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Anna Helmick, Karen Hudson, Craig Martin & Chris Orbach – Thanksgiving Concert

Anna Helmick, Karen Hudson, Craig Martin & Chris Orbach – Thanksgiving Concert

It’s Saturday, January 4, 2014.  The temperature has risen above zero so we are going to meet from 3-5 pm today at The Catskill Distilling Company.

Some catching up…

SC Songwriters Thanksgiving Concert: November 30, 2013:

It was a terrific night. The variety, depth, humor and swing of our SC Songwriters amazed our appreciative audience.

Karen Hudson ( was our strong opener, performing a number of her Americana flaved tunes including the standard, “Momma Was A Train Wreck.”   With her dry wit and willingness to tell stories from places that hurt, she is always an interesting artist.  DSCN0870

Anna Helmick  Our next performer was Anna Helmick.  She blew us away with her absolutely unique, raw, 17-year old take on…shall we say…existence?  Anna leaves nothing to the imagination.  One of her songs “Out West” (please correct me as I did not write down titles), laments the great Pacific northwest, from where she hails.  Can’t blame her for preferring it to our frozen northeast.

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Craig Martin sang a couple of his well crafted ditties.  This was his first “concert” performance and we are happy he pushed through a bit of stage fright and performed.  Love these songs.  Lots of words:)




Big finish with Chris Orbach.DSC02460  Soulful, groovy, his songs are expertly crafted and meaningful.  Chris possesses a powerful singing voice that could come off a Broadway stage.  He also has the sensitivity to change the musical dynamics to fit his songs’ narratives.

I sang one little song, “Enlightenment.”DSC02461  Mostly, I got to MC and enjoy the show.  Oh yeah, I opened the concert playing a brief medley of snippets of songs that have impacted Americans (Over There, Hard Rain, I’ll Be Home For Xmas, I Only Have Eyes For You and I’m Too Beau’ful For You).

Saturday December 28, 2014

We met John Ziv, a quirky humorist who sang his ditties:  “Swinging & Swappin’ Up In The Catskills” and “Dining on Porkypine,” to name a few.  Come back John and give us another opus.

Carol Smith graced us with her new song, “Road to Kazikstan,” a rocker which I just love.  She also performed “Sycamore Tree” (my fav) and “Ghost Bird.”

See you later today, I hope.




About Elizabeth Rose

"Excels in conversation. A past master at repartee and ad libbing. Vivacious"....7th grade report card - Mr. Giunta, teacher. Author, "Yo Miz!" (1 teacher + 25 schools = 1 wacky year) now available as an ebook on Smashwords (my fav):, and all other ebook retailers including Amazon Kindle, iBooks, Barnes and Noble. Excerpts @ Edu-tainer, songwriter, playwright, film maker: tv, film, stage.

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  1. Nice! Thanks.


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