I love that book by Douglas Adams! Well, my friends. It’s time for me to break the news. EZ Street is no longer. What has been a long 12 year journey has come to an end. There are a multitude of reasons for this, firstly it’s time to move on into a new evolution. So this will be my last post regarding EZ Street. We did have dates scheduled until August, but frankly I am too tired to go on with this project any longer. When and if I decide to form it will be under a different band name and most likely it will be in another state. Michael and I are looking to move within the next year or so and so I am busy doing repairs to my house getting it ready to sell. I still have to inform Barb’s that they need to find a band to take our dates and I will do that today and I also have to inform a few other places that we have gigs booked. I may try to keep my performances at Crescent Brewery. For now, for all intensive purposes I am flying solo with the acoustic project CYMRY. So, my friends it’s sad to say good-bye….
Well we are back at Willi B’s! I am so excited about it! As some of you may be aware the acoustisc project is now called CYMRY (pronounced like Kimry). The last time we played at Willi B’s we had such a great time and it is amazing to me how many changes can occur in such a short period of time. It’s been almost 2 months since we are last there and the 5 piece band EZ Street has seen some changes and are bound for more. Cyrmry has recruited Cindy Emry on mandolin. She is such a great fit with the Celtic/Folk style and fits in really good with some of the Classic rock and Pop like the Led Zepplin songs and a few others. She has even found a place to fit in with my originals, which is really exciting to me. Unfortunately she is San Fran having a good time and won’t be with us this time, but you will be sure to catch her soon! I recently went on a livestreaming TV show that is due to air soon and did Ei Dir Deryn Du and Llosgi Yn Fflam, but I think I was so nervous I have no idea how well or poorly I did. One of the cameramen asked me if I would be interested in Goddess Fest, but I just don’t know, that remains to be seen. Anyway, onwards and upwards my loves. Have a beautiful day! 🙂
A very good friend of mine, Ray Hennessey, has started a weekly music program for the TV station TVTV which is going to stream live on the internet. He asked me to come down and play a couple of songs and unfortunately I had to go do it alone because everyone else was working. I was absolutely terrified. I’m sitting in a TV studio, just me and my guitar with 3 big cameras facing me and under these huge lights! It was worse than going to the dentist, and I am not kidding. I have never been in a TV studio before and I had no idea what to expect. I was so nervous that my hands were shaking. Anyway, I did A Ei Dir Deryn Du and Llosgi Yn Flam and I was going to do one more, but by the time I got through those two I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I have no idea how I did, Hennessey is supposed to get me the DVD of the edited version, hopefully in the next week. When he does, if it didn’t come out terrible I will share it woth you all. Other than that the band is on break and back in rehearsals on Thursday, I will keep you posted. Here are some pics from the Brewery on ST. Pat’s Day, enjoy! 🙂
We are very excited about the party at The Crescent Brewery tomorrow. I have been working diligently to get these new songs ready to go. Cindy Emry, my lovely friend, is sitting in with us on mandolin and back up vocals. We also have Brother Bob back with us after his surgery, YAY! He will be doing two sets of music solo. I also have Ginger Jones sitting in with me on two of the Welsh Folk songs singing backup. She used to be the President of the Welsh Society. We have added in 2 new Led Zepplin songs to the set as well as a Grateful Dead tune and an Irish Lullaby. I also plan to do my version of “Danny Boy”. I will also be doing a short story telling session about the 3 Saints of the Celtic Nations, St. Patrick, of course, from Ireland, St. Andrew from Scotland and St. David from Wales. That will be around 6:45 or so.
Jerry was nice enough to loan me his violin and I was hoping to play “Greensleeves” on it by tomorrow, but alas I have had zero time to practice, maybe next time. Kicking off the celebration will be Bill Early playing tradition bagpipes including “The Highland Fling” and I don’t know what else. That starts at 3:30, then at 4:30 there will be a potluck dinner, so if you plan on bringing a dish please get with Jerry or his wife and let them know what you’d like to bring. Then at 5:00 CYMRY kicks off the music for the night. If you haven’t figured it out by now, we used to be EZ Street Unplugged but I decided I wanted a definite delineation between EZ Street. the full 5 piece band, because we play heavy blues and Rock and I wanted the acoustic project to have it’s own distinctive identity.
We have our kilts ironed, our pipes warmed up, and a great evening filled with Celtic love and song. Jerry may even throw a claymore or two in there 🙂 Hope to see you all there!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 ❤
I got together with Cindy Emry yesterday to rehearse her mandolin parts for the St. Pat’s day party. She is so amazing and a kinder more loving spirit you could not wish to meet. She’s amazingly talented and beautiful and I feel very lucky to call her friend. We have added in a great Irish standard to the list “Danny Boy” and we are doing the version by Eva Cassidy. As each day draws closer to the party I get more and more stoked! I have the set lists done, the kilts have only to be ironed and the music tightened down and we will be ready to get our Irish on! 🙂 Here is a pisture of Cindy with Bobby from “Those Girls” and I will leave you with Eva Cassidy….
We have had so much going on lately that I haven’t had much time to post. I thought I would catch everyone up. We played Barb’s Barr this weekend and man did we have a great weekend. The crowd was fabulous and many friends showed up to see us and say “Hi”. We also had a surprise visit from Jack, the lead singer/bass player from Five Smooth Stones who got up and sang “Blue on Black” with us! Our new drummer, Alex Ridgeway, did great job and we were all very impressed with him! We couldn’t have asked for a better drummer.
Cymry (EZ Street Unplugged) is gearing up for St’ Patrick’s Day at The Crescent Brewery on the 16th. We have planned Bill Early on bagpipes opening up the event followed by a potluck dinner. Afterwards Cymry kicks off with special guests Brother Bob on Bass and doing 2 sets of music on guitar. Cindy Emry will be sitting in on mandolin and backing vox. We also have planned Ginger Jones, once President of the Welsh Society, to sit in on backing vocals. We may have a special guest appearance by Robin Scott singing “Landslide” and “Rhiannon” with Jaz.
After St. Patrick’s day EZ Street is going in to rehearsals to learn new material until mid May when we play at The Gathering Place. Cymry will be at Willi B’s on March 30th. So our schedule is as busy as ever! Hopefully some of you can make it out to The Crescent on Saturday. The even kicks off at 3:30 and ends at 11:00. Hope to see you there!