Saturday, March 20, 2004

James O'Malley
on the same program with
The Defibrillators

James O'Malley

JAMES O'MALLEY ocal favorite James O'Malley is definitely a musician's musician; he is clearly one of our favorites, and he has proven himself to be an audience favorite everywhere. His sweet voice and gentle finger style on the guitar will enthrall the most jaded listener, as he did tonight.

he warm and intimate melodies that he crafts beautifully frame the direct and honest stories that he tells. James has enjoyed national success with the acoustic band The Braid, and local audiences have been thoroughly pleased by James's solo work in recent years.

ames's superb first solo album, I'm Ready, contains much-requested songs such as If I Ain't got the Blues ... by Now and his heart-wrenching song of childhood Jimmy and John, as well as twelve other well crafted songs. All of the songs were written and composed by James, except for his tender rendition of Danny Boy. James is near to releasing his next album, and he treated us tonight with several fine examples of songs from this.

and on the same program

The Defibrillators

THE DEFIBRILLATORS he Defibrillators are affectionately known as the World's Oldest BoyBand. A chance encounter at the Golden Requiem Nursing Home communal dining room brought Sonny Meadows, Sonny Speed, 'Pops' Westcott, Bob Cattrano and Rob Langley together, along with Dr. Max Foreman. Realizing that they could make a lot of noise and not get in trouble for it, a musical supergroup was born.

'POPS' WESTCOTT he Defibrillators are known for their good-humored bluesy original songs, which extol the joys of growing old gracelessly. At last year's Riverhead Blues Festival, the Defibs rocked the lawn, and introduced an appreciative audience to Senior Citizen Rock and Blue-Haired Blues, before it was time to head back to the Home. The Defibrillators' eponymous CD has received rave reviews from the LI Press, the Good Times, AuralFix, and Act II- the retirement section of Newsday.

BACK FROM THE DEAD or the Hard Luck Cafe, the Defibs promised to turn up their hearing aids and turn down their amps. Promises, promises, promises ... they were as loud and raucus as ever, but we loved 'em.

Our host tonight was Amy, and our open mike featured performances by:

  • Nick Vermitsky
  • Estelle Hendrich
  • Ed Wernersbach
  • Richard Barnhardt
  • Barry Be
  • Debra Lynn
  • Lois Morton
  • Jessica Helm
  • Alan Michaelson
  • Mike Soloway
  • Kelly Dunn
  •   ... and   John-Flor Sisente
  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...