The Dream Journal – October 2021

Hello!

Our new orchard trees graced us with one solitary Bartlett pear this year. It was very pretty, but very lonely. And then we found a half dozen other Bartlett pears on one of the older trees. There was much rejoicing! The new apple trees managed to drop all their apples before harvest, but the older apple tree that was here when we moved in has made up for that with a ton of its own. We’ve already made 5 quarts of applesauce, and our friend Christine made apple pan dowdy (we even have it on video — check out the link!) when she and her husband/music partner Aidan (Friction Farm) stayed with us last week. And the tree still looks laden! We’re looking forward to more applesauce, sliced apples, apple turnovers, squash with apples, apple pies, apple crisp… The potatoes are mostly harvested, the tomatoes are just about done, we’ve started harvesting kale and celery, and there are a couple of pretty little cabbages out there still. We’re enjoying the fact that we haven’t had frost yet!

We have one last in-person outdoor show before it gets too cold to want to play outdoors. This Saturday, October 2nd, we’ll be at the Greenville Junktion Shoppe in Greenville, NH as part of their Summer Music Series. You may remember the proprietor of the Shoppe, Mark Abare, as one of the folks who ran the former Hearing Room in Lowell, MA. We’re looking forward to checking out the Shoppe and providing some tunes for your Shoppe-shopping and leaf peeping pleasure! The weather should be perfect for outdoor activities. Artisan Jennifer Baranowski will also be on hand. The Shoppe is open 11am-4pm, music runs 12-3pm. Hope we’ll see you there!

Although she has been playing local shows on Long Island this summer, our “ladybeast” friend Rorie Kelly has also been doing a regular Monday night live stream, dubbed Monday Night Muses. She bills it as “…an hour of songs, poetry, looping, and general shenanigans.” We’re pleased to be joining Rorie as her Monday Night Muses guests on Monday, October 18th from 7-9pm Eastern. Expect we’ll be joining in on the shenanigans! Tune in live on her Twitch channel, or catch the rerun there later.

Covid has been tough on music venues. One of our favorites, Wild Hog In The Woods in Madison, WI, did its entire season online through this past spring, but were hoping to open up again for live in-person shows this fall. Unfortunately, the Delta variant has complicated that plan, so they’re doing a few online shows this fall to tide them over until they can open their doors for real. We’re honored to play their online coffeehouse on Friday, October 22nd at 8:30pm Eastern. You’ll find the show on their website. No cost to tune in, but please do consider donating what you can to Phillup The Pig, their (virtual) piggy bank. The proceeds go to support the WilMar Neighborhood Center, which hosts the coffeehouse and does great community work. There will be a Zoom chat after the show for folks to say hello!

We’ve spent a bit of time out at the family cabin in the Berkshires this summer, including spending some fun time with our niece. It’s getting near time to close it up for the winter, but we’ll be back again next spring. Dan’s song Old Cabin pays tribute to the cabin, and to another cabin he’s only seen in a dream.

The Midweek Song Swap will start up again in November. Stay tuned…

The Serendipity Songwriter Showcase will be back soon. Meanwhile, stop by the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA, get yourself a tasty meal and dessert, and tell Laura and Johnny we said hi!

If you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of one of our CDs but just haven’t gotten to it, or would prefer to have a download instead of a physical CD, head on over to our Bandcamp page, where you can purchase copies of Then and Now, Seeking, and Simple Grace.  As an extra incentive, on the first Friday of every month, Bandcamp waives their already low revenue share and turns all album proceeds over to the artist.  They’ve committed to doing this throughout the pandemic, and will be continuing through at least the end of 2021.  Remember, CDs make great holiday and birthday gifts!

Our albums Then and Now, Seeking, and Simple Grace are available from us on our website, through Bandcamp, or you can find them at iTunes and most other online music stores.  Our music is also available streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

As always, you can find additional schedule information on our website. For additional content, follow us on Patreon. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

Get your shots, wear your mask, do your part to make sure we can open up the music world again in the spring. Until then, support your favorite musicians and music venues however you can.

Dan & Faith

The Dream Journal – September 2021

Hello!

Our inundation of zucchini and yellow squash has run its course, ended (as ever) by the vine borers. But finally, after what seems like forever, we are getting tomatoes. Lots and lots of tomatoes! Pickling cucumbers galore! Sweet and hot peppers from the plants we couldn’t identify after they got tipped out of their trays in a windstorm, so we planted whatever was still alive and figured we’d sort it out when they finally produced peppers. We’ve even had a couple of small heads of broccoli. And then… peaches! Our little peach trees have come through for us. Not quite enough to process into anything, but hoo boy, are they ever tasty eaten fresh! If it’s not obvious, we love this time of year.

Earlier this summer, we played a Listen & Lunch concert at Depot Park in Peterborough, NH, and we’re back again this Thursday, September 2nd from 12-1pm. The park is a delightful oasis in the middle of Peterborough, and is a great place for a picnic lunch with a musical accompaniment! Note: watch the weather forecast for this one, as there is no rain date. If what’s left of Hurricane Ida comes through the area as is currently forecast, the show will be cancelled. If you’re not sure, contact us Thursday morning.

Another concert series that started this year is the Weathersfield Summer Music Series, held at the Hosington Field in Perkinsville, VT. We’re looking forward to playing there this Friday, September 3rd from 6-8pm. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner, and we’ll bring the music! Many thanks to June and Bill Brink for all their hard work getting this series going. Note: this one is rain or shine, thanks to a very sturdy picnic pavilion.

A few years ago, the good folks at the Farm Cafe in Keene, NH approached us to ask if we would be interested in a singer-songwriter stage at the Keene Music Festival. Needless to say, we said yes! Last year would have been the third year of the stage, but, as with many other things in 2020, it was cancelled. This year, the festival is on! This Saturday, September 4th, the singer-songwriter stage will again be set up outside the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene. The stage will run from noon to 8pm, and will feature Jason Baker, Richard D. Lewis, John Ferullo, Tom Smith, Dan & Faith (that’s us!), Shanna In A Dress, Cosy Sheridan & Charlie Koch, The Milkhouse Heaters, and Picket Hill. We’re playing around 3:40pm, but you really should be there for the whole day so you can hear all these great songwriters. And while you’re there, pop into the Toadstool Bookshop for a good book or two, and pick up lunch at the Farm Cafe.

We were originally scheduled to play music at the South Acworth Village Store’s Pizza Night in early August, but the week before there was a major flood in the area, and the area in back of the store by the pizza oven filled up with mud and rocks. We’ve rescheduled our show for Saturday, September 11th from 5-7pm, and it sounds like they should have the mud and rocks cleared out and be able to host music there again by then. If you’re interested in going, we suggest you contact us ahead of time so we can give you a heads-up on what roads are open, as there are still some flood-damaged roads in the area. Yes, it’s been an interesting summer around here!

The Loop At The Armory is a Boston area showcase for singer-songwriters. Normally held at the Armory Cafe in Somerville, MA, for the time being it will be online. We’ll be playing The Loop on Thursday, September 16th from 7-9:30pm Eastern time, along with Linda Marks and Alex Rosiewicz. You can find it on The Loop’s Facebook page.

You may recall we were on Nick Noble’s radio show, The Folk Revival, on WICN-FM a week or so ago. Since we are one of the acts who has been on his show more than 10 times in the years he’s been broadcasting, Nick has invited us back for his 700th show on Thursday, September 23rd! The broadcast runs 7-10pm Eastern at 90.5FM in the Worcester, MA area, or live online at https://www.wicn.org (click where it says Listen Live Online). We will share four songs to help Nick celebrate this amazing milestone. I’m sure he would be thrilled to have folks post congratulations on his show’s Facebook page, too!

The Serendipity Songwriter Showcase and the Midweek Song Swap will be back soon. Meanwhile, stop by the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA, get yourself a tasty meal and dessert, and tell Laura and Johnny we said hi!

If you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of one of our CDs but just haven’t gotten to it, or would prefer to have a download instead of a physical CD, head on over to our Bandcamp page, where you can purchase copies of Then and Now, Seeking, and Simple Grace.  As an extra incentive, on the first Friday of every month, Bandcamp waives their already low revenue share and turns all album proceeds over to the artist.  They’ve committed to doing this throughout the pandemic, and will be continuing through at least the end of 2021.  Remember, CDs make great holiday and birthday gifts!

If you’ve subscribed to our YouTube channel already, many thanks! If not, we’d love to have you subscribe. It lets you find our videos much more easily, and get notifications when we post new content. Just login to YouTube, head to our channel, and click “Subscribe”. If you’ve missed any of our past shows, you can watch them while you’re there.

Our albums Then and Now, Seeking, and Simple Grace are available from us on our website, through Bandcamp, or you can find them at iTunes and most other online music stores.  Our music is also available streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.

As always, you can find additional schedule information on our website. For additional content, follow us on Patreon. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

Enjoy live local music whenever you can, and make sure you’re doing so safely for both yourself and the musicians.

Dan & Faith

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