Sheila, Barbara, Caroline & Elaine are the four women who sing in the band.
Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester
Remember the legendary 50’s & 60’s girl groups like The Shirelles, The Teddy Bears, The Drifters, the Doo-Wop era and the Motown sound? Then add #1 hits from Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Leslie Gore, The McGuire Sisters, the beautiful harmonies of the Everly Brothers along with many unforgettable vocalists like Bobby Darin, Johnny Rivers, Paul Anka & Roy Orbison. The quartet includes vocalists Caroline Haines, Barbara Jansson, Sheila Jones Schrank and Elaine Persons. On stage they re-create the signature vocals of the ’50′s & 60’s era when girl groups captured the heart of Motown & American Bandstand “We try to make each song we sing bring the audience back to a magic time to the music we often associate with the more romantic times in our youth”.
You’ll hear songs of both the one hit wonders and songs of legendary, vocal artists, like Patsy Cline, The McGuire Sisters, Little Peggy March, The Chiffons, The Ronettes, The Dixie Cups, The Angels, Bobby Darin, Elvis, The Fleetwoods, Connie Frances, Skeeter Davis, Patti Page, and so many more. It’s a blending of four vocal talents on a sentimental journey as they perform under the name of “The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester.”
Fingerstyle & acoustic guitarist, Sheila Jones Schrank, sings lead melody and alto harmony, selects and arranges the music for the group. Known as “Angel” in her younger years, she started singing out at age 14. Focused on seeing more female guitarists thrive, she went on to instruct guitar classes for 12 yrs. at North Shore Community College. Sheila now teaches the guitar privately in her home studio, occasionally performing with her husband , Ron Schrank, another fingerstyle guitarist, forming the duet, Second Wind.
Barbara Jansson is a lead vocalist and harmony singer. She often infuses the music on stage with percussion and harmonica. The songs of the The Shirelles, Crystals, Ronettes & Brenda Lee are some of her favorites. Barbara began her musical career at age 11. She continues to solo & duet and has performed in bands and rock groups too numerous to mention. Barbara also has a variety of cd’s to her merit.
Caroline Haines sings both lead and harmony vocals. She has diverse musical interests and can be seen performing Celtic tunes, church solos, and her original versions of “Witty Ditties” created for special occasions. She is a founding mother and performer with Cape Ann’s a capella ensemble Leven. She has also performed with chorus North Shore and the National Head Start Choir.
Elaine Persons is truly the Patsy Cline voice for the group, singing Walking After Midnight, Crazy, Sweet Dreams, I Fall to Pieces as well as Crying by Roy Orbison and ….well,we do have to save a few surprise songs. Her keen ear for harmony changes helped the group revive signature songs from the past. Elaine and Sheila also sing as a duet, known as the Everly Sisters. Together, they bring the vocal harmonies of these two legendary voices back into everyones heart.
Sheila concludes “each walk in life we take and the memories we create along the way are all surrounded by music”. Songs bring us back to treasured memories and “first times”, where and when we experienced something never before felt or imagined; a new and wonderous feeling like our first date, our first crush or that first kiss. We perform in hopes to revive all the happiness felt when these “remember when” feelings surface within you too. Let us take you on that sentimental journey you’ll want to remember, always.
Nov. 28th – SEAPORT GRILLE featuring the HONKY TONK WOMEN of GLOUCESTER on WEDNESDAY from 5:00 -8:00 pm – Dinner Show – Enjoy waterfront dining at one of the best restaurants in Gloucester. Tel: 978-282-9799 Location: To the right side of Cruiseport Gloucester on Rogers St. known as 6 Rowe Sq. www.cruiseportgloucester.com - reservations are accepted via phone
Nov. 29th – McPherson Park – Thurs. 2-3:30 pm pre-Holiday concert Location: 31 Prospect St. in Gloucester – Friends and family are welcome to also attend.
Dec. 8th – Sheedy Park Saturday 6 pm-7:30 pm – Pleasant St. pre- Holiday concert for residents , family and friends. Many of our fans are “welcome” to attend.
Dec. 31st – ROCKPORT NEW YEAR’s EVE with the HONKY TONK WOMEN of Gloucester. We will be performing at Rockport NewYears Eve. This year our new year will be on a MONDAY night. We will perform in the large hall upstairs in the Rockport Community Center. Two shows this year, both completely different. Our first performance starts at 10 pm and another begins at 11:00 pm -midnight. For a schedule of the 2012-2013 schedule of events, go to http://www.newyearseverockport.com
Jan. 6th – Giuseppes Italian Rest. Main St., Capt. Ron & Everly Sisters 6 – 9 pm Tonight two of the members of the Gloucester female-4 band, Honky Tonk Women, guitarist, Sheila Schrank & Elaine Persons will sing songs of the early Beatles, classic women of the 60′s and the beautiful harmonies associated with the Everly Brothers and the 60′s era. Ron Schrank, guitarist is Sheila’s husband will be featured as a duet tonight and again on Feb. 10th
Jan. 19th – HONKY TONK WOMEN of Gloucester – SATURDAY night LIVE at the One World Coffeehouse – Essex, MA. Center of town - Parking across the St. Location: First Universalist Church of Essex, 29 Main St. http://www.oneworldcoffeehouse.org for on-line information. RESERVATIONS are highly recommended for this “up close and personal” show. Tickets may also available at the door if it is not sold out. Tel: 978-768-3690 TIME: 7:30 pm-9 pm. Open to the public; seating on a first come/first served basis. Door admission ranges from $10 to 15
Feb. 10th – Giuseppes Italian Rest. – Main St featuring the Everlys Sisters & Capt. Ron 6 – 9 pm
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Peace, friendship, hope, love, sharing, kindness, family, are all included in the words to the songs each musician brings to each annual Rockport Peace Festival. This year it will be held in a new location, Harvey Park (diagonally across from T-wharf) and just before the downtown & Bearskin Neck shopping areas in Rockport.
HONKY TONK WOMEN of GLOUCESTER will perform and celebrate in spirit and in unity with all those attributes that create “Peace”. Please join us for an entertaining afternoon line-up of musicians. We will SING at 3:00 pm.
Bring a picnic lunch and a lounge chair and enjoy the beauty of a summer’s day in song.
Honky Tonk Women of GLoucester will be there at 6pm SHARP to sing your favorite Doo-Wop ’60′s Oldies, #1 hits – mid town in front of the Sargent House Museum (across from Pallazola’s and just down from the Mexican restaurant Jalepeno’s. This is a huge and wonderous monthly event each summer. There is no parking or car traffic for the entire evening, allowed on the Main St. Musicians, dance troupes, mimes, entertainment of all types , duets, bands, soloists and more in and out of the many clubs and you can even dine outside at one of your favorite restaurants and there are many ! Caroline, Barbara, Elaine and Sheila will begin singing at 6:00 o’clock for a to start the evening off with ’60′s era music. We hope you will join us. This is a “free” event and a fun for all ages, young and old. Come join us.
A 40th year CELEBRATION directly on beautiful Long Beach in GLoucester, 33 Rockport Rd. just past Good Harbor Beach…….A serene, gorgeous beach off the beaten path. Those who know WHERE IT IS have been fortunate enough to enjoy the waves and privacy of Long Beach in Gloucester. CAPE ANN MOTOR INN is directly ON Long Beach. Mr. Brad Pierce, Innkeeper extraordinaire, will be there to greet each and every one of you. THis man has great taste in music ! Lots of parking available, lots of beauty and lots of good music. Come join us.
Celebrate their 40th year – a celebration for neighbors, friends and guests. FREE event, free parking and free access to LONG BEACH in Gloucester. Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester will play a special 60′s song set starting at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. For those of you who like to be more active….next up: GARFISH will play their awesome dance music to get your mojo moving starting at 5pm and ending around 8 pm. Prepare for a day on the beach or a sunset dance……bring your lounge chairs, bring your honey, your cooler, your kids, a blanket, a beach ball ? , sunglasses and your camera and get your buns over to the Cape Ann Motor Inn on SUNDAY, Sept. 2nd for a once in a lifetime blast – right on the beach !