June left me sunburned, bruised, allergenic and poison-ivyed for the first time (damn!) but I still had fun. I started at the Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention in North Carolina while working for John Hatton of Cleff’d Ear Productions. It was quite an experience to see a contest-style festival with so many incredible players. After Mt. Airy, I stayed with my new friends at their Frick’n Carnatta residence, a beautiful mid-Atlantic farm property outside of Philly. Here's a photo from their back porch where they call the horses back in every evening. (What travelers-luck winding up in this place with such good people!)
The Chris Bathgate crew scooped me up from here after a back porch feast, and we did some east coast touring. We got the opportunity to play for NPR’s World Café Live, and see NPR headquarters when we did a Tiny Desk video-session in D.C.! I'll post notice here when they're released.
We had some repeatedly debilitating car troubles on tour, but thanks to the extended Michigan music family in PA, we were able to make most of the tour dates. (Thanks again to the Difiglia family and the Hezekiah Jones crew!) A tour highlight for me was taking a walking tour of the Difiglia's neighborhood. The photo below is a piece by Jay Walker and it's part of the Abington Art Center's outdoor sculpture hike in Jenkintown, PA. "People used to find gods in the woods, some still do."
I made it back to Michigan in time for the June square dance in Kalamazoo, and caught a glimpse of the Allied Media Conference after playing the Wayfarer Festival in Detroit. Here’s a photo of my friend Johanna biking me a smoothie! The folks who built this bike also run a bike collective called Fender Bender Detroit. I hope to be more involved with the Allied Media Conference next year.
I had fun playing the Ann Arbor Summer Festival with Chris Bathgate and friends at the end of June. If you missed the concert series, check it out next summer. They've got a great line-up of free performances downtown. Here's a photo by my friend Pam Lindberg, a yoga teacher and photographer from Ann Arbor. The photo is of an Australian aerial dance troupe called, "Stange Fruit". They gave an awesome performance while we were setting up to play:
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