Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Sun That Brief December Day …

The Sun That Brief December Day …

“Got laid off down at the factory and their timing’s not the greatest in the world,
Heaven knows I been working hard, wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl,
I don’t mean to hate December, it’s meant to be the happy time of year,
And my little girl don’t understand why Daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”
(Merle Haggard, If We Make It Through December)

“The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.” (Snowbound by John Greenleaf Whittier)

Hello Friends, Music Fans, and Neighbors,

This Friday, December 9, we will play at the Amos White/Dillon Vado production, “Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry: Stand with Standing Rock,” 8  – 11 pm, at The Backroom in Berkeley, CA, 1984 Bonita Ave.

Chappell & Dave Holt are FAR-West touring musicians from the SF Bay Area; Cristina is a Minnesota fiddling champion, originally from Southern California, who has toured world widely over the last 25 years.  Drawn together by a mutual love of the broad landscape of American music, they play and tour together as often as possible.
"Coconuts" (by Mark Wise)

They will perform together at a Friday, December 30th house concert in Santa Cruz: Chappell & Dave Holt with Cristina Seaborn (fiddle) and Francyl Gawryn at 7 pm. Please respond to this email to request details and the address if you would like to attend. The next night, on New Years Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2016, we will play another house concert in the nearby neighborhood of Bonny Doon with the addition of singer/songwriter, James Woodward.

Mother Hen Promotions has posted a Christmas compilation called “Mom Hen Layin Some Christmas on Ya” on RADIO SUBMIT featuring Holiday singles from Chappell & Dave Holt among other musicians.

Dave will be playing the Christmas Eve service at Unity Center in Walnut Creek. If you want to participate in the worship from home while wrapping your presents, go to

Chappell’s Holiday song, “Cause to Celebrate,” (Dave on piano) is being played on Women of Substance Holiday music podcast on December 8th. Click on Listen Now.

House concerts, live music in the intimacy of a home, are a great way to experience music! Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting one in your area by replying to this newsletter. Don’t forget to like our band page and support live music, and Chappell’s Facebook artist page.  If you’re on Instagram, you can find Chappell at her name, lower case, one word. Follow us on twitter @chappellanddave.

With holidays just around the corner, remember that you can check out Chappell’s shop on Etsy for gift ideas.

We look forward to seeing you at our shows!
Chappell & Dave Holt


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