We are about to embark on a three-date mini-tour (May 2, 3 and 4) down South to North Carolina, Virginia and Baltimore. We will be a trio on this tour with Amanda Homi (vocals and percussion) and first-time Brother Zach Swanson (bass) joining Greg. Our pals He-Bird, She-Bird, a great acoustic Americana band from Long Island, will join us for all three dates. And our other pals Pluck & Rail, a rollicking duo from Westchester County, will be joining the bill May 4 in Baltimore.
May 2: Isis Music Hall, Asheville, NC. This is a 150-seat venue, one of the gems of the Asheville music scene. 8:30pm-10:30pm
May 3: Mango's Bar and Grill, Moneta, VA. On Smith Mountain Lake, near Roanoke. 7:30-10;30
May 4: Four Hour Day Lutherie, Baltimore, MD. Very pleased to be back at this very intimate listening room, a working lutherie. 7:00-9:30.
In other news, Greg Cornell has moved to the country and taken up the farming life in New York's Hudson Valley. White Feather Farms is raising chickens, keeping bees, producing maple syrup and growing several acres of fruit and vegetables that will be sold at farmers' markets. And on the grounds of the 65-acre farm is a Dutch barn, built in the 1740's and renovated by the previous owners, with fantastic acoustics, so we just had to start presenting concerts there. We call it Broken Wing Barn, after the song written by Sarah Johnson and Greg Cornell. Recent concerts have presented The Cornell Brothers, Cole Quest, Keenan O'Meara, Megan Lui and The Brother Brothers. We are very excited to announce that Molsky's Mountain Drifters will play Sept. 22, just in time for the fall harvest, so you can expect some freshly pressed cider to be served. Led by fiddle legend Bruce Molsky, and featuring the virtuosity of Stash Wyslouch on guitar and Allison de Groot on banjo, the band is steeped in American music traditions. We hope to see you there.