McGeary’s to Host a Benefit for Caroline MotherJudge

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For decades, Caroline “MotherJudge” Isachsen has been a pillar of the Albany music scene and beyond through her singing, her songwriting and her commanding presence. She has always been a huge supporter of the arts and artists in Greater Nippertown.

Over the years, she’s been the leader of such bands as the Siren Sisters String Band, MotherJudge & the Urban Holiness Society and Wood. Last year, she and Mitch Elrod released their debut duo album, Cold Warrior. And, of course, she’s the founder and longtime host of the weekly Best Damn Open Mic Ever (BDOME), first at Tess’ Lark Tavern and currently on Wednesday evenings at McGeary’s Pub.

Caroline has helped out countless people and families in their time of need through her fundraising efforts. She is presently battling pancreatic cancer. As one might expect, this has put an enormous emotional and financial burden on her family. Now it’s our turn to help her and her family during this trying time.

From 12noon-6pm on Sunday March 3, McGeary’s Irish Pub in Albany is hosting “For MotherJudge: An Afternoon of Fundraising and Celebration.” Admission is by donation. Please give what you can and enjoy an afternoon of music, friendship, celebration and camaraderie.

Here’s the schedule of performers:

12NOON: THE NORTH & SOUTH DAKOTAS
Guitarist Mark Retajczyk was a frequent guest of the BDOME and guest hosted a couple of times. Their y’alternative bluegrass will dazzle.

1:15pm: JIM GAUDET & THE RAILROAD BOYS
Caroline’s husband, Sten Isachsen plays in this band of bluegrass and honky-tonkin’ kingpins featuring the super songs and wry sense of humor of bandleader Jim Gaudet, along with a few choice covers that stretch from Johnny Horton to Dire Straits.

3pm: RAMBLIN JUG STOMPERS
A cute history could be written here, but Caroline goes back a long way with all of the members of this vintage Americana quartet. RJS are an Albany mainstay, and they are all pillars of the music scene like Caroline. A special tip o’ the hat to Michael Eck, who was a bandmate with Caroline in Wood.

4:45pm: THESE ARE THE HITS
All members of the Hits co-hosted the BDOME with Caroline at one point or another, and it is only because of the BDOME that this is a band at all. John Brodeur (NYC), Albie von Schaaf (Lancaster. PA) and Bob Buckley (never left home) reunite with guest drummer Greg Nash. Everything from AC to ZZ. No rehearsal, no set list, no problem.

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