals, fiddle, piano, egg shaker Dennis D’Asaro: Acoustic rhythm guitar, lead & backing vocals Steve Minnich: Acoustic rhythm & lead guitar, backing vocals Phil Minnich: Upright bass, backing vocals
The first evening of summer found Dick Solberg & the Sun Mountain Band presenting a 100% acoustic performance at the historic Windfall Dutch Barn. The two-set concert featured a handful of Solberg originals, traditional tunes, inspired covers, jokes and stories.
Ten years ago for his 40th birthday, singer-songwriter-musicman about town Michael Eck was honored with a surprise party at Valentine’s Music Hall in which a big batch of his musician pals and bandmates (past and present) took the stage to sing his songs back at him.
Last Saturday, Eck stepped out on the stage of the Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany and reclaimed the songs for his own with a combination concert/birthday celebration.
From rough and tumble spitfire (“The Gossip Train,” “Exit Wound”) to tender ballads (“Yellow Ribbons,” “The weight of the World”), Eck ran the musical and emotional gamut, as he served up two generous sets of original tunes culled from his rich, four-album solo catalog.
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.
Story & interview by Don Wilcock
Photograph by Thomas Lindsay
Before folk music icon Pete Seeger had the Sloop Clearwater built to call attention to the need to clean up the Hudson River, he’d had little experience on the water. “(A friend) took me out at midnight sailing in a little thing called a Beetle Cat – 11 feet long, one sail – and for the first time in my life I found out why people spend millions of dollars on private sailboats,” he says. “It’s not how fast you go, but the fact that you move at all. (Sailing) is a wonderful analogy for life. You use the force of the wind against you to move against it.”
Seeger has been using society’s own negative forces to fight against them in a career that spans more than 70 years. Appearing before the House on Un-American Activities in the ’50s, he pled the first amendment instead of the fifth. “I pled the first. It says in effect you have no right to ask me this question, and nobody like you has the right to ask questions like this of anybody.”
He and his sister Peggy Seeger will celebrate his 94th birthday and the Eighth Step’s 45th at 7pm on Sunday, Mother’s Day (May 12), when the Eighth Step takes over Proctors’ Mainstage in Schenectady.
Pete Seeger is the man who made “We Shall Overcome” the mantra of the civil rights movement. He is the cohesive force that moved folk music into the general public’s consciousness, giving the genre a cause above the simple messages of artists like the Kingston Trio and Burl Ives. He has stood tall for the common man from the moment he first took the stage. Humble to the point of being mistaken for naïve, he does not consider himself a singer, but rather a song leader, and can’t believe he has the power to “fill an old movie theater with 2000 people.”
Lost Radio Rounders – the vintage Americana duo of Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck – were joined by special guests Kevin Maul and Peggy Lecuyer of the Nellies for the second of the three monthly shows in their Third Friday Concert Series. Here they’re all performing the Flying Burrito Brothers classic “Sin City,” as part of the benefit soncert for Skye Farm Camp.
You can catch Lost Radio Rounders & Friends (guitarist-vocalists Kim Kilby and M.R. Poulopoulos, harmonicat-vocalist Ryan Dunham and bassist-vocalist Bob Ristau) in action at the Roots Music Festival at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany on Saturday night (March 23). The fest also features performances by Brown Bird, Red Haired Strangers, James Edmond’s Heavenly Echoes and Olivia Quillio. The fest starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15, and all proceeds from the fest will benefit Pastor Charlie’s J.C. Club, which helps feed inner city children in Albany.