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Anatole “Annie” Paquette at Giuseppe’s JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza — 2017: Video & Pictures.

by Anura Guruge



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The annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza 2017 on Sunday, April 2. The 23rd running.

Anatole “Annie” Paquette, of “Annie and the Orphans“, with his wife Maddie, were our guests this year. They, inexplicably, had never attended a JTG though “Annie” is the Mayor of Meredith. Well we rectified that.

I always knew that Annie would end up on the stage though he was not on the program. And he did, with “No Limitz“, friends of his, asking him up for this number.

I only recorded a PART OF IT — because I also wanted to shoot pictures. That explains why it is so short. Sorry. Shooting videos is NOT my thing. I like photos.

Shot with my Sony a6000.


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23rd Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza at Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, April 2, 2017: Another TOTAL BLAST.

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Never mind the joy and buzz, it always feels such a PRIVILEGE to be there. That I know many of the protagonists makes it even better.

As far as I can tell this was close to the 20th JTG I have attended and it never gets old. Instead it just seems to get better and better each year.

This year, 2017, was a BLAST.

That we took Anatole “Annie” Paquette (of “Annie and the Orphans“) & his wife as our guests made it even more SPECIAL. And yes, “Annie”, the ‘Mayor of Meredith’, was invited on the stage for a impromptu guest appearance. It was all extremely convivial.

Thank YOU Julie and Mike. You folks are the best; you folks ROCK.


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“Annie and the Orphans” At “Sandwich Fair”, October 10, 2016.

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This was Bob “Big Mac” McNab,
the bassist’s, last appearance
at Sandwich, with “The Orphans

after 28-years.

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Anatole “Annie” Paquette

Bob “Big Mac” McNab

Scottie “The Horn” Groleau

Steve Giotas

Roy D’innocenzo

Peter “WildMan” Previte

Elvis — a.k.a. Tom Paquette, the nephew.


All the photos taken with my trusty Nikon P900.


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Bob McNab Bids Farewell To “Annie and the Orphans” After 50+ Years.

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These pictures taken at “Sandwich Fair
on Monday, October 10, 2016.
Bob “Big Mac” McNab’s last Sandwich
after 28-years.

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Bob McNab from two other 2016 “Annie and the Orphans” concerts.

Alton, N.H., August 14, 2016.

Alton, N.H., August 14, 2016.


Wolfeboro, N.H., July 2, 2016.

Wolfeboro, N.H., July 2, 2016.


He will be sorely missed. Bassist par extraordinaire. This is the sad thing about bassist, including the great George Harrison: their greatness is that you never really notice them! But, as Anatole “Annie” Paquette always makes sure to remind us, it is the bassist, in this case Bob, that holds a group together. Was true with George and is true with Bob. I will miss him. REAL nice guy, not that they are NOT all nice guys. But hopefully I will see him around. Maybe we will do LUNCH. Anatole has promised lunch. {SMILE}


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‘Art Harriman’ Leaves Sandwich Fair After 38-Years As Master Of Ceremonies.

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Art Harriman, the World record holder for playing the smallest harmonica ever (1″), has been a fixture at Sandwich Fair, N.H., for the 20-years or more that we have been attending.

Monday, October 10, 2016, was, however, his last appearance at Sandwich Fair. It transpires that he has been there, every year, without fail for 38 years! That would mean that he has been there, regaling the punters, since 1978. That is a long time.

I did not know this but it transpires that “Common Man” founder/owner, Alex Ray (who has been providing food at Sandwich for 40 unbroken years), was instrumental in bringing Art to the Fair. Thank you Alex.

My friends, “Annie and The Orphans” have been performing at Sandwich for over 28-years (with a few years gap several years ago). Ironically I called up Art, on the phone, and spoke to him about getting “Annie and The Orphans” back to Sandwich. He was very gracious.

Annie and The Orphans” & Alex Ray gave Art quite the farewell, “Annie …” doing an extended 90(+) minute set. It was moving, but kind of sad. Definitely the end of an era.

Thank YOU, Mr. Art Harriman.

Sandwich will never be the same to us without YOU. We have never known Sandwich without you standing on the stage.



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“Sandwich Fair”, N.H. Is This Columbus Weekend, October 8 – 10, 2016 — The Schedule.

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We haven’t missed “THE Fair” in decades. So it is unlikely that we will miss this one — though the weather could be doggy towards the latter part of this long-weekend thanks to “Hurricane Matthew“, even if it stays offshore.

Annie and the Orphans” are there — albeit now relegated to Monday. Roderick Russell is there on Sunday. The antique auto parade is on Saturday and the street parade on Sunday.


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“Annie and the Orphans” Up CLOSE — Alton, N.H., Sunday, August 14, 2016.

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All taken with my rented Nikon D500
(with a LOT of fiddling and frustration)

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Don’t overlook the seagull who crowned this shot.


Mr. “Annie”, the maestro with 300+ song repertoire, Anatole Paquette.

Steve Giotas on drums.

Bob McNab, accompanying Annie, on bass, for over 50 years!

Scott Groleau, the thinker from Laconia, on sax.

Wildman, Peter Previte, keyboards & vocals.

Roy D’innocenzo, lead guitar and ‘Music Director’.

‘The Nephew’, from Florida, Annie’s brother’s son — he was up here last Summer too.


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These were taken on Sunday at the rescheduled Alton Bay (New Hampshire) performance by ‘Annie and the Orphans‘.

It was beyond STIFLING hot. Probably in the low 90s with high humidity. Tremendous testament to the professionalism, commitment and loyalty of this much loved group that they were able to perform in that heat. THANK YOU, Annie and the orphans.

I will confess it was TOO HOT for I — and I am not talking just about the music. Despite my enviable tan I don’t do well in the Sun or heat! Yet another contradiction as to who I am. We had to leave. Sorry. But I took these pictures, with excruciating trouble, with the rented Nikon D500. More than ONCE I thought about tossing it into the Lake. I had insurance and could claim I dropped it. But I didn’t. These pictures are OK — but I would LIKED to have done better.

Yes, I have more pictures. I will share them with you.



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