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Saratoga Originals
Mark Tolstrup, Steve Candlen & Rick Bolton

Sunday, February 25


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Saratoga Originals is a new series that features local musicians from the Saratoga community. The first show features Mark Tolstrup, Rick Bolton, and Steve Candelin, three staples of the Saratoga music scene. These musicians often entertain in noisy rooms, but this is their chance to show off their original music to a room of attentive listeners. The show will begin with sets from all three of these musicians and conclude with a collaborative set.

Also, very important element is that it's all original songs for a listening audience played by people who often entertain with covers in noisy rooms. This is their chance to show off the songs that mean the very most to them.

Saratoga bluesman Mark Tolstrup has entranced east coast blues fans with his passionate Delta slide for many years, both solo and with acoustic and electric bands. His set will include original songs that breathe new life into the blues tradition.

Rick Bolton has been a staple of the Saratoga music scene for years. He plays regularly around the capital region in bands like the Dwyer Sisters, Big Medicine, or as a solo act. Rick hosts the weekly open mic at Gaffney's in Saratoga and has been a strong influence on many young musicians.

Steve Candlen is a singer-songwriter who has played all over the capital region. He began his music career as a drummer, playing for artists like Franklin Micare and Irish folk artist Kevin McKrell but he's now more likely seen singing his own original music. In 2005, Steve won the Music for Miracles songwriting contest with the song All Over the World. 

Caffe Lena
47 Phila St
Saratoga Springs, NY

On stage at Caffe Lena. Woody Strobeck, Rick Bolton, Judy Wile, Jessica Wern, Mark Tolstrup, Dale Haskell and Ernie Belanger.
Thank you to everyone you came to my 60th Birthday Show at Caffe Lena on June 30, 2017.
"Sometimes you just know a performer is thinking about the drive, thinking about the turn-out, thinking about something other than the song. With Mark Tolstrup that is never the case. He is capable of bringing all of his mental and physical power to bear on each moment of music. He becomes completely at one with his instrument, with the journey of the song, with the rebirthing of it into the present moment. In that regard he reminds me of Kelly Joe Phelps. But when the song is over, he brings all that same energy into developing a repoire with the audience. His confidence and desire to do right by his listeners is unsurpassed. I know that’s why the size of his audience has grown so rapidly here at Caffe Lena over the past few years."  Sarah Craig, manager  of  Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

"Mark Tolstrup melds rock, blues, ragtime and jazz on Root Magic but sticks closest (and most authentically) to the sounds of the Mississippi Delta: Robert Johnson, Son House and even Muddy Waters. Tolstrup’s aggressive fingerstyle guitar and slide National Steel make this album worth hearing." Chip O’Brian, Blues Revue Magazine

"It's a gem of an album with the guitarist-vocalist balancing a strong selection of rippling, slashing original tunes with nuggets from the song bag of such greats as Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and Leadbelly."    Greg Haymes -Albany Times Union

"Mark, Thanks for holding on to the traditional blues sound and representing it so well."Dr. David Evans - Highwater Records

"He has that raw real sound that separates the posers from the genuine article"   Don Wilcock, Troy Record

"I really enjoyed this album for it’s unpretentious, tasty material and approach."      Bruce Iglauer-Alligator Records

"Thanks again for sending me your great album "Root Magic" Your mix of covers, traditionals and own songs makes it one of the best rootsblues releases I've heard this year."   Thomas Kaldijk, Radio show "Blueprint" Holland.

"When a guy makes a album with only his guitar, he`ll have to be good, because you can hear every mistakes, Mark does not have to think about that, he is not good, he is great, and with a Danish name, and since I`m from Denmark, he can change passport anytime, we would love to such a great musician in Denmark." Kjell Andreassen Radio Holstebro, Denmark
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Mark Tolstrup inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame November 11, 2012
On stage with 93 year old blues man Honey Boy Edwards. Click on photo to check it out on youtube.