This Month's Show
January 11, 2014
The Whistling Wolves have quickly become a favorite on the New York old-time scene, playing packed houses and sharing the stage with national acts like Bruce Molsky and Alice Gerrard.
THE WHISTLING WOLVES - Hot fiddle tunes, back porch torch songs, sweet waltzes, snappy cakewalks, jug band blues and shape note hymns – this is the stuff of The Whistling Wolves. Coming from diverse backgrounds in old-time, blues, folk, and rock 'n roll, and thanks to one member's obscenely large collection of 78s, the group spent the past four years digging deep into the archives of American music, bringing to the stage many long-forgotten gems. The Wolves features the ukulele, fiddle, vocals and two-time world championship whistling of Emily Eagen, the tasty harmonica, uke and bass singing of Trip Henderson, the skillful pickin’ and singing of Spiff Weigland on vocals, banjo, mandolin and guitar; and blue-eyed soulman Chris Q. Murphy singing, playing bass and strings and things. Look for the debut album coming soon!
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Q: What makes TRIPLE PLAY ALL-STARS special?
A: The Players bat 1000 with their recipe for a good musical time!
It’s their love of the music while dishing out their brand of high energy fun - - - from bubbling Old-Time and Country music to steaming Bluegrass, flavored with Gospel, Blues, Originals, and more - - - an eclectic menu of tunes and songs, mixed with tasty vocal harmonies and instrumental pizzazz - - - sweet melodies seasoned with blues and hot licks, served up to your taste, with love!
Folksinger/songwriter Robbie Wedeen’s original songs draw from diverse musical forms such as blues, English and Irish ballads and music of the Renaissance. Over the years, Robbie has contributed to the folk music scene as a performer, songwriter, workshop leader, and producer of creative programs and folk festivals, such as the Teaneck Folk Festival.
Drew Smith has played the autoharp for over forty years. He’s played on radio and cable TV, and has won the National and International Autoharp Championships, and Blue Ribbons at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA.
Spurred on by a great passion for Bluegrass and traditional Country music, New Jersey native Rich Rainey has been playing the five string banjo and guitar for over 45 years. In 1970, he formed the Rich Rainey and the Bluegrass Cousins band which played in the NY/NJ metropolitan area for over 10 years. In 1984 a new band evolved called The Risky Business Bluegrass Band, which has performed its traditional Bluegrass music throughout the tri-state area, and has three recordings to its credit.