August Newsletter

 


Hey friends,
It’s good to be back home in Brooklyn after two great months of touring and teaching across California, Alaska, and Nova Scotia. I haven’t sent a mailing to my list since last spring, and I wanted to touch base and let you know about some interesting events coming up.
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Anais Mitchell and I are nearly finished with our new collection of songs adapted from Francis James Child’s English and Scottish Popular Ballads. This project has been almost two years in the making, and we’re excited to perform the material at our Child Ballads shows in New York, Massachusetts, and Colorado, including a September Brooklyn show at Sycamore and an October show in Northampton, MA at the Calvin Theater with Crooked Still. I’m also looking forward to once again performing in Anais’ Hadestown opera, singing the role of Orpheus (as sung on the record by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) in Colorado Sings Hadestown, along with my good Colorado friends Reed Foehl (Hades), KC Groves (Persephone), and Paper Bird (The Fates). Look for Colorado Sings Hadestown in the Rocky Mountain State this October.
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In June I had the pleasure of spending a week on picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, teaching songs and guitar at the first ever Miles of Music Camp. I’m proud of my friends, camp founders Laura Cortese and Kristin Andreassen, for making the camp such a sucess. Miles of Music puts a balanced emphasis on songwriting, creativity, and instrumental technique, giving both professional and part-time musicians practical knowledge they can use every day of their lives. Next year is sure to fill up fast, so mark your calendars for June 9-15, 2012, and visit the camp website here.
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In July I teamed up with fiddler extraordinaire Tashina Clarridge for a run of acoustic duo concerts in Alaska. Despite a lingering head cold and the insomnia brought on by 21 hours of steady daylight, we had an incredible time! Special thanks go to Kate Hamre who is spreading the bluegrass gospel to the next generation of Alaska musicians at her Bluegrass Camps for Kids. Tashina and I are touring again In September, this time in the Northeast with her band The Bee Eaters, featuring her brother Tristan Clarridge on cello, and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer. The Bee Eaters perform breathtaking, instrumental chamber-grass compositions with stunning virtuosity. I’m very much looking forward to adding vocals to the mix! I’ll be collaborating with them and playing an opening set each night.
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In early August I enjoyed some cool Maritime weather teaching and performing at Nova Scotia’s Boxwood Festival, a weeklong series of concerts and classes that feature both traditional and classical music. Eamon O’Leary and I closed out the festival with a duo vocal concert featuring mandolin, guitar, and bouzouki, and we performed arrangements of traditional songs from the upcoming Murphy Beds album. We were fortunate to be joined on a few songs by flute and pipe virtuoso¬†Sylvain Barou, percussionist Nick Halley, and Boxwood founder and flute master Chris Norman.
photo by Tom Dube
This month I’m playing mandolin, guitar, and singing with Cambridge, MA acoustic collective Session Americana. We’ve got shows in New York, Massachusetts, and a Maine tour featuring the great singer and songwriter Kris Delmhorst. Session Americana just released a new live album, and a live version of my song Seed and a Feather is available as a bonus track from their website. I’ll be playing with them throughout the northeast this fall, so check my concert schedule page for updates.
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Laura Cortese and I have a few shows this month, featuring our Two Amps, One Microphone electric duo sound. Laura is about to release her great new studio CD, which I play guitar on and co-wrote one of the songs. I’ve heard the finished album and it’s fantastic! The record deserves a proper release. Please visit her kickstarter page today to see some video clips and help make the record release happen: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1377748817/laura-cortese-makes-and-tours-to-support-a-new-rec
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In solo news, I’ll be playing new songs of mine and some traditional folk on the last two Tuesdays in August at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On August 23 I’ll be joined by harp virtuoso Maeve Gilchrist. Maeve, Tashina, and I will be returning to my hometown of Lancaster, MA for a trio concert at the historic Bulfinch Church on October 2!
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I’m adding new shows all the time, so check my website for the latest concert schedule. Of course, if you haven’t already picked up a copy of my 7″ vinyl release This Ragged World We Spanned, or my electric duo album with Laura Cortese Two Amps One Microphone, you can order either one online from Bandcamp. I’ve also got a Twitter feed you should definitely follow, and Facebook Music Page you can “like” if you’re into that sort of thing.
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That’s enough for now. If I think of anything else, I’ll send you a telegram. Here’s the full concert schedule as it stands:

~jefferson

Upcoming shows
08/18/11 Cambridge, MA Lizard Lounge Laura Cortese Band (featuring Jefferson Hamer, Billy Beard, and Kimon Kirk), The Bandana Splits, Hannah Read
08/23/11 Brooklyn, NY Pete’s Candy Store Jefferson Hamer and Maeve Gilchrist
08/24/11 New York, NY Cornelia Street Cafe Mike and Ruthy’s Folk City – Laura Cortese and Jefferson Hamer
08/25/11 New York, NY Cornelia Street Cafe Mike and Ruthy’s Folk City – Child Ballads by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
08/26/11 Ellsworth, ME Grand Theater Session Americana and Kris Delmhorst
08/27/11 Brownfield, ME Stone Mountain Arts Center Session Americana and Kris Delmhorst
08/30/11 Brooklyn, NY Pete’s Candy Store Jefferson Hamer
09/14/11 Brooklyn, NY Sycamore Duos: Child Ballads by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, BBGUN with Bridget Kearney and Ben Davis, and Cleek Schrey and Stephanie Coleman
09/22/11 Vineyard Haven, MA Katharine Cornell Theater The Bee Eaters with Jefferson Hamer (Bee Eaters CD Release Tour)
09/24/11 Cumberland, RI Blackstone River Theater The Bee Eaters with Jefferson Hamer (Bee Eaters CD Release Tour)
09/25/11 Cambridge, MA Club Passim The Bee Eaters with Jefferson Hamer (Bee Eaters CD Release Tour)
10/07/11 Syracuse, New York Folkus Project Child Ballads by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
10/08/11 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater Child Ballads by Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer – Opening for Crooked Still’s 10-year Anniversary Concert
10/13/11 Durango, CO Ft. Lewis College Community Concert Hall Anais Mitchell presents Colorado Sings Hadestown! – with Jefferson Hamer, Reed Foehl, KC Groves, Paper Bird (Esme Patterson, Sarah Anderson, Genny Patterson), plus Michael Chorney and the Hadestown Orchestra
10/14/11 Carbondale, CO Third Street Performing Arts Center Anais Mitchell presents Colorado Sings Hadestown! – with Jefferson Hamer, Reed Foehl, KC Groves, Paper Bird (Esme Patterson, Sarah Anderson, Genny Patterson), plus Michael Chorney and the Hadestown Orchestra
10/15/11 Denver, CO L2 Arts & Culture Center Anais Mitchell presents Colorado Sings Hadestown! – with Jefferson Hamer, Reed Foehl, KC Groves, Paper Bird (Esme Patterson, Sarah Anderson, Genny Patterson), plus Michael Chorney and the Hadestown Orchestra


 

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