Saturday, October 4, 2014

"O Hushed October morning mild …”

"O Hushed October morning mild …”
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; 
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all. 
The crows above the forest call; 
Tomorrow they may form and go. – (Robert Frost, October)
“Let the sun run down right behind the hill,
I know how to stand there still till the moon rise up
Right behind the pine, Oh, Lord, October Road” (James Taylor)
Hello and Happy Fall to you all! We got off to a great start with the California rainy season and had a couple of days of rain in September. We’re all praying it continues unabated throughout the coming season.
A big thank you goes out to the In The Swing jazz group for recommending us to the Telegraph Ave. Business Corp who hired us for a gig on the street for the “Sundays on Telegraph” series. Sax player and improvisational poet, David Erdreich, showed up and sat in on alto saxophone. He came direct from his hit show at Avonova the night before (where we also played). A great time was had by all! (See photo, “Maybe we should have made a set list.”)
Dave attended the Dancing Poetry Festival at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco on September 20th to read his prize-winning poem, “Prayer Through a Dark Passage” and receive his award. The sponsoring organization, Artists Embassy International led by Richard and Natica Angilly does great work promoting the art of poetry and building bridges to poet communities out of state and overseas. There were winning poets from Greece, China, Malaysia, Qatar, as well as many other states in the union, Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, Indiana, etc.
Our show on Friday, Sept. 26th, at Occidental Center for the Arts with the Mighty Carlos Reyes on violin & Paraguayan harp was visited by a bit of rain and thunder (much more in Santa Rosa), but it didn’t ruin the beautiful fall-like weather or the concert which was a great success. Carlos joined in on our set, playing bass and violin. We had a blast! The appreciative crowd honored us with a standing ovation and an encore.
On Sunday, Oct. 5, 5-7 PM at Rancho Nicasio, we will be celebrating our 35th anniversary and playing a guest set with the wonderful Doug Adamz. We will play a 20 minute guest set at his gracious invitation. This show will be in the front bar. Hope to see you there to raise a glass and toast this love!
The big week coming up is October 16th -19th, the FAR-West (Folk Alliance Region-West) Music Conference. It is being held at the Oakland Marriott in Old Oakland’s beautiful Downtown. Chappell has been involved with the organizing and she will be our host at the Best of the West Awards Luncheon honoring Barbara Dane and Cassandra Flipper. Cassandra’s tenure as Executive Director for Bread & Roses is drawing to a close. She arrived in 2000 after the organization’s founder Mimi Fariña died in 2001.  Cassandra wrote to the volunteers, “It has been deeply satisfying and an honor to travel this road of hope, healing and joy through live music with all of you for the past 14 years.”
You are all invited to come to the various public events during the conference.
Venues Choice Concert on Thursday, Oct 16th at 7pm,  FB event page $15. per person.
Official Showcases on Friday, Oct 17th and Saturday, Oct 18th at 6:30pm. FB event page. $15. per person, per night.
Storytelling Expo on Sunday, Oct 19th at 2pm: FB event page. $10. per person
All four conference events are at this Brown Paper Tickets link.
There are also several pre- and post- conference events (on Wed, Oct 15th and Sunday, Oct 19th) - and all info can be found here.
We are playing at The Arlington, a Deli at 269 Arlington in Kensington, Friday November 7th, 6:30-8:45. John Roy Zat will be with us playing fiddle served hot! The food is good so come on by and enjoy dinner and music in a great neighborhood hangout.

If you’d like to order our new CD, Stone & Fire, directly please send a $17 check (includes $2 shipping, $3 from Canada) payable to Dave Holt to 1335 Kenwal Rd., #A, Concord, CA 94521. You can also purchase downloads  of Wings of the Morning at, Stone & Fire at

Please contact us if you are interested in having us play a house concert in your area by replying to this newsletter.‎ Have a wonderful month and we hope to see you at one of our shows.
See you next month,
Chappell & Dave

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