Anne’s Shore & More #35 – April 11 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #35 – April 11 2012

Uncle Flatty


On Friday night, there’s a good two-band Americana bill at the Bank Street Cafe in New London, with Uncle Flatty and Dirt Road Radio. Dirt Road Radio ( played a solid 3-song set at the recent Good Sponge Sampler CD release show, and it sounds like they are going to be quite busy in the near future. Every time I see these guys I am reminded of another band I really like, the Jayhawks, mostly because of the sound of Dennis Walley’s voice. I also love the harmonies, Kelly Asciolla’s fiddle, and Mike Scott’s guitar playing. Did I mention the wonderful songwriting? This trio seems to have a lot of fun playing together also, despite the often dark subject matter of their songs. Uncle Flatty ( hasn’t been seen in the local   clubs much lately, but according to their Facebook page ( the band has been working on a new album, to be released this spring. They describe their music as “Blue Collar Americana Alt-Country Rock-n-Roll”, which is a good description of most of the music that I love. They released a CD called Sad Songs and Wildflowers in March of 2010, and you can listen and/or download it here: The album, like the upcoming one, was recorded in Vermont where chief songwriter Desmond McCaffrey grew up. I’m not able to find much information on their history, other than the fact that the band got together in 2007. I have only had a chance to see them once, and it was a few years ago. Hopefully they will keep doing live shows in the area.

Also on Friday night, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons ( will be playing at the Met in Pawtucket RI, and the Mallett Brothers Band (, from Portland, ME will be opening the show. If you are in the area I strongly recommed going to this. Both of these bands are really good live, and together it’s a great bill. The Mallett Brothers Band played in Groton last Friday night and were just as good as ever. I love seeing friends’ reactions when they see and hear these guys for the first time. I always want to say “I told you so!” This young band has a very bright future, and I hope to see them in the area often.

Sinner’s Circle ( Volume 17 will be happening on Saturday night at Bean and Leaf in New London, with a brand new group of sinners:  Josi Wails (the Josi Wails Band), Dan Spurr (the Can Kickers, the Low Brow Boys), “Mr.” Ray Neil (Miracle Legion, Boy Genius), and Michael Bailey (Maggie’s Guitar). This series, featuring songwriters in the round, began three years ago and shows no signs of slowing down. You know it is a well written song if it stands up to the test of a solo acoustic performance, and it’s interesting and sometimes surprising to hear the songs performed that way. The Sinner’s Circle shows draw large crowds and have inspired several lasting musical collaborations. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. It’s a coffee shop, so all ages are welcome. Here’s the Facebook event: Start time is 7:30 pm and it will run for about two hours. Bean and Leaf closes at 10 pm. The next circle is already booked for May 19, with the sinners to be announced at a later date.


Here’s Uncle Flatty performing “Broken Places:





Wed 4/11/12    – Elijah Ocean, Poor Old Shine, Jonah Tolchin at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Body Language, D. Gookin at BAR in New Haven 9 pm NO COVER


Thur 4/12/12  – Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

- The Space Rangers, 9th Wave, West Samoa Surfer League at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Marcus Foster, Sam Bradley at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- We Were Promised Jetpacks, Bad Veins, New Cassettes at the Space in Hamden 7 pm


Fri 4/13/12      – Blue Collar Happy Hour with the JC Hatfield Band, Roy Dunn MacLean at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton 7 pm NO COVER

- Uncle Flatty, Dirt Road Radio at the Bank Street Cafe in New London

- Sue Menhart at the Riverwalk in Mystic 8 pm

- Steve Forbert, Frank Critelli at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Sawyer Family, Red Blade at Elm Bar in New Haven

- 9th Wave, the Radiation, the Clams at the Roots Music Hall in Hartford

- Grandchildren, Dinosaur Feathers, EULA at the Outer Space in Hamden 8pm

- Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, the Mallett Brothers Band at the Met in Pawtucket 9 pm

- Tony Jones & the Cretin 3,  Bedroom Rehab Corporation, the Dirge Carolers at KC’s Tap in Pawtucket


Sat 4/14/12      – Jett Brando at the Telegraph in New London 6 pm

- Sinner’s Circle Vol. 17 with Josi Wails, Dan Spurr, “Mr.” Ray Neil, Michael Bailey at Bean and Leaf in New London 7:30 pm

- Blastmat, Progress, the Uprisers, Cry Havoc, Drunk Robb and the Shots, the Hulls, Pickpocket at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 6:30 pm

- Hellbent and Heartbreakin’ at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8:30 pm (w/Paul Brockett on guitar)

- Harpeth Rising at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown 8 pm

- Sidewalk Dave, the Naked Heroes, Speakeasy at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Denver Boot, Elison Jackson at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The Hickups, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent at the Outer Space in Hamden 7-10 pm

- The Paula G Reality, Droidz at Two Boots in Bridgeport

- Sierra Maestra at Roots Music Hall in Hartford


Sun 4/15/12    – Roots Music Stomp with Craig “Honeyboy” Edwards and friends at 33 Golden Street in New London 7 pm

- The Sawyer Family, King Sickabilly and his Full Moon Boys, Girl Haggard, Tony Jones & the Cretin 3 at PVD Social Club in Providence 6 pm

- Melissa Ferrick at the Roots Music Hall in Hartford


Tues 4/17/12   – The Swaggerin Growlers, the Alehounds at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Trews, Nails Hide Metal at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8:30 pm


Wed 4/18/12   – Mice Parade, Modern Merchant at BAR in New Haven 9 pm


Thur 4/19/12  – JC Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

- Christopher Paul Stelling, Jose Oyola, Doc Baker’s Traveling Musicological Extravaganza at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Fri 4/20/12      – The Rivergods at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 8 pm NO COVER

- Fox Run, Fatal Film, Estrogen and Tonic at 33 Golden Street in New London  10 pm

- The Weird Beards at the Oasis Pub in New London (album release show)

- Sue Menhart Band at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8 pm

- The Minor Arcana, The Cavemen Go, West Rockers at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The New Lows at Cafe Nine in New Haven

- 9th Wave, Tarantinos NYC, Zen Dudes and the Universe at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm


Sat 4/21/12      – King Sickabilly and his Full Moon Boys, Danny Kay and the Nightlifers at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Wrist Like This, Powerblessings, the Wailing Ultimates at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Augustana at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- Blastmat, Two Fisted Law at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Samantha Fish, Eran Troy Danner at the Roots Music Hall in Hartford


Sun 4/22/12    - Roots Music Stomp with Craig “Honeyboy” Edwards and friends at 33 Golden Street in New London 7 pm

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation at Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton (halftime at Shoreline Roller Derby bout) 7 pm



Anne Castellano is a New London songwriter and musician who has played in several bands over the years (the Uninformed, the Skin Walkers, and the Cavities). She has been performing as a solo artist since 2007 but is currently rehearsing with her new band  Anne Castellano and the Smoke.

In 2010 she released a full-length self-produced CD entitled “What’s Been Going On” on the New London-based Cosmodemonic Telegraph label. She is a 30-year veteran of college radio, and is currently doing the Deranged Radio Show on alternate Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm at WCNI 90.9 FM in New London.

She grew up in New Fairfield, CT in a musical family, with a father who played guitar and listened to country artists such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, and a mother who loved Elvis Presley. Involvement in band and chorus in high school led to membership in the UCONN Marching Band and a two-week tour of Europe performing with the band in the early 1980s.

Anne moved to New London in 1987 because of the vibrant local music scene there. In 2005 she began putting together a concert calendar to get the word out about all the local band shows that were taking place in the area. She enjoys books, animals, hiking, and the beach, and sees as much live original music as her “day job” schedule permits.

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