Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spinning Yarns and Winter News

Georgianne and I have been extra busy making Navajo spindles since the first of the year. Our creations have been finding their way into the hands of talented fiber artists all around the country and a few other countries as well. Here's a photo, taken by spinner Kiki Jukes, of one of our spindles resting on a bed of natural fiber in Wales, U.K.

This month we've gotten our first real taste of winter since 2011 as temperatures have stayed in the teens and twenties for the past couple weeks. Hopefully the cold weather will make the sap flow better because this year we are going to try our hand at maple sugaring. I've gathered up the supplies to tap six trees this year and if all goes well we'll expand our efforts next year. 

Not a lot of Homegrown music shows to report on this winter, but we should have some more spring, summer, and fall gigs to announce soon. Our next family band performance will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 10th at the Suffern Free Library, 210 Lafayette Ave., Suffern, NY. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

16 Years of Family Style Roots Music

Today was the sixteenth anniversary of The Homegrown String Band's first public performance. The inaugural performance took place at a Long Island Traditional Music Association event in 1997. Tonight Georgianne and I celebrated by doing a private show for a group of local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. It's always a rewarding experience to introduce traditional music to a young new audience. Most of the kids seemed to be having a good time and, hopefully, had a memorable evening of unique and enjoyable entertainment, but a few seemed especially interested and may be moved to follow up and learn more about the rich and varied traditions of American music. The music never stops . . .

The full band will get together for a proper celebration of sixteen years of making music together as a family this Sunday, January 13th, 2013, for a 2pm show at The River Vale Free Library in River Vale, NJ.

412 Rivervale Rd.
River Vale, NJ