I found a sweet old book at our local antique store a long time ago, and bought it, not for its contents but for the way it would look on my shelf. What can i say, i’m a visual person first. Anyway, the other day something prompted me to open it up and read it. Its a book called “Sesame and Lilies” Three lectures by John Ruskin, LL.D. The “revised and enlarged edition” is 4 inches tall with minuscule type… Near as I can tell it was revised in 1871. In reading the first essay I initially found myself simply enjoying the old language. Continue reading

Its been too long since we’ve updated the Cappsule although i’ve begun several rants over the past few months which i though better of posting. Blogging has never been something we’re too good at finding the time for. Its hard enough to make time for friends and family, let alone actually making music and writing songs, and we do have our priorities. For now, this list of highlights for 2008 was sent out in our recent newsletter and reposted here if you’re interested.


We played over 60 shows last year in 10 states; many stages were shared with good friends who also happen to be amazing artists. Below are a select few of our fondest moments.

January – 3rd annual Yellow Room Gang show; Allison Downey & John Austin CD Release Concert.

February – 4th annual My Folky Valentine show; Godfrey Daniels w/Mustard’s Retreat; Folk Alliance Conference; WXPN, Philadelphia (Gene Shay’s Radio show)

March – Bound for Glory – Ithaca, NY

April – California; Beaucoup Blue comes to Michigan

May – WFMT Folk Stage show in Chicago w/ Yellow Room Gang;

June – Nor-east’r Music Festival; 2nd annual birthday show w/ Jason Dennie; North Carolina

July – Yellow Room Gang does the Flint Folk Festival

August – Farmfest; Hollerfest

September – Sally Spring & Ted Lyons come to Michigan

October – FARM Gathering

November – Barrack Obama elected President; Yellow Room Gang CD hits the airways; NERFA; Doug & Telisha Williams come to Michigan for the big Thanksgiving weekend with The Milroys

December – We begin recording the first 5 songs for our new CD; 7th Annual Concert for Peace; Erin Zindle & Friends Christmas concert

Go ahead. You can say it. Yes, its another new design for our website. Is it really so hard to fathom? This is me after all. Its like rearranging the furniture. Or changing clothes three times a day (no, I don’t really do that. not very often anyway) – what does this have to do with anything anyway… the point is we’re here and at least I’m updating the Cappsule more often…

So August was a crazy month. We’ve been flitting all over the state and playing a LOT. Its been fun, fun, fun and breaking in the new {old} Hummingbird has been one of the best parts. Let’s see, what have we been doing? Criminy, I can’t remember. I think we played Crazy Wisdom Tea Room some time this month but it seems so long ago. I just know that we’ve had a blast.

And anyway, I really should be writing a song for the new Yellow Room Gang record. Its gonna be a doozy if I ever get it done!!

Half the year gone already! In the first six months, we’ve traveled to Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New York, Illinois, California, Ohio and North Carolina. Had some good shows and some great times with some awesome musicians, but as always we love coming home. In Michigan, we’ve shared the stage with Allison Downey & John Austin, Jason Dennie, The Milroys, Dublin Station, Joel Palmer, Jill Jack, The Whiners (Jan Krist, Jim Bizer, Drew Nelson & Annie), and had some magical shows with The Yellow Room Gang (which also has a brand new site).

The rest of the year (and rising gas prices) will keep us closer to home and a lighter gig schedule will mean more time to spend in the recording studio on our new CD which should be done in time for Christmas. In addition, the Yellow Room Gang will be recording their second album featuring new songs from all 8 of us!

That’s all for this little update, but enjoy the new website and we promise to try to stay on top of this little blog of ours.

In the car on the way up to Manistee I sit in the back seat listening to Rod and Jason talk “shop”. How lucky am I to have such talent beside me. We’ve had the good fortune of playing in a trio with Jason Dennie who does the mandolin fine and also does a little singing. Then they break into a hysterical laughter over a certain South Park episode involving … well … I just can’t say it. Boys. Its a good thing they can play.

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Upcoming shows

  • Friday, August 25th 2017 Trio with Jason Dennie
    at Cafe Carpe
    Ft. Atkinson, WI
  • Saturday, August 26th 2017 Trio with Jason Dennie
    at Great River Folk Festival
    LaCrosse, WI
  • Saturday, September 2nd 2017 Full Band Show
    at Thumbfest
    Lexington, MI
  • Saturday, September 23rd 2017 Full Band Show
    at Flint Folk Society
    Flint, MI
  • Wednesday, September 27th 2017 Diamonds in the Rust
    at IRP Folk Festival
    West Bloomfield, MI


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