The leaves are finally turning but it's still 80 degrees here in North Carolina. This is the first newsletter so I'd like to highlight a few great experiences we've had so far this year.
Our CD, "Made Of Stars" has received wonderful reviews in at least five different languages and you can see on our home page that it's charted #1 in Europe and #2 worldwide on Americana freeform radio.
In October we headed back to North Carolina and performed at some local venues. A few highlights were performances with our friends, the Terry's, up in Union Grove, in -the-round with Peter Holsapple and Jon Shain in Winston-Salem and another in-the-round with Greg Humphreys and Jonathan Byrd in Greensboro.
In September, We performed for John Platt's "On Your Radar" series at the Living Room in NYC along with two wonderful singer songwriters, Diana Jones and Martyn Joseph.
In August, highlights include shows in WV with Andy Parks and later at Cindystock's special fundraiser for cancer prescreening in Pennsylvania with friends Dan Navaro, Brad Yoder and David Glaser.
In July, we spent time with our friends Maggie and Mike down in Panama City, Florida and had a great time performing, visiting and listening to their music!
In the early summer Ted and I were fortunate to be part of a 50th anniversary party celebrating the legendary Greenwich Village folk music venue “Gerde’s Folk City.”
Lots of old friends and performers who made the club home through the years were there: David Massengill, David Bromberg, Jack Hardy, Sylvia Tyson, Guy Davis, John McEuen and Eric Weissberg to name a few.
The party was held at The Village Underground, a really nice venue in the basement of the original Folk City site on W. 3rd. St., NYC
The place was packed…standing room only from 7 p.m. until the wee hours. The club upstairs was also filling up those who could not fit into The Village Underground. There was a big screen so they could also watch the show.
Each musician played a song or two. The crowd loved it all. You can imagine what a wonderful experience this was with so many of the people who made so vibrant the American folk music scene of the 1960s and 70s all in one place at the same time; Singing, jamming, schmoozing…
I first played Folk City in 1973 and always felt honored and overjoyed to appear on its stage, the many I performed thereafter including Folk City’s 20th Anniversary.
Folk City closed in 1986.
Last Monday’s joyous anniversary get together was an indication of the strong impact that little place had on so many of us.
You might enjoy viewing the pictures of the performers at this link:
Jack Hardy and Dominic Chianese (Junior from the Sopranos) were the MC’s and also performed.
OTHER PERFORMERS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: Eric Weissberg, Bev Grant, David Massengill, Rod MacDonald, Willie Nile, Roger Sprung, Dick Reicheg, Vincent Vok, Erik Frandsen, Jonathan Kalb, Willie Nininger, Peter Stampfel, Biff Rose, Lydia Adams Davis, Bob Horan, Steve Ben Isreal, Su Polo, Vince Martin, Richard Chanel, Frank Christian, Randy Burns, Mark Dann, David Amram, Roland Mousaa, Joe Virga, Heather Wood, Ken Schatz, George Stevens, Peggy Atwood, Judy Gorman, Poez, Nick Holmes, David Goldman, Happy Traum, Guy Davis, Dirdy Birdies Jug Band, Sylvia Tyson (Ian & Sylvia), Terre and Suzzy Roche, Sally Spring, and John McEuen (Nitty Grit Dirt Band).
Texas in the spring!
Everything is special in Texas - fast becoming our home away from home
The Winter found us in Memphis and Nashville. We were performing at this small club in Nashville when I looked up and thought, "I know that person from somewhere." Well it took me a minute, but I finally realized it was Robert Plant!! What a surprise!! We talked for a few minutes after our show. He said he'd just recorded 26 songs while there in Nashville. And the new CD would released in September or October.