Saturday, October 16, 2004
ongwriter Bob Westcott has been called the "real deal", and for good reason: Bob has been performing his elegant finger style guitar work for over 30 years. During the 60's Bob played in the basket houses of Greenwich Village, then moved to Manchester, England to explore the British Folk Scene. During the 70's Bob traveled throughout Canada and the US, living in the Midwest, California and Upstate NY before settling on Eastern Long Island.
is astonishing finger style guitar work and universally resonant songwriting have made him a perennial favorite on the Long Island scene and he impresses audiences wherever he goes. His performances are peppered with stories about his personal experiences, his travels and travails. This professional is also a Long Island Music Award nominee, and his album Rollin' Along finds frequent use in many a CD player.
ob has opened for several nationally-known performers, including John Hammond, Merle Haggard, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, The Nields, and most recently, Richard Shindell. Bob also performs as a member of the super group The Defibrillators, and Bob's annual Holiday Revue is a wildly popular event in which he presents his personal favorites to the Folk Music Society audience.
is latest CD release, Wherever You Go, is beautifully crafted an exploration of instrumental destinations. Quite different from his debut album, it transports the listener to aural landscapes of peace and serenity. Both timely and timeless, it is a richly textured journey into the complexities of a single guitar augmented by the occasional tasteful addition of percussion or synthesizer. This is not your typical new age exercise in sugary monotony; it is well grounded and substantial, yet delicate and airy ... an appealing choice for any fan of melodic instrumental music.
onight, Bob treated us to a wide selection of his songs this was a chance to see Bob's skilled musicianship shine on its own and enjoy this beloved performer in an intimate concert.Listen to Bob's music:
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arty Winkler is a NYC-based singer/songwriter whose most recent claim to fame is singing live for Les Paul on WOR-AM as a guest on the Joey Reynolds Show. Marty's first solo album Heavenly Bodies was released in 1998 in Minneapolis and has been played extensively by noted musicologist Jonathan Schwartz on his weekend show on WNYC. Schwartz has compared her co-writing with her husband, Noel Holston, to that of Stephen Sondheim and Lorenz Hart. Heavenly Bodies remains in the top one-third of all music sales on Amazon.com.
n 2001, Marty relocated to Long Island. Her farewell concert Kissing Minneapolis Goodbye became her second CD release. Her CD release party was held at the Broadhollow Theatre in Islip on New Year's Eve; it is currently receiving airplay on WFUV on the John Platt show.
rior to coming to the East Coast, Marty opened the Minneapolis date of Lilith Fair in 1999. This occasion gave her the opportunity to share the stage with such notable singers as Sara McLachlan, the Dixie Chicks and Indigo Girls. Twin City reviewers commented on how she held her own with the likes of Deborah Cox. From 1989 until 1996 Winkler performed with her group The Collective a female a cappella group composed of four singer/songwriters and percussionists. Marty is currently working with various instrumentalists on Long Island and in NYC.
arty opened her set tonight with a dynamite rendition of the classic Summertime, featuring an elegant scat riff that knocked our socks off. Performing with the delicate textured guitar accompaniment of Don Jeremiah, she followed up with a selection of her personal sensitive compositions that explore love and relationships, interspersed with a soaring What a Wonderful World. She topped off her set with a demanded encore, giving us her very smooth and cool version of Peggy Lee's Fever, and making it very much her own. This was her debut appearance at our Hard Luck Café; I can't wait for her to return.
Link to Marty Winkler's website: Listen to Marty's music:
Our host tonight was Scott MacDonald, and our open mike featured performances by:
If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...