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Bands: Mist Covered Mountains, duo with Max Cohen, teaching/danceband Groovemama, & Awa’ with the Faeries performance project with Jane Yolen & Lui Collins
Check out my article “12 questions violinists ask about fiddling” on Strings Magazine’s website!
Another blog entry: Music is our birthright: Pass it on!
Mist Covered Mountains performs in MA, NY, & PA and RI.
Awa’ with the Faeries, Poetry & song of the fey folk, from Grimm to happily ever after. Performance with author & poet Jane Yolen, singer/songwriters Lui Collins, Donna Hébert, Max Cohen, Molly Hebert-Wilson and drummer Alex Bell. Debut performance Oct 22 at the Unitarian Church in Amherst MA.
Groovemama coached the Great Groove Band at three festivals this summer, beginning at Old Songs Festival, with a new program at Heart of the Arts in July, where we hope to return next year. We ended the summer at Philadelphia Folk Festival (where the photo above was taken in 2014 by festival crew chief Susan Deckhart). Sue’s photo best expresses what we do: prepare the kids for performance, then pull the curtain aside so they can feel the magic!
Selling my violin . . .
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 unamplified performance on this instrument. This was 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! Imagine that! Ask me why I love fiddling!