Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Dark of December …

The Dark of December …

"I heard a bird sing in the dark of December
A magical thing and sweet to remember.

'We are nearer to Spring than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing in the dark of December." -   Oliver Herford, 
I Heard a Bird Sing

“A winter’s day in a deep and dark December, I am alone, gazing from my window to the streets below on a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.”
(I Am a Rock, Paul Simon)
We will be performing at a new venue for us, the San Gregorio General Store on Sunday,
December 8th, 11am till 1pm. Chappell & Dave will also be celebrating Dave's Birthday. Come on by to listen and celebrate with the family! It’s located on
 7615 Stage Rd, San Gregorio, CA 94074. Phone: (650) 726-0565.

Also upcoming, we will share the stage with our friend Bob
Loomis’s band Awed Ducks,
at a fine old institution here in the East Bay, Down Home Music Store, on Sat. Dec. 14, 2-4 PM. Travel on over to 10341 San Pablo Ave, in El Cerrito, CA 94530 to hear us. This will be a great opportunity to hear Mr. Loomis also accompany Dave on Native American flutes as they perform American Indian songs and Dave’s poems written about the culture. Phone: (510) 525-2129.

Last one for the year is a really good one. We’ll travel up into the Santa Cruz mountains to perform at our 4th Annual Holiday House Concert in the town of Bonny Doon with special
guest and dear friend, Cristina Seaborn. Many of you who have attended our previous house concerts at Bonny Doon know Cristina as a violinist extraordinaire. She is e
xpert at fiddling and jazz improvisation, also plays cello, piano, mandolin, guitar and sings (remember “Harlee?”). She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in jazz violin performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston; and a Masters in Conducting for Orchestra from St. Cloud State University. In our upcoming house concert Saturday, December 28, she will bring over thirty years of performance experience, a background that includes influences in classical, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, and Texas swing fiddle. Please write back in response to this email if you plan to attend and I will send you directions to the Santa Cruz (Bonny Doon) location with phone number.
We hope to see you during the holidays.  Please be sure and celebrate safely and joyfully. We have a wondrous New Year ahead of us full of opportunities to share music and poetry.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Peace on Earth to all children, women and men.

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