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Singer, Songwriter, Musician
1128 Old Liberty Rd.
Monticello, NY 12701
email: ricknestler@pronetisp.net

Phone: (845) 434 0340
Performs: Original, Contemporary, Traditional, Country, Folk, Blues, Rock, Irish and Sea Chanteys                                                                              

Performing Credits
: Aztec Two Step, Rich Bala, Betty & the Baby Boomers, Guy Davis, Tom Chapin, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Peggy Eyres, Steve Gillette, Steve Goodman, Judy Gorman, Arlo Guthrie, Kim and Reggie Harris, John Hartford, John Hall, Lynn Hardy and Jay Ungar, Richie Havens, Fred Holstein, Hudson River Sloop Singers, Bob Killian, Joe Heukerott, Pat Humphries, Magpie, Tommy Makem, The Mammals, Evy Mayer, Rik Palieri, Tom Paxton, U. Utah Phillips, Tao Rodriguez, Tom Rush, John Roberts & Tony Barrand, Schooner Fare, Pete Seeger, The Sojourner Singers, Rosalie Sorrels, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Cathy Winters, Doc Watson, The Woods Tea Company

RICKDance-sm.jpgCoffee Houses:
Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY),
Common Ground (Sussex County, NJ),
Encanto Park Coffeehouse (Phoenix, AZ)

Fair Harbor (Hastings on Hudson, NY),
Fiddlers Dream (Phoenix, Az.)
Mine Street (New Brunswick, NJ),
Mother Earth's Cafe (Albany, NY),
The Night Kitchen (Lake Peekskill, NY),
The Olive Tree (Cleveland, OH),
The People's Voice (NYC),
Pinewoods (NYC),
Sanctuary Coffee House (Rock Tavern, NY)

The Town Crier (Beekman, NY),
Twenty Two Below (NYC)
The 8th Step (Albany, NY),

Bars & Clubs:
Admirals Harborview (Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI)
Back Fence (NYC)
Big Man's West (Red Bank, NJ)
Bilbo Baggins (Costa Mesa, Ca.)
The Bitter End (NYC)
Cafe Wha? (NYC)
Christine's Heart and Soul Cafe (Mystic, CT)                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Thom Wolke
Club Heksinki (Great Barrington, MA)

Crazy Eds Satisfied Frog (Cave Creek, AZ)
Doubles (NYC)
Fast Folk Cafe (NYC)
Folk City (NYC)
Fore 'n' Aft (White Plains, NY)
Friends (Smallwood, NY)

Funny Fellows (Phoenix, AZ)
The Gaslight (NYC)
Headquarters (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
Improvisation (NYC)
Inside-Out (Phoenix, AZ)
J.P.'s (NYC)
John Richard's (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Locale (NYC)
The Lounge (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
Luzon Station (Hurleyville, NY)

McGuffey's (Phoenix, AZ)
Pub on the Square (St.Georges, Bermuda)
Speakeasy (NYC)
Tinker St. Cafe (Woodstock, NY)
Tonys New Yorker Lounge (Phoenix, AZ)
Turning Point (Piermont, NY)
Viva Zapata's (Pelham, NY)
Warwick Valley Winery ( Warwick, NY)

Warehouse (Phoenix, AZ)
42 North (Mystic, CT)

Colleges: Elizabeth Seton, Fordham, George Washington University, Iona, Marist, Mercy, NYU, Pace, Rutgers, SUNY Purchase, SUNY Elmira, Vasser

Annual Festival of Blueberries 1980 - 85

Beacon Pumpkin Festival 2001, 04

Beacon Strawberry Festival 1979-81, 83, 02, 05, 06

Blues 2003 and Beyond
Days Festival

Clearwater Pumpkin Sail/Sale 1979 – 95, 05

Cook College Earth Day 1982 - 83

Family Harvvest Festival &Medieval Faire 2001 -02

Festival by the Sound 2004

Fiesta of Lights 1984

Great Hudson River Revival 1979 - 06
Great Race of the Ferry Sloops 1995

Hastings River Festival

Hudson Maritime Festival

Hudson Valley Mayfaire

Medieval Festival at FT. Tryon Park 2003 -05

Mystic Sea Music Festival 1986 - 95

The National Festival of the West  2004 - 05

NJ Folk Festival 2002
New York Harbor Festival 1978 -  82

NY Renaissance Faire 2001-02

Northwinds II Folk Festival 1985
Phoenix Folk Heritage Music Festival 2003 - 06
Raritan River Festival 1980 - 83, 91

Sail For The Sound 1996,98, 99
Sandy Hook Clearwater Festival 1980 - 00

Sea Day Brooklyn 1981

Sojourner Shad Sail/Sale 1983

SoNo Splash 1996-97-00

Staten Island Renaissance Faire 2001

Victorian Christmas 1984, 86

Special Events: Carnegie Hall (March 1986), Lincoln Center (July 1992)

Benefits: Clearwater, Friends of the Library (Hastings & Orangeburg), Ferry Sloops, Inc., Hastings Hotline, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy, MUSE, Peekskill Paramount Center, Sing Out, WBAI-FM, WESPAC, Yonkers
Historical Society, WFDU-FM, SoundWaters

OtherVenues: , American Schooner Lines, Belleayre Mountain Summer Music,  Central Park Bandshell (NYC), City of Phoenix, Federal Parks Department, Gallery 345,  Greenburg Nature Center, Heritage Square (Phoenix, Az.), Hudson River Museum, Lowell Municipal Auditorium, Main Street Stage , Jeffersonville, NY ,Mohonk Mountain House , Gallery Mystic Chamber of Commerce, Mystic Seaport, Riverrun Bookstore, Sail Expo '94,  Scenic Hudson, South Street Seaport, Tarrytown Music Hall, Westlake

DSC00584cropsm.jpgTV Credits:
Joe Franklin Show - WOR TV, NYC
Back Stage in Arizona- Storer Cable, Phoenix, AZ
Coca Crystal Show - Manhattan Cable, NYC
Folk*L*Point - Folk*L*Point Productions, Bechtelsville, PA
Horses Sing None of It- TKR Cable, Dover, NJ

Radio Credits:
WAMC-FM - Albany, NY
WBJB-FM - New Brunswick, NJ
WFDU-FM - Teaneck, NJ
WFMU-FM - East Orange, NY
WJFF-FM - Jeffersonville, NY
WMCR-AM - Poughkeepsie, NY
WQSR-FM - Sarasota, FL NY
WRNW-FM - Briarcliff, NY

Recording Credits:
Cowboy Up - Rick Nestler, Gaff Rig Music

Phillip Hole Dig It - Rick Nestler, Gaff Rig Music

Spending My Days - Rick Nestler, Gaff Rig Music
Phillip Hole the Singing Gravedigger - Rick Nestler, Gaff Rig Music
Right Behind You in the Left Hand Lane - Judy Gorman, One Sky Music
Great Hudson River Revival 1979 - Flying Fish
Fast Folk Music Magazine (February 1984)
Broad Old River - Hudson River Sloop Singers, Clearwater Records
The Folk Train Sampler- Folk Train February 2001
Indian Point Sampler- 2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Mary Hartley     
Published and Recorded by: Broadside, Fast Folk Music Magazine (February 1984), Litterbag Songbook, The Navigator, People's Songletter, Pete Seeger-"A Family Concert", Ray Chesna- "Every Day Above Ground Is A Good One"

Personal Statement: I've been making music for over thirty years and have a working repertoire of 300 songs or so. Some I wrote, some my friends wrote, and some were written by friends I haven't met yet. I'm learning more and writing more all the time. I've played square dances, hoots, and jams; in parks, at rallies, in galleries, on picket lines, in bars in the street and on stage. I like everything I play and am influenced by everything I hear.

The Critics Speak
...Mr. Nestler...has performed with Pete Seeger and on his own, and has written many songs - one, "Shut Em' Down", has become somewhat familiar at local antinuclear demonstrations...Lynn Ames of the New York Times
A real Hudson River Troubadour... Dom Pirone, of the Hudson River Fishermen
Folksinger, songwriter, activist in the antinuclear movement...His repertoire includes folk material, traditional songs, protest songs, love songs, and country ballads. He is a seasoned performer who will deliver a solid evening of enjoyable and stimulating music. The People's Voice
Rick's fame as a songwriter is shown on the Litterbag Songbook...He penned "The River that Flows Both Ways"...This is only one of his many fine songs... Raritan River Festival
...The Terror of the River...Raffish Rick Nestler... Pete Seeger
...The Hudson River Balladeer... Joe Franklin, WOR-TV
...Sloop Singer Extraordinaire... Ron Oelesco, WFDU-FM
... A wonderful performer... Sonny Ochs, WFMU-FM
Survivor of a thousand bars… Lon Austin, Phoenix Folk Heritage Music Festival
...His 1986 album,"Spending My Days", comprises 11 original songs that showcase his talent as a songwriter.
Nestler is the writer and singer of The River That Flows Both Ways", which has become an anthem for those
who care about the Hudson River and its preservation. ...
Sail Expo '94

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Rick Nestler
1128 Old Liberty Road
Monticello NY 12701