On the train to NYC this morning to meet a cousin who I didn’t even know existed a month ago! Apparently there’s a whole branch of our family in Brazil, and a whole lot of musicians in that branch of the family, so I’m really excited to learn more. My cousin Manu is a very fine samba style guitarist, and we’re both big fans of Luis Bonfa. This is going to be fun!
While the Hudson River is flying by on my left, here’s a little bit of what’s been happening lately, musically speaking:
The first annual Old Time Rollick is now a reality. Debra Clifford and I are thrilled to be hosting a brand new weekend of old-time music immersion and community, April 1 to 3, 2016 at the Ashokan Campus in the Catskill Mountains. Fiddle, banjo, guitar and singing classes will be offered, plus special sessions in mandolin, dances, jamming, some very fine food, all in a very beautiful setting. Early enrollment discounts before Dec 1! Details and signups here: ashokan.org/old-time-rollick.
With 7 years since our last CD, and over a year since our last tour, Mozaik got together near Budapest last month to record. Wonderful new songs from Andy, tunes from Dònal and Nikola, and old tunes from Rens and me. No release date set, but the music is all there. Check out our previous cds:Changing Trains and Live from the Powerhouse.
SUGGESTIONS PLEASE! Peghead Nation just celebrated its first anniversary offering video lessons in a variety of roots styles, and I’ve really enjoyed presenting old-time fiddling there. My next round of filming is in a couple of weeks. What would you like to see? Tunes, topics you’d like to see explored? Please write and send suggestions and thoughts! And if you’re new to Peghead Nation, please check us out with a free month trial at pegheadnation.com/string-school/courses/old-time-fiddle.
On top of that, I’m honored to have officially joined the faculty at Berklee College of Music. Love my students there and looking forward to digging deeper and deeper into roots music from every possible angle.
It seems like a lot, I suppose it is. But I never ever grow tired of music. Playing, listening, teaching, learning, it’s all good. I hope your musical experiences are wonderful too, and hope to meet you out there! Stay in touch...