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May 2024



Hello and happy spring. It's blooming' gorgeous out there!

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May arrives with the yard raiders, allergenic space invaders

bees are nice, wasps are heinous, hateful stinging pains in the ... butt

Dancing Fish and Drumming Unicorn    

On May 23rd I'm playing at Dancing Fish Vineyards in Freeland, WA with drummer Rachman Ross. We are collectively known as Bigfoot and The Unicorn. The reason for that is because that's what we call ourselves. My feet are not unusually big and, to the best of my knowledge, Rachman has no horn. So much for truth in advertising. Nevertheless, all the more, be that as it may, que sera, sera... I forgot was I was saying. Oh yes, it's a nutty band name but we gel musically and we hope you can come to the show. It starts at 5:30 and there will be wine.

Bigfoot and The Unicorn. Reserve-seats

Trio Quartetto in Portland

Trio Quartetto played our first show in Portland on 3/1/20. It was very spirited gig and our first show as a 4-piece - even though all of us had played together in various combinations. It seemed like the beginning of some many wonderful collaborations and then... a pandemic showed up. And then I moved.  

We play cello, accordion, piano and drums and the music covers a lot of sonic airspace. Ji, the drummer (also sans horn) suggested making an album called Duets. An excellent idea if you ask  me.

Nevertheless, all the more, be that as it may, que sera, sera... I forgot was I was saying. Oh yes, we're playing another show on June at a wonderful house concert in Portland on June 14. The show starts at 7:30 and there's a pot luck beforehand if you like... luck. info - https://froggie.com/

Trio Quartetto Reserve-seats

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The following evening, June 15, I will play a solo show, a kid friendly house concert also in Portland. If you are a friendly kid, or used to be one, then please come. I promise not to pander - it's not in my nature. The show starts at 6pm, an hour in which I am too peckish to pander. 

Info  - House Concert , 6pm

Chautauqua

I recently went to Boulder, CO and revisited this beautiful place which brought back memories.

In 1998 I was on tour in Colorado and one of the high points was opening for Richard Thompson at Chautauqua in Boulder. The auditorium was built in 1898 at the base of the towering front range and is a barn like hall which seats about 1300 people.

I was asked to play a 45 minute set which seemed to me a long time to play for an audience who paid a lot of money to hear the other guy.

The hall was sold out and my set went very well, but I had decided ahead of time that, no matter how much clapping I heard, there was no way I would play an encore. So I finished playing, walked off stage and listened to some sustained applause. But I did not move.

Then I felt a hand on my shoulder and Richard, the headliner, said, "I think you should go back out there, lad". So I did. I thanked the audience for their enthusiastic reception, played one more tune and then encouraged them to stick around for the next act who, I assured them, was quite talented.

It's funny the things that stick in my mind. The next day I was on the road driving to Ouray on the western slope and stopped at a phone booth. Remember them? I called my wife who was pregnant with our first child and she told me that she had just had an ultra sound and could see a brain developing in the fetus. I thought"oh my god, there's a brain growing in my wife's belly". That evening I played at the Ouray Opera House which eventually lead to my move (many years later) to Puget Sound. But that's another story. 

Oh wait, there's more. Before I left for western leg of the tour, I was told that Joan Armatrading was going to perform at Chautauqua in 2 weeks and would I like to open for her. Well, heck yeah! So at the end of my tour I left my cello at my friends' house and flew home, intending to return shortly. But I got an ear infection. A bad one. I went to the doctor who made insightful comments like, "hmmm" and "hrmph" and "not good." I told him I planned to fly to Colorado in a few days and asked if that was ok. He said "you could -  and the eardrum may not burst." Yikes. I asked him, "and if it does?" He replied, "you might not lose your hearing in that ear." My friend packed up my cello and shipped it to me. So sad because I already decided which song I wanted to play for my encore.

What's in the Bag?

It is always a curiosity how my music is found and licensed - especially since so much of what I write and record is based on what feels good triumphing over what may have commercial potential. Here's a fragment of a strange dance set to a tune called Melancholia from a CD I recorded a dozen years ago with Broque, my cello/guitar duo. The dance is for a commercial for a handbag - or perhaps mind-altering drugs inside the bag. I can't quite tell.

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