A favorite set - When the Cock Crows, You Know it's Day/Patsy Garrity.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
One day when I was playing my bouzouki on the porch, a gentleman I had seen many times riding by on his bicycle stopped and introduced himself to me and told me about a South American instrument that he played, an instrument that he described as having 10 strings, called a charango.
Tonight, Jose came to the porch session and brought his charango, a Bolivian instrument whose body is traditionally created from the shell of the armadillo, but that he had crafted from wood, complete with the story of life and man's relationship to God carved into the back.
His music was a gift to us all.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Alison Boylston Piazza House, a/k/a the Midnight Mermaid.
I've begun what I hope will become a Fourth of July tradition: a barbecue on the front lawn along with music on the porch (videos at the end). My Main Street house is right on the parade route, in the center of the celebrations - which includes the parade that begins at 5:00, topped off with fireworks over the nearby harbor - so is a perfect place for a session. This brings to full circle a story that was referred to often in my childhood. According to a Vineyard Gazette piece that appeared in a May 1948 issue, my Main Street house was moved from Ocean Heights in 1848, being rolled into town on logs by oxen (imagine the house being pulled forward a few feet, with the men then removing the rear-most log and placing it the front row - over and over for three miles down a dirt road). As the story is told, that particular May day culminated with a rare spring snow storm (records of which I've never been able to find), and as was the custom of the day, with a pot-luck feast, replete with fiddlers.
A couple of the lads, fresh back from the beach.
Cormac and Bob.
David, Levi, Cormac, and Bob.
Levi, Cormac, and Bob.
Levi and Cormac.
Levi, Cormac, and Bob.
Susie and David
Levi, Cormac, Bob, and David.
Fourth of July Porch Session from Sara Piazza on Vimeo.
Footage from our inaugural Alison Boylston Piazza House/Midnight Mermaid porch session, July 4, 2011. Great tunes, great friends, great craic!
Fourth of July Porch Session 2 from Sara Piazza on Vimeo.
The Bucks of Oranmore with Levi, Cormac, Bob, Susie, and David.
This was a great day - from swimming at Bend in the Road, to the parade, the BBQ, and great music - all topped off with spectacular fireworks over Edgartown Harbor.