Please make your
contribution to help keep WDFH as a vibrant, local resource for
the lower Hudson River valley.
— Febuary 2013
Cave Cricket, from the Bronx, New York, released their
first full-length "Use Your Hands" in July 2012. Kira Sassano
(lead vocals, 6-string tenor ukelele, shruti box) and Kevin
Yankou (glockenspiel, percussion) stopped by the studio to
perform songs off the record. Cave Cricket is also Steve
Yankou (cello, piano, percussion).
Andrew Wasson hosts.
Kira playing the
shruti box (right and below left)
Kevin (below right)
Jackson Ridge Rodeo — August 2012
Jackson Ridge Rodeo, from Valhalla, New
York, recently returned from an East Coast tour supporting
their recent EP, "Telling Tales Out of School." The band
consists of Mike Fitzgerald (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jon
Manierre (backup vocals, lead guitar), and John Caruso (backup
vocals, drums). Andrew Wasson hosts.
Jackson Ridge Rodeo at WDFH
Above: Jon Manierre
Right: John Caruso
Concert — June 30, 2012
We were greatly honored to
have three fantastic musical acts perform at a concert to
benefit WDFH on Saturday evening, June 30 — The Giant Cicada
and Hope Machine, the members of which were returning to WDFH,
and Phineas and the Lonely Leaves, making their WDFH debut.
We are working on producing the audio for broadcast, but
meanwhile, here are some pictures. Very special thanks
to these three very special bands.
Photos by Melinda Battle.
Phineas and the Lonely Leaves
Phineas and the Lonely Leaves
WDFH volunteer Vinny Cohan hosting
A view from the control room
Stein Trio — May 2012
As a vocal/bass jazz duo, Lynn Stein and Jon Burr explore the essence of song and minimalist arrangements. In the trio configuration, they
have added renowned jazz guitarist Vic Juris.
Jon is best known for his collaboration over a long career with familiar names such as Stephane Grappelli and Buddy Rich, while Vic has played with the likes of Mel Torme and Joe Locke. In addition to her excellent singing,
Lynn has established herself as an artist/painter and curator.
Monday, May 28
Tuesday, June 5
both at 9:00 p.m.
The Lynn Stein Trio
Below left: Vic
Matt Turk —
Matt Turk is a veteran performer from the Lower Hudson
Valley who has engaged audiences around the world both as a
hard-rocking bandleader and as an acoustic folk troubadour.
He has shared the stage with well
known artists such as Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger.
He has performed throughout the U.S.,
Europe, Israel, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Matt has released four solo CDs,
the latest of which is American Preservation, from 2010, and
is currently working on his fifth release.
Thursday, May 24
Thursday, May 31
Monday, June 18
all at 9:00 p.m.
Honor Finnegan with Carl
Money — May 2012
Honor Finnegan is a self-described singer/songwriter/"spunky little chick” with an outstanding voice and a songwriting repertoire that
shifts almost deceptively from playful, humorous tunes to powerful, emotional songs that tug at your heart. Her latest CD, "The Tiny
Life," was released in January 2012. She performed at WDFH with guitarist Carl Money.
Above: Honor Finnegan
Right: Carl Money
Susan Kane — May 2012
Susan Kane is a Westchester-based singer-songwriter with a
beautiful voice, a distinctive point of view,
and a knack for memorable melodies. Her
songs draw on many strains of roots music, from folk to blues
to country. Susan has played at a
wide variety of well-known venues and festivals in the Lower
Hudson Valley and metropolitan NYC area.
Her second and most recent CD, Highway Bouquet, was
released in 2010.
Susan and Vinny in the WDFH studio
Abbie Gardner and Craig Akin
— May 2012
Best known as one-third of the Americana/Folk
trio, Red Molly,
Abbie Gardner blends great songwriting, instrumental
prowess on the dobro and guitar, and a beautiful, powerful
voice. In addition to her work with
Red Molly, Abbie has recorded three solo CDs, the most
recent being Hope from 2011, and she has won John Lennon and
American Songwriter Magazine grand prizes in recognition of
her songwriting talent.
Performing with Abbie is
Below left: Craig
Below right: Abbie and
Craig with Vinny in the foreground
The Jon Burr Trio —
Jon Burr may not be a household name, but
you'll certainly recognize the great names he has played and
collaborated with over the years —
Charles Mingus, Stephane Grappelli, Buddy Rich,
and Tony Bennett to name just a few.
The Jon Burr Trio includes the fine playing
and musicianship of guitarist
Nick Russo and the 16-year old
Jonathan Russell. Together, they explore the
heart of mainstream jazz with both original compositions and
interpreted standards and are unafraid to test the genre's
borders and explore music that defies easy classification.
The result is quite delightful.
Burr Trio at WDFH: Jon Burr on bass; Nick Russo on
guitar; Jonathan Russell on violin.
Julie Corbalis —
Westchester resident and native
Julie Corbalis is a singer songwriter who pens deeply
personal songs and delivers them with a no-holds barred,
gutsy style. She appears regularly in venues
througout the Lower Hudson Valley and in NYC, both on her own
and in collaboration with other Hudson Valley musicians.
In 2008, she released a full-length CD, Old Flames and New
Names, and is currently in the process of producing a new CD,
expected to be released later this year.
Jamie Shields — April
Jamie Shields is a singer-songwriter from
Somers, New York, with great songs
and a delightful sound. She is in the process of recording
her debut album, Lover's Boots, which will be released in late
Curtis Becraft with Matt
Turk — April 2012
Curtis Becraft of Dobbs Ferry, New York, is the leader
of a rollicking band, Curtis and the Dilettantes, who play
regularly in and around the Hudson valley. In 2010, they
released their debut album, Tales of a Traveler. Joining
Curtis on this broadcast is
Matt Turk, who will be joining us in a separate
Marci Geller — April 2012
Marci Geller has been described by reviewers as a
female John Prine and an East Coast Joni Mitchell. Her
songs reveal a life streaked with tales of survival, broken
hearts, and a good sense of humor. She released her
album Box of Truth in 2008, and a new album is due out
Marci with WDFH host Vinny Cohan
Lisa Jane Lipkin — March 2012
Described as a cross between Diana Ross and
Joni Mitchell, Millwood, NY's
Lisa Jane Lipkin was weaned on the Beatles
and Mahler, cut her teeth on Dylan
and The Who, and was schooled in Ella Fitzgerald and Cat
Stevens. She combines great songwriting, beautiful piano,
and a delicate but soulful voice to create a delightful
sound. In her third and latest CD release, Flying on
Instruments, Lipkin’s wide-ranging musical influences
coalesce into a unique blend of diversity and versatility.
WDFH host Vinny Cohan with Lisa Jane
Aztec Two-Step — March 2012
After taking their name from a Lawrence
Ferlinghetti poem and recording the first song ever written
about Jack Kerouac’s iconic American novel, On The Road,
Two-Step has been described as a bridge to the Beat
Generation. They were instrumental in ushering the music
of the sixties into the 1970’s and beyond. For more than four
decades, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been writing and
performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical
memories, while inspiring a generation of young
singer-songwriters. Their are currently touring to
celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first album and have
just released a new CD, Cause
Above and below left:
Rex and Neal
Below right: Rex and
Neal with WDFH host Vinny Cohan
The Folkadelics — March 2012
The Folkadelics, from Brooklyn, blend
seemingly disparate influences such as Metallica, Nickel Creek,
and Sublime to create a wholly new sound that is guaranteed to make
you move. I hope you enjoy listening to
the broadcast as much as we did in the studio.
The Folkadelics are in the process of recording a new album
and if you'd like to help support that process you can get more
— Jeff Kent
at WDFH — March 5, 2012. Sam Miller (guitar and vocals), Dani
Faraone (vocals), Tom Barraco (drums), Gavin Cummings (mandolin,
trumpet, and vocals), Drew Kelly (bass)
Sam, Tom, Dani, Gavin, and Drew
Starnes&Shah — March
Starnes&Shah visit WDFH for another wonderful
performance. The lineup: Dania Abu-Shaheen, guitar and
vocals; Zilpha Starnes, keyboard and vocals; Nick LaBate,
bass; Scott Morehouse, drums.
Dania and Nick
WDFH host Vinny Cohan, with Scott in the
Band — February 2012
Members of the Claudia Jacobs
Band: Claudia Jacobs, guitar and vocals; Dan Weymouth, keyboards and
vocals; Greg Galluccio, guitar and vocals.
Dan Weymouth, Claudia Jacobs, Greg Galluccio
Denhert — February 2012
KJ Denhert at WDFH
KJ Denhert to the studio to speak with Vinny Cohan about her
career in the Hudson valley and to play some of her self-proclaimed
urban folk and jazz. KJ's latest album is entitled Album No. 9,
and as you may have guessed it's her 9th release. What you may
not know is that is contains 9 songs, features 9 musicians and was
recorded over 9 months starting on September 9, 2009. With
that in mind, you can hear her on WDFH
90.3 on February 21... at 9:00 pm.
Who knows, maybe we can arrange a rebroadcast on the 29th to help
keep with the theme. (by Jeff Kent; photo
by Linda Austrian)
Hope Machine — February 2012
The core members of
Hope Machine are Fred Gillen Jr. (vocals, guitar, harmonica),
Steve Kirkman (vocals, guitar), and Eric Puente (drums).
Joining them in the studio are Bill Gordon (bass) and Julie Corbalis
(vocals, guitar). They're named after the Woody Guthrie quote,
"about all a human being is anyway, is a hoping machine."
The band is a fly by the seat of the
pants operation that plays folk music in its purist form, without
pretension, without limits, and often without rehearsal! WDFH
listeners are certainly in for treat when they tune in to hear this
Bill, Steve, and Julie
Vinny Cohan at
Above: Bill Gordon, Steve Kirkman
Right: Fred Gillen, Jr.
Below left: Julie Corbalis
Below right: Eric Puente, Bill Gordon, Steve
The YaYas — January 2012
The YaYas recently joined host Vinny Cohan in WDFH's
performance studio. The YaYas are a Westchester based
folk-pop band featuring Catherine Miles (vocals), Jay Mafale
(guitar), and Paul Silverman (piano.)
They came into being after
attending a couple of informal open mic nights while attending
college together. After their
second appearance, the club owner booked
them for a full gig; the only trouble was
that they only knew six tunes. Rather
than turn down a paying gig, they learned
more songs and became a band. (Written by
Jeff Kent; pics by Melinda Battle on our
Paul, Catherine, Jay
Catherine, WDFH's Vinny Cohan,
Spuyten Duyvil — July 2011
Spuyten Duyvil is an eight piece ensemble whose sound
wanders the last 100 years of American music, conjuring embittered
civil war veterans, recalcitrant small town bawds, suicidal
bureaucrats, star crossed lovers, and brave hearted fools navigating
the mysteries of daily life.
Spuyten Duyvil in WDFH's performance studio.
Photo by Di Walker.
Fred Gillen Jr. and Catherine Miles —
Didn't have anyone
to shoot pictures during this performance — but Fred appeared in
February 2012 with
and Catherine with
Rob Morsberger — May 2011
On Saturday, May 21, acclaimed
Rob Morsberger joined Vinny Cohan for an
in-studio performance and interview.
Rob is a
singer-songwriter and classically-trained composer.
His latest album, "The
Chronicle of A Literal Man," was recently
featured on NPR and received raves in USA Today, The Boston Globe
and Herald, and more. Writing in the
Herald, renowned rock critic Kevin Convey stated that the "album is
the kind of hyperliterate, pop-inflected singer-songwriter outing
that went out of style when Warren Zevon died. And…
he can write a hook that could make angels weep."
In addition to his own records, Rob's sideman credits include Crash
Test Dummies, Marshall Crenshaw, Jules Shear, Loudon Wainwright III,
Dan Zanes, and The Roches. Scoring/arranging
credits include Masterpiece Theater, Boardwalk Empire, NOVA,
and Frontline. He is composer for the
award-winning PBS series NOVAscienceNOW, currently in its fifth
Starnes&Shah — May 2011
Following up on
their performance at our grand re-opening in March 2012,
Starnes&Shah returned to WDFH in May for a more relaxed visit.
Zilpha Starnes (vocal, keyboard), Dania Abu-Shaheen
(vocal, guitar), Nick LaBate (vocal, bass); Marc Sophos engineering
Nick LaBate and Heinrich Kruse
Jann Klose and Chris Marolf — April
Jann Klose, who performed solo at the opening party,
came back to WDFH for a live-on-air
performance — this time with Chris Marolf
on bass and kora, a west African 21 string
WDFH's Vinny Cohan (far left) with Jann and Chris
100+ celebrated the official opening of WDFH's new studio
On Saturday evening, March 12, 2011, we
officially inaugurated our new studio. With an unofficial
count of 132 guests, we featured a broadcast of live performances
Jann Klose and the duo
Starnes&Shah with bassist Nick LaBate and drummer and
percussionist Heinrich Kruse.
Jann Klose in WDFH's performance studio
WDFH's Vinny Cohan is at the
Marc Sophos at the boards
Unless listed otherwise, Marc,
WDFH's founder and executive director, is the session engineer for
all WDFH in-studio performances.
2011-2012 studio photos by
Melinda Battle, Di Walker, Sara Caldwell, Vinny Cohan, Jeff Kent.
As noted in the
WDFH, we operated without facilities that accommodate in-studio
musical performances from 2006 until late in 2010.
Performances and interviews that took place in our previous studios
are listed below.
Thursday, February 23, 2006, 4:00-6:00pm:
Poet and songwriter
Gary Keenan of the American String Conspiracy
sang and played guitar on Christine
Potter's show, February 23, 4:00-6:00 PM.
Friday, November 4, 2005, 7:00pm:
Legendary Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer
joined Treavor Hastings and Josephine Arce on November 4. Don
formed Grand Funk Railroad in 1968 with Mark Farner and Mel Schacher,
going on to record twelve gold and ten platinum albums.
Besides playing drums, Don also writes and sings, with hits "We’re
An American Band", "Shinin’ On", and "Walk Like a Man" to his
credit. He sang lead on the hit recording "Some Kinda
In the 1980’s, Don performed with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet
Band for two tours, the second (in 1987) being the largest grossing
tour of that decade. Reuniting with Farner and Schacher, Don
again toured and recorded with Grand Funk from 1995 through 1998.
Now with a new GFR lineup, he is glad to be back on the road and
performing as Grand Funk.
Friday, October 7, 2005, 6:30pm: Bethany
Bethany & Rufus are an incredible voice and cello duo who slide
elegantly between soul, funk, and folk. Their new CD, to be released
in the first quarter of 2006, is a stunningly simple and beautiful
work, a magical blend of Bethany’s electrifying voice (a combination
of the husky power of Nina Simone and the open-hearted clarity of a
tiny sparrow) and the mind-blowing, genre-bending cello playing of
With a deeply soulful sound, Bethany and Rufus have transformed
timeless songs such as 900 Miles, East Virginia, and St. James
Infirmary Blues — pushing the boundaries of American folk far into
the territory of groove, jazz, and sweet soul.
Bethany Yarrow (daughter of folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter,
Paul & Mary) and world-renowned cellist Rufus Cappadocia will be
joined by Peter Yarrow on selected dates throughout the tour.
Bethany joined WDFH's Josephine Arce for a half hour of
conversation on Friday, October 7, at 6:30pm.
Friday, September 16, 2005, 8pm: is
is is a three piece collaboration of creative songwriters
and talented musicians from upstate New York who began working
together in 2003. Currently residing in Santa Cruz, Ca, is
brings to life great music that incorporates notable song writing
and fine improvisational jams.
is is: Michael Friest – bass, vocals
Andrew Tuckman – drums
Pieter Van Leeuwen – keyboards, vocals
is has an extensive and unique collection of original
material. You can expect a diverse and memorable blend of
songs that brings the audience together for a moving musical
experience. Soulful vocals, affecting themes and dynamic and
often wild improvisations are the key elements of their sound.
Thursday, August 25, 2005, 10pm: Richard
Composer and electronic musician Richard Lainhart
returns to WDFH-FM 90.3 on Thursday, August 25th, for a live
performance of new and recent works for guitar and computer.
Lainhart has worked in the field of live interactive electronic
performance for over 30 years, from the days of analog modular
synthesizers and home-made instruments to the latest digital music
technologies. His most recent pieces use the Apple Macintosh
PowerBook to transform the tonalities and timbres of the electric
guitar into a single larger instrument or an ensemble of
complementary instruments, creating music beyond the capabilities of
a single performer. More information is
The performance begins at 10 PM EDST (2 AM Wednesday GMT; go to
www.greenwichmeantime.com to find your local time). Join us on
your radio dial in New York's Lower Hudson Valley or through the
www.wdfh.org realtime MP3 stream for an evening of transcendent
Wednesday, July 13, 2005, 6:30 pm: Alex
Tune in to WDFH Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 when
singer-songwriter Alex Sweeton joins Missy Fogarty for live music
and talk. Driving... bitter... longing... beautiful... all
these words come to mind when one hears Alex Sweeton, Invisible
Girl. Described as a cross between Shawn Colvin and Liz Phair,
Alex has taken pop music and created songs of substance. You
won't find fluff here. A singer-songwriter with a rock
sensibility, Alex's poetic lyrics run the gamut from love to hate to
family to just being a 'girl.' Her enticing melodies combine
with lyricism to create music that connects with and permanently
captivates the heart and head.
Alex Sweeton will be performing with her band, Invisible Girl, at
The Bitter End in New York City on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 8:00 pm.
The Bitter End is located at 147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson
and LaGuardia) in Manhattan. More
information is available at (212) 673-7030
or online at
Technical production: Treavor Hastings
Thursday, June 30, 2005, 10:00 pm:
Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior on HBO's
The Sopranos) will be joining WDFH's John Dyer for music and
chat. Dominic is an acclaimed actor, poet and musician.
In addition to his fame role on the The Sopranos, he also
appeared in Francis Ford Copola's The Godfather Part II.
Dominic's new CD, Ungrateful Heart, consists of all Italian
favorites since the turn of the century. Join us for what is
bound to be a great night of music and conversation.
Thursday night, June 30, starting at 10:00 PM.
Technical production: Treavor Hastings
WDFH host John Dyer (left) with Dominic Chianese,
performing together in WDFH's Studio 2
Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 8:00 pm:
Dania and the Antics live in performance
The beautiful and
talented Dania, who marked her third appearance at WDFH just a few
weeks ago with her band the Antics, performed Friday night, June 24,
at The Pub in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. WDFH's Vinny Cohan,
Chris Potter, Missy Fogarty, Treavor Hastings, and Marc Sophos were
there to MC the event and capture it on tape — for you! Catch
the broadcast this Wednesday, June 29, starting at 8:00 PM!
Technical production: Marc Sophos
Photos: Treavor Hastings
The Pub, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
WDFH's Vinny Cohan introducing the band. Photos: Treavor
Soundcheck: Dania (front), guitarist Matt Romanov, bassist Greg
Belvedere, and our own Treavor Hastings sitting in on drums
L-R: Jesse Romanov (drums), Matt Romanov (guitar), Dania (guitar and
vocals), Greg Belvedere (bass)
Friday, June 3, 2005, 10:00 pm: Dania
and the Antics
Dania and her new
band, The Antics, returned to WDFH for live, in-studio performance
and conversation with Vinny Cohan on Friday, June 3, starting at
10pm. Now based in Westchester, Dania grew up in northern
Lebanon and moved to the United States in the summer of 2000 to
study and pursue a musical career. Dania’s music and vocal
style is firmly rooted in rock and the blues. Dania lists
among her creative influences such artists as Janis Joplin, Cat
Stevens, Pearl Jam, and The Who.
Joining Dania in the WDFH studios were members
of the Antics — Matt Romanov on lead guitar, Greg Belvedere on bass,
and Jesse Romanov on drums.
This performance marked
Dania's third visit to WDFH — she was here in April and September
2004, joined by Sarah Nurbhai on
violin and Matt Noble on bass.
Dania currently performs in the New
York area, and her song “Try” was named a repeat finalist in the
2004 UK Songwriting Contest. Her debut CD release "Expatriate"
is heard regularly on WDFH and is available at
Technical production: Marc Sophos
Dania (acoustic guitar and vocal)
Greg Belvedere (bass)
Matt Romanov (lead guitar)
Tuesday, May 3, 2005: Moog Space
Jordan Rudess, keyboard virtuoso with Dream Theater,
returned to WDFH, joined this time by synthesist extraordinaire
Richard Lainhart. Jordan and Richard were in the studios with
WDFH's Tom Donohue for an interview and live performance on
Tuesday, May 3, starting at 10 PM.
They will be using old and new Moog electronic instruments
exclusively, including a vintage Mini-Moog, a modern Moog Voyager
Mini-Moog, and Arturia's Moog Modular V software. Join us for
a classic deep space electronic excursion.
Technical production: Treavor Hastings and Marc Sophos
Treavor (L), at audio controls,
Tom (L), Treavor, Richard
Rachelle (with accordion) and
April 27, 2005:
Eclectic singer, songwriter, and
accordionist Rachelle Garniez joined Missy Fogarty for live music
and talk on Wednesday, April 27, 2005, starting at 4pm.
Rachelle Garniez, named “diva
with a difference” by Billboard magazine, is a native of New York
City, and writes, sings, and performs music in a wide variety of
situations — from concert stages, clubs, and theaters to recording
studios and special events. Her compositions reflect
influences ranging from the Blues, Continental, and Klezmer to Latin
Jazz and Country/Western. She has released several critically
acclaimed CDs with her band, the Fortunate Few, and her original
songs can be heard on film and television soundtracks.
Rachelle appeared with her band, The Fortunate Few, on Saturday
April 30th at
Common Ground — A Fair Trade Coffee House, First Unitarian
Society of Westchester, located at
25 Old Jackson Avenue,
For more information on
Rachelle, visit her website at
David Bennett Cohen visited
March 24 (photo: Treavor Hastings)
March 24, 2005: David Bennett Cohen
David Bennett Cohen joined WDFH's John Dyer
for an in-studio performance and interview on Thursday evening,
March 24, 2005, starting at 8:00. David has been a
professional musician for more than 30 years. Best known for
his innovative keyboard playing as an original member of the '60's
Country Joe and the Fish, he is an equally accomplished guitar
player who has been involved in numerous music scenes throughout his
Technical production: Marc Sophos
David (at keyboard) with host John Dyer; Chris and Ken Potter
watching through the window (photo:
Marc at the console (L), David at
the keyboard (C), and John at the mike (R). Photo: Treavor
March 28, 2005:
Leslie West of the group
Mountain joined WDFH's Lou Cannizzaro and Treavor Hastings on
Monday, March 28. Mountain became an important force on the
rock scene when guitarist Leslie West joined forces with bassist
Felix Pappalardi, drummer Corky Laing, and keyboard player Steve
Knight in 1969. Thirty-five years on, their impact on rock
fans remains strong.
Members of the group Mountain in an undated photograph. Leslie
joined WDFH hosts Lou and Treavor on Monday, March 28.
Photo reproduced by permission.
Earlier at WDFH:
Theo and Ben
Ben and WDFH host Missy
February 16, 2005: Theo
Bleckmann and Ben Monder
Celebrated jazz musicians
Theo Bleckmann and Ben Monder joined Missy Fogarty for an
afternoon of talk and music on Wednesday, February 16, at 4:00 PM.
Jazz vocalist Theo Bleckmann celebrates 10 years of collaboration
with guitarist Ben Monder and will appear with the Ben Monder Trio
at the Jazz Standard on Monday, February 21, 2005.
New York-based Theo
Bleckmann is a singer, composer and performance artist who uses
his three-and-a-half octave voice like an other-worldly instrument
to surprise, startle, and delight. His CD, Origami, received
four and a half stars (out of five) from Downbeat Magazine, which
declared him a "rising star" in their 51 critic's poll.
Ben Monder has been on the
scene for over 15 years having performed with a variety of
artists, including Lee Konitz, Paul Motian and as regular member
of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.
Bleckmann and Monder first started working together in ’94 as a
duo and in within other musical groups and have toured the US,
Europe and Asia. Their repertoire consists mostly of
originals, stretching the boundaries of what is possible
technically, musically, and compositionally. Their first CD
as a duo in 1996, “no boat” (Songlines) was released to critical
acclaim by the Village Voice, which called it “a disc of
imperturbable cool worthy of the Bill Evans Trio.” The
emphasis throughout their work is on expression, intensity,
freedom and interdependence: the male voice (sometimes multiplied
by live electronics) acting as an instrument, engaged with Mr.
Monder in building up layers and creating textures that blur
boundaries between sound and song, improvisation and composition.)
More information about Theo and
Ben is available at
or contact earRelevant music
January 7, 2005: Susan Kane
Susan Kane visited with Caryn Gilbert on
Friday, January 7, 2005, starting at 8:00 PM. As a
singer-songwriter, Susan's style draws on many strains of
roots-based music, from blues to country. Going back to her
own beginnings as a solo performer, her songs include historical
ballads, blues-inflected melodies, and up-tempo country-flavored
tunes. A performing member of the Valhalla-based Tribes Hill
music collective, she has been a featured artist at a number of
recent festivals in the tri-state area. Other gigs this year
and last have included appearances at clubs and coffeehouses, as
well as conceiving and conducting a songwriting workshop for
teenagers. In summer of 2003, Susan finished a six track CD
titled Chicory Blue, with the well known guitarist,
arranger, and producer Billy Masters. A twelve track CD of
all original material, So Long, also produced by Masters,
was just released in July 2004.
In the last few years, Susan has also
been a member — the lone chick — of a number of local rock bands,
performing original material and covers in a variety of venues
throughout the New York area. She cut her songwriting chops
in a roots rock band and enjoyed being a vicarious Donna Jean in
the Grateful Dead cover band August West.
Growing up with her classically trained
piano teacher mom, Susan naturally decided to play the guitar
rather than practice Bach and Beethoven. Her first
instrument was a plastic, four string Beatles guitar, now probably
worth more than her house. Tragically, the guitar was sold
in a tag sale for 25 cents in the late '60s. After that, her
mom got her a nylon string Kay with S& H Green Stamps. But
that was a long time ago. Now Susan has a small but choice
collection of Gibson guitars.
More information about
Susan is available at
Thanks to WDFH's Josephine Arce for setting up Susan's visit.
January 1, 2005: Tony Rivera
Our old friend
Tony Rivera, flamenco and blues musician, joined Lou
Cannizzaro in the studio during our special New Year's Day 2005
broadcast. He also appeared on
New Year's Day 2004
and during the grand opening festivities of our new studios at
Mercy College in the fall of 2003.
November 12, 2004: Real Live Girl
Real Live Girl joined Caryn Gilbert and Josephine Arce in the WDFH
studios with on Friday evening, November 12th, 2004, for an
in studio interview and playing tracks from their 2004 release "Dumbing
Down America." They are a local band who list Barenaked
Ladies, REM and Velvet Underground as some of their many
Real Live Girl is made up by the following characters:
Vocals/Lyrics - Todd Goldenberg
Bass/Music - Tony Donato
Drums - Mike Matera
Guitar - Greg Tenzer
Fans can always look forward to something off the wall from the
boys during their live shows. Whether
it's 7 foot inflatable storks or visits from
costumed members of the audience, Real Live Girl will always make
about the band is available at
October 23, 2004:
The Shermans were live in
WDFH's studios at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 23,
with Christopher and Jonathan. The Shermans are a local
4-piece band comprised of different musicians from various former
bands that played out on the NYC club and concert circuit.
Those bands include The Boomchasers, Clearview and The Elliot
The band features four
multi-instrumentalists who can switch easily from guitars to bass
to drums to keyboards, and also incorporate percussion, banjo,
mandolin, and bagpipes!
All 4 members sing lead and write songs. The band is heavily
influenced by The Beatles, as well
The band members are:
Bobby O'Connor — vocals, bass
Paul McCormack — vocals, guitars
Matt Nullett — vocals, bass, guitar, and drums
Chris 'Critter' O'Connor — vocals, guitars
The Shermans are celebrating the release of their debut CD,
'Horrible, Beautiful, Scary Place', on Swingin' Labrador Records.
September 10, 2004:
Dania has a new CD coming out — it's called "Expatriate."
Dania, joined again by violinist Sarah Nurbhai and bassist Matt
Noble, returned to WDFH for another wonderful interview and on-air
performance on Friday, September 10. Dania, Sarah, and
Matt also appeared
earlier in 2004 at WDFH.
Jordan Rudess of Dream
Theater on the air with Tom Donohue
Photo: Treavor Hastings
July 21, 2004:
Jordan Rudess joined Tom Donohue in the WDFH studios on
Wednesday, July 21.
Jordan Rudess is a member of
Dream Theater, has played on record and/or on tour with Steve
Morse and the Dixie Dregs, Annie Haslam, David Bowie, Jan Hammer,
Enrique Iglesias, and the Paul Winter Consort. He's scored for the
International Magician of the Year winner, Jeff McBride, has a two
piece power duo with Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein.
Jordan will be releasing a solo album, Rhythm of Time, on
Magna Carta Records in August 2004. He also discussed Key Fest,
which included a concert on July 25 at the White Plains Performing
June 26, 2004:
Paul McCormack, Joel
Bachrach, and Paul Kmiotek from the band Watson joined Christopher
Calabro in the WDFH studios on Saturday, June 26.Watson
is a local four piece band with a recently released CD. The
band is comprised of former members of a few different original
bands from a few years past, namely The Boomchasers, The Torpedos,
The Balloon Squad, and The Box, to name just a few.
Watson is Paul McCormack (guitar and vocals), Paul Kmiotek (bass
and vocals), Marc Garella (drums), and Joel Bachrach (keyboards
Paul K, Chris, Paul M, Joel
May 28, 2004: Rooster
Rooster, a singer/songwriter who hails from
the Lower East Side of Manhattan and grew up in Westchester,
joined Caryn Gilbert on Friday, May 28.
Her album is featured on WDFH.
Rooster performing at WDFH
April 30, 2004: Josh Holmes
Singer/songwriter Josh Holmes joined
Josephine Arce at the WDFH studios on Friday, April 30
for a live performance and interview. He is a midwestern boy
who names soul, blues, Motown, acid rock and folk as some of his
influences. He began playing and singing at the ripe old age
of seven and hasn't stopped since. More info on Josh Holmes
Josephine with Josh Holmes
in Studio 2
April 2, 2004: Dania
Westchester-based singer-songwriter Dania
joined host Vinny Cohan at WDFH-FM for an in-studio
performance and conversation on Friday, April 2,
at 10pm. Dania grew up in Amioun, a small town in northern
Lebanon, and moved to the United States in the summer of 2000 to
study guitar and pursue her musical career. Dania’s music
and vocal style is firmly rooted in rock and the blues.
Dania lists among her creative influences such diverse artists as
Janis Joplin, Cat Stevens, Pearl Jam and The Who. She
currently performs in the New York area, and her song “Try” was
named a finalist in the 2003 UK Songwriting Contest.
Joining Dania in the WDFH studios were Sarah Nurbhai on violin and
Matt Noble on bass. More information is
Matt, Sarah, Dania, and
Dania, Sarah, and Matt
in WDFH's Studio 2
March 17, 2004: Melanie
Melanie joined Cuper Vargas on the air.
Melanie also appeared at the Turning Point — read
review of the performance.
February 13, 2004:
Chicago-based blues musician
Fruteland Jackson, who
last appeared on WDFH's Random Madness with Lou Cannizzaro in
Friday, February 6, 2004: Elisa Peimer
NY area musician
Elisa Peimer, who joined
WDFH's Anne Leighton in the studio.
Thursday, January 1, 2004: Tony Rivera
Flamenco blues guitarist
Tony Rivera, who also
appeared solo and with his band at the grand opening celebrations
for our new studios in October.
In October 2003, we inaugurated new
studios with a weekend of live performances. The musicians
who joined in the celebrations were:
Technical production for WDFH music broadcasts by Marc Sophos
except where noted
2004-2006 photos by Marc Sophos and Treavor Hastings except where