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SUBMITTED by Joan Carey (25-May-2012)

A Cappella Quartet to Give Benefit Concert Sunday, July 1, 2012

With a name like “Cahoots” you know they’re up to something and soon this a cappella quartet will be up to something in Historic Pultneyville!

Patty Sly Chamberlain, Nancy Wilson, George Bassett and David Chamberlain are the members of this quartet. In the early ’70s, the four joined forces to form half of the contemporary jazz and pop octet All Good Children, based in Princeton and another college town, New Haven, CT. At the end of a three-year run AGC recorded a highly regarded album titled, after their name, All Good Children.

AGC disbanded in 1974 and the four, suffering acute a cappella withdrawal, surreptitiously began holding exploratory rehearsals at an undisclosed location in Connecticut. One way or another, and in search of just the right name, they found themselves in “Cahoots.” While most of their history was as a quartet, after 20 years together the bass, still apparently in spirit a young man in the year 2000, heeded the call to go west to Colorado. In his absence, the group tried the workings of being a trio. And this they did, until it happened that in 2007, at the 50th anniversary of Spring Sing, there was a confirmed sighting of Cahoots performing as a quartet once again, the prodigal bass singer having returned.

The four of them will be at large for a few hours in Pultneyville, guilty of transporting arrangements old and new across state lines and openly plotting to present a program of their favorite songs and favorite composers—from Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer to John Lennon & Paul McCartney, from Stephen Sondheim to Little Richard—from Cahoots to you.

Sounds of this energetic a cappella quartet will fill Gates Hall in Historic Pultneyville on Sunday, July 1st at 4:00 PM. Presented by the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society and through the generosity of Cahoots, this concert is a fundraiser to support annual Pultneyville Homecoming festivities held the third weekend of every July. This year’s festival will inaugurate the beginning commemorations of the War of 1812 that will occur over the next 3 years.

Tickets for the July 1st concert are $20.00 per person and include a wine and cheese reception during intermission. Seating is limited for this event and will be on a first come-first served basis. To reserve tickets, please call 315.589.9892.


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