South 2nd St. Serenade

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One afternoon many years ago at the dawn of the digital music age, Colin and I set up a microphone, clicked record on a Mac PowerBook G3 and started making noise. There was a piano, a kid’s Casio, a DX-7, an Irish hand drum, and some finger cymbals. This song is what popped out and it sat around for years on different disk drives around New York City.

I’ve known Colin for 30 years now and I can tell you that Colin is one tenacious mother. He remembers pretty much everything—long forgotten bits of conversation, obscure banjo players, bits of music, scraps of lyrics, the name of some guy in a bar who said something funny in 1998, and most amazingly, the crazy dream of making music. He pulled this little nugget of inspiration out of a dusty corner in some crumbling disk drive in his closet. I’m glad he did. It’s perfect.
-W. Berlind




from Yellow Brick Man, released November 11, 2011
Colin McGrath- electric and acoustic guitars, bass, banjo
William Berlind- prepared piano, Wurlitzer, drums, Casiotone, finger cymbals



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Colin McGrath Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn based songwriter Colin McGrath mines the crossroads of American music from the Appalachian Mountains to Tin Pan Alley. A storyteller with a tendency for the theatrical, McGrath inhabits his characters with his rugged, earthy voice and nuanced guitar playing. McGrath won first place in The Wildflower! Songwriting Competition, and The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival Competition. ... more

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