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Charlie & Celia: News, Past & Present

CD Sellout - August 23, 2005

The response to our CD has exceeded our expectations. The original intent was to sell a few at the release parties and then distribute a number around the Athens, Ohio area for sale at local merchants and other venues. As it turns out, with the number we sold on the spot, coupled with all the requests we received via e-mail, snail mail and people on the street, we were unable to do that. When I made the rounds yesterday, I had only six uncommitted copies left and then I got the mail . . .

That's OK, I have re-ordered a fresh supply which should be here no later than Friday. I have also decided to hold on to a few copies that were ear-marked to be sent out for purely promotional purposes in hopes that any who want a copy between now and Friday can get one.

If you haven't yet gotten a copy of your own, we will have some with us at Toscano's on Friday. If you can't wait, we did leave a few with Jon Sparhawk, the owner of Toscano's and the Oak Room. Stop in at the Oak Room between now and Friday, or send me an e-mail at charlie@charlieandcelia.com and you won't have to wait (unless we all run out).

Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who made this CD launch such a grand success.

Back from Erie - August 21, 2005

We have returned home exhausted and happy after a successful CD release weekend. The weather was not at all cooperative in the Erie area. Listening to the radio on the way up, we heard warnings of tornados and flash floods--just what one needs for an outside concert party.

As it turned out, it did settle down and rain very little during our show, but the weather dampened attendance a bit from what Tim and Barb at the Gelateria had expected. Yet, folks called in to say they were sorry they couldn't make it and asked that we leave CD's at the gelateria so they could get one later, and we did just that.

While we were doing our sound check (we were under a protective canopy), folks coming out of the restaurant across the street stopped and stood in the rain until the song we were playing ended, then they politely applauded and waved to us before getting in their cars to go home.

The attendance may have been dampened, but the enthusiasm of those who came throughout the two hours we played was not. Some stayed most of the show and some drifted in and out, but it was a good evening for all of us.

We're kind of glad we decided to double our initial order of CD's, because if we hadn't, there wouldn't be any left and those of you who ordered from us through the mail might have had to wait a few more days before we could get more.

Not to worry. If you ordered a CD, it will be going out to you in the mail tomorrow (August 22nd) unless you instructed us to send it at a later time.

Toscano's CD Party is a success - August 20, 2005

Wow!!

We'd like to thank all of you who showed up last night. It was amazing.

In spite of all our attempts at the more established venues for promoting our little event, both the Radio and the Newspapers won't be running the interviews we did or reviewing the CD until sometime in the future. Yet you were there.

Our website wasn't up yet, still you were there. Some of you drove in from other parts of the state, and we appreciate that. We owe the success of this event to all of you and good old fashioned word of mouth.

We know some of you could not get a table or a place to sit if you arrived a bit later, but no one complained. If any of the media had actually promoted the event, I don't know where any additional people could have been put.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to each and every one of you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (Sorry, I can't do a 'thank you' for each of you--you'll have to share the ones I've already written!)

One of us will update when we return from Erie for tonight's party up there. If it is as successful as last night--boy, will our heads be big!!

What Have We . . . - August 18, 2005

. . . called ourselves? You may have seen and heard one or both of us in one of the following previous musical entities:

The Appalachian Green Parks Project

The New Vinton County Frogwhompers Marching, Singing, Strumming and Plucking Society

A Touch of Grass

Jim, Jim & Charlie

The Four Cornered Triangle

Alive & Kickin'

The Mighty Fine Reformulated All-Purpose Family Band

Forgotten But Not Gone

Journal - Memories - August 18, 2005

Charlie & I have been singing together as a duo since December, 1988. We met, however, in the spring of 1975. This past Spring marks 30 years of acquaintance-ship (and quite a bit more!!).

We both met so many people in our travels, both alone and together. We hope to find and re-connect with all of you again through this unique venue. Please contact us if you remember having seen us play someplace, sometime. We'd love to reminisce with you.

CD Release 8/19/05 - August 18, 2005

Charlie & Celia are releasing their first recording together. "Snapshot" is just that - a sampling of musical styles and instrumentation that characterize the duo's presentations over their many years of performances. "We choose music that we like, and that includes a lot of music! We have never centered our interest around one style or instrument. It could be termed "eclectic" or "various" or "a mishmash" of musical styles and moods. We choose the songs, and if we can make them work, they are inducted."

CD Release parties are scheduled for Friday evening, August 19, 2005 at Toscano's Restaurant in Athens, Ohio starting at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, August 20, 2005 at Gelateria Barbara, 602 18th Street (at Cherry) in Erie, PA starting at 8:00 p.m.
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