Sunday, February 12, 2006

Fairfield Studios Home Concerts an island of urbanity; singer-songwriter Annie Gallup, hippie poetry songstress, performed this week

Twisting her meter and rhyme in songs and schtick, Annie Gallup charmed an audience of some 75 at Fairfield Studios this week. She was accompanied by bassist Sean Kelly, who thumped and bowed his bass and sang harmony.

Baby boomers dominated the audience - after all, a Wed night at 7 pm - but all ages were represented. Supper, included in the $15 ticket, was comfort food on a buffet table. Filling if uninteresting.

Dana McCommon, engineer and architect of FFS, has developed the long, narrow room aside the studio as a foyer and art gallery. There painter Tony Reans and portraitist Talbot Hopkins exhibited their work.

All in all, Fairfield Studios was a pleasant surprise for many friends who came to view art by Hopkins - my wife - and Reans. Many said, "It's not easy to find." In a world of giant signs this is a quiet storefront adjacent to Harrison Paint across from the State Building (Jordan near Fairfield).

The Home Concerts are sweet but It's hard to know whether the performers are going to suit you. I offer 2 suggestions:
1) listen to the performers' music samples. A Google search will quickly take you to their mp3 pages.
2) if you want something a bit different and uptown, go regardless of research. The Home Concert series performers are part of a national circuit and they've all won their spurs.
3) Ring or email Dana at (220-0400) and ask for a quick rundown. Or call host Alan Dyson. They will be happy to say Hello and answer questions.

Next concert: a return show by the winning singer John Smith, March 21.

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