Flagpole Radio Café Press Release
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October 10, 2009
KATIE WILSON TO BE GUEST ARTIST
AT THE FLAGPOLE RADIO CAFÉ
For information call 364-0898
NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE
Newtown, CT - the
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce that singer and
musician Katie Wilson will be the
guest artist at The Flagpole Radio Café on Saturday,
October 24 in the Edmond Town Hall
Theatre at 7pm. Performing with Ms. Wilson will be the celebrated acoustic
string band Hoe. Ticket prices for
this performance are $15. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking on the Ticket Reservation link
above. If further information is needed, please call 364-0898.
Executive Producer Martin Blanco remarked,
“We’re looking forward to Katie Wilson’s
appearance. She has a lovely voice and
performs with grace and beauty in a variety of musical genres. And it’s great to have Hoe back her up. Our audience is already familiar with Hoe members
Chris Teskey and Dick Neal, but they are in for a treat
when they hear the full ensemble. It
will be a fun night.”
The Flagpole Radio Café is an ongoing variety show produced by Newtown residents Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and
Barbara Gaines, in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.
Returning to the Flagpole Radio Café is music
director Jim Allyn, musicians Rick Brodsky, Dick Neal, host and
guitarist Chris Teskey, and
performers Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Jennifer Rogers and David
In addition to possessing an
enchanting voice, Katie Wilson is an
accomplished musician who plays fiddle, acoustic guitar and mandolin. In September of this year, Ms. Wilson released her debut album.
This CD comprises a mix of her own original songs, songs from Dick Neal and covers of traditional
favorites. Most of the tracks derive
their essence from the American string band traditions of bluegrass and
old-time music, but a distinctly contemporary feel informs much of the music as
well. Ms. Wilson possesses an unbound love for music and sings beautifully in a variety
of styles including Reggae, Funk, Soul, Blues, Folk and Bluegrass.
Backing up Katie Wilson is the celebrated string band Hoe. Self described as a “modern old time string
band” Hoe came together in 2003 as the studio band on the first solo
CD by Dick Neal. Hoe quickly gained a following and reputation in Connecticut as the act with
a fresh, original sound and an unpredictable sense of humor. Hoe comprises Chris Teskey on guitar, Dick Neal on banjo, Stephen K. Miller
on mandolin, Larry Deming on fiddle
and Bob Csugie on bass. All musicians are featured as vocalists as
well. Hoe is a favorite at popular events such as the Norwalk Oyster Festival, the
SONO Arts Festival, the prestigious Cooperstown and Lyrics Coffee House
Concert Series and Norwalk Harbor Splash Festival. For the last six years, Hoe has hosted the wildly popular monthly Bluegrass & Beer jam at the
Acoustic Café in Bridgeport, CT.
Music Director Jim Allyn’s music roams the landscape of American
roots, rock, country, blues and Celtic music.
A seasoned stage performer, songwriter, and studio musician, “he plays a
lot of good bluegrass too,” according to the legendary Bill Monroe. His intuitive
songwriting and singing are matched by his freewheeling improvisations on
guitar, mandolin, piano, and harmonica.
A “mandolinist extraordinaire” according to the Danbury News-Times, he has performed with Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck,
Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Newgrass Revival, Vassar Clements, and many
others. His song The Colors recently
won first prize in the Acoustic Alternative category of the 2008 International
Acoustic Music Awards. Another
original, We Got the Mo, has garnered
rave reviews and tens of thousands of views on YouTube. He is featured on recordings by many artists,
including Grammy-winning Dobro player Stacy
Phillips and singer/songwriter Terence Martin. With Terence Martin, he co-wrote and played
on the title track to the CD Familiar
Mysteries which is one of the annual CDs issued by the Garland Appeal in
memory of Linda McCartney. Mr. Allyn is also prominently featured
on the 2008 album Steel and Stone by the Connecticut based band Goldrush.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission member Martin Blanco produces and directs the The Flagpole Radio Café. Mr.
Blanco has been a stay-at-home parent for almost a decade. Prior to
parenthood, he worked as an arts administrator, stage director, teacher and
dramaturg for cultural institutions such as the Huntington Theater Company,
Yale Repertory Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theater Center, Management
Consultants for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Belmont Italian
American Playhouse, Boston University
and American University. His current
freelance project has been producing and directing a delightful comedy called Irish
Authors Held Hostage, which enjoyed a successful run this summer in the Capital Fringe Festival
in Washington, DC. Mr.
Blanco is a graduate of the Yale
School of Drama.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission was created by a town ordinance to stimulate, facilitate, coordinate and
cooperate with existing artists and arts organizations in order to further
the development of the cultural arts in Newtown. The
Commission began its work in June of 2007 and meets monthly. The current Newtown Cultural Arts Commission comprises the following Newtown residents: Commission Chairperson Jennifer Johnston,
Recording Secretary Donna Mangiafico, Treasurer Linda Watson, Martin Blanco, Emily Howard, Joseph Grasso,
Robert Kaiser and Jennifer Rogers.
Anyone interested in filling vacancies on the Commission or joining the
Auxiliary Board should contact the First Selectman’s Office in Town Hall at
The Flagpole Radio Café will be performed on October 24 at 7pm at the the Edmond Town Hall, 45
Main Street, Newtown, CT. Tickets cost $15. There will also be
performances on December 5, February 6, March 13 and May 22.