LIVE: Betty & the Baby Boomers @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 2/1/14
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Betty & the Baby Boomers, stalwarts of the Hudson Valley Folk Scene, once again brought their beautiful voices and harmonies to the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady to kick off the February concert calendar.
This visit was especially poignant as the four original members of the group – Paul Rubeo, Jean Valla-McAvoy, Betty Boomer and Steve Stanne – are closely associated with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc., a special project founded by late Pete Seeger dedicated to cleaning up the Hudson River.
The recent addition of bassist Robert Bard and special guest Irish harpist Lynn Soirse added richness to their full sound as they performed a wide repertoire of songs, ranging from songs frequently performed on the Clearwater to Pete Seeger favorites and Celtic folk songs.