Pluck and Rail – Upstream Gallery – September 24, 2016
New venue for me, located in Hastings-on-Hudson. This is a curious Americana-esque duo, in that one of the instruments is a cello, played standing up. Repertoire was a mix of originals and folksy standards. Schubert, a bandmate of Gierer’s from a previous group, joined in for a couple of numbers, not enough to get included in the painting. I’d thought that the name in some way referred to music, specifically the combo’s particular instrumentation or methods of playing. But no, instead, these are slaughterhouse terms, giving some indication of the band’s sensibility, suffused with humor and irony.