Banjo Man & Bill with Tom Anthony at Music Life for Downrigging


Once again “Songs of Rivers, Streams and The Bay” will fill the air as The Mainstay brings Banjo Man and Bill with Tom Anthony to Music Life, Bill Drazga’s music store at 241 High Street in Chestertown, MD for a concert of old blues, early jazz and classic folk songs, all with a maritime theme, on Sunday November 1 at 7:00 p.m. The concert is part of Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Weekend. Admission is $15. For information and reservations call the Mainstay at 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Downrigging Weekend will come to a close with this evening of nautically and environmentally themed music with Mainstay founder and Executive Director Tom McHugh, Bill Matthews and Tom Anthony at Music Life, Bill Drazga’s music store at 241 High Street in Chestertown. Tom McHugh plays banjo, blues harmonica, kazoo, sings and is the composer of a number of songs about life along the Chesapeake. He will be joined by Bill Matthews who sings and plays a very bluesy guitar. Both are experts on blues and old jazz tunes. Tom Anthony adds smooth upright bass to the mix. Their music is a blend of classic old jazz, some obscure blues, a sprinkling of folk classics and what have you. These old friends have been playing together for more than fifteen years and their performances are always entertaining.

When asked about the concert, Tom McHugh, founder and director of the Mainstay, said, “We really enjoy being a part of Downrigging Weekend. Our thanks go to Bill Drazga at Music Life. He’s a wonderful host and his upstairs space is great for a Mainstay-style concert. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street.

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  1. Patty Brittingham says

    I love hearing about my Uncle Tom McHugh.
    I live in Denver, but have visited the Mainstay in the past. VERY fun!
    Wishing y’all the best,
    Patty Lou

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