It was an extreme privilege to once again work with the young ladies at Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights along side Mike Ball and Kitty Donohoe. Thanks to this wonderful organization called Lost Voices founded and run by Mike Ball, we were able to spend a week helping these girls (who have survived a kind of horror most of us could never imagine) express themselves in poetry and songs. They are at Vista Maria getting treatment and care while they await transition to a more permanent home (if not their own). Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra spent a day with us and came back for the big show at the end of the week. Her report is here: http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/music-class-helps-foster-youth-find-their-voice
Earlier in the month, I had the pleasure of talking with Mark Helpsmeet of Northern Spirit Radio about some of our songs and other things. It was such a treat and he is a wonderful interviewer. You can listen to the whole thing here: http://northernspiritradio.org/episode/blue-garden-midwest-urban-folk. Would love it if you felt like adding a comment on the podcast page or at least give it a rating. (Side note: A fan emailed me that she accidentally clicked on the two stars so there we sit until enough of you click on more stars!!)
Super jazzed to present this video Charlie Steen filmed of us on July 9, 2016! Stay tuned for more from the concert inside the Chelsea Depot, but this is the only one we shot outside by the tracks. Just for fun!! Featuring the amazing Jason Dennie on Mando and vocals and Ozzie Andrews on bass!
Before I bring you news from our small part of the world I wanted to say that we sure hope you’re all surrounding yourselves with, and devouring as much peace, love and friendship as you can. The world is littered with scary, mean, hateful people but there are a bazillion times as many good, kind, understanding human beings out there with peace and love in their hearts. Here’s hoping that those voices, OUR voices, can always rise above and drown out the petty, fearful ones. LOVE WINS! ALWAYS.
The music is doing its job and filling us with joy any time we can perform for you! We kicked off the month with a super fun Empty Chair show, capping off the season with the wonderful duo of San and Emily (Slomovits)! Talent runs in that family BIG time. Thanks to the gifted and generous Joel Palmer for putting together another wonderful season. We’ll start back up the first Sunday in September! Then we headed up to Mio for our 11th Noreastr Music and Art Festival! The Main stage on Friday was figuratively and (almost literally) on fire. Despite having to cut our set short courtesy of Mother Nature’s fury, we had an amazing time. Then on Saturday its always a privilege to sing with our friends from the Yellow Room Gang (David Tamulevich & Michael Hough, Matt Watroba and Kitty Donohoe)! SO many old friends and new (to us) performers! The Noreastr festival really feels like a home-coming every year!
Coming up on June 26th Rod and I will be returning to the awesome acoustic stage (formerly the Grove) at Top of the Park and then heading south to play a few shows in Indiana with Jason. Suffice it to say, if you live in Indiana we’ll be near you at some point very soon! If you’re on Facebook, click the image to join the tour event!
Till we meet again… we wish you joy in your world!
The first time at any venue is a bit scary, filled with unknowns and potential regret. House concerts come with their own set of unknowns but when the hosts are as genuinely friendly and enthusiastic about music as Joanne & Joe Smiddie-Brush and Phil & Carla Slates you can count on being put at ease from the minute you walk in the door. It’s like visiting old friends (who happen to be mutual cat lovers – thus, the name) who just invited all of their friends over to hear your music. This was a really fun night with a whole lot of laughs, stories and songs.