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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

The Dream Journal – May 2018

Hello!

This week we’re experiencing the old saying, “If you don’t like New England weather, wait 5 minutes — it’ll change.” Monday morning, we woke up to snow on the porch roof, and a little bit sticking to the grass. Yesterday, the temperature up on our little mountain hit 82 degrees. We were running around in short sleeves, and had to run the air conditioning in the van. From winter to summer, in 3 days. All we can figure is that Tuesday must have been our spring. And if spring is here and gone, it must be time to get on the road.

We start the road trip on Friday, May 11th in Madison, WI at the Wild Hog In The Woods Coffeehouse, sharing the evening with Sandy Andina. It’s been almost two years since we got a chance to hang out with Sandy, and we’re looking forward to a fun night. The show starts at 7:30pm. Seating is limited, so try to come 10-15 minutes early.

Our next online Concert Window concert is Tuesday, May 15th. Bummed that we’re not traveling anywhere near you, and want to check us out? Bring up http://www.concertwindow.com/danandfaith from anywhere with internet access and enjoy live music streaming into your living room. We play 8-9pm Eastern time. This month, we’ll be doing it from somewhere on the road! Tune in and play “Where are Dan & Faith tonight?” and marvel at how we manage to fit all those instruments (and us) into the van.

Any of our musician friends attending the South East Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) conference in Montreat, NC Thursday-Sunday May 17th-20th? We’re playing in four showcases: Acoustic Music Scene, Songwriters Association of Washington, Sunshine State Showcase, and Rupert Wates & Friends. We’re also taking part in a Traditional Song Challenge, where singer-songwriter types have to play a traditional old-time song. Stop by our table in the lobby, or see one of us for our schedule.  Hope we’ll see you there!

One of the fun parts of traveling around the country is finding new venues and new audiences to play for. It’s a bonus if we get to meet other musicians we’ve never met before. On Wednesday, May 23rd, we’ll join four other acts at Ron Goad’s SAW.ORG Music Variety Showcase at the Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA, sponsored by the Songwriters Association of Washington. Music runs 7:30-11:30. We’ll share the night with Maame, the Snarky Sisterz, Belle of the Fall, and the evening’s feature, The Watch.

We finish out the month with our good friend Rorie Kelly’s Ladybeast Collective at the Brewers Collective in Bayshore NY on Saturday, May 26th. Once a month, Rorie presents two amazing female fronted acts, followed by an open mic that is open to people of all genders and genres. This show will give us a chance to focus on some of Faith’s songs.  The show runs 7:30-10:30pm.

The next Serendipity Songwriter Session at the Serendipity Cafe in Maynard, MA is Wednesday, May 9th. The guest songwriters this month are Kim Moberg and Kathleen Healy, and Beth DeSombre will be guest-hosting. The theme for this month’s session, chosen by April’s audience, is “That’ll have to wait”. Have dinner and dessert, enjoy some wonderful original music, and help choose the theme for June’s songwriters! Music runs 7:30-9:30pm. Many thanks to Beth for hosting while we’re on the road!

This month, we’d like to share a fun little song with you.  We had a friend in college named Bill.  He was just the sweetest, nicest guy, but he had one little personality quirk — he never seemed to fall in love with a woman unless she was already in love with someone else.  We dedicate The Good Ones Are Always Taken to him!

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).

Now that the snow is gone and the weather is warming up, it’s time to get out and find some live local music!

Dan & Faith

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