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December 27, 2014
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Curtain calls, concerts and cowgirls

All-female Irish musical ensemble Celtic Woman opened the summer concert season at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox


Back in my neck of the woods, I ambled over to the Old North Branch Inn to check out the Karen Hudson River Band debut its new album “Sonic Bloom.” Hudson (www.karenhudson.com) entertained a large, enthusiastic crowd and I was delighted to see the place (www.theoldnorthbranchinn.com) hopping. Proprietor Victoria Lesser has “big plans” for the season (and beyond), and Hudson’s original, autobiographical songs were heartfelt combinations of bluegrass, country and rock. The band (Homeboy Steve, Tom Curiano and Skip Ward) was hot, joined by local hero Darren Wiseman on the harmonica, and I had a blast. I guess it should come as no surprise that I’m more at home in a cowboy hat than clogs and that “Danny Boy” is not on my playlist at home, but “Nine to Five” is... and coming to a playhouse near you. Potato/potahto? Yee-Haw.