5. Founded 1977
Next Major Gigs:
- Nov 29th Fri 8:00pm FolkProject Battle of
the Bands, with Betsy Rose and the Chicago Fire, WASAG and TBD. At the Minstrel
- Aug 30th Sun 7:00pm “Breast Cancer
Benefit Concert” with , Little Toby Walker and Dave Kleiner & Liz
Pagan. To join us Contact
or (973) 989-4429.
March 31st Fri 8:30pm Minstrel Coffeehouse at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown NJ.
The story of Music Town
is more than a story about banjos, fiddles and three-part harmonies. It’s the story of musical
friendships that reach back over 25 years and culminate in an exciting blend of
down-home folk tunes, boot-kicking mountain instrumentals, and heart-felt
original songs. To spend an evening
with Music Town is a chance to share an evening of
excitement, love, talent, and … food.
The group met at The Folk Project, a folk music club
based in Morristown, New Jersey. They spent years playing
together at jam sessions, festivals, parties, and eventually in their own
homes, where the band’s lineup became obvious: Ken on guitar and on salads with his
beloved wife Judy; Andy “cooking” on the bass and cooking the main
dish with his soul chef and wife Barbara; Jeff on banjo and Evelyn on guitar
combining their love for each other and their love for baking desserts; and
Mark playing fiddle, “fiddling” with his wife and part-time
percussionist Robin, and supplying the living room and the drinks.
The music is rocket high,
bullet fast, and daisy sweet.
is a disciple of flat-picking pioneer Doc Watson, but adds many styles and
flavors to that genre. Jeff is also
a sterling banjo player and the group clown. His quotes, such as “They spend
less time tuning, so you get more music,” “They’re not half
as bad as they sound,” and “They put the harm in harmony,”
would never be included in this promo.
Ken Galipeau is a widely-known singer,
songwriter, storyteller and recording artist. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of
songs that have been left out of the music encyclopedia, and he is always
adding new, crowd-pleasing material to the old chestnuts that Music Town’s
Andy Koenig is a world renowned and
best-selling author of computer books, and in Music
Town he plays bass and does much of Music Town’s
vocal arrangements. If you hear a
slight twist in the band’s traditional folk and country harmonies, it is
probably influenced by Andy’s vast musical experience, from Baroque and
Bach, to Grateful Dead jamming, to Sondheim musicals.
the heart of Music
Town is singer and rhythm
McNally. Her clear harmonies and loving spirit
are at the heart of all the joy and music these friends share and bring to
last, but also least, is Mark Schaffer, a fiddler, guitarist and
songwriter. Mark is a lover of
folk, country and swing music and his exciting improvisational fiddling touches
on all three styles.
Music Town has been channeling their
love for music and each other into concert audiences for many years, and
audiences have been channeling their appreciation back to the band for an
enjoyable and impressive musical experience.
Music Town sightseeing with our
spouses during our last world tour.
To Contact Music
Town, call Mark Schaffer,