19 Feb

Review in Huffington Post

Miller’s strong baritone is backed by his own guitar, bouzouki, and harmonium, and by Gosa’s harmony singing, mandolin, banjo, mandola, and guitar. They do a sweet job on all the arrangements, creating a varied and satisfying album. Some of the songs are delightfully quirky Americana, from the Vaudeville piece “The Day I Played Baseball” to the grimly realistic yet somehow playful log-driver’s song “Roll, You Drivers, Roll”

-Stephen Winick, Huffington Post 2/18/2015

What a nice surprise to find our album The Falling of the Pine reviewed today in the Huffington Post! Wish I could say we were going to make it down to the upcoming Folk Alliance conference referenced in the article.  Randy and I are both honored to mentioned alongside The Alt (Eamon O’Leary, Nuala Kennedy, John Doyle). If you haven’t heard their recent album… you’re missing out. It’s beautiful.

The reviewer, Stephen Winick, is a folklorist at the American Folklife Center where I spent a glorious week this summer digging up songs and stories from their incredible collection of field recordings and unpublished transcriptions. He mentions my work identifying lost recordings of Michael Cassius Dean (many of which I write about, transcribe and sing on my blog).

09 Feb

Two Recent Radio Interviews

We thought we would share two of our favorite radio interviews we did in the past few months.

The first aired back in November 2013 on WMUK in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  We performed in that area in October and had the chance to come in and talk to Cara Lieurance of the wonderful WMUK show The Pure Drop about Irish influence in the music of Great Lakes region folk singers.  We also played three songs ourselves: “The Jails of Buffalo,” “The Banks of the Little Eau Pleine” and “How We Got Up to the Woods Last Year.”

Click to hear the interview and live studio performance on WMUK 

The second is an interview Brian did on his own this past week with Todd Moe of North Country Public Radio in northern New York. Todd and Brian talked about Brian’s research into the life and music of Michael Cassius Dean and Todd even played a couple clips from the (digitized versions of) wax cylinders made of Dean’s singing in 1924. Not every day that wax cylinders make it on to the radio!

Click to hear Brian Miller’s interview on NCPR (including clips from the lost and found field recordings of Michael Cassius Dean).

17 Nov

Tour Recap

With a final show in Madison, WI last week, Randy and I wrapped up a great string of shows across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan celebrating the release of The Falling of the Pine.  Looking back now, we saw some beautiful parts of the country (can’t wait to get back to the U.P.!).  Here’s the full list:

St. Paul, MN
Hinckley, MN
Moose Lake, MN
Silver Bay, MN
Bemidji, MN
Kelliher, MN
Madison, WI
Green Bay, WI
Calumet, MI
Marquette, MI
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Saginaw, MI
Richland, MI
Kalamazoo, MI

Thanks to everyone that put on the gigs and those that came out to see us!

We have some more travels in the works for winter 2014 and beyond.  Stay tuned!

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Richland Community Hall, Richland, MI