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The June Dates - June 4, 2014

No! It can't be! The calendar has bee updated?

Well, a little. the June dates are now posted, with July and August to follow by week's end. I promise!

Gathering Time at #3! - February 5, 2014

It's official. Gathering Time's latest CD(and first with yours truly) has finished January at #3 on the Folk DJ chart! Not only is the entire CD When One Door Closes at #3, but three songs are in the top twenty: "Rain and Snow #10, "There But For Fortune" #17, and "Mingulay Boat Song" at #20. Thanks so much to all who have supported us and all the DJs who were kind enough to play us!

Also, this Sunday, February 9, tune in to wrhu.org at 11:00 p.m. for an hour of Gathering Time playing some of our favorite Beatles songs and shooting the breeze about the Fab Four with Gerry Laytin. The show will air on the fiftieth(!)anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on Ed Sullivan. We had great fun taping the show, I'm sure you'll have fun listening.

The Fugitives and Gathering Time at Berkner Hall - December 30, 2013

Sharing the bill for the first time!

I have the privilege of performing with both of these groups, and now I will get to play with them both on the same night! Starting at 8:00 p.m., January 11, 2014 at Berkner Hall on the grounds of the Brookhaven National Laboratory will be an opportunity to revel in the sweet, sophisticated vocal harmonies of Gathering Time and the complex instrumental interplay of the Fugitives!

Tickets are $10 either in advance or at the door. Advance purchases can be made by phone at 631-344-3347.

Photo ID is required.

2013 and 2014 - December 4, 2013

Well, 2013 got off to a rough start, thanks to a pretty nasty back injury that brought some of my endeavors to an untimely end. However, looking back on the year as it draws to a close, I'm taken with how much cool stuff happened.

Where do I start? Opening for the Kingston Trio? Sharing the stage with Honor Finnegan, Eliza Gilkyson, Freebo, Ellis Paul, the Ya-Yas, Dan Navarro, the Kennedys, the Nields, the Stray Birds, Poor Old Shine, etc.? Playing on the main stage at Falcon Ridge? Having a blast at NERFA? Recording a fine new CD "When One Door Closes..." with Stuart and Hillary(ably assisted by Ted Stoforos and Tom Griffith)under some pretty serious time constraints?
Gigs in Pa., Va., NJ, NH, Mass., WVa. and Md.(NY too, of course)?

I also got to catch up with old friends in Charlottesville, as well as Rhinebeck-it was wonderful to reconnect with Jimmie Dale Gilmore after so many years. I took a drive down to my brutha' Tom Phillips' place in Scottsville for a marathon day of recording what will be my next solo CD "Tuesday At Tom's"-hopefully coming out in early 2014.

All cool stuff-all of it paling in comparison to watching my son work through bringing his wonderful CD "Last Years Leaves" to the world, seeing my daughter flourish in college, standing by and watching my wife get some well-deserved recognition for her extraordinary work.

And 2014? Already gigs on the books in NJ, Pa., NH, Va., WVa., Indiana, Illinois and Florida! A brand new band project with my longtime friend and partner Joe Caggiano and my son, Travis(debuting at the Grey Horse Tavern on January 25)! The final season of "Treme"...

Fugitives, Gathering Time, Solo Stuff - March 14, 2013

It's shaping up to be a very busy and exciting summer with the Fugitives returning to the various Beach Huts, yours truly returning to the Duck Walk Vineyards, the Quogue Country Market(and elsewhere)and a variety of private events and festival dates with Gathering Time.

I'm not exactly sure how long it's been since Mary Jean and I first saw John Gorka, Greg Brown, Patty Larkin and others onstage at Falcon Ridge-what I am sure of is how excited I am at the prospect of performing on that stage with my Gathering Time compatriots Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong Stoforos.

It goes without saying that I would love to see you there, but I'll say it anyway!

Summer 2011 - June 22, 2011

The dates are in! Check out the calendar page-looking forward to seeing you out on the trail!

Samba Barista - February 8, 2011

I've posted a new little something on the music page. Don't worry, I'm just having a little fun. I hope you enjoy it!

Quogue Country Market - January 31, 2011

I'm really excited at the prospect of returning to the Quogue Country Market this summer! Fred and Amy have been kind enough to invite me back, and I look forward to entertaining their patrons on several Saturday mornings-starting right in on Memorial Day Weekend!

Bistro 25 - January 31, 2011

The old Oysterman's is now Bistro 25! They've done a remarkable job of reinventing the space-you should check it out-and the food looks pretty awesome, too.
I wish them the best of luck-and I thank them for the opportunity to play in such a nice setting.
See y'all there!

Happy New Year! - January 10, 2011

So far it's been an interesting year-a bit cold for my taste, and I have suffered the immeasurable indignity of losing my voice in the middle of the Cirella's gig. The regulars are sweet people, and none acknowledged my unfortunate transformation into the offspring of Darth Vader and King Diamond. I am excited by this year's prospects,however-more opportunities to entertain the fine folks who frequent Cirella's, Bistro 25 in Sayville, the Beach Huts, the Pindar and Duck Walk Wineries, and wherever else I find myself in the coming year.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Burlap and Bean - November 27, 2010

This coming Friday will find me in the Philly suburbs playing my third annual First Friday show at Burlap and Bean with my buds Bob Williams and Charlie Phillips. If you're in the area, why not stop in for some quality java and even better music? Got any friends and/or relatives down there? Let 'em know! Peace!

Oysterman's Sale - November 27, 2010

This week I learned that one of my favorite places to play-Oysterman's Restaurant in Sayville-will be changing hands next month. I wish to take the opportunity to congratulate Denis, Mike and James on the sale, to wish them well in whatever ventures await them, and to thank them for the opportunity to work for them over the last five years. It's been a joy. See you around sometime!

The Fugitives on Myspace! - September 28, 2010

I know-does anyone use myspace anymore? well, if it's a chance to listen to some audio of the Fugitives live, why not? Check out some tracks from a hot summer night at the beach!

This Just In...! - June 29, 2010

Shandon Court this Friday, July 2nd-and Claudio's Clam Bar on the 5th of July-see you there!

The Summer Dates Are Here! - June 17, 2010

Another summer of fun with The Fugitives at the Beach Huts-great music, excellent, reasonably priced food at some of the world"s most beautiful beaches!

Also, I'll be posting my winery dates on a weekly basis-giving you an excuse to drop by the webpage on a regular basis(chuckle...).

I'm so looking forward to seeing you and playing some music for you.

Summer - April 12, 2010

The summer dates are coming in-lots of chances to check me and/or the Fugitives out at various and sundry beaches and wineries. All I need is the gumption to sit at this terminal long enough to enter them all...meanwhile, you can catch me every Thursday(give or take a couple-check the calendar)at Cirella's in Melville. I'm looking forward to it!

Sumer Is Icumen In! - March 22, 2010

The summer dates are coming in. All that's needed now is for me to find the time/motivation to sit here and enter all of them...soon, i swear! There will be Oysterman's dates, wineries, Beach Huts, the Quogue Country Market(that's right) and more! Meanwhile I'll be at Cirella's the next two thursdays-come on down!

The Summer Dates Have Been Posted! - June 14, 2009

Yes, I've been procrastinating. It's what I do best! Be that as it may, the summer dates have now been posted on the calendar page. I'm sure there are more dates coming, so check in from time to time for updates. Above all, I'm thrilled at the prospect of bumping into y'all at some of the prettiest places on Long Island. See you soon!

Rodney Crowell - January 23, 2009

Back in the late '80s I played the then-thriving Tri-State Country Circuit. At roughly the same time, a journeyman songwriter was riding the wave of a commercial breakthrough that would end up being the first country lp to spawn 5(!)#1 singles. I had a lot of fun singing and playing those tunes, and remain a fan of Rodney Crowell to this day. That shining moment in mainstream country music was all too brief, as artists such as Crowell, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam were displaced by the generic cowboy-hatted crooners who dominate to this day. The good news is that all of those artists remain vital and active today, as was amply evidenced by Rodney Crowell's masterful show at the Boulton Center last night. You really had to be there-if you missed it this time, don't miss it again. Commercial trends come and go. Great songwriting is timeless. 'nuff said.

Artie Traum - July 22, 2008

An old friend-and sometime student-left a message on my machine this morning to check out the obituaries in today's Newsday. Doing so I discovered, sadly, that Artie Traum had passed away.

I met Artie in the midst of a brutal heatwave in the summer of 2000. I was attending Penny Nichols' wonderful Summersongs retreat in Ashokan, New York and Artie was one of the faculty.

From the outset he was generous with his time, praise and advice. With his help and encouragement I was able to record and produce Healing Season a little over a year later. For his very valuable input he never asked for a penny.

There are fewer and fewer guys like Artie in this world-let alone the music business. He'll be missed.

Thanks, Artie. Rest in peace.

Summer's Here! - June 10, 2008

I'll be posting the dates on the calendar within a couple of days but, frankly, a lot of them will be familiar to Fugitves fans-Mondays at Smith Point, alternating Tuesdays at Meschutt, Wednesdays at Cupsogue. I'll also be appearing solo on a slew of winery dates-and the Fugitives will be at Greenport's historic Claudio's for the most dates we've done there in several years. Of course, there's the Southampton 4th of July Parade...and the Mattituck Street Fair...

Speaking of Claudio's, we were just there on Sunday and had the privilege of riding out a wicked thunderstorm on the dock. Check it out on YouTube. Just type "Neil Capolongo" in the search box and select "Just Another Gig" from his list.

New Songs Available for Download! - April 11, 2008

I'm thrilled to say that I have three new songs available for download. "Broken Wide Open", "Silver Star" and "Waltz For Mary Jean" were all recently recorded at Water Street Studio in Catskill, New York and benefit greatly from the engineering and production skills of Bobby "Icon" Eichorn and the lovely backing vocals of Maria Ornelas. Just click the Myspace link on the links page to check 'em out!

The Journey Continues... - March 27, 2008

Earlier this week I put in some hours at Water Street Studios in Catskill, NY recording a couple of my new tunes with Bobby "Icon" Eichorn at the controls. Bob and I met back in the early 80s when we were both working at a music store on Long Island. He's gone on to build an impressive resume as a songwriter, composer, player, producer and go-to-guy for such artists as Carly Simon and the remarkable Richard Thompson It was challenging and revealing to work with someone with such experience, such highly developed skills and such acute ears. I hope to have the tunes available for download by the end of April.

Richard Thompson - February 5, 2008

How good can a musician-singer-songwriter-performer get? For an answer to that question, I suggest you go see Richard Thompson. This past Saturday night at Huntington's IMAC(a great venue)Mr. Thompson-aided and abetted by Debra Dobkin and Judith Owen-took the audience on a musical journey through the work of a diverse array of artists that included King Richard I, Cole Porter, The Kinks and Nelly Furtado. Through it all this particular road-worn music business vet was entertained, dazzled and moved-and all of this without one of the greatest songwriters of all time playing a single one of his own tunes!

Awe-inspiring...

Walking On Main Street - January 17, 2008

I'm excited to say that you can now listen to this old Fugitives chestnut on the music page-I'm hoping to make it available for download soon. It was loads of fun recording our four-song demo on 2-inch 24-track tape all those summers ago-and fun to listen to now. enjoy!
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