Piano Rescue: Baldwin Acrosonic spinet

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * Baldwin made the best spinets you’ll find anywhere, in my opinion. They sound good, and last a long time. This one needs a new home by 28 August, and it’s free! I’ve not seen it in person, but it looks as if it’s been well maintained. If you want a…

Piano Rescue: 1907 Mehlin & Sons “Style J” 5′ upright

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * This free piano comes with caveats, but it’s too unusual and beautiful for me not to post. The pin block is deteriorating; it still has some useful life in it, however, as long as it’s not kept in a heated or air-conditioned space. It would be perfect in a barn,…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 69: Tim Eriksen | Shook Twins | Jonathan Pinkey

Our first set of recordings this week is from Tim Eriksen, who set up a microphone for us on the front porch of his home in Amherst, Massachusetts. Tim is probably best known for his work on the Cold Mountain soundtrack or for his 2010 Grammy nomination with Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. He’s an ethnomusicologist,…

Piano Rescue: Early 1900s Beckwith Empire Revival style upright

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * This beautiful early 1900’s oak Empire Revival style Beckwith upright is looking for a new home. Its current owners got it a few years ago, intending to learn to play, but they never got around to it. It’s in great playing condition. I was only able to take a quick…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 68: Holler Fest

Every year in late August, I head to a small organic farm in the Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan for their annual Holler Fest. I’ve been going since its inception fourteen years ago, and that’s even where I met my wife, Sarah. This year, of course, is unusual. I’d planned to be at Frog Holler…

Chenango Sessions Ep. 67: Corner House

This week on the Chenango Sessions, we revisit an 8 July 2019 performance by the Boston-based quartet, Corner House. The band was traveling from Rochester to Lancaster, and stopped through Binghamton for the night. We recorded this set after breakfast around a single mic in Sarah’s and my living room. There’s nothing quite like sitting…

Piano Rescue: Early 1900s Prescott upright

* NO LONGER AVAILABLE * Prescott Piano Co. upright, built between 1905-1910 (as far as I can tell). Its current owner is moving on August 14. It’s in a walkout basement, but will need to make it up a small, grassy hill to the driveway. If you arrange to move it, I’ll tune the piano…

POSTPONED – Piedmont Blūz (Cranberry Coffeehouse)

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. NEW DATE T.B.D. The Piedmont Blūz acoustic duo are ambassadors of Country Blues music and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking, and their mission is to help preserve these rural, East coast traditions by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo—Valerie and…

POSTPONED – Corner House (Chenango Sessions)

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. NEW DATE T.B.D. Abiding by a love for adventure, Corner House finds purpose and solace in the beauty of earth and music. Clinging whole heartedly to studied traditions, the Boston-based band writes and arranges music liberally comprised of Irish, Scottish, Appalachian Stringband, and Bluegrass influences. — www.cornerhouseband.com The singular roots music…

POSTPONED – Aaron Jonah Lewis (Chenango Sessions)

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. NEW DATE T.B.D. Aaron Jonah Lewis is a champion fiddler who has been elbow-deep in traditional American fiddle and banjo music since his first lessons at the age of five with Kentucky native Robert Oppelt. Lewis has taken blue ribbons at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV, and at…