I'm pleased to announce that I have a new CD coming out on November 2nd . . . .
. . . . and to celebrate I am playing a mini-tour of concerts in November! Shows in London, Beverley, Preston, and Carnforth. The London and Carnforth concerts include a Small Exhibition of American Southern Quilts from four generations of Appalachian Quilters – many from my own family. Details below.
I'll play a concert, TBA, in Nashville in January, followed by two shows in the Liverpool area in February. More dates to be announced at the first of 2020 including a tour in the mid-Atlantic region of the USA in April and May and a summer tour in Britain.
If you are keen to receive my new CD ASAP, then you are welcome to pre-order by sending $18 for the USA and Canada OR £15 for the UK to firstname.lastname@example.org on Paypal. Prices include postage. For other countries or arrangements, please feel free to email me on the same address. I will mail your CD on the 5th of November. Otherwise, you'll find them for sale online in my shop in early December. I'll send along a note when they're on the interweb!
More about the concerts and my new CD below.
It's all rather topsy-turvy out there in the wilds of the world, isn't it? Have you petted a dog or cat or watched a rabbit chew some hay lately? Perhaps a hunt for lichen or a visit to Mawmaw is in order? Maybe a nap?
Your singing and sewing friend,
November HOMECOMING QUEEN CD release tour!
Saturday, November 2, House Concert & Quilt Exhibition Crystal Palace, Doors 7, Concert 7:30, Tickets £15. For reservations, contact Jeni Hankins email@example.com
Friday, November 8, House Concert Preston (PR1 9JN), Doors 7, Concert 7:30, Tickets £12. For reservations, contact John Hollingworth firstname.lastname@example.org or 07790 827849
Saturday, November 9, House Concert Beverley, Doors 7, Concert 7:30, Tickets £12. For reservations, contact Helen Byass email@example.com or 07789862009
Saturday, November 16, House Concert & Quilt Exhibition Carnforth, Doors 7, Concert 7:30, Tickets £12. For reservations, contact Jeni Hankins firstname.lastname@example.org
If you'd like to host a house concert or book me to play for your folk club, village hall, church, school or festival, please write to me on email@example.com. In the UK and the USA, I am able to bring a selection of quilts made by four generations of my family to your home, school, or venue. These can be displayed in creative ways on tables, beds, chairs, pews, etc, and a "gallery" space is not necessary. I have ten years of experience performing for and teaching songwriting to children and teens, and I LOVE these days in my tours. Please contact me to talk about my visiting your school. Here's a guide to my whereabouts in 2020 should you wish to book a concert.
November: England January: Nashville February – mid-April: UK Mid-April – mid-May: VA, TN, NC, VA, MD, PA, etc June/July/August: UK
As always, you can find my tour dates, by visiting my website.
In 2005, I began recording my songs. I went to my first recording session in a barn in rural Maryland where a fella named Billy Kemp had a studio. My arrangement of the traditional ballad "Two Sisters" on this new CD comes from those winter 2005 sessions. Over the years, Billy and I always recorded more songs than we might put on an album whenever we went into the recording studio. Then, when it came time to select songs for the album, some songs were left in the archive because there simply wasn’t room for all of the recordings we'd made. Our albums tending to be based on themes, and some very fine songs just didn't fit the theme.
Over the last 18 months, since the release of my first solo album, The Oxygen Girl, I’ve been writing songs and performing them at concerts from Cornwall to California. I was lucky that the sound man, Dave Burrows, at Bromborough Folk Club on the Wirral near Liverpool captured a couple of these as did Peter Cutler who runs Fiddler’s Crossing with his wife Deborah in Tehachapi, California. (I'll be returning to Bromborough Folk Club on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020).
After coming across one of these older recordings by chance – “I’m Not Your Girl” – I noticed that this early song of mine had an answer in a song that I’d written last year – “Rise and Shine.” So, the idea for this album sparked and here you are.
I have, in fact, compiled, edited, mixed, and mastered this record myself because I wanted to see if I could put all of my recording studio learning from the last fourteen years to good use.
And because I had remembered my passion for printmaking and typewriters this past spring while wading through the red tape of my UK Visa, I have also made the packaging on my own, too.
I’m creating 200 of these CDs in my home studio. Each one will be numbered and signed by me.
I have loved hearing these old songs of mine again and I hope you will enjoy this song collection, too. I feel the songs have a theme of their own now – "the secrets girls keep buried down in their sleep" (from "Coronation Day" by Jeni & Billy).
Available at concerts beginning on November 2nd, in advance by Paypal, and, in December, online.