October 18th, 2016
BACK TO REALITY // STUDIO REPORT // FALL SHOWS In this hyperdocumented, oversharey world, does anyone else sometimes miss wondering, What has Person X been up to lately? I wonder if they've gone on any trips, or read anything interesting, or gotten a haircut, or eaten any artfully arranged meals, or done anything cute involving their baby? Back in June I played a couple EP release shows and then had a stretch of empty touring calendar ahead of me so I decided to give myself a little break from piping up on social media, maybe a week or two. That felt really nice so I decided another week or two couldn't hurt. The next thing I knew, it was fall, and I had taken a full three months off of alerting you all to my every movement and whereabout. And the truth is, I don't think it caused any of us a mite of suffering. I think we're all actually fine. I did some stuff, and presumably you all did some stuff, and whoever was actually there for it knew about it. Small-batch, artisanally-produced life. Thus refreshed I'm reluctantly re-entering what passes for reality these days, starting here with a minimalist update for you. My favorite piece of news is that last week I snuck away into the studio to start tracking for a new album! Recording is my favorite part of my whole job and it was an amazing thing to hole up with a small batch of my dearest people and bring songs to life. We ended up with a big pile of material that we're slowly sifting through and deciding next moves. More on this as the fall progresses. Touring-wise I'll be keeping more or less off the road until the record's done, but I do have a tiny smattering of really choice Northeast performances this fall, as follows. Hope to see some of you out there. Oh and of course the aforementioned EP "THE WAKING," which is 6 new songs in the vein of the poetry-inspired material on the "STRANGE CONVERSATION" album, is available at the online store, as are the two new songbooks, Selected Songs 2001-2014 and Strange Conversation/The Waking. If you're lacking any of these things. Hope you're all having a lovely October, wherever you are, and whatever activities you may or may not be documenting, *kd THIS FALL: OCT 28 - Club Passim, Cambridge, MA (w Peter Mulvey & Eszter Balint) Tix NOV 16 - The Katharine Hepburn Arts Center, Old Saybrook, CT (w Jeffrey Foucault) Tix NOV 18 - Narrows Center For The Arts, Fall River, MA (w Jeffrey Foucault) members-only event NOV 19 - Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME (w Rose Cousins & Zak Trojano) Tix DEC 1 - Museum of Industry, Waltham, MA Tix Details for these & all shows on the tour page.<><><><>
May 24th, 2016
The STRANGE CONVERSATION album, which consists of songs I made from works by well-known poets, is turning 10 years old in June and as fate would have it, the same band & I recorded 6 more poem-based songs this winter and made a related EP titled THE WAKING. It's just-mastered and off to the printers and will be officially released at the SC Anniversary shows at which the boys and I will convene to perform both the original album and the new EP in their entireties! Some of the older songs haven't been played live in years and the new ones have never been heard outside the studio, so we're looking forward to taking them all for a spin. The EP will be available for sale as well as brand-new Strange Conversation/Waking songbooks and other assorted treasures. Ordering info coming soon for those of you who can't make a show but want to acquire these things remotely. FRI 10 JUNE @ THE PARLOR ROOM Northampton MA https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1090561?utm_medium=bks SAT 11 JUNE @ CLUB PASSIM Cambridge MA https://tickets.passim.org/ordertickets.asp?p=5220&backurl=default.asp Or you'll be able to watch the Passim show from your couch of choice on concertwindow.com These special shows will consist only of songs from these two albums, and will almost certainly never happen again! Join us.