It's been a long time since the last note because so much has been going on in addition to "normal" everyday life.
I spent a week in Bulgaria in March following up on a USIA radio project and while there, did a set at "The Swinging Hall" --- Sofia's oldest night club, then a concert at the American University in Bulgaria. There was a surprise component of the audience: a group of Peace Corps workers who'd just crossed the Macedonian border before it closed.
In April, I had the pleasure and honor of performing with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in a series of five Adirondack concerts. Associate conductor Grant Cooper arranged some of my songs (like Here's to You, Old Green Sweater, and Mountain Air) and wrote a piece for orchestra and five soloists called Song of the Wolf. It's based on the story of the three little pigs, only in this version the wolf (played by yours truly) is an environmentalist. We performed that in the Lake Placid Olympic Center for school children from all over the Adirondacks. What a thrill to hear close to 4000 kids singing along on the chorus of Here's to You!
Dan Duggan, Peggy Eyres and I finished our trio recording! Look for that by the end of July. It's called "Ten Miles to Saturday Night" and features both concert and studio recordings of some new songs and some old favorites. And we kicked off our summer in style with a concert in the 4500-seat amphitheater of Chautauqua Institution, celebrating its 125th year.
And if you're browsing the web looking for intelligent life, I suggest the New York Folklore Society. Its annual conference is in Saratoga Springs next September and includes guided folklife walking tours, photography exhibits, panel discussions and roundtables, and a special night at Caffe Lena. Yes, I'm a board member - how could you tell?
Hope to see you on the road this summer.