Thursday, April 26, 2018

Spring Updates

We had a lovely evening out at The Packing House in Willington, CT a few weeks back. They've got a great  historic space and seem to be bringing in some interesting folk, acoustic, and eclectic music regularly, as well as periodic open mic evenings.

May is a bit quiet, but we're roaring back in June with gigs at Billing Forge Farmers' Market, the Butler-McCook House (part of Make Music Day Hartford), Spruce Street Market in Manchester, and Blue Back Square, West Hartford.

Hope to see friends and fans - we're excited to be back playing!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Band Update

We normally take a bit of a hiatus over the winter; the sort of gigs we play (farmer's markets, festivals, fairs, picnics) are hard to come by and we all retreat into our shells and lives a bit with the holidays and darker days. We're on the cusp of spring, however. We're looking forward to warmer and longer days, and more opportunities to get out and play.

At a band meeting this past fall, we collectively decided that we needed to back off a bit in terms of band volume (tinnitus is real, folks) - playing and practicing with a full drum kit, and the need to amplify other instruments to match, was adding to hearing issues for some of us. And although Steve is adept with both a full drum kit as well as other forms of percussion (e.g. - a cajon), he's a kit drummer at heart and wants to be making music with the full drum kit.

So we've decided to step back a bit and return to our trio roots: Sandy on vocals, Dan on guitar, and Jude on bass, and dusting off our acoustic instruments and chops. We hope to have some opportunities to fold Steve into the mix from time to time, but we'll be playing more acoustically this year. While we will miss Steve musically and having the opportunity to hang with him at rehearsals, the ringing in ears will hopefully abate over time.

We've been reworking our catalog for more stripped down arrangements, adding some tunes, and have gigs planned this spring and summer with more to come. 

Change is never easy; we all love the fuller arrangements and energy that playing with Steve has made possible over the years.  However, we're also hoping that a stripped down ensemble will permit us to play more short sets, open mikes, coffeehouses, and other venues where a full band might not work.

Happy Spring, folks. One more nor'easter on the horizon and then we hope the weather turns and we can start our spring / summer / fall gig schedule for real!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Ivory Sessions - Sept 2, 2017

We snuck down to Deep River last fall for an All Originals set at The Ivory Pub & Restaurant, home to The Ivory Sessions. They recorded our set and mixed it down for us and we're thrilled with the final product. GP guitarist and techie Dan added some photos and posted the songs to YouTube.

We're so glad to be able to present some of our newer songs (Little Pictures, Just Around the Corner) which we've not had much success recording live. See them all on our Video Page.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Spruce Street Market

We totally forgot to post this cover photo, from Spruce Street Market in September! We're due back at Spruce Street Market, Wednesday, Oct 4, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ivory Sessions in Deep River

We had a blast playing a short, all-original set at The Ivory Restaurant & Pub in Deep River. Top notch sound system, a big and enthusiastic crowd, and sharing the stage with five other great acts as part of the monthly Ivory Sessions.

Much thanks to friends and family who tagged along!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dancing to the Guinea Pigs at Blue Back Square!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dance Me to the End of Love

We're a little late on the uptick, but we brought out something new and a little more quiet this past February at the Unitarian-Universalist Society: East (UUS:E) service and Nancy (who keeps Dan in line, insofar as that's possible) was thoughtful enough to capture it with her phone. Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love" - which we've added to our rather extensive and eclectic collection of cover tunes.

Mad props to Nancy for holding her phone horizontal...