Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006

To celebrate the Holiday season, our favorite legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter, Bob Westcott, brought his annual revue of talented performers to Huntington. He treated us with a couple of well roasted chestnuts, and then presented his showcase of some of the most talented and exciting performers in the Huntington area. This years' lineup featured:

    WES HOUSTON Longtime frontman for the Wes Houston band, Wes was one of the first songwriters to prove that local musicians can develop a devoted following. Wes has been a major figure on the original music scene since the earliest Greenwich Village folk club days, when he accompanied the Reverend F. D. Kirkpatrick and was a writer for Broadside magazine. In the forty-some years ensuing, Wes has penned hundreds of tunes, appearing most often with his roots-based band. In 2000, Wes received a Grammy nomination as one of the musicians featured in the Broadside box set. This is a very rare solo appearance.

    KEN "the Rocket" KORB and BRUCE MacDONALD Ragtime fingerstyle guitarist Bruce MacDonald has joined forces with legendary harmonica player/multi-instrumentalist Ken Korb to create a distinctively antique-flavored modern blues duo. Between them, they have decades of performing history, but they have only begun performing together since mid-October. This pair so charmed the judges of the Annual Long Island Blues Challenge that they were voted to be the acoustic music representatives for Long Island at the Challenge in Memphis this coming February.

    TORNADO ALLEY One of Long Island's newest aggregates, Vincent Crici, Tim Huss, Lora Kendall, Robert Langley and Sonny Speed formed Tornado Alley about 18 months ago. They each have distinctive styles, but they decided to experiment with blending many genres of roots music with their original songs into a new, harmony-based reflection of their personalities. In addition to switching vocal duties and harmonizing on each others' tunes, the members of Tornado Alley are nimble instrumentalists, and often switch instruments to suit the songs.

This evening was a big treat and gave all a merry beginning to the holiday season!