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JULY 12: BLOSSOMING OF ARTS & CULTURE GARDEN PARTY-

at the Home of Victoria Elliot & Dr. Marvin McMillen10 Litchfield RdHarwinton, CT 06791

Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

Raindate: July 13 from 4-7 PM for more info go to:
http://artsnwct-garden.info/

JULY 14-18  HOT SCHOOLS SUMMER INSTITUTE

I will be attending the HOT Schools Summer Institute at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and leading an evening workshop for the participants.

For more info go to: http://www.ct.gov/cct/cwp/view.asp?a=3933&q=300598

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 - WDVX RADIO BLUE PLATE SPECIAL CONCERT
I will be giving a free concert at the WDVX Blue Plate Special Radio venue in Knoxville, TN from 12-1 PM. It is at the Knoxville Visitor center in downtown Knoxville.

MEMPHIS DULCIMER GATHERING- SEPTEMBER 19-20
The 10th Annual Memphis Dulcimer Gathering is a festival open to everyone. It is located at the Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38117. The Staff concert is Friday, Sept 19 at 7 PM.
 For more info. go to: http://www.leecagledulcimers.com/id103.html or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014- NEW MORNING SONGWRITER SERIES 7:30 PM with Nancy Tucker, Lui Collins, and Cadence Carroll

I will be part of a wonderful new music series and will be performing with some EXTRAORDINARY musicians.
7:30 pm, New Morning Songwriter Series, New Morning Market at 129 Main Street North, Woodbury, CT 0679 Women Songwriters in the Round, with Nancy Tucker, Lui Collins, and Cadence Carroll. I'm excited to see and share a night of music with some old friends and new ones too - this should be a very fun evening! Doors open at 7 pm. http://www.newmorn.com

 

OCTOBER 7, 2011

OUT OF MANY WE ARE ONE has won the NAMA AWARD

for BEST SONG/SINGLE OF the YEAR!!!! 

Connecticut Musicians Win Best Song/Single of the Year Award

 

Out of Many We are One has been awarded the NAMMY Award (Native American Music Award) for Best Song/Single of the Year. Out of Many We Are One was composed and produced by Litchfield, CT residents Thomasina Levy and Joan Spear. The success of this song is the result of a renowned group of musicians and producers who helped to record and distribute this song and its video worldwide. The distinguished team includes Levy, Spear, Joseph Fire Crow, David Darling, Tommy Skarupa, Dave Anderson, Bill Lauf, Rachel Rubin, Galen Brandt and Robert Brereton. All the musicians donated their time and talents. In addition, the production of its inspiring video and CD cover were donated by the teams at Movingpix.com and Lou DiBacco & Co, respectively. In-House Marketing donated additional support and media consultation. 

The music and video for Out of Many We Are One are found at .

The Native American Music Awards, or NAMMYS, was founded and incorporated in 1998. It is a stirring event presenting music in genres ranging from blues to rock to pop to classical to traditional Native American songs and dances. USA Today says it is an event to “take seriously” and Indian Country Today has called it “awesome & incredible.” NAMA continues to proudly honor the outstanding musical achievements of Native American artists from across the country in over 30 Awards categories. This year, the ceremony occurred at the Seneca Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York on Friday, October 7, 2011. For more information about NAMA go to: . 

I have a mini-tour booked for October 2011:

Washington, DC: I’ll be in the Washington, DC area performing with Karen Ashbrook on Friday, October 21st.

Nashville, TN: Then I’m off to Nashville for a workshop and concert at with the Nashville Dulcimer Club on Monday, October 24th. For info. contact Sandy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Townsend, TN: Then, I will be performing and leading 2 workshops in at Clemmer’s Wood-N-Strings dulcimer shop in Townsend, TN on Saturday, October 29th. I will be leading two Mt. Dulcimer workshops: 

       1:30 – 2:45 PM Understanding the Capo- Free yourself from the chains of tuning and retuning! Learn how easy it is to play songs in different keys and modes without having to retune. We will learn songs in minor and modal keys andlearn how to play the same song in different keys. Some basic music theory will be discussed. Capos will be available at the dulcimer store.

        3:15-4:30 PM Left Hand Embellishments - Left hand embellishments will help you to “dress up” your music once you are familiar with the basics of playing the mountain dulcimer. Once you get some of these techniques under your belt (or should we say “under your left finger tips”?) you can even make a simple song like Bile Them Cabbage Down sound exciting. Techniques we will explore are: Hammering-On, Pulling-Off, Vibrato, Slides, Harmonics.

Pre-registration cost is $15 per workshop or $25 for both. At the door cost is $20 per workshop or $35 for both. Pre-registration is advised, as seating is limited. To pre-register, call the Pickin’ Porch at (865) 448-6647 or send an email to Mike Clemmer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you need to cancel your registration, please call so that someone else can fill your spot.

        7 PM  I will be in concert on the outdoor Pickin' Porch stage at 7:00pm at Wood-N-Strings in Townsend, TN. Bring your lawn chairs! For more information or to RSVP, contact Cherith @ (865) 448-6647.

 

January 26-29  In addition, I’ll be at the Key West Dulcimer festival. The schedule is still in progress- for more info., go to www.keywestdulcimerfest.com

Here's my schedule as of July 2011:

September 11, 2011 Out of Many We Are One - September 11th Tenth Anniversary Observance

 

Sunday, September 11th will be the tenth anniversary of a turning point in our country’s history when we all came together and strengthened the spirit of our country. Local musicians, government leaders, and poets will gather together to observe and honor this solemn occasion. They will present a reflective program called, “Out Of Many, We Are One.”

This event will be hosted at Wisdom House on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 3-4:30 PM at 229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT 06759. Cost of tickets is $10 adult, $5 children, and $25 for a family of three or more (2 adults and children under 18.)

Presenters who are performing or sharing reflections are: Congressman Chris Murphy (schedule permitting); Connecticut State Poet Laureate Dick Allen; CT State Senator Andrew Roraback (schedule permitting); Linda Chidsey, Sister Rosemarie Greco, Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti and Charym Studio MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY: Grammy Award winner and local resident, David Darling; Thomasina Levy, CT State Troubadour 2005/2006; Local composers/ songwriters Joan Spear and Bill Lauf; Litchfield High School student and singer Rachel Rubin. To make reservations contact: Wisdom House and reserve seats by sending a check with the number of participants to:  Wisdom House / Out of Many, 229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759 or contact Wisdom House at860-567-3163 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

September 16, 2011- Constitution Day Concerts- Lincoln Middle School, Meriden, CT

I have a mini-tour booked for October 2011

  Washington, DC Area- Friday, October 21st- I’ll be in the Washington, DC area performing in a private concert with Karen Ashbrook 

                                           Saturday, October 22nd- I’ll be leading a Mt. Dulcimer Discovery Workshop at the House of Musical Traditions from 1-3 PM at 7010 Westmoreland Ave, Takoma Park, MD. Fee: $25 for more info. go to www.hmtrad.com or call (301) 270-9090

TENNESSEE:

Nashville, TN: Monday, October 24- I’m off to Nashville for a workshop and concert with the Nashville Dulcimer Club. For info. contact Sandy at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 615-832-1945.

Townsend, TN: I will be performing and leading 2 workshops in at Clemmer’s Wood-N-Strings dulcimer shop in Townsend, TN on Saturday, October 29th. I will be leading two Mt. Dulcimer workshops:

                        1:30 – 2:45 PM Understanding the Capo- Free yourself from the chains of tuning and retuning! Learn how easy it is to play songs in different keys and modes without having to retune. We will learn songs in minor and modal keys andlearn how to play the same song in different keys. Some basic music theory will be discussed. Capos will be available at the dulcimer store.

                         3:15-4:30 PM Left Hand Embellishments - Left hand embellishments will help you to “dress up” your music once you are familiar with the basics of playing the mountain dulcimer. Once you get some of these techniques under your belt (or should we say “under your left finger tips”?) you can even make a simple song like Bile Them Cabbage Down sound exciting. Techniques we will explore are: Hammering-On, Pulling-Off, Vibrato, Slides, Harmonics.

                        Pre-registration cost is $15 per workshop or $25 for both. At the door cost is $20 per workshop or $35 for both. Pre-registration is advised, as seating is limited. To pre-register, call the Pickin’ Porch at (865) 448-6647 or send an email to Mike Clemmer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you need to cancel your registration, please call so that someone else can fill your spot. 

Saturday, October 29th 7 PM- I will be in concert on the outdoor Pickin' Porch stage at 7:00pm at Wood-N-Strings in Townsend, TN. Bring your lawn chairs! For more information or to RSVP, contact Cherith @ (865) 448-6647.



January 26-29, 2012
Key West Dulcimer festival in Key West, Florida.Escape the snow this January and join us in Key West- take lessons on the mt. dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, steel drum, pennywhistle, Native American flute, autoharp, guitar, ukulele & banjo. It's going to be fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun! For info and the schedule go to www.keywestdulcimerfest.com

April 4-13, 2012 Exploring Art Masterpieces with Music & Poetry workshop with Leslie Johnson at Clover Street School and New Britain Museum of American Art.

April 22-28, 2012 I’ll be teaching intermediate mt. dulcimer and performing at Spring Music Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. Also joining me that week will be Maddie MacNeil, Karen Ashbrook, Randy Marchany, Wes Chappell, Karen Mueller and Jody Marshall. For more info. go to http://www.augustaheritage.com/