Whistlin'Rufus

Whistlin'Rufus

 Portland, Oregon, USA
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Whistlin’ Rufus is a Portland, Oregon band whose music has been described as Americana, Folk, Roots, Bluegrass and Irish Pub tunes. Gaelic Storm meets Old Crow Medicine Show. Whistlin' Rufus is a performance band delivering a varied music show that appeals to young and old alike. Band Members, Pat Connell on mandolin, Ritchie Wernick on guitar and harmonica, Natasha O'Neal on fiddle, Patrick Connell on guitar on dobro Zach Banks on cello

Biography

The Whistlin’ Rufus musicians are a seasoned set. While their individual styles derive from vastly different musical experiences and training, together as a group their particular strengths meld and mix flawlessly, forming a unified full sound. Their songs seamlessly blend elements of Bluegrass, Celtic, Americana, Blues, Rock & Roll and even Classical to create unique tunes and memorable melodies. Their music is upbeat, varied and truly entertaining. A recent admirer appraisingly describes the band as a “cross between Old Crow Medicine Show and Celtic Storm, high energy and wonderful”.

Their fans and sponsors all share common adjectives describing the Whistlin' Rufus sound. Such as, “Awesome”, Wonderful Vocal Harmonies”, “ Superior Musicianship”, “ Great Song Selection “. There is something for everyone at a Whistlin' Rufus Show. While they favor their original music, a Whistlin' Rufus performance has a little something for everyone. Brilliant ballads, blazing bluegrass, Irish Pub tunes, and folk and rock favorites.

Whistlin' Rufus is great family entertainment.

Band Members include:

Pat Connell - Mandolin and Vocals

Ritchie Wernick - Guitar, Harmonica  and Vocals

Natasha O'Neal - Fiddle and Vocals

Patrick Connell - Lead and Rythmn Guitars and Vocals

Zach Banks - Cello and Vocals




Lyrics

McCall

Written By: Pat Connell

McCall


At a cabin in the pines overlooking Payette Lake

I found the healing wealth that is everyone’s to take.

Just mix a little solitude and Natures vast expanse

You’ll end up with the notion, that life is one big dance

Chorus

Dance, Dance, Dance, Watch your worries disappear

Your life is so much grander now, throw away your fear

Dance, Dance, Dance Give your pretty gal a wink.

Troubles fall away just as quick as a blink.

2) Take a walk on down the road that follows along the shore

Huckleberry bushes and wild flowers galore.

Smell the sweetened air of the sugar pine

Kiss the one your with and dance on down the line.

2) The wind picked up about three o’clock so we took off across the lake

The sails pulled our quiet craft, left a pretty little wake

Soon we reached the distant shore and turned the boat around

Right back to the way we’d come from. Hardly made a sound.

4) I asked my son to tell me what he’s thinking of

Austin said Dad I’d like to fly, like those birds above.

My son I said that’s a gallant dream, pursue it to the end

Listen to your heart and soul and your dance will never end.

There’s a lesson to be learned from this, I’m sure that you’ll agree

That life is such a sweet sweet gift, a painting for all to see

So when you have a mind to dance you know you can’t be wrong

Take a chance to try the dance that will fill your life with song

Time For Reckoning

Written By: Pat Connell and Ritchie Wernick

Time For Reckoning © Connell/Wernick May 2007

1) From our home we walk the trail that leads to where you are,

A quiet scene of bishop’s tombs above the City’s yards

Next to the heavenly altar sits a stone bench with your name.

A son whose just a memory, we’ll never be the same.

2) Scholar, Soldier, Son and Brother, you stood above the crowd.
Quick of mind yet soft of heart you always made us proud.
You had the gift of eloquence, a kiss of the Blarney Stone.
With all those bloodied troops in Heaven, you’ll never march alone

Chorus:

Bronze Stars and Purple hearts can’t hope to bring us peace.

No sweet parting in this life, from grief comes no release.

Time alone might dim the pain of missing you each day.

A lights gone out, a page has turned, since you’ve gone away.

Mando/Cello / Fiddle break

3) We never could dishonor the choices that you made
It’s not about the President or some Iraqi raid.
St. Michaels’ medal around your neck, a shamrock on your back.
Proud of your Irish heritage, can’t blame you for that.

Finale:

There is a time for reckoning, there is a time for truth.

There is a time for all the world to cherish all its youth.

Someday we’ll be together in the arms of a loving God

Sergeant Fennerty, stand your post, beneath this sacred sod

Mid-Life Orphans

Written By: Pat Connell & Ritchie Wernick

Mid Life Orphans © Pat Connell & Ritchie Wernick
Recorded 2009 “It’s About Time” Whistlin’ Rufus

You think you’ve found the answer, as the day turns into night.
You raise your kids they best you can, try to show them wrong from right.
But then those times of doubt creep in, those nights that try men’s souls.
When your bed brings you no rest, Your Spirit,.. far from quiet repose.

Our children are the best of us, their race has just begun.
Our elders lead a simple life , quiet moments in the sun.
The circle captures all of us as we all know it would.
Life plows on regardless of ,…the challenge.. and the good.

Chorus:

Mid life Orphans, grow older every day.
Mid life Orphans, practice what they say.
Laugh each day and dance a jig, whenever you’ve a mind.
For all we have of this sweet life, is what we make of time.

Never think too neg-a-tive, When you think at all.
Try to let the sun-shine ,, in the darkest hall.
Always help those most in need of a smile or quick hello.
And play your simple music, to satisfy your soul.

Our folks are now in heaven or some such worthy place.
We grow older with the dog, but we’re still keeping pace.
We embrace the wonderful, the magic of it all.
Oh revel in the circle, Oh sing in kingdoms hall.

Copyright Whistlin’ Rufus Music 2009, from the CD “ It’s About Time”

Mid-Life Orphans

Written By: Pat Connell & Ritchie Wernick

Mid Life Orphans © Pat Connell & Ritchie Wernick
Recorded 2009 “It’s About Time” Whistlin’ Rufus

You think you’ve found the answer, as the day turns into night.
You raise your kids they best you can, try to show them wrong from right.
But then those times of doubt creep in, those nights that try men’s souls.
When your bed brings you no rest, Your Spirit,.. far from quiet repose.

Our children are the best of us, their race has just begun.
Our elders lead a simple life , quiet moments in the sun.
The circle captures all of us as we all know it would.
Life plows on regardless of ,…the challenge.. and the good.

Chorus:

Mid life Orphans, grow older every day.
Mid life Orphans, practice what they say.
Laugh each day and dance a jig, whenever you’ve a mind.
For all we have of this sweet life, is what we make of time.

Never think too neg-a-tive, When you think at all.
Try to let the sun-shine ,, in the darkest hall.
Always help those most in need of a smile or quick hello.
And play your simple music, to satisfy your soul.

Our folks are now in heaven or some such worthy place.
We grow older with the dog, but we’re still keeping pace.
We embrace the wonderful, the magic of it all.
Oh revel in the circle, Oh sing in kingdoms hall.

Copyright Whistlin’ Rufus Music 2009, from the CD “ It’s About Time”

The Little Things

Written By: Pat Connell & Ritchie Wernick

The Little Things © Connell/Wernick

Sometimes it’s just the little things, The butter on the toast

She smiles and gives me a knowing wink, Thrills me to my toes

A night out on the town is only half as nice

As a moment in the arms of my pretty little wife

She turns the pages of my book
Her laugh becomes the sun
She moves with quiet elegance
Until the day is done
And when she falls asleep at night
I hope she dreams of me
I’d sing about her all night long from sea to shining sea.

Chorus

She told me that she never heard a tune so fine

As the music that I played for that darling wife of mine

She told me that she didn’t want any thing but time

And time is what I made for that darling wife of mine

Break
I went on down the road a bit
Whistlin an old tune.
A cakewalk song that was in my head
The words would come up soon
I wish I was a Jimmy Buffett with a catchy rhyme
But what I got he’ll never have that darlin wife of mine


Recorded 2009 Whistlin’ Rufus “ It’s About Time”
Copyright Whistlin’ Rufus Music

Discography

The newest CD, Released in February 2009 is
" It's About Time". Available on Itunes and Amazon or direct through the Whistlin' Rufus web portal. www.whistlinrufus.com. The CD has received very favorable reviews and is getting airtime from local FM stations to NPR affiliates across the country. KBOO in Portland, Oregon WUNC and "The Back Porch Music " program in Raleigh, NC; WDIY in Allentown, PA, just to mention a few markets.

Set List

Set lists vary according to the show. Whistlin' Rufus prefers their original compositions but include many traditional songs and some cover tunes in their performances.

Set List sample
1. Shady Man
2. Whistlin Rufus – Barnyards of Delgaty-
3. Wait a Minute - Herb Pederson
4. Colleen Malone - Tim O'Brien
5. Light in the Window/St.Annes Reel
6. Willin' – Lowell George
7. The Little Things- Connell/ Wernick
8. Jerusalem Ridge, Cherokee Shuffle, Fishers Hornpipe
9. McCall – Connell/ Wernick
10. Our Town- Iris Dement
11. Fox on the Run
12. Hills of Conamara
13. Sin City – Gram Parsons
14. Meg Gray, Blackberry Blossom, Kentucky Mandolin
15. Old Home Place Home - Mitchell Jaynes
          Second Show
1.Tell Me Ma
2. Amie - Pure Prairie League
3. Wagon Wheel - Bob Dylan
4. Scandinavian Waltz