And so it begins...2009 is getting off the ground "in earnest" for Halfway Home in just a few short days. Saturday April 4th, to be precise, is a date the band has been looking forward to through the past few months of snow and ice and cold weather. Rehearsals have continued to be fun, and despite various members' having to deal with an increasingly senile and habitually inattentive accordion player, we've gotten a bunch of work done.
All of which brings us to Saturday, April 4th. Halfway Home will be sharing the stage with two of our favorite bands - At Wit's End, and Knot Fibb'n. The location for this joyous musical evening is the Shamrock Club, located at 60 West Castle Rd. in Columbus. The event is a fundraiser for the Central Ohio Folk Festival. There will be more about the festival as the time draws near - we will tell you that the festival will be happening on May 1st through May 3rd at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.
So, the deal is that it takes a good bit of cash to make a festival happen, and one of the ways they raise that money is by having a bit of a "preview" of some of the festival performers a few weeks in advance. This being a fundraiser, there is a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door - and all proceeds go directly to the festival itself.
Doors open at 6:30, music starts @ 7:00 and runs until @ 10:00 or 10:30. There is plenty of free parking, and the Shamrock Club Pub is open downstairs - so there will be refreshments available throughout the evening.
We're really happy to be doing this show with At Wit's End and our pals from Knot Fibb'n. Fred, Pam & Char (At Wit's End) do some wonderful songs, and it's fun to see the chemistry between the members - two of whom are charming and refined, one of whom plays guitar very well.
Knot Fibb'n is a very talented Celtic group - and they've been together going on 12 years. We let them use Renilda (our bass player) to play accordion in their band. Beth Hicks, Tim O'Neill, and our favorite recording engineer - Karl Wohlwend round out the personnel in Knot Fibb'n.
Come on out and support the Central Ohio Folk Festival, listen to some fine tunes, go down to the pub for a cold beverage, and be ready to have a good time. We've got a few new songs, as well as some of your favorites from past seasons and we can't wait to play for you.
See you soon,
Patti, Renilda, Brian, Mike & Pat
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