October 5, 2015 - Next up on the itinerary is a trip to NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance) in November. This annual gathering in the Catskills is a chance for artists, booking agents, venue owners, DJ's and others in the music industry to get together for a series of concerts, showcases, jams, networking opportunities and workshops. I went for the first time last year; it was a lot of fun and educational as well. I met many amazingly talented musicians and stayed up into the wee hours each night. It was a sometimes overwhelming experience, as there were hundreds of attendees and much to do and see, but I'll be back for more next month.
Here's some shots from the Farewell Musical Fiesta we had at Lucy's Lounge in Pleasantville, NY in June, 2018 before I pulled up stakes and moved it on over to Upstate. This day with musical compadres, fiends from way back and from some newly acquainted will live long in my memory.
July 2, 2016: I've been playing a lot of Farmers' Markets this summer. Here's a shot that appeared in the Ossining/Croton Gazette. The caption read "Songster Phil Dollard is seen cooking up some Southern Blues at last Saturday's Ossining Farmers' Market."
The Greenheart Band, an eco-Justice Folk Rock unit from the Hudson Valley region, will be at the Greenhouse Cafe on April 27, 2019. These are good friends of mine who travel the world to encourage environmental awareness.
June 21, 2015
So, I happen to have won a songwriting contest. Having recently joined the Clearwater organization, Pete and Toshi Seeger's endeavor to clean up the mighty Hudson River, I entered their first annual "Build-a-Song Contest." The theme was climate change; the challenge was to write a verse and a bridge addressing this issue. Turns out myself and three others won. Our submissions were stitched together into a complete song and sung by the Clearwater Chorus at the festival held at Croton Point Park on June 20 and 21, 2015. While walking through the festival on Saturday, I came upon a poster with my own lyrics. How cool is that?
I was delighted to be a part of the Tribes Hill Solstice Celebration this December. My contribution was a song by the late Lisa Wenzel, who was so instrumental in keeping live music alive in the Hudson Valley. This was such a great evening, brightly lighting this daylight-deprived time of year.
With Joe Crookston in Skibbereen, Ireland
Dec., 2016: It was a wonderful evening of good cheer, camaraderie and a line up of talented musicians at the Tribes Hill Winter Solstice Celebration this year in Hastings-on-Hudson. I was happy to be a part of this yearly event that is a bright light at this dark time of year.
It was truly exciting to perform with some newfound regional talent across the mighty Hudson in January of the new year. The Borderline Folk Music Series has evolved as a magnet for Hudson Valley music lovers and I was proud to have been a part of the concert that kicked off 2017.
July15, 2015 - Just back from 10 days in Ireland. Tour host and recording artist Joe Crookston guided us through a music-themed journey through Cork, Kerry and Clare, where we heard plenty of traditional Irish music each night. As you can see from the pix, I got to sit in too upon occasion.