Lindalou and Michael Ryge

July 1, 2009

Happy Summer!

Thanks to those of you who have recently signed our mailing list,  given us tips and/or bought our CD! We really appreciate all the support and positive feedback we’ve been getting these past few months!

We’ve been asked to play as a duo at the Calistoga Farmer’s Market on the 4th of July from 9am to 11am. The market will be extended this Saturday and we’ll stop playing during Calistoga’s 4th of July parade and start up again  from 12:30 to 2:00. Then we’ll go over to Santa Rosa to play for a 4th of July party at a new retirement home where we’ve been hired to play for an hour that afternoon.

On July 11th from 9am to noon, we’ll play again at the Calistoga Farmer’s Market with The 3 D’s –Dan Brunetti, David Chapman and Duncan Draper.

Thanks to our friend Alan Morrell, who invited us, we had a wonderful weekend at the Kate Wolf Memorial Festival up in Laytonville. What an amazing event! It’s hard to believe it’s possible but it seems to keep getting better every year! We saw and heard so much incredible music and got to play into the wee hours three nights in a row, with good friends and strangers stopping by our camp, joining the song circle. One song leads to another and it’s hard to stop. Kate Wolf continues to inspire us and her spirit lives on!

Our friends Diane and Ziggy were helping run the Sunset radio station for the festival and asked us to do an interview and play a few songs during the break on Sunday. We invited Ted Dutcher and Susan Ballinger to join us on a Kate Wolf song dedicated to our old friend Gordy Hall. Some of you may have known him and remember his great smile and enthusiasm. He was a kind hearted elf like musician who died (too young) a couple of weeks ago. We would have been at his memorial service in Fairfax on Sunday if we hadn’t been at the Kate Fest. Gordyo always asked us to sing Kate Wolf’s “Across the Great Divide” whenever we saw him, and it felt good to dedicate the song to him on the air. He’ll be missed by many, especially around Fairfax where he was actively involved in the community.

We would encourage any of you music lovers out there to consider coming to the Kate Fest next year, so we can keep this wonderful festival alive and thriving.  Check out the website: http://www.katewolf.com/festival/ if you’re interested in coming next year, or consider volunteering if you can’t afford tickets. It’s well worth it!

Also if you’re interested, please check out these websites to find out about some of the wonderful music we heard there besides the big familiar names like Emmylou Harris and her buddies, etc. Check out our friend Megan Mclaughlin who played some of her great songs for us in camp. Our dear family friend Nory Fussell also played his wonderful songs for us and was asked to open for our friends Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald who played a couple of different sets including  a “tweener” between Richard Thompson and Emmylou Harris on the main stage!

Our new friend Ginger Parish’s trio “Three At Last“  played on the new “People’s Stage” and they were so good I expect we’ll be seeing them on the main stage eventually.

A duo called Ma Muse also played on the People’s Stage and were amazing, as were the Blushin’ Roulettes!

I could go on and on but I won’t. We do want to let you all know about something coming up this summer we hope you might come to. Our friends Laura Hinerfeld and Dale Henry Geist have been putting on a great little music fest the past couple of years. They call it “Cur-ville Dog Days Fest.” It’s growing and evolving and we’d like to encourage you to support it. Read about it here:  http://cur-ville.com/index.html

We hope you’re all enjoying the summer and will get out often to hear plenty of live music!

Enjoy!

XOXO, Lindalou and Michael