06/01/17 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | A painting of lilies by Olive Reich.

COURTESY PHOTO | A painting of lilies by Olive Reich.

OLIVE REICH’S WORK ON VIEW

The artwork of Island artist Olive Reich will be featured in an exhibition at Griffing and Collins Real Estate in Shelter Island Heights. She is known for her beautiful watercolors of flowers and sailboats and both will be on display in the show, which opens with a reception on Saturday, June 10 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Pictured above, a watercolor painting of peonies by Ms. Reich. (more…)

03/22/17 2:00pm
ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | Heather and Pete performing in concert on a recent Friday night at the American Legion.

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI PHOTO | Heather and Pete performing in concert on a recent Friday night at the American Legion.

Musicians Heather and Pete will perform live on Friday, March 24 at the American Legion Hall on Shelter Island. The music begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. on the lower level of the Legion Hall. Admission is free and bar and food service will be available. (more…)

03/16/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Celtic fiddler Katie McNally

COURTESY PHOTO | Pianist and mandolin player Neil Pearlman and Celtic fiddler Katie McNally.

Musically speaking, this will be an active weekend on Shelter Island with the Presbyterian Church slated to host not one, not two, but three very different concerts in the days ahead.

First up on Friday, March 17 is a good dose of folk music with fiddler Katie McNally and pianist Neil Pearlman who play traditional tunes from Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church and is presented by Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. (more…)

08/19/12 12:00pm

Local music lovers will gather at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue between 2 and 7 p.m. today to kick-off the 2012 NOFO Rock & Folk Fest concert series and pay tribute to Levon Helm, a musician whose influence has left an indelible fingerprint in the fabric of American music as the voice of The Band.

The Dirt Farmer band, comprised of core members of the Levon Helm Band, will headline the music festival, which will also include performances by Long Island band Miles to Dayton and the North Fork folk duo The Second Hands.

“Levon, for all of us [in the Dirt Farmer Band] was about good music for all the right reasons,” musician Larry Campbell said of his former bandmate. “I think there’s so much going on in music right now that has the wrong motivation; that’s just out there for money and riches. Money and fame goes away, but the joy of making great music never does and that’s success right there.”

Mr. Helm’s daughter, Amy, also played and sang with the Levon Helm Band before her father’s death in April and performs with The Dirt Farmer Band this afternoon in order to “keep it going” in his memory.

“We’re certainly paying tribute to him and carrying on what we were all about as a unit with his influence,” Mr. Campbell said. “That’s what we want to keep going, because it’s been a profound one for all of us, including him. He told me more than once that this was the best band he’d ever played with.”

Mr. Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 1990s, resulting in damaged vocal cords that initially left one of American music’s most distinctive voices speechless. He would slowly reinvent himself as a vocalist, singing more and more at the musical gatherings he often held at his Woodstock home.

“The first time I heard Levon sing again was at B.B. King’s in New York and it was like finding out the Beatles had gotten back together,” Mr. Campbell said of Mr. Helm’s vocal comeback.

Tickets to today’s event are $25 for anyone 17 and over and is free for all those under 16. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the continuation of the iconic musical gatherings Mr. Helms founded, The Midnight Rambles.

Read an interview with Amy Helm in Thursday’s edition of The Suffolk Times.

08/08/12 4:00pm

BEVERLEA WALZ FILE PHOTO | Bennett Konesni with guitar and wife Edith Gawler at the ‘Blue Highway’ bluegrass concert in January.

The first of a series of three free family concerts will be held on at 6 p.m. tonight in the gazebo at the Bridge Street Volunteer Park.

Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni are the guests and will perform old-time Appalachian music, English farm ballads and Scandinavian fiddle tunes.

Bring a lawn chair and a picnic to enjoy the music and the view over Dering Harbor.

For more information, call Garth Griffin at 749-0978 after 4 p.m.