Summertime Happs

August 6th, 2013Imagine Nation

Dear Friends,

Been a while. Summer has not been in the hammock, but has in fact been racing along for me. July is a blur: a Low Tide Drifters mini-tour (three cities in two states in four days; good shows and great campfires), teaching at the West Cascades Fiddle Camp & Workshops for
a week, then at the Acoustic Guitar Camp at the Shedd here in Eugene. Suddenly it’s August and time to do a show.

This Thursday, August 8, I’ll be at Territorial Vineyards in Eugene (corner of W 3rd and Adams) with some summer evening tunes. It’s an “And friends” show and in this case my good friends are Rachael Young on the upright bass and hillbilly rhythm ace Spence Hollinger on guitar. Me on fiddle & mandolins. We’ll play mostly instrumental music, hoedowns, jigs and reels, waltzes from Sweden, France, & Russia, swing tunes and exotica. It’s an early show (7:00 pm), and there’s no door charge (although we accept donations). Outside and inside seating, great libations and a family friendly setting. Dancing is encouraged. Come on down. Spread the word.

And this Saturday there’s something special, too. The University of Oregon is celebrating the musical and literary legacy of Harry Stamper with a special evening featuring a screening of Nathan Moore’s short documentary film “We Just Come to Work Here: the Music of Harry Stamper” and performances of his music by David Rogers, Late for Dinner and the Low Tide Drifters. Harry S. Stamper was a longshoreman, labor activist, folksinger and acclaimed songwriter from Coos Bay whose life and music touched many. The concert will include his song “Eugene,” and other songs, from the hard hitting to the hilarious. It’s free, it’s at the Wesley Center (1236 Kincaid St) and it starts at 7:30. See you there!

Hope all’s well with you and everything’s ripening on time.