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BANDS . . .
• Mist Covered Mountains with Molly Hebert-Wilson
• Away with the Faeries with Jane Yolen & 3 ravens
• Max Cohen / Donna Hébert fiddle/guitar/vocal duo
• The Great Groove Band™ at Old Songs & Philly Folk Fests
Our Away with the Faeries Amherst show in October highlighting Jane Yolen’s poetry rang a bell for everyone! Now we’re halfway through a CD recording of the show’s highlights, which we hope to release before summer. Stay tuned for news of our crowdfunding campaign!
Max Cohen, Lui Collins and I are also performing now as 3 ravens. Ravens seem to flock around me and Max; we wrote Raven’s Wing for my dad’s memorial (I play the tune in the video below). The new band website will be up at the3ravens.com before Christmas. Adding Molly Hebert-Wilson on bass and vocals, 3 ravens is the band accompanying poet Jane Yolen in Away with the Faeries.
Mist Covered Mountains were coaches for the Great Groove Band at three festivals this summer, beginning at Old Songs Festival, where we completed our 19th successful year coaching the kids. This year they opened the main stage show on Sunday afternoon to a packed audience! We ended the summer at Philadelphia Folk Festival (where the banner photo above was taken backstage by festival crew chief Susan Deckhart). Sue’s photo expresses perfectly what we do with the Great Groove Band: prepare the kids for performance, then pull the curtain aside so they can find the magic! 2017 is our 20th year at Old Songs Festival, 12th at Philly Folk.
Check out my article “12 questions violinists ask about fiddling” on Strings Magazine’s website!
One of my violins is for sale . . .
I’m selling the fine NY-made violin I’ve used for the past 15 years. I recorded four CDs with it – from the 1999 CD “Big Boned Beauty” up through a Panache video in 2013 – and the fiddle has served me nicely. But sometimes our musical voices change, so I’m offering this for sale through Stamell Stringed Instruments, 18 Kellogg St, Amherst MA 01002. They have also interviewed me for their new “Musician’s Spotlight” feature on their website. Please contact Stamell’s directly about price and appraisal value: 413-256-0936. The instrument can also be shown at their Poughkeepsie NY shop. A bright soloist’s violin, this is a lovely, well-balanced instrument. Matt Stamell can fill you in on the violin’s pedigree since I purchased it from him.
The YouTube video is an un-amplified performance on this instrument, filmed at an stage jam at the Festival La Grande Rencontre at the Cathédral del Gesu in Montréal in 2014. The air is “Raven’s Wing,” which I wrote with Max Cohen for my father in 2008. Playing with me are (left to right) Bruce Molsky, Robin Bouliane, Pierre Schryer (fiddles) and Quinn Bachand (guitar). Bruce is the ONLY one of these guys who’d heard the tune before! Ask me why I love fiddling!