Welcome to another year for adventure and discovery. We are currently volunteering at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne FL. As with most adventures this is a delightful experience where we have met new folks and made more friends.
|On the porch of the Lighthouse Keeper's House|
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
One delightful lady, Nancy Beth Jackson, is a reporter who captured our service in a story for the local paper. You may want to read her article on Key News, https://www.keynews.org/2020/01/02/florida-folksingers-are-live-in-volunteers-at-bill-baggs-park/
Our travels are slowing down, after the Barberville Fall Festival at the beginning of the month we headed south and are now settled at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. This is an island connected by a causeway to Miami so yes it has an international clientele.
Our main "job" is interpreting the Lighthouse and Keeper's House until the end of February. We lost no time in donning period clothing and bringing music to the Keeper's House on holidays and many Sunday afternoons. So do stop by when you are in the area.
Where's the time gone? It has been a busy month...traveling back to Florida, visiting friends along the way, reconnecting with our Florida support system, playing tunes, volunteering, and enjoying life.
So here we are at the end of October having assisted with the Quilt Show at Stephen Foster FCC State Park, given a near perfect performance at the Central Florida Folk House Concert in Winter Park, and getting ready to share our music, talents, and time at the Barberville Fall Festival.
|From the Concert Promotion Flyer|
Welcome to fall. As Ohio prepares for harvest season our Florida friends and family are dealing with hurricanes. But there are options like joining us at the Yankee Peddler Festival in Canal Fulton Ohio. We are playing your favorite harp/guitar and banjo/guitar duets for the first three weekends this month.
Can't wait to see your smiling faces.
August 2019What a wonderfully busy summer on our travels through the midwest. We have shared music with folks in every state, sometimes participating in a jam, at a pub session, or by campfire. At other times we have been the entertainment for friends, children, families, gatherings, and neighbors.
Feel proud that in the USA we have good and friendly folks. But don't expect consensus, people are opinionated. Now it seems most of the folks we encounter seek commonalities and tiptoe around our current political situation.
The mid-west is a great place to understand the development of our nation with most lands opening for settlement around 1800. This westward immigration impacted the native inhabitants, their spiritual values, lives, and eventual poor treatment by the US government. The logging, mining, and farming built our country but changed the landscape; interestingly, today states and organizations are restoring the land to an earlier time.
...Music is always regional
...but sometimes not from the region you expect!
Florida and Alabama is where old-time reigns at jam circles
Mississippi sports the blues
Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana tout bluegrass first followed by southern old-time and Celtic
Michigan... Can you polka? From the Scandinavian, Cornish, and Irish roots
Wisconsin is a true melting pot where any style can be found and often in in same set.
Summer is our time to explore new locations and revisit from previous trips. So this year we will travel north to the Michigan UP (Upper Peninsula). Along the way we are planning on attending festivals, hiking and kayaking trails, visiting friends and family, and learning more about our wonderful country.
May 2019Spring is festival season in Florida and this May has been particularly busy with performances, jams, workshops, and playing sound or set up crew at several events. You can read about those on the Upcoming Events and Recent Appearances.
It is also the month we managed to finally get some of our original ssongs of Florida on a professional recording. Starlight Sound in Lake City had an opening. Donald, the owner and sound engineer, was wonderfully easy to work with, he made you feel like family. But still recording isn't easy...
|Donald playing back the preliminary mix.|
Know how you feel about posing for photos?
OK then, consider putting your voice, words, music, and playing skills down for posterity...or until all the evidence no longer exists.
|We were captured live....warts and all.|
Yes, it can be unnerving. And listening to the final results can be humbling. But we are folk singers who have written some good songs and so I am relatively happy with the results.
The recordings for Gopher Stew and other Tales should be available for download in the near future. Drop me an email if you want to be notified on release.