Tonight’s Hootenanny at Pat and Mary Savelli’s basement Pub was a real blast! Even though I left about halfway through, due to my health stuff, I had a great time meeting people, playing and singing some rousing music, and even managing to get a bunch of photos while I was there. πŸ™‚

The players, as well as the audience (although the audience members also sang, since this was, after all, a hootenanny!) were a mix of folks who the Savellis know either from Fin Tan, the Celtic band from Dayton, Ohio, which is one of the bands Pat is in, or from the Society for Creative Anachronism, which is how I met them.

The Savelli’s basement Pub is really cool. Not only is there a stage, there are even stagelights. Plus pub tables and plenty of seating for the audience. There was a really friendly ambience down there, well deserving the moniker of “Pub.”

Here we are before the music really got rolling. You’ll notice that beverages were flowing a’plenty. We had to wet the whistles in order to sing!

Our hostess, Mary Savelli, whose idea this Hootenanny was!
Our host, Pat Savelli of Fin Tan and Bardic Storm, on the right. On the left, Ken, Fin Tan man-of-all-talents, who provided tonight’s rhythm section, on cajon and bodhrΓ‘n.
Halle Snyder of Bardic Storm, on the right, and me.
Timi and Halle
Halle on left and Ginny Beatty on right.
Rick on twelve-string guitar


Some of us were sewing…
Here was this lovely, comfy couch in the Savelli Pub, and no one sat on it! πŸ˜›
Maid Marian, whose accent reveals her origins on Long Island. πŸ™‚
Reggie, a major Fin Tan supporter.
Fun was had by all! πŸ™‚
Pat gets wild and crazy! πŸ˜›

Then it was time to make MUSIC! First the ever-important tuning and arrangement of our music notebooks.


I got Keith, on the right, to turn around for a snapshot.

OK, now the real deal. Let’s play and sing!


Pat and Keith on guitars and Ken literally on cajon.


Halle Snyder, on the left, plays an acoustic bass guitar. Nice! Meanwhile Ginny Beatty lays down some mean fiddle licks…
And this after Mark, on the left, protested to Halle that he had NEVER played uke!
PatΒ  and Keith on guitars and vocals

The “audience” were no slackers either–they sang right out!


The whole damn band, minus me (my spot was on the far left, beside Halle) and I believe that Ryan, of Fin Tan, came after I left…Mary Savelli is hidden behind Pat’s music stand.


Then it was break time:

Ken and Timi
Halle looking gorgeous in her curls! ❀ And a glimpse on the lower left of my Yamaha travel guitar, which was what I played at the Hootenanny.
Keith with guitar, on the left, and Ken sitting on his Pearl cajon, hanging out waiting for the next set…

I left before I got too tired to make the hour’s drive home. I made it, safe and sound. πŸ™‚

It was a really fun time at the Savelli Pub Hootenanny, with great people and terrific music. Mary and Pat put a lot of work into assembling a songbook of about 54 songs, none too difficult, but all ones that we wanted to play, sing, and hear. That is no mean feat! As we played, they kept thinking of new tunes that they would add for the Second Hootenanny’s playlist. πŸ™‚

I hope that there will indeed be a Second Annual Savelli Pub Hootenanny, but also that the Savellis don’t wait an entire year to have it! ❀