Allan Block: Fiddler, Poet, Sandal-maker

My friend, Allan Block, was a colorful person – very much an individual. He was a great fiddler, a fine musician, and a wonderful poet and leather craftsman. His sandal-making shop was an established part of New York City’s West Village for many years. And on Saturday afternoons, it became the meeting place for one of the best Old-Time Music jam sessions in the Northeast USA. Allan had high standards when it came to his music. But he was also kindhearted, which meant that younger players like me and my friend Kenny Kosek could find a place in the mix of players at his shop on Saturday afternoons and, as Bill Monroe might have said, “be part of something.”

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An Evening to Remember Allan Block- Jalopy Theatre – NYC

November 30, 2014

The Jalopy Theatre NYC
What a great event to celebrate the life of Allan Block – a great old time fiddler, poet, craftsman and friend at the Jalopy Theatre. Thank you Rory Block for putting it together and including me on the concert lineup. The audience was wonderful and it was an honor to appear with the great guests on the bill and to visit with New Lost City Ramblers, John Cohen. …

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Andy May: Retroflections

Andy May – “Retroflections”

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Room for Roots - Cover

Andy May CDs

All of Andy’s CDs are released on Swift River Music. In addition to writing and arranging his material, Andy produces all of his own recordings. When he doesn’t play or sing a part himself, he brings in great musicians to do the job. On his CDs, you’ll hear the likes of  Kenny KosekKenny MaloneDennis CrouchDarrin VincentHal RuggCurtis McPeakeJonathan YudkinJim HeffernanJohn Gardner, Rodger MorrisCharlie CushmanBuddy GreeneJeff TaylorRick LeeDave TalbotCraig Fletcher …. and the list goes on. Just explore the player on the right to hear samples of their work!


 

 

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Andy May - Cafe' Americana

Andy May – “Café Americana”



Andy May dishes up comfort food for the soul with his 2005 release, Café Americana. Containing 14 new original songs, Café Americana continues Andy’s tradition of CDs packed with enjoyable songs that have depth, heart, and (often) a sense of humor, and are presented with excellent musicianship and beautiful, clean production. Solidly Americana, this CD lays out a smorgasbord of country, bluegrass, and folk-flavored acoustic treats cooked up and served by a seasoned performer and his five-star band.

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