Monday, October 20, 2014

The HGSB Odyssey Heads North

We here at The Homegrown String Band, as always, have been working tirelessly to provide amazing musical experiences to the people of planet Earth. As you can see, by the photo on the left, we have been utilizing our sophisticated satellite and high tech computer imaging software to do some preliminary reconnaissance in preparation for our next sonic adventure; a trip to New England this weekend. This expedition will feature the full band performing two 90-minute concerts in Massachusetts. On Saturday, the HGSB Odyssey will be rolling into Marshfield, MA, for a show at the Ventress Memorial Library. Then on Sunday we will refuel and point the Odyssey north, towards the town of Haverhill, for another 2 pm show at the Haverhill Public Library. Both shows are open to, and free, to the public.

Ventress Memorial Library
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 2 pm
15 Library Plaza
Marshfield, MA 02050

Haverhill Public Library
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 2 pm
99 Main Street 
Haverhill, MA 01830

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Long Island History Project - Homegrown String Band

The Homegrown String Band a Long Island Family Band
A couple months ago I was asked to do an interview for the Long Island History Project at Dowling College. The lady who asked me to do the interview was the president of the LI Radio and Television History Society. I thought the interview was going to be about the influence of radio on traditional music, but what they really wanted to hear about was the historical significance of our family band. The interview was supposed to be a half hour long, but Georgianne and I talked about our family and our music until the hard drive on the recorder was full, about 90 minutes, the discourse was then edited down to an hour. Our music was also used as the introduction for all the other interviews in the series. 

Listen to the interview here:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Summer is Officially Over

End of Summer Harvest - photo by Rick Jackofsky
I am officially declaring today the end of summer. I know it was really over a couple weeks ago, but I have my own seasonal indicators that don't always match up with the calendar or solar year. One of my seasonal markers is that the first weekend in October is our cut off date to accept an outdoor gig (at least north of the Mason Dixon line) and yesterday we did our final outdoor show of 2014 at the Long Island Fair in Old Bethpage, NY. We were blessed with a beautiful "Indian summer" day and we got to share a stage with Paticia Shih and a very entertaining team of jugglers. By the end of the day, as the sun got low (summer's over!), the temperature was beginning to drop. After the show we went home, changed into some warm clothes, enjoyed a hot meal, and listened to a baseball playoff game on the radio (another sign summer is winding down). Then, at some point during the night, the heat kicked on; at that point I knew summer was indeed over. So now that I am resigned to the fact that fall has arrived, I decided today was a good day to pull my tomatoes and eggplants out of the garden. I picked three almost ripe Brandywine tomatoes, three small white eggplants, some ripe cherry tomatoes, and a bunch of green tomatoes. The big green tomatoes will be wrapped in newspaper and put in a brown paper bag to ripen. The green cherry tomatoes were put into an airlocked fermentation jar along with some green beans, garlic, pepper, a horseradish leaf (the horseradish leaf provides tannic acid which keeps the pickles crisp), and a brine solution to be enjoyed in the coming weeks. The maple leaves are starting to fall, which, as you may know, tends to happen once summer is over. Soon I'll start raking those leaves to begin a new round of composting while I prepare my garlic beds. In a month I will be digging up my horseradish and planting my garlic while I start thinking about maple sugaring and pea planting, two of my signs that winter is over.

Time to start "Praying for Spring"???