The Ironwood CD is here!

         
            

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Ironwood combines the talents of singer/songwriter/guitarist Bill Ring with bassist Joe Crum, harmonica wiz Don Fenton, vocalist Stacy Farina, and lead guitarist Dave Redmond to make high-energy, adult acoustic music with lyrics that are always entertaining and often funny. For an up-to-date list of future shows, go to Show announcements .  Ironwood plays a mix of originals and covers, including country, blues, and rock

    Ironwood has appeared at Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Dorothy's Music Room, Oasis Dance Club, Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival, Da Westy, Americana Winery, Cyber Cafe West, Scale House Brewery and Pub, and on Ithaca's own rock radio station, WVBR-FM. For a complete list of venues played, click here.


Samples from the new CD:


It Wasn't Me
Cold Sober
Low In The Water
Arrow Of Time
King Kong

 Trio recordings with Bill Ring, Joe Crum, and Don Fenton

These two songs were recorded and mixed at Crossfire Recording - www.crossfirerecording.com
Arrow Of Time  Everybody Knows But Me

The following live recordings are from Tuesdays With the Band hosted by Dan Cole on WVBR-FM.
West Coast Highway        Hot_Love       My_Own_Subtle_Way

      It_Wasn't_Me
      Aren't_You_Dead_Yet? 
      Flatland (with Joe Hodes)

For booking contact Bill Ring     Email: billring99@gmail.com       Phone: (607) 387-4074

Bio:

    Before moving to the Finger Lakes region in 2007, Bill Ring lived for five years in a renovated barn in New Paltz, NY, where he set up the recording studio in which he completed his first five CD's. The first four were remastered compilations of earlier recordings. The fifth, Still On My Mind, was recorded and mixed in the barn. The most recent Ironwood CD was recorded and mixed in his personnal studio in Trumansburg.

    "The completion of Ironwood is the end of a creative and technical Odyssey that began with buying my first guitar at age 16 and getting my first sound-mixing gig as roadie for the Elephant's Memory in 1969. I've been writing songs, performing, and engineering ever since."

    Bill began playing in New York City in 1968. His first band, Another Country, was a folk-rock group that played mostly at the appropriately named Cafe Bizarre on Third St. in Greenwich Village. After 15 years of solo performing, he joined with Sally Eaton, (of the original Broadway cast of Hair) and multi-instrumentalist Peter Pasco to form a new version of Another Country, featuring assorted acoustic instruments, three-part harmonies, and the considerable songwriting talents of all three. The acoustic edition of Another Country appeared frequently at Speakeasy and Folk City.

    He then began working with his backup band, Ironwood, which at one time or another has included many prominent New York City players, including Brahm Stuart, Bob Lepre, and numerous others. In 1991 Bill teamed with Constance Taylor to front Ironwood. They also appeared as a duo under the name Cool Dolphin. Constance now lives and performs in San Francisco. She and Bill still play together whenever they can.

    Bill Ring has been heard live and recorded on NY area radio stations, including WBAI and WQXR, and on college and community stations around the USA, including WVBR-FM in Ithaca. His songs are also available on many internet download sites, including Itunes. His six independently released CD's are available from cdbaby.com and on Spotify, Itunes, etc. For a complete discography, click here.

    Joe Crum is Ithaca's premier jazz/Americana bassist, equally at home on electric and upright. In addition to Ironwood, he works with several jazz and Americana groups, including Cool Club and Los Finsteros.

    Don Fenton has been playing "harp" for 40 years, both amplified "Chicago" style, and with a clean country folk sound.

    Stacy Farina is a PhD candidate at Cornell and a competetive fencer as well as a superb vocalist. She does not actually perform with that snake, in case you were wondering.

     Dave Redmond, the newest member of the Ironwood family, is a talented singer and songwriter, as well as a terrific lead guitarist. In addition to Ironwood, he performs solo and with his group Eden's Apple.

 
For booking contact Bill Ring     Email: billring99@gmail.com       Phone: (607) 387-4074
 
               
 
Venues played by Bill Ring and Ironwood

Americana Vineyards & Winery
Bernie Milton Pavilion
Black-Eyed Susan Acoustic Café
Blue Frog Cafe
Bluergrass 2
Buttonwood Grove Winery
Cayuga Nature Center
Crooked Rooster Brewpub
Corks & More
Crooked Rooster Brewpub
Cyber Cafe West
Da Westy
Dorothy's Music Room
Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival
Downtown Ithaca Employee Appreciation
Dryden Community Center Cafe
Eagle Hotel
Elm Tree Inn
Eve Galleria
Farm Sanctuary Walk For Farm Animals
Freeville Harvest Festival
Giving Tree Cafe (formerly ABC)
Kellish Hill Farm
The Harvest Cafe and Lounge
Heebasquabee Festival
Iona Corners Tavern
Ithaca Coffee Co.
Ithaca Farmers' Market
Ithaca Festival, Cayuga St Pavilion
Jamnesty Amnesty International Benefit Concert
Kava
Lost Dog Cafe Lounge
Oasis Dance Club
Owl Cafe
Plantation Bar & Grill
Rascal's
Rongovian Embassy
Scale House Brewery and Pub
Six Mile Creek Vineyard
Smart Monkey Cafe
Stone Cat Cafe
T-Burg Mini Golf Family Entertainment
Tioga Trails Cafe
Veterans' Sanctuary Benefit
Waterside Wine Bar
Waterwheel Café
West End Waterfront
Rhiner Festival
Wintersquabbee Treatops Festival
WRFI Community Radio with Joey Dugan
WVBR-FM Tuesdays With the Band with Dan Cole & Nonesuch with Nick Hill

Discography

Ironwood: The latest edition of the band, featuring Joe Crum, Don Fenton, Stacy Farina, Sue Spencer, and Dave Redmond. With special guests Larry Real on dobro and Joe Hodes on lead guitar. Fifteen original songs by Bill Ring, fourteen never released before. For more information, click here.

Still On My Mind: Features drums by Bob Lepre, bass by Rusty Boris, fiddle by Brahm Stuart of Shaman, sax by Chuck Hancock, harmonies by Bibi Farber and Constance Taylor, and guitars, harmonica, and vocals by Bill Ring.

Bill Ring and Friends
: Digitally remastered cuts from early releases. Lots of acoustic instruments, including 6- and 12-string guitars, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, flute, harmonica, harmonium, percussion, and bass.

Beneath a Violet Sun: Dark and moody, beginning with a Quicksilver-esque rock number, ending with a long sound sculpture featuring rain stick and assorted small percussion instruments. Very different from other albums.

Invisible Fingers: A solo effort with guitars, harmonica, vocals, and midi programming by Bill Ring.

You Are Here: The fourth and final album compiling Bill Ring's pre-millennium private release recordings.

All CD's are available from cdbaby.com, and as downloads from Itunes and many other online services.