Best of 2020: Rick Sleeper’s Annual Unsolicited Recap of Memorable Cock ‘n Bull music moments

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In the shithole of 2020, there were certainly a few sparkling diamonds worth remembering.  Video is not available for all of them, but here are a few pieces of time I hope not to forget…

Valentine’s Eve… Anthony da Costa does a set of his favorite love songs.  It was great.   Of course, it was.  He’s been here many times and never ceases to amaze…

Scott Sharrard became family here years ago.  I’ve long lost track of how many times he’s visited, the number of formats he’s delivered to us… trio, duos, solo, big band… it’s great every single time our brother comes home… here’s a piece of an evening this past year when he dragged his friend James Maddock along…

and our new friend James Maddock returned and brought the legendary Brian Mitchell with him…

While we were in “Shutdown” I had the opportunity to remove every table and chair from the barn.  Every table got stripped and resealed and the floor got a light sanding and 4 fresh coats of poly.  As spectacular as the acoustics are here, when the barn was empty it sang like I’d never before heard it.  I invited two close friends to share it before I put it back together..

First my friend and luthier extraordinaire, Steve Kovacik had the barn to himself with a guitar he built..

Next, resident artist, Galway’s own Angelina Valente… ok… maybe she wasn’t entirely alone…


We finally convinced Sean Rowe to get out here and do a patio concert for us.  Holy cow! “Trying to leave something behind” Yup.  You did.

Speaking of leaving something behind..I can’t type more than three words at a time without soaking my keyboard trying to imagine going forward with music here without the man I call “the father of Cock ‘n Bull music Miche Fambro… We miss you.  We love you. We will forever be grateful for the gifts you’ve left …

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