Tuesday, March 5, 2019

UUS:East Coffeehouse

We Guinea Pigs tend to hibernate over the winter months (at least musically) but guitarist Dan is always busy hosting the monthly UUS:East Coffeehouse in Manchester.

Held the first Saturday of the month from 6 - 9 pm, it's an eclectic mix of young and old, musical newcomers and seasoned performers, and members of the congregation as well as those from outside.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival

We're excited to be presenting an original song (decisions, decisions) at the Songwriting competition from 12 - 2 pm (not sure of the time) so if you are at the festival, come find us - more info


Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This 3rd annual festival will highlight some of the great musical talent we have in the area. There will also be an open mic contest! Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine.

Musical acts include: The Hot Flashes, Belle of the Fall, The Wool Hats String Band, Brian Dolzani, Pat Stone and The Dirty Boots, Peter Lehndorff, Coffee Grinders, Auburn Mode, Sweetest Key, Eric Paradine, The Bombay Oysters, Horizon Blue, Krista Johnson and Blackberry Jam.   

Registration is required for this event. Sorry no pets allowed.

Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 11:00am to 6:00pm
Where: Winding Trails Camp Area

Fees: $10 for adults and $5 for children, in advance – purchase tickets online

$15 for adults and $8 for children at the gate.  Winding Trails members receive a $2 discount off each


Friday, September 7, 2018

Imagine Main Street - Manchester

The weather furies conspired for the second month in a row to rain on the Imagine Main Street fun, but the organizers moved it inside so as not to miss the final event of the season.

We had a roof over our heads (and well placed stage lighting) thanks to Pinewood Furniture (it also smelled great in there). We got to wear hats. And we got to make music!

Dan's new (well, new to us, he's been performing it solo for many years) "Dreaming" was very well received, and our energy was a bit more contained and leisurely to match the space, which we loved as well!

Photo: Imagine Main Street

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.