By ROBIN CAUDELL
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Oh! Betty is back with some new and old faces at Friday’s Palmer Street Coffeehouse in Plattsburgh.
“Our band is picking up where we left off when we did our CD (‘I’m Still Standin’) a couple of years back,” said Julie Canepa, who, with Tim Hartnett, make up Oh! Betty.
“Now, we’ve added bass and drums. Bob Garrow, he’s in the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra and a music teacher at Northern Adirondack Central. Bob Newton is formerly of the Natalie Ward Band and Clem Hawkins Band.
“We’re just branching out into things that Tim thought we couldn’t do with just the two of us. We have some new original tunes we’re working on.”
Oh! Betty mixes it up with classic rock and country standards and now jazzy rockabilly.
“More uptempo and high-energy stuff,” Canepa said.
Friday’s Harnett and Canepa & Friends Extravaganza features Big Slyde, Giovanina Bucci, Ava Goble and Irene Delgado Delpree, Josée Allard and Paul Carson.
“At Palmer Street, our band is hosting instead of just Tim and me,” Canepa said. “It’s invited open mike. We’re so excited about the people we have coming.”
Big Slyde is fronted by father-daughter duo John and Hannah Doan. Band members are Mikey Portal (guitar and vocals), Christina Grant (cello) and Dusty Grant (percussion).
“John is a really great banjo player and plays every instrument imaginable,” Canepa said. “He and his daughter do amazing harmonies together, and they have been playing together for years. It’s a blend of bluegrass and roots rock. We’re lucky to have their other band members coming also.”
Singer/songwriter Bucci is busy on both sides of Lake Champlain. She appears regularly at Irises, Olive Ridley’s and the Monopole in Plattsburgh and at Radio Bean Coffeehouse and Red Square in Burlington.
“She’s based in Plattsburgh,” Canepa said. “The year before last, she won the Advance Music Singer/Songwriter Contest in Vermont. She’s a really, talented young lady.”
A native of Powell River, British Columbia, Allard relocated to Canada East to be closer to the Quebec music scene in Montreal. Proficient on guitar, bass and ukulele, Allard’s songs capture Anglophone and Francophone audiences and those in between.
“She’s very prolific,” Canepa said. “She has three CDs out. Her songs are bubbly, really refreshing and, personally, a lot of fun to listen to. She plays in Canada and on this side of the border.”
The only returnee from Hartnett and Canepa’s similar concert last year is singer/songwriter Paul Carson, proprietor of Fantastic Planet in Plattsburgh.
“Everybody loved his song ‘Skinny Man,’ so we invited him back for an encore performance.”
North Country School students Ava Goble and Irene Delgado make their Palmer Street debut Friday.
“Ava is my daughter,” Canepa said. “They are 12. They have some original compositions.
“John Doan, who is in the band Big Slyde, is their music adviser at the North Country School. Under his tutelage, they have recorded some of the songs they’ve written.
“It’s really great to see young people create their own sounds.”
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: Tim Hartnett and Julie Canepa & Friends Extravaganza.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Palmer Street Coffeehouse, 4 Palmer St., Plattsburgh. ADMISSION: $10 at the door.