Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Tri-County Tour.

I'm playing five shows right here in Western Mass during the month of September. Hopefully you'll decide at least one of 'em will be nearby enough to get you off the couch. Anyway, they run Franklin, Hampshire, Hampshire, Hamden, Hampshire, so I'm calling September my Tri-County tour.

Memorial Hall / Pothole Pictures - I'm playing a solo acoustic set on Friday, September 11th in Shelburne Falls before a screening of Francois Truffault's "Day For Night."

Iron Horse Music Hall - with Pugwash on Tuesday, September 15th in Northampton. This is a trio show with J.J. O'Connell on drums and Dave Hayes on bass.

Goshen Town Hall - Sunday, September 20th in Goshen. This is a trio show, with Nick Dines on drums and Fred Goodhue on bass.

Bing Arts Center - Friday, September 25th in Springfield. Another trio show, with Nick and Fred.

Millside Park - I'll be playing guitar with Red and the Rockets - Sunday, September 27th in Easthampton as part of the Second Annual Gerry Biardi Memorial Concert.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Transperformance 2015.

Image courtesy Northampton Arts Council

My next public performance will be playing guitar in the Zip Cody band at this incredible annual event. It is always a wonderful time, and if you are going to be in Western Massachusetts on the date, I strongly encourage you to attend. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Prestons Poster.

New England songwriters Bill Catalde and Rick Murnane are Liam and Chard Preston. They write cheerful songs about death and dead people. On rare occasions they come out in public and sing them at the living.

Click here to visit our bandcamp pages. See ya Sunday.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Second Summer Single.

Bring You Down is now available over on Bandcamp. As with Monkey in the Zoo, the song will be online until Labor Day, on a "name your price" basis. If you'd like it for free, it's yours. If you'd like to throw a little something my way, that's nice too.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Single.

Monkey in the Zoo asks the question "Why would anyone ever want to be like everybody?" - something the nonconformist adolescent me asked himself a lot, and something I still wonder now. The song will be a free download (it's listed as "name your price" but payment is not required) from today until Labor Day. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Prestons Announce July Gig.

My duo with Connecticut songwriter Bill Catalde will be making a rare live appearance this July. In our roles as Liam and Chard Preston, we'll be filling a Sunday afternoon with music at Mocha Maya's in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts (one of my favorite venues, in one of my favorite towns). No cover, tips appreciated. 2:30 to 4:00pm on Sunday, July 26th. A show by The Prestons is always memorable. Mark your calendars now, because you won't want to miss this one.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pedal Points.

"What does that pedal do?" It's a familiar question. Guitar players like messing about with pedals, even when they're not plugged in. Every so often we juggle the order around, trying out new ones, upgrading, sometimes changing out one or two whose purpose is no longer needed or in favor, and occasionally we like to streamline everything and get back to basics.

I did this recently by setting up two different pedalboards: a primary board for most situations, and a smaller one to use with acoustic guitars going into a PA system. Here, take a look:

The top board is the main one. The signal path runs Tuner > Compressor (set to a light evening-out sort of comp) > Overdrive (set to a medium-level drive) > Overdrive (set to a light, pick sensitive drive) > Tremolo > Delay. This is a simple yet versatile array that gives me pretty much all the changes I'd want underfoot at most gigs. There used to be two other pedals on this board, but they were used so infrequently I decided to remove them.

The smaller board below it is arranged like this: Tuner > Reverb (set to a "hall" type 'verb) > Delay. These give a nice shimmer and an occasional light echo to my acoustics.

The effects are daisy chained together on each board for powering them all with a single adapter. And that's the story about the pedals I use...at least for right now.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nowhere is Where She Belongs: The Video.

Psst...hey kid, wanna see a music video? CLICK HERE.

Still from video by Jason Mazzotta