Just this side of 2015.

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is about over and that we’re already pretty solidly booked to June 1, 2015. We had our last show of the year on Monday, December 15– the annual “Holiday of Song” fundraiser for the Sarasota Folk Festival. We even learned a whole set of holiday songs that we had never done before, many of them recovered from Sara’s childhood (when she sang in church with her mom, the music director). It was a lot of fun, and a great way to end the year.

10347538_897602353585606_3445742540277510702_nIt has been a busy year, and quite a lot has happened. We started the year as a trio, with two Passerines moving on to other endeavors in life. Doug Conroy joined us on bass in the spring, and he really earned his Passerine wings on our “Great Northern Loon” tour– 6,000 miles, 23 shows in 25 days. We came back from tour really fired up and moved right into a busy fall schedule. Some highlights include: The Labyrinth Cafe in Ft. Lauderdale, The Barnacle in Coconut Grove, Fodor’s Grove in Orlando, the Jacksonville Original Music Festival, the Creekside Music Festival, and Riverhawk Music Festival. We also discovered a new favorite sort-of-local place: The Celtic Ray Irish Pub in Punta Gorda.

10448236_10152642942323259_3615904738346708332_nThis past year, we’ve finally been successful at convincing people that we can do house concerts. We love house concerts– what’s not to love about an intimate venue where people come expecting to listen to the music, where the host’s hospitality is motivated by the music and not by profit? We included a couple of house concerts in our tour itinerary, but while on tour we submitted a successful application for inclusion in “The Listening Room Festival” organized by Fran Snyder of concertsinyourhome.com. We will be one of the headliners April 20-26, which means we’ll be doing house concerts or office concerts throughout the week, and also participating in the grand finale on the 26th. Check the web site for details!

Festivals: In January, we’ll be headlining again this year at the South Florida Folk Festival in Ft. Lauderdale (January 17-18). They’ve promised us that it will be warmer this year! In March, we’ll be back at the Will McLean Festival, up in Brooksville, and at the Sarasota Folk Festival, right in our own home county, and then in May we’ll be off to the Florida Folk Festival again.

We’re also excited about some new places where we’ll be playing. On January 10, we’ll be at Hogan’s Irish Bar in Cape Canaveral, FL. January 23-25 we’ll be playing daily at two places in Key West, our first trip to the southernmost tip of the US: Blue Heaven at lunch time and the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon in the evenings. And then there is the Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha. If you’ve never been to Matlacha on Pine Island, it is a taste of old Florida. An unlikely place for great live music, maybe, but the Olde Fish House Marina has been building up a reputation lately. We’re honored to join their line up We’ll be there on Jan 16, and then again on February 8th.

And for those of our friends who are local to Sarasota, we’ve decided to do a semi-regular thing at the Cock & Bull. We’ll be back there on Saturday, January 31.

Meanwhile, we have two projects in the works. First, we’re working on a summer tour to New England. Details to come. And we’re going to be headed back into the studio soon. We’ve been working on a bunch of new songs and preparing them for the recording process. We’ll have more news about that soon.

Hope to see you in 2015!

Passerine

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