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Monday, August 29th, 2016

GillBilly-logo-v1-600px-300x261Looking forward to tunes and fishing with my pal Chris Coole at this workshop in BC next month. Followed by a Northwest Growling Old Men tour with John Lowell, and a Europe Brother Mule mission in Nov/Dec with Brian Wicklund. Has been the busiest summer for me in many years – a blurr really. Just catching my breath now and gearing up for a handful of studio projects. Summer highlights that I can remember included a quick stop at Weiser, Fishing Music set in Livingston, MT w/ Mollie O’Brien, Grass Valley Fest in CA, a great teaching gig w/ Joe Walsh, Brittany Haas and others in Maine, some New Reeltime Travelers gigs w/ Beste Ellis and Eric Thorin, and a blissful week floating and playing tunes on the Salmon River. Hoping to carry the joy of the summer through what promises be be a continuing ugly battle for the White House – lord help us. “Left Wing, Right Wing, Chicken Wing”

“Left wing, right wing, chicken wing.” ― Woody Guthrie

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

IMG_5732 Enjoying a few weeks at home between some crazy spring travel and upcoming summer schedule (which is looking full). Its a georgous time of year in the Tetons with snow persisting up high (and occasionally in our yard), birds, flowers, mushrooms and baby critters popping up all over the place. Recent highlights included a trip to Patagonia, Argentina followed closely by the AK Folk Fest in Juneau (7500 miles from S to N!), and a fun tour in Oklahoma w/ New Reeltime Travelers. Especially enjoyed visiting the Woody Guthrie archive/museum. Recent studio projects: Cowboy CD for Mike Dowling/Liz Masterson, the Jackson Hole Chorale, The Miller Sisters gospel/hymn CD, and John Kidwell’s dixieland CD. Hope to see you at a music festival or on the river this summer!

Fun Shows in Feb/Mar

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Eli & Ben Dornansj

Heading East

Monday, November 30th, 2015

poster. ben eli vtLooking forward to playing music next week with Eli West – VT, ME and NY

Home from Ireland

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

IMG_1766 Just returned home from a nice trip to Ireland where the guiness was frothy and the sheep were plentiful. Heard a lot of great music, and played a lot of music the week prior with John Lowell and Ben Somers in England & Wales. Been a crazy summer of teaching, touring, recording and a fabulous river trip on the Salmon. Looking forward to some downtime and songwriting time here at home in the Tetons during my favorite time of year. Keep in touch

Damn everything but the circus!

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

“Damn everything but the circus! …damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning, damn everything that won’t get into the circle, that won’t enjoy. That won’t throw it’s heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus, the round world, the full existence…”

― E.E. Cummings

Today, Apr 18, is World Circus Day
(just sayin…)


Thursday, January 1st, 2015

IMG_1575 Here’s wishing 2015 brings health, insight and creativity to you – and lots of music. It’s 20 below and sunny in Victor as I write this. Psychedelic snow crystals and deer tracks adorn the yard. Feeling hopeful. I look forward to bringing my music to you in one form or another – recorded, live, or via teaching – in the coming months.

Long live Tom Magliozzi!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

tom magliozziSo sorry to hear about the passing of this brilliant host of Car Talk with the maniacal laugh. He was the best and filled our house with many Saturday morning laughs. Proud to have had a few of my songs played on the show over the years.
Nice NPR tribute here.

High on a Mountain

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Looking forward to getting High on a Mountain next week at the Targhee Music Camp. We have the most students signed up ever and a stellar cast of instructors. I will wrap up the week of teaching with a set at the Targhee Bluegrass fest with the New Reeltime Travelers, with special guests Eric Thorin and Brittany Haas. Can’t wait!

I have been completely slammed this summer in the Henhouse. Highlights have included a new recording by the New Reeltime Travelers, two releases by local favorites Shelley & Kelly, the Brian Maw Band, and the Many Strings Cowboy Christmas cd. Looking forward to upcoming sessions with Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore and John Cooke who will be recording an audio book about his experience as Janis Joplin’s road manager.


studio, gig, studio, fish, studio, gig, studio, fish, eat…

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014