the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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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!


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ny: liv carrow and brian dewan to perform at the half moon

Thursday, June 16th from 9 to midnight!

YES IT’S TRUE- A LEGENDARY HUDSON PAIRING

Liv Carrow, the wayward ex-local darling of the alleged local music scene, will return to play some songs for you on the glittering stage, joined by one of the world’s most unique accordion crooners, Catskill’s very own Brian Dewan.

Bring your greenback dollars and some stamina for stringed instruments and pithy wordplay. Click here to learn more!


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“this soil is fertile.”

Artists from South Sudan, a new country fraught with internal conflict, make a case for the power of community agriculture in their music video. As they sing, rap, and comb through fields of corn, okra, and sorghum, their message is clear: There’s rich soil in Sudan, and it will improve the lives of people if they decide to use it–but it’s up to them to start digging.

Check out the behind-the-scenes interviews, too, for words from The Jay Family about why they feel farming can help the people of Sudan. Yuppie Jay says, “People blame the governor when something goes wrong. But at our homes we need to put things right. We need to go, to present to the government that we have made this, we have crops, we have farms. Then the government can support with money for roads, for tractors. But we can’t wait for the government to fix all our problems. We need to arrange ourselves and be where we are.”


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listen to one of the most wonderful PSAs of all time

“We can get America back if we get ourselves back. You don’t need drugs; you don’t need gurus; you only need to believe in yourself. Remember it only takes a small circle of friends to get back to a life based on reality rather than escape.”

We’d like to add that you don’t need supermarkets, you don’t need cars; and you sure don’t need TV. You just need a small plot of dirt and a packet of seeds to get back in touch with the earth.

(Anyone who knows the story of Ochs’s life will undoubtedly find some irony in this song, but, gosh darmnit, Phil Ochs, we still love just you!)


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a combination of funk and angry grampa

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Bay area, get ready for your ear drums to get rocked! Arann Harris and The Farm Band are described as one part dumpster fire, touch of summer camp, heap of Alt Gospel, served on a bed of bacon grease and git-down. His music is high-energy and highly entertaining. A mix of old time blues, mountain music, funk and angry Grampa.

The Group will be playing in two of November’s finest Bay Area shows – and you don’t want to miss them! On Saturday, November 21st, they’ll be opening for Sean Hayes at The Chapel in San Francisco and on November 27th, they’ll be joining the T Sisters and David Luning Band at The Mystic Theatre. Get your tickets HERE!


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hoedown hootenanny – an urban barndance benefit for PLACE, nov.14, OAKLAND, CA

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DATE: Saturday, November 14, 2015
TIME: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
COST: $10-20
FACEBOOK EVENT

LAST Second Saturday HoeDown Hootenanny of the season! Featuring an eclectic mix of Gypsy, Jazz, Balkan, Blues, Americana, Acoustic, and Dark Carnival sounds for a wild evening of barn dancing!

-7PM: Doors Open
-7:30PM: Thee Hobo Gobbelins, “a wickedly catchy mixture of ancient pirate curses, orcish vaudeville, and eldritch hobo semaphore”
-9PM: The Resonant Rogues, “Gypsy jazz and Balkan music with American folk traditions like old-time and blues”

$10-$20 sliding scale at the door.

PLACE is “a public-serving, experiential learning center to showcase and foster sustainable living practices, urban homesteading, community resiliency & preparedness, social justice and artistic expression.”


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music: corner tour

Corner Tour is a band of charmers. We like to defy your ears with our melancholy mountain carnival. But don’t ask us what kind of music this is. Listen for yourself especially around bedtime for some dream inspiration. To listen, CLICK HERE!

A lightning bolt struck San Francisco in 1998 and Corner Tour was born. We began making music for films, circuses, fishing trips, pie parties, communitiy gatherings, and most especially, old folks homes. Stormy Knight plays horns & guitar, Caroline Shanti plays accordion & bass, Alicia McCarthy plays banjo & guitar, Carolyn Cooley plays accordion & sings, Elaine Buchkholtz joins us on Ektar & vocals. Listen for us in a train tunnel after midnight.