This photo has hung on the wall near the piano for as long as I remember performing with Cliff at the Griswold Inn. Last night David Littlefield told me about her… Called Margie, her name was Margorie and she had served in the US Navy ’round about WW1 and for a little time afterwards. She used to be a regular at the Gris when David began coming down in about 1979 and “Margie was then in her 80’s”. She was known for being the life of the party, flamboyantly dancing during some of Cliff’s songs, and would sometimes pull out the piano to play a pop song or two from her youth. If you know more about her, please contact me with the information and I’ll add to this remembrance!
Cliff’s new recording is available now! Click here to visit the page to order yours!
The second weekend in June is always the Sea Music festival in Mystic, CT. The Monday after – in this case, the 10th – we host an evening called traditionally “Survivor’s Night”… That is to say, those who can crawl to Essex after such a busy weekend. Instead of the tap room, we’ll perform the whole of the evening in the back room, or “Covered Bridge” room. If you want a seat, call for dinner – 860.767.1776
It an evening of great music by talented musicians who are not used to the high volume chatter of our regular Monday nights. Please. come to listen and sing along, but if you wish to chatter through the performances, hang out in the tap room where there will be an additional speaker to pipe in music.
Last night we received a visit from McSalty and his “mom”… You can see his video on our Jovial Vids page.
This coming Monday, 1 April, we will have the appearance of the press gang – er, I mean recruitment drive for the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fifes & Drums. They’ll pitch their cause at our first break of the evening.
Thank you all for coming down and celebrating with us! Remember that we WILL NOT be performing at the Gris tonight, but we’ll be back on Monday the 25th.
Photo by Cathie Butler, 17 Mar 2019.
Nice little show down in New Haven yesterday despite the rain… Tonight we’re back at the Gris and then SUNDAY we’ll be performing in the Covered Bridge Room, 7p to 10:30p Call for dinner reservations! 860.767.1776
Cafe Nine, New Haven. Photo by Linda-Crystal Young
The season is upon us… This Sunday the 10th we’ll be at Cafe Nine in New Haven during their “Parade Day” which is to say their St-Patrick’s Day parade. We’ll be playing from 3 – 6p… A great way to see us closer to your home if you travel from that direction! Come sing, come dance, bring your friends!
David Littlefield handed me this photo just the other day… of himself and our Vinnie Lang (sunglasses) playing the CT River Raft Race – July 1984 – as the “Distant Cousins”. Photo given by David Littlefield, photographer unknown. Vinnie played an electric bass with us and is mostly the one responsible for us including you the audience in our laughs whereas before we would cover the mics and have the jokes between ourselves. Talented guitarist and several other instruments. Vinnie removed to Maine in around 1990 and died there in 1996.
And we’re back! The usual schedule – show starts about 8p each Monday! Great way to sing away your winter blues!