Shirley swings at Shifty's

One of CNY's most versatile musicians, Shirley Woodcock-Kolb is swingin' at Shifty's! The dark-haired dynamo hosts the Wednesday night open mikes through March 30 at the tuneful tavern at 1401 Burnet Ave.

Shirley plays six-string acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo and National steel guitar. She also sings like an archangel.

Last Wednesday Shirley kicked off the open mike backed by guitarist Mark Gibson, bassist Mike Ranger and harmonica master Skip Murphy. She strummed her Martin guit-box and crooned a cool country version of Guy Mitchell's 1956 chart-topper "Singing the Blues." Then she switched to the resonating National for a gutsy rendition of Wilton Crawley's 1930 hit, "Big Time Woman." You know, the one with the sparkly dress, the one Leon Redbone made famous in 1975, the one from way out West!

Then she put down the National and picked up her Gibson mandolin to back Mark Gibson singing "Route 66."

Not only is Shirley a wonderful musician, she's also an award-winning jeweler. Her trophies have included first place in metals in the Downtown Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival and first place at the State Fair in fused glass.

Coming up at Shifty's

The Chris Terra Band plays the bejesus out of the blues on Friday, March 25;, Dark Hollow pays tribute to the Grateful Dead Saturday, March 26; songster Jerry Cali entertains from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 27; and songwriter Jamie Notarthomas sings next Thursday, March 31.

Be sure to say Hi to doorman Bill Scheutzow, the man with the most impressive tonsorial in Syracuse.

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