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Song of the Week - Santa Fe - November 9, 2008

Santa Fe has been uploaded to the music section of the site as the Song of the Week. This is a tune I wrote with my buddy Luke Liddy. I always enjoyed songs about locations so I picked out a place and this song is the result.

The recording has acoustic guitars, bass, piano, keyboard strings and a drum machine.

Song of the Week - This Time - September 23, 2008

"This Time" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This song is like many of the songs from the 60's. A short, pop tune that weighs in at less than two minutes. A few acoustic guitars, organ, bass, piano and drums. All said and done in the blink of an eye.
As a child of the 60's I love the music from that era. I wonder if the kids today will feel the same about artists like 50 Cent and his ilk.

Song of the Week - Open Secret - September 15, 2008

"Open Secret" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This new tune is the first song that I used a keyboard to write. You can make some cool sounding chords without too much effort on a piano. This song has two acoustic guitars, bass guitar, piano and some keyboard strings.

I'll be working on some new songs with the keyboard and I'm in the process of teaching myself some piano. Maybe one of these nights I'll even take it out to a gig or two. (Then Buck Dilly can play it, as he is an accomplished keyboard man.)

Song of the Week - You're Gonna Miss Me - August 2, 2008

"You're Gonna Miss Me" has been uploaded to the Music Section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This is an updated version of the song. Tom plays a super guitar solo along with providing a driving mandolin track. Nanette and I handled the harmony vocals.

This tune is currently in the Wry Toast lineup of songs.

Song of the Week - Dublin in the Rare Old Times - May 6, 2008

"Dublin in the Rare Old Times" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week. This is one more bittersweet Irish ballad to the already countless collection.

My Dad was born in Dublin and moved to the States when he was five years old. Here's one for the old boy.

Song of the Week - Fiddler's Green - April 30, 2008

Fiddler's Green has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week. This is a song that you can hear in any establishment that features Irish Music.

Free Download - Song of the Week - The Water is Wide - April 21, 2008

The Water is Wide has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This is a traditional Irish song that has been kicking around for quite some time. I recorded the song to get some more practice on my digital recorder and keyboard. I laid down two acoustic guitars, piano, bass guitar, keyboard cello and sang the vocal for the tune.

Nice what you can do with a mulit-track recorder these days. It's also a free download for this week.

Song of the Week - Frank and Pete - April 15, 2008

I've been a bad boy and haven't added a song for a while. So .... here is the original version of "Frank and Pete" as recorded by Walt and Birt's old band, Hange Range, from way back in the day.

This demo was recorded for Mecury Records when the record company was interested in signing Hange Range. The song was written by Hange Range keyboard player,Wayne Jones. Hange Range was making some musical waves at the time. They opened up concerts for Bruce Springsteen, Poco, John David Souther and other musical luminaries.

Frank and Pete is an audience favorite at Wry Toast gigs.

Song of the Week - "Better Goodbye" - January 18, 2008

"A Better Good-bye" has been uploaded to the Music Section of the site as the Song of the Week. This is a song I wrote with Luke Liddy and Joe Iantosca. The Nashville music publishers liked the song but couldn't seem to understand what the title meant. It didn't seem that complicated to me, but what do I know.

The demo was recorded at Georgett Sound Studios in Kinnelon, NJ with Gary Georgett at the helm. Wayne Post and Joe Fasano handled the electric guitar work and Nanette sang the harmony vocals.

Abracadabra - Song of the Week - January 3, 2008

"Abracadabra" has been uploaded to the Music Section of the site as the Song of the Week. This is an R&B type song I wrote with my friend Gary Georgett.

Gary came up with the "groove" track and I added the melody and lyrics. We recorded the demo at Gary's studio in Kinnelon, NJ. Nanette and I sang the harmony vocals for the tune. And that, my friends, is that.

McArdle's Play Toys For Tots Benefit 12/10/07 - December 4, 2007

A few words from brother Barry regarding the Christmas benefit this coming Monday. Over to you Barry.

This is Barry speaking.
Monday December 10, 2007 The McArdle Brothers (Kevin, Barry and Brian) along with special guests, Kate and Nanette McArdle will be
at The Rattlesnake Ranch Café for the annual December
gift drive.

Starting at 6:00 PM we will be collecting gifts for
St. Peters Orphanage in Denville and for the Marine Corp. Toys for Tots annual toy drive benefit.

St. Peters Orphanage houses boys aged 12 -17.
The wish list for St. Peters is as follows:
hats, gloves, socks, board games, sports equipment,
playing cards, video games, gift certificates
(McDonalds, Wal-Mart, or music stores), and whatever
else you think boys from 12- 17 might want or need.
If you bring any of these items to The Rattlesnake Ranch Cafe
please label them for St. Peters.

The rest of the gifts will be donated to Toys for
Tots. If you would like to make a cash donation,
write a check payable to “Toys for Tots”.
If you are donating to Toy for Tots please remember
the older kids are often overlooked when people are
buying toys.

If you can't make it to the show but would still like to donate, please
drop a gift anytime on or before December 10th at the
Rattlesnake.

Thanks for your support.

You're Gonna Miss Me - Song of the Week - November 12, 2007

"You're Gonna Miss Me" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

Wry Toast guitar/mandolin guy, Tom Delaney, got the ball rolling on this song and then handed it off to me.

The mp3 on the Music section is the result of the co-writing effort. Wry Toast will have to road-test the song on a future gig.

Going Nowhere Fast - Song of the Week - October 27, 2007

"Going Nowhere Fast" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This is a new demo of the song recently recorded so I can get a better handle on my digital eight track recorder. The original demo of the song was recorded at Larry DeBari's Tuff Guy Studios.

Going Nowhere Fast was released on an album by a southern boy by the name of Lynn Guyo. That version of the song was cut at Cupit Studios down in Nashville, TN.

Wry Toast played this song at our last gig at Bernie's. Having Tom Delaney and Buck Dilley soloing on the song was a clear improvement on my fumble fingered attempt at a solo. (Note to self, leave the solo guitar work to the big boys.)

How Love Can Go - Song of the Week - October 21, 2007

"How Love Can Go" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This is a demo version of a song I wrote with my friend Luke Liddy. The song is going to be recorded by Australian artist Dale Duncan on his next CD.

Rambler Gambler - Song of the Week - October 13, 2007

"Rambler Gambler" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This is a song I recorded way back when with Nanette, my brother Kevin, Walt, Birt and Bob Marks at Mixolydian Studios when Mixolydian was located in Boonton, NJ. It is also the first song for which I signed a music publishing contract. I received a call about ten at night from the publisher in California that the song was going to be cut by a new band out of LA. However, after the excitement wore off, the song was never cut and that was that. Back to the drawing board.

I don't have a copy of the original recording so I decided to re-record the song to test out my new little digital eight track recorder. Here is the result.

A Message From Kate - Avon Breast Cancer Research Walk - October 10, 2007

Below is a message from Kate Toast regarding the Avon Walk.

Well WE DID IT. All 39 miles (which I could swear was more like 45). This past weekend our New York City Avon Walk, once again, beat every Avon fund raising record since this walk began in 2003. It raised 10.2 MILLION dollars. You were all a part in helping to do that.

I raised over $3,100, beating my fund raising goal.

There was a sign at the walk and it really just hit home, it said, "I walk so that all little girls will one day be able to wear pink ribbons in their hair and not on their shirts".

You are all amazing people for being a part of this huge event. One day, when we do find a cure, you can revel in the fact that you helped make it happen!

Thank you again.
All my love,
Kate McArdle

Out of Control - Song of the Week - October 6, 2007

"Out of Control" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This is a song by my brother Kevin. It was recorded at Larry DeBari's Tuff Guy Studios. Nanette and I sang the harmony vocals and Joe Fasano laid down an excellent guitar track.

Check out Kevin's website for his band Tropical Storm at www.tropstorm.com.

Gotta Get Wet - Song of the Week - September 29, 2007

"Gotta Get Wet" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This is a tune I wrote with Donna Moody a while back. Donna sent me the lyrics for the song and I came up with the music. I was fooling around with a low open C tuning on the guitar and this is what popped out.

The demo was recorded at Larry DeBari's Tuff Guy Studios. Nanette wasn't available, so I sang the harmony vocals all by my lonesome. I couldn't get a music publisher interested in the song but I enjoyed the process on this one anyway.

Breast Cancer Benefit at the Rattlesnake Ranch Cafe - September 28, 2007

This coming Sunday, September 30, 2007, the McArdle's will host a benefit for the Avon Breast Cancer Walkathon at the Rattlesnake Ranch Cafe on Route 53 in Denville, NJ. The music will start at 6:00 P.M.

The event was organized by Kate Toast and Kristen Toast. Kate and Kristen have raised thousands of dollars over the past several years for breast cancer research. Kate will be singing some tunes for the cause with some support from her Dad, Uncle Kevin and Uncle Barry.

We'd love to see you there.

Rocky Road To Nowhere - Song of the Week - September 22, 2007

"Rocky Road To Nowhere" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

Nanette said we needed another uptempo, bluegrass style song for the Knowlton Riverfest. I told my friend Luke Liddy about this request. Luke e-mailed me a lyric he had written that he thought might fit the bill. It did. I put the lyrics to music and made a rough demo of the song. Wry Toast didn't have time to learn the song for the Riverfest but the song is in the "to learn" file now.

Beliveau Archive Photos - September 17, 2007

A few shots from the olden days have been added to the Back in the Day section of the Photo Gallery. The photos Include a rare shot of some sideburns gone wild and of Steve "thin man" Racine.

These shots were discovered in the Beliveua photo vault. Thanks to Jackie and Michel Beliveau for the photos.

Everybody Gets The Blues - Song of the Week - Free download - September 13, 2007

"Everybody Gets The Blues" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week. This little acoustic blues number is also a free download for the week.

If you have a mild case of the blues, you now have a little tune to help get you through the week.

Frank and Pete - September 12, 2007

A Wry Toast fan favorite is the song "Frank and Pete" sung by suave Wry Toast bass player, Walt Super.

For the uninformed, Frank is a bear from the mountain who gets blamed for wrong-doing commited by Pete, the boar from the valley. A bear hunt ensues.

Humane souls do not want a bear hunt for Frank. As such, Wry Toast will organize an Amish bear hunt. This is where you sneak up on the bear and build a barn around it.

Fools Parade - Song of the Week by Barry McArdle - September 8, 2007

"Fools Parade" has been uploaded to the Music Section of the site as the Song of the Week. This is a song written and recorded by my brother Barry.

Barry was not going to include this song on his CD but Gary Georgett and I convinced Barry the song had to be on the album. Sometimes the songwriter is not the best judge of their own song. You can pick up a copy of Barry's CD "No Pepper" on his web site at www.barrymcardle.com

Laid It On The Line - Song of the Week - Grover Kemble & Bob Marks - August 31, 2007

"Laid it on the Line" has been uploaded to the music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This tune was written by Grover Kemble and recorded by Grover and Bob Marks.

This recording shows how much music you can make with two acoustic guitars and two voices if you know what you are doing.
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