The Dream Journal – June 2016


Somehow we missed most of spring this year. When we left for the south, our leaves were barely out, and we were driving through sleet. When we got back, the leaves were completely leafed out, and it was 90 degrees. But we did get a sniff of Faith’s lilacs before they finished for the season!

We start the month off hosting the Serendipity Songwriter Sessions at Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA this Wednesday, June 8th. Music runs 7:30-9:30pm. This month, our guest songwriters are Sean Ryder and Carolyn Waters. Our theme this month, chosen by our May audience, is “Never-Ending Flight”. Come enjoy a great dinner, some decadent baked goods, and an evening of wonderful original music. And you get to help choose the theme for the July session! And yes, this year there will be a July session — more on that next month. The cafe opens their doors especially for us on these Wednesday evenings, so let’s show them how much we appreciate their support for local music!

For several weeks each summer, Mark Mandeville, Raianne Richards, Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey get together and walk from town to town along a chosen Massachusetts trail, camping out and holding free concerts in each town they walk through. This is the seventh year of the Massachusetts Walking Tour. This year’s track is along Cape Cod and the South Coast Bike Way. The walking tour starts this year on Sunday, June 12th with a 7.9 mile hike from Provincetown to Truro, MA. We will be opening for the walkers that evening, along with Roland Blair, at the Highland House Museum in North Truro, MA. The concert will be 6-8pm. If you can’t make it out to Truro, do check out of one their other concerts between June 12th and 28th! See for their complete schedule.

On Wednesday, June 15th, we will be back at Main Streets Market & Cafe in Concord, MA as part of a trio of duos. We will share the evening with Crowes Pasture and Kirsten & Dave. Music runs 7:30-10:30pm. Main Streets has excellent food, a good selection of coffee & tea, a full bar, and the world’s most amazing fresh-squeezed lemonade. Stop in, have dinner, enjoy the wonderful harmonies!

The Bolton Public Library Unplugged open mike is coming up this month on Thursday, June 16th at the Bolton Public Library in Bolton, MA. All genres of music and spoken word are welcome. Got a song about June brides? A poem about June bugs? Or just looking for a great place to relax and enjoy the talents of excellent local performers? We do a formal two-song first round, and then pull the chairs into a circle and jam until we run out of songs, we run out of steam, or the cleaning crew runs us out! Open mike starts at 7pm. Piano players — if you’re interested in playing, contact us by 5pm that day (just respond to this message) and we’ll be sure to have a keyboard on hand.

We’re starting into 2016 farmers’ market season on Saturday, June 18th with a new market for us, in Brattleboro, VT. The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is Southern Vermont’s premier farmers’ market featuring over 50 vendors with agricultural products, crafts, live music (that’s us!) and animals and ethnic foods from around the world. We’ll play 11am-1pm. Brattleboro’s a cool town, so do check out more than just the market!

We finish out the month at the Songwriters Showcase in Mt. Sinai, NY (233 N. Country Rd.) on Saturday, June 25th.  Each month, the showcase brings the highest quality artists and bands to play and to raise money for local charities like Brighter Tomorrows, a shelter for the victims of domestic violence, and Almost Home Animal Rescue. All the artists donate their time and talent. A $8 donation for one or $15 for two gets you two hours of music, free coffee, tea and snacks.  This month, the artists are EJ and the B-Side Band, Jenna Calandra, and us.  Music starts at 8pm.

Our CDs, Seeking, Simple Grace and Dreaming of Another Path, and our EP, Live At Roslindale, are available from us at our shows, on our website, or you can find them all at CD Baby, iTunes and most other online music stores. Seeking has been specially mastered for iTunes, which gives higher fidelity over standard iTunes recordings.

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

As we come into summer, there is live music everywhere! Get out and find some!

Dan & Faith