Whisky and Water at the Great Lakes Gathering

Whisky and Water are playing at the Great Lakes Gathering in Saginaw, Michigan, at noon on August 22nd. Here’s our latest band picture, taken last night at rehearsal.

Whisky and Water

Here’s a set of tunes from the rehearsal, “Da Scalloway Lasses / Da Underhill”.

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Whisky and Water Session Group at the Great Lakes Gathering


Photo by Will Westerfield.

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Great Lakes Gathering

So, despite the spelling difference, the “Whiskey and Water Seisiun Band” playing the Great Lakes Gathering is us: Jerry, Bruce, Sol, Andy, and Randy. We’re on at noon on Saturday.

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Strange History

So, the somewhat irregular history of our fledgling band. Back in 2012, I (Sol) accidentally crashed a St. Patrick’s Day gig that Jerry, Bruce, and Andy Rogers were playing. Despite our complete lack of rehearsing as a quartet, it went swimmingly. A few months later, Jerry, Bruce and I teamed up for a wedding gig — that time with lots of rehearsing, but that was mostly so that we could learn to play Pachelbel’s Canon and the Mendelssohn Wedding March on whistle, fiddle, and guitar. That also went very well, and we decided to try to keep it up.

Later that year and early in 2013 we did a number of rehearsals as a band, deciding on the name “Whisky and Water”, setting up this webpage, and working up a number of songs and sets. And then we all got busy, and nothing at all came of it.

Then the organizers of the Great Lakes Gathering decided they needed a band to promote the festival at a local Celtic Woman performance. It ended up being Jerry, Bruce, and me, plus Andy and Randy Bunting. We decided to call ourselves “Whisky and Water Session Band”. And that lead to… well, that’s the next post.

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We’re now in rehearsals for the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day season. ┬áMore information here as soon as we have it!

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