We want to extend a huge thank you to the Minnesota Historical Society and the following organizations for partnering to present our music and stories in 12 different towns around the state of Minnesota over the past 7 months: Graceville Public Library, Appleton Library, Milaca Public Library, Jackson Public Library, Mille Lacs Library, Cambridge Public Library, Plymouth Public Library, Brooklyn Park Public Library, Moorhead Library, Crookston Library, Pine Center for the Arts and the Aitken Public Library. Thank you to all the hardworking organizers and to everyone that came out to hear and see the show!
We had such wonderful audiences everywhere we went and we especially enjoyed hearing so many stories from audience members about how this music and history reminded them of their own family stories and special places around the state. We are commited to continuing to bring traditional music collected in the Upper Midwest back to the communities it came from!
We are building a photo album of pics from our MNHS travels here: http://www.evergreentrad.com/photo-gallery/
Randy and I just finished up two weeks in the wonderful Hideaway Studio in Northeast Minneapolis working on our upcoming duo album. We’re very excited about the music and hoping to have the CD out by May or June. Tomorrow we’re off to Chicago to perform at the University of Chicago Folk Festival. Looking forward to bringing our northwoods music to the big city. In addition to performances on Friday and Saturday nights, we’ll also give a talk on Minnesota singer Mike Dean (Saturday afternoon) and workshops on our approach to song arrangement.
This includes a tiny little interview and the song “Roll Drivers Roll” with some cool archival photos mixed in.
Video of us playing the Ontario song The Jolly Raftsman on the banks of the St. Croix River on a cold October day.
Twin Cities Public Television’s weekly arts series, MN Original, will feature a video of us performing “Roll Drivers Roll” on the shores of the St. Croix River. The first broadcast is this Sunday at 10pm (see schedule below). The piece will also be available online here: http://www.mnoriginal.org/
See us on TV:
Date Time Channel
1/27/2013 10:00 PM TPT2
1/27/2013 6:00 PM TPT2
1/28/2013 4:00 AM TPT2
1/28/2013 1:00 AM TPT SW MN
1/28/2013 7:00 AM TPT SW MN
1/28/2013 7:00 PM TPT SW MN
1/31/2013 9:30 PM TPT Life
2/1/2013 3:30 AM TPT Life
It was COLD that day we filmed this! Hopefully our teeth aren’t chattering too bad!
Randy and I are excited to announce that we have started recording our follow-up album to “Minnesota Lumberjack Songs” this month. Whereas “Minnesota Lumberjack Songs” was more of a solo project for me, this album (currently without a title) is much more of a duo effort. Randy and I have been choosing material and experimenting with arrangements for a year and a half and we’re very excited to be in the wonderful Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis with engineer Joe Mabbott putting these great old songs and tunes on a recording!
We’re hoping to have the finished product by May or June of this year.
Randy and I had a great week teaching at the Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Academy in Flagstaff, AZ (July 17-19) and performing the Irish Songs from the Lumber Camps show at the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival!
We also enjoyed our outdoor concert at the beautiful (and historically appropriate) Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff. The Riordan’s were Irish-American lumber company owners from Chicago who helped establish Flagstaff when the logging industry expanded southward (from the Midwest) in the late 1800s. There are photos from this concert on the PHOTOS page.
I’m a bit late in posting this here but I wanted to mention that Roddy Campbell, editor and creator of Canada’s number one Roots Music Magazine Penguin Eggs, picked “Minnesota Lumberjack Songs” as one of the top 10 CDs of 2011 on the CKUA Celtic Show.
Great to have such wonderful support from a big name in the Canadian folk scene.
KWLM in Willmar, MN has an interview we did last month up on their website. We had a good time visiting with Todd Bergeth on the KWLM’s “Open Mic” program on the morning of April 27th.
Here we are talking about the song “Roll Drivers Roll” and performing it live in the studio: Open_Mic_KWLM_4-27_Roll_Drivers
Click here to hear the entire interview and performance. Thanks to Todd and KWLM for supporting live music in the Willmar area!
This just showed up on the Public Radio Exchange website a couple months ago so I thought I’d share it here. It’s an interview and live performance I did back in October 2011:
KAXE’s Travis Ryder interviews Brian Miller about Minnesota Lumberjack Songs (Recorded Oct. 2011)