December Newsletter

Hey, it’s my December 2012 newsletter!

1. Tad Solo in Peterborough & Jaffrey NH
2. McQuillen Tribute Video
3. Contra Corner
4. Closing Thoughts


I’m playing Friday Dec 7 at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church. I’ll be the featured act at the “Parish Hall Open Stage” event, which runs every first Friday. I’m pretty sure there’s a suggested donation of $5 or thereabouts, and music starts at 7:30pm.

At 5:00pm on the following Sunday Dec 16, I’m participating in a benefit show for the closing of MindFull Books in Jaffrey, NH. John, Martha, and Diane have been great supporters of the music community with their Listening Room venue at MB and we the musicians are coming from as far afield as Burlington and Boston to offer a 3-day concert series to celebrate them and help out financially. The shows run Fri / Sat / Sun, and I’m on the last day.


Check out this video of me and 30 other musicians performing at the recent tribute to Bob McQuillen. Music starts around 3 minutes in.


I’ve begun helping out with the 1st Saturday contra dance in the Peterborough Town Hall, and this Saturday – yes, THIS SATURDAY is December 1st, don’t miss it! – we’ve got a special treat: the band Perpetual E-Motion. It’s a duo of fiddle and guitar that loops their instruments and also plays digeridoo. They blend traditional music with world music and electronic sounds. It’s pretty remarkable, and I’ve heard they’re a blast to dance to or just to watch. Speaking of watching, here’s a live Youtube video of Perpetual E-Motion. See you this Saturday in Peterborough!

Looking ahead, my friends Trip To Nelson are giving their first CD release concert on Friday January 4 at the Nelson NH Town Hall, and I’ll be sitting in for a few sets, along with several other special guests. I’ve been jamming with this young contra band in various configurations for about a year now and I’m really excited for them. Check ’em out at their website.


It’s the end of my first year and a half in New Hampshire, and I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made up here, and the traditional music and dance community I’ve discovered. Since moving to New Enland, I haven’t played as much in singer-songwriter mode as I have in the past, and we’ll see if I swing back in that direction in 2013, but in the meantime, believe me, I’m keeping busy, musically.

To all the students who take guitar, harmonica, and ukulele lessons with me, in person in Keene, NH and online via Skype – thanks for the opportunity to continue making my living doing what I love, and thank you for challenging me constantly to think and rethink how we learn music.

To my North Carolina friends, and friends elsewhere, I miss you, and I think we should definitely use the free long-distance service included in our cell plans. Also, I’m hearing that the Internet can help make keeping in touch easier. Let’s do that, too.

PS: I’ll probably post again here before New Years, but if I miss it, enjoy the winter holidays, and have a great New Year!

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