Before taking the stage with Phish at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday, Mike Gordon completed a short tour with his solo band. Sunday night’s performance took place at Lebanon, NH’s Lebanon Opera House and featured guest fiddler Joe Cleary on a jam leading out of “Willow Tree,” as well as “Country Boy.” The fiddler is related to Mike Gordon Band keyboardist Tom Cleary and a veteran of the honky-tonk sessions at Vermont’s Radio Beam.
A night earlier, another extended Mike Gordon Band family member took the stage with the group at Northampton, MA’s Pearl Street when Max Creek keyboardist Mark Mercier emerged for “Columbus Stockade” and “Voices” (Max Creek is Mike Gordon Band guitarist Scott Murawski’s primary band). In addition, Friday night, fiddler Deanie Richardson, singer Jeff White and stepdancers Nathan Pilatzke, Jon Pilatzke, and Cara Bultler all joined Mike Gordon Band for a few songs at Philadelphia’s Theatre of the Living Arts. All the musicians are currently touring as part of The Chieftains, a group Gordon has recorded with in the past.