The North Water duo from central New York have a lot to celebrate on Sunday.
A reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, 7010 Lakeport Road, Chittenango, marks the release of two separate CDs.
Clifton Chandler and Dana Klipp recently released “Live at the Wellwood”, a collection of bluegrass and pre-bluegrass music, and “Songs of Faith”, a collection of spiritual songs.
And these came shortly after âAmericana, On and Off the Porch,â a collection of three songs that date back to the beginning of the couple’s quarter-century of play.
âWhen I say early music, I mean songs that date from 1900 to 1940,â Chandler says. “We’re going to increase it slightly to include Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, their first stuff.”
The three-CD set was released last summer, to be sold at the various festivals that the duo play. All 27 songs were recorded in the early 1980s. âIt captured the essence of who we were,â says Chandler, who added that he and Klipp were thrilled to find the masters to release the collection.
Chandler had a good 2009.
Last summer he won the National Old Fashioned Harmonica Competition and came third in the Old Fashioned Blues Singing Competition at Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
âI was the only one in northern Virginia to have competed,â he says proudly.
Chandler says that he and Klipp – who is known in acoustic music circles for his work with the late and great Libba Cotten in his later years – have their motto, âWe’re looking for a book. “
âOur sights include ‘Prairie Home Companion’ with Garrison Keillor,â Chandler says.
All three CDs are available from the Olive Branch florist in Chittenango. It is a natural place. Klipp lives in Chittenango and Klipp in Canastota.
The Sunday reception is billed as North Water and Friends as the duo are joined by pals Perry Cleaveland and John Dancks. It’s free, but donations will be accepted.
Here is an excerpt from the âAmericanaâ 3 CD set. It’s “Walkin ‘Irish,” written by Chandler.
Here is an excerpt from “Songs of Faith and Hope”. It’s further”.
Here is an excerpt from “Live at the Wellwood”. It’s “No letter in the mail”.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT SATURDAY FOR THE IRISH SPIRIT
Saturday would likely be the official kickoff for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in these areas, with the parade starting at noon and ending on South Salina Street.
But Irish blood begins to flow at 7pm tonight, when Canadian favorites The Glengarry Bhoys play at McNamara’s Pub, 5600 Newport Road, Camille.
The concert is sponsored by the Irish Power Hour radio show and the Syracuse Irish Festival.
Tickets are $ 20, available at the door.
EDDIE FAGAN: 51 YEARS OLD AND STILL STRONG
Eddie Fagan sent me a lovely handwritten note last week, and the string player signed with the greeting, “Entertaining 51 years old.”
How cool is that?
Eddie Fagan and his friends appear during a Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. jam session at McCarthy’s Pub in Camillus.
Fagan invites everyone to âhave fun, eat and danceâ. Fagan sings, plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and mandolin, and offers over 500 songs.
He included in his note a diary excerpt from a photo of the “three children Fagan, Ed, Francis and Tom” singing “April Showers” with a children’s minstrel show in 1949 in Cornwall, NY.
JEN GRANT, JAMES OAKES AT WISE GUYS; IT COULD BE YOU
Headliners this week at Wise Guys Comedy Club & Bistro, 201 S. Salina St., Syracuse, are Canadian Jen Grant and James Oakes of Big Apple.
Sessions are 7:30 p.m. today and 8 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The cover charge for the stand-up show is $ 15. Call 477-9898.
Other news from Wise Guys is the debut of “The Gong Show Amateur Night”.
It begins this Wednesday, at 7 p.m., and will take place every week.
The format: an open microphone stage is installed in the living room. Anyone who wishes can have five minutes to present material. Wise Guys asks for it to be tasteful … and funny.
Call the number above to register.
MUSIC NOTES VIDEOS: Irish Power Hour and The Causeway Giants co-hosts
This week’s episode of the video version of “Music Notes” features an interview with Sean Johnston and Cabrina Gilbert, co-hosts of the weekly radio show “Irish Power Hour” at 6 p.m. Sundays on 105.9 FM , as well as an acoustic performance of the song “The Night That Paddy Murphy Died” by the Causeway Giants, the Celtic group in which Johnston plays drums. The Causeway Giants play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Johnston’s Ballybay Pub, 550 Richmond Avenue, Syracuse. The party also features Irish dance performances by students from the Johnston School of Dance, as well as pipers and drummers. There is no admission fee and it is a party for all ages. Find the interview and the song at www.syracuse.com/music.
NEXT WEEK’S PLANNER: Get Your Face On Joe Driscoll DVD
Syracuse singer-songwriter Joe Driscoll will be hitting the cameras at a handful of shows next week. The guy who bridges the worlds of hip-hop, folk and funk with his voice, guitar and loop machine decided to fly over his London friend Ben Dowden to work with him on a live DVD shot in Syracuse. . âWe’re going to be filming three shows in Syracuse and some studio performances,â Driscoll said. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the ThÃ©Ã¢tre du CollÃ¨ge Le Moyne, at 9 p.m. on March 19 at Funk’N Waffles and at 10 p.m. on March 20 at Bull & Bear, which is a collaboration with Sophistafunk. The Le Moyne show is open to everyone and is free. The Funk’N Waffles Show is for all ages, and the Bull & Bear Show is 21 and over, both with a cover charge of $ 8.
Mark Bialczak’s âMusical Notesâ column appears on Thursdays in The Post-Standard. To reach Bialczak with news, email [email protected], mail: Mark Bialczak, The Post-Standard, PO Box 4915, Syracuse, NY 13221, or call 315-470-2175.