Spring has sprung, summer almost come!

Hi Folks,
As spring has happened - almost without any notice at all - the garden is in and growing in Tucson and I am almost ready to head out on tour one of the summer. Yes, I said Tucson. In case you missed it I sold the Ohio place last fall and now am a full time Tucsonian. That means that spring here is like summer there and the garden here is in mid grow while I would be just picking seeds and cleaning up there. It also means I’ll be touring in the west this year.

I head out in a couple of weeks for the Strawberry Music Festival (it runs May 25-29 this year - Memorial Day Weekend) in Grass Valley, California. I will be helping vend with The Music Caravan booth - http://www.music-caravan.com/ and will have my books and CD’s there for sale as well as an assortment of items and instruments. I don’t have a performance at this one but hey, perhaps you can stop by and schedule a private lesson in our green room.  Then I hang in CA for about a week before a show and workshops at The Strum Shop in Roseville, CA June 9 and 10 where I’ll be doing a concert as well as a clawhammer banjo workshop and fiddle workshop. Right after that it’s CBA (California Bluegrass Association’s) annual Music Camp in Grass Valley http://cbamusiccamp.com/ - June 11-14 - where I am teaching a String Band Workhop. The camp is followed by the ever famous Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival where again I’ll be helping out at Music Caravan’s booth. Molsky’s Mountain Drifters and The Freighthoppers will both be at the festival as well (Bruce is teaching at camp) so there is plenty for the Old Time crowd at this one.

Since I have some down time between events and it is a long (strange?) trip up and back, I’m still looking to fill in some dates with “on the way” gigs. Think house concert, workshop or private lessons. Email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let’s get something going!

Not to leave my students for too long, I’ll be back in Tucson sometime later in the week of June 20 and plan to be around throughout July. I’ll be anchoring the Tucson Open Band for the July 15 dance so if you want to join in for some good old time music come on and “join the band”! I’ll also be playing the August 5 dance with my Cat Mountain Rounders.

Phew, almost up to date!

Okay, next up I am planning to head up to the Centrailia Campout August 13-20. Folks say it is awesome and I’ve just never been! ROAD TRIP! BUT of course y’all know me, I’ve scheduled a fiddle workshop and concert at Kennedy Violins in Vancouver, WA. The workshop is tentatively set for August 23 (a Wednesday evening) and the concert for Saturday the 26th at around 4. Details are still in the planning stages so stay tuned! I’m looking for some more gigs up that way (Oregon, northern CA) since be staying around until the Fall Strawberry festival which runs August 31 through September 4 before heading back down to Tucson (AGAIN) for some rest before playing the Phoenix dance Sept 9 with the Cat Mountain Rounders.

SO, a busy summer planned and I am looking forward to some travel to see y’all again. Get in touch if you want to schedule a lesson, concert, workshop or just to say “Hi” and I wish you all a wonderful musical summer ahead! Till then…

Play Nice