‘It is a two-way benefit for the neighborhood’: New e book explores the historical past of Godfrey Daniels

A newly launched e book chronicles the historical past of performances at one of many Lehigh Valley’s most well-known music homes. WDIY’s Sarit Lashinski has extra.

Welcome to Godfrey Daniels: How a small people membership grew to become a legendary venue for musicians from all over the world highlights the tales and occasions that befell on the donut store, which grew to become a South Bethlehem people membership over greater than 4 many years.

The e book was written by musician and storyteller Dave Fry, who co-founded Godfrey Daniels with Cindy Dinsmore in 1976..

Fry mentioned he labored on the e book for at the least eight years, and that in that point, it changed into greater than only a assortment of pictures and captions.

“I felt it was essential to showcase the historical past of Godfrey Daniels in that it’s distinctive to itself as a corporation that grew out of skinny air and used the neighborhood to assist it and assist it develop,” Fry mentioned.

“And when the membership wanted one thing, somebody at all times rose to the event.”

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Fry mentioned the creation of the e book was a group effort, reflecting the group of neighborhood members who helped the membership’s performers — whether or not by offering them with good meals, placing the performers on stage with good sound or supplying them with what he he referred to as it a “listening, attentive viewers”.

“And people components do not at all times occur within the people scene all over the world,” he mentioned.

The 144-page e book consists of pictures, tales and an artist index, spanning from the membership’s “prehistory” and founding to 2020, simply earlier than the pandemic.

It is divided by decade, which Frye mentioned made logical sense as he went again via the data and artifacts of the greater than 4,000 performances that befell on the Godfrey.

“And that means I used to be capable of acknowledge tendencies and completely different components that have been transferring in form of a decade span,” he defined.

“Quite a lot of first-rate bluegrass bands, like blues bands have been touring… Celtic bands, the people scene, the singer-songwriters, the way it all had a lifetime of its personal and was capable of acknowledge the completely different waves over the course of 45 years.”

Fry mentioned a few of his favourite performances have additionally appeared within the pages of Welcome to Godfrey Daniels.

“It was nice to acknowledge a few of the nice evenings of Utah Phillips and Rosalie Sorrells sharing tales on stage. When the Nashville Bluegrass band introduced within the gospel band The Fairfield 4, after which doing an encore between the 2 acts, doing gospel music on stage…a cappella, it was simply thrilling.

“Additionally having notable acts like Peter Tork from The Monkees, John Sebastian, numerous different headliners coming and seeing professionals like that having a good time on our stage.

Fry mentioned he hopes readers of the e book will acknowledge the ability of people music in society, but additionally the membership’s worth as a neighborhood useful resource, via neighborhood jams, improv teams, open mics, storytellers and extra.

“How the neighborhood shaped and took possession of the membership, and the way that’s simply as vital a characteristic of the people circuit, as to how the native individuals use a membership like Godfrey’s.” “It is simply as vital as representing the highest professionals on the circuit,” he mentioned.

“It is a two-way asset to the neighborhood, and I hope individuals acknowledge that it is the lifeblood of what a people membership is.”

The e book retails for $45 and is obtainable on the Godfrey Daniels web site, on the membership and at a number of native bookstores. Proceeds from its sale will go in the direction of the longer term operations of Godfrey Daniels.

*Dave Fry can also be the host of “Stay from Godfrey Daniels” on WDIY.

(Unique air date: 11/23/22)

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