Anne’s Shore & More #89 – April 25 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #89 – April 25 2013


This weekend there will be 36 Connecticut connected acts playing at the Daffodil Festival, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Hubbard Park in Meriden. The Daffodil Festival has become one of the premier music festivals in the area, and admission, shuttles, and entertainment  FREE, with three stages of music, food, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, a parade, and fireworks. The festival gets its name from the 600,001 daffodils that will be blooming in the park during the weekend. For directions and general information, go to There is also a complete stage-by-stage list of musical acts with set times in the calendar section below, so scroll down to take a look and plan your day. The stages are close enough to each other that you can walk between them in a short period of time and see the maxiumum number of bands. Here are my picks for some of the artists you should try to see this weekend at Daffy.

Frank Critelli ( will open the festival on Saturday at 10 am on the Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage. Frank is an accomplished singer/songwriter who has been playing the Daffodil Festival for 13 years, and he will be performing with a brand new band this year. He also has a new album in the works, which will be released soon. Frank plays from 10 to 10:45 am on Saturday.

The Furors are a New Haven area guitar/drums duo that has been playing music together for 35 years. It doesn’t seem possible, but I am unable to find any sort of website or social networking page for the band. In 2003, ThinManMusic released a 2 CD compilation called “Let’s Get Furious: A Tribute to the Furors”, with 38 tracks written by the Furors and performed by local bands. Check out the track and artist listing here: (Unfortunately the CD seems to be sold out.) The band has self-released several CDs as well. They will play from 5:15-5:45 Saturday on the Welcome Stage.

Mark Mulcahy ( returns to the Daffodil Festival this year as a featured performer. He is a veteran of the New Haven scene, as a member of the Saucers, the Stray Divides, Polaris, and Miracle Legion, and also as a solo artist. He has released a new 7″single and also has a new CD, “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You”, coming out on June 18.  It’s his fifth solo album and his first release in eight years. His set is bound to be a highlight of the festival so don’t miss it. Mark Mulcahy plays the Welcome Stage on Saturday from 6:15-7:00 pm.

The Manchurians ( have been around since 1999, and their live performances are loud and intense.  This band combines Grammy-nominated songwriting and powerful vocals from bassist Roger Reale, tasty guitar licks from Dean Falcone, wailing harmonica from Bob Orsi, and some of the hardest-hitting drumming you’ll ever see, courtesy of Mat Reale. They play the festival on a regular basis and never fail to impress the crowd with a solid set of rhythm and blues and rock ‘n roll. They will also be releasing their brand new CD “Big Rhythm” at the Daffodil Festival. The Manchurians play the Bandshell Stage on Saturday from 4:15-5:00 pm.

Paper Hill Casket Company ( blends traditional bluegrass instrumentation with classical and rock influences into what the band calls “progressive Americana music”. Their songs combine dark lyrics, upbeat rhythms, and subtle punk influences. The band released a CD called “Undertow” in 2012, and they will be heading out on a national tour soon. The band plays the Welcome Stage on Sunday from 2:30-3:15 pm.

The Peacock Flounders ( , based in New Haven, are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year. Members of this quartet have played in such notable local bands as Valley of Kings, Miracle Legion, the Swaggerts, and more. They have released one album, “Hello Beautiful”, which came out in 2008. These guys play melodic guitar-driven pop/rock that has drawn comparisons to bands like Big Star and the Hoodoo Gurus. (Fun fact: the peacock flounder is an actual species of fish that is covered in flower-like bluish spots.) The band will play the Bandshell Stage on Sunday from 1:45-2:30 pm.

Here is the music video for Mark Mulcahy’s song “I Have Patience”:



Thur 4/25/13  – Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER


- Richard Barone, the Mendition of the Quay at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- No Triangles, Broadcast Hearts, Masters of the Obvious at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9 pm NO COVER


Fri 4/26//13     – The Proud Flesh, Hanging Hills, Johnny Mainstream at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Weird Beards, Shakedown, Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights at Toad’s Place in New Haven 8:30 pm

- Javelin, Jamaican Queens at the Outer Space in Hamden 9 pm

- The Mallett Brothers Band at Up Or On The Rocks in Hartford 9 pm


Sat 4/27/13      – Daffodil Festival in Meriden

The Jeff  Crooms Welcome Stage

10:00-10:45   Frank Critelli

11:15-11:45   Hannah Fair

12:15-1:00    The Sawtelles

1:30- 2:15    Ellison Jackson

2:45- 3:30    Daphne  Lee Martin

4:00-4:45    The Guru

5:15- 5:45   The Furors

6:15- 7:00   Mark Mulcahy

7:45- 9:00   The Alternate Routes


The Food Tent Stage

10:15-11:15   Chico & friends

11:45-12:30   food

1:00-2:00      The Gonkus Brothers

2:30- 3:30    River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs

4:00-5:00     Orchestra Afinke

5:30-6:30     Poor Old Shine

7:00-8:00     Goodnight Blue Moon


The Bandshell Stage

12:45-1:30   The Ivory Bills

2:00- 2:45    The Radiation

3:15- 4:00     1974

4:30-5:15     The Manchurians

5:45-6:30     Hostage Calm

7:15- 8:45     Last Licks


- Full Moon Jamboree at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Hellbent and Heartbreakin at the Highliner in Westbrook 8 pm

- Sue Menhart Band at CC O’Brien’s in Pawcatuck 9:30 pm

- Deni Bonet, Milton at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sun 4/28/13    – Daffodil Festival in Meriden


The Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage

10:30-11:15   Christopher Bousquet

11:30-12:15   Rob Messore

1:00-2:00    SteveSongs!!   PBS Kids music star

2:30-3:15   Paper Hill casket Company

3:45-4:30-  The Mold Monkies


The Food Tent Stage

10:00-11:00   Becky Kessler

11:30-12:30   Dan Stevens Trio

1:00-2:00     Sparkplug

2:30- 3:30   Rani D’Arbo & Daisy Mayhem

4:00-5:00   Kelley & Sean


The Bandshell Stage

12:30-1:15   Breakthrough Frequencies

1:45-2:30   The Peacock Flounders

3:00-3:45   Little Ugly

4:15-5:00   691


- Titus Andronicus, the So So Glos, Chris Cappello at the Space in Hamden 7 pm


Tues 4/30/13   – Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thur 5/2/13    – Street People, Straight to VHS at Dickson’s Tavern in New London 10 pm $3

- The Howlin’ Brothers, the Nameless Trio at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 8 pm

- Todd Kramer, Josh Taylor at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Big Charlie’s Rubber Band at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9 pm NO COVER


Fri 5/3/13        – Flesh Hammer, the Enemies, Sadplant, Horns of Ormus, at the Bank Street Cafe in New London (Benefit for Simon John) $20

- Sue Menhart at the Riverwalk in Mystic 8 pm

- The Lost Riots, the Hulls, the Defcon Five, Dan Soto & the Duded Kings, Gene Gnomes at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sat 5/4/13        – Pocket Vinyl at the Telegraph in New London 6 pm

- Pocket Vinyl at the Oasis Pub in New London 10:30 pm


Sun 5/5/13      – The Hoolios at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 6 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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