Catskill Music Scene Compilation VOL 1

Our music scene is a force to be reckoned with and we want to spread the word about what’s happening out here in the Catskills!  Reminder that everyone here is a bookable working artist and would appreciate your listens, views, likes and possible show bookings. The artists listed below are organized in no particular order.  Enjoy!
Organized by Faith Kelly, mastered by Greg Castro

Faith Kelly and Caswyn Moon are on a WILD WEST TOUR and promoting all these musicians along the way. I’m honored to be included in this tribe of talent! !

Saturday August 13 – Creative Compound, Honesdale PA “WOMEN IN THE ARTS” 6:30 – 9:30pm

Sunday August 14 – Cabernet Frank’s, Parksville NY “SKY HIGH Release Party” 7:00 – 9:00pm

Friday August 19 – Creative Compound, Honesdale PA “SKY HIGH Release Party”, with Jillian Nogin 6:30 – 9:30pm

Friday August 26 – Tango Cafe, Hurleyville NY “Cloud Cover – The Music of Kathy Geary and the Songs of Joni Mitchell” 6:30 – 8:30pm

SKY HIGH at Cabernet Frank's
SKY HIGH at Creative Compound
Cloud Cover at Tango Cafe

June 19, 2002 – Kathy Geary and Ian Christopher Roberts on the Stage in the Woods at the Martinfeld Ranch Soltice Music Festival. A cloudy day and rather cool upper 50s for the height of summer but shinning faces all around as we celebrated with music dance and poetry. I was happy to sing my songs and some Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and a one by Ed Sheeran. If a video turns up I’ll be sure to post it here. Love!

Cloud Cover at the Martinfeld Ranch Soltice Festival June 2022
Cloud Cover at the Martinfeld Ranch Soltice Festival June 2022
Kathy Geary at the Martinfeld Ranch Solitce Festival Jujne 2022
Kathy Geary at the Martinfeld Ranch Summer Solstice Music Festival June 2022

Julian Giaimo, Producer

We’re in the home stretch! Julian Giaimo is mixing five songs and bringing his considerable skills as a Music Producer.

Cloud Cover recorded five songs in a live session at Big Orange Sheep studios in Brooklyn NY in July 2021.

Overdubs were done remotely by some wonderfully talented musicians from far and wide. Ron Blake has been in the SNL Band for years and contributes the sax on “Heaven Is”. Elizabeth Rose, a singer-songwriter in her own right plays slide guitar on “When I’m Awake”. From the west coast, Jeness and Sean Johnson play viola and cello on “Sleeping Outside”.

Finding the right sound for today’s tastes is something I thought I could do on my own. But turns out I needed an extra set of ears to really hear the music. It’s like looking into a mirror and trying to see yourself objectively. Not easy. Julian Giaimo is there for me, I trust his instincts. The vocal sound is critical as my music relies heavily on the classical training I received as an operatic soprano.

After the live session were finished overdubs were recording remotely.

Ron Blake
Ron Blake has been a member of the Saturday Night Live Band for many years and delivers a beautiful sax part for the song “Heaven Is”.

Elizabeth Rose is a singer-songwriter in her own right and plays slide guitar on the song “When I’m Awake”.

Kathy Geary – Jeness Johnson – Sean Lyons live at The Colony, Woodstock, NY 2020
Jeness Johnson and Sean Lyons are classically trained and created perfect string parts for the song “Sleeping Outside” on viola and cello.

Cloud Cover recorded five songs in two sessions at Big Orange Sheep Studios in Brooklyn, NY in July 2021. The owner/engineer is Chris Benham who set up two vocal mics including a Neuman U47 and a Boch digital. The guitar went direct to the console and also through a Matchless guitar amp in a side room. The drums were setup before the session began with maybe ten mics on the drum set from above and below and in front!! The bass guitar also went direct to the console and through a bass amp. The sessions were intense as Kathy was playing and singing under headphones with no room for mistakes. We each were in separate booths with glass to see each other and headphones for the mix. Most songs were recorded in two takes!

Cloud Cover in the Studio
Cloud Cover in the Studio – Sam Smith, Kathy Geary, Matt Kane
Sam Smith, Bass guitar
Sam Smith, Bass guitar
Matt Kane, Drums

We rehearsed at Euphoria Productions in Manhattan on my birthday in June 2021. This was the first time we had all played together! Getting ready to record the debut EP “Sky High”. They had listened to the solo voice and guitar recordings but I didn’t have any charts. Listen to us try to figure out the bass line for “Duality”.

Michael Carvin, Executive Producer
Michael Carvin, Executive Producer

Kathy began meetings with Michael Carvin in early 2021 to launch the project and take his direction for how to do it right. As a master drummer, Michael tapped his protege and long time friend Matt Kane as the perfect musician for the songs. Matt Kane plays the guitar and loves singer-songwriters in addition to bringing the style and technique he learned from Michael Carvin.

The upcoming release of this EP wouldn’t have happened without Michael’s encouragement and guidance on pulling the musicians together, planning the sessions and finding the emotional courage to step up with original music.

Kathy first met Michael Carvin in the early 1990’s in New York City when he took a real interest in the Bleecker St Reality Band with his student David Sokol on drums. He weighed in on stage presence, how to reach an audience and deliver a live performance. When they got back in touch almost 25 years later Michael had moved to Los Angeles but his presence was strong even from across the country.

Much gratitude to Michael for his support and encouragement.