The Dream Journal – July 2018

Hello!

We’re just coming to the end of the first week of really hazy, hot and humid weather of the summer. Hard to believe that we actually had the heat on in the house the week before, and now we’re melting! But we’ve got tomatoes, peppers and zucchini that might actually ripen in the next week or so, and we’ve just picked a quart of fresh black raspberries from our back yard. Nothing finer than fresh berries from your own berry bushes! Some may become sorbet, but we’ll eat the first round as plain berries. Mmmm! Definite comfort food.

There are certain performance spaces that have a warm, welcoming vibe to them. The Hearing Room in Lowell, MA is one of those spaces. We’re happy to be headed there this Friday, July 6th for Mushroom Musicians Presents: Songwriters In The Round, and even happier to be sharing the evening with Ruth Hill. We met Ruth last winter, and fell in love with her brilliant songwriting. We’ll be swapping songs with her starting at 8pm.

A couple of years before we moved from Bolton, MA, the Bolton Conservation Trust tore down an old gas station and turned the site into a beautiful town common. Now that the Bolton Town Common has been established, the Parks and Recreation Commission is starting up a new summer concert series. We are honored to be kicking off the series this coming Sunday, July 8th, from 5-7pm. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy a summer evening of music!

The next Serendipity Songwriter Session at the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA is Wednesday, July 11th. The guest songwriters this month are Rachel Marie and Morgan Johnston, and Beth DeSombre is guest hosting. The theme for this month’s session, chosen by June’s audience, is “Torn in twain”. Have dinner and dessert, enjoy some wonderful original music, and help choose the theme for August’s songwriters! Music runs 7:30-9:30pm.

Apologies to folks who were looking for our online Concert Window concert last month. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to cancel. But we’re back this month on Tuesday, July 17th. Bring up http://www.concertwindow.com/danandfaith from anywhere with internet access and invite us into your living room. Curl up with a frosty beverage and a snack, make yourself comfortable, and listen in! We play 8-9pm Eastern time.

After a month and a half of gigs around home in New England, we’re again headed west. We start the western tour at Nickel City Frets in Akron, NY on Thursday, July 19th for the Nickel City Sessions. We’ll be playing in the round starting at 7pm with Andrew Dunn, Kate Callahan, and guest host Tom Callahan (no relation to Kate). Thanks to Davey O. for inviting us to take part in this series!

A few years back, we did an in-the-round show called “Dueling Duos” with our good friends Andina & Rich (Sandy Andina and Stephen Lee Rich) in Steve’s home town of Madison, WI. We had so much fun with it, we decided to do it again, only this time we’re headed to Sandy’s home town of Chicago, IL. Join us Sunday, July 22nd at Uncommon Ground’s Lakeview location from 7-9pm. Combine two duos for an in-the-round, attempting to follow one another thematically, and you get a spontaneous, fun collaboration.

Our travel van is made by Winnebago. Once a year, a group of 2000 Winnebago RVs (and their owners) get together in a field in Forest City, IA for the Winnebago Grand National Rally (GNR). This year, we are honored to play in the special events tent at the rally. If you’re a Winnebago owner, and will be at GNR, stop by the special events tent on Thursday, July 26th from 2-3:30pm, and let us entertain you.  And swing by the Winnie-B’s row and say hello!

Our CDs Seeking and Simple Grace are available from us at our shows, on our website, or you can find them at CD Baby, iTunes and most other online music stores.

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

There’s lots of good local music out there if you look for it. It’s worth looking for!

Dan & Faith

The Dream Journal – June 2018

Hello!

We’re back from our grand midwest/southern/eastern loop trip. We came home to a family of red foxes living in a culvert near our barn. The family consists of two adults and two young kits. The kits are adorable, wrestling one another in the middle of the driveway, and then racing off after Mama. They don’t seem very happy about sharing the property after having had the run of the place for 3 straight weeks. But they’re stuck with us at least through June, as we’re sticking around New England for a while.

Now that we’ve been in New Hampshire for a year, we’re starting to scope out local opportunities. The Keene Farmers Market in Keene, NH is a new one for us. This Saturday, June 9th, we’ll be playing at the market from 9am-1pm. We’re looking forward to seeing what sorts of goodies we can find at the market, and playing for new folks. Stop by, shop for dinner, and listen in!

That same Saturday, June 9th, come out to the Acworth Village Store in South Acworth, NH as we host the first Pizza Night Songwriters In The Round. Musicians Colette O’Connor, Bill Wolston, Carl Beverly and Paul Belanger will play for you that evening. The music is amazing, and the pizza is freshly made in the wood-fired oven. Music and pizza both run 5:30-7:30pm.

The next Serendipity Songwriter Session at the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA is Wednesday, June 13th. The guest songwriters this month are Beth DeSombre and Laura Joy. The theme for this month’s session, chosen by May’s audience, is “Storm In My Soul”. Have dinner and dessert, enjoy some wonderful original music, and help choose the theme for July’s songwriters! Music runs 7:30-9:30pm.

We found the Hartland Farmers Market in Hartland, VT last summer, and fell in love with this delightful little market. We’re happy to be back to play there again on Friday, June 15th from 4-7pm. We’re hoping to see some of the same vendors back again this year, though it will be too early in the season for the amazing apples we got last fall.

On Saturday, June 16th, we’re back at Pizza Night at the Acworth Village Store in South Acworth, NH as the performers for the evening. We get to play with the smells of pizza and the wood smoke from the wood fired oven wafting around us. Come enjoy good pizza and music in a beautiful rural setting. We play 5:30-7:30pm.

Back in 2010, a couple of central Massachusetts musicians named Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards got this crazy idea to hike from town to town across MA, performing free live concerts in ever town they passed through. Now in its ninth year, the Massachusetts Walking Tour traces a different path around the state every year. This year, Mark and Raianne, together with Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey of Hoot and Holler, Director of Conservation Strategies Kristen Sykes of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and Vito Caccavelli from the Blackstone Valley Music Rock Band Camp Program, are traveling the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. We will open for them at Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation in South Deerfield, MA on Sunday, June 17th from 6-8pm, and we’re also hoping to join them for their 2 mile paddle and additional group hike that day.

If paddling, hiking and driving out to concert venues is not your cup of tea, or you’re nowhere near New England this month, you can still hear us play. Our next online Concert Window concert is Tuesday, June 19th. Bring up http://www.concertwindow.com/danandfaith from anywhere with internet access and invite us into your living room. Curl up with a frosty beverage and a snack, make yourself comfortable, and listen in! We play 8-9pm Eastern time.

We close out the month with a festival. The Acworth Music Festival will run from 11am to dusk on Saturday, June 30th out in back of the Acworth Village Store in South Acworth, NH. The music will be alternating back and forth between two stages, running nonstop throughout the day. We kick off the festivities at 11am, followed by Decatur Creek, Gene Albert, Bill Symons, Picket Hill, Moxley Union, Tom Pirozzoli & Kit Creeger, Carolyn Waters, Kim Snyder, and Lonn Livengood – Best Revenge. There’s also a chicken BBQ, vegetarian food, crafts, and more, all in an idyllic setting in the hills of southwestern NH. Rain or shine, we’ll see you there!

Our CDs Seeking and Simple Grace are available from us at our shows, on our website, or you can find them at CD Baby, iTunes and most other online music stores.

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

Whether you’re traveling across the country or just sticking around in your own back yard, there is bound to be music happening somewhere nearby. Support local music, and support the wonderful venues who support local music.

Dan & Faith

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