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Knowlton Riverfest Photos By Dawn Delaney - August 30, 2007

Check out the new shots of Wry Toast at the Knowlton Riverfest which have been uploaded to the Photo Gallery of the website.

These pictures were taken by the lovely and talented Dawn Delaney, the better half (much better, in fact) of Wry Toast guitar and mandolin lad, Tom Delaney. (Just kiddin' Tom.)

Thanks Dawn.

Not Just Another Pretty Bass (Player) - August 29, 2007

There is no truth to the rumor that Wry Toast bass player, Walt Super, is leaving the band to be the new female lead vocalist for the trans-gender band Psychic TV. (You have to nip these things in the bud.)

Smokey - Song of the Week by Chris Delis - August 24, 2007

"Smokey", an instrumental by our buddy Chris Delis, has been uploaded to the music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

As is evident from this track, Chris is a fluid and lyrical guitarist of skill and taste. (I'd like to say I taught him everything he knows, I'd like to say that but it would be a lie.)

Chris has played more than a few gigs on Broadway. "Tommy", "Rent", "All Shook Up", "Footloose" and Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" are just a few Broadway productions where Chris let his fleet fingers do the talking.

Check out his new CD "On The Brink" at It is a guitar lovers delight.

Wry Toast at the Riverfest & Avon Breast Cancer Research - August 20, 2007

Wry Toast had a great time playing the Knowlton Riverfest. Many thanks to the folks who made the trek out to the festival to catch the Toast folks in action. You guys are the best, really.

Kudos to Rick Clarkson, and all of the volunteers who contribute their time, energy and talent to make this event the best music festival in New Jersey.

Wry Toasters - Kate, Nanette, Walt, Tom and I donated our pay from the show to the Avon Breast Cancer Research Walkathon. Kate is attempting to walk thirty-nine miles this year. Her fund raising goal for 2007 is $5,000. Here is the link to Kate’s' Avon site to contribute to the cause:
Also, a round of applause to the folks who purchased the "Under The Radar" CD. You should be pleased to know your purchase of the CD will help find a cure for breast cancer. (Your Mom is proud of you.) As noted at the show, all of the proceeds from the Riverfest "Under The Radar" CD sales are being donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Walkathon. (Except ten percent, which will go to a local charity in Knowlton Township.)
Some woman, somewhere, most likely someone you know, will be
alive because you cared enough to buy a CD.
Thanks again.

New Jersey Herald Article about Riverfest & Wry Toast - August 19, 2007

Below is an article copied from the New Jersey Herald about the Riverfest.

Eclectic music at Knowlton Riverfest
Sunday, August 19, 2007


DELAWARE — On their eastern United States tour, German band Cara traveled seven hours to play a 45-minute set at the triumphant return of the Knowlton Riverfest.

The 12th annual event reappeared at the Hunter's Lodge Field on Route 46 this weekend after a one-year hiatus, drawing thousands to its eclectic performance series for a rollicking good time.

Lawn chairs spilled out of the main performance tent, while vendors sold garments and jewelry, food stands offered a smorgasbord of tasty delights and local organizations drew support.

The event continues today with four main performers from noon to 5 p.m.

"It's magical. It's great," coordinator Rick Clarkson said. "A lot of people said we were going to lose momentum, might lose our sponsors, but everyone's been loyal."

The all-volunteer event brings Knowlton Township together, but severe flooding took its toll during the past three years.

"We pretty much got burned out after 11 years," Clarkson said.

But the festival re-ignited Friday night with a boon from Grammy-nominated guitarist Sonny Landreth and a personable performance from Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams.

"Most people say, 'I had no idea how good this was,'" Clarkson said. "This is a finely tuned event over 12 years."

By mid-day, the female trio Lucy Angel, of Nashville, was landing in Philadelphia for their evening performance, and Euro-African group Baka Beyond, Grammy-nominated group Yerba Buena and jazz pianist Eldar were also slated to perform, volunteer coordinator Melanie Thiel said.

Viki Hochshwender, of Andover, enjoyed her third Riverfest Saturday with her husband, George.

"Honest to goodness, it's so inexpensive," she said. "For a local festival, it's a good size."

The seven-piece Wry Toast Band got things started at 1 p.m. Saturday with a down-home jangle and knee-bending, foot-stomping rockabilly.

Female vocalists Kate Mc-Ardle and Nanette Beatty-McArdle sang about Dixie at center stage, keeping the energy high.

An appreciative audience prompted the band to play encores.

"It was superb," songwriter-guitarist Brian D. McArdle said after the set. "You couldn't ask for a better day."

Meanwhile, 46-year-old Bruce Cannata, of Washington Borough, walked the grounds dressed as the Warren County Community College mascot, a golden eagle.

"Just call me Goldie," he remarked, removing his costume head for a sit-down break.

Cannata said he wore a "girdle" of ice packs to keep cool in the costume, which he has been wearing all summer to earn a scholarship as he returns to college.

At another table, the Delaware Riverside Conser-vancy posted a sign that read, "Governor, Stop the Delaware River Flooding."

The group was collecting signatures for its petition to lower New York state reservoirs to 80 percent capacity, secretary Nancy Shappell, of Bangor, Pa., said.

Recent governmental allowances to fill the reservoirs are partly to blame for flooding in 2004, 2005 and 2006, the group says.

"We were all just trying to rebuild our lives," Shappell said. "I wouldn't doubt if this field was under (water)."

Music act Cara, whose members churn out Celtic-inspired tunes, is on its first American tour, said Gudrun Walther, a fiddle player and one of two female vocalists.

The five-piece group — also consisting of Juergen Treyz, on guitar; Sandra Steinort, on vocals, flute and piano; Rolf Wagels, on bodhran; and Claus Steinort, on flute and pipes — formed from the northern German city of Hanover and Stuttgart to the south.

Their music was a mix of tightly woven vocal harmony and virtuosic flute solos with a guitar-and-drum foundation. Their lyrical ballads ranged from poetic themes of yore to recollections from a recent party.

"I'm afraid we have a lot of songs about death," Walther told the audience. "The last one was a song about poisoning."

The audience was free to dance to the lively rhythm, however, and an elderly woman with a cane accepted the offer with nifty steps on the small hardwood floor in front of the stage.

"These kind of fairs are fun," said Don Falconer, of Byram, who sat near his wife, Carolyn. "They're real down to Earth."

For further information about the event, visit

Gypsies in the Night - Song of the Week - Barry McArdle - August 17, 2007

"Gypsies in the Night" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the song of the week.

This is song from my brother Barry's "No Pepper" CD. It was recorded at Larry DeBari's Tuff Guy Studio's.

Barry allowed me the privilege to sing the vocal harmonies on this fine tune.

You can purchase a copy of the CD by going to Barry's web site at Tell him his brother sent you along and expects a small sales commission.

Kate Toast and Kristen Toast - Avon Breast Cancer Walk - August 15, 2007

Kate and Kristen will once again be raising money for breast cancer research by participating in the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation Walkathon. Everyone has a mom, wife, sister or friend who will benefit from this research. Donate what you can and pass the word along.

The word from Kate Toast herself:
All right everyone, I have my new page up and ready. This is another year that Kristen and I will be walking; Eli just registered to walk as well. We started walking years ago when we lost Elaine, Kristen's mother, to breast cancer. Since then we've become dedicated to walking every year. It’s ALOT of miles but it’s for a great cause. If you can't donate, then please pass this information along to someone who might be able to.

Here is the website for donations:
Thanks again!!!!
Kate Toast

Wry Toast at the Knowlton Riverfest - Saturday August 18, 2007, 1:00 P.M - August 13, 2007

Wry Toast will be playing at the Knowlton Riverfest on Saturday, August 18, 2007, at 1:00 P.M. The band has worked out some new songs for the festival. The Toast boys and girls will also play some familiar favorites for their set this coming Saturday.

The 12th annual Knowlton Riverfest is an award-winning music festival in northwest Jersey. It's a great way to listen to an eclectic mix of music from around the world on the banks of the Delaware River. There is a $10 admission charge for adults, children under 17 are free and a $5 charge for seniors. Parking is free. We hope to see your smiling face in the front row.

Go to for more details and directions to the festival.

Hands Up - Song of the Week by Kevin McArdle - August 11, 2007

"Hands Up" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week. This song was recorded by my brother Kevin on his "It Ain't Easy Being Me" CD. The song was written by Kevin, myself and our brother Barry. Nanette and I sang the harmony vocals on the song. Dave Wilson played percussion.

Check out Kevin's band and website at

Wry Toast Health Advice - August 4, 2007

You know you are really sick when you go to the doctor's office and they ask for the money upfront.

"She's Not That Kind" - Song of the Week - August 2, 2007

"She's Not That Kind" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week.

This is a song I wrote with Bill Kelly. He had the music and lyrics for the first two verses and handed the song off to me and here's what happened.

That is Bill singing the lead vocal on the demo, which was recorded at Larry DeBari's Tuff Guy Studios.

You can check out Bill's website at

Taste of Newton - Advance Notice To Wry Toast Fans - August 1, 2007

Wry Toast will be providing the music for the 6th Annual "Taste of Newton" on September 10, 2007. (Rain date - 9/11/07) Spring Street in Newton is closed down and the Newton area's finest eateries provide the excellent food and beverages. The cost is $50. Advance sales only. If you don't want to get shut out, call (973) 300-0433 right away and get your tickets before the official word hits the street. The Taste of Newton is sold out every year because it is such a sweet deal.

Act now and get a free ginsu knife! (Ginsu knife offer limited to couples over 85 years of age accompanied by both parents.)

Hange Range and Tinker West, The Man Who Discovered Bruce Springsteen - August 1, 2007

This past Sunday there was an article in the Star Ledger about Carl "Tinker" West, the man who discovered Bruce Springsteen. (Link to the full, worth-reading article

Last night at practice, Birt mentioned that Hange Range, Birt and Walt's old band, stayed at Tinker West's place and played the Upstage in Asbury Park.

Jersey Shore musicians like Southside Johnny Lyon, Danny Federici, Steve Van Zandt and, of course, Springsteen used to jam at the Upstage after their regular gigs.

"If you play original music only, you can stay,'" said West. "I wanted to give original bands a chance." Hange Range was one of those bands.

Later down the road, Hange Range opened a concert for Springsteen. Birt talked to Bruce before the show to mention the connection to Tinker West. It really is a small world, after all.

Wry Toast Health Insight - July 31, 2007

You know you are in trouble when you tell the doctor your symptoms and he starts backing up.

Wry Toast Rock and Roll Fact - July 30, 2007

Most folks don't know that rock singer, Meatloaf, is anorexic. Fortunately for Meatloaf, he caught his anorexia in the early stages. Remember, you heard it here first.

Tales from Toast Land - July 29, 2007

Wry Toast rhythm section, Walt Super and Birt McKenzie, are also top-flight carpenters. They’ve often plied their woodworking magic for the Rich and Famous. (And sometimes for the Poor and Insignificant.)

Once upon a time, Walt and Birt were working in a rural setting. Walt was crouching down to check the lay of the land when a copperhead snake bit Walt's butt. The lads were pretty far from civilization so Birt got on his cell phone to call the hospital for immediate assistance. A doctor got on the line with Birt.

Birt: What should I do?

Doctor: Make a small incision where the snake bit your friend Walt and then suck out the poison.

Walt: Birt, what did the Doctor say?

Birt: He said you’re going to die.

That’s how I heard the story anyway.

Wry Toast Legal Query - July 28, 2007

Question: What does it mean when you see three lawyers up to their necks in cement?

Answer: Somebody ran out of cement.

The Other Wall - Gary Oleyar Tune Added To Site - July 27, 2007

"The Other Wall" an instrumental written, recorded and played by Wry Toast guitar/fiddle player, Gary Oleyar, has been uploaded to the Music section of the site. I believe this is one of the songs Gary placed on the Weather Channel.

When You Come Home - Song of the Week by Mark Tiefau - July 26, 2007

"When You Come Home" has been uploaded to the Music section of the site as the Song of the Week. A few weeks back Bill Cregar gave me a CD with a song written by his friend Mark Tiefau.

This is the studio demo of the song. Thanks to Mark for sharing his music and thanks to Bill for bringing the tune to our attention.

In the weeks to come we'll feature songs by friends and family in the Music section of the site. Stay tuned.

Machan (Margaret Taylor) Releases New CD - July 26, 2007

Alert friend, Billy “the Kid” Cregar, advised me Machan released her new CD just a few days back. You may better remember Machan as Margaret Taylor of Grover, Margaret and Za Zu Zaz.

Za Zu Zaz was one of the great club bands back in the heyday of the Jersey scene.

I remember hearing Margaret sing with Za Zu Zaz at the Final Exam in Randolph, New Jersey. Then, not too many years later, I saw her on television singing with Foreigner on their hit “I Wanna Know What Love Is”.

Recently, Margaret has been in touch with Bill to talk about the old days. It seems Margaret did OK for herself. You can see her on a recent You Tube video singing with Government Mule.

Bill saw Margaret play one of her first gigs ever in Jefferson with some lads from Hopatcong. The band was named Amberjack. She played her first gig at a place called the Mad House.

Well now, after all these years, the truth can finally be told. Back in high school I had a band with my good friend Ray Sikora, my brother Jim and drummer Mike Powers, a classmate from Morris Catholic High School. We were about fourteen or fifteen years old. Margaret heard the band play somewhere and called me up to ask if we needed a female vocalist. I had never met Margaret or heard her sing. In my youthful ignorance I politely declined her offer. (Like I told Bill, who knew?)

Anyway, I’m glad I finally got that off my chest. Maybe the next time, before I turn down a musical offer, I might even listen first. Live and learn.

You can check out Machan (Margaret) and her new CD at

Bill - thanks for the update.

Wry Toast Dating Guide - July 25, 2007

In the days of yore, we used to call it "dating", "going steady" and “going out”. I don't believe there is such a thing as dating anymore. It's referred to as "hanging out", "hooking up", "friends with benefits" and God knows what else the youngsters call the blending of the genders these days.

It used to be said with a wink that young men were "sowing their wild oats". However, when it came my turn to sow some wild oats I experienced "crop failure". I had to get in my sowing of oats vicariously. My friends would regale the less fortunate "oat sowers", like me, with their adventures. (Friends, who for a nominal fee, shall remain nameless and blameless.)

Like my old friend Pat (named changed) telling the guys about his night out:
"Her father told me to have her home by midnight". Pat said, "Don’t worry, if it looks like I’m not getting anywhere, I’ll have her home by 10." Pat complained that "I parked my mobile home out front of her house and right away her Dad was suspicious". (This kind of father would usually dust the daughter for fingerprints.)

Of course not all the lads were stud muffins. I remember one friend, Mike (named changed) telling us about introducing his prom date to his Dad.

Mikes' Father whispered to him,
"Mike, what kind of girl is this? She’s bow legged, pigeon toed, toothless and ugly!”
Mike said, “You don’t have to whisper Dad, she’s deaf too".

And another thing. In the old days you didn't have to provide a medical history before a date. Nowadays it's "Where do I set up the lab?" or "I'm sorry but I'm going to have to boil you first." If someone blows you a kiss in the current scene you might duck. It was simpler in the old days.

Song of the Week - Farther to Fall - Free Download - July 23, 2007

"Farther to Fall" has been uploaded to the music section of the site as the Song of the Week. This is a song I wrote with Gary Georgett a while back. Wayne Post played the electric guitar on the demo and Nanette and I handled the harmony vocals. Co-writer, Gary Georgett, played the keyboards and programmed the drums.

The Song of the Week is also a free download for the week.

Wry Toast Performs on WNTI - July 21, 2007

Wry Toast will record a live perfomance on Jeff Rusch's WNTI radio show "The Crows Nest" on August 7, 2007. When we find out when the show will be aired, the time and date will be announced. Or you can check for yourself on

New Jersey Traffic - July 17, 2007

Last week it took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to a gig. No wonder New Jersey leads the nation in road rage. I don't know how folks handle traveling to work in NJ traffic every day. I heard one guy had such a long ride home his wife had remarried. (At least he didn't suffer the indignity of having to pump his own gas on the way back to an empty home.)

Wry Toast Weight Watchers Song - July 13, 2007

You know it might be time to drop a few pounds when you jump on the scale and it says "Hey, one at a time!" As a public service, Wry Toast presents the following inspirational song. (Sung to the tune of Stevie Wonder's "Part Time Lover".)

I stuff my face with ice cream and cake
By summertime I'm overweight
Got to lose this part time blubber
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