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“Annie & The Orphans” Put A Link To My Post, About Them, On Their Website Frontpage.

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Related posts:
>> ‘Annie & The Orphans’ Wolfeboro, 2015.
>> ‘Annie & The Orphans’ 2015 PREVIEW.

+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’ in Alton, 2014.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’, Cate Park, 2014.
+  Delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, 2013.
+ “Annie & The Orphans’ Cate Park preview 2014.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’ St. Patrick’s
+ Couple dancing to ‘Annie …’, Cate Park, 2014.

++++ Search on ‘Cate Park’ & ‘Wolfeboro’ for many other related posts >>>>


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Click to ENLARGE and see here. Use link below to access their Website. Not sure how long this link will be on there. So check it out NOW. SMILE.

Click to access the “Annie & The Orphans” Website.


This is neat. Yes, I am chuffed!
We have been, for at least two decades,
among their greatest fans.

So this is an honor for me.
For them to acknowledge my words about them.

Rejoice!
This is what life is meant to be.

SMILE.


“Annie & The Orphans”, In Their 51st Year, And They Continue To WOW Wolfeboro — July 11, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> ‘Annie & The Orphans’ 2015 PREVIEW.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’ in Alton, 2014.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’, Cate Park, 2014.
+  Delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, 2013.
+ “Annie & The Orphans’ Cate Park preview 2014.
+ ‘Annie & The Orphans’ St. Patrick’s
+ Couple dancing to ‘Annie …’, Cate Park, 2014.

++++ Search on ‘Cate Park’ & ‘Wolfeboro’ for many other related posts >>>>


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A short (1 minute) YouTube that still accurately captures the joy and magic
of an ‘Annie & The Orphans‘ concert. Cate Park July 11, 2015.

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Click to access 1 minute, MUST WATCH (you will THANK ME), YouTube video.


They have been at it, continuously, in central New Hampshire for an incredible 51-years and probably because of that (rather than ‘despite of that), the evergreen, ever delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ managed, yet again, last night to weave their magic over a packed, very appreciative ‘Cate Park‘ crowd — in Wolfeboro (‘the oldest Summer resort in the US‘), New Hampshire. ‘Annie & The Orphans’ for us Lakes Region “ol’ timers” is a perennial Summer/Fall favorite. We have followed them for decades as had most of those at the Park last night.

Their repertoire of 50s, 60s and some newer classics don’t change much over the years — let alone decades. But that is part of the charm. We all know the ‘Annie’ songs. The originals might have been by the GREATS but around here these songs belong to ‘The Orphans’.

We met about a dozen folks who had been with us at the ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears‘ concert the night before. Three of them, independently, said something along the lines of: “This so much better than last night”. That is one heck of a statement and I will have to concur. The folks who said this were in the right demographics to like BS&T in that, like I, they were older than 60. Tickets were BS&T were going at $35 to $80 and folks liked this better. Enough said.

Perfect night. Beautiful weather. Festive, carnival-like atmosphere. The happiness and joy in the air was palpable. You could feel it being stirred when Anatole Paquette (‘Annie’) waved his arms. We lucked out. His nephew (brother’s son), from Orlando, was on stage. The next generation.

They will be in Alton, NH, for “Old Home Day“, August 8, 2015. Be there or be square! [Did I just say that? SMILE. Hey, I lived through the 60s — in London no less.]


‘Fairy Houses’ At The ‘Fairy Land Festival’, 2015, Wolfeboro, NH, Saturday, July 11.

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Related posts:
>> Wolfeboro 2015
‘Fairy Houses’ preview.
1/
 Wolfeboro ‘Fairy Land Festival’, 2014.
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Wolfeboro ‘Fairy Land Festival’.
3/
The Guruge ‘Fairy House’ for 2013.
4/ 
‘Fairy Land Festival’, in Wolfeboro, 2013.
5/ 
Wolfeboro, NH, ‘Fairy Land Festival’ 2012.

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7-years old and he built this delightful house. He was so happy and proud. Came rushing over to tell us that this was his house. I asked him to sit and that I would take a picture together. You can see that he was not displeased.




This is such a heartwarming, ‘feel good’ event and yesterday was the perfect weather. That there were ‘baby’ ducks scampering around just added to the charm. We had a lot going on Friday and Saturday — with Devanee and I spending nearly 10 hours with the “Blood, Sweat & Tears” concert on Friday. But I was determined to get to Wolfeboro, before the ‘show’ closed at 2pm, to savor the event. We managed to get there at 1:30pm (thanks to my intimate knowledge of the back roads of Wolfeboro).

It is enchanting. Cate Park is the perfect setting. It was good, good, good. Very creative and cut houses. Even at 2pm there was a LOT of people around. 


“Blood, Sweat & Tears” In Wolfeboro, N.H., For “Great Waters”, On July 10, 2015.

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Related posts:
>> BS&T Preview.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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This was quite the concert. It was BIG in every way. The ‘Great Waters‘ BIG signature event for the year. BIG BAND! Nine people on stage plus a guest artist (the new drummer’s sister) and three or four tour management types. More equipment than I have ever seen and this was like the 20th concert I have worked as a stagehand for ‘Great Waters‘. We thought that dear Gordon Lightfoot (which was a great show) set the highwater mark when they came with a 53′ truck, packed to the gunwales, with equipment. This group that crisscrosses the globe doing concerts here, there and everywhere, on the other hand, travel light. They use drums and even some guitars rented locally and a full sound system, with TWO (2) 48-channel mixing boards — one of the audience the other for the stage — supplied locally. I have never seen or unloaded (and then re-load at 10:30pm) SO MANY monitors.

And it was BIG SOUND. It was loud as it is supposed to be. I liked it (and yes in my advanced age I am very likely going deaf). I have always liked loud music. But quite a few of those that had BOUGHT tickets and attended complained it was too loud! “Great Waters” even supplied, FREE, ear plugs and had a notice that the music would be loud. That all seems a bit strange and stupid to me. Why would you come to a concert like this IF you don’t like loud music? Why pay $50 or $80 to attend this concert and then use earplugs? Very strange people.

I will readily admit that I have never been a fan of BS&T. Yes, they are definitely of my era and 90% of the audience were around my age. Maybe it was because I was in Britain in their heyday. Plus, though Charlie Bird Parker’s son, Bird Jr., was my best friend when I lived in Paris 1968 – 1969, I have never been a great fan of brass. But there were 4 pieces I liked very much. The flue was a BONUS — shades of Jethro Tull. The new drummer (as of February 2015), from New Zealand, Dylan Eilse was awesome. It is said that he is the BEST drummer ever in the 40 year history of BS&T! His sister made a guest appearance on bass guitar. I got to chat with both. Very nice people. I also liked David Gellis, the lead guitarist. He is said to have been in the group 30 years. But you can see that he still loves every second of it. He was HAMMING for me when I was taking photos from the wings. That is cool! He was wearing a lovely shirt — but it probably cost more than my camera. I know he would have given it to me IF I had asked but I am still way TOO big.

It was a good experience. Some 600+ attended — in some cases paying some BIG bucks. They seem to love it — despite some complaining that it was too loud. They bopped, they cheered, they shouted. And that is all that matters. Making sure the punters are happy. Devanee and I, bar a 2 hour break, were at Kingswood from 11 am to 11pm. It was fun. Lot of work, but fun work. Nice people. That always makes the difference — though 96% of those that come to perform are VERY PERSONABLE.

I personally don’t get this BS&T ‘setup’. It is NOT the originals NOR is it a tribute band per se. Basically it is the latter. A tribute band. I personally think it would work BETTER if it was a tribute band and they emulated the originals, as much as they can, as did ‘1964‘ — the Beatles’ tribute band.

But, it was all good. We enjoyed it. 






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