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just a quick reminder that work songs are awesome!

We found this worksong among a wonderful collection of other songs on worksongs.org, which is run by Maine farmer-musician Bennett Konesni. It’s kind of a digital soundbook and Bennett has created a collection of songs used to aid labor and has included lyrics on many of the songs. His long term goal is to have recordings, lyrics, history, usage tips and comments on each song. He created the site to address three needs:

First, the need to share songs that people can use in their fields, markets, kitchens and at the table. Second, and more generally, my wish to understand and enliven the culture of food. Third, and in a universal sense, my desire to explore ways to make all work more fun.

It’s a really cool project and he and his trained harbor seal Andre accept donations if you would like to support him.

Click HERE to check out the full site.


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spirited music! legendary gawker family band at mettabee farm in hillsdale, jan. 27

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Looking for  a way to keep moral up and marching after yesterday’s historic marches? Hudson Valley folks will have a great opportunity next weekend. Friday, January 27, 2017, from 7:00pm  9:00pm the Gawler Family Band will be playing raucous joyous Americana and folk from around the world. Find them at Mettabee Farm and Arts Center in Hillsdale New York. Information can be found on the farm website, which we’ve copy and pasted below the break. Read more about the band and its history here and listen to member Edith Gawler sing here. Continue reading


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music we love: alaska

Part II of our videos for nature lovers this morning continues with this magical song by Maggie Rogers, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter. Written while she was training to be a nature guide in Alaska, the song draws on Maggie’s more traditional training as a folk musician but is also heavily influenced by the catchy club dance music she discovered in France. Personally, we think putting this on repeat is the perfect way to wade through the spreadsheet-laden swamps of crop-planning.


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sassafras stomp tour dates!

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Remember Adam and Johanna, the sweet song birds of Songbird Farm in Unity, ME? Good. Just to keep you abreast of their happenings: you can catch Adam’s interview on the Greenhorns Radio here, order his CD here, and see him and Johanna live at the following shows!

Fri. Oct 21st.  Contradance in Brooklyn, NY
Sat.  Oct. 22nd.  CDNY Contradance.  Manhattan, NY.
Sun. Oct 23rd.  House Concert, Brooklyn, NY (email newrootmusic@gmail.com for more info)
The songbirds also report: “We’re heading out on a longer tour in late November, with shows in Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana.  More of these dates are contradances, though we’re hoping to add a number of concerts to the tour to promote the songs and stories on Walk These Fields.  For more information see: www.sassafrasstomp.com/schedule and to book them: song.bird farm@yahoo.com


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famers! this music was literally made for you.

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Remember those song birds up in Maine that we wrote about a few weeks ago? (To refresh your memory: they play magical folk tunes with lyrics that will make any farmer smile, cry, and chuckle. We recommend them most for tapping your toes and stirring pots of chili after long crisp days of fall harvest.)

Well, we’re excited to announce that those far from the dreamy lands of Maine can still get their hands on the music. Adam Nordell’s new songs and CD are now available for preview, download, and even physical purchase on CD Baby!


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maine’s dreamiest dirtiest songbirds

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Mainers should take note that they have three opportunities this weekend to see the talented and charming Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis, partners and farmers of Songbird Farm in Unity, ME. To celebrate the release of Adam’s most recent album, Maine Farmland Trust is hosting a mini concert series:  Deering Grange in Portland on August 25; The Hub in Unity on August 26; and Halcyon Grange in Blue Hill on August 27.

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Nordell and Davis are small grain and mixed vegetables farmers by day and summer and traveling musicians by night and winter. They bring a banjo, guitar, and a fiddle to the stage with boot-stomping energy to dances, concerts, and workshops around New England. The latest CD is something of a musical meditation on agrarian life, and I’ll bet you 10 ears of fresh-picked sweet corn that Nordell’s description will resonate with all you small-scale veggie farmers out there:

“You might think of this as a slow-song movement: I’ll get the seed of a song while I’m doing field work, maybe cultivating beets. Something like ”The red dirt shows in the space between the rows.  That grass will grow back, we’ll be back at it with our hoes.” I’ll get stuck on those two lines for a long time.  But then I’ll be hoeing an identical row of beets two years later, and out of nowhere, that lyric will come rushing back, followed by the rest of the song.    It will have accumulated all of these  images from the farm  and our travels, and maybe – hopefully – it will have something broader to say.”

Listen to some of their music, here!