Well, this summer was a good one. Gig-wise, there were weddings and dances all over New England and 2 sessions of Maine Fiddle Camp at the end of August to close it out. On a non-musical note, I discovered boogie boarding on Higgins Beach in Scarborough and got to bike around Richmond, Quebec while Bethany played for the excellent Ooh-La-La Dance Weekednd in July. So far fall is off to a great start. I missed the Common Ground Fair for the first time in awhile, but I did get to return to Treworgy Orchard’s concert series for what’s always an enjoyable fall day.
I’m looking forward to traveling around in October with a few different folks. Oct 2-3 I’ll be in NYC with Jonah Sidman and Jon Cannon under the monniker “Jonah and the Whalewatchers”. Oct 9 I’ll be at Rehoboth with Julie Metcalf and Bethany Waickman. That trio will be get out to MA, PA, MD and WVA under the name Blackjack Grove. On Oct 10 Bethany Waickman and myself will be in Greenfield with Dave Langford on fiddle. The following weekend I’ll be out at the Bangor Dance and Trenton dance with Bethany and a dynamite young fiddler, Emma Walsh (no band name to-date).
Riptide will play a dance in North Whitefield, ME on Oct 23, and an exciting new dance weekend in Monterey CA called Foggy Moon Dance Weekend. The bands at Foggy Moon will include Ed Howe and Jamie Oshima (Barefoot), and Elizabeth and Sean Wood (from Celtic Spring) with New England guitar hero Larry Unger. We’re really looking forward to it. Riptide finished our first album, which you can purchase here, or at a dance.
ALSO, I’ll be teaching a couple mando workshops at the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon, NH along with Bethany Waickman on guitar, and Lissa Schneckebuger on fiddle. After the workshops the three of us will play for a concert at 7:30. Hope to see you there!
Photo: Alden Robinson