Five Firsts: Dennis O’Brien of Forthlin Road

Dennis O'Brien (third from left) and Forthlin Road
Dennis O'Brien (third from left) and Forthlin Road

NAME: Dennis O’Brien
INSTRUMENT: Mostly acoustic guitar, a bit of blues harp and now adding some Irish banjo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Before buying every Beatles album as they came out, I walked about two miles each way to J.M. Fields (whoa, that was a while ago) to buy the LP “Walk Don’t Run” by the Ventures.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … The Young Rascals. Gary Bailey and the Past Tense was the opening act.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My wonderful grandmother (Gom) bought a Harmony F-hole acoustic guitar from Montgomery Wards for my brother Bill and I to share, and we taught each other how to play.

4. THE FIRST SONG I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Uncle Albert,” played aboard the USCG Cutter Hamilton in the North Atlantic for a talent contest. I liked the “Hands across the water” line.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The Neighborhood. Three neighborhood kids in the ninth grade – Bobby on drums with me and Jimmy on guitars. “Land of 1,000 Dances” was our big number.

Guitarist Dennis O’Brien and his bandmates in Forthlin Road will be sharing the stage with Kevin McKrell’s Train of Fools at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs at 6pm on Thursday (St. Patrick’s Day). And they’ll be back again for a night of their own at the Glass at 9pm on Friday, when admission is $5.

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