A few words of explanation. Olin's brother Lawrence Valby and stepbrother Chris Ishii have been mounting the Weinstein Follies annually in their hometown of Buckland, Massachusetts since 2002. In 2005 they moved the show to a larger venue in the next town over, Shelburne Falls.
Lawrence Valby. (Photo stolen from the Weinstein website.)
What are the Weinstein Follies? Just a bunch of weirdo sketches and musical performances cobbled together by Lawrence and Chris and their buddies. I guess it's supposed to be some kind of postmodern Vaudeville sendup, where the awfulness of the comedy is part of the joke. I didn't exactly get it. But the music was really catchy. I've still got Chris' composition "Sweet Swing Jam" stuck in my head.
Anyhow, since Olin and I were in town, Lawrence asked us to play a couple songs as "guest performers" on the first two nights of the 2005 Follies. It went over pretty well. (See below.) At the very least we taught a bunch of New Englanders how to locate Saskatchewan. (For other interested Americans: head west to Minot, turn right, don't stop till you collide with a buffalo.)
Perhaps I'm getting a little desperate to draw attention to such a minuscule newspaper appearance, but hey, it's American. This is big time, baby. I've scanned in the relevant paragraph from the review of the Follies by D.K. McCutcheon in the January 13-19, 2005 edition of the West County News. I'm too lazy to type in the rest of the (highly complimentary) review. Lawrence and Chris will just have to post it on their own website.
Note that Olin is credited as "Owen", and I'm "Michele". Oh, well. At least they spelled "Saskatchewan" right.
Copyright 2005 West County News
Update, May 2008. I recently got my hands on a DVD of the 2005 show, and uploaded our performances to YouTube. We played two songs, and our friend Warren demonstrated a little science experiment that went over very well.
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