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Making Music Alone Together: Pandemic Makes Weekly Ambridge Library Concerts Go Virtual

Editor’s Note: This article is part of BeaverCountian.com’s ongoing series, “The Beaver County Coronavirus Chronicles,” the county’s historical experience of the pandemic. Click here to see more of the series.

AMBRIDGE

They’re calling it Music Monday Isolation Edition.

A group of local musicians that would typically play Monday porch concerts at Laughlin Memorial Library in Ambridge is instead taking turns today broadcasting sets from the safety of their own homes.

James Tobin on guitar, his wife Debbie on mandolin, and The Dewey Decimators kicked it off at noon. Simultaneously broadcasting up to four separate screens, the Tobins coordinated with John Heid on bass and Julie Mulcahy on drums. Their set included the premier of their light-spirited new tune written by James, “The Self-Isolation Blues.”

Tobin sang, “Nothing to do. Nothing to say. Looks like we’re gonna be here all day, and that’s alright, alright, alright. We’ll be alone. All by ourselves. Six feet away from everyone else, and that’s alright, alright, alright. We got the self-isolation blues.”

At 2 p.m., Holly Mathias strummed her guitar and sang. At 4 Meg Smith streamed; and at 6 p.m. viewers could sing along with Leanne Regalla.

Mulcahy, who is also the library’s director, said it has had Monday music since 2014. Typically, however, the musicians play on the library’s front porch from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. from June to October.

Sunday night, she and musicians started texting each other about doing it virtually.

It’s something the library can do for patrons, Mulcahy said. She’s working on possibly coordinating something similar for a library needleworking group. “We’re keeping patrons connected,” she said.

“If anyone is interested in future Music Mondays (in-person or virtual) please send us a message,” Mulcahy wrote on the library’s Facebook page.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for something to watch, check them out:

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Lori Boone
Lori Boone
Lori DeLauter Boone has more than 20 years of experience in investigative and community journalism. She’s won more than a dozen regional, state and national journalism awards.

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