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terry's Eighth Notes
Hello Summer. And hello
to the last leg of recording for the CD. I promise to wrap up tracks by
the end of July with mixdown starting then. I'm looking to release around
mid November in time for the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference
and start touring to promote it
The National Folk Alliance Conference in Nashville this February went
well. Promoted the new CD, met some great new people and had some showcases
in the wee hours with barely a voice! Those who know me, know my hugging
is my true vocation. I went at it with abandon this time. It's amazing
to me how many people are desperate for a good hug. If you can, go hug
three people today and just tell them I sent you. :)
I returned to Off the Common
Coffeehouse in Bridgewater Mass. in March. The last time I was there was
between achilles tendon surgeries!
A great group there and it was good to not limp.
I had a wonderful May. We had
a benefit concert in my hometown and had just under 200 people show up
for an incredible evening. I had a band with me and we mixed it up with
sometimes the band, me and bass, or just me. Thanks to all who came out.
We covered every song on the CD and then some. Dad even came up to reprise
his part in the duet on If I Needed You. The feedback from everyone was
overwhelming. Jen Cass opened and I'll be returning the favor for her
at her CD release party coming up next week.
I was then fortunate enough
to get to perform a few times at the second Susquehanna Music and Arts
Festival. I'm telling you, you really have to think about going to this
if you can. It is small and growing and there is nothing like being at
a new festival. You get a lot of face time with performers. The closing
part of the show was a Phil Ochs celebration. His sister Sonny was kind
enough to ask me if I would sing one of his songs. Well, I went back to
my hosts house that night and learned one and I have to say I love it.
Sonny had suggested one of his more well known songs (it was covered by
Joan Baez) "There But for Fortune" since she thought it would
be easy to learn. Except for an ugly grammer problem on my part, the song
came off wonderfully. But with Tom Prasado-Rao and Reggie Harris backing
me up and Terry Leonino on backup and harmonica, how could it be anything
but magical? I had to pinch myself. Thank you Sonny for the opportunity
and the song!
Thank you for your continued
support. You probably have no idea how helpful it is to me!
Doors open 7:30pm
Trinity Theatre Concert
Series Jen Cass CD Release Party
38840 West Six Mile. $10 ($7 for theatre members).
Should be a fun night! Jen
and I are seeing a lot of each other all of a sudden. We met at the MAMAs
coffeehouse in Feb, she opened for me in May, I'm opening for her now
and we both were chosen for the Falcon Ridge Festival Showcase this year.
Pick-up gigs where I can get
them! Nottingham, London, Bristol, Oxfordshire, York.
Vista Maria School for Girls
A special performance as a guest of the Broe Tabernacle Choir-a musical
therapy choir for persons with closed head injury. The choir tours in
order to deliver an inspirational message of hope and to build awareness
of close head injury.
Long Hill Farm in Hillsdale foot of the Berkshires in east-central New
Specifically: 12-5pm on Friday July 25 - During Folk Alliance Showcase
Terry is one of 24 artists chosen to showcase this year at the festival.
This is one of the best festivals all year.
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