The SongTeller Sessions

Did you ever wonder how musicians learn their craft or what inspires their songs? Altamont Free Library hosts a monthly concert series on the first Friday of each month that tries to answer those questions. We call it the SongTeller Sessions.

In these concerts, each local performer will receive the same list of ten questions that they’ll answer through stories and songs so that we can get an idea of their personal and creative journey.

*What is a song your parents loved?
*What was the first album you bought with your own money?
*What was the first song you learned to play?
*What’s the first bad song you wrote?
*What’s the first good song you wrote?
*If you could have written any song, what would it be?
*What song do you love that other people seem to dislike?
*What’s a traditional/folk/children’s/church song that you like?
*What’s a song that reminds you of home?
*What song of yours would you like to be remembered by?

Coming up next:


Deb Cavanaugh

Friday, March 9

Artist/educator, singer/songwriter Deb Cavanaugh has been performing in the Capital District of New York State since 1982.  Nowadays, playing a variety of acoustic instruments (guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer and banjo), her show includes elements of pop, folk, jazz and blues.  As a young adult, she traveled back and forth across the country hitchhiking, driving a VW bus, playing music on street corners and cafes.  Deb’s stories and original songs embody these experiences and speak to the struggles and joys of parenthood, politics and daily life.  A crowd favorite, “Driving Me Crazy,” deals with the common annoyance of having a slow driver in front of you.  She has done local performances at Caffe Lena, Old Songs and various cafes and clubs including The Low Beat.  She also teaches Music Together®, an early-education research-based program for families with young children.

          In 2014, Deb released her first solo CD, “Highway in Your Eyes (musical memoirs)”.  This unique project, a double CD set with music on one CD and spoken word memoirs on the other, allows listeners a peek inside of the artist’s heart and mind.  They get to share the experiences spurring the creative process and learn about the inspirations for these songs.  Since then she has written enough songs for another CD with plans to start recording a children’s CD soon.
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April 6, 2018
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