It just seemed appropriate to invite an old friend into our studios for a live show as “Profiles in Folk” began its 40th year on WSHU Public Radio.
The question running through my mind for weeks was “What’s Robert Messore up to these days?” Well, the gifted New Haven guitarist offered us a superb answer: He’s still doing a great deal of solo work, including special programs for kids; he’s part of the contra dance trio, Wry Bred, which also includes fiddler Mickey Koth and flautist Julie Sorcek, and he’s been working with the talented singer-songwriter Chrissy Gardner.
Although each performer had gigs this Friday night, we gathered in Studio A after their gigs and had a wonderful night of live music. One “bonus” for listeners and the show: WSHU Chief Engineer Paul Litwinovich hooked up new equipment so we could take listener phone calls right from the studio and put them on the air to hear questions or observations from those who called in, including one caller from Chicago.
Paul was assisted at this show by intern Thomas Luminoso, a senior at Weston High School, who plans to pursue a sound engineering major in college.
Also joining us in the studios was Marilyn Catasus, a fine photographer from New Haven who excels at photographing musicians and their milieu. She honored us by choosing to shoot during our show.
As the artists were making their way to our studios, I opened the show with string band music.
Listen to the live portion of the show via MP3 stream
Robert Messore, Mickey Koth, Julie Sorcek & Chrissy Gardner Live In WSHU’s Studio A
- Artist, "Title", Album, Label
- Stocai, “Poolside Polka”, Champagne Brawl, Harbourtown
- The Fish Family, “Da Crofter’s Wife/Johnny Cunningham’s/Salamanca/Sandy McIntyre’s Road To Boston”, ,
- Age Of Aquarium, Independent, ,
- Boxcar Lilies, “If I Needed You”, “That Lonesome Road”, Sugar Shack, Independent
Robert Messore: “Carolina Conversations”
Wry Bred: “Medley: Road To Lisdoonvarna/Swallowtail Jig/Scollay’s Reel”
Chrissy Gardner with Robert: “Call Me Crazy”
Chrissy Gardner with Robert: “Caught In The Undertow”
Wry Bred: “The Banks Of Devon” (Robert Burns)
Wry Bred: “Medley: Greasy String/Possum’s Tail Is Bare/Shoes And Stockings”
Robert Messore: “Over The Rainbow”
Chrissy Gardner with Robert: “In My Life”
Chrissy Gardner with Robert: “Wadin’ In The Water”
Wry Bred: “Dark Island”