Down to the Wire: Another Benefit Concert For Tedra

Mark Lyon
Mary Ann Casale

Sunday, October 28, 4:00 PM

At The Hermitage
(Robin McClellan’s home)
in Sanfordville.

I am excited that Mary Ann, a dear friend and a regular here, will join Mark for the final benefit of this campaign season at the Hermitage. They were scheduled to kick off this year in January, but when Mary Ann fell ill, it turned into a solo concert for Mark who carried it brilliantly. Now, at last, they will perform together and it should be a great show.

Tedra has had an amazing quarter, raising $715,000, primarily from individual donors and without accepting contributions from corporate PACs. 65% of her donors live in the 21st Congressional District and 87% live in New York State. And she has crisscrossed the district, talking with and listening to the people in it.

I have known Tedra for many years. She combines a passion for the region and those of us who live in it with the ability to work with people of all stripes to craft policies that are effective and fair. This is something sorely needed in these divisive times. I truly believe that she will serve the needs of the people in this district because she knows and understands those needs and will work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be effective.  For more information on Tedra go to her web page or her Facebook page.

If you aren’t able to attend and want to donate to her incredible grassroots campaign, click here!

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Mary Ann

Mark draws from folk, blues, country, and bluegrass and is guided by nature and ethereal influences. He teaches guitar with the Musical Way Academy. Mary Ann says, “He is a very very very VERY good guitar player. He is very engaging with the audience and his easy way is something that you don’t find too often. He plays to play, not to perform.”

He is also interested in the use of music in the healing arts. “It is my goal to make people feel when they listen to my music,” said Mark. In addition to playing, he built his own guitar in local luthier, Tracy Cox’s shop. He is recording at SUNY Potsdam this fall and winter and hopes to release his first album soon. He is also working on a full band project.

Mary Ann has had a  busy year of touring both as a duo with Tas Cru and a member of his Band of Tortured Souls. With over 60 performances from the famous Rum Boogie Café on Beal Street in Memphis to a summer filled with festivals throughout the northeast and Canada, this has been a year of travel. She has also logged in many hours recording full backup vocals for 3 of Tas’ albums at Subcat Studios in Syracuse. Her Sammy Award (Syracuse Area Music Award) nominated album, Restless Heart has gotten a good amount of national and international airplay.

2018 was a busy year as she set out to join the band mid-tour with a lineup of 7 shows in Topeka, Kansas, and Memphis in mid-January. This tour had also earned her a spot on the acclaimed Women in Blues Showcase Stage in Memphis. She has co-written two songs Heal My Soul and the acclaimed Memphis Song for Tas Cru’s latest album, Memphis Song,  as well as adding multiple vocal tracks for that album. After a full summer of performances both locally, nationally, and in Canada, she’s currently writing for two new projects. She continues to do small concert venues locally and on the national blues festival circuit and is booking into 2019.

I hope you’ll be able to come out and listen to great music and support our local candidate for Congress.


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