Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Sweetness of an April Day …

The Sweetness of an April Day …

“I never knew the charm of spring,
I never met it face to face;
I never knew my heart could sing,
never missed a warm embrace
‘Till April in Paris” (1933, by Vernon Duke, “Yip” Harburg)

Ah, I have wandered with unwearied feet,
All the long sweetness of an April day,
Lulled with cool murmurs and the drowsy beat
Of partridge wings in secret thickets gray,
The marriage hymns of all the birds at play,
The faces of sweet flowers, and easeful dreams
Beside slow reaches of frog-haunted streams … (April by Archibald Lampman, Canadian poet)

Dear Friends,

We had a great tour in March to Southern California with John Roy Zat. Our first stop was Last Stage West in Atascadero, where we shared songs with Dulcie Taylor and Banjer Dan, Dan Mazer. We drove to Los Angeles and played in North Hollywood, opening as guests of Severin Browne at Kulak’s Woodshed. You can see the videos on our YouTube site. We had more music fun at Matt Denny’s Ale House with J. C. Hyke, We are grateful to so many of our LA friends who came out to support us.

On Sunday, April 12th at 4:00pm, we will be part of a Seasons of Blessing Concert at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 149 Manzanita Ave., in San Carlos, 94070; phone 650-593-0325. We will join liturgical musician and educator, Steve Eulberg, several time winner of the Mountain Dulcimer and Hammered Dulcimer contests. This is the second concert in his series.

Coming to Oakland, to a location near you! We will perform with Carlos Reyes at Avonova Music, 417 Avon St., Oakland, CA, 94618 on Saturday, April 18th, at 8pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, tickets are $20. This is a great space for music. Please come on by and enjoy! Chappell’s brother, Tom Ekkens, will be our guest, reprising his harmonica performance from our CD Stone & Fire. You can advance purchase tickets and RSVP here.

In May we will be traveling north to play Cabin Tavern, Bellingham; Soulfood Coffee House, Redmond; and Egan’s Ballard Jam House in Seattle. We hope to see our Pacific Northwest friends and new fans at these shows. More details later. We are still booking Oregon—any suggestions?

On KC Café Radio, you may request up to 2 songs per hour, no more than 10 songs per day. If an artist you request has already played within the last two hours, your request will not be honored, and will appear in the search results with a Song not requestable icon icon. Click the “request” button associated with the selection you would like to hear. Your selection should then play sometime over the course of the next hour.

Thank you to DJ, Diane Hunt, of Folk Espresso, KBOO - 90.7fm, Portland, Oregon, for playing us on the first and fourth Mondays, 5:30 - 7am. To listen to the show from the KBOO archives, go to and click on the white "play" arrow for the show of 3/23/15. Diane played our song, “Anniversary New Moon”. Enjoy!

If you’d like to order our new CD, Stone & Fire, directly please send a $17 check (includes $2 shipping) payable to Dave Holt to 1335 Kenwal Rd., #A, Concord, CA 94521. You can also purchase downloads (Wings of the Morning at and 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. Don’t forget to like the Chappell & Dave Holt band page, AND the Chappell Rose Holt artist page on Facebook.‎

Have a wonderful month. We hope to see you at a show.

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