Our Etsy’s looking so springy. From stickers to posters to the 2015 New Farmer’s Almanac, we’ve got a lot to offer! Among other items, we are so excited to offer you our new Intergalactic Mixtape, featuring 18 tracks created by musicians, farmers, and folks living on the land, from Georgia to Belgium. These songs are meant to be shared, mixed, modified lyrically, and pollinated exuberantly!
Taking it slow this Sunday? (Us too.) May we make a suggestion? Listen to Stan Rogers play tunes befitting meditative Sunday projects like seeding summer starts, cleaning your kitchen, and enjoying Greenhorns blog posts.
Before his untimely death at 33, Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers crooned about the joys and hardships of working class peoples, and his subjects ranged from miners to maritimers to farmers. At 6’4’’ he was said to be “built like a firetruck,” but he doesn’t sound anything like one. We recommend: Bluenose, Tiny Fish for Japan, and Rogers’s cover of The Witch of Westmoreland.
Portland, OR’s Fast Rattler made its debut on the 2009 Grammy-nominated album “Singing Through the Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips,” which included artists like Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton paying their respects at the passing of one of Folk music’s activist heroes.
Fronted by Utah’s son Brendan, Fast Rattler dug deep into Utah’s extensive catalogue, crafting their own versions of his songs and setting his poems to music. Fast Rattler’s full-length debut “Linger On: Celebrating the Songs of Utah Phillips,” was released in 2011 to wide acclaim, as they toured throughout the US and Canada, earning slots at major folk festivals including the Kate Wolf Memorial Folk Festival.
The band’s follow-up EP, “Hands on the Plow,” focuses on original material and new arrangements of traditional folk songs. While Utah’s music will always be a part of Fast Rattler’s repertoire, the band has won audiences over with their own original material and renditions of cherished classics. Most significantly, Fast Rattler has been invited to contribute an original track to the upcoming “Occupy This Album,” a compilation of songs inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, featuring artists from Willie Nelson and Steve Earle to Third Eye Blind and Thievery Corporation.
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These folks have met their kickstarter goal, but additional dollars pledged will go towards building a dedicated classroom for their Music for Sprouts program right on the farm. $1 gets you a digital download of the album, once released! Check it out HERE
Greenhorns! We would love to hear from you!
Please send songs by August 1st in the following format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Track title:
- Written by:
- Link to a recording:
- Contact of musician(s):
- Link to lyrics:
- Permission to use material? (Please state YES)
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Whistlepig Productions Presents: “I’m Goin’ Home: Worksongs, Chanteys and Roots Music with Max and Maggie.”
Join Max and Maggie for a raucous, foot-stomping evening of singing. With simple call-and-response structures, these work songs and sea chanteys can be learned quickly, require no prior experience, and are great for singing in the field, in the kitchen, or around the campfire. We will start with the simplest songs and learn some more involved worksongs as our lungs warm up. Along the way, Max and Maggie will share ballads, blues, and fiddle tunes from the southern tradition. Max has taught work songs at farms, colleges, grange halls and general stores throughout the northeast and is excited to share them with folks in his home state of Georgia. Come ready to cut loose and sing out!
Saturday, July 12th @ Whistlepig Productions in Atlanta, GA. Admission $15. Bring your own mug for a $1 discount. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served. Feel free to BYOB.
Please RSVP to email@example.com for directions. Doors open at 6 pm, Show starts at 7 pm.
We love this band.