We have no idea how old this band is. When it is discussed, among us and others who claim to have been conscious enough to have been there at the start, we’ve kind of settled on “early to mid 70s.” We’ve been performing some of these songs since our first chance meeting.
In an effort to wallow in obscurity for all these years, Small Change has chosen some pretty obscure tunes, sometimes by obscure artists, including songs written by Al Canali, Small Change singer and guitar player. Diversity in musical tastes has given Small Change a very interesting music menu. It all takes on a unique quality when backed by a solid wash tub bass, an instrument that defies dimension (and at times recognition!) when played by Dick Boehmer who gets more out of one string than most get out of four. Song choices happen for lots of reasons. It’s all “interesting” - swing, jazz, country, folk and a cappella and some other genres that defy categorization.
Small Change has performed live in just about every venue possible, recently on Home Grown, an hour program by Greenfield Community Television (GCTV) and as far back as the 70s for a television production called “From Folk To Baroque” which aired on a number of PBS stations with violinist/fiddler Mary Rhynes in a performance for the Mohawk Trail Concerts. Along the way, radio, festivals, bars and private parties. No matter where Small Change performs, there are always plenty of tunes for every listener.
Dennis Avery – Steel guitar, vocals, blues harp.
Karen Hogness - mandolin, vocals
Al Canali - guitar and vocals
Dick Boehmer - wash tub bass, vocals