It has been some time since I have posted so first and foremost Happy New Years to all. As always I must count my many blessings. It would appear "Annie's Adventure", now entering it's 60th year will continue to afford me new life lessons and experiences. It seems that in my so-called "Retirement" I continue to thrive personally and professionally not always knowing what to expect next. And I find it makes life very interesting, to quote Gloria Gaynor, "Come what may, I Will Survive!"
2013 starts out with Cronies and the Trio welcoming Bryan Noaker, who brings his strong vocals and hard driving electric and acoustic guitar to the mix. Bill Stetz, Doug Riley, Jack Lawton and our associate Cronies John Sweeney and Dave Thompson will also continue to join us on Harmonica too.
This past September I was thrilled to return to my other love. Teaching Spanish. One day a week I get the pleasure of teaching 30 wonderful children from ages 6-17. And I must say it's like I've gained a whole new family.
I hope you and yours have all the best. I also hope you say hi when our paths cross. Much love and Happiness... And keep smilin' cause it keeps them guessing.
Posted on 01/06/2013 at 3:25 PM by Ann
Well here's a bit of an update
The Cronies and the Trio have been busy these past 6 months. I know it's a bit redundant of me but I have to say how lucky I am to have been given this second chance to make music with wonderfully talented musicians.
In the recent months Diamond Dave Thompson of Miz Ida and the All Nitas has been joining us on harp. Dave has amazing chops and it has been fun to hear what results when he joins the mix. I want to thank John Sweeney for his continued collaboration on harp too.
In May Mark, Bill, and I were joined by Nate Myers, Mike Noll and Pete "Cheese" Netznik (spiritual supporter) at the Blues Society of Central PA.'s weekly jam. It was great!! Nate, Mike and Pete are such professionals whose talents are only accentuated by their incredibly willingness to share their talents with others. To have them with us to jam was too cool. Speaking of the BSCP, The Cronies look forward to performing for the BSCP's annual Dauphin Co. Wine and Music Festival in June.
Having added some new venues has been enjoyable for us as we meet some of the nicest folks. And our regular venues such as Berwick Brewery, Skeeters, the Bullfrog and Blues Front Lounge continue to make me so thankful that there are still great places to hear live music...
So, on that note I just want to say... please get out and continue to support live Music and the Arts in general.
Posted on 06/20/2012 at 4:41 PM by Ann
Happy 2012 To All!
Mr. Fun and I returned to Barcelona and Madrid giving us a chance to visit our Spanish family, to sing and rejuvenate my Spanish soul. We also returned to The Netherlands, and Amsterdam. We both fell in love with the city and the people last New Years Eve. So we returned to stay on our friend Federic's boat on Brouwersgracht and to explore a bit more of Holland. Seemed we were to be there because the weather was warm and inviting.
Bill Stetz, Mark Tomeo and myself have really had fun performing as a Trio and we have been tinkering around with the arrangements of some old Beatle album cuts and it seems that you folks have been digging them. Jack Lawton and Doug Riley continue to join us for our CroNie Gigs. The CroNies have taken on a feel of the Old CrossTown Bus and it is fun to do those gigs too. The wonderful thing about having the two formats I get to to stretch my styles of singing. BLUES, ROCK or Jazz. It's all good, because I just wanna sing... it's what makes me happy, and I be happy!! On a final note... gotta shout out A BIG THANK YOU to the Blues community of the Harrisburg area. These folks love the Blues and they are such a welcoming group of folks. As I continue to meet, listen and occasionally sit in with these folks I continue to learn. Their openness to share has been inspirational to me. I hope you all are inspired too.
Be Well & Much Love!
Posted on 01/18/2012 at 1:36 PM by Ann
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