Halloween Bash 2021!
Welcome to our follow-up to the 2021 festival; four days of Halloween events! These Halloween bash events will be held on four consecutive Saturdays (October 9 through October 30). The Halloween Bash will feature live music, family activities, an outdoor bar and dining. There will be things to see, do and eat from 10am until 10pm, with live bands playing from 6-10pm.
Admission is free!
Schedule of Events by Day
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Saturday, October 9th — 6:00-7:30pm: Ladies of Longford
Celebrating over 20 years of their special brand of music, the Ladies of Longford serve up a unique blend of Contemporary Celtic, Traditional Irish and fresh acoustic styles. They are most often defined by their superb vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship. From the living rooms and back yards of intimate house concerts to the huge sound stages of renowned festivals, this high energy all woman band shares it’s inspired gifts of melody and performance to a vast range of fans. You can count on the Ladies to bring Celtic music to your soul. In 2018 Hilda and the Ladies were featured in Artists and Stories for Columbus Makes Art/Art Makes Columbus.
The Ladies of Longford have performed on stage with several national and internationally known Irish artists; Chloe Agnew (Celtic Woman), Eileen Ivers, Cherish the Ladies and Aoife Clancy to mention a few. Over the years “The Ladies” have also done a number of regional and national festivals, among them, the Milwaukee Irish Festival and the Dublin Irish Festival. 2019 marks the 19th consecutive year at the Dublin Irish Festival. Regional festivals include; Syracuse Irish Festival, Kalamazoo Irish Fest, Irish American Heritage Festival (Chicago) and the Louisville Irish Festival. Locally (Central Ohio) you can catch them at several Irish venues including Byrne’s Pub, The Shamrock Club of Columbus and Fado Pub & Kitchen (Bridge Park/Dublin, Oh). Throughout the summer the Ladies are involved in a variety of outdoor Summer Concert series in and around the Columbus Ohio area.
The members include Hilda Doyle, Stephanie Doyle Gamber, Heather Doyle Fraser, and Elizabeth Blickenstaff. And, from time to time, “The Ladies” are blessed to have both Molly Pauken and/or Kara Markley as guests artists* for certain performances.
Saturday October 9th — 8:00-10:00pm: Dulahan
music is a Celtic hybrid that pays homage to the traditional but incorporates all the varied musical influences of the four members into its unique sound. The result is a unique blend of creative songwriting and musical energy that draws on both contemporary and the traditional Celtic but also unmistakenly contains subtle hints of a Roots/Americana feel as well.
The interplay of the multiple layers of acoustic instrumentation, combined with the powerful 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies within the bands’ original compositions generates a sound that connects with fans of the traditional and the contemporary and draws new fans wherever their music is heard.
Dulahan is: Kyle Aughe: Vocals, Guitar, Bouzouki, Banjo, and Harmonica (right); Leo Butler: Vocals,Irish Whistles, Flutes, Highland Pipes (center); Mark Sandlin: Vocals, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Banjo, and Guitar (left)
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Saturday October 16th — 1:00-3:00pm: The Johny O Project
The Johnny O Project will celebrate a homecoming for guitarist Johnny O, a former Urbana resident who performed widely in the area before making his move to Las Vegas. In Vegas he became known as one the city’s top professional musicians, performing at local clubs and on the Strip.
In the Johnny O Project, now based in Port Clinton, Johnny is joined on stage by his son, Joshua Olalde, on bass guitar and his friend Paul Ochs on drums. The band puts its own creative stylings on popular tunes from the ‘70s through ‘90s.
Saturday October 16th — 6:00-7:30pm: Anna and the Consequences
Anna & the Consequences are jazzy torch blues at its best, cabaret style and Lounge Lizards are always welcome. The trio features smoky songstress Anna Paolucci, plus Dan Sagraves lends his hipster edge and slaphappy fingers to the musical mix on vocals and upright bass, then add Rick Soriano’s varied musical textures on keyboards, and WOW! Sexy, sultry, swingin’ and fun!
The sound of the human voice, old wood instruments and strings, the drawn bow… music as it was for hundreds of years. It’s a fresh sound for an idea so old. Strip away electricity and hear the real sound of the human voice, person to person, as it was meant to be. As society has gotten louder and busier we’ve forgotten the sound of the voice in its purest form. Melody against chord in stark relief. Melodies that move, passion, fun… somehow they seem more honest without all the racket.
Silence is a fantastic backdrop for music but surely not the only one. Picture a New York cabaret in 1947. Full menu, big wooden bar. Fabulous dresses, smart suits and polished shoes. People talking, laughing, dancing… or not. Go ahead and have a conversation with your friends or your date. Let the sound wash over you while you enjoy each other. Pay attention for a minute until you think of something else to say. Maybe get up and move together on the dance floor. Or come closer and listen to the voices, the sound of wood. We are here for you.
The Consequences are: Anna Paolucci – Vocals, Percussion; Dan Sagraves* – Upright Bass, Vocals; Rick Soriano – Keyboards, Drums, Vocals
Saturday October 16th — 8:00-10:00pm: Deuce ‘N a Quarter
As the name suggests, Deuce ‘n a Quarter is a hard driving blues machine fronted by the powerful voice and wailing harmonica of Brian Peters. The band’s forte is its orginal music, where you’ll hear the influence and respect paid to many blues legends.
With Jeffrey Allen’s masterful guitar work, John Sipher’s melodic touch on keys, Martin O. Brown’s bass groove and the hypnotic pocket of Andre Scott on drums it’s easy to connect to their heartfelt delivery of interesting lyrics.
Take a joyride with Deuce ‘n a Quarter as they blend talent and feelings to create a modern yet classic blues vibe!
Why the name?
In 1959 the top of the line Buick was the new Electra. Borrowing from the styling’s of the Cadillac and the Oldsmobile, with chromed grill and fins, this car measured in at 225 inches or a “deuce ‘n a quarter”.
With its power and smooth ride the deuce ‘n a quarter quickly became an American classic. Although it was built for comfort not speed, when you dressed one up it became an affordable luxury automobile for the working man “the poor man’s Cadallic”!
Just like the automobile, the band Deuce ‘n a Quarter is built for comfort not speed. But make no mistake, when they perform their original music paired with classic American blues, they are bound to get you moving. Through an authentic connection with their audience and listeners, this band is becoming another American classic. The name alone will take you to a good place.
So take a listen or book them for a show… and let’s ride!
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Saturday October 23rd — 6:00-7:30pm: Dawna
Dawna is an eclectic rock band from Columbus, Ohio. The group began their musical path in the summer of 2018 when Frontman/Songwriter, Jesse Henry and keyboardist Ryan Paradise collaborated with power trio, The High Definitions.
Tight harmonies, arrangements, and talented musicians are the foundation of Dawna’s unique sound. Henry’s songwriting establishes a modern identity while paying homage to American roots, blues, jazz, and country. Together, Dawna creates soundscapes, and adventurous imagery that take the listener on a fun, thoughtful, and soulful journey.
Dawna is: Jon Coale – drums, vocals; Nick Kurth – guitar god, vocal vampire; James Eger – bass, vocals; Jesse Henry – guitar, vocals; Ryan Paradise – keyboards
Saturday October 23rd — 8:00-10:00pm: Peter Madcat Ruth and the C.A.R.Ma Quartet
Introducing the C.A.R.Ma. Quartet
C. for John Churchville – (tabla and drum set)
A. for Brennan Andes – (bass)
R. for Dan Ripke – (guitar and vocal)
Ma. for Peter Madcat Ruth (harmonica, ukulele, jaw harp, and vocals)
This quartet plays Eclectic Traditional and Improvisational Music.
All four members of this new band are veteran musicians of the Michigan music scene.
Grammy Award winning Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation through his exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. His expertise on this instrument has amazed audiences world-wide. He is equally at home playing blues, folk, jazz, country, rock and roll, and world music. Performance Magazine refers to him as “A harmonica virtuoso who is rapidly approaching legend status.”
John Churchville is a Grammy Award winning tabla player now living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. John got his start in music at a very early age on the shores of Lake Superior in the town of Marquette Michigan where he forged a love of performing, recording, and teaching music. From there he moved out to California to attend the esteemed California Institute of the Arts where he earned a degree in World Music Performance and began a decades long journey with the Indian tabla drums. Moving to Ann Arbor in 2006, John forged a unique path in both the music scene and in music education. At the same time, John was also recording, performing and developing his unique style of tabla drumming with the award winning Indian fusion group, Sumkali.
Brennan Andes, a founding member of the Macpodz, has been playing bass in Michigan for many years. He has also tours internationally with Luke Winslow King.
Dan Ripke, the proprietor of Ripke Studio in Brighton, Michigan, has been playing and teaching music in Michigan for decades. In recent years he has played with: Perplex – Jazzy Folk; Back Forty – Rock/Bluegrass; and
Sumkali – Eastern Indian influenced improvisational music
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Saturday October 30th — 6:00-7:30pm: Hedgehog Band
Bob Lucas is a glory shouting, sweet singing, banjo picking, guitar thumping, old time fiddling, song writing rounder with a desire to share a sense of musical wonder anyway he can. Coming up during the great folk scare of the 60’s he was fortunate to be taken under wing by some of the great traditional musicians and singers. It is the wonder of that era that still holds keen with him. Having grown up in a family of singers and musicians it is only natural that Bob would continue to play music with his family. With Chloe Manor his daughter and her husband Chris Westhoff they make up the Hedgehog String Band. This ensemble makes music with power, thrust and charm that is just down right good and dancy. These three do not draw the line at old time traditional music. As has been so often the case, tradition is a springboard that gives the lift and velocity to dive into the ever-welcoming pool of twenty first century contemporary music. Off they go without a splash.
Saturday October 30th — 8:00-10:00pm: Hardtackers
Ohio is the only state in the union with a burgee flag — a shape usually associated with a boating organization. The flag commemorates Ohio’s water transportation history: the miles of Lake Erie shoreline, the Ohio River, and the waterways and once-extensive network of canals in between.
So a crew of sea-shanty-singing Midwesterners isn’t as out of place as it might first appear; Ohio has plenty of wet to sing about.
Enter the HardTackers. With their mastery of maritime know-how and their banter-filled harmonizing, the ensemble has entertained at festivals and other events in the U.S. and Canada for a decade.
Shanties date to the mid-1400s era of tall ships, when sailors’ work was grueling and labor-intensive. The rhythms of the call-and-response style of shanty songs helped the crew push and pull, hoisting sails and hauling lines in a synchronized effort. Often adapted from familiar folk tunes and ballads of the day, shanty lyrics were flavored with nautical terms and names of places the sailors had been — or hoped to see.
A HardTackers performance is a rollicking, participatory trip through seafaring time. With each member taking turns as the boisterous lead, the Tackers nimbly belt out a repertoire that includes the familiar “Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal,” as well as songs like “The Bonny Ship The Diamond,” about the lure of quick riches to whaling crews who dream of “bonny lassies.” Then there’s “Whiskey Johnny,” a cheery-sounding cautionary tale about the dangers of drunkenness — all peppered with jokes and puns and a mini-history about their origins.
Named for hardtack, the staple biscuit of sailors, and tacking, the sailing maneuver, the HardTackers got their start in 2009. John Locke, a member of the Columbus Folk Music Society, helped band the group together as the official shanty-singing crew of the Santa Maria — the life-size replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship that was then moored along the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Even after that ship was scuttled in 2014, camaraderie and love for folk music have kept the a cappella group belting out their tales of adventure, mishap, lament, and longing.
Each of the members may have taken a different path to sea shanties — from a grandma’s closet filled with musical instruments, to singalongs, garage bands, bluegrass bands, and the 1960s folk music revival — but they share a love of the style and the showmanship. Says Tacker Andy Beyer, “It’s not too much of a stretch between a folk singer and a sea shanty singer. You have to be brave enough to not hide behind a guitar.” As for the notion that sea shanties mean pirates: “We’ll pretend we’re pirates if there’s money in it,” he laughs.
Linda Bolla, a committee chair of the Erie Tall Ships Festival, loves the good-time feeling of a HardTackers concert. “I love their sense of humor,” she says. “Not every performer has that much fun. You can feel the good vibe of the audience response — their ability to reach out and bring the audience into the performance, whether through the songs or the stories, is unique. They bring an authenticity and tradition of 400 years of seafaring history.”
Like sailors who’ve weathered storms, the HardTackers have ridden the waves of change. Locke retired from the group a few years ago, and of the six original members, only Beyer and Rennie Beetham remain — though Larry Drake and Joe Cook have been there almost from the start.
The HardTackers have moved on from the Santa Maria and are now the unofficial/official crew of the Flagship Niagara — a reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victorious brig from the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. The Niagara is the star attraction of the Erie Maritime Museum, and during Tall Ships festivals all along Lake Erie, the HardTackers are a highlight.