• Monday, September 06th, 2010
ITHACA NY - The Pearly Snaps will have their CD release party at Felicias happy hour (5:30-8:30). Felicia’s Atomic Lounge 508 West State Street Ithaca, NY 14850 607.273.2219 www.atomicloungeithaca.com — Stephanie Jenkins and Rosie Newton with be playing cuts from their recording and will also be joined by friends for some tunes. Their new CD is also available at local retailers such as Ludgate Farms and Ithaca Guitar Works.
“Steph “Pearly” Jenkins and Rosie “Snap” Newton have been making music together since high school. They moved to Ithaca and quickly joined the ranks of local oldtime musicians. They’re excited to release their first duo CD! Steve Selin, Richie Stearns, and more friends join them for this release show. Rosie Newton! fiddle, voice, spoons, banjo; Stephanie Jenkins! banjo, voice, ukulele, guitar.” -Felicia
• Sunday, November 15th, 2009
The Kitchen Theatre opens a play this week called Last Train to Nibroc, by Arlene Hutton. In addition to being a beautiful, romantic play performed by two stellar actors, it’s a wonderful chance to hear some great old style music by local musicians.
The main musical theme, entitled “Home”, was composed by Ithaca College student Rob Dietz in the style of an early bluegrass waltz. Dietz is the conductor of Ithacappella, IC’s award-winning male a cappella group. Joining Dietz at Rep Studio to record the music for Last Train to Nibroc was Harry Nichols, guitar, Stephanie Jenkins, banjo & vocals, and Rosie Newton, fiddle & vocals. Harry is a member of Ithacappella and plays with Rob in a folk/blues duo called Passing Through (http://www.myspace.com/musicpassingthrough). Stephanie and Rosie play together locally as The Pearly Snaps (http://www.myspace.com/thepearlysnaps). Both duos are great–so musical and tight. Bringing them together was a blast. They created a gorgeous sound pretty much instantly.
Also part of the score for the production is the old time tune, “Sally Ann”, and an old shape note hymn, “Here in the Vineyard” sung in beautiful harmony by Stephanie, Rosie, and Rob.The music is gorgeous, and along with the period costumes designed by Lisa Boquist, really transports you to the 1940s. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays, November 18 - December 6.
Read more about the play at http://www.kitchentheatre.org/lasttrain.html.
Listen to samples:
- melody by Rob Dietz, performed by Rosie Newton, fiddle & Harry Nichols, guitar