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James VanDeuson

March 28th, 2020 (CANCELED):  

I do not know how many people received my E-mail announcement —

Sorry to report that the next two house concerts are canceled due to the corona virus outbreak. 

This announcement is going to be a little long; go get a drink.

The news is doing a lousy job communicating the actual Good, Bad and the Ugly that is going on around us. They have spun everything in the name of politics, which is only feeding into the panic.

My information is 1st hand and my personal bias is actually minimal – I have been a guest working in one of the Response Agencies (ASPR/BARDA). I can assure you that what the Federal Government’s response agencies are doing is nothing short of amazing.  They are the invisible agency that prepares the USA for things most of us never considered. They never get a mention on the NEWS or from the president when discussing the progress made, and they are the driving force for much of it. 

A great group of very smart and dedicated people. You should buy them a round– if you meet one of them.  

I do not think the panic is necessary. The vast majority of people who get infected will only have minor symptoms–keep that in mind. A very small percentage will have a difficult recovery, and some will not survive. Everyone should minimize risk of exposure to protect the small number who will get very sick. Infecting a grand-parent, parent or infant would be hard to live with if it was caused by being stupid.  

The recommendation to socially isolate for 2 weeks, maybe longer, is justified and will help decrease the spread.

The majority of transmissions occurs prior to the infected person knowing they are sick. 

The absolute BEST thing people can do is to use common sense: Follow the recommendations to not go out/socialize, wash your hands frequently and if you feel sick, stay home–PERIOD.   

If you get diagnosed with it or have symptoms , do not panic. Odds (vast majority) are in your favor that you will be fine. Have everyone in your household self-quarantine to avoid possibly spreading it outside your home.  Have that person avoid unnecessary close contact with other family members. 

Separate any symptomatic family members to try to prevent spreading within the household.   Consider everyone in the home under self-quarantine. That means you stay home for everything–no food shopping. Order it delivered and pay with a credit card over phone. Have them leave it at the door outside.  It is that simple.

None of this is hard…Inconvenient, YES! My family was self-quarantined for 3-weeks. My oldest daughter was diagnosed with strep throat and pneumonia. Not common for a 20-year-old in spring. It took a long time to get her tested.  The guidelines at the time were not testing minimally ill people, even if suspicious. Guidelines will evolve as resources  change–for the better or worse. Accept it.  Smart people are making decisions on how to maximize resources. My daughter did fine.  We got the second test back April 7th and it is negative. 

Take advantage of this time.  We normally go through life complaining about having very little “down-time”.  Now that it has been forced upon us– we want to complain about that as well.   Enjoy what you can.. and have.  Do not stress over things beyond your control.  

If you get sick, notify your doctor by phone to let them know. They may or may not want to test/treat you if your symptoms are mild. If symptoms become more severe, do not wait until you are real sick with breathing problems to CALL the doctor or ER for advice. Always CALL first. The goal is to avoid exposure to others and protect yourself. They might not want you sitting in the waiting room, exposing others who might be there for something simple like a sprained ankle. You also do not want to be sitting in a waiting room for something that might be minor like seasonal allergies and anxiety, since you may be exposed unnecessarily to someone with it.

AGAIN–common sense. None of this should give you cause to panic.

So… getting to the real issue of this website. 

Nothing like notifying you about canceling a house concert and asking you to still SUPPORT the Artist (if you can). Here are the facts–most/many of us will be minimally affected financially by the coronavirus outbreak. It will be inconvenient for everyone, but for some it will be devastating even without getting sick.  People in the service industry, restaurants, bartenders, waitstaff and artists and so many others will have NO source of income. Most visiting this site will survive financially–bruised, even beat up–but not beaten. That is not true for touring artists whose entire income is based on performing gigs. I will focus on the arts, since this is what you are on this site for today. 

The artist who was scheduled to perform is a perfect example and NEEDS our support.
James VanDeuson and his wife are on a nation wide tour, living on the road. They are currently 1000 miles from home. All of their up and coming gigs have been canceled because of this. Touring is the family’s primary source of income. They will not be able to weather this storm without some generous support from people like you, who support the arts.

Sometimes “support” requires more than attending a House Concert. I encouraged James to set up a “go-fund-me” type site for people to contribute and will include the links below. You can also support him by going to his website and buying (all) his CDs. He sent me an e-mail thanking me/you–below is a small clip from it, with the links. You might need to copy and paste the links to make them work. I made buttons for them; try that as well.

If you have not been destroyed by this outbreak, one way to count your blessings is to help those who have.

A donation or buying some music will not take food off of our tables, but it might put food on an artist’s, who actually is justified to PANIC with this outbreak. I cannot imagine what touring artists are going through.
Do not limit this response to only James. Look for ways you might be able to make a difference for all of the people in the service industry.

BUT, James is a good way to get started.

From James’ E-mail:
“If you can, help a couple of dreamers get through this. It will make meeting you folks in person, when it’s comfortable, that much sweeter.

We have CD’s available for purchase: @
Donations can also be made at
With love and gratitude,

James and Rebecca

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After taking most of the winter off, Gary’s House Concert Series is taking off with back to back concerts in March and April. This will not become the norm.  I had the opportunity to have two amazing solo artists perform on the same night and together. I could not turn it down. The site will highlight Paul Guzzone and Janie Barnett as time gets closer.     

 I am excited with the 2020 lineup.  Each Artist is very different— I think you will be impressed.  I am having to turn down some great bands because there is no room in the schedule.   

Block off your Calendars now… tell your friends. 

 I will send out notices and invites about a month before each show.

March 28th, 2020 (Saturday):  James VanDeuson

April 24th, 2020 (Friday): Paul Guzzone & Janie Barnett

June 27th, 2020 (Saturday): Ian Flanigan

August 15th, 2020 (Saturday):  The Two’s 

October 9th, 2020 (Friday):    Sofia Talvik (returns)

Prior Shows

Check the Artist’s website and find them on Social Media. Like, Stream, and Buy some of their music.  

Support the Arts – It is a hard life on the road

James VanDeuson

Cortland, NY

James VanDeuson is singer/song writer from Cortland, NY. His music is a blend of American, Folk with a touch of blues. He has a very unique Dylanesque sound with influences from: Bob Dylan, James Taylor, John Prine, Neil Young, John Cragie, Gregory Alan Isakov, Harry Chapin and others.

Paul Guzzone

New York, New York

Paul Guzzone is a singer/song writer, performer and CEO of Triple Z Music production. Paul has a long, successful history as solo career as well being the bassist-vocalist for the past 20+ years in the Bacon Brothers band.

Janie Barnett

Brooklyn, New York

Virginia native Janie Barnett cut her teeth on bluegrass festivals, and American Folk Life Festival. Janie made her way to New York to conquer the very competitive freelance scene, and made a name for herself as one of the top session singer/musicians in town.

Ian Flanigan

Saugerties, New York

Ian Flanigan is a seasoned, acoustic singer-songwriter local to the Hudson Valley. His sound is an eclectic blend of progressive folk and percussive finger style that features a rich, husky voice and evocative lyrics.

The Two’s 

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Two’s blend a cello, guitar and an amazing foot drum to create an amazing sound/style that I have never heard before.  Vocals that are reminiscent of the Pretenders make for a unique listening experience.

Sofia Talvik


Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik blends elements of Americana, Folk and Pop—impressive considering she is from Sweden.  A veteran performer with 7 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her.

Probably Whiskey

 Fredericksburg, Virginia 

Virginia based Appalachian, Celtic Roots band that brings a fresh young take on traditional American Appalachian and Celtic tunes as well as original music.

Adam Travis

Brooklyn, New York

Adam Travis is a singer songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY.  His music is optimistic and he approaches all of life’s ups and downs as a chance to learn and grow. He mixes a wide range of genres into his songwriting.

Trae Sheehan

West Virginia

Largely self-taught, Trae has been described as a blend of Jackson Browne’s voice with John Denver’s guitar playing and Eagles songwriting is a good description.

Ben Danaher

Nashville, Tennessee

A native Texan now calling Nashville home, singer/songwriter Ben Danaher sneaks his personal experiences while giving unforgettable melodies. Ben blends elements from Country, Blues, and Americana to help illustrate his stories..

Ted Yoder

Goshen, Indiana

Ted Yoder’s hammered dulcimer cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016 when the song received more than 101 million views.

Matt Bednarsky

Nashville, Tennessee

Born to a jazz guitarist and a mother with a classical pedigree. His unique style draws influence from a variety of genres including pop/rock, folk, jazz, and blues.

Whispering Tree

New York

The band includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour.  They craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics, and nature imagery.  Their style encompasses traditional folk, indie and classic rock.

Marc Gunn

Austin Texas

Marc rose to prominence as the autoharp-playing half of the Brobdingnagian Bards in the early 200os. After the group split up in 2008, Gunn became a prolific recording musician in the Celtic music community. He fuses his love of science fiction, fantasy, and comedy with his Scots-Irish heritage.  

Gigi Rich

Freehold, New Jersey

Gigi Rich wrote her first song at age 13 and won Amateur Night at The Apollo Theater a short time later. After appearing on NBC’s The Voice at 16, Rich released her debut EP, All In My Head.

Annalise Emerick

Nashville, Tennessee

 Annalise Emerick was raised in Seattle and Austin, Texas, then moved to Boston.  Emerick established herself with an acoustic guitar and a cache of catchy melodies” prior to moving to Nashville.

Kiya Heartwood 

Austin, TX

Kiya Heartwood is an international award winning folk singer song writer currently living in Texas. She has a long musical career with 6 solo albums, 9 albums with the Band Wishing Chair and 4 with Stealing Horses. 

Wishing Chair

Nashville, Tennessee

Wishing Chair is an American folk-roots duo, consisting of songwriter Kiya Heartwood and multi-instrumentalist Miriam Davidson. The band formed in 1995 and released eight recordings on their own independent label.


When some up and coming bands tour, they will schedule House Concerts in between gigs as they travel across the country. It helps cover their travel costs and many Artists love the personal setting.

A long time ago I attended my first house concert for a band I followed since Med-School. It was an amazing experience. It is my favorite way to see live music… and it’s always music I love. I have been hosting them since we moved to our Woodbine home. I usually do 4 a year.

Variety is the Spice of Life

I try to find different styles of music, ranging from indie rock to folk, bluegrass and Celtic. The Artists often discuss the rich history of the genre, answer questions and socialize during the “Pot Luck” party and intermission. 

Where else would you be able to see National and International Artists up-close and personal.  Find them on YouTube.  I will update this page as it gets closer.

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Pot-Luck Party

When I host a House Concert, the music is usually preceded by a “Pot-Luck” gathering/party. Everyone is asked to bring something to eat or drink—to share. The Food/Drink people bring usually makes it interesting. You get to meet some fun people and socialize with the artist.  Bring your favorite dish or appetizer – we all have something we’re famous for. Something ethnic, something different… Or bring some wine, beer or soda.

We usually have 20-30 people show up—so there’s a great variety of food and drink. I usually donate 3-Liters of Sangria, a 12-pak of beer and some Chips to start it off…. I also make Pulled Pork BBQ. I smoke and slow cook it with mesquite for 20+ hours on a Green Egg grill. It is my “signature dish”, but it’s not enough to feed a crowd.

⇒ Bring Your Favorite Drink ⇐

My Bar is stocked, but I try not to have it raided. It often does….I can’t charge if you drink from it, but you can, on an Honor System, Donate to the bar at the Slot Machine.

The $15-$20 donation I collect at the door — all (100%) goes to the artist.

Please don’t consider it an OPEN BAR.