“Stories We Could Tell” is here!

stories we would tell 150x150We’ve spent much of the spring and summer working on a new recording of our “grownup” music, titled Stories We Could Tell. We’ve had a lot of requests at our live performances for some of our most recent originals like Mike’s “It’d Still Be You” and Carleen’s “October Roses”. In addition to these two, we’ve recorded four other new originals: “Fire and Coals”, “Nature of the Light”, “Empty Rooms”, and “Flying”, as well as our first studio recording of Carleen’s often-requested “Cottonwoods”. To round things out, we added a favorite traditional flat-picking tune, “Beaumont Rag”, the folk chestnut “Darcy Farrow”, and a John B. Sebastian tune that has been a personal anthem for us for years, “Stories We Could Tell” (the title song).

Mike and Carleen McCornack at Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CAIt took some burning of the proverbial midnight oil, but we finished the project in time to take it with us to the Folk Alliance Far-West conference in Oakland, California in mid-October. We had a blast at the conference, played a lot (including at the legendary Freight and Salvage in Berkeley), and talked shop with some outstanding musicians and folk community folks. A lot of them ended up with copies of “Stories We Could Tell”, and we hope you can, too! Look for it on CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon. Are you streaming all of your music these days? Take a listen on Spotify or Apple Music!

Let us know what you think!

Florence Winter Folk Festival 2015

The Florence Winter Folk Festival 2015 was a blast! On Thursday, January 15 we did two shows for kids from schools all along the coast. The kids came in prepared to sing, and joined us on many of our favorites, including The House at Pooh Corner, BW Hamby, The Marvelous Toy (by Festival headliner Tom Paxton), and Garden Song. One of our favorite moments was a bit of inspired “seat dancing” the kids did during Morton Simon. The Florence Events Center looked like a room full of energized multi-colored popcorn!

FWFF_backstage_shotSaturday, January 17th we did an adult set in the Events Center, and shared the room with a thoroughly wonderful audience. The adult set featured a couple of our new, as-yet-to-be-recorded songs, Carleen’s October Roses and Mike’s It’d Still Be You. We had a very warm and enthusiastic reception for the show!

The Florence Winter Folk Festival is a real treat to do, and both of us, and the band (Dale Bradley and Kevin McCornack), had a great time. Our thanks to the festival organizers for all their hard work to make these shows happen!