Banjo Dan & the Midnight Plowboys – May 6, 1978

Banjo Dan and the Midnight PlowboysOne of my favorite bluegrass bands, Banjo Dan hails from northern VT. The band is comprised of Banjo Dan Lindner, Willy Lindner (mandolin), Big Al Davis (guitar),  Pete Tourin (fiddle), Sam B (bass). They became regulars at the Coffee House. Please note that some of the selections performed by the Plowboys are included in their 2-disc compilation of live recordings, “Caught In The Act,” available at
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Robin Greenstein and Randy Rice – April 29, 1978

Robin GreensteinRobin and Randy performed on the same night.
Robin is a singer-songwriter from NYC whose music is a mix of folk, pop, rock, blues, country and jazz. You can reach her or buy her CDs on her website:
Randy was a singer-song-writer with a quirky take on life. I don’t know what he’s doing these days.
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Michael Jerling – Nov. 4, 1977

Michael JerlingBorn and raised in Illinois, songwriter Michael Jerling became involved with music while helping to run the campus coffeehouse at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Now settled in Saratoga Springs, New York, Michael has been a noted artist on the club, college and festival circuits of North America since 1975. His baritone voice is backed up with consummate skill on six & twelve string guitars, harmonica and mandolin, all buoyed by his dry sense of humor.
He’s backed up here by Izzy Reinish on guitar. You can contact Michael or find out more info at his website.
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Bill Staines – April 16, 1977

Bill StainesFor more than forty years, Bill Staines has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folk song societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. He played for us back in 1977. He’s also a heck of a yodeler.

You can check out Bill Staines’ website here.

Hauling in the Wood Magnificent Morning Talking Nothing Blues Zane Grey One Long Whistle Annie Drew Roseville Fair Haciola’s Last Words Roll, Engine Roll I must be Going Home French Trapper Rye Whiskey Joe Diamond Joe January Snow Maples Deep Blue Sea Sang for her a Song River Woody Guthrie Medley Canadian Winds Marriage Blues Lynchburg Town So Sang the River Grandfather’s Clock Loving You Rooty, Toot Toot Sow Story – Red Clay Country Blues Greenback Dollar Chime Bells Fly Song

Lew London – March 19, 1977

This was Lew’s third appearance at the Freeze-Dried. You can check out his other performances by finding him in the list at right.

Home in San Antone/This Man is a Viper Randy Your Mind is on Vacation Stompin’ at Decca Original Songs I’m Built for Comfort Emma’s Song Over the Rainbow Jenny’s Fault Ise a-mugginIf You See Kay Roly Poly Honey Suckle Rose Story of Love Light My Way Along the Highway Lady be Good Old Movies Sweet Georgia Brown Momma Don’t Allow Night Life Snowed InUp is a Nice Place to Be

Huxtable, Christensen, and Hood – March 11, 1977

Teresina Huxtable, Carol Christensen and Liz Hood sing popular music of five centuries, including traditional music of the British Isles and North America, Renaissance songs, sheet music standards, doo-wop, Western, and original tunes. Known for their tight vocal harmonies, often a cappella, plus their inventive arrangements and lively humor-filled performances, they have been favorites with audiences in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions for years. You can find them on the web here.
Huxtable, Christianson, Hood

Bahamian Carols Welcoming the Spring Lake George Song Banks of the Sweet Primroses Flying Cloud Three Catches Radcliffe Highway Martin Doo Run Run Mr. Sandman John D Lee Stephen Foster Song Oldest of Friends She’s Got You Come You for France Rogues in a Nation Captain Kidd British Carol Advent Carol Ten More Nights Did We or Didn’t We? Darktown Strutters Ball I’ll Leave my Love a Garland Black Dog & Sheep’s Crook Robin Loves me Uncle Joe Sail Away Irish Street Song Spanish Fandango Momma Goes Where Poppa Goes

Doris Abrahams – March 4, 1977

Doris AbrahamsDoris was a singer from New York City and came up with her band. I do remember her fiddle player was Kenny Kosak.

Any Day Woman I Love Him So All Alone I’ll Take You with Me Under the Boardwalk Richland Woman Last Unnicorn The Way She Feels About You C’est Si Bon In My Life Born in the Country Last Night Heartaches and Hangovers 20 20 Vision Big Time Woman Dance the Night Away Set Me Free Making Whoopie Get Over Him Feh, Feh, Feh Let’s Do It

Robin & Linda Williams – Feb. 12, 1977

Robin and Linda WilliamsRobin and Linda were favorites at the Coffee House, and we had them back every year. This is their third appearance, and they are joined by Mike Cass on dobro. There is a short guest set featuring Carolyn O’Dell.

You can check out their website, CD’s and tour schedule at

Sunny Caroline Mining Camp Blues Shenandoah Moon Whipporwill Old Home Place No One Will Wear the Crown Kill it, Kid I Love You Salt Creek/Pickaway Travelin Man

Carolyn O’Dell Guest Set
Sweet Wyoming Home Mr. Big Roll Me on the Water

Dixie Highway Rooty, Root,Root Freight Train Blues All Her Travelin’s Done Fiddler a Dram Lonesome Whistle Long Way to Hollywood Sermon Story/ S-A-V-E-D June Apple Adam Rude None But the Rain Slow Train Through Georgia

Paul Siebel – Feb. 5, 1977

Paul SiebelOne of my favorite singer/song-writers, it was a real coup to get Paul Siebel to play at the Freeze-Dried. Tony Markelis (bass) was a big help in getting him up to Albany, and he did not disappoint. He was also backed up by Paul Asbell on guitar. Siebel kind of disappeared from the scene after putting out 2 albums, What a loss, but at least we have his recordings.


Hillbilly Child

Carolina Sunshine Girl

I Had a Dream Last Night (Lonesome House Blues)

I Always Love the Women (Women Make a Fool Out of Me)

Chips are Down

Weary Blues

Pinto Pony

Wow, Wow, Wow (Keep My Skillet Good & Greasy)


If I Could

I Can’t Stop Loving You

Honest Sam

Fair and Tender Ladies

Bride 1945

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

Any Day Woman

Who Will Buy the Wine

Talking 42 Street

In the Jailhouse Now

I Had a Dream Last Night (Lonesome House Blues)

Then Came the Children

He Was a Friend of Mine

Bottom Dollar – Jan. 29, 1977

Bottom Dollar was comprised of two of my old friends Rich Nardin and Izzy Reinish. We all went to Hicksville High School together. They play some hot tunes and originals as well. Here they are playing at the Freeze-Dried Coffee House. Note, the photo was taken at Caffe Lena’s during this time period.

First Set (Come and Hear the Music, Fallen Angel, Cowboy Medley, Aging Cowboy, Susquehanna River Disaster, Country Blues, If I Only had a Nose, Lost but not Forgotten)Second Set (That Boy, Take my Hand, Undecided, Home Sweet Home Revisited, Swing Song, I’ll be Here in the Morning, Frankie and Johnny)Third Set (Rodeo Rider, Four till Eight, Song for Phil Ochs, Streets of London, Truck Driving Man, Bottom Dollar, To Morrow))

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