Cohoes Music Hall to Host “Second Annual Hootenanny at the Hall,” March 25th


COHOES – On March 25th, Cohoes Music Hall welcomes its audiences to join them for a celebration of Country, Bluegrass, and Blues. This terrific night of music will be featuring The Moon Shells, Caity & the Gallaghers, and Jacob Shipley.

The Moon Shells draw from the traditional music of Appalachia, Louisiana, West Africa, and elsewhere to try to make something new. Whether performing as an acoustic string band, a stripped-down trio, or a five-piece making modern sounds on traditional instruments at clubs and festivals, the Moon Shells move hearts and feet. They’ve released five albums of traditional and original music since they formed in 2019. The Hartford Courant included two of those albums, Seaside Asylum and Earth, in its list of best regional albums for 2019 and 2021, respectively. In 2022 they were nominated for Americana Band of the Year for the New England Music Awards.

Caity and the Gallaghers are the full band iteration of folk singer-songwriter Caity Gallagher, joined by the experience and talents of bassist Ben Woodul, pianist Dan DeKalb, and percussionist Josh Morris. The Gallaghers amplify Caity’s rootsy compositions into the rich, full sounds of her recent recordings. Likened to a modern combination of The Cranberries and Jackson Browne, Caity elevates melodic, lyrical, and emotional expression in her music, with each song aiming to map the endless meandering paths of the human experience.

Jacob Shipley writes, sings, and tells stories about the moments in life we’d rather not repeat. Like the time his ex told him she forgot he existed. Some of his music is sorrowful, some sardonic and humorous, but all of it comes from a deeply personal place that is easy to connect with because we’ve all been there. His lyrics are poignant, his voice accessible, his range impressive, and his guitar work effortless and subtly intricate. Listening to Jacob is like reminiscing with an old friend: not everything was easy, but at least we made it through.

Jacob’s voice has been compared to Jeff Buckley, his wry cynicism to Phoebe Bridgers, and his poetic storytelling to Hozier. He has performed live at The Historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and more. In theatre, Jacob has starred as John Newton in the first national tour of “Amazing Grace: the Musical” and was featured in the first actor-musician production of “Godspell.” He splits his time between unceded Mohawk and Lenape lands (Upstate New York and New York City).


The show is set to start at 8:00 pm. Tickets range from $25.00 to $28.00 and can be purchased here or by phone by calling the box office at (518) 434-0776.

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