I played at the Milford Farmers Market today, as a duo with Garrett Cameron on drums and banjo uke. Once again I gave myself the fakeout, and went first to the Town Hall, found it locked, then turned around to go to the market’s outdoor location in the parking lot of a tractor supply store. I did the same thing a couple of months ago, midsummer. I guess it’s only indoors during the “winter market” season, which won’t kick in until November.
At any rate, I now know exactly where the outdoor Milford Farmers Market is, and headed over and set up my gear. For a one-man band, I carry a surprising amount of stuff. Guitar, harmonicas, a small PA, and cables, cables, cables. Garrett, by contrast, rolls in with a snare drum and a wheeled suitcase for all the rest, banjo uke over his shoulder. One trip load-in. Rhythmic strike force.
We played three distinct sets today, from 10am to 1pm. The first long set was drawn from my original songs, stuff from my four CDs. Folk-pop, some rock-ish, some country-ish. Vocal-centric, lyric-centric. The second set was all instrumental English country dance music, played in a stately, spooky, medieval style, followed by contra dance music played in a more lively manner. For our closing set, I returned to original Tad music, plus some low-key covers by Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Bob Dylan.
Breaking down gear was pretty quick, but dividing up the bounty of farmers’ produce took awhile, with coversation distracting us. The market evaporated around us, and we were left with groceries in the middle of the parking lot, vendors asking us if we could move so they could leave. It’s fun playing with Garrett. He can do pretty much anything. I need to book more duo gigs for this lineup!