Saturday, March 18, 2006

Pat Wictor
on the same program with
Bill Neilon

Pat Wictor

Pat Wictor at opened the evening with a set of resonant melodies sung firmly and played brilliantly on his lap-slide guitar. His exuberant set was joined by talented guests from our audience, old friends like Little Toby Walker, Martha Trachtenberg and Tom Griffith, Bill Neilon, and Glenn Pettit.

teeped in American "roots" music, Pat Wictor is a contemporary songwriter and interpreter drawing on the rural country, gospel, and blues traditions of our nation. With flowing red hair and zen-like calm, he brings a hush over an audience, weaving several parts on his guitar and reaching into each listener's heart. People consistently delight in his wry observations and anecdotes, and in the generous spirit of his performances.

is singing voice is clean-living and hope-filled with a penchant for symbolic and spiritual imagery. His intricate lap slide guitar picking produces heart-felt blues-based roots and mountain music, and the inspiration for the melodies and language of Pat's original songs.

at has garnered increasing attention on the acoustic music circuit, with bookings at the major East coast festivals. As a finalist in the Solarfest song contest, and a semi-finalist at the Mountain Stage New Song Contest, Pat is also gaining recognition for his songwriting.

e won't soon forget this great evening with this very talented up-and-coming star in his Hard Luck Café debut.

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and on the same program

Bill Neilon

Bill Neilon ur second performer of the evening was the gifted and versatile Bill Neilon. Back in the 1970's, Bill had a well-deserved reputation as being one of the finest performers on the wine-and-cheese circuit on Long Island. He was a favorite of such bygone venues as the New Moon Cafe, the Hobbit Hole and the Wine Barrel, and he had a coterie of fans who would follow him faithfully on his regular nights at these haunts. Bill's style was unique in those Peaceful Easy Feeling folk-rock cover days: he blended percussive guitar and wailing harmonica into a good-time blues style that was distinctly his own.

hen the wine-and-cheese cafes faded away in the '80s, Bill retired from public performing, although he never stopped playing. Recently, Bill has brought his bluesy style back into the public eye. His smooth and silky vocals are an elegant counterpoint to his timeless Chicago-style flat-picking, and he punctuates his vocals with a rack-mounted harmonica, understated and flawlessly tasty. You might hear this versatile musician perform anything, ranging from good-time upbeat favorites such as Little Walter's Just Your Fool to the blistering Heart Attack and Vine by Tom Waits to an utterly heartbreaking read of John Prine's enigmatic classic Killing the Blues. Bill is no slouch at slide, either, and can get toes tapping and an audience rocking with him in moments.

Bill Neilon and Glen Pettit ill's fine vocals and sterling playing of his three guitars and the harmonicas was augmented tonight by the limber back-up accompaniment from Glen Pettit.

e're looking forward to seeing Bill again.

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

  • Ed Wernersbach   Ed Wernersbach

  • Glen RoethelGlen Roethel

  • Richard BarnhartRichard Barnhart

  • Mike KornfeldMike Kornfeld

  • Denise RomasDenise Romas

  • Paul HelouPaul Helou

  • Martha Trachtenberg & Tom Griffith

  • Philip Minissale Philip Minissale with Pat Wictor Philip Minissale with Pat Wictor

  •   ... and   Walt SargentWalt Sargent

  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...