Once again, I totally skipped sending an email in June. It was a good month, though – worked on two recording projects! See more info about those below. Next week, I’ll be heading for the mountains of NC. On my way, I’ll stop off in Winston-Salem for a house concert with good friend Don Penzien.
The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell
I will be teaching a song class during Celtic Week this July 21-24, 2015. There will also be classes in fiddle, guitar, dance, and even knitting!
Students will arrive on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 21st, and depart after lunch on Friday July 24th. There will be 15 hours of instruction as well as time for jamming, dancing, and more!
The Alabama Folk School is an all inclusive facility, with lodging and its own dining hall. Students can choose between a hotel style room with two double beds and en suite bathroom or the dorm option with a shared bedroom and a hall bathroom. Our dining hall offers delicious meals and we will accommodate any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Nestled near the Bankhead National Forest, the setting is ideal for being creative and relaxing. Bring hiking shoes, a bathing suit and your favorite book and immerse yourself in this wonderful retreat. Registration is now available online. For more information, see www.alfolkschool.com or contact director Sarah Nee, 205-387-1806 ext. 111.
Rob Alley’s Alabama Songbook Project had a very successful recording session. I’m enjoying listening to the roughs and am really excited to hear the finished product, which should be ready for release this fall. I’m honored to be included on this project with these amazing jazz musicians. I’ll be sure to let you know when the CD is available!
VULCAN EEJITS! have had several days in the studio too. We’ve made a good start, but more work will now be on hold until after all this travelling slows down a bit. Meanwhile, we’ll still squeeze in a few gigs at home and away:
July 15 @ Alcove International Tavern, Tuscaloosa AL
July 30 @ Fenian’s Pub, Jackson MS
(No Alcove date in August.)
Aug 29 @ Pepper Place Market, Birmingham AL (morning)
Aug 29 @ Maggie McGuinness Pub, Huntsville AL (evening)
Sep 26 @ Alcove International Tavern, Tuscaloosa AL
Chambless & Muse are heading back to NC next week for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. It’s always a treat to leave the Alabama heat in mid July and head for the cool mountains! Looking forward to sharing the stage again there with Scooter and Ed Miller. John Taylor will be there this year too as well as many other great musical acts. It’s sure to be a magical weekend! Scooter will also be teaching with me at the Alabama Folk School’s Celtic Week (above). Then next month we’re off to play festivals in Canada and Scotland!
July 9-12 @ Grandfather Mtn Highland Games, Linville NC
Aug 6-9 @ Fergus Scottish Festival, Fergus Ontario
Aug 19-23 @ Mull of Kintyre Music Festival, Campbelltown Scotland
Sep 5-6 @ Virginia Scottish Festival, Warrenton VA
Henri’s Notions have a string of shows coming up too. And we’ll be joined by the Alabama Academy of Irish Dance at many of these shows:
July 16 @ Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room, Tuscaloosa AL
July 17 @ Local Color Cafe, Springville AL
July 18 @ PelhamPalooza, Pelham AL
July 24 @ Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville AL
Aug 1 @ Bankhead House Amphitheatre, Jasper AL
Thanks for your support of my music! I hope to see you somewhere soon!!