Monday, January 21, 2019


SOUTH TAMPA HOUSE CONCERTS - 2019 - Jan - Apr Concerts..

RSVPs please to me, Gloria,  at    (i'll reply w/a confirmation, the address & other pert info)..
Sun Jan 27 @ 5:00 David Olney w/Daniel Seymour 
   the last time David was in the house,  the Titanic sunk..  & Billy the Kid got shot.  Never a dull moment when David's in the house 
 David doin' "these boots are made for walkin'" 
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner:
'Women Across the River' - David Olney with Daniel Seymour
SOLD OUT !!  Wed Feb 6/The Kennedys (folk, rock, Americana);   oh lordy.  so glad to have these two stopping by again.. 
Sat Feb 9  @ 7:30  Dennis Warner   (rescheduled from Feb 2)    I'm lookin' fwd to having another visit from Dennis.  He's a wonderful songwriter, a mighty fine musician,  an entertainer,  &  a very nice guy.    We can expect a  very enjoyable night courtesy of Dennis Warner.    
Mon Feb 18/Lipbone Redding @ 7:30  (One-Man Orchestra - you gotta see it to believe it :  
Thur Feb 21/Frank and Allie w/Paula Bradley opening (old time/trad folk) - 7:30.
 Frank and Allie Lee are vocal-driven old time and folk music performers --   banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmonica, and duet singing    
Paula Bradley will open.  She'll play her banjo & sing us a few tunes. Hopefully, she’ll do some dancing too.  (sadly, she lost her partner Bill last year.. we all miss him. )
  there will,  no doubt,  be some sing-a-longs..   In addition to his singing, he plays guitar, banjo, bodhran, tin whistle, mandolin and mbiera .

Wed Mar 20/Castlebay (Celtic)  @ 7:30   
Band Members: Julia Lane, Celtic harp & vocals;  Fred Gosbee, 12-string guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, vocals, storyteller . 

*Thurs Mar 28/Birch Pereira @ 7:30 (versatile bassist, arranger & singer) This concert is in conjunction w/the Listening Room Festival..
  word is that Birch won't have his band with him.  Instead, he will be doing a duo show.. 
 info re "The Listening Room Festival:
Thur Apr 4/  8Ball Aiken @ 7:30   
  Our Australian friend 8 will be solo at the house..  here he is w/his band: but.. trust me, he can hold his own solo
  Sun Apr 14/ Walter Parks @ 5pm      I'm a huge! fan of Walter Parks. I'm always happy to feature him in a concert..  And to see him elsewhere too.   Most recently I saw him at Derry Down in Winter Haven..  There was a full house & it was wonderful..  He's a Florida native - (altho he lives elsewhere now).    He was Richie Haven's guitarist..  (thus he for sure knows his way around a guitar).    He's creative.  Great songwriter. Great voice..  Great guitar.   The real deal.        
Walter Parks is an extraordinary singer whose songs can break your heart as well as get you dancing. Lyrical and political, personal and otherworldly at the same time, transcendent as well as down to earth, Walter is a musical treasure, an artist of the highest caliber. To hear him is to be lifted into a mystical sphere. I adore him.” – Judy Collins

   ("People Get Ready" Walter & Stephanie Winters ..A video from Richie Haven's memorial service )     
Quite a lineup - if I do say so myself!

Friday, September 07, 2018


RECAP:   Our most recent concert  (Aug 22) featured the Crabgrass Cowboys..  We had a good turnout & we all had a blast -  thanks a bunch to those of you who came out & joined in the fun.    


 HOUSE CONCERT ARTICLE:  Did you see the article about House Concerts in the AARP magazine?   I know.  I know.  you're much too young for AARP - so - here's a link to the article:


  ROB & RONNY:   A quik plug for a concert at the Hideaway this Sat night (Sept 8)..   Ronny Elliot & Rob McNurlin..  (If you like Hank senior - you'll like Rob)..    Of course, we get to see Ronny from time to time around town ..  But -  I think this is the first time that Rob has ever ventured to our area..   I've seen the two of them in action in Oklahoma at Woody Guthrie Festivals..  Trust me..  You oughtta go see/hear 'em Sat night.     I surely hope to be there..    



UU DOME:    UPCOMING CONCERTS IN THE UU DOME:   Sun Oct 7 @ 3pm  WALTER PARKS presents his riveting! program "Swamp by Chandelier - Spirituals Reimagined"  (a concert + historical experience);  Sun Oct 21 @ 3pm LLOYD GOLDSTEIN & JOSHUA PAUL .  Nov 4 @3pm LUCKY MUD (fine folk singers &delightful harmony yodeling)    Advance tickets are available on-line. 


SOTPAHOUSECONCERTS:   Thur Sept 20/Charlie Morris w/T.C. Carr (; .****   Wed Oct 3/  Jim "Kimo" West (slack key guitar concert) w/Rebecca Zapen opening -yea! Rebecca & Kimo will probably do some songs together too. P.S. Kimo is  Weird Al Yankovic's guitarist.****    Thur

Oct 18/ funny girl Carla Ulbrich ( ;  Thurs Nov 29/Rev Billy C. Wirtz;  Thurs Dec 13/ Ronny Elliott in his annual Christmas Concert Extravaganza  ..

  Looking into 2019..   Sun 1/20/19 -Guitarist-Entertainer Richard Smith ..   Thurs 1/24/19 - Genna & Jesse + Genna's dad (here he is in action:  Wed 2/6/19 -The Kennedys.   Late Feb/tentative  Lipbone Redding (gotta see it to believe it).  Sun 3/6/19 - Tom O'Carroll.   Wed 3/20/19 - tent/Castlebay;  Thur 3/28/9 - Birch Pereira -   (Birch's concert is in conjunction with the Concerts in Your Home Listening Room Festival.   Here's a youtube w/him & his band - he'll probably  be solo at the house; however, maybe a local musician or two will join him.. )        AND..  ta da!!  Thurs 4/4/19 - 8Ball Aiken


NOW FOR THE BUSINESS AT HAND:   CHARLIE MORRIS & T.C. CARR @ SoTpaHouseConcert Thurs Sept 20 @ 7:30 

CHARLIE MORRIS & T.C. CARR  SoTpaHouseConcert  7:30 Thur  Wed Sept 20

  SUNSET CHARLIE..          




Per Charlie:  My original Americana and Blues music comes with a little Tennessee twang, a little Louisiana spice and a big hunk of Florida gator tail. Come have some!        

     Per Charlie:  This was a highlight of the year, a house concert for a lively bunch of original music fans. It's the third time I've played at Gloria's place - thanks so much to her and Craig for promoting live music. Al, Tom and I played songs from The Forest, a few St Pete Mountain Boys numbers, a couple of new ones that will be on the upcoming Folkie CD, and of course a bit of blues. We wound up with a rousing singalong on I Know You Rider.

 Here's what Charlie has to say about T.C.:  (The two did a gig together last night in St Pete @MNM BarBQ where Charlie hosts open mic night - plus featured guest  every Wed )..    Harmonica madman TC Carr. has played with all kinds of famous people, from Dickey Betts, who called him "one of the best I ever heard" (and made him snort gin with him) to Bruce Hornsby, who called TC's harmonica style "a lost art." TC's band has won every accolade there is to win in the Tampa Bay area, and regularly packs the Ka-Tiki and other local venues.   TC and I have been friends for many years. He's appeared on several of my CDs, including the recent Bluescoast Sessions. We have a live CD in the works, recorded at a festival on the beach a few years ago. When TC and I get together, we always have a blast, and you will too. If you come, that is - if you don't, you'll end up having a cold hot dog for dinner, throwing up in the sink and crying yourself to sleep. 

Friday, August 03, 2018

Gloria's Concert Calendar as of August 3, 2018


UPCOMING CONCERTS IN THE UU DOME:  BRENDAN NOLAN 8/5 @ 3pm - see below..  10/7 @3pm WALTER PARKS presents his riveting program "Swamp by Chandelier - Spirituals Reimagined"  (a concert + historical experience); 11/4 @3pm LUCKY MUD (fine folk singers &delightful harmony yodeling)          

        UPCOMING CONCERTS @ SoTpaHouseConcerts:    Thur August 9/Sam Pacetti;  Thur Sept 20/Charlie Morris w/T.C. Carr (; .Wed Oct 3 Jim "Kimo" West (slack key guitar concert .. p.s. he's also Weird Al Yankovic's guitarist); ;  Wed or Thur Oct 17 or 18/ funny girl Carla Ulbrich ( ;  Thurs Nov 29/Rev Billy C. Wirtz;  Thurs Dec 13/Ronny Elliott in his annual Christmas Concert Extravaganza  ..   


 BRENDAN NOLAN THIS SUNDAY AUG 5TH @3pm @ the UU Dome  $10 advance; $15 door;  you can buy advance tickets onlline at    

Altho Brendan performs quite regularly in Irish pubs in the area - and, for sure, he's a great entertainer & always a crowd-pleaser at the pubs, he doesn't very often do "listening" concerts. At the Dome he'll be in  "concert" mode and treating us to ballads & originals plus, of course, a few favorite pub sing-a-longs.        Brendan Nolan is a true Dubliner. He grew up in Ireland at a time when there was a resurgence of interest in Irish music and when the singer-songwriter boom had taken off in North America. Both of these genres would ultimately influence his own music . 

  “Nolan has used his broad knowledge of traditional Irish songs, as well as other kinds of music, to develop into a very fine songwriter whose work is steeped in the traditions that he’s mastered.” — Mike Regenstreif, Sing Out! Magazine



SOUTH TAMPA HOUSE CONCERT featuring SAM PACETTI..   (Westshore/Gandy Area)  THUR AUG 9.   Concert at 7:30.  Doors a half hour earlier.    PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE,  SEND ME YOUR RSVPS  to ..   


 Tradition and innovation neatly balance in Sam Pacetti's music. Sam  is considered a  fingerstyle guitar wizard and  a deft singer/songwriter who encompasses  haunting depth and wry humor into the space of one song.  In other words, he seamlessly melds head-spinning guitar pyrotechnics and raw emotion into one breathtaking package!   

Sam grew up in north Florida. At age 13, he found the music of both Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. Fate intervened shortly thereafter in the person of the late Gamble Rogers, the legendary picker and raconteur from St Augustine.  Gamble took young Sam under his wings.   Gamble taught Sam  the importance of “the folk process;”  ie,  the importance of passing  music and oral tradition from teacher to student.   Sam considers Gamble to be his most influential mentor.  

"If Kottke, Fahey, and Procter are household names where you live, consider getting familiar with Sam Pacetti's work.  This guitarist is an enormous talent. Pacetti is a simply astonishing guitarist" --- Eric Fidler  (of The Associated Press)   (This video is courtesy of Ted Wray. He recorded it at a previous So Tpa House Concert – thanks Ted!) 

y'all come!    You know you don't wanna miss Sammy.     And Craig & I really really appreciate having company at our house concerts.    


Saturday, August 12, 2017


1.   Frank Thomas concert.   (w/Lisa & Vgo) .. 
2.   Gary Reid’s  theatrical performance: A Life of Sorrow. The Life & Times of Carter Stanley. 
3.  Future Concerts.  (SoTpaHouseConcerts & Concerts in the UU Dome)   (note: grant peeples mullet fry/house concert has been added)
please email me (  your rsvp’s for the upcoming house concerts & i’ll reply w/the address & other pert info..
House Concerts Suggested Donation:  $15-$20  (100 % to the musicians)
1.  Sun Aug 20, 4pm.   FRANK THOMAS with Versatile VGO  

ABOUT FRANK:  This video describes Frank’s bio in a nutshell.  It’s from Frank’s 2013 induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
The concert will feature Frank +Vgo.  Vgo will not only sit in with Frank on some songs, but he’ll also have a “special guest” set.   P.S. Frank’s wife Lisa (who is Frank’s #1 assistant & biscuit cooker) will be backing up Frank w/harmony vocals  (and I hope she’ll do the Biscuit song).
I suspect most of you reading this msg are already familiar with Frank & need no introduction.   But for those of you who maybe don’t know him,  I encourage you to google “Frank Thomas Fla Folk Music.”   You’ll be rewarded with lots of interesting links.  such as this:
I LOVE Frank’s song about Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer:  
A personal reflection:   Altho I’m a Fla native,  I never knew much about “Fla Folk Music”  until I moved to Tampa in late 1979 shortly after WMNF started broadcasting (Sept 14, 1979).   I immediately started listening..   Frank & his late wife Ann hosted a Fla Folk Show early on.  And that show, my friends,  was my introduction to the Fla Folk World.  I guess I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that WMNF, & that  show in particular, changed my life..   
Very cool honor from Walkin’ Lawton:  Frank rec’d a state resolution honoring him from our late great  Governor Lawton Chiles – plus Walkin’ Lawton presented  Frank with a pair of his “walkin’ boots.”  
A peek at add’l awards/honors (some of which included Ann):   Florida Folk Heritage Award;  Julian Prescott History Award, Florida Historical Society Golden Quill Award, the Stetson Kennedy Foundation Fellow Man & Mother Earth Award. (and as mentioned above- he is in the Fla Artists Hall of Fame)..  
ABOUT VGO:    Michael Stock, DJ, WLRN-Miami, describes Vgo as a mlti-instrumentalist & Performing Anthropologist.    Oh my.  Vgo doesn’t do computers.   Doesn’t do email.   He asked me to mail him (as in snail mail) the particulars about this concert.   Old-time.  That’s Vgo.  It’s no surprise that he’s very well known in the Fla Old Time Music World.    Alas, the Fla Old Time Music Championships no longer happen.   But when they did, year after year Vgo would either win or place in most every category.  For instance, here are stats from the 2015 Championships:  Dobro/2nd; Autoharp/1st; Finger-pick guitar/3rd;  Appalachian Dulcimer/1st; Rhythm Instrument/ 4th (jug);  Mandolin/2nd.     He didn’t win or place in the banjo category in 2015 which I suspect, bcause of all his past 1st places, he wasn’t allowed to compete.
I don’t know what instruments he’ll have with him at the concert – but – I hope the banjo will be included.   
speaking of banjo: 
Vgo performing a Calipso song about death live on WLRN -Miami:  “When Basil Comes,”
********************************************************************    He played the music.  He wrote the songs. And he self destructed.
   note:   This play includes some music.  But it’s not a musical..
Gary Reid  is a walking history book when it comes to the Stanley Brothers.  
A few months ago Craig & I  went to the Orlando main library & saw Gary in a performance of his very compelling & interesting play.   
As of June of this year Gary reported that  in less than three years he had offered 61 performances in 11 states.  (and there have been add’l performances since June)  Obviously, the word is out that the play is outstanding.    He’s soon to be doing a Fla tour (mostly libraries)..   Methinks we’re privileged that we were able to “piggy-back”  a performance at the house in between his “regular” performances.   And we certainly hope to have lots of company for our “house”  performance.    (This will be our 2nd theatrical performance.  The previous one was well received)..
3.  Future Concerts.  (SoTpaHouseConcerts & Concerts in the UU Dome)  
2017 at the house:  9/24 Grant Peeples Mullet Fry & Concert.   10/1 Alice Wallace (she yodels –yea! )  10/7 The Adventures of Annabelle Lynn (female band from the Panhandle.  they were a hit at this year’s Fla Folk Fest ); 11/5 Johnny Azari (he defies description –adult show/kinda bizarre bluesy folkey comedy)  
2017  At the UU Dome:    12/3: Verlon Thompson;   12/10:  Reggie Harris   (others at the dome are on the backburner – tba) . .
2018 at the house:  Jan 30 Max & Ruth Bloomquist (they’re appearing at The Kennedy Center soon )    Feb 22/Sultans of String (outta this world);  Feb ? Doug MacLeod, concert & acoustic blues guitar workshop.  Congrats to Doug. He won  “Acoustic Artist of the Year”  at the Blues Foundation’s 2017 Blues Music Awards in Memphis.
  Is this a great lineup or what? 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

2016 Concerts - Tampa

"Concerts in the UU Dome" series  take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa

(Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa,  11400 Morris Bridge Rd, Tampa   33637 )
       Sun Jan 17th 3 pm– A double bill w/ Florida Teen Musicians David Julia AND Brother Brother (aka Bret & Bradley Anderson)     (this is a co-production between the UUCT & Friends of Florida Folk (FOFF)
       Tues Jan 19th 7:30 pm – A double bill w/The Kennedys AND Radoslav Lorkovic 

 JANUARY 2016 SOUTH TAMPA HOUSE CONCERTS   (RSVPs are required --  space is limited .   Upon receipt of your RSVP,  I’ll respond with a confirmation & will give you the address & all the other pert details)   Contact me at  gshello @

  Two OUTSTANDING (world-class) musicians will be IN THE HOUSE in January.. 
Wed Jan 27th  7:30 pm  Verlon Thompson

Fri  Jan 29  7:30 pm Richard Smith


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gloria's Music Blog #46 (updated  3/20/14)



(CLICK ON Get Involved - then on Concerts)  PLEASE NOTE. YOU CAN PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE by credit card  via THE CHURCH WEBSITE .  (cash/checks only at the door)

Azalea Park House Concerts/Orlando. I occasionally host a house concert at my mom’s home in Orlando. RSVP'S NECESSARY. TO RSVP, EMAIL ME AT GSHOLLOWAY AT EMAIL DOT COM
FOFF. FRIENDS OF FLORIDA FOLK.  (I'm on the board and; as suchhelp plan occasional events.) 
Best Laid Plans. Always check and make sure a concert is happening before showing up. Also,  please remember. RSVPs are required for the house concerts
****************************************************** Thurs Mar 27, 7:30 pm.  (UU Dome):   FROM THE HILLS TO THE HOLLERS.  A double bill concert featuring  Still on the Hill & Mooshine Holler.      
$12 advance.   $15 door.     
  SoTpaHouseConcert:   Mon Mar 31 – Carli & Juli Kennedy.
 SoTpaHouseConcert:   SOLD OUT.   Thur Apr 3.  Shaun Hopper (Shaun’s appearance is connected to the “Concerts in Your Home” Listening Room Festival)   
  SoTpaHouseConcert:   Tues Apr 15.   8 Ball Aitken.