IronwoodBefore moving to the Finger Lakes region in 2007, Bill Ring lived for five years in a renovated barn in New Paltz, NY, where he set up the recording studio in which he completed all five of his CD’s. The first four were remastered compilations of earlier recordings. The fifth, Still On My Mind, was recorded and mixed in the barn.
“That barn had the most incredible sound – better than any studio I’ve ever worked in. The high ceiling and oddly angled walls gave it a natural ambience like nothing I’ve ever heard. The first time I walked into the place I clapped my hands, listened to the reverberation, and just about knocked the landlady down and forced-fed her my deposit check.
“The completion of Still On My Mind is the end of a creative and technical Odyssey that began with buying my first guitar at age 16 and getting my first sound-mixing gig as roadie for the Elephant’s Memory in 1969. I’ve been writing songs, performing, and engineering ever since.”
Bill began playing in New York City in 1968. His first band, Another Country, was a folk-rock group that played mostly at the appropriately named Cafe Bizarre on Third St. in Greenwich Village. After 15 years of solo performing, he joined with Sally Eaton, (of the original Broadway cast of Hair) and multi-instrumentalist Peter Pasco to form a new version of Another Country, featuring assorted acoustic instruments, three-part harmonies, and the considerable songwriting talents of all three. The acoustic edition of Another Country appeared frequently at Speakeasy and Folk City.
He then began working with his backup band, Ironwood, which at one time or another has included many prominent New York City players, including Brahm Stuart, Bob Lepre, and numerous others. In 1991 Bill teamed with Constance Taylor to front Ironwood. They also appeared as a duo under the name Cool Dolphin. Constance now lives and performs in San Francisco. She and Bill still play together whenever they can.
Bill Ring has been heard live and recorded on NY area radio stations, including WBAI and WQXR, and on college and community stations around the USA, including WVBR-FM in Ithaca. His songs are also available on many internet download sites, including Itunes. His five independently released CD’s are available from cdbaby.com. For a complete discography, click here.
Joe Crum is Ithaca’s premier jazz/Americana bassist, equally at home on electric and upright. In addition to Ironwood, he works with several jazz and Americana groups, including Cool Club and Los Finsteros.
Don Fenton has been playing “harp” for 40 years, both amplified “Chicago” style, and with a clean country folk sound.
Stacy Farina is a PhD candidate at Cornell and a competetive fencer as well as a superb vocalist.
Sue Spencer has been playing with various bands in the Finger Lakes region for many years. With the acoustic Ironwood ensemble her main instrument is Djembe, combined with hi-hat and other percussion. For electric performances she favors the full trap kit.
Skinny Joe is a recent transplant from Canada, where he has released several CD’s under his “nom de guitarre.” Hot licks from the frozen north.
Two Hour DelayAmericana / Jam Band / Rock
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