A Night for Nicholas Hill @Casita Del Polaris


Nicholas Hill (or Hickory to some) suffered a stroke in the beginning of April and has been traveling the long road to recovery since. His family plans to provide for him the best in rehabilitation services. Please support the effort to help Nick on his journey by coming to A Night for Nicholas Hill.

 “I have done his radio show a bunch of times. He’s a real fun guy to be interviewed by because he knows a shit ton about music. He’s the kind of guy that really keeps music alive. Musicians need people like Nick – he makes the local musicians feel like they are doing something worthwhile.”

 – Johnny Dowd   / 14850.com 

The evening will feature numerous Ithaca area singer songwriters playing original music and celebrating Nick. Performers will include Jennie Lowe, Mary Lorson, Johnny Dowd, Richie Stearns, Anna Coogan, Jen Cork, Angie Beeler, Bert Scholl, Pierce Walsh, Jai and Jonathan Meyerhoff, Polly Wood, Janet Batch, and others. This is the opportunity for all who love Nick to come together and support a truly special member of our community. $10 suggested donation.

Anna and Amanda – Kickstarters and Covers


From Anna Coogans Kickstarter :

My name is Anna Coogan. I am a singer, guitarist, composer, teacher, producer, and teen mentor. I am releasing my first album in four years, The Lonely Cry of Space and Time, on April 28, 2017.

In the last four years, I have taught approximately 2,200 voice lessons, toured Europe three times, scored two silent films, produced three albums, spent hundreds of hours writing and playing with my bandmate Willie, and rediscovered my years of classical voice training. I’ve been a sideman for the first time ever, for Johnny Dowd and Mary Lorson. I’ve built some bridges. I’ve burned a few. This record encompasses all of these things.



Amanda Richards covers First There Was a Funeral by Johnny Dowd:



Just can’t resist-here’s a Johnny version:



Live at The Dock – IMOP





Christmas Party for the self-employed !

               At the Dock tonite!





Live at The Dock – Ithaca Musicians Office Party

                                                       It’s a party at The Dock


Live at the Brightspark Electric Folk Festival Sept. 25 6:00pm


Last years riot….




Live at The Brightspark Electric Folk Festival Ithaca NY

Poster,Banner_brightspark,20150926We are happy to host our friends and musical comrades at our freewheeling, intimate, outdoor show in the afternoon in Brooktondale. New in the lineup for the festival this year is the Johnny Dowd Band and the beautiful songwriting and performing talents (not that Johnny’s not beautiful!) of Jennie Stearns and Mary Lorson🙂 We also welcome the high school upstarts Residual Blue, welcome back the young surrealist folk punks The Ithaca Bottom Boys. Straight from LA – Park Doing and Eric Laine will perform parts of their space folk opera ‘Woody Guthrie Meets the Sun’, The Tin Teardrops will show off their roots folk punk stylings, Bad Hand (Nick Gilbert Solo) will show that one person is all that is needed for country rock (Park Doing might enlist some others for more country rock), and we will top it all off with a cosmic dance off from Gravitational Waves☺ The order of the bands (as of now) is:

Residual Blue
Woody Guthrie Meets the Sun
Mary Lorson
Park Doing
Jennie Stearns
Johnny Dowd
The Tin Teardrops
Bad Hand
First North American Lunar
Ithaca Bottom Boys
Gravitational Waves

-Park Doing – Brightspark Records


Brightspark Electric Folk Festival Swamp Ride


The Heavy Hitters arrive


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What happens when the power goes out? It unfetters the band.

 – The Tin teardrops, photos by Pete Wolfganger


Live at Felicia’s: Ithaca Musicians Office Party

What to expect? Johnny’s instructions to his band mate Mike:

“we play at 830—meet there at around 8–they should have an amp for u—u will need to play a xmas song using the space drum”

You heard it here, folks. There WILL be Space Drums.

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