October 31, 2016 · 8:07 am
Mary Ann Casale and Tas Cru
House Concert Benefit
Local Living Venture
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 PM
At Robin McClellan’s (The Hermitage)
Suggested Donation: $10
These two talented and generous musicians are once again playing to raise money, this time for the benefit of the Local Living Venture. I hope you will come and listen to their beautiful music and support the tireless work of the Local Living Venture. The suggested donation is $10 and reservations are not required.
“You can’t put a label on her music. It is blues & folk with a fine dose of soul & jazz. Twelve fine songs that are worth listening to.”
Since they last played here, Mary Ann has released her CD “Restless Heart” to critical acclaim:
~ Eric Campfens, Barn Owl Blues, The Netherlands
“With a real ‘when music was music’ vibe running throughout, this singer/songwriter in bluesy trappings hits it out of the park with just the right sound & fury.”
~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record, Lake Zurich, IL
“Whatever the styles, Mary Ann’s vocals will snare you with their honest emotion.”
~ Music Morsels Reviews
Tas Cru’s new album Simmered & Stewed is a collection of previously recorded material that has been re-mastered with new instrumentation, backup vocals, and a new sound. Like a fine wine, or a delicious stew that has mellowed over the years, Simmered and Stewed proves that some songs get better age. It is available on the VizzTone label and releases Nov. 12th. Pre-release copies will be available at this show!
For more information click here to go to my website where you will find directions.
I hope you’ll be able to come out and listen to great music in support of a great cause!
Saturday, November 5
As Alex Smith winds down his packed fair weather tour—performing over 150 concerts across the US and as far away as Vienna and Barcelona—he is returning home to the North Country. And he has agreed to play here at the Hermitage! I’m really looking forward to hearing what he’s put together over his touring season and I’m sure he’ll be playing some songs off his new album, Close to Home.
For those of you who haven’t had the privilege to hear Alex, this is a great place to do it. Alex is a lot like Stan Rogers whose sonorous baritone voice and moving lyrics captured life in Cape Breton and the Maritimes. Both of them are young (tragically Stan died before he turned 34 in 1983), both write about a sense of place, and both bring a sense of wisdom and authenticity usually only gained over many years.
Alex grew up in Long Lake, in the heart of New York’s Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and foremost to echo the culture of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today’s most pressing issues with grace while paying homage to the musical tradition of the region.
Alex’ characters, though fictional, live and breathe a balance between beauty and imperfection. His stories draw on the triumphs and hardships of friends, relatives, and neighbors near and far, and he has worked tirelessly to carry the music of northern New York to audiences nationwide.
I hope you will join me in celebrating his return!
“Alex is a wonderful poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present, and sneaking a peek at the future.”
– Bob Everhart, Country Music News International
“Alex is a natural storyteller with a rich voice who is creating poignant songs rooted in the heritage of his Adirondack home.”
– Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY)