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Arvid & Jean-Luc rockin' at the Courtyard, Neptune Beach, FL
The finale, 20th year celebration, European Street Listening Room
A chilly day at the Riverside Arts Market
with Mary-Lou in the Courtyard
wtih Mary-Lou at the Riverside Arts Market
Joline and Bob Patterson and Dick Kraft, Gamble Rogers Festival
"The Last Battle" with Lis Williamson
Gatorbone house concert
Lis and Lon Williamson, High Springs, FL
Gove Scrivenor, Gamble Rogers Festival
with Lis and Lon Williamson, High Springs, FL
Don Juan rose
Way down upon the Suwannee River
Veliste docked at the city marina, Green Cove Springs, FL
Greetings & Music News
Happy summer everybody! Whew! What a wonderful time we had in April and May! We began with the 20th Anniversary Celebration at European Street in Jacksonville. Thank you Ray Lewis, who arranges the concerts there, and to all who came to the show to celebrate with us. And thanks to all of the performers as well. We had a stellar group of musicians and friends with us that night, Darren Ronan, Charlotte Mabrey, Ernie Ealum, Philip Pan, Lis and Lon Williamson and Jean-Luc and Felicie of Mary-Lou. It meant so much to us!
The Suwannee River Paddle Festival kick-off concert at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park was great fun and very successful. They were able to make a nice contribution to the Florida Springs Institute from the proceeds. We were honored to be invited by Paddle Florida to participate in this first ever event and to share the stage with Tom Shed and Grant Peeples. We hope we'll get invited again!
Mary-Lou, our dear friends from France, were not only a part of the 20th year celebration, but we also did a number of other performances with them including a very fun performance at the Courtyard in Neptune Beach, a chilly afternoon at the Riverside Arts Market, a cozy evening at a house concert and an inspired evening at European Street. We treasure their music and their friendship, and we look forward to their next visit.
We got to reprise some of the songs we had worked on for the European Street show with Lis and Lon Williamson at a private house concert given by some very dear friends who live near High Springs. Lis and Lon are consumate musicians and fine songwriters whose music just gets better and better. It was fun to introduce them to some people who hadn't heard their music. Needless to say, they sold a bunch of CDs!
Finally, the Gamble Rogers Festival this year could not have been more special. In spite of heavy rain, it was just magical. Thanks to all in the audience who gave us such a warm reception. It was very inspiring and moving. It was great to see and hear Gove Scrivenor again...it's been too long, Gove! Best version of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind" we've ever heard! The Ashley Gang were at their shining best, a great tribute to their late member, bassist and singer, Michelle Lowe. We miss you, Michelle. The afternoon portion of the festival ended with Bob and Joline Patterson joined by Dick Kraft in an exuberant, sweet set that brought tears to everyone's eyes. These moments just get sweeter and sweeter.
We are happy to announce that we have been funded for the next season by the State of Florida Arts on Tour Program to return for a concert in Key West, (also sponsored by the Key West Art and Historical Society), a concert at South Florida State College in Avon Park for their Kaleidoscope Concert Series, (also sponsored by the college), and for school residencies in Putnam County (with the Arts Council of Greater Palatka) and DeSoto County (with the DeSoto County School Board).
After all of this being busy, the summer is looking quiet. Arvid has some solo shows going and has a side project band called "New Ceiling Zero" with Darren Ronan and Roy Peak. That should prove to be fun! The schedule is below. Lee is working on a collaboration with Charlotte Mabrey, Philip Pan and Al Letson on a performance of music and spoken word in celebration of the gardens and their setting along the St. Johns River at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. That performance will be held September 8 at the Cummer. We're pleased to announce we'll be performing at the Sandhill Stage at Prairie Creek Lodge in Gainesville on August 17. We're excited to play there for the first time. It's a double bill with our good friend, the amazing dulcimer player (and builder), David Beede. David is a remarkable musician and songwriter. He's witty, funny and has a huge amount of heart. It's bound to be a great time. You can learn more about David and his work at www.davidbeede.com.
As you can see, we have a fresh look to the website. Don't forget to check out the page for our 20th year celebration at www.tammerlin.com/20thYear.html. There's a slide show for the 20th Anniversary with photos going all the way back to the first years of touring. www.tammerlin.com/20thSlide.html.
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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.
JUNE 15 - 6-10pm, Arvid's new trio "New Ceiling Zero" with Darren Ronan and Roy Peak, Sliders by the Sea, Fernandina Beach, FL - www.slidersseaside.com
JUNE 30 - Arvid at the Bhakti Kirtan Festival with Wynne Paris, Orlando, FL
JULY 6 - 6:30-9:30pm, Arvid solo at Cafe Karibo and Karibrew, Fernandina Bch, FL- www.cafekaribo.com/karibrew.html
AUG 17 - 8pm, Tammerlin and David Beede, Sandhill Stage at Prairie Creek Lodge, 7204 SE CR 234, Gainesville, FL. $20 at the door to benefit Alachua Conservation Trust and Conservation Burial, Inc. Limited seating: For advance reservations please call Freddie (352)317-7307 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEPT 8 - 2pm, Lee with Charlotte Mabrey, Philip Pan and Al Letson in a performance of music and spoken word to celebrate the gardens of The Cummer Museum & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL - www.cummer.org
Summer is upon us. For myself and Julia the Cat (who likes to sleep with her pal Aunt Edna, my trusty bass Tanpura) the true meaning of Summer is both a blessing and an endurance test. I look forward to my twilight bicycling, trips to the beach for burning, a let up in both teaching my music students ( along with the ebb of their dollars - I did say "endurance" ) and the opportunity to get my house and body right. I'm trying to book some solo shows as well as some new collaborations. As events unfold you'll read about it here. For now I am working to fatten the schedule.
Our friends from France, Mary-Lou have gone home ( funny, when they arrived in March we had the fireplace in full roar ), but their presence remains here in the house with their love and generosity, from the tapestry on the wall to an autographed copy of Willie Nelson's book : "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me" purchased at his amazing show in Clearwater last month.
It was a wonderful, busy, full-of music winter and spring! I had the opportunity to play with so many fine musicians and friends, so much laughter, love and joy! Now, I'm grateful for some down-time. I've been able to focus on the Cummer concert, more about that later, and think more seriously about trying to get another recording going. I've got some new ideas for songs in the works. That's always a pleasure. I've been able to give the garden and yard my full attention. There are flowers everywhere! The roses are thriving and the vegetable garden looks spectacular. We had beautiful lettuce, kale, broccoli and swiss chard until early June. Now we have onions, eggplant and all colors of cherry tomatoes. The zucchini and cucumbers look like they might do well, too. We have a whole new crop of carrots in the ground and I just planted some pumpkins! Michael and I have enjoyed some outdoor time, too, a magical overnight canoe trip on the Suwannee River and a lovely sailboat/full moon trip south on the St. Johns that included a stop to swim in the springfed swimming pool at Green Cove Springs!
I'm enjoying some reading, too."A Tear at the Edge of Creation" by Marcelo Gleiser feeds my nerd side, I guess. It is a fascinating look at the current state of particle physics and the drive for the "unification theory" and it's connection to western religion and philosophy. Jean-Luc and Félicie sent me a copy of Alan Lomax's beautiful book on the blues, "The Land Where the Blues Began". Who but Alan Lomax could tell the story with such detail and passion? I find myself lingering over every word. I have been listening to some new music, as well! I just got Pat Metheny's "Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20". It's Pat Metheny's arrangements of John Zorn's compositions based on traditional Jewish music and scales. Not an easy listen-you have to pay attention. It is just breathtakingly interesting and inspiring! Oh, and I just got David Bowie's "Next Day". Sounds like David Bowie! Great fun!
It may be a quiet summer for Tammerlin, but there is still a lot of music in the works. I'm very excited about working with Charlotte Mabrey, Al Letson and Philip Pan on the concert we are putting together to celebrate the gardens at the Cummer Museum and Gardens here in Jacksonville. It has already been an extraordinary collaboration. It was fascinating to dig through the muesum's archives to learn about the building of the Cummer's home there along the St. Johns River, the planning of the gardens, the building of the art collection and Ninah Cummer's incredible dedication to our community. And what an honor to work with such very talented people! Charlotte, my teacher, friend and mentor, and I have done many projects together. Philip has been so much fun and so supportive and adventurous as a not-often-enough member of Tammerlin. I have not had the opportunity yet to work with Al Letson, but I have been a huge fan for years and am thrilled to finally get to work on a project with him. It's refreshing to play some different kinds of music, too. From an Arvo Pärt piece to improvisation....it even forced me to finish a song!
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
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