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Bob Gotta's "First Thursday" - December 12, 1999


Tonight, Bob brings us an evening of exciting performances

what's really neat is that due to the low numbers, we get to hear a couple of numbers by Bob


THERE'S A LOT OF PICTURES SO DOWNLOAD WILL BE LONG BUT WORTH IT

So ... first up, sort of,

Our host: Bob Gotta

songwriter - singwriter - guitarplayer - hostbe'er



Bob Gotta

 

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown Connecticut December 2, 1999

Nice work, Bob!


!ON WIT THE SHOW!


Vic Lancia


A Man with a Mission

his moving performance captivates us all


Vic Lancia

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999 


And now he gets to host

and we get to hear


Bob Gotta

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut

December 2, 1999

  just one incredible picture after another


Let's welcome


Rick Ross

playing selections from his album

Fireflies in the Rain


side by side Ricks

Rick Ross

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999

Rick Ross

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999

Oh, my! Here he is again - that guy from all over the place


Eddy Williams

Eddy plays favorite songs and sings them well


Eddy Williams

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999


NEXT UP!


Mr. Ted Paulson

you know - THE Mr. Ted Paulson - West Hartford, Connecticut


he sings so serious yet his songs are fun


you know he's having a good time

we're enjoying this, too, Ted


Ted Paulson

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Ted Paulson

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999

nice going, Ted - you sound great


NOW WE HAVE A TRULY SURPRISE GUEST

NONE OTHER THAN

Hugh Bloomenfield


Hugh plays true acoustic

no mikes no lights


and does a great job

we're honored, Hugh!

THANKS FOR COMING!


here comes one of our own multi-talented musical singer songwriter harmonica guitar playing performer friends

Robert Alan


Robert gives us what we're looking for

pleasant entertainment


Robert Alan

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NOW HERE he COMES!

MR. RON ANTHONY


plays his good stuff for us

great job, Ron!


Ron Anthony

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999


!next up!

Bill Creighton


Bill plays with a style all his own

energetic, stimulating, clean


Bill Creighton

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999


OK

I caught these two hanging around doing nothing but smiling


Lavinia and Sharon

can you imagine that?


and was I surprised!

WOW!

it turns out this is the debut performance of a new pair

The Dixie Cups


Lavinia and Sharon

in synch with each other


The Dixie Cups

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999


here's one half of the 'Cups, as they've come to be known


LAVINIA


GREAT DEBUT, SHARON and LAVINIA

LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DIXIE CUPS

!YAY! * !YAY! * !YAY! * !YAY! * !YAY! * !YAY! * !YAY!


what can we expect after that excitement?

just MORE excitement

in the form of

Ruth George


Ruth George

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999

Ruth George

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999 

NOW we're on a roll

even more excitement coming CECE joins RUTH


Cece Borjeson - Ruth George

you know, they tour the valley together - keep yours eyes out for these two - they're great!


CECE - RUTH


 

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?will this ever end?

Unbelievable!

- now it's none other than


Gil Dube

picture after picture after picture after picture


Gil Dube

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999


Gil Dube

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999


after Gil comes ME!

NAT KENNEDY

a tribute to Vic Lancia: St. Louis Tickle

and then we all sang together

Green Green Rocky Road

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody!

see you all on Thursday, January 6, 2000 ( ! ) right here @ The Buttonwood Tree

but where's the picture?

- maybe next time

!phwew!

now we can quiet down a little our next performer does just that

Kent Aldrich



hey, everybody - come up here and join me


so they do

thanks, Kent - it's refreshing


and now, here's the moment we've been waiting for

we've heard this guy and have hoped he'd stop by and he did

Eric



Eric

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999


Eric starts off slow and smooth and develops momentum very quickly



stand back and listen - this guys lays into it


WOW!


ERIC

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999

GREAT JOB, ERIC

See you soon


what's next? can you believe it - it's our cover man


Rick Johnson


Rick Johnson

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NEXT UP!


Bob Mosbach

a skilled performer


Bob Mosbach 

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999 


Good to see you, Bob - Thanks for coming


hang on to your hats - it's

CECE BORJESON


what can you say to such an image?


and now, finally I get to take his picture:


Marty Brennan


a neat guy

you can tell he enjoys this a lot


Marty Brennan

The Buttonwood Tree - Middletown, Connecticut - December 2, 1999

and then Marty asks our resident harmonica player to join him


Robert Alan and Marty Brennan

what a neat thing


what's that you said? one more performer? who? a poet? absolutely!

hence

THE POET LADY


FANTASTIC!


and then one last picture of our incredible host

Bob Gotta

imagine looking this happy this late this tired?

Good Night, Bob ... and thank you!


The sign up sheet

it's light at first then lots of people showed up


Thanks to the good folks at The Buttonwood Tree


(c) 1999 Vintagefolk®

- to benefit aging acoustic performers
Email me, Nat Kennedy: vintagefolk@earthlink.net

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