It has been well over a year since I last wrote and said hello- I hope this past year has been kind to all of you. During these past months my hands have been very full with work in my community here in Woodstock that has been deeply fulfilling, but I am slowly working towards getting back out into my larger community and joining you through song again. Last weekend we were at Carnegie Hall’s beautiful new education wing for 2 sold out shows. It was wonderful to play music with my friends Simi Stone and the M Shanghai String Band.
Next weekend we will be back in Chicago, one of our favorite cities in the world, at the beloved Old Town School of Folk Music. Please join us if you can, and send in your song requests now so we have some time to learn how to play them again!
I am also reaching out today to share news of my friends- so many of my collaborators are doing such amazing things right now in the world that I felt I had to reach out and share their work with you.
Brian is one of my oldest friends and made the album art for our Christmas record “The Sounding Joy”.
He created a beautiful trailer to transport you to the mysterious world created in this ground breaking novel. We visited Brian at his home in California two years ago and saw the drawings from the book as they were developing in his studio. It is so deeply exciting to hold The Marvels in our hands now and to be able to share it with you.
Ida Pearle, creator of album artwork for my records “You Are My Little Bird” and “Sunny Day”- has created an extraordinarily beautiful book called “The Moon is going to Addy’s House.”
Click here to read a glowing review it received.
And click here to see a beautiful animated trailer that brings the animation to life exquisitely.
My dear friend Amy Helm’s debut solo album came out this summer- my husband Daniel helped to write and produce the record, and I sing on a track called “Deep Water” with Amy and the incredible Catherine Russell.
Here are two recent live performances of Amy and her band featuring Daniel. “Rescue Me” performed this fall while they were on tour in the midwest and “Didn’t it Rain” performed last summer inside a tiny airstream trailer in Colorado.
Many of you have seen me perform with the amazing Simi Stone, she has joined me as a vocalist and violinist for the past couple of years and she sings gorgeously on our album “The Sounding Joy”.
Simi released her debut solo album this fall- you can find it and more information about the wonderful Simi here. As I write this letter to you tonight, she is flying across the ocean for a month long tour of the UK. If you are lucky enough to hear her play, please give her a hug and send her my love, we will miss her in Woodstock while she is gone!
And here is a beautiful video of Simi singing in Woodstock…..
elizabeth mitchell and you are my flower