Inter-Media Art Center, Huntington, NY
March 31, 2006
photos by Steve Sandick except as noted
On Friday March 31, 2006, The Mary Lamont Band was one of two bands that closed out the month at IMAC Theater in Huntington with the adrenaline needed to play such fast paced high tempo music. Originally from Canada, she started enjoying country music after hearing Johnny Cash as a child. Although other influences were from the Big Band era and the women that had paved the way for many other artist of that genre, she had become smitten with the beat and styles of country. Her favorite subject, simply writing about friends and family, especially her husband Jim Marchese. Her songs shared many personal experiences. Her father was another influence of her life, who was always one to push her to new and higher levels and while there were many others it was those closer to her that led to this high energy that poured through her veins with each passing note. Her inspirations and love for her music and the people in her life presented itself in this deep rooted style of country music.
One can actually say that her music is internationally known, as the band also toured China. The Ambassador of China had even assisted her with a song, sung in Chinese that was a really pretty song. Later in the set, Buddy Merriam had made a guest appearance with Ms. Lamont, entertaining the audience with his crisp mandolin sounds. Her entire set was excellent - Louis Abbatepaolo
I have to thank with all my heart those of you who came out to IMAC Theater in Huntington – wow, what wonderful support! I never dreamed we’d get that big of a crowd – thanks so much! I am grateful to John Platt from WFUV for hosting the show (Check out John’s show “City Folk Sunday Breakfast” at 90.7 FM every Sunday morning from 8:00-11:00AM), and also to WUSB for broadcasting it live (Check out Chris LaPorta’s show at 90.1 FM Thursdays 8:00-10:00PM). We were happy to share the stage with Buddy Merriam and Back Roads, and our finale together was so much fun. We are honored to be a part of this concert series that IMAC started entitled “Long Island’s Own: Artists Deserving Greater Recognition.” This concert was a dream come true, thanks to having you nice folks in the audience.
John Platt from WFUV 90.7 FM introduces Mary Lamont at the IMAC Theater
L-R: Jim & Mary, Jeff
L-R: Steve. Jim. Cosmo
Mary shares the stage with members of Buddy Merriam & Back Roads (group photo by Debbie Niemczyk)
Mary with longtime friend D.J. McLachlan (manager for Jerry Douglas), John Platt from WFUV-FM, and husband Jim Marchese
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