What News? Special Edition Mar 28 2004
(terry gonda newsletter)

terry's Eighth Notes
Things are going so well, we wanted to get a jump on April's issue with a few good words about the success of the CD launch.

The CD Release has gotten off to an incredible start. We started at the Steeple Coffeehouse in Southborogh MA where we opened for the Crocketts to a sellout crowd. Matt (bass), Kirsti (vocals, flute), and I drove out there (more details in April issue) and we made a big impact. Lots of buzz about being invited back as a main act next time. A wonderful crowd who bought a surprising number of the new CD.
Next was the launch in my hometown area with the full band (3 of us plus Joe Connolly (drums) and David Mosher (mando, fiddle, guitar). We had a gig lined up this spring at the Sterling Heights Coffeehouse and it coincided nicely for the CD release. Sterling Hits runs an annual concert series for the city where they host 4 consecutive Sunday concerts for their residents. Well, we blew the doors out. A sellout crowd of 217 showed up to support the CD and celebrate with us. A lot of people who'd never heard me before were there as part of the annual series. It was a very diverse crowd in age, wage, and stage. We had an audience ranging from the campus young adult crowd fromt the Metro Detroit Area all the way through the senior set who regularly attend the entire series--one of whom was a friend of my father's who'd last seen me when I was "this high". Everyone had a blast and again we sold an amazing number of CDs and some of the new "love, lose, repeat" T-shirts (now also available through www.terrygonda.com).
We're off to a great start from the live show perspective. Stay tuned here or go to the website now and then to see what's going on.

We're seeing CD sales on the internet from different parts of England and Wales where we've had some airplay-- as well as sales from the U.S. (from San Francisco to New Jersey) where we've also had airplay starting to trickle in. Here's a scattering of the folks who've played us.
Ron Olesko

Mary Cliff
Show: WETA Traditions

"Pamela A. Smith" <psmith@AMAZONRADIO.COM>
Show:Amazon Radio

Taylor Caffery <tlcaffery@YAHOO.COM>
Show: Hootenanny Power Baton Rouge

Frank Hennesey - BBC Wales
Show: Celtic Heartbeat

And this weekend, "love, lose, repeat" is the featured CD on Zoe Montana's acoustic show on Radioio.com. See the attached picture, and go to www.radioio.com to sign up and listen to their acoustic channel. Thanks to Keith Shoemaker for clueing us in to this and thank you to Zoe!
Sure is fun hearing my music along side Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert, Eliza Gilkyson, Patty Griffin, Sloan Wainwright, and Keri Noble (formerly of Detroit as well).

Out and about...
The road trip in early December was more adventure that we bargained for.  First was Vic's Music corner in Rockville MD with Jen Cass and LisaBeth Weber.  We did an in-the-round format and it was a blast.  We burst into an impromptu version of Amazing Grace during sound check and found we blended magically.  The tone was set from there as we played off each others' songs and generally had a great night together.  Vic and Reba seemed pleased.  Lots of friends showed up, including Cheri Allen and her clan and Major General John Caldwell and his wife Judy.  I was very grateful for all who came. The snow storm was heading our way, so Kirsti and I headed north and just missed most of the weather.  While Baltimore was getting dumped on, we slid into Massachusetts just as snow was starting.  We hit Sally Johnson's new gig at Mulligan's Taverne on the Green.  A wonderful place with great food and an intimate setting. Several venue people were there and I've been invited back to perform at other nearby locations (starting next week!). Finally, the next night, I opened for Colleen Sexton over at Fox Run.  What an extraordinary place.  Neale and Laurie have an incredible set up. It has to be seen to be believed.  I'd heard stories, but nothing prepared me.  Great house, great venue, a sound system to rival any small to medium size performance space, and great people.  Seeing Colleen again was also a great treat and we caught her first set before setting out as the storm was barreling down upon us.  We left about an hour too late and ended up crawling through the blizzard on I-90...eventually calling it quits in the Berkshires at Lee at 1:30am.  We got up and headed out in the morning to face more blizzard and horrendous roads up past Albany NY.  At the first rest stop, we took a break and hoped the plows would do their job.  Thankfully they did and the rest of the trip was a breeze.  Added to the November snowy drive to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance convention in NY, I had clocked 15 hours of actual blizzard driving--all before Dec 10!  What was I thinking? 

What I have failed to mention is that I started the trip on 2 hours sleep after preparing ads for the deadline for the national convention.  Then got a sinus infection while on the road and was on antibiotics.  God Bless those that are on the road full time. If Kirsti hadn't been around to help, I'd have been lost. Unfortunately, she is a new driver however, so I had the fun of the blizzard driving. :)  Thankfully, the shows all went well, we got home safe, and we have a little story.

At Folk Alliance in San Diego,  I was fortunate enough to be included in some great showcases.  Vic Heyman, bless his heart, invited me to sing "Green Eyes" at the Kate Wolf tribute which was packed, next Neale and Laurie invited me to the Fox Run Showcase, which was also well attended.  I had some wee hour showcases including a 1am in the great Susquehanna Music and Art Festival Showcase (www.smaf.info) and the If There's Light.org showcase.  Added to that were a couple of slots in Alan Rowoth's showcases and the Best of NERFA (North East Regional Folk Alliance www.nefolk.org) which in addition to long exhibit hall hours means all I want to do is sleep for another week!  My thanks to all. It was a great conference to release the CD.  We gave lots of love via hugs and shoulder rubs (and chocolate) in the exhibit hall, which is our tradition.  In addition, Kirsti devised what may become a Folk Alliance institution from here on out...terry gonda conversation heart mints in customized dixie cups.  By the response at the booth, they were quite the hit.

Saturday March 13
Steeple Coffee House, Southborough MA
Boston area CD release. Opening for Valerie and Walter Crockett and the Oxymorons. For TICKETS and PERFORMANCE INFORMATION call Pilgrim Church: (508)485-4847. Ticket prices: Advance & Reservation $12.00; Door $15.00, Seniors & Students $10.00

Sunday March 21
Sterling Coffee House, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Detroit area CD release party for love, lose, repeat at 7pm.  Terry is the feature act.  Two full sets with band.  At the Dodge Park Rec Center, Utica Road at Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights. $8 advance, $9 on door. Tickets can be purchased at the Recreation Center for $8.00. For additional details call the Recreation Department at 446-2700 or the 24-hour info line at 446-2692.  http://ci.sterling-heights.mi.us/

Parting notes
The web site is being updated regularly, so give it a gander.  It has a new look now to match the CD.  
My primary parting note is : Get a hold of the CD and promote it wildly! :)

As promised, here is the review from Singer Magazine. 

Singer Magazine, March 2004

There can be a fine line between songs with a great hooks and an uplifting message and those that are "just too poppy". Terry Gonda walks that line with balance and poise. On her CD "Love, Lose, Repeat", Terry is in fine voice serving up songs with heart and soul backed by an almost magical acoustical accompaniment. This is a very well produced CD with a strong, commercial sound - and that's a notable accomplishment for any indie artist. Terry's songwriting is solid as she spins lyrical adventures that run through love stories and songs of hope. Listening to her music stirs much the same feelings as hearing a weather forecast for a bright and sunny tomorrow though it be damp and dreary today. The positive nature of her music is best exemplified, perhaps, by "Love Calls You By Name" with the lyric:

May you do more than survive
The hurts of yesterday
May you see the blessings grow
Where destruction hoped to play
May you know that you are more

Than what happens along the way
May you always be aware
That Love is here to stay.

The arrangements lean from a country blues sound, to jazz to coffeehouse rock. Among the 13 tracks are covers of "Both Sides Now," "Home" (by Karloff Bonoff) and a medley of "When You Wish Upon a Star" with "Someone To Watch Over Me" which alone is worth the price of admission. In addition to writing and performing music that inspires, teaches and tickles the soul of the listener, Terry is an experienced presenter and lecturer who offers concert and workshop packages for adults, young adults and teens. A collection of secular and ecumenical themes are among her offerings.

Robert Lindquist, Editor in Chief Singer Magazine



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