As many of you know, I never send more than 4 newsletters a year. If you have been counting, this is my THIRD for the year--my second in two months--because there is SO much going on! Please read on for more news and upcoming shows!
RINGS AROUND SATURN - July Launch Was a Success!
The Release Show: I am so grateful for the support from so many as I launched my debut solo album in July. The album release show at the Philadelphia Folksong Society was over-the-top, thanks to my amazing band (Jane and Donna my Trickster Sisters plus guest musicians Jim Salamone, Peter Farrell and Tom Hampton; as well as my back-up singers Meghan Cary, Lisa Jeanette, Irene Lambrou and Mara Levine) as well as PFS stalwarts Justin Nordell and Ashley Lehman who ensured the show went off without a hitch (even though we had 9 performers crammed on stage).
Airplay: On other fronts, over 40 public radio and internet stations have played tracks from the album and I'm especially grateful to have been invited to talk about the album on a half dozen or so radio programs (thanks to Artie Martello, Joe Pzonek, John Sillberg, Jim Sereda, Ron Olesko & Friedrich Hogg).
Reviews: Perhaps most gratifying has been some of the very complimentary reviews the album has received and in particular two tracks - 'Thoughts and Prayers' and 'Rings Around Saturn'. See my website page 'Radio & Reviews' for more details. There is a free download of a track from the album included at the end of this email.
Aug 14 @Listening Room at Tenemos– Wednesday 7:00 p.m. (West Chester) Opening with my Trickster Sisters for Cape Cod songwriter Hugh O'Doherty
Aug 16-18 @Philly Folk Fest-Fri, Lobby Stage (3:45) & Sun, Culture Tent (5:00)
Aug 23 @Robin’s Nest-Fri, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Mt Holly, NJ)
Aug 24 @Cosmic Cafe-Sat, 11-3 (joined by special guest musicians and friends)
Sep 7 @Haverford Music Fest- Sat 3:50 (the fest runs from noon till 10 p.m.!)
Oct 29 @Dungeon Music Series (Gashouse Radio)- honored to appear on Lance Fingles internet radio show (gashouseradio.com) to talk about my new album and play some tunes
Nov 8-10 @NERFA- I'm excited to be returning to this special gathering of the folk community (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, a division of Folk Alliance International) in Stamford Connecticut; I'll be appearing in various showcases and more details coming soon
Its been a really fun few weeks and especially last weekend, which I spent making new friends and lots of music at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Why I waited until this point in life to discover this gem of a festival I will never know; already counting down days till next year's festival. Special thanks to Janice Brill for this photo that captures how I felt, while playing one of many fun showcases over the weekend. (And on that note, I am so grateful to the hospitality of so many including Stuart Kabek and the Pirate Camp Crew, Gordon Nash and the Budgiedome; Richard Cucarro of Acoustic Live; the welcoming folk of Tri-State Folk Concert Presenters; and Crystal Huff who among many talents, puts on the FRFF Lost and Found Stage). And I'd be remiss if I didn't also thank Meghan Cary and Peter Farrell and their kids Clara and Quinn (who also host a wonderful showcase) for making room for me in the camper and in their lives! Who knew we could have so much fun and still make music in a monsoon rain storm?? All the best – Marion
PS -Special thanks to my friend Jen Corry for the sweet picture at the top of this newsletter!