What News? June 2003
(terry gonda newsletter)

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

Our and about...
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!



June 20
Doors open 7:30pm

Livonia MI
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.

July 2-13
United Kingdom
Pick-up gigs where I can get them! Nottingham, London, Bristol, Oxfordshire, York.

July 16
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.

July 24-27
Falconridge Folk Festival
Hillsdale, NY
Long Hill Farm in Hillsdale foot of the Berkshires in east-central New York State

Specifically: 12-5pm on Friday July 25 - During Folk Alliance Showcase Performance.
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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