Saturday, April 19, 2003

on the same program with

Vincent Crici

VINCENT CRICIo quote Vincent: "Songwriting is one of the most powerful forms of expression! In just three or four minutes you can move mountains! I've come a long way since the first melody I wrote at fourteen years old, but I still get the same special feeling when I compose today."

incent Crici is well known at many open mic venues in the area. As an active member of the Island Songwriters Showcase, he has performed his torchy compositions at several songwriters-in-the-round events.

incent's songs are romantic with a homespun flavor, and follow strongly the themes of family, friendship and true love. His guitar playing accents his gentle tenor voice, which is sweetly reminiscent of Elvis Costello.

his was Vincent's second appearance at the Hard Luck Café, and he featured selections from his most recent self-produced album Against the Moonlight. His lyrics were thoughtful and personal, well-structured — he accompanied himself on guitar and piano and delivered his songs in his melodic, soft, mellow voice. This was a wonderful performance by a very good artist.

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and on the same program

The Homegrown String Band


he Homegrown String Band is a twenty-first century incarnation of the traditional family band with a sound that falls somewhere between that of the original Carter Family and The Blue Grass Boys. The band, which was literally homegrown, consists of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky and their two daughters, Erica and Annalee. They have been performing together at bluegrass, blues, and folk festivals, as well as in schools, libraries, and coffeehouses throughout the Northeast since 1997.

efore the inventions of radio and television made it possible to bring professional entertainment into our homes, it was common for families and communities to entertain themselves by singing and dancing to homemade music. In 1992, when they got rid of their television (traded for dance lessons), they sought out more traditional forms of entertainment.

he seeds were sown; now they have picked up where their grandparents left off, reviving an American musical tradition. While their music is based on the sounds of 19th and early 20th century country music, they can't help but be influenced by their own experience of two generations of modern American life, which they have added to the melting pot of traditional American music.

Homegrown String Band show is a rollicking ride through the sounds of American music, from the driving rhythms of old time dance tunes to the mournful sounds of old mountain ballads and blues. Those who caught their performance here enjoyed the sounds of fiddle, guitar, mountain dulcimer, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, jaw harp, banjo uke, and in a special treat, all three ladies wowed us with their percussive flatfoot dancing. They electrified our Hard Luck Café stage in their first appearance here.

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Our open mike tonight featured performances by:

  • Bill & Melissa Erhart
  • David Fersh
  • Bill Goldsmith
  • Dick Morrison
  • Vicki & the Maestro
  • the Folk Jam Groupies (Dave Gavin, Roger Silverberg, Alan Michaelson, Larry Lewitt, Barry Be, Lou Malfi)
  • Bob Mist
  • Gary Schoenberger
  • James O'Malley.
  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...