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Arvid & Jean-Luc of "Mary-Lou"
The finale, 20th year celebration, European Street Listening Room
At the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
Tammerlin and Mary'Lou
"Blind Willie McTell" -Deland Art Festival
At Suwannee Springfest with special guest, Sue Cunningham
"Wintersong" at the Riverside Arts Market
Live Radio performance in Sace, France
With Lis and Lon Williamson
Gamble Rogers Festival
At the Sandhill Stage at Prairie Creek Lodge
"St. Johns River Dream" at the Cummer Museum with Philip Pan and Charlotte Mabrey
"A Vision Awakening" at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens-Lee with Philip Pan and Kevin Bodge
Greetings & Music News
Our return trip to Key West for Civil War Heritage Days was a big success. We encountered beautiful weather, a great audience and a really nice event. In addition to our concert of Civil War and Seafaring Songs, they had a high school band of reenactors playing period instruments and an adult band of reenactors who had trained the students. The kids were amazing to watch-their talent and enthusiasm were inspiring. It was an honor to be a part of this fun and growing event. We enjoyed playing at South Florida State College, too. The hall was really lovely-great acoustics and excellent sound production. The audience was supportive of our music and of the series the college puts on every year. We met some really nice people. Next, it was back to Gage Hall in Charleston, SC- a family reunion of sorts. It was so good to see our Charleston friends again! Thank you all for the very warm welcome!
So, spring is here and so is festival season. We are very excited to be a part of many upcoming festivals and festivities. We'll be kicking off Garden Month at The Cummer Museum and Gardens on March 1. Then it's the Will McLean Festival, a very sweet Florida festival in honor of songwriter, Will McLean. Lee will be doing a songwriters in the round in addition to our Tammerlin set there. Next comes Suwannee Springfest with a great line-up including Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Steep Canyon Rangers and Jason Isbell.
We would love to hear from you! There are a couple of ways to do that. You can e-mail us at email@example.com. Or, you can "Like" us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Tammerlin/ You are welcome to post comments and photos and invite your friends.
Thank you for your friendship and your continued support of our music! We look forward to seeing you out there somewhere!
Lee & Arvid
Remember, all dates are subject to change, so you should contact the venue to confirm.
MARCH 1 - 10am-3pm, Garden Month Kick-off, The Cummer Museum & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL - www.cummer.org
MAR 7-9 Will McLean Festival, Dade City,FL www.willmclean.com
MARCH 20-23 - 1:45pm-3:00pm-Music Hall, Saturday, March 22-Suwannee Springfest, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, FL - www.suwanneespringfest.com
MARCH 30 - Lee with Charlotte Mabrey, Philip Pan, Kevin Bodge and Barbara Colaciello, excerpt from "A Vision Awakening", private event at The Cummer Museum & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL - www.cummer.org
My friend and Florida folk music stalwart Ron Johnson has come into a choice gig. He has a publishing deal to write a book on the history of folk music in North Florida. The final copy is due in April for hopeful publishing at Christmastime. Nice work if you can get it, as the saying goes. So Ron has been busy making the rounds, sitting down for hours with his colleagues and the still alive and well performers whose pedigree is working the bars and festivals and concert rooms where we troubadours ply our trade.
As a helpful tool, he has gone on Facebook asking for anecdotes, thoughts and anyone's past life experiences to color the book and make it more entertaining if not reliable..(fiction has an awful habit of cropping up after the fact). Good or bad, this act has re-ignited the age-old argument of "what exactly is Folk Music ?" Just as I was steeling my nerves to enter the fray, my better judgement told me to hit the bookshelf for my well-worn Januar 1966 issue of "Sing Out Magazine" that has occupied a place on my dusty bookshelf for as long as I can remember. The great Native American folksinger/songwriter Peter LaFarge is on the cover, and the issue is a trip back in time to the dishing of dirt on the then emerging 'Folk Rock' phenomena. (Really, in this issue the term 'protest song' was brand new!)
It brought a chuckle to my cheeks reading The Byrds (whose Seeger penned 'Turn , Turn, Turn,' had just hit #1) referred to as: "a California R&B group" or lamenting the trio of Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm and Harvey Brooks as: "Dylan's noisy jazz combo" when they were booed at Forest Hills earlier that summer. Perhaps the cake was taken in that issue by Tom Paxton who labeled the genre as: "Folk Rot".
What hit home was that this debate is as contentious now as it was at the beginning of 1966. Perhaps we should be grateful that the score was never really settled. It may have helped propel the practice of 'folk music' to greater eclecticism, greater variants in approach and an overall richer approach that years from now will see the future debaters looking back at our golden age.
But then 18 months later Cream wound up on the hallowed cover of "Sing Out"... the fold had seemingly widened again.
As spring approaches, I find myself treasuring all of the things that I do as a profession-writing, teaching and performing. My annual recital for my piano students is coming up. My students cover a huge range of abilities and interests. I love the challenge of finding a piece for them to play that is fun for them and, at the same time, well-showcases their skills and their hard work. I am proud of each of them, and I truly enjoy sharing my love of music with them, wherever they might want to take it.
Thanks to my friend, Chris Kelley, who owns a kayak tour business in St. Augustine called Ripple Effect Ecotours, I find myself with the chance to put on my biologist and writer's hats. I've begun writing a newsletter for Chris and helping him with some publicity. It's given me a chance to think like a biologist again and as an environmentalist while doing research and writing that is a long and interesting departure from songwriting. It's a good exercise, and I'm sure that on some level it makes me a better songwriter. Some of you may remember Chris. He played mandolin with Tammerlin for a while. Then he got really busy. I miss making music with him, but I enjoy seeing his succes with the work he's doing now.
Finally, it has felt incredibly good to be playing so much music again....all kinds of music! It has been quiet for a few months....then all of a sudden.....practice, practice! From the Civil War material to playing some classical music again with Philip Pan for the Cummer Museum and Gardens and everything in between, I am enjoying it all and grateful for the opportunities!
Roll Down Thy Window (1995) Binky Records (recorded as Tory Voodoo)
Third Weeks A’Lightnin’(1996) Binky Records
Wind Horses(2002) Binky Records
One Kind Favor(2005) BirdsTale Records
No Small Thing(2008)BirdsTale Records
There are a number of ways that you can purchase Tammerlin’s music. All of the information is on the “discography” page on our website.
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