Sloop Singer Reunion 2009

Sloop Singer Reunion 2009
photo by Econosmith

Hudson River Sloop Singers in Croton-on-Hudson NY 1986

Hudson River Sloop Singers in Croton-on-Hudson NY 1986
photo by Bob Yahn

Apr 15, 2015

May 3rd poster and Press Release Lake Worth, FL



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Mel and Vinnie Present:  “Sing Out”
A Concert Tribute to Pete and Toshi Seeger and benefit for the Beacon Sloop Club restoration of the sloop Woody Guthrie

Sunday May 3rd, Rain or Shine 2PM-6PM
Scottish Rite Masonic Center and Gray Mockingbird Community Garden
2000 N D Street Lake Worth Florida 33460

Contact: Maryellen Healy (Mel) 845-399-4630 spittoonstudios@gmail.com

Admission:  $5 Cash at the door, children under 12 free!!

“Sing Out” is a family fun event for kids of every age, including a concert and potluck supper bring a delicious covered dish (non-delicious dishes are discouraged).
Other Activities include:
**  A half hour video, “Broad Old River : Pete Seeger and Friends, an Oral History of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater” will be shown with a Q&A session after with Andy Mele, former Executive Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

** Tours of the Grey Mockingbird Community Garden.  If you haven’t visited this tranquil little Lake Worth gem then this event is your opportunity!

**After the event from 6PM till they kick us out there will be a story and song circle in the garden for everyone!  Please bring instruments, drums, whistles, kazoos and of course your beautiful voices lifted in song!

Pete & Toshi Seeger were married almost 70 years. He was an iconic singer-songwriter best known for his contributions to the American folk music revival and his activism for social justice. He received three music Grammy Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award among various other honors, during his lifetime. She was a potter, photographer, filmmaker, dancer, driving force and organizing partner in a variety of projects with her husband.

“Sing Out” will include musical tributes to Pete Seeger performed by area musicians including:
·       Allan Aunapu - was enlisted to rig and captain the Clearwater on its maiden voyage in 1969 from Maine to NY Harbor, the start of a long friendship with Pete and Toshi Seeger.  His songs and stories will captivate you.
·       Bob Lusk - A veteran of both the Irish and American folk circuit, Bob is an experienced balladeer. His powerful baritone moves from rousing "pub song" favorites to tender love songs as he accompanies himself on guitar, cittern, banjo, and concertina.
·       Fifi - Dorothea Killian was a backup singer to Bruce Springsteen in the 60s, a Hudson River Sloop Singer and active with the NJ sloop club, Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater. She is best known as a mime and puppeteer.
·       Kat Mahoney – With a powerful voice and a unique style Kat has an abiding love for acoustic, folk and Americana music.
·       Katherine Archer – an exciting live performer, her remarkable voice, signature guitar, mandolin skills and lucid songwriting create an intimate and powerful bond with her audience.
·       Marie Nofsinger  - AKA the “OUTLAW SONGWRITER” is an Award winning songwriter, national touring performer and recording artist, she will take you on a journey into the soul of America
·       Mel and Vinnie - Maryellen Healy and Vincent Cerniglia are friends of the Seeger family, members of the Hudson River Sloop Singers, sailors of the sloop Woody Guthrie and remain active in projects Pete started. They wrote the Lake Worth anthem “It Feels Like Home to Me”
·       Robert Killian – Robert sang his song "There'll Come A Day" on Tomorrow's Children, Pete Seeger's Grammy award winning album with the Rivertown Kids. He founded the NJ Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater and helped start the FL Aquarian Quest program.
·       Ron and Bari Litschauer – Founding members of “The Roadside Revue” band. Bari owns The Amp Shop & Music Parlor, a music store she founded in 1994. Ron’s studio, Acoustic Music Productions, has been in business since 1987.
·       Tracy Sands - a traditional Irish singer and contemporary Irish vocalist, her beautiful vocals with both Irish ballads and contemporary songs will warm your soul

 Contact: Maryellen Healy (Mel) 845-399-4630 spittoonstudios@gmail.com






Mar 27, 2015

May 3rd in Lake Worth, FL

Archival photo of Pete and Toshi Seeger outside the Beacon Sloop Club

In South Florida on May 3rd with first Captain Allan J. Aunapu , mid 80s 2nd mate Maryellen Healy, early sailor Robert Killian, pumpkin sailor Fifi, former executive director Andy Mele, , rabble rousers Mel and Vinnie Clearwater favorites Bob Luskand Katherine Archer and South Florida favorites Kat Mahoney, Marie Nofsinger, Ron and Bari L. Litschauer, Tracy Sands and Mike Vullo aka Theopolis Wonderbread. Pulling together in fabulous, quirky Lake Worth FL to raise money for the restoration of the Beacon Sloop Club's Woody Guthrie. Looking for sponsors spittoon studios@gmail.com.

Sunday May 3.  2 -6pm.  Mel and Vinnie present:  Sing Out! A Tribute to Pete and Toshi Seeger (On his 96th birth date) Benefit for the Beacon Sloop Club restoration of the sloop Woody Guthrie. $5 adults, children under 12 free. In concert:  Allan Aunapu, Bob Lusk, Fifi, Kat Mahoney, Katherine Archer, Marie Nofsinger, Mel and Vinnie, Robert Killian, Ron and Bari Litschauer, Tracy Sands, Mike Vullo.  Rain or Shine 2000 N D Street, Lake Worth 33460
Community potluck – bring food/drink to share
Garden tours – Gray Mockingbird Community Garden
Concert with some stories from folks who knew Pete and Toshi Seeger
Video –Broad Old River, “Pete Seeger and Friends, an Oral History of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater” half hour followed by Q & A with Andy Mele, former Executive Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater  Hudson River Sloop Singers
Followed by the after party - Story/Song share out in the garden
After party 6pm - Story/Song share out in the garden, bring instruments and voices.
In partnership with the Lake Worth Scottish Rite and Gray Mockingbird Community Garden Seeking sponsors and helpers, contact: spittoonstudios@gmail.com, Maryellen (Mel) Healy 845-399-4630.

Feb 20, 2015

Broad Old River trailer

Here's a trailer for the Broad Old River video we produced with Rik Palieri.  The video is getting more play as we gather to remember Pete and Toshi Seeger.

Broad Old River is an oral history of the sloop Clearwater as told by Pete Seeger and Hudson River Sloop Singers.  It is part of the Rik Palieri Collection in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

We will get some posts up from activities post January 2014, for now take less than 2 minutes to view the trailer.

Aug 16, 2013

Last two pictures sold!

At the Beacon Sloop Club concert to benefit the sloop Woody Guthrie we sold the last two Econosmith pictures for $600 each!  Thank you Chuck and Gina Bell and Vane Lashua. 

Oct 15, 2011

A story from Rik Palieri

A story from Rik

Rik's first concert with Pete in Hoboken, NJ


Clearwater is reinventing the Pumpkin Sail festival this year, Rik Palieri had the opportunity to be a part of it and he got to thinking about how he came down this road and shared this a story from Rik which links to another blog.

Mar 18, 2011

FL promo


Free Screenings
Song Writer’s Notebook
CONTACT:            Spittoon Studios – 845 744 5483            Vinnie Cerniglia
                              melhealy@yahoo.com

Back in November 2009, we were able to gather a whole batch of old Clearwater friends to do a concert together and do some interviews about the Sloop Clearwater and The Hudson River Sloop Singers.  We were lucky that so many old friends came to join in the fun. Months later after lots of editing and with the combined energy of  Koza Productions, Spittoon Studios & LCA TV - VCAM we put together a half hour video featuring Pete Seeger and  friends.

The concert celebrates the release of the Broad Old River 2 CD.  Four decades of sloop singers and family came together in Pete’s 90th year at the Clearwater Beacon sloop club to sing the songs together again. The video tells how a group of people can come together and make a dream come to life.  Screening will be followed by music. CDs will be available for purchase. $15 from each CD sold benefits maintenance and restoration on the sloops Woody Guthrie and Clearwater. 

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit, member- supported corporation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Hudson River. In 1966, folk music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, announced plans to “build a boat to save the river”. At the time, the Hudson was rank with raw sewage, toxic chemicals and oil pollution; fish had disappeared over many miles of its length. Seeger believed a majestic replica of the sloops that sailed the Hudson in the 18th and 19th centuries would bring people to the river, where they could experience its beauty and be moved to preserve it. Inspired by that vision, the 106-feet-long tall ship Clearwater was built and launched in 1969. The sloop was among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship, virtually creating the template by which such programs are conducted around the world today.

Song Writer’s Notebook TV series is archived in the American Folk Life collection of the Library of Congress.

Mel and Vinnie  are Spittoon Studios. Vincent Cerniglia plays old school blues guitar.  Maryellen Healy sings from the heart.  Together they sail, fundraise, compose, organize, educate and archive for Clearwater spreading a message you can sing and dance to. 

Nov 18, 2010

Nov 7, 2010

Half hour show

Rik Palieri finished the half hour Song Writer's Notebook show. He'll let us know when it airs on Lake Champlain Public Access TV and we'll let you know.

We also made available to participants the concert footage. Jan Christensen had this to say about it:

Just got finished watching the DVD of the Sloop Singer concert. Wow.
"Warts and all" in your letter was a fair description -- "warts" there were, but the "all" was much, much bigger. We never were, never are, and most likely never will be a group with any stage polish whatsoever. What showed through once again, though, was the honesty we've always had, the sincerity in our music and our cause that's always been there. It kept us together, and kept folks coming to hear our songs and the messages behind them. This was an authentic Hudson River Sloop Singer concert that captured the essence of US; if it had been choreographed to gear-clicking perfection, that essence would have been lost.
Seeing the faces of old friends and hearing the songs again, I remember why I broke down and cried on Vinnie's shoulder after the concert was over. It was one of those epiphanies when you realize that all these years, all the people, all the songs, all the places (even the fish-head gigs!), everything, was all worth it. We've mattered. We've made a difference. We've helped Clearwater. We've helped the River. And in being a part of it, we've helped give meaning to each of our own lives.
Mel and Vinnie, thank you again for the time, effort, and love you put into bringing Broad Old River II back, and for the time, effort and craziness of putting the concert together. And Rik, thank you for your time, effort, and love in organizing the interviews and getting the concert recorded for posterity. You've given us all a legacy.

Jun 13, 2010

Great Hudson River Revival 2010 June 19 & 20

Circle of Song tent is even closer to the river this year! Get your copies of Broad Old river 2 CD Sunday in the Clearwater Store.


Sunday morning Mel and Vinnie open there at 11:00 am. Come by with your instrument, voice or just your ears. We'll be leading river sing alongs.


Each day at Circle of Song there is an open round robin hootenanny song circle.

Saturday 1:15 - 2:30

Sunday 12:30 - 1:15


Sunday 5:30 - 6:30 the closing set at Circle of Song is a Hudson River Sloop Singer Reunion, Rick Nestler is host.


complete schedule at

http://www.clearwater.org/festival/schedules.html


festival home page

http://www.clearwater.org/festival/index.html



May 1, 2010

Spittoon Studios record deal with Top Five in FL

The Broad Old River 2 CD is now available in a brick and mortar shop in Lake Worth FL.

Top Five Records on 10 South J Street, just off Lake Ave.

This winter they will also carry the vinyl Broad Old River.

If you're in the city (just south of West Palm) check out John's shop Wed-Sat noon to 6. He is buying/selling LPs, 45s and CDs.

The title of this post links to the City of Lake Worth.

Econosmith Photos

Here's a link to a slideshow we put up of some of the pictures Econosmith took in November at the Broad Old River 2 event in Beacon.


Rik Palieri is back from his touring and back at work editing the footage. Keep you posted.

Dec 17, 2009

Answers to "The Question"



Here's a link to the answers to "the question" sent to hundreds of sloop singers as we planned for November 7th. What did it mean to you to be a sloop singer, how did it affect your life?

30 sloop singers responded.

Here's two pictures from Econosmith one from the interviews at the sloop club the other from the rehearsal. There's still a lot of work going on to give Rik information for the show he's producing.

Dec 8, 2009

Friday December 11th 8pm Holiday Sing

Come Sing With Us!!

You’re invited to the tenth annual Beacon Sloop Club

HOLIDAY SING!

Featuring:

Pete Seeger

Jacob Bernz

Alison Hartwell

Creek Iversen

Rob Tepper - James Durst

Travis Jeffrey - David Bernz

Mel Healy and Vinnie Cerniglia

Roland Moussa - Chris Ruhe

Dan Einbender and the Kids From Room 12

Karen Brooks and Melissa Ortquist

Ingrid Heldt - Goldee Greene

Michael Scolnick, and other guests

At

The Beacon Sloop Club

(near the river at the Beacon train station)

Friday, December 11th

8:00 P.M.

Free admission - Please feel free to bring a finger food or desert item to share.

Please bring a donation of canned or pre-packaged food for the

Beacon food pantry.

Sunday December 13th 8-9pm WTBQ radio






Those who tuned in last Sunday at 8pm to hear us on Jon Stein's show, The Hootenanny Cafe were surprised to hear the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas album!


It was human error in the naming of the show resulting in the computer not recognizing it was there and skipping to the next show.


The show will air next Sunday, December 13th. It's in the 8-9pm slot but they play the news and weather first. It isn't archived, you can only listen live on the radio or live over the internet.


WTBQ 99.1FM is a local Orange County, NY/Northern NJ station which streams live over the internet at www.wtbq.com.


Don't be fooled. The Beacon Sloop Club Holiday Sing is this Friday December 11th, we had hoped to promote the show the Sunday before, not after.

Dec 7, 2009

Beautiful Slideshow from Nov 7th

Emily Dermer, Rob's daughter put together a slide show from November 7th in Beacon. Turn on your computer sound, there is music with the pictures.

Dec 4, 2009

Sunday December 6th 8-9pm WTBQ radio

We spent an hour with Jon Stein this morning taping his WTBQ radio show The Hootenanny Cafe which airs this Sunday December 6th from 8-9pm. It isn't archived, you can listen live on the radio or over the internet.

WTBQ 99.1FM is a local Orange County, NY/Northern NJ station which streams live over the internet at www.wtbq.com. Jon's show is on Sunday nights at 8pm.

Jon asked us about the Clearwater and Ferry Sloop projects. We talked about sloop clubs, Broad Old River 2, the Holiday Sing on December 11th and River Pool at Beacon. We played cuts from Voodoo Blues and Broad Old River 2. We played some live music.

Please think of Broad Old River 2 as you go through the gifting season, they're easy to order from the Clearwater online store and all proceeds benefit the sloop maintenance. It's a big winter for both boats.


Nov 14, 2009

Concert Program

Broad Old River 2 Concert PROGRAM

November 7th, 2009


Opening Ceremonial: The Indian Prayer Roland Mousaa

A Clearwater Tale Rik Palieri

Roll The Old Chariot Along Rick Nestler

Sailing Down My Golden River

Sarah Armour, Jacob Bernz,

Sarah Goldhammer, Rebekah Underhill Hval

Alex Kaminsky,

Haul Make Her Go High Pete Seeger, Geoff Kaufman, Travis Jeffrey

Lake Erie Lydia Adams Davis

The Ghosts Of Ellis Island Jan Christensen

Sailboat Clearwater Geoff Kaufman

Broad Old River Pete Seeger, Rob Dermer, Dan Einbender, Travis Jeffrey

Sailor's Husband's Lament Maryellen Healy

The Tugboat Song Steve Stanne

The River's Tale Jan Christensen

Sailors Prayer Peggy Atwood

Reflection Rik Palieri

Wind On The Water Bob Killian

The River That Flows Both Ways Rick Nestler

Sailing Time Steve Stanne

Cake Ceremony Pete Seeger

There'll Come a Day Bob Killian

Break for refreshment Potluck

Song Circle Jacob Bernz, Sarah Goldhammer,

Rebekah Underhill Hval, Alex Kaminsky Hosts

with Mike Meade assisting


Who were those volunteers?

The support crew for the November 7th Song Writer's Notebook/Spittoon Studios Broad Old River 2 Concert

Sue Altkin, Polly Armour, David Bernz, Jacob Bernz, Scott Berwick, Tracy Berwick, Jim Birmingham, Jeannette Bragger, Vincent J Cerniglia, Galen Church, Emily Dermer, John Economos, Clare Francis, Allan Goldhammer, Sarah Goldhammer, Betty Harkins, Hart, Maryellen Healy, Marianna Holzer, Rebekah Underhill Hval, Creek Chris Iverson, Alex Kaminsky, Joe Kaminsky, Bob Killian, Dorothea Killian, Penny Kaufman and their friend Janet, Elfriede Lamhut, Mark Lamhut, Annabel Lindenbaum, Manny Lindenbaum, Dick Manley, Mark McCarrol, John McLaughlin, Elaine Meade, Michael Meade, Ken Miller, Jill Padua, Rebecca Padula, Rik Palieri, Beth Partridge, Ann Rommele, Chic Rommele, Margie Rosenkrantz, Pete Seeger, Maxine Smith, Zenote Sompantles, Kip Touraine and the dock moving crew of the Beacon Sloop Club, Alice Vaughan

heartfelt thanks

Volunteers


Last Saturday a great event happened. It went so smoothly because of all you good folks did. This mass thank you in no way reflects how important each of you individually was to the success of the day on November 7th in Beacon. There were a lot of happy people at the event. After the event they're still remembering magic memories. Vinnie and I are among the happy, it was our pleasure to do our share of what needed to be done to make it happen. We were all part of something bigger than ourselves. Rik has the footage for the 2 part TV show and our sloop singer history is going into the Library of Congress. Through ticket sales, donations and CD sales over $1000 dollars came in in one day. Yesterday we sent our third check for sloop maintenance to Clearwater and Beacon Sloop club. Our BOR2 project is about raising money for sloop maintenance and spreading the Clearwater message through the music. It looks like all our goals were met, thank you.


We thank you for putting the project and our needs before your own. For providing the sloop singers and the audience with awesome hospitality from start to finish. For figuring out how to best implement my vaguely articulated vision of how this would work. Some of you set aside your plans Friday night and showed up as close to 7am on Saturday as you could and never stopped finding what else needed to be done. Some of you paid to see the concert or bought more CDs. For all the things you brought paid for out of your own pocket. For the miles you traveled and the hours you gave before the event. Our heartfelt thanks.


thanks

Sloop Singers


Thank you for being with us on November 7th


Thanks for coming on time, for being prepared, for reading the emails, for asking your questions before the event, for doing more than visit, eat and sing, for thinking about the question and sending in written responses, and for thanking us after the event. We are among the happy people. It was our pleasure to provide you with an opportunity to reconnect in comfort. Many more volunteers put our needs before their own to provide us and the audience with awesome hospitality start to finish.


It doesn't mean we didn't see the exceptions. It doesn't mean that some could do better when they are guests in a facility like the Beacon Institute. It doesn't mean everyone is happy. But we were all part of something bigger than ourselves. Rik has the footage for the 2 part TV show and our history is going into the Library of Congress. Through ticket sales, donations and CD sales over $1000 dollars came in in one day. We sent our third check for sloop maintenance to Clearwater and Beacon Sloop club.


There are misconceptions about the day that we'd like to address.


It was not our (Mel and Vinnie's) intention to produce an audio recording, the sound crew was working on sound enhancement for the TV show clips.


There was not and is not a plan to issue a video of the concert. Rik used our BOR2 project as a way to get at sloop singer history. You came to be part of a concert of those songs and had a chance to tell what this has meant to you. Our BOR2 project is about raising money for sloop maintenance and spreading the Clearwater message through the music. It looks like all our goals were met, thank you.


Who was there November 7th?

Broad Old River 2 Concert Chorus:

Sarah Armour, Peggy Atwood, Dan Berger, Jacob Bernz, Scott Berwick, Sue Cerniglia, Vincent J Cerniglia, Jan Christensen, Lydia Adams Davis, Robert (Diggit) Dermer, Dan Einbender, Sarah Goldhammer, John Guth, Spook Handy, Maryellen (Mel) Healy, Eric Hebert, Rebekah Underhill Hval, Creek Chris Iverson, Travis Jeffrey, Alex Kaminsky, Joe Kaminsky, Paul Kaplan, Geoff Kaufman, Bob Killian, Dorothea Killian, Bob Lusk, Michelle Marcus, Ira McIntosh, Roland Mousaa, Donna Nestler, Rick Nestler, Rik Palieri, Lois Pinetree, Moreen Ivice Rose, Eric Russell, Pete Seeger, Don Shappelle, Peter Siegel, Zenote Sompantles, Steve Stanne, Sarah Underhill, Hillary Zaenchik. In Memory: Geoff Brown, Helen Chrobocinski, Richard Chrobocinski, Rachel Gatland, Carl Schwartz


Sloop Singers not seated in the chorus who participated as audience or volunteer:

Sue Altkin (pre event), Polly Armour, David Bernz, Neal Keller, Dick Manley, Mike Meade, Ann Rommele, Margie Rosenkrantz, Jon Stein


If I missed someone use the comment box. If you want others to know how to reach you use the comment box and post your email or phone number.

FAQ 1

Here's the number 1 most frequently asked question about the BOR2 CD: Can I get one at a discount?

Unless you are a radio station, the answer is no. Why is that?

We told our resurrection committee contributers who gave money out of pocket, not tax deductible that they would both spread the musical message of Clearwater and get more for their money. Sure, they could give the $25-$400 directly to sloop maintenance or invest in someone's CD project but this is something else.

Once we sell all 1000 copies (almost 200 sold already in three months) there will be $15,ooo given for maintenance on the sloops just from the sale of the CDs. Vinnie and I take nothing from this project, we throw in a bit of money here and there and give our time and money out of love and gratitude. Three sloops on the river are close in our hearts, one had only 20 years.

When we sell the last 2 autographed photos that money goes to the sloops maintenance.

The concert last Saturday brought in ticket revenue, donations and we sold CDs. We love the music, the community, the friends, the earth. This is our way of thanking Pete and Toshi for wonderful experiences and memories, helping ensure those sloops are there for others as they were for us.

If you were a royalty holder on the project (writer of a song or photographer) you recieved one free copy each time. Remember we first did the Limited Edition. Each copyright holder waived payment per copy. Thank you.

Contributers each got at least one free CD.

We have copies for radio station promotion and we hope to do some on air promotion next year.

We're not doing consignment because we have enough to keep track of without adding more.

Use the comment box if you still have questions about why we're not discounting the CDs.

Take action with us, order CDs from clearwater.org






Nov 6, 2009

for the cake ceremony at the concert



Here are the cakes for the candle ceremony to close the concert. They're from Jill's Kitchen in Narrowsburg NY.

Oct 29, 2009

Lyrics and liner notes

Lyrics and liner notes for all the songs are up at http://sites.google.com/site/broadoldriver2/lyrics

There is one pdf with all the lyrics or individual text files for each song.

The liner and jacket notes from the record are available.

The 20th anniversary Limited Edition CD notes are up.

Pass it along...

Direction to the Beacon Sloop Club

Here's directions to the Beacon Sloop Club for the November 7th concert at 2pm.

Sloop Singers confirmed for the concert report to the Beacon Institute at Dennings Point at 10am.


The Beacon Sloop Club is located along the waterfront at the Beacon Train Station lot (Beacon, NY). The building is very unique as it has a tree growing through the roof. The address is Red Flynn Drive, Beacon NY, 12508


From New York and Westchester: Taconic Pkwy North to route I-84 West (Newburgh). Continue West on I-84. Take exit 11 (last exist beforeNewburgh-Beacon bridge). Go left at end of exit ramp. Cross overpass and continue on Route 9D to second traffic light. Make right onto Beekman St. and follow Metro North railroad signs down to riverfront. Festival is on river side of train station. Parking in station is OK on Sundays.

From Northern Dutchess County: South on Taconic Pkwy to I-84 West. Take exit 11 (last exist before Newburgh-Beacon bridge). Go left at end of exit ramp. Cross overpass and continue on Route 9D to second traffic light. Make right onto Beekman St. and follow Metro North railroad signs down to riverfront. Building is on river side of train station.

From West: New York State Thruway or Rte 9W to I-84 East. Cross Newburgh-Beacon bridge, staying in far right lane. Exit 11, just before tollbooth. Right at end of ramp, follow Rte 9D to second traffic light at

Beekman St. Turn Right and follow Metro North signs to riverfront. Building is on river side of train station.

From Albany, Kingston area: South on NYS Thruway to I-84 East. Cross Newburgh-Beacon bridge, staying in far right lane. Exit 11, just before tollbooth. Right at end of ramp, follow Rte 9D to second traffic light at Beekman St. Turn Right and follow Metro North signs to riverfront. Building is on river side of train station.

Oct 28, 2009

November 7th News Release

Spittoon Studios

Contact: Maryellen Healy For Immediate Release

Tel: 845-744-5483 cell: 845-399-4630

email: melhealy@yahoo.com web: http://broadoldriver.blogspot.com/

CONCERT IN BEACON TO HERALD REMASTERED CD

BROAD OLD RIVER 2

Vinyl classic resurrected from the 1986 recording at Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival. Five more songs incorporated and remastered with a new story to explain it all.

FUNDRAISER FOR SLOOPS CLEARWATER and WOODY GUTHRIE

AT THE BEACON SLOOP CLUB, on the river at the train station

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2009 at 2PM, $10

The Hudson River Sloop Singers, a musical arm of the Poughkeepsie/Beacon/ Saugerties based Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, were the backbone of Clearwater musical offerings during the seventies and eighties. Some were on the sloop Clearwater since the beginning. This unique folk ensemble spans four decades and grows as another musician joins the crew. This CD captures the sound and feel of the heyday of the group. In addition to remastering the vinyl release "Broad Old River", the original Beach Stage recording of the set in Croton Point Park that June night in 1986 has yielded five more songs that did not appear on the original vinyl, including two sloop singer classics, Sailing Time and The River That Flows Both Ways. Most of the performers on the album will lead their songs during this show. The chorus will include some who were not at the 1986 set. Children of sloop singers will also lead a song. Afterwards there will be an open music session where you can hear sloop singers not featured on this CD and more from those who were.

This day is not just another concert or a party. Rik Palieri explains:

When I was putting together the collection of my Songwriters Notebook TV shows for the Library Of Congress Archives, I had to watch most of the 145 shows before I sent them to Washington D.C. In my collection, there is one show that I archived that was about one of the last Pumpkin sails. It was while I was watching that show, that I realized that while there have been many films and videos done about the Clearwater, showing the Sloop Singers in the background, very few have talked about who these people were. It was that spark combined with the new release of “Broad Old River” that gave me the idea that we should do a new show based on the Sloop Singers.

When I started working with the archives they told me that they think of things in the context of what will be important at least 100 years from now. So this is really what we are doing on November 7th in Beacon, we are preserving our history for future generations, telling our stories so that long after we are all gone that our grandchildren's, grandchildren's, grandchildren, will be able to hear our stories and remember there was once a group of people who were bonded by the love of the Hudson River and a replica of an old sailing sloop and how that boat changed their lives.

In the Clearwater spirit and tradition we ask you bring food or drink to share for the after concert potluck. We’ll provide the cake. Bring instruments to the open session. We never know who or what will show up, but it is certain that Beth Partridge’s famous sloop cookies will be for sale during the show. All proceeds from the concert and sale of this CD directly benefit maintenance of the Sloops CLEARWATER and WOODY GUTHRIE.

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For more information contact Maryellen Healy at melhealy@yahoo.com or visit http://www.broadoldriver.blogspot.com

Oct 23, 2009

A note from Rik Palieri

Hello to all!

Yes, we are looking forward to this gathering to honor the Sloop Singers and to see and be with many old friends. As you can imagine this project has been a lot of hard work in getting it all together. It has taken months of planning and I have to thank everyone for your time and energy.


What this day is about is not just another concert or a party. It is a time to honor the Sloop Singers. Celebrating the group, not only for their good work to support the Clearwater, but for the vision itself and how in being a part of this group has in a way changed or shaped our lives.


When I was putting together the collection of my TV shows for the Library Of Congress Archives, I had to watch most of the 145 shows before I sent them to Washington D.C. In my collection, there is one show that I archived that was about one of the last Pumpkin sails. It was while I was watching that show, that I realized that while there have been many films and videos done about the Clearwater, showing the the Sloop Singers in the background, very few have talked about who these people were. It was that spark combined with the new release of “Broad Old River” that gave me the idea that we should do a new show based on the Sloop Singers.


When I started working with the archives they told me that they think of things in the context of what will be important at least 100 years from now. So this is really what we are doing on November 7th in Beacon, we are preserving our history for future generations, telling our stories so that long after we are all gone that our grandchildren's, grandchildren's, grandchildren, will be able to hear our stories and remember there was once a group of people who were bonded by the love of the Hudson River and a replica of an old Sailing sloop and how that boat changed their live's.


If we look at this day in this way, we can come together in the “Clearwater Spirit” and in that spirit, if everyone brings a little food and drink to share , I am sure that there will be enough for all.


Best Wishes,

and looking forward to seeing you on November 7th

Your Banjo Picking Pal

Rik Palieri


2007 Sloop Singer Reunion at Revival

2007 Sloop Singer Reunion at Revival
Photo by Rocco Rizzo

Sloop Singers 1988 Great Hudson River Revival, Croton on Hudson, NY

Sloop Singers 1988 Great Hudson River Revival, Croton on Hudson, NY
photo by Vinnie Cerniglia