News from 2008
Bob's Brother's Band

 December 1, 2008

The second annual Genesee Valley River Dance   was a huge success.  Pictures are posted.    Special thanks to all of the Genesee Valley Hunt Club members who worked so hard to put this together.  Especially,  Doug & Judy Hart - event organizers, Judy Bromley-  in charge of decorations and food and Ann Morss - in charge of beverages.  Also a special thanks to  Aidan O’Connell who thought this would be a great idea and was the original impetus behind the event. 

 

This has quickly become one of our favorite parties of the year.   There is great food, plenty of drink, a fantastic setting, and the dancers start from the first tune and never stop.  One of the best things is that it is an “all ages” event.   It is great to see the multi-generational mix. 

 

We debuted a few tunes and even threw in the Irish classic, “Whiskey in the Jar.”  We also had a special rendition of “My Way” from Peter Clohessy.  When a hall of fame international rugby star who travels from Ireland to the Genesee Valley wants to sing, you let him sing.  We can’t wait until next year. 

 

Next up is New Year’s Eve at SWAIN.  You know this is going to be a party.  

 

October 28, 2008

Get ready for the 2nd annual Genesee Riverdance.   This will be a great evening at a really cool old mansion.  We are even preparing some new music to spice up the set list.   Get some rest and get your dancing shoes on, we’re going to have a party.

 

October 13, 2008

The Genesee Valley Hunt Club Ball was fantastic!  This is a group of folks that knows how to have a great time and how to dance.  The dance floor was going from the first song to the last.  When the crowd is into, it just makes us want to play that much more.  The energy was high all night.  One of the neat things about this type of event is that you have people from their early twenties through eighties out there having a fantastic time.   The event was at the Big Tree Inn in Geneseo in their new banquet room.  It is a great addition to their facilities.   Pictures are posted.

 

September 23, 2008

Breast Fest at the Beachcomber was a huge success.   It was a beautiful night on Conesus Lake with great people, food, and prizes.    The benefit raised a nice sum of money for Colleen and John Mann’s 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer and was a tremendous show of community support.  As Bob’s brother says “That’s why we live in a small town.”  Thanks to the everyone who contributed to making this event a success.  Pictures are posted.

Don was off covering the University of Rochester/ St. John Fisher football game.  Luckily Durf was able to sit in on bass and he did a great job.   Brian Paganin did a super job as he took Durf’s seat at the sound board.  Kate Phillips, always ready to help,  jumped in and helped with sound and pictures.  Thanks Durf, Brian, and Kate. 

 

September 17, 2008

September 13th we were jammin’ in Livonia for the Autumn Festival. It was rainy, but the crowd hung in there.  Thanks to everyone who made the event happen.  We hope to be back next year.  Pictures are posted.

This week we are at the Beachcomber in Lakeville for a Breast Cancer Benefit, Breast Fest.  We hope to see you there!

 

September 2, 2008

The great Livestock ‘08 tour continued with a party for the Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club.  John has exposed the band to fantastic areas of Livingston County and beyond that we never knew existed.  Of course there are usually horses, or cattle, or some sort of livestock involved.   It was a beautiful evening with great food and great people.  Pictures are posted.

September 13th we will be jammin’ in Livonia for the Autumn Festival.  The following week we will be playing at the Breast Fest at the Beachcomber in Lakeville for a Breast Cancer Benefit.  We hope to see you at both.

 

August 18, 2008

We had a great time at Saturday playing for a super group of people.  Thanks to Dick Ash and everyone who helped put the event together.  Hopefully we’ll be back next year.  Pictures are posted.  Our next public gig is September 13th at the Livonia Autumn Festival.  We hope to see you there.

 

August 11, 2008

There is nothing like the Corn Festival in Avon.  We were blessed with great weather again.  The Avon Rotary did a fabulous job again of putting on this event.   This was our second year on the main stage and we had a ball.  The Corn Festival is always special for us because it is the premier event for the town we call home and it is where we started as a band in 2004.  One thing we look forward to at the Corn Festival is a visit from Paul’s brother Conrad.  He played some mean harp on a couple of tunes and made the day complete.  John, Tim, and Dave also sat in earlier in the day to back up Correna Keatley on the Clinton Street stage.  Correna has some videos posted. Pictures from the festival are posted. 

Our next few jobs are private parties.   The next public gig is September 13th at the Livonia Autumn Festival.

 

August 4, 2008

Wow!  Downtown Avon was hopping on Saturday Night.  The weather was perfect, the food was great, the crowd was exceptional, and everyone had a great time.  The event was sponsored by the Genesee Valley Penny Saver and the Avon Downtown Merchants.  The dinner (mmmm…..that was good) was provided by the Avon United Methodist Church.   We were joined by two guests.  Tim Brinduse, an outstanding blues harp player, joined us on a few tunes and did a great job. Correna Keatley, a wonderful up and coming singer/performer, graced us with a few tunes and she did a great job.   Thanks to everyone who put this together.  We’re ready to do it again!  Pictures are posted.

 

This Saturday we’ll be at theAvon Corn Festival on the main stage from 12:30—3:00.  If you are at the festival early, check out Tom Greenfield and Dave at the Clinton Street stage at 10:00. 

 

July 30, 2008

It was a beautiful Sunday evening at Vitale Park on Conesus Lake.   There was a great crowd both on the lawn and on boats listening to some old time Rock ‘n Roll.  Unfortunately Tim wasn’t able to make it, but Gerry took over the role of front person with Beth while he and Steve split drum duties.   We had a blast and hope everyone there had as much fun as we did.  It’s great to see families enjoying a beautiful Sunday evening by the lake listening to a bit of music.  Thanks to everyone who organized the event and to Bob Litolff from Livonia Music Supply and John Nau for providing the sound system.  Pictures are posted.

 

Last Saturday, Dave had the pleasure of playing some jazz and blues at the Big Tree Inn in Geneseo with Deborah Herbert, an accomplished jazz singer who resides in Denmark.  Steve West arranged the gig and coordinated everything.   There is a second chance to see Deborah at the Big Tree this Thursday, July 31. 

 

This Saturday we’ll be at Avon’s Saturday Night Out.  This is a chance to have some great food, enjoy some music, and catch up with friends.  We hope you can make it.   We are planning on having some guests sit in with us for this event, so stop on by and see who shows up.    At this point we are expecting Correna Keatley and Tim Brinduse.

 

July 30, 2008

It was a beautiful Sunday evening at Vitale Park on Conesus Lake.   There was a great crowd both on the lawn and on boats listening to some old time Rock ‘n Roll.  Unfortunately Tim wasn’t able to make it, but Gerry took over the role of front person with Beth while he and Steve split drum duties.   We had a blast and hope everyone there had as much fun as we did.  It’s great to see families enjoying a beautiful Sunday evening by the lake listening to a bit of music.  Thanks to everyone who organized the event and to Bob Litolff from Livonia Music Supply and John Nau for providing the sound system.  Pictures are posted.

 

Last Saturday, Dave had the pleasure of playing some jazz and blues at the Big Tree Inn in Geneseo with Deborah Herbert, an accomplished jazz singer who resides in Denmark.  Steve West arranged the gig and coordinated everything.   There is a second chance to see Deborah at the Big Tree this Thursday, July 31.  Check out Steve’s site for the details and his take on playing with Deborah. 

 

This Saturday we’ll be at Avon’s Saturday Night Out.  This is a chance to have some great food, enjoy some music, and catch up with friends.  We hope you can make it.   We are planning on having some guests sit in with us for this event, so stop on by and see who shows up.    At this point we are expecting Correna Keatley and Tim Brinduse.

 

July 24, 2008

Pictures from the Stuart Horse Trials party are posted.

Next up is this Sunday, July 27th, at Vitale Park on beautiful Conesus Lake.  Come on out and spend a Sunday evening at the lake with us.

 

June 25, 2008

Sorry for the lack of updates.  Since the last update we have played at the St. Agnes Golf Tournament Banquet and for the Avon Teachers’ Retirement party.  Both were great events.  Pictures are posted.

The Golf Tournament has become an Avon tradition.   Next year we plan to sponsor a band division so that we have a chance of winning something.  The organizers did a great job.  The weather could have cooperated a bit more, but it wasn’t anything that was going to stop this crew and the party was outstanding.  We hope to be part of it again next year.  Click for Pictures.

The Teachers’ Retirement party was especially significant for us this year since Cindy Loy (Don’s better half) was one of those being honored.  We always enjoy playing for this group and they always have a great time.  Of course we couldn’t get away without closing the night with Free Bird.  That seems to have become a tradition with this crowd.  Click for Pictures.  We need more pictures of this event.  If you have some, please email them toDave.  Thanks!

We have some time off to get some vacation time in and to celebrate a couple of graduations.  Congratulations to Janey Barrett and Andrew Hayes as they wrap up their Avon Central School Careers and make the move to College.  

Our next public gig is July 27th at Vitale Park.   Come check it out.

 

June 9, 2008

Congratulations John and Katrina Smith.  We had a great time playing for your wedding.  Everyone was there to have a great time and to celebrate the union of this great couple.     And celebrate they did.  Pictures are posted.

 

June 2, 2008

The Irish Community really came together for Ben and Maeve MacAnTuile.  Mayor Duffy proclaimed the day Ben & Maeve MacAnTuile Day and the County followed suite.  It is rumored that Guinness stock rose sharply.  The day featured performances by Everheart, Flyin’ Column, The Dustmen, The Wild Geese, The Dady Brothers, and Bob’ s Brother’s Band.  Thanks go to Betsy Prince, Peg Dolan, and all of the other organizers and volunteers for putting on this amazing event.  If you weren’t Irish walking in, you certainly were when you walked out.   Pictures are posted.

 

May 29, 2008

Channel 13 did a promo this morning at the German House for the benefit for Ben and Maeve. It was a great time.  There were performances by Everheart, The Wild Geese, and Bob’s Brother’s Band, as well as an “all hands on deck” jam on “Will the Circle be Unbroken.”  Here is a link to Channel 13’s web site.  http://www.13wham.com/content/news/thismorning/default.aspx    On the right, are some local videos where you can find various clips from this morning.  In the center section is the story and a link to a site that tells about Ben.   Disclaimer:  Their site can change at any time. 

 

We hope to see you Sunday June 1st at the German House in Rochester to support a great friend and musician, Ben MacAnTuile.   Ben is a person who has always been there when others have been in need.  Now he could use our help as he recovers from months of  battling health issues.  We are hoping for a great turnout to help Ben and show him the support of the community.   If this morning was any indication, Sunday is going to be a great time.

 

We have been adding some new material and can’t wait to get the summer festival and party season underway.

 

May 16, 2008

Our next gig is a benefit on June 1st at the German House in Rochester for a great friend and musician, Ben MacAnTuile.   Ben is a person who has always been there when others have been in need.  Now he could use our help as he recovers from months of  battling health issues.  We are hoping for a great turnout to help Ben and show him the support of the community. 

We have been adding some new material and can’t wait to get the summer festival and party season underway.

 

April 11, 2008

We are taking it easy for a little bit.  This is our chance to put in some new material before we hit the summer season.   Send us suggestions if you want.    There is always a risk to adding new songs.  A couple of weeks ago we added the Eagles “What Do I Do With My Heart” and it has been going through my head constantly since then.  What a beautiful tune.  

Our next gig is a benefit for a great friend and musician, Ben Mac An Tuile.  This will be June 1st at the German House in Rochester.  Ben is a person who has always been there when others have been in need.  Now he could use our help as he recovers from months of  battling health issues.  We are hoping for a great turnout to help Ben and show him the support of the community.  We’ll post more details about the show as we get them. 

 

April 6, 2008

They had a party.  Wow!  The Statesman was rockin’ and the Geneseo Central School District Staff showed they know how to unwind on a Friday evening.  There was even a special appearance by a Geneseo legend.  The BIG “B” Al “BUZZO” Bruno sat in on a few tunes and blew the roof off.  Chandra Downs deserves huge kudos for arranging the event and making it happen.   Pictures are posted.

 

March 17, 2008

Congratulations to the organizers of Avon’s Annual St. Patrick’s Party;  Doc and Polly Hayes, Dan and Jane Welch, Jan and Steve Irwin and everyone else involved. It was a fantastic event and raised a good deal of money for local charities.   The dance floor was full and the crowd was ready to celebrate.  Midway through the evening we had the traditional Irish sing-along led by Tim and the wonderful Mary Flick.   Then it was back to classic rock ‘n soul to take the evening out with a bang.   This was one of the best party crowds for which we’ve played.  It was loud, crazy, and just a great time.  Mark your calendars now for this party next year, it’s worth it! Pictures are posted.

April 4th we get to party with the Geneseo Central School District staff.  This will be our first time playing for this group and we have high expectations for a great evening.   John is getting over Tim having top billing for this gig.  Guess there are some perks when you’re the school superintendent.

 

March 2, 2008

One of the true benefits of playing in a band is getting to see how communities come together to help others in times of need and being able to play a small part in that community effort.   A benefit for the Smith Family of Brockport was held March 1 at the Salmon Creek Country Club in Spencerport, N.Y to help defray the medical expenses incurred as a result of a serious car accident.  The outpouring of support from the community was overwhelming and the organizers did a fantastic job of putting the event together.  Thank you  to Tina Schuth for including us in this event.  Let’s all keep Mamie Smith and her family in our thoughts and prayers as she moves forward in her recovery. Pictures are posted.

Next up is Saint Patrick’s Day at the Avon Inn.  Join us March 15th for a great Avon tradition that supports Avon Community Cares and other local charities.

 

February 28, 2008

We will be playing a benefit on Saturday night March 1st to help defray the medical expenses incurred as a result of a serious car accident.  The Smith Family from Brockport, N.Y. needs the support of the community and their friends to help put their lives back together.  The benefit will be held at the Salmon Creek Country Club in Spencerport, N.Y.  Doors open at 7:30 and the band will play from 8:00—midnight. 

 

February 18, 2008

The crew at Swain never let’s us down.  It was a fantastic night complete with a crowded dance floor, Bob dancing with a shot on his head, funny name tags, guest singers, swing dancers , an after hours cook out, and an all around great time.  I knew there was a reason or two we keep coming back.   We can’t wait until next ski season.   Pictures are posted.

 

March 1st we are playing a benefit for the Smith Family at Salmon Creek Country Club in Spencerport.  Come on out for a great cause and a fun evening. 

 

February 6, 2008

Well we don’t need to eat today.   Zion Episcopal Church put on a great Fat Tuesday feast complete with gumbo, collard greens, chicken pot pie, eggnog bread pudding, and a host of other delicacies.  Then we got to play some music.   We were missing some vocals last night.  Tim, Beth, and Gerry couldn’t make it and while John was there, his voice was a.w.o.l.  But Paul, Don, Steve, and Dave made do and everyone had a great time.  This was the chance to hear Don sing “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Midnight Hour.”  We were joined by Kate Phillips who did a great job on drums and we had a special guest appearance by newly wed Sandy Riedener on bass.  Pictures are posted.

 

Come join us February 16th at Swain.  We always have a great time at Swain and we expect nothing different this time.  Bring your friends and plan on staying the whole night. 

 

February 4, 2008

We’re renaming our events for the Avon School District to “Work Out with Bob’s Brother’s Band.”   This crew dances from song one through to the end of the night.  And they don’t hold back.  Everyone, including the band had a full workout by the end of the night.  We love this type of gig and just hope they keep asking us back.   Pictures are posted.

 

Next up, we are back for our third Fat Tuesday at Zion Episcopal Church.  This is a fun time with food brought in by parish members.  It is a time for us to do some things we don’t usually get to do and to include other musicians.  Kate Phillips always joins us for this one and does a great job. 

 

January 20, 2008

We had a blast in Brockport.  It is a coming home gig for Don and we really enjoy it.  Thanks to Billy for putting it all together and to everyone who turned out.   The Doctor joined us on harp for Sweet Home Chicago and tore it up.  Great job, Doctor! Pictures are posted.

 

Next up, a party with the Avon Teachers.  That’s always an adventure.

 

January 9, 2008

For the third consecutive year, Bob’s Brother’s Band rocked and rolled in McCarthy Auditorium to the delight of the Geneseo Central School community.  The band joined with GCS faculty and alumni to present an evening of entertainment and fun.  Besides Superintendent Tim Hayes, the GCS Administrative Team was represented by the fine vocal offerings of Elementary Principal Mark Linton.  Mr. Linton’s booming vocals combined with the dulcet tones of Miss Downs, Mr. Rose, Mr. Bushnell and Mrs. Thering’s fiddle to create fervor among all of the attendees.  Alumni talent included MC Evan Hill, the fine duet of Cara Peters and Chelsea Singer, Joe Steet’s amazing humor, Becky McKeown’s superb vocals, and Kaitlin Meleski’s exceptional dramatic presentation.  Faculty performers also included Mrs. Joan Henchen and Mr. Russ Whalley with a piano and clarinet duet and Mr. John Baer with a trumpet solo.  This show is always an example of how music has helped so many of us enjoy our lives through entertaining others. 

 

BBB had an interesting time with the line-up for this show.  We were without our guitarist, vocalist, and spiritual leader John Barrett who was chaperoning a trip to Nashville.  To add to that, Dave (guitar) could only play the opening tunes before having to leave for another commitment.   Luckily, BBB has spent years developing a strong core of stand-in players (our kids).  Grant Sharman did a great job filling in on guitar for the final tunes of the night.  Thanks Grant.  Thanks also go to Durf - not only for doing a great job on sound for the band, but also for running the sound for the entire show;  Durf’s wife Nancy for being the official photographer for the evening;  and especially the Geneseo ROADIES!!!! 

 

We had a great time and we look forward to the 2009 show!.  Check out the pictures

 

Are you ready Brockport?  We always have a great time in Brockport and we can’t wait until January 19th.   It is a dancing crowd and we usually have at least one guest performer.  Bring your harps Doc.   This might even be a rare chance to hear Don Loy on vocals.

 

January 3, 2008

We said farewell to 2007 and ushered in 2008 with our friends at Swain.  Bob was the unofficial Master of Ceremonies and it was a memorable night, for those who can remember it. Pictures are posted.  We love playing at the Shawmut Pub.

 

2007 was another wonderful year for Bob’s Brother’s Band.  We have always targeted playing about two times a month and this year we hit it on the button, playing 24 gigs.  We also target playing about 25% of our shows as benefits, and we hit that on the nose as well with 6 benefits in 2007.  This year saw us playing many repeat events for some great people and organizations as well as a few new ones.  We would like to thank the following for including us in their 2007 events:

Geneseo High School Class of 2007, Lecesse Construction, Swain Ski and Snow Board Center, Zion Episcopal Church in Avon, Avon High School Class of 2007, Swain Ski Patrol, Johnny’s Irish Pub, Tom Wall, Avon United Methodist Church, St. Agnes Golf Tournament, Avon Teachers' Association, Hemlock Fair, Avon Corn Festival, Avon Downtown Merchants Association, Livonia Autumn Festival, Swain Fall Festival, Avon Rotary Club, Genesee Valley Hunt Club, Abby and Shawn Ducharme, The Irish Children's Program of Rochester, Avon Lion's Club, and The Sherriff's Association.

 

The on-stage line-up for Bob’s Brother’s Band remained constant with John Barrett, Beth Ippolito, Tim Hayes, Paul Phillips, Gerry Paganin, Don Loy, Dave Sharman, and Steve Harrison.   The one change for the band is that Grant Sharman had to step away from the sound board in August as he moved on to the University of Buffalo.  The sound board is now in the competent hands of Alan Durfee (Durf).   Good luck Grant and welcome aboard Durf.  We have also have had some super guests throughout the year including Kate Phillips - drums and sound, Grant - guitar, Mike O’Brien - guitar, Abby (Loy) Ducharme - vocals, Correna Keatley - vocals, Fuzz - guitar,  Durf - bass, and several audience members on tambourine and vocals. 

 

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us in 2007.  We hope to see you all again in 2008.

 

Next up is the Geneseo High School Variety show.  This is a real fun time and a chance for the students, faculty, and staff to see their Superintendent (Tim) in a whole different role.  While we love to play, we also can’t get enough of watching and listening to all of the other performers.  There is always an abundance of great talent on stage for this show.    Check it out Monday January 7th at 7:00.

 

Then it is off to Brockport.  Billy always makes sure we have a great time in Brockport and this won’t be an exception.   It is a dancing crowd and we usually have at least one guest performer.  Bring your harps Doc.   This might even be a rare chance to hear Don Loy on vocals.

 

Thanks again for a super 2007.  Now, let’s get going on 2008.      HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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