Old Hippies bring music to canal towns

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 July 2016 at 8:00 am

Six-concert series concludes in Holley

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The Old Hippies perform a concert from on top of a house boat on Sunday evening in Albion. The band, which is calling itself itself “The Traveling Towpath Troubadours” for the canal concert series, played in Medina earlier in the day. It also performed in Lockport Friday and Saturday, and Middleport on Saturday evening before arriving in Medina on Sunday.

The Troubadours will play in Holley today (Monday) at noon and also at 6 p.m. at the village’s canal park.

The Troubadours include Bill McDonald, Kay McDonald and Vinny Pastore. The band played the canal concert series for the first time last summer, and returned with an expanded schedule this year. The Old Hippies are pictured with the Ingersoll Street lift bridge in the back.

The boat is tied up between the two lift bridges in Albion for the Sunday evening concert.

Vinny Pastore plays the violin with the Orleans County Courthouse visible in back.

The band performed on a sunny evening with calm water on the canal.

Vinny Pastore, Kay McDonald and Bill McDonald entertain the crowd in Albion.

The band is trying to promote the historic Erie Canal as part of the concert series.

Bill and Kay McDonald  are perched high on the house boat during their concert Sunday evening.

A local band – Crandall, Wood, and Main – opened for the Troubadours.