Tomorrow is February's First Friday and downtown will be hopping with galleries, Morris Dancers on the street and all the local color you could want. At New Zone the featured artist is my dear friend PATTI LOMONT. Widely known for her fused glass work, she also is doing sculpture and ceramics and she'll have new work to share. And in the front gallery I will be holding forth instrumentally, on guitar, sea-foam green mandola and electric 5 string banjo. Fall by if you can.
On Thursday, February 25th I'll be joined by Ben and Rachael Young for some Irish music at Territorial Vineyards (3rd & Adams in Eugene) starting at 7 PM.
And on Wednesday, March 9th, I'll be back at the Shedd for the latest Installment of Chico Schwall's American Roots. This one is called "Sail Away, Ladies: the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music." Avant grade film maker, audio archivist and cultural provocateur Harry Smith created the first 'bootleg' recording, putting out three volumes of re-issued 78 rpm recordings and provided the basis of the folk revival. If that sounds dry, think "Sail Away, Ladies, "House Carpenter," "Wagoner's Lad," Staggerlee," "Minglewood Blues," "Frankie," … you get the idea. New spins on classic Americana, in special arrangements with special guests.
Hope all's well with you. Treasure the ones you love.