I’m the type that likes to be busy so this December’s wild and wooly pace really suits me just fine. We are 2/3 of the way through the Celtic Trio’s Christmas tour. This is my second year participating in this ensemble with longtime American/Irish Contemporary Celtic duo Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning. So far we’ve been to the San Juan Islands, Seattle, Eugene, Corvallis, Albany and Portland playing to a lot of full houses. Check the schedule at Ark Music for remaining dates!
Our new CD Under the Wonder Sky was recently chosen by John Diliberto, host of NPR’s Echoes program as the CD of the month for December. Our interview airs December 14th. You can listen online and read the online review by clicking here.
When I return from tour, I’ll be presenting two concerts of my own—the 7th annual Acoustic Christmas Concerts with Wendy Goodwin & Friends. Joining me this year is a wonderful and eclectic cast of musicians including Violinist Alexandra Kazmierowicz, Cellist Ashley Peck, Bassist Nolan Staples, Mandolin Virtuoso Jacob Jolliff (home on Christmas break from a national tour with Joy Kills Sorrow), Guitarist Nate Macy, Pianist Bryan Clark, Percussionist Bill Nippoldt and vocalist Bethany Cibolski. That’s a total of nine people including myself: woooooo—hooooo!
Tuesday, December 21st
Cloud Seven Cafe (NW 10th & Johnson—Pearl District, Portland)
Concert is Free. Desserts, espresso drinks and local wines available for purchase.
Wednesday, December 22nd
West Chehalem Friends Church (16700 NE North Valley Road, Newberg) MAP
Concert is Free—family friendly and all are welcome.
I’m still teaching my private students too whenever I land for a moment back in town. I have a few little ones who are on the verge of completing Suzuki Book 1… I keep telling them “before the sun sets on December 31st you WILL complete Gavotte!” It’s fun having concrete goals to shoot for. I am so proud of my kiddos.
Last night I was able to join vocalist Tasha Miller for a private party as a part of her “Educated Band.” It was a real privilege to share the stage—er the fireside room—with pianist Kerry McCoy, Bassist Kevin Dietz and Guitarist Dan Balmer. Tasha knows how to entertain… decked in a red taffeta party dress and standing in 5 inch heels the lady had the room captivated with sassy renditions of Santa Baby, gospel infused Silent Night and some folk and jazz standards.
It would be easy to get a little crazy with all of this coming and going, different music to prepare and all, but I just keep reminding myself to just enjoy every new experience and not to take myself too seriously!
How is your Holiday season shaping up?