Croton & Ossining's WDFH: 2011 - The Year In Music

Year end Top Ten lists from local artists plus remembering Bob Brookmeyer and Cesária Évora.

Over the next few weeks we'll be collecting and posting some year end top ten lists from WDFH staff and also from local artists.  This week we have local artists Nick LaBate and Fred Gillen Jr.


Nick LaBate: Nick plays bass for local group Starnes & Shah who have performed several times in the WDFH studio and who just released their new album Red Brick Tide on November 12th.


Tom Waits - "Bad As Me"
Wilco - "The Whole Love"
PJ Harvey - "Let England Shake"
The Decemberists - "The King is Dead"
Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs "God willing and the creek don't rise"
The Civil Wars - "Barton Hollow"
Galactic - "The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans"
Peter, Bjorn & John - "Gimme Some"
My Morning Jacket - "Circuital"
Allison's Invention - "Sweet & Vicious"

Honorable Mention - Various Artists - "Rave On Buddy Holly"


Fred Gillen Jr.: Fred is a local singer/songwriter/guitarist who plays frequently in the greater Westchester area


In no particular order (mostly live shows)
-The Kennedys at Christopher Street Coffeehouse, NYC
-Brooke Campbell at The Peekskill Coffeehouse
-Phil Dollard at Birdsall House, Peekskill, NY
-Jessica Novillo opening for me at The Tram, Utica, NY
-Brad Yoder at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference
-leading protest songs with the kids of Occupy Findlay, Ohio
-Bill Kelly at The Listening Room, Cold Spring, NY
-Dan Lavoie at The Towne Crier, Pawling, NY
-Steve Kirkman at Peekskill Coffeehouse
-Milton playing and spinning records at Toast, Hastings, NY


Recent Passings:


I know it seems like we've been posting an abnormal amount of obituaries here lately, but these are great artists whom we play frequently on WDFH and their passings might otherwise go unnoticed.


Bob Brookmeyer (December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011): Valve trombone player, composer and arranger who played with Jimmy Giuffre, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Clark Terry and Stan Getz.  Mr Brookmeyer was also in the house band for the Merv Griffin Show.  His last recording, Standards was released in September of 2011.


Cesária Évora (27 August 27, 1941 – December 17, 2011): Singer from the Cape Verdean islands off the West Coast of Africa.  She sang in Portuguese and though she had been singing for most of her life, she did not become well known Internationally until the late 80s when she recorded her first album in France.


As 2011 comes to a close, please consider making a donation to help keep WDFH on the air.  Please support YOUR local Community Public Radio station WDFH.

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andrea December 22, 2011 at 02:40 PM
& THank YOU, WDFH for bringing us such terrific programming.. alternative music and news aren't always easy to come by! Thanks again. ~ andrea


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