August, 2011
The summer is flying by! The 1861 Project has captured both my singer and educator soul. It is amazing music, when you go to the link and listen you’ll know what I mean. I’m doing everything I can to see to it that teachers know about the power it can bring to the classroom and learning. Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea (HITBOTS) the Christine Lavin, Betsy Franco Feeney song/book has reached full funding on Kickstart so we’re all excited that it will be published and released early next year. In keeping with the spirit of giving back modeled by Mom, I’ve been able to donate a number of guitars to various chapters of Guitars for Vets in her memory. They have chapters all over the country so if you’ve got a guitar that’s just gathering dust, consider donating it to this amazing organization.

In addition to the singing and writing I’ve been doing, the highlight so far this summer was my first time at The
Swannanoa Gathering Contemporary Folk and Guitar Week. Think 13 folk instructors, 19 guitar instructors, about 300 students all walking around with gig bags on their backs unless the bags were on the ground and they were playing guitar in class, outside, in concert, alone, in groups, music almost round the clock and little sleep. Suffice it to say this is now on my perpetual calendar, if you’re looking for me during the last week of July you’ll have to go to Warren-Wilson College for The Gathering! (Check out the video link for a performance recorded at Swannanoa.)

in class with Kathy Mattea photo by R.L. Geyerjoan0026kathymattea

on stage with Sage Snider

learning never ends, notes in Janis Ian’s Master Class
a common sight
David Roth, Janis Ian, Jon Vezner, and Greg Trafidloimg_1273
Patty Larkin on the stage of Vicki Genfan’s
don’t even ask!