8th Step - Betty & the Baby Boomers
REALLY IT’S RARE...TO FIND A BAND WITH FOUR GOOD SINGERS, AND THERE WAS A REAL BEAUTY IN THE BELL-CLEAR GUITAR - Woodstock Times
SING & PLAY OLD-SCHOOL FOLK LIKE IT WAS BRAND-SPANKING NEW…LUSH, LUXURIOUS - Daily Freeman
Steve Stanne, (guitar, dobro), Betty Boomer, Jean McAvoy, Paul Rubio (guitar, drum) & Robert Bard (bass) belt out, croon or caress an astonishing array of traditional and contemporary songs. Their seemingly endless repertoire includes McAvoy originals, serious and silly, topical and whimsical--swing, folk, a cappella ballads and sea songs. Their close, four-part harmonies are simply sublime.
Based in the Hudson Valley, the group sprang from the musical community surrounding Pete Seeger’s environmental sloop Clearwater, built in the ‘60s to spearhead a cleanup of the Hudson River and still going strong. The Boomers are a key part of Clearwater’s wider community, where life is really set to music. Steve, Jean, Betty, Paul & Robert lend their passion and harmonies to the continuing fight for clean air, peace, justice and human rights. Yet somehow, as with Seeger, a cause never gets in the way of a good song.
You have most likely heard them on our stage: Phil Ochs Song Night, Clearwater's Pumpkin Festival, our 45th Anniversary Concert - occasions calling for great heart, transcendent harmony and love of our beautiful Hudson River.
Award-winning Irish harpist LYNN SAOIRSE hails from Connemora, Ireland, where "the Boomers" make an annual festival appearance. Noted for her harp arrangements of both traditional and contemporary Irish music, she has numerous recordings to her credit. She performs widely throughout Europe and the USA, as well as in the Caribbean, Nepal, Argentina and Egypt.
"AN EXQUISITE DELICACY ALL THROUGH HER PLAYING" - Derek Bell (The Chieftains)
"SOUL AND FEELING ….A JOY" - Irish Music Magazine
"PLAYS THE IRISH HARP TO PERFECTION" - Rambles
|8th Step - Betty & the Baby Boomers||Sat, Feb 1, 2014 7:30pm|
|ICFS Presents: The Room||Friday, May 29, 7:00 pm|
|TOSCA||Sunday, May 31, 3:00 pm|
|One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Monday, June 1|
|Seymour: An Introduction||Tuesday, June 2|
|Show Boat||June 6 to 7|
|Raging Bull||Monday, June 8|
|Woman in Gold||June 9 to 11|
|North by Northwest||Monday, June 15|
|It Came From Schenectady Presents Found Footage Festival's Salute to Weirdos||Wednesday, June 17, 8:00 pm|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||June 21 to 24|
|The Godfather||Monday, June 22|
|Home||Sunday, June 28, 12:00 pm|
|The Godfather Part II||Monday, June 29|
|The Three Tenors||Saturday, September 12|