Willie Sugarcapps and The Mulligan Brothers Together for the First Time at Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm
April 20, 2014 was the last Sunday Social in the third season at The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, Alabama. If the season had to end, Cathe Steele closed it out the right way with The Mulligan Brothers and Willie Sugarcapps playing together for the first time. It was a show that proved right now is the time to get to know both bands as they break out beyond the coast. It also showed the importance of the Frog Pond as a creative listening venue and Steele’s gift of bringing musicians and music lovers together to create music that is spontaneous and from the heart in one-time collaborations such as Willie Sugarcapps and The Mulligan Brothers jamming with fiddles, suitcase bass, and slide guitar together on a song by Prince (“I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man”).
For four hours, the sold-out crowd of over 300 sat quietly and listened to every line and melody, as well as the one-liners of Anthony Crawford. Most reserved their spot months ago and were rewarded with the perfect breezy, blue-sky day. They camped out with chairs, coolers, painted wine glasses, and plates filled with fried chicken, Easter ham, devilled eggs, and strawberry cake. They danced, hula-hooped, and Evaughan Crawford, Anthony Crawford’s sister, handed out white carnations to each person in the audience. “The audience can hold these up like lighters,” said Evaughan. “The musicians have given us so much love, this is a way for the audience to show the love back.”
The Mulligan Brothers and Willie Sugarcapps have played at the Frog Pond before but never together. Most of the musicians met for the first time that day and there was an instant connection and attempts at a new name like the Willie Sugarcapps Brothers.
“We have to agree on the CD we play in the van and it is usually Willie Sugarcapps,” said Ross Newell, lead singer of The Mulligan Brothers. “We sing the ‘Willie Sugarcapps’ song in elevators. Gregg starts it off with Willie and we all stack on top of it until we get to Savana’s part and we give up.”
Anthony Crawford asked for The Mulligan Brothers set list and said “I love their melodies and I love where they are going. We are going to beat them there.”