Saturday, Feb 18, 2006

Tornado Alley
on the same program with
Gerry McKeveny

Gerry McKeveny

Gerry McKeveny erry McKeveny grew up wanting to play the guitar. His musical education led him along a varied and meandering path, with early influences ranging from Van Morrison to John Fahey to Merle Travis and beyond.

ell known for his exquisite fingerstyle compositions, Gerry is familiar to Folk Society audiences; he has performed at the Hard Luck Café with his musical partner Joe Caggiano, and he was a featured performer at one of Bob Westcott's Holiday Revues.

erry has an elegant and understated vocal style, but he has concentrated on showcasing his dynamic fingerpicking on his most recent CD release Healing Season: Guitarsong.

erry's lyrical style has gotten the attention of luminaries such as Artie Traum and David Roth, as well as Grammy-award winner and American songwriting icon Roseanne Cash.

onight, Gerry brought to the Hard Luck Café some of the prettiest tunes and the most sweet accomplished guitar playing this side of Montauk.

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and on the same program

Tornado Alley

year ago, Island Songwriters Showcase members Sonny Speed, Tim Huss and Vincent Crici, three singer-songwriters with very distinct musical personalities, decided to join forces with percussionist Robert Langley and form Tornado Alley. As their distinctive styles merged into a unified sound, an experiment in original American roots music was born.

onight, they treated us to the thrills of their BIG sound that resonated as an acoustic revival band with sumptuous vocal harmonies on their diverse original compositions.

he members of Tornado Alley challenge themselves to write all original material that reflects the many genres of roots music: bluegrass, country, gospel, traditional blues and folk idioms found in California, New England and the Texas plains. A signature of Tornado Alley's sound is their emphasis of three- and four-part harmonies, coupled with up-tempo energy and universal appeal. The Tornado Alley line-up is also adept at seamlessly switching instruments and roles: Vincent Crici on vocals, guitar, bass and mandolin; Tim Huss on vocals, guitar and bass; Robert Langley on percussion and backing vocals; Sonny Speed on vocals, guitar, mandolin bass, harmonica and melodica. Tornado Alley has just finished recording its first CD and will release it very soon.

heir set capped a delightful evening of contemporary music.

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

  • Samuel P. Lazow
  • John Bechoff & Lora Kendall
  • Lowell Meyer
  • Nick Vermitsky
  • David Bailey
  • Hector & Rich
  • Claude Margouleff
  • Steve Robinson
  •   ... and   Mary LaMont & Jim Marchese
  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...