Freedom Park – 2002 -Part 1

(Well, I thought it was about time I cranked up the “Wayback Machine” and added something to the Archives. Seems there’s always a project or three that keeps me from these pages on a consistent basis, so I’m always playing catch-up. I’ll try and be a little more regular in my posting here, but I promise nothing. LOL)

Freedom Park in Scotia was always on our list of places we wanted to perform, and June of 2002 we did our first show there. Tom and Walt’s cousin Mary Cirincione videotaped the show and I recently transferred it to DVD. The video in places is a bit shaky, but overall it’s not bad.

What struck me most watching this video is how polished we had become, and how easily the show flowed. We had really worked on our stage presence and it’s apparent here.

Nell Burrows, who had “discovered” us at a show we did in Albany for the Art in the Park lunchtime concert series the previous summer gave us a nice introduction and we kicked things off with “Always”, written by Walt. This song was also recorded by the McKrells, but of course I prefer our version.

There’s a break in the tape, and then it comes back during “Home Sweet Home Revisited”, a song that we had brought out of “retirement”. We learned this one when we were young Cider Guys and thought it would be fun to play again.

Joe sang the next song, “Steeltown” a song we had been playing for awhile. A band called The Rarely Heard, not to be confused with The Seldom Scene, had originally recorded it. We loved finding songs that were not necessarily played by most people.

Tom’s song “Lloyd Cady Was His Name” came next, along with the requisite “….we’ve got a million in the cellar.” joke. Walt helped Tom write this one, moving and adding lyrics around. The song received a Song of the Year nomination at the NorthEast Country Music Association’s Awards Show in 1998.

By 2002 Jim Senese and I had written a boatload of songs and one of the very first songs we wrote “When The Wind Blows Through The Pines”, was always on the set list in those days. I seemed to have forgotten the words, and if you listen close you can hear me mumble my way through.

Another song Walt wrote, “One In A Lifetime”, one that we also performed on the Sounding Board television show on Time Warner Cable in 2000 slowed things down letting us catch our breath. A nice change of pace, it was one of the few waltzes in our repertoire.

We got things going at “cider speed” again with the next song “In Not Too Many Days” written by Walt. The arrangement for this song is in my mind what really makes it. The harmonies stand out especially at the end.

And that closes out the first part of the show. The second part features a rare recorded performance by the Yo Brothers.

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