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Pinkney Park

"When will the skies break out with thunder and the people all around us yell"

The Pinkney Park Concerts


Pinkney Park

Pinkney Park

Pinkney Park lies along the Five Mile River in Rowayton (177 Rowayton Avenue). Rowayton bought the property and its circa 1800 house in 1971. The Rowayton Civic Center started having summer events there in 1971 on Sundays throughout the summer, including a “Youth Rock Festival”.


The first Pinkney Park “Youth Rock Festival” was in July of 1971. I played harmonica with a scratch group of musicians that included Greg Pfeifer on drums and Dana Good on guitar and someone with the last name “MacDonald” on bass. We played with two other bands including Head Cleaner which featured John Pettus on guitar and Roger Keller on drums. We set up and played on the center island of grass at Pinkney.


By summer, 1972, I was playing regularly with Dave Procter. We added Ed Flinn (who Dave and I had met around Rowayton separately). He played a set of bongos first, but then bought a single conga to add to Dave’s 12 string and my acoustic 6 string and harmonica. On July 23, we debuted as Airfix (or “Eirefix” as spelled by the Norwalk Hour) along with Dana Good and his Trio, Ria Brothers and St Elm Street. (For years after, Dave would repeat this band’s opening, “Hi, my name is Reno and we’re SAINT ELM STREET!”) We played on the center island again. I remember two of the songs we played, “After Midnight” (it sounded so good in the rehearsal, less so that day), and “Happy” by the group, Hog Heaven. This had been a minor FM hit at the time. Dave sang the lead and played rhythm. Amazingly, here are the lyrics:

I woke up this mornin’ with a good feelin’
Looks like it’s gonna be a beautiful day
When I rolled outta my bed, I fell on the ceilin’
I said why can’t every morning start this way

Cause I am, oh so happy
When your tender body touches on mine
When you are beside me
Lord knows I’m a hard and happy man

Telephone bell just seems to keep on a ringin’
But I don’t want to jam ‘til afternoon
My friends just keep on a-knockin’ at my window
But I just wanna be alone with you

Cause I am oh so happy
When I wake and see the mornin’ sun
And feel you here beside me
Lord knows I’m a hard and happy man


We returned with a new lineup in this year. According to notes, we seemed to have extended the lineup to include:
  • Dave Procter 12 string guitar, vocals
  • Greg Smith acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica
  • Ed Flinn conga
  • Patti Buckley flute
  • Jenny O’Neill (?) guitar
  • Mike Hector (?) flute
I don’t remember much except that we played on the Pinkney House porch and another band may have played comprised of members of the drug rehab program, Renaissance.


This concert was better documented. The Summer Arts Festival featured Malnutrition (Miguel and Pablo Frasconi), Vocal Color (Gary Bellus, Randy Adams, Rip Sizensky and Zamie (sic) Simpson) and The Kraemer Brothers with brothers,Steve Kraemer and his actual brother, Pete. We played as D.D. Bean (taken from a matchbook manufacturer) and featured Patti Buckley on flute for two songs, Mike Hector on flute for four songs and a young Tom May on acoustic guitar.

  • Dave Procter 12 string guitar, vocals
  • Greg Smith acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica
  • Ed Flinn conga
  • Patti Buckley flute
  • Tom May acoustic guitar
  • Mike Hector flute
This gig is documented by at least two photographs, taken by Russ Bailus, including one iconic photo under a tree after the show that featured (left to right) Dave, Patti, me, Tom and Martina Laetsch. (Russ later won a prize for this photo.) In the background can be seen (among others) Shannon Hector, Liz Hilts-Hector and Miguel Frasconi. In the middle ground can be seen a camera-ready Mike Burns. (The print I have is signed by Patti, Tom, Ed and Martina.)

This concert was recorded; I specifically recall listening to the Frasconi set later. Our set included:


The concert this year was rained out and therefore held indoors in the auditorium of the United Church in Rowayton. I don’t know what we called ourselves, but we played as a large group on the stage. This included the Blue Monday lineup:

Musicians included Dave Procter, Ed Flinn, myself, Patti Buckley, Harry Hussey, Mark Lebow, Mike Hector, Mike Burns and possibly John McElwee. Tom May is not listed because he had a family event to attend (if I recall correctly).

Songs included a four-part “suite” of songs I wrote and a version of MarshalI Tucker’s Toy Caldwell song, Can’t You See. I don’t know of any photos or tapes. I do recall that some of us stayed up all night in Dave’s room (instigated by Mark Lebow) and went down to Captain Henry’s diner for breakfast.

By the way, in what order the acts performed was always an important issue. Which slot was best? To lead off the concert? Fresh audience, but not the biggest crowd. In the middle? Biggest crowd, but time pressure. Last act? What if the other bands lose the audience before we get on? What if they play over their allotted time? We never resolved this and it became more difficult to resolve when some of us were playing in two bands on the same bill. (I was not too surprised to find that presentation order is still an important tactical issue in the business world.)


We organized this as two bands. I believe a third act was at this concert, but by this time we were collectively dominating the line-up for these concerts. (Even the audience contained many of our friends.) Also by this time, Blue Monday was a going concern with the following cast:

  • Harry Hussey guitar and vocals
  • Dave Procter bass, vocals
  • Bill Galey lead guitar
  • Mark Lebow drums
Many of the rest of us were away at various colleges and didn’t have regular bands. We put together a scratch band that included:
  • Alan Freedman acoustic guitar, bass, vocals
  • Dave Hopkins piano, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Ed Flinn congas
  • Greg Smith 12 string, vocals
  • Tom May acoustic, electric guitars
  • Lisa Hansen flute
  • Harry Hussey bass, vocals, guitar
The band rehearsed in the basement of Dave Hopkins’ house (where there was a piano) among other places. Harry tried to commit to both Blue Monday and our band (whose name for this event escapes me). In the end, we felt Blue Monday got more of him than we did. It didn’t help and our performance overall was pretty bad. Kevin Tisdall engineered the concert.

No recording survives of this performance (fortunately), although I recall a very muddy tape of the second band’s set). There are a few photos of both bands performing; Blue Monday on the Pinkney House porch and the other under the trees to the left of the Pinkney House porch showing Dave Hopkins at the piano and Alan wearing a headband.

I have what appears to be a speculative song list for this performance. We didn’t do all the songs listed, but we performed/probably performed the following:

  • Friend of the Devil Jerry Robert Hunter/Garcia/John Dawson
  • Old Man Neil Young
  • Crystal Stevie Nicks
  • Water Song Jorma Kaukonen
  • Nature’s Daughter Alan Freedman
  • These Days Jackson Browne
  • Urge for Going Joni Mitchell
  • Lucky Man Greg Lake


The annual “Youth Concert” took place at Pinkney Park on Sunday, July 24th. Another beautiful day in a remarkable setting on the river. Kevin Tisdall managed the sound system for all the bands. We were represented as two distinct bands; Blue Monday with Harry Hussey, Dave Procter, Bill Galey and Mark Lebow and the “other” band, Alan Freedman, myself, Tom May, Ed Flinn, Dave Hopkins (guitar and vocals) and Steve Kraemer on bass and Josh Kramer on guitar and vocals. (I don’t recall the name we played under, but I’m sure it was clever.)

Blue Monday had their regular lineup, but some photos show another guitarist, dressed in white, playing some songs in the set with them (with Dave sitting out). Neither Mark nor Harry can recall who this was.

In addition, Tom May also played with his other band, a group formed at Fairfield University in late 1976, the Buzzereds. The all-electric lineup included Tom on lead guitar, Warren McGuire on lead vocals and guitar, Randy Stone on bass and Phil Hogan on drums. They were the opening act. Alan and I had been out to improve our performance from the previous year and the extant recording (engineered by Dave Procter) shows we did. It helped that we had ample rehearsal time and the superb performances of Josh and Steve. Josh’s vocal on Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower set a new standard for that song. You can also hear him playing the vibraslap. We had practiced at Martina Laetsch’s house which had home cooking and a pool and we regarded it as our “battle of the bands” against Blue Monday. The set included:


This was another indoor concert because of bad weather. It took place on August 9, 1978. By this time, we were fully in charge of organizing things given Dave’s involvement with the Rowayton Arts Festival. I recall four bands at this session, but believe there may have been a fifth one unrelated to our consortium (and more “disco” than any of the rest of us).

There is a recording from this gig that includes the Nachtgruppe acoustic set that includes Josh Kramer, Harry Hussey, Tom May, Alan Freedman (shortly before a motorcycle accident that would put him in the hospital for months), Ed Flinn, Dave Hopkins (on acoustic guitar) and myself. The recording includes:

  • Water Song Jorma Kaukonen
  • Today Dave Procter
  • You Are Free Harry Hussey
  • Allison’s Last Summer Greg Smith
  • Journey’s End Josh Kramer
  • Isis Bob Dylan
Tom May also played with his electric band, the Buzzereds. Their performance is memorable for being so loud it drove much of the audience outside the building, but the recording, made through the sound board by Kevin Tisdall, is quite listenable. Recorded songs include: Harry also created a band for the event called Holocaust that featured Harry on guitar and vocals, Bill Galey on bass, Audrey Noyes doing lead vocals, Gil Hawkins on drums. There was also a three-person horn section, including Chris Hussey, Val Tucker and Henry Robidis. This band played only this one performance, following the Buzzereds on the bill. This venue is where most of the lineup for the Bridges album was finally in one place.


This concert took place on July 22 at Pinkney Park (scheduled to run from 3:30 to 5:30 and “produced by Harry Hussey”). Three bands played under the trees to the right of the Pinkney House. Kevin Tisdall provided the sound system A band fronted by one of Harry’s brothers, Chris Hussey, Shadowfax opened. It included Dave Sweeny and Mark Fletcher. Harry believes this was Blue Monday’s last performance and it was the first real public performance for Noyes and the Boyes. Scott Wyland replaced Bill Galey who had moved to the Midwest in early Fall, 1978. There was a lot of overlap between the two groups; three members of Blue Monday would be part of the Noyes & the Boyes album October Palace, recorded on August 19th.

Blue Monday

  • Harry Hussey electric guitar, vocals
  • Scott Wyland electric guitar, vocals
  • Dave Procter bass
  • Mark Lebow drums
Also, Audrey Noyes sang backup and provided percussion, and Ed Flinn played congas on some songs

Noyes & the Boyes

  • Audrey Noyes acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Tom May acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
  • Dave Procter bass
  • Josh Kramer acoustic guitar, bass, vocals
  • Greg Smith 12 string guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Ed Flinn conga
  • Harry Hussey acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, vocals
After the Shadowfax set, Blue Monday led off and the Noyes & the Boyes set was truncated when a thunderstorm moved in. All of this was recorded through Kevin’s sound board onto reel to reel. (I engineered the recording of the Blue Monday set myself.) Dick Minor introduces Blue Monday by saying, “Now we’re going to take a cloudy Sunday and turn it into a blue Monday.”

The Blue Monday set:

Noyes & the Boyes set: This would be the last Pinkney concert any of us would participate in. This may even have been the last “Youth Concert.” The Rowayton Civic Association still stages music (and other) events at Pinkney Park on summer Sundays.