FIVE FIRSTS: Paul Gavry of Born Thirsty


NAME: Paul Gavry
INSTRUMENT: Accordion, fiddle, guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I don’t know, but first singles included Gene Pitney’s “Town Without Pity” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … 1966, RPI Fieldhouse: Simon & Garfunkel, although I have more distinct recollection of Little Anthony & the Imperials on the same bill.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Accordion. I took lessons for approximately seven years at Morrison & Putman in Amsterdam, and I must say that the experience provided a solid foundation for my capacity to read music.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I don’t know, but definitely played in annual Morrison & Putman recitals (see photo above, Paul is the tall one with the flat-top in the back row). It def was not “Lady of Spain.”

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Never was in a real band that played out, but occasionally did a garage thing with high school buds: Jim DeZolt, Roger Szurek, Larry Hewitt, Phil Barca (maybe?)

Paul Gavry suits up for one last gig with Born Thirsty at the Irish American Club in Amsterdam at 7pm on Saturday (January 28). It’s the band’s farewell performance before bandmembers Evan Gavry & Laura Jean Dargus relocate to New Orleans. With Turkey, Junk Rocket, Justin Hunt and special guest Evan Conway. French toast sticks and bacon will be served. Admission is $5 suggested donation at the door.

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