Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: Mugshots Coffeehouse
Once a Philly folk-music prodigy, Caryl P. Weiss passed away a year and a half ago and hadn’t lived here for decades. Still, here comes the second
annual Caryl P Memorial Concert at Mugshots. Peter Taney, another legend of the Philly folk scene, boss of Juggernaut String Band and convener of this reunion of Weiss’ old pals, explains, “People remember her well. She was a real character. They have strong memories.” As a multi-instrumentalist, Weiss sat in with anyone needing to round out their sound. As a solo artist, she dragged the young and the timid, like Jay Ansill, into her spotlight. Weiss wrote song after song, eventually leaving Philly to chase that dream career in Kerrville and Austin. Later, she returned to her beloved sailing and sea chanteys with a move to Annapolis. But she never lost her side-player chops: Taney fondly remembers he and Carl Baron last working with her at a square dance not far from her Maryland home a year to the day before she passed. Taney and the Juggernauts will host this gathering with Carl Baron, Ted Estersohn, Rusty Prall and other old friends yet to be confirmed singing the old songs and swapping stories.