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From Coffee house to Pandora

Started by Lon Milo DuQuette Sep 14, 2013.

Pictures, and even videos, of great venues we've played! 3 Replies

Started by Edward Sparks. Last reply by Jud Hair May 28, 2013.

Gig length, set list, originals vs. covers, etc. 15 Replies

Started by Jason Derrick. Last reply by Phil Manuel May 28, 2013.

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Comment by Michael McBride on March 18, 2014 at 2:57pm
Those are great sets, Reg and Jim. I'm gonna steal them!
Comment by Reg Hayes on March 18, 2014 at 2:49pm

Here's a setlist from one of our recent gigs at a seniors home It went over very well. They always like "Jambalya".

SET # 1:

1       Nancy Whiskey  

2       The Wild Rover

3       Tell My Ma  

4       Try And Catch The Wind 

5       Jambalaya   

6       Kilgary Mountain    

7       Take Me Home Country Roads   

8       Will Ye Go Lassie Go   

9       Mairi’s Wedding  

10     Farewell To Nova Scotia  

11     Sonny's Dream   

12     Cotton Jenny     

13     The Roseville Fair    

14     This Land Is Your Land     

15     Me And Bobby McGee      

16     Brown Eyed Girl  



Comment by PaDuff on March 18, 2014 at 2:37pm

Thanks for the input, thats a great place to start, PaDuff

Comment by Jim Yates on March 18, 2014 at 1:51pm

For the 100 year olds, these old standards might work:

My Blue Heaven
Five Foot Two
Ain't Misbehaving
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sunny Side Of The Street
Let Me Call You Sweetheart

For the 70 year olds, maybe some Beatles, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Hank Williams.  Seventy year olds would have been at their prime during the Great Folk Scare of the early sixties.  Some of them may even have been at Woodstock, so maybe some Jimi Henrix or Crosby, Stills & Nash.

I just realised that I turn 70 this month and I like a wide variety of genres.

Comment by Michael McBride on March 18, 2014 at 1:38pm

Congrats on getting the gig, PaDuff. Are you looking to play popular songs from when that age group would have been young and frisky? Did they have guitars back then? ;^0

Nonetheless, my opinion is, you can't go wrong with John Denver tunes. Break a leg!

Comment by PaDuff on March 18, 2014 at 12:14pm

Need a little help!! My wife got me a gig where she works, Age group 70 to 100 God bless them, need songs for them any ideas?  Set time 40 min.Thanks PaDuff

Comment by Terry Angelli on January 21, 2014 at 4:52pm
From a friend that worked a cruise ship I'm told that it is work, work and more work. I'd imagine that applies to musicians as well? I know the cruises I've been on (14 & counting) one sees the same musicians all over the ship playing in different combos at all hours of the day and night. Seems like a tough gig in that respect.

Phil: Cover or Tribute? I was in a Santana tribute band and it was a lot of work. Trying to stay true to the artist recordings is easier said than done. It fell apart after months of seeking a timbale (sp) player. Just don't sound like Carlos and band without those timbale drums. So for me it's covers and as noted below we do our rendition and don't attempt to mimic the recording precisely save for the signature lines that make the tune memorable.

Edward, I admire the fact that you don't use backing tracks, harmonizer, etc. You must be blessed with some good singers because I've never found any musicians that can provide really good harmonies.

A few years ago I bought a Boss VE-20 for myself am my recordings. I've recently introduced it to the band because as good as she is, the lead singer can't harmonize on most tunes. I keep it low in the background so it doesn't distract from the lead vocal but compliments it instead. Surprisingly it works very well. I've yet to use it at a gig and will be interested to see how it works in a live situation.
Comment by Joseph Anthony Zarola on January 19, 2014 at 2:33pm

Hello Ed.

Your guitar style and mine are very similar, and we both probably tend to play it the way our hearts interpret it!

I listened to you tunes, and brother, you are one of the "last of the Mohicans" as far as talent is concerned…Times change, and so do great opportunities.

I am no "Sting", but I am free to give my heart in my music.

Got you covered Ed!

Comment by Phil Manuel on January 19, 2014 at 2:33pm
So, the challenge here: cover or tribute?
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 19, 2014 at 2:12pm


Very interesting things you are doing.  I too am a semi-retired musician. We are down to playing 3 to 4 times a month lately.  I am married so I don't think I will be playing cruise ships anytime soon! I think I read that Sting did this very early in his career.Our covers are not "just like the CD".  As a matter of fact it was a long time running joke with one of my past bandmates that if we added some style to the arrangement of our own, he would always say "but it's not like the CD."  Needless to say he doesn't play with us anymore! We like taking our instrumentation and making the song fit what we sound like, and never using backing tracks, a drum machine, vocal harmonizers, etc.!  Live music is supposed to be live! And we don't use music stands either!  

I love your line "The only drawback is that if you are married to a non-performer, and she can't go with you, you will be alone under the covers…" 

I love he varied comments, opinions and experience we all have here! Thanks Edward


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