Thank you Scott Docherty (above) and Elizabeth Campbell (below) for the great photos from Winterfolk!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!
Here we are at the end of February looking right down the road at spring. It will be here before we know it! Here’s what’s coming up…
Feb 29 – Center Stage on Bend’s KPOV 88.9 FM Community Radio – Bend, OR
March 27-29 – Singtime Frolics Retreat – Corbett, OR
1. GRATITUDE…I am so grateful to Tom May and all the wonderful folks who came out in support of Winterfolk in Portland. We had a grand time and raised money for JOIN Portland, and organization the helps people transition out of homelessness. And special thanks to Bridie and Cindy and Mark and all the wonderful staff and loving audience at the Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro! We had a great time and marveled at such a beautiful venue. Thank you Mary and the Wild Women Society for inviting me to be your special guest artist. It was a nourishing and inspiring day!
2. THE NEWS…It is a rare occurance, but I don’t have any shows coming up in March. But the timing couldn’t be better as I am planning for the first Sisters Songworks writing retreat in April AND getting ready to move in to my new place in Sisters! THANK YOU so much to everyone in Sisters and Bend who kept their ears and eyes open and asked around about places to rent. I feel like it was a community effort and sure enough, I connected with my new place through a friend and soon-to-be-neighbor (thank you, Paul!). I’m a little bit excited if you can’t tell!!
One thing I DO have coming up in March that I am very excited about is the Singtime Frolics retreat at the beautiful Menucha Conference center in the gorge! Singtime Frolics is the Portand Folk Music Society’s annual retreat and a spring weekend of singing, jamming, learning and sharing. There will be song circles, late night jams, shared meals, workshops, concerts by lil ol me and by participants — a true celebration of community through song. The dates are March 27-29. Please check out the Singtime Frolics website here for info. We hope you will join us!
It has been so amazing working with The Lullaby Project, and we have our recording session coming up in Portland this month. The Lullaby Project – conceived by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute – uses the creative process of songwriting to improve maternal health and child bonds with pregnant women and new mothers experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations. Together with musicians from the Oregon Symphony and local singer-songwriters, mothers and mothers-to-be are creating personal lullabies for their children, expressing their hopes and dreams for the future. I got a chance to meet Bekah and Kenny and write a song with them for their kids. It was inspiring and challenging and heart-opening. We wrote a song called “As Beautiful As You Are” and we will be performing it along with the other songwriters and musicians performing their songs on April 28 at the Old Church in Portland. The community concert will be free and open to all!
I was so honored and excited to be featured by the blog Americana Highways this past month! We shot two videos at Tyler Fortier’s studio (a/k/a the Little Orange Room) as part of the Little Orange Room Sessions series. Then Tyler asked me a bunch of really interesting questions about songwriting and I tried my best to answer them by email in my jammies. Click here to read the interview!
Here is the video we made for my new song “The Speed of Lonely”
and the video we made for my song “Go Now” from my latest album, “The Long Road”
Another cool piece of news…the wonderful collaboration project that I’ve been a part of called The Nature of Gratitude has been featured on A Network for Grateful Living in their Grateful Changemakers series! It is so fun to see our little project lovingly founded by Eric Alan and Tom Titus get such a beautiful write up and interview on a website that has over 462,000 page views a month and 65,000 e-letter subcribers! I’m so grateful to be a part of this rewarding collaboration with so many amazing artists. We are excited to bring the Nature of Gratitude to Bend in May thanks to the Deschutes Public Library. More details on that soon…
In other exciting news, I mailed the first draft of my next poetry book to Mezcalita Press! The working title for this one is “Believe the Bird” and its theme is the stories we tell ourselves, the ones we use for survival and for spirit food. It’s about deciding which stories serve us and letting go of the ones that don’t. I am excited to watch this book take shape and launch it into the world!
And finally if y’all are free on Saturday, Feb 29 and want to listen to some radio, I am excited to be the special guest on Center Stage on Bend’s KPOV 88.9 FM Community Radio. Hosted by Rick Miller, Lynn Bancrof and Dennis Plant, Center Stage on KPOV showcases local and regional artists. Each week an artist will be featured along with songs and musicians who influence their musical style. Listen live at KPOV 88.9 FM on local radio or stream show live at www.kpov.org or from Tune-in app. FREE – it’s radio!
So much fun singing for a packed house at Winterfolk!
and ya know I can’t help myself cuz she’s the cutest cutie pants in the world…this one is called “How Can You Just Sit There While There Are Treats in the Cabinet?”
As always, thank you for reading, for supporting my creative journey, and for cheering me on. Much more magic to come!
With much gratitude from your fan,
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Down the road a piece…
Apr 6 – Songwriters In the round w/Cal Scott & Richard Moore @ Artichoke Music – Portland, OR
Apr 17-19 – Sisters Songworks Writing Retreat – Sisters, OR
Apr 18 – Songworks in the Round @ The Belfry – Sisters, OR
Apr 28 – The Lullaby Project Community Concert @ The Old Church – Portland, OR
May 8-9 – Private Event
May 11 – Phenomenal Woman @ The Lake Theater & Cafe – Lake Oswego, OR
May 16 – The Nature of Gratitude – Bend, OR
June 20-21 – Women, Nature & Song Retreat – Veneta, OR
June 27 – Little Tree Acoustic Concerts – Lafayette, CO
July 11 – Casa DeVilbiss House Concert – Colorado Springs, CO
July 16 – Stand and Sway @ Telluride Americana Festival – Telluride, CO
Aug 11-14 – Harris Bridge Songwriting Camp – Philomath, OR