Here's a photo from my return to The Orange Blossom Opry. Notice they call me Bill in this photo...so I guess you can call me Billy Bob. I must have made quite an impression! Kidding aside, thanks to the folks for having me out again!
I can't remember having more fun than spending a night at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale, FL.
We've been there before…but this was my first time on stage. The Orange Blossom Opry Band is about as good as it gets and Suzanne Morgan, lead singer and general manager runs it well. She is letting me come back to the stage tomorrow, February 11th…how about that. It will be a great show, so come on out if you can.
St. Joseph House 2014 Bluegrass Benefit Concert Friday, April 25, 7:30 PM Synod Hall, 125 North Craig St., (Oakland) Pittsburgh Tickets $20 at the door or call 412.471.0666 or visit www.ccpgh.org under "Upcoming Events"
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So much of the painting game is in the seeing. It's value is equal to the execution part, maybe more.
We spent part of the last winter in central Florida at a place called The Villages. This is an active community that finds reason to celebrate just about anything so you can imagine how they go at Mardi Gras. The Queenbee and I were wandering through a town square one evening and came across a Mardi Gras parade complete with a performing band of New Orleans style called the Perseverance Brass Band.
We certainly enjoyed their show and I couldn't help but see potential paintings everywhere. The crowds were such that doing anything on-site was out of the question. I did have my iPad with me and was able to hold it in the air and capture some images. I took some, then used them as a refresher to do some sketches and a couple small paintings.
Here is one of them. I call it "Mardi Gras". It is a 12 x 16 watercolor on Arches cold press.
Come to Aurora West Virginia next Saturday night, September 21st, for an evening of mountain music memories with fiddle tunes, classic country music, a little bluegrass and a bit of honky tonk at The BrooksideInn. I'm looking forward to joining JEREMIE and Friends on mandolin.
JEREMIE and Friends includes Jeremie Hamilton on fiddle, Steve Reeves with guitar and vocals, and Sam Lauder on bass. Pictured here is Jeremie, Steve and myself. The music starts at 7pm.
For more information on The Brookside Inn & Retreat Center visit their website or on Facebook.
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The concert kicks off a year of festivities commemorating St. Joseph's 75th anniversary of outreach to the homeless. Founded in 1937 by Father Charles Owen Rice at a time when one third of Pittsburgh's employable were unemployed, St. Josephs' provided meals, rooms, and other necessities. At one time, both men's and women's shelters were also operating.
Today, St. Joseph's is located on Bedford Avenue in Pittsburgh's Hill District in the former Roselia Foundling and Maternity Hospital where 59 men ages 50 or older receive a room, three meals a day and supportive services. In addition to celebrating the 75th anniversary, administrator Paul Dvorchak enters his 25th year with St. Joseph's. He and his son, Paul Jr. will once again be performing at the bluegrass concert with the group, Fern Hollow Boys.
"The concert has become a family affair as my son and I have played in every one," Dvorchak said. "My wife and daughter are integral to helping plan and carry off the event that is just plain fun for all involved, the musicians who donate their time, and the audience who enjoy the music."
Thursday, July 14, was a big day for the bluegrass painter. Finally got this old computer back from the Mac Doctor and it seems to be running fine. Interesting how one gets to depend on these things that just a short time ago were (at least to me) an annoyance.
This is the first post in a month and a chance to say what a great time we had at the Del McCoury concert this past Thursday in Pittsburgh. I've seen bluegrass shows before and seen Del's band live before but it doesn't get any better...probably a combination of the band, the venue, the enthusiastic audience and the weather.
Del and his band seemed to be having as good a time as the fans...
Our stay in Pittsburgh was brief as my banjo picking grandson, Thomas, and I headed right back to the mountains looking forward to a weekend of our own mountain music.
Support of a tribute to those who have contributed and sacrificed so much for all of us here in the USA is something that needs to be done. We are more than a little proud to be associated with the project and, particularly, with all of the individuals who are making it happen.
The coming event is being held at VFW Post 2324 in Indian Trail, NC, just outside Charlotte, on Saturday, January 29. If you are at all in the area come on out and support this worthy project. Good music, lots of fun and fellowship...check the details of the entertainers, time, place, etc on this poster.
Your old bluegrass painter plans to be there...come on out and say hello.
We were honored to be a part of the recent John McCutcheon concert, sponsored by Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, on August 7th. GLAF invited us to hang a display of music art in the college gallery for the reception that followed John McCutcheon's stellar performance. What super talent.
John McCutcheon, meeting the folks at the after reception.
Some of the art that we hung in the gallery.
Petunia's favorite..."Faded Love". I don't think she'll ever let me sell it.
Jeff Reitz and I. Jeff was the winner of the raffle.
Ireland is delightful...We got back to the States Monday night. Great trip. Good music and craic in the pubs of Kinsale, Kenmare and Ennis; and, a bunch of sketches and photos to develop into my next Eire art series of paintings.
And, not the least of it are the new friends we made in each of these towns and their surrounds. My prime motivation for this trip was to learn more about traditional Irish fiddle technique. Couldn't have had a better teacher than Gill Newlyn of Kerry Fiddles, an enterprise run by Gill and her husband, Chris Liddle. They not only instructed in Irish music but introduced us to some fine musicians and singers in the Kenmare area.
Here's Eddie, Chris, me and Gill in Gill and Chris' home studio. Quite talented people these Kerry Fiddle folks. Gill is an accomplished performer in traditional Irish music as well as jazz and contemporary. Chris teaches guitar, writes music, performs as both a singer and instrumentalist and records. They are very popular as a duo.
It was hard to leave Kenmare. But, I will put the return here on my list of highest priorities. We had the pleasure of enjoying some fine evenings at Crowley's Bar, run by Peter Crowley. Peter is a real fan, picker and singer of down home country music. Wednesday night it is all country music in Peter's Bar and we could only say thanks for them letting us join in. These folks and places will be showing up in the new Irish paintings and I'll post them here.