Back in the day

Bill, Alger Mitchell, Jimmy Stowe at London Street Pub
After the breakup of his 3 piece acoustic act "Wood River Junction", Bill was still itching to play. "Once it's in your blood..." Well that, plus there was still money owed on the P.A. system. Bill decided to poke around for gigs. "I did a few in rooms that were familiar to me, but nothing special. I scheduled an audition at a little place near my home. It was called The London Street Pub. “I showed up to audition, but the manager didn't. I was bummed. A few days later, he called and asked if I could play the weekend. I told him I'd have to call him back, and I talked it over with friends at work. With their encouragement, I took the gig. I think I made $40 bucks a night" Thus began a 3 year relationship with this club which expanded to more than double it's capacity during this period. "Lots of acts came through there, but it was mostly a solo room." Along with Alger Mitchell and Jimmy Stowe, the three of them locked down most of the gigs. "They had 6 or 7 slots a week available, and the place was always packed." Gigs at Alias Smith & Jones, Schillers, Mews Tavern, BonVue Inn, Backstreet Saloon, Rumplestiltskins, Gillians...etc. etc. "I've been at this a long time, and I'm starting to see people I met the first time around. Their kids are older, and they still want to kick up their heels. Everyone wants to talk about how much fun they had, and recapture some of it." Doing mostly covers of songs people love, with a few rare originals thrown in from time to time, Bill still enjoys what he does, and it shows in his performances. "I love interacting with people and having fun, and hopefully that comes across."

Usually working 2-3 nights a week, Bill stays sharp onstage. "That's the only place you can do it...sitting alone at home with the guitar, it's hard to take yourself seriously."

The Duo When needed Bill also works with another guitarist as "The Bill Gannon Duo".

~Partial Listing of Venues Played~
Alias Smith and Jones - E Greenwich
Big Dawg Tavern - Newport
Bobby G's - Wakefield
BonVue Inn - Narragansett
Buskers - Newport
Carriage Inn - N. Kingstown
Charlie O's - Narragansett
Cornerstone Pub - Exeter
Daniel B's - Wakefield
Dan's Place - West Greenwich
East Side Mario's - Providence/Seekonk
Fat Belly's - Wakefield/Providence
Finbacks - Galilee
Finnegan's Wake - Providence
Flanagan's Shannon View - Warwick
Foley's Pub - Providence
The Galley - N Kingstown
Gator's Pub - N Smithfield
George's - Galilee
Gillary's - Bristol
Gilligan's Island - Westerly
Gillian's - N Kingstown
The Greenwood Inn - Warwick
Hanks - Galilee R.I.
Indigo - Coventry
Irish Pub - N Kingstown
Iron Works Tavern - Warwick
Island House - Misquamicut
JR's Back Street Saloon - E Greenwich
The Lamplighter - Warwick
Lafayette House - Forborough
London Street Pub - E Greenwich
Mardi Gras - Cranston
The Mariner Grille - Narragansett
The Mews - Wakefield
The Office - Warwick
Paddy's Beach - Misquamicut
Pancho O'Malley's - Narragansett
Picasso's - Warwick
Remington House Inn - Warwick
Rumplestiltskin's - Warwick
Schillers - Narragansett
Shamrock's - Wakefield
Shenanigan's - E Greenwich
Sonoma Pub - N Kingstown
Stuffies - Cranston/N Providence
Tara's Family Pub - Matunuck
Twenty Water Street - E Greenwich
Two Ten Oyster Bar - S Kingstown
The Wheelhouse - Galilee

 



 
 
 
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