Rose Hall is proud to present the Spring 2023 season with Dan Forsyth (of Driftwood) and Colleen Kattau kicking off the first show on Friday, April 21st. With a listening room format, Dan will be joined by Driftwood band mate Sam Fishman (drums) and Ryan Cirbus (upright bass). Colleen will be joined by Rich DePaolo (guitar) and Jamie Yaman (sax). Doors open at 6pm and music starts at 7pm. Beer/wine cash bar and snack concessions available at the show.
Programming at Rose Hall is made possible with support from the Dan and Rose McNeil Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Additional support provided by American Vintage Productions, CFCU Community Credit Union, The Walsh Law Firm, Royal Auto Group, Price Chopper, and CNY Arts and the Arts Education Grant program.
No stranger to writing original songs for the stage, Dan is a founder and one of the main singer/songwriters for the folk band, Driftwood. The band has toured nationally for the last decade and has crafted a style that is based on folk-tinged tunes.
Notes from the artist: It was April, 2020 and Driftwood's tour had just been put on hold. Initially, even though times were bleak, I was happy to take a much needed break from the road and settle in with my family. But after a bit,I needed to make some music. I started recording some new songs on my computer in my spare time. One night, while staring at the computer screen I felt a serious disconnect with the music. I also had been having a serious urge to unplug from the world in general. The next day I decided to dust off my old 4 track tape cassette machine and see what it felt like to work with no screen and that crispy, analogue sound.
Initially, I was completely enthralled with the sound and the experience. After a few tries tracking a new song, I realized how tough it was going to be to get it to not sound really noisy and capture the dynamics of the songs. As the year went on I tracked in the late night hours, trying to write all the while and do my best to capture inspired performances on the cassette machine. After having tour pick back up again, I put the project down for a bit and kind of forgot about it. Then one night I pulled up one of the recordings and was really excited about the sound. It put me right back in the studio. I wrote another batch of songs and after some troubleshooting on the tape machine, completed the album in April, 2022, just about two years after starting it.
Colleen is a bilingual vocalist and dynamic performer who stirs listeners with a clear voice, collective spirit and rhythmic sensibility. Colleen’s music has been featured on Democracy Now and Pete Seeger called her “a great singer and organizer at the same time”.
She has produced seven albums and three benefit compilations for environmental and peace actions, is a twice-nominated SAMMY, most recently for her 2020 album Besos Kisses and is currently working on her next recording. She’s a gringa whose love of Latin music makes her sing in what she calls the “Americaña” genre.