Ruth Crawford Seeger
This weekend I am producing a fundraiser for the High Meadow School in Stone Ridge, NY.
The concert is a tribute to the songbooks of Ruth Crawford Seeger, and features Susie Ibarra, Simi Stone, Amy Helm, Mike+Ruthy, Happy Traum, Zach Djanikian, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Bill and Livia Vanaver, Betsy Blachly and Henry Chapin, Evan Stover, Jacob Silver, Emily Schaad and The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers and more!
Good morning friends,
It is a sunny and windy saturday morning here in woodstock and I can’t stop thinking about Joni Mitchell. She has given us so much through her songs, and I want to send her something back, just some sunshine from our mountain. I posted a recording here on our site we made many years ago but never released, a love note to sweet Joni from saskatoon. It is here on our site and I will leave it up for a few days. Feel better soon Joni!
(Please find the track in our music player along the side of the page.)
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year greetings to you! We are starting 2015 off right and driving down the road to play the Winter Hoot at the beautiful Ashokan Center in Olivebridge NY on Saturday January 31 at 11am. We will only play a handful of shows this year, so join us if you can! The very very lovely Simi Stone will be singing with me that day, and my husband Daniel will even make a rare appearance since he is home from the road, so this will be a special morning. Also joining us will be our hosts Mike and Ruthy, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason and more surprise guests. If you want to feel some joy and warmth on a cold winter’s morning, this is the place to be.
Summer Hoot 2013, with Simi Stone, Dan Zanes, Natalie Merchant and Pete Seeger
I am so grateful to be singing on Natalie Merchant‘s new album- never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined this crazy good fortune to come my way! The Telegraph calls the album “Quietly magnificent” and I agree completely. Here is a very powerful video from the album, out now on Nonesuch Records. Singing in the studio with Natalie on this song was a very special day for me.
Grammy Awards 2014
We had a wonderful time at the Grammy Awards last month- we might not have gone home with a gold statue, but we felt like absolute winners, surrounded by our awesome family that came to celebrate with us.
We are so grateful that our album “Blue Clouds” was nominated- Storey’s godfather Brian Selznick wrote the fascinating liner notes for the album about cover artist Remy Charlip, and he joined us for the day- Brian is standing directly above me in this family picture, along with Storey’s cousins, aunts, uncles and our dear friend David Serlin.
Thanks to uncle Robert for taking the picture!
Grammy Nomination for Blue Clouds!
Well oh my we found out last night that our album “Blue Clouds” was nominated for a Grammy! We are so excited and grateful to be in such good company, with our fellow nominees Alastair Moock, Justin Roberts, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Jennifer Gasoi.
Love and thanks to the wonderful musicians and artists who lent their hands to “Blue Clouds”- Remy Charlip, Brian Selznick, Sonya Cohen Cramer, Gisel Florez, Anna Padgett, Michael and Penny Littleton, Mike and Ruthy, Jay and Molly, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs, Clem Waldmann, Justin Guip, Jean Cook, Nancy Chusid, Kirsten Jacobson, Warren Defever, Chris Edwards, Jane Scarpantoni, Libby Constan, Rodman Stout, Emma Loewen, Joey Driscoll, Somto and Ken Ejinkone.
California here we come!
The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs in and out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook
Our new album “The Sounding Joy; Christmas Songs in and out of the Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook” is available now on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. 24 songs, featuring many special guests, including Peggy Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Amy Helm, Happy Traum, Gail Ann Dorsey, Aoife O’Donovan, John Sebastian, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, Dan Zanes, SImi Stone, Marco Benevento, Chris Wood, Joan Osborne, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Mike+Ruthy, Byron Isaacs, and many more!
Thinking back to a year ago when we released “Blue Clouds”- it’s been a busy year! And I can’t quite believe this month we have….another album coming out! stay tuned for an imminent announcement that involves Christmas :)
Turn, Turn, Turn
Our new album with our friend Dan Zanes comes out this month, and to celebrate we want to share this new video with you- filmed on a sunny Sunday looking out on the Hudson river- we hope you enjoy it!
Little Seed Nominated for Grammy!
Wow! Our album “Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie” was nominated for a Grammy! We are crazy grateful for this recognition of our work, almost 20 years into making music with children! And we are so happy to be sharing our nomination it with our constant source of inspiration, Woody Guthrie. Here is a sweet little video we made of a song from the album, the inventive lullaby “Sleep Eye.”
Here we are with Simi Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Natalie Merchant, John Medeski, Chris Wood and more, singing “Everyday People” and asking Governor Cuomo to ban fracking in New York State! An outtake from the film “Dear Governor Cuomo” by Jon Bowermaster. More information at www.dear-governor-cuomo.com
Joan Osborne Concert Mother’s Day NYC, Sunday May 12, 6pm
We are so honored to be part of Joan Osborne’s first annual Mother’s Day Benefit Concert at City Winery in NYC next month. The concert will benefit the organizations Somaly Mam and Save the Children. We are thrilled to be performing alongside Joan and one of our all time favorite bands, Ollabelle. Join us if you can!
It is with great excitement that we announce the release of our new album this month, Blue Clouds. This record has been a long journey of magic and joy and we are so grateful to be able to share it with you now. So many beautiful hands and voices came together to make this album, including the late Remy Charlip, whose art cradles the music. Our dear friend Brian Selznick, author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” wrote the liner notes and so many musicians lent their talents- including Amy Helm, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Ruthy Ungar and Mike Merenda and our own family band You Are My Flower, featuring aunt Anna, uncle Miggy, cousin Penny and fairy godmother Jean Cook. We interpreted songs by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers, Ella Jenkins, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers and The Good Ms Padgett. Please give this album a listen- we promise you will find joy there too!
Sunny Day Coloring Book
Our Sunny Day Coloring Book is now available in our very own, brand new, online store! Please click on “store” above to behold the excitement!
Our new album, Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie, has been released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Featuring eight newly recorded tracks and five previously released, we hope you will enjoy it!
It was an honor to record these songs and to write about the profound impact Woody Guthrie’s children’s music has had on our lives.
Happy 100th Birthday Woody!!!
Anyone in attendance at the Wolf Trap Saturday show who did not leave with a coloring book, send me an email here and we will take care of it! Myflowerinfo@gmail.com
Little Bird Records
New Yorkers Against Fracking
We will be part of this upcoming rally and concert at the state capitol in Albany NY, trying to bring attention and awareness to the issue of fracking in New York State. We will be performing with our friend Dan Zanes at the afternoon rally, and then as our “grown up” band, Ida, in the evening at the concert. Please, join us if you are able.
The health of our children is in the hands of Governor Cuomo. He needs to know that we want him to do the right thing and extend the moratorium on fracking in New York State, and better yet, ban it completely!
We are mourning the loss of our dear friend, the great Levon Helm.
Levon was so generous and kind to our family and we will be forever grateful for the moments that we shared with him.
We love you Levon.
Rest in Peace.
Newport Folk Festival 2012!
We are so grateful to be invited back to host the kid’s tent at the Newport Folk Festival again this year. Our experience last year was one our family will never forget. Some of our favorite moments on the kid’s stage were sharing the stage with Pete Seeger twice and hearing the PS22 Chorus sing “Rollin in the Deep”! This years lineup is amazing, including Jackson Browne, My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst, The Guthrie Family Reunion, tUnE-yArDs, Tom Morello, First Aid Kit, Patty Griffin, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many more wonderful artists. You never know who will come join us on the kid’s stage, along with healthy snacks and thoughtful activities all day long- all in a little tent where you can feel the ocean breeze. The festival will sell out very soon, so please get your tickets soon if you want to join us for this adventure!
For tickets and more information, please click here.
Books of Wonder and The Mother Company!
We will be at one of our most favorite bookstores this weekend, the legendary Books of Wonder in New York City. Hosting the event is the wonderful Mother Company, who will be celebrating the release of their new book, “A Little Book About Feelings.” We will be singing “The Happy Song” a song we performed in their film “Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show” There will be crafts and snacks and a very nice time for all. Join us if you can, it’s free!
For more information, please click here!
Happy New Year!
We are so grateful for so many musical moments we experienced in 2011 and our final ones of the year were truly special. Our annual concert at Symphony Space featured our very special guest, Storey’s godfather, the wonderful Brian Selznick, author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” upon which the Martin Scorsese film “Hugo” is based. Brian joined us for his first harmonica solo since childhood on “Freight Train” and rocked out to the Bo Diddley beat with us! Also in our family band was the fabulous Good Ms Padgett and family- our own Aunt Anna, Uncle Miggy and cousin Penny- our beloved violinist Jean Cook and our old friend, the incredible Clem Waldmann, on drums. Our extended family band also performed on New Years Eve in Boston as part of their lengendary First Night celebration, and ended our second set joined onstage by many children from the audience for “Peace Like a River.” We have big plans for 2012 and hope you will join us for the ride! We look forward to singing with many of you at shows across the country, releasing new recordings and sharing little surprises that are on the horizon. We wish you all good health, abundant joy and peace in the new year!
On Saturday October 22 Elizabeth Mitchell will perform two family concerts with Natalie Merchant to Benefit Breast Cancer research at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY. Sponsored by WDST as part of their annual “Pink October” fundraising campaign, these shows will also feature Daniel Littleton, Mike and Ruthy and other special guests. “I think this concert will be a wonderful community event,” said Merchant. “Elizabeth Mitchell and I have been making music together over the past year and I feel like I’ve found a true kindred spirit. We both share a passion for this cause.” More information at www.nataliemerchant.com and www.wdst.com