By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — Musicians of all stripes and backgrounds have found a place at this year’s Summer Concert series.
This past Tuesday, July 9, audience members in Memorial Park were serenaded by veteran guitarist and Danville native Rusty Foulke.
“I love playing in Danville,” said Foulke, who has previously performed with former members of the rock band Boston.
While he has performed on cruise ships and in New England, with additional shows scheduled later this year for the west coast and Mexico, Foulke still makes time to play for his hometown. “I live here, and they asked me and I love it,” he said.
Foulke still makes his home in the same Danville house where he grew up. “I’m as home grown as you can get,” he said.
Foulke mainly plays a 12-string acoustic guitar and regularly plays at local Danville pubs and other venues around the Susquehanna Valley, in addition to playing with his own band, Hybrid Ice, and the former Boston rockers. They include drummer Sib Hashian, guitarist Barry Goudreau and singer Fran Cosmo.
“I love the music of Boston, I’ve always loved it, it’s a real thrill to play with those guys,” said Foulke.
He thanked everyone for coming out to support him for his performance, in which about 40 people were in attendance. “Thanks to everybody for supporting local music…There’s a lot of talent out here in central Pennsylvania,” he said.
And next week’s talent will include Sunbury’s Jim McClincy, “The Singing Mailman,” who will perform at Memorial Park on July 16 at 7 p.m.
McClincy, who worked as a mailman until his retirement this past November, first got his nickname several years ago because people couldn’t remember his name. He would perform for a group, but they would only be able to remember him as “the singing mailman.”
“It just stuck. I even now have that on my business cards,” said McClincy, who regularly sang with his family members while growing up until he joined the Air Force.
About 12 years ago, he started singing again and took it up as a side job. Now that he’s retired, he aims to devote even more time to performing.
“I’m doing it on a fairly regular basis now,” he said. “Now that I’m retired I have more time to do it and I’m enjoying it that much more. I don’t have to turn anything down due to work now.”
McClincy spices up his act with a variety of different genres. “I do some soft rock, I try to work in some blues, country music, bluegrass…I also sing some gospel music as well,” said McClincy. “I generally try to mix all of those types of music into one program.”
He previously played for Danville’s Summer Concert program two years ago, and will also perform at this year’s Sunbury Music in the Parks. McClincy also sings at local clubs and restaurants in the Susquehanna Valley area.
“It really encourages me when I look out and see people that I can actively tell are enjoying the music. To me, it’s a great thrill,” said McClincy.
Rounding out Danville’s Summer Concert series for this year will be Van Wagner, playing July 23 at 7 p.m. at Washingtonville’s Delong Memorial Hall, and Wood Wolfe, giving a children’s concert on July 30 at 11 a.m. at the Riverside playground.
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