Fall is upon us, we are back in our homes after months of outdoor play, travel and recording. This summer has blown by, but was very fruitful for my ensembles. Now we're ready to refine our recordings, and plan next year's shows, while enjoying the apples and end of summer harvest.
Katie Trautz and the Tall Boys: Just off a weekend tour, we played at new venues in New England including Brewbakers Cafe in Keene NH, Positive Pie in Montpelier, VT, and Rockwood Music Hall, NYC. I must say, I have a new favorite band: the Aoife O'Donovon band! Check the singer of Crooked Still out, she has a great new ensemble we got to share the stage with at Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan. Hopefully we can get her to VT soon. Next on our Tall Boys list is the release of our EP, which we recorded during Hurricane Irene. What a great way to spend a few rainy days! We will be doing the finishing touches soon and the album will be ready in the next couple months. Thank you Ben Rogers for super recording powers!
Wooden Dinosaur has a few shows coming out, one in Brooklyn on Sept. 10th. And one in Putney on the 11th. Wooden Dinosaur album should be ready this fall/winter too, I'm really happy with the way it has turned out. I can't wait to share it! We have the 6-piece band recorded on this one, with some special guests including Asa Brosius from JP Harris and the Tough Choices. Stay tuned for the album release shows planned for this winter/spring.
Mayfly has two shows this fall including one at the beloved Bread and Butter Farm, South Burlington, VT on September 23rd. 7pm. We're also playing at City Market in Burlington for the 3rd (or 4th?!) consecutive year. Support local farmers, the flood has ruined crops and left farmers struggling this fall!
Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture: This is my work when I'm actually home, www.summit-school.org, a non-profit folk music school. Check us out! We offer 24 classes three semesters a year for all ages. Registration just opened for the fall, and I'll be teaching Old-time Fiddle and American Harmony Singing. Other classes include New Orleans Brass Band, Banjo, Guitar, Songwriting, Drumming, Irish Music, Improvisation and more...
There are plans for some flood relief benefits in the area, I may be playing one at the Intervale in late Sept/early October. Hope to see you out there-