The Dream Journal – July 2019

Hello!

We were starting to wonder if we were going to see any warm, dry weather this month, as it’s been mighty damp and chilly here in our little corner of New Hampshire. Mother Nature finally obliged, and gave us a good dose of sun and warmth this past week. We even slept with the windows open in the bedroom. A lovely change! Today we’ve got the rain back, but the brief rainbow this evening was a nice treat.

Our musical month kicks off early with a Songwriters in the Round show at The Hearing Room in Lowell, MA on Monday, July 1st from 7-9pm. We share the evening with Mark Bishop Evans and Mary Crowe. The Hearing Room has a funky, artsy vibe that always makes us feel at home. Thanks to Mushroom Musicians for sponsoring the evening!

With the return of summer, we’re back into farmers market season, starting with the Keene Farmers Market in Keene, NH on Saturday, July 6th. The market runs 9am-1pm. A couple of bakeries and many local farms are regulars at this market that’s right in downtown Keene on the Cheshire Rail Trail. Stop by!

We’re back at a favorite market on Sunday, July 7th when we play at the Acton-Boxboro Farmers Market in West Acton, MA. Come shop for dinner, and then sit in one of the chairs around the music area and nibble on a snack while you listen. The market runs 10am-1pm, we kick off the music at 11am.

Our vegan diet has appeared in a song or two over the years, so we’re happy to be playing at the Mountain Veg Fest, the first ever Veg Fest in the Mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, on Saturday, July 13th in Lebanon, NH. The festival will feature local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products, hybrid and electric vehicles, expert speakers, cooking demos, vendors, and music! The festival runs 10am-4pm, we’ll be playing 12-1pm.

If you can’t get out to any of these locations to hear us, we can come to you! Or rather, we can bring our music to you directly via the internet. We’ll be doing an online concert on Monday, July 15th at 8pm Eastern time, and you can tune in from anywhere around the world where you can find an internet connection. We’re going to do the concert via Facebook Live this month. Just login to Facebook, “like” our page, and pull up the event here for details.

Beth DeSombre is hosting the Serendipity Songwriters Session on Wednesday, July 10th at the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA. Beth is joined by Peg Espinola and Ric Allendorf. This month’s song topic, as chosen by June’s audience, is “Opportunity Cost“. Stop in, have a tasty dinner and dessert, and enjoy some wonderful original songs! Plus, you get to help choose the song topic for August’s musicians. Music runs 7:30-9:30pm. Thanks, Beth, for hosting!

Back in January, our performance at Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls, VT was recorded on video. Faith’s song, Come Again Another Day, is one of the first videos we’ve posted from that show. We dedicate this to anyone who is dealing with a friend or loved one with dementia.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more videos and to receive notifications when we add new ones.

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, www.danandfaith.com. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

Summertime is a great time to go listen to live local music! Festivals, farmers markets, wineries, and many other outdoor locations let you enjoy both music and warm weather. Look around your area!

Dan & Faith

The Dream Journal – June 2019

Hello!

We finally got to see our apple blossoms this year! This is the first year since we moved to NH that we’ve been home for the month of May and gotten to see our crabapple and regular apple trees in full bloom. They didn’t blossom for long, but we already see signs of little proto-apples everywhere on the trees. Our lilacs are out in force, the bobolinks are flitting around over the hay field, and our raggedy little asparagus patch has fed us for a few meals already. Now we just need it to warm up enough for us to want to be outdoors!

If you like original music, you’ll want to join us on Wednesday, June 12th at Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA for the Serendipity Songwriter Showcase. This month, our guest songwriters are David Lister and John Ferullo. This month’s song topic, as chosen by May’s audience, is “Ghosts on the sidewalk“. Stop in, eat tasty food, listen to lots of sweet original songs, and help us choose the song topic for July’s songwriters. Music runs 7:30-9:30pm.

In 2010, our friends Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards spent a few weeks in June hiking through Massachusetts towns to bring live music to towns that might not otherwise have it. This year they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Walking Tour, their annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture. Mark and Raianne, along with fellow walkers Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey (Hoot & Holler), and Vito Caccavelli, are hiking the Ten Mile River Watershed, starting in Milford and ending in Seekonk, and doing free concerts in the towns along the way. We’re celebrating our fifth year opening for them on Monday, June 17th at the Holliston Library in Holliston, MA. The show runs 6-8pm.

This year would have been Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday, and we’re off to the Burlington, VT area the weekend of Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd to help celebrate his life and music. The weekend kicks offwith Make Music in Vermont at Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh, VT on Friday, June 21st. Grab your picnic basket, a swim suit, and your favorite acoustic instrument, and come out from noon to sunset to play on porches and the main dining hall, or join in on a song circle with a group leader. We’ll be one of the group leaders that day, along with Rick & Donna Nestler, Mel & Vinnie, Rik Palieri and many of the Hinesburg Song Farmers club singers. At 5pm, a sing-a-long circle will form to celebrate Pete’s birthday.

Saturday, June 22nd from 12:30-3pm, we’ll take part in the SongFarmers of Hinesburg gathering at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg, VT. The SongFarmers group is part of the WoodSongs Front Porch Association, an international network of “front porch” minded musicians, songwriters and fans who simply love simple, rural music. This organization is about EVERYBODY who loves to pick, play and sing. This is another opportunity for you to jump in and take part!

The festivities continue Saturday evening, June 22nd at 7pm at the Black Box Theater at Main Street Landing in Burlington, VT with a special presentation of the film, “Broad Old River, Pete Seeger’s Oral History of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater“, followed by Rik Palieri, Mel & Vinnie, Barry King, us, and many more as we celebrate the life of Pete Seeger through story and song.

Sunday, June 23rd we carry on the celebration at the Great Vermont Barn Dance Show, streamed live on Facebook from the Hinesburg, VT Town Hall from 1-2:30pm Eastern. Based on the old Barn Dance radio shows of the 1940s, all the performers gather around one microphone. But instead of using the radio waves as in the old days, this is live-streamed to reach a global audience. If you’re in the Hinesburg area, there is limited seating open to the community. The show will include stories, songs, and a few surprises, too! Join the Great Vermont Barn Dance Live Stream group on Facebook ahead of time so you don’t miss the show.

We close out the weekend later Sunday afternoon, June 23rd at 4pm with a live on-air broadcast of Folk Live on WBTV-LP, 99.3FM in the Burlington, VT area, or streaming live at 993wbtv.org. Tune in to hear what a bunch of folks who’ve been celebrating Pete Seeger practically non-stop all weekend sound like!

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, www.danandfaith.com. For more frequent news updates and information, check out our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter (@danandfaith).

Not only should you seek out live local music, you should talk with the musicians after the show. Let them know what their music means to you. And while you’re at it, let the venue know, too!

Dan & Faith


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