Monday, August 24, 2015

GoFundMe campaign launched for Gibson Brothers book

As I get deeper into the research and writing for my upcoming Gibson Brothers biography -- "Breakthrough: The Gibson Brothers Story" -- the bills are starting to pile up. Without book sales, there is no funding source to pay for the research and pre-production costs, such as travel. Therefore, today I launched a GoFundMe campaign to offset those costs.

Please support Andy Flynn's Gibson Brothers book.

I've spend more than two years following the Gibson Brothers in locations around New York and Vermont, including multiple trips to their hometown in Clinton County. And now I'm branching out. A couple weeks ago, I covered them at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, and I will be traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina, to cover them at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Show Oct. 1 and the World of Bluegrass concert at the Red Hat Amphitheater Oct. 2. It's important that I cover the IBMA Awards Show since they will be hosting it this year.

Read my coverage of the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival on the Lake Placid News website.

The Gibson Brothers biography is expected to be published in the summer of 2016.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Meeting Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

I'm extremely excited that I've been assigned to write a profile on a bluegrass band from Albany, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, for an upcoming issue of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. While I enjoy contributing to the Bluegrass Today website, and I'm honored the editor publishes my work, it's nice to have a freelance writing assignment that helps pay the bills.

After seeing Jim and his band perform at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York, a couple weeks ago, I was impressed enough to want to learn more about his music and share a little bit of New York with the rest of the bluegrass world.

Those in the Adirondack region may recognize Jim's banjo player, Scott Hopkins. He's originally from Peru, New York, and he also plays banjo for Beartracks, one of my favorite bluegrass bands based in Clinton County featuring Julie Hogan and her brother Tom Venne. They are good friends with the Gibson Brothers, Eric and Leigh, who are originally from Ellenburg Depot.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Work continues on Gibson Brothers book

Thirty-six hours after I got home from the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York, I was back in Ellenburg Depot Sunday working on the Gibson Brothers biography, interviewing Eric and Leigh's mother Shannon for the second time. I had some important follow-up questions from my first interview.

With my wife and one of Mrs. Gibson's cousins, we drove around the neighborhood so she could point out the old farms in the family's history. It was the perfect ending to a four-day weekend that began on Thursday, July 16 with seeing the Gibson Brothers perform at Grey Fox.

During the two days I was in Oak Hill, I interviewed Eric and Leigh about their upcoming gig as co-hosts of the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony on Oct. 1 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The announcement came on July 15. It's a good thing my wife and I bought tickets already. We are excited to see the Gibson Brothers take center stage for one of the highlights of their career so far.

On my second day at Grey Fox, I interviewed Katy Daley of WAMU's Bluegrass Country radio station, and she introduced me to several people that I interviewed for the book, including Grey Fox producer Mary Doub, Rounder Records exec Ken Irwin and Kitsy Kuykendall, whose husband Peter is the editor/general manager of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. It was a fun and productive weekend, and I am excited to be neck deep in research for the Gibson Brothers book. I will see the band again Aug. 13 at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour to visit Schenectady

Folk singer/songwriter Dan Berggren and I are ready to take our Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour to the GE Theatre, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, on Friday, May 22. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

This performance is a benefit for the New York Folklore Society. To say that we're excited about this program is an understatement. A Minerva native, Dan has been collecting stories, writing songs and performing for more than 40 years. A Tupper Lake native, I've been collecting and writing stories about Adirondack history for more than 20 years, much of it with local media outlets such as North Country Public Radio, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and the Lake Placid News.

Together, we'll share the best of both worlds, literature and music, from New York state's 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. I'll read stories about artifacts from the Adirondack Museum, as published in six volumes of "Adirondack Attic" books, and Dan will perform songs related to those objects.

For example, I'll read a story about a mail sled used in Hamilton County, and Dan sings the song, "When Harry Carried the Mail."

The Adirondack Attic History Project was founded in 2003 to collect artifact-based human-interest stories from the Adirondack Museum. My weekly column ran in newspapers throughout the Adirondack Region from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, I launched the Adirondack Attic radio program on North Country Public Radio. Listen to the stories on my Adirondack Attic page.

I'm looking forward to seeing you at the GE Theatre on May 22. Tickets are $20. ORDER tickets today.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour 2015

There are three opportunities this spring to enjoy the Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour performance.

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of NCPR's "Adirondack Attic" program, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum. This highly entertaining show is sure to please all crowds.

Saturday, March 28 @ 5 p.m., TAUNY headquarters, Canton, N.Y.

Sunday, April 5 @ 3 p.m., Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, N.Y.

Friday, May 22 @ 7:30 p.m., New York Folklore Society benefit, GE Theatre at Proctors, Schenectady, N.Y.

Learn more about Dan Berggren.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Adirondack Attic January 2015

Laura Rice, chief curator at the Adirondack Museum, speaks with Andy Flynn about "Hough’s American Woods," a 19th-century book of thinly sliced wood samples published in Lowville, N.Y.

“We are looking at a publication by Romeyn Beck Hough called ‘Hough’s American Woods,’” Rice said. “Hough was an expert in forestry from Lowville. This particular volume is from 1898, but it is part of a whole series of books that were published between 1888 and 1928. This is a 25-year passion for Romeyn Hough."

Hear the rest of the story at North Country Public Radio.