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Home on the stage in Skaneateles

Dusty Pas'cal and Loren Barrigar's show takes the night at Creekside Books and Coffee

With CD "Home" properly released, Skaneateles' Dusty Pas'cal hit the road with Elbridge based producer/guitarist player Loren Barrigar for a big New York City gig.

That road led back home to Creekside Books and Coffee on Kelley and Fennell Streets in Skaneateles last Thursday. Yep, a random November Thursday in Skaneateles. A crowd ranging in age from 1 to near 90 rolled in for about a three-hour-tour, packing the two- tiered coffeehouse to standing room only.

Loren's brother, Kevin Barrigar, opened the evening singularly with a couple of guitar numbers and his comfortable voice. He finished with his version of the "House of the Rising Sun," a folksong popularized in the 1960s by Eric Burdon and the Animals.

Kevin followed in the footsteps of performers Leadbelly, Charlie Byrd, Woody Guthrie, Peter, Paul and Mary, Henry Mancini, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Buster Poindexter, Marianne Faithful, Tracy Chapman and ob Dylan (to name a few) in the performance of this American classic. He poured his heart into his guitar. Talk about a warm up.

The Dusty set

Dusty Pas'cal took center stage with Loren Barrigar on his right and Danny Welch, a harmonica player on his left. As ringleader he wove the story of their recent gig in New York City into his introductions of each of their numbers.

"All of a sudden I felt I had to burp. This had never happened before (on stage)," Pas'cal said. "I was worried; what if I just burp?"

He said he didn't burp that night, but he could have. He didn't hiccup either, or miss a beat. How did Dusty Pas'cal, a self proclaimed roofer, make that a salesman, get so absolutely comfortable on stage?

Easy - he plays every night at the dinner table wife Michelle said. He'll finish first and then he'll just pick up his guitar and play and sing for her and their four children, soon to be five.

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