Next to my October ISLAND Residency, playing and experiencing the Lamplight Festival this year in Grand Rapids was my highlight of the season. Lamplight is a festival of arts & culture in it’s second year, housed in five beautiful homes, complete with outdoor costuming that you can see pictured here! I had a great band that worked hard to pull together a set of my music, including Fiona Dickinson on cello, Joe Lucas on bass, and Adrian O’barr on guitar, along with myself. I also called in Jackie and Ashley from The Soil & The Sun band to help me do an a capella tune of mine called "Unafraid".
Right after Lamplight, I started gearing up for the Earthwork Music Michigan tour, which was really uplifting. It was fun to sit in with other musicians I don’t typically play with, and a real honor to have some Earthworkers back me up. Having a professional bluegrass band at the caliber of Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies backing your fiddle tune is a real thrill too. (Here’s a video of it: Witchin' In The Kitchin). A top notch choir of Earthwork women live looping your song is quite lovely too. (Video to come, I hope.) I think my favorite thing about Earthwork musicians is their tendency to be silly, theatrical and tell a good story. There was so much laughter and clowning around.
If you’re curious, here’s an article with an overview of our tour. Also, here’s a brief write up my friend Mark did. The picture below was taken by Janine Andrew at Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City.
The picture below is of my string band BOWHUNTER. It was taken by Steven Holmes of Mostly Midwest during the Earthwork Harvest Gathering this fall. This photo was also used in the aforementioned article.
During the Earthwork tour, we tended to sing Pat’s tune “Glow In The Dark” to open each show, walking up from the back of the room. When we began singing at the back of the First Congregational Church (the FCC) in Kalamazoo, I nearly lost my balance because the sound in the church was so incredible. Each voice was rich with reverb, and the instruments really sang. It was a real honor to get to play there, and I can’t wait to experience the new concert series taking shape at the church.
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