Two shows, two venues
Aug 9, 7 PM – Edwards Opera House. $10, $5 for ages 6 -12, under 12 are free
Aug 10, 2 PM – Robin McClellan’s House near Sanfordville. $10 at the door.
A little nostalgia…
Back in the day when the Wild Oat was young, these three young guitarists were just starting their careers in music here in Potsdam. It was a heady time for music in the North Country: David Danks was singing, “Eyes Like Cherries” with the St. Regis River Valley String Band (their fiddle player CW would go on to be first violin in the Baltimore Symphony), Double Axel and Wally Seibel’s All Star Big Band were starting on their long incarnations, Dave van Ronk played the Oat, Roy Bookbinder graced Giant Steps (Joel Ray’s little bookstore at 1 Market St.), Little Feat played at least once a year at SLU, Fairport Convention was an end-of-year headliner at Clarkson (who knew the Clarkson/British Folk Revival connection?!), James Cotton, and Eddy Shaw and the Wolfpack rocked Django’s, and Rene Fleming was singing jazz in Alger’s. But the clearest and sweetest memories I have are of Paul and Danny as a duo and John, Danny and Michael Hadfield as the Raquette River Rounders.
When it was suggested that we borrow Joe Liotta’s name for Paul, Danny and Dick Stephan’s show on Norwood Green—Guitar Legends of the North Country—Danny said, “I’d say just call it ‘three good guys and their music’ or something like that. I sure as hell am no ‘guitar legend,’ I’m just a regular Joe. Sheez.” Well maybe not in his own eyes, but in mine and many others, these guys are the stuff of legends and their music has brought great joy to my life and many others. I am deeply honored to call them friends and honored that they have agreed play here.
There is no reserved seating but no one will be turned away. Please do try to arrive before the show starts, though.
I hope to see you here or there, or better yet, here and there.