The sumac bushes have turned a brilliant red, the goldenrod is offering a delightful contrasting yellow, and our neighborhood fox came wandering through a few days ago. Folks in town are starting to put up their Halloween pumpkin displays, which have become wonderful works of imagination over the last two years. The zucchini plants have finally given up, and we have butternut squashes all over the garden under the weeds. It must be fall!
Last Thursday we had a delightful visit with DJ Nick Noble at WICN-FM in Worcester, MA on his Folk Revival show. This week, we’re back on the air with Nick again on Thursday evening, October 3rd, as we help him celebrate his 600th show. Nick has invited a whole slew of local artists to stop by during the evening. It promises to be a fun, chaotic night! In the Worcester, MA area, tune in to 90.5FM, or find the show online at http://wicn.org and click on “Listen Live Online” in the top right corner (if you don’t see “Listen Live Online”, bring the site up in the Chrome browser). The show runs 7-10pm. We’re likely to be on sometime in the first half of the show, but we won’t know for sure until we get there.
On Wednesday, October 9th, we welcome musical guests Cathy Main and Kirsten Manville to the Serendipity Songwriter Showcase at the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA. This month’s song topic, as chosen by September’s audience, is “Wasting Time“. You won’t be wasting your time if you stop in for dinner, dessert, and live original music! Plus, you get to help choose the song topic for November’s musicians. Music runs 7:30-9:30pm.
We’re making a return trip to the Leo Coffeehouse, run by the Queen City Balladeers in Cincinnati, OH, on Sunday, October 20th. The Queen City Balladeers is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the traditions of roots music and folk performance in Cincinnati. They have regular jam sessions, learning sessions, and concerts. These folks are a great listening audience, and we’re looking forward to playing there again. They have a short open mike at 7pm, followed by two acts at 7:30pm and 8:15pm. One of those will be us. Plus, they have other events going on in the late afternoon, including a singalong and an open jam. These folks know how to share music!
It’s been a few months since we’ve done an online concert, so we decided it’s time for another. We had such good luck with Facebook Live last time that we’re going to give it a try again. So check in on our Facebook page at 8pm Eastern on Tuesday, October 22nd, and we’ll have a link there. You can tune in from anywhere in the world where you have internet connectivity. Plus, you can send us messages live during the concert. And the beauty of doing this on Facebook is that the concert will remain on our page afterward, so if you miss it, you can always watch it later. We’ll be on the road that week, so we’ll be doing the concert from our camper van. Tune in and see how many instruments we can fit in that tiny little space!
We’ll be joining our fellow musicians at two different gatherings this month. The first is the WoodSongs Front Porch Association Gathering of SongFarmers in Berea, KY on Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th. A “SongFarmer” is any artist who uses their music to make their families, their hometowns, their careers better. The WoodSongs Front Porch Association is an international network of “front porch” minded musicians, songwriters and fans who love simple, rural music. This gathering is open to the public. If you’re coming to the gathering, let us know so we can get together there.
The second gathering is the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) conference in Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday through Sunday, October 24th-27th. This is our first visit to FARM, and we’re looking forward to connecting with fellow musicians in the midwest. We’re hosting a private showcase on Saturday night called “Duos and Pairs”. Stop by and say hello!
As we move into leaf peeping season in the north country, Dan’s song, Falling Into Autumn Leaves, seems appropriate. Enjoy!
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).
Seasons change, but you can still find live local music.
Dan & Faith