Spring is in the air!

I’ve spent the last several weeks recording and doing lots of practicing; it’s been so nice to focus on these activities, and to be able to give more thought to arrangements. I’ve posted two new songs (see Music): ‘American Man’ and ‘The Escape,’ the latter with Cara Bonnett on keyboard and background vocals. It’s so gratifying to have these available for listening.

Spring gigs are starting to line up (see Dates)! I have a couple of solo dates coming up, then the group will be coming together at The Kraken Bar on Sat. May 3 at 8pm. We’re very excited to play out again and perform our new songs, a few of which are Cara’s originals. See you out there!

A little downtime

Wakefield Private PartVery intentionally, we haven’t scheduled any performances for the winter months. It feels great to slow down a bit, have time to write new songs, and to think about where I want my musical journey to take me in 2014. We’re currently working to create better-quality recordings of our originals, ones that more closely represent how the songs are performed live. It’s fascinating to see how once first created, a song grows and changes as we work with it over time until it feels just right. I’ll publicize any new recordings via my mailing list and FaceBook.

We plan to perform again in the spring, and in the meantime, stay fresh by playing at local open mics and debuting new songs to those audiences. Here’s to making new music in the new year!

Winding down 2013

The EddyThe year is winding down, with only two scheduled gigs left to go! I’ll be at Akai Hana in Morehead City for a solo gig on Nov. 8, and the band will play a private party in Raleigh on Dec. 13. Hard to believe it’s time to nail down a few holiday tunes….Over the next couple of months, I’m looking forward doing some songwriting and heading out to open mics to try out new material.

This year has been busy and exciting – over 25 gigs played in the Triangle and at the Crystal Coast! When I set my goal to perform at an open mic several years ago, I never imagined I’d be playing at local venues and outdoor festivals within a few years. I’m feeling very grateful for all the opportunities that came my way this year, for all the people I’ve met, new friends I’ve made, and for the encouragement and support of my bandmates, my friends, and family. Very special thanks to my husband Keith, without whose support I could not do this!

First performances at local festivals

CenterFestThis past weekend, Cara and I sang at the Durham Arts Council’s CenterFest — a first for both of us, and the first time we played an entire set of original music. We played for an appreciative crowd at the NC Songwriters Co-op stage; the audience feedback felt great. When the audience connects with an original song, there is just nothing like it!

Next weekend we’ll be at the Carrboro Music Festival, again at the Songwriters stage. It’ll be a short set, but we can’t wait for another opportunity to expose our songs to a wider audience. This is a great festival and we hope to see lots of friends out there!

What a weekend!

We had a good crowd and a good time at The Depot in Hillsborough this past Friday – thanks to everyone for coming out!

Hillsborough Farmers' Market July 2013Saturday was chock full of new experiences. We played Hillsborough Farmers’ Market in the morning, and felt so welcomed and appreciated. We would love to go back and play there again. Thanks to all the vendors who tipped us in food – what a sweet, generous group of people!

WCOM July 2013Later, Cara and I were interviewed on WCOM‘s Licks and Lyrics program, talked about our songwriting, and performed a few songs. We thoroughly enjoyed that experience, and are grateful to the station and Kirk Ridge for the opportunity to share our music! You can download or stream the interview here.

Upcoming, this weekend

This weekend is pretty special, and busy. We’ve got three opportunities to showcase our new originals.

Friday, July 19 at 6:45pm we’ll play at The Depot at Hillsborough Station. We had such a great time there when we played in May, and are very happy to be going back!

Saturday, July 20 at 10am we’re back in Hillsborough at the Farmers’ Market. We’ll be under a tent and thankful for the shade, I’m sure!

Saturday, July 20 at 3pm: My radio debut! I’ll be on “Licks and Lyrics” on WCOM 103.5 FM, Carrboro’s community radio station, along with Cara Bonnett, with whom I’ve been collaborating on new songs. This opportunity came to us by way of Kirk Ridge and the NC Songwriters Co-op. Thanks, Kirk!

Beaufort solo gig

Tonight I’ll be playing at Beaufort Grocery, a critically-acclaimed restaurant located on NC’s beautiful Crystal Coast. The owner, Charles Park, and manager Victoria Patrick were kind enough to have me play at their sister location, Beaufort Grocery Too, in Morehead City, several times before it closed recently. Tonight’s performance will be solo, during their wine tasting at 117 Queen St, from 6-8pm. I’m really looking forward to playing at this new spot (for me) and seeing our friends again. If you’re at the beach, come on out!