April 2022 Newsletter: "Cold but Green in April"
Springtime Greetings! On this Earth Day I'm looking out the window and taking time to appreciate "The Greening." People who know me know that I'm almost always cold. I hate being cold. And yet, I live in a part of the world that is cold and cool more often than it is hot and warm. (I know... maybe I should rethink my life choices?!) But, as cold and windy and capricious as this April has been, what gets me through is the annual Greening. There's less brown and more green almost by the hour as I watch the willows go from yellow to chartreuse to green, and leaves start to cover up the brown sticks. I can't wait to be warm again, but I'll take the green for now, during this still precarious time and phase of the pandemic.
Gigs have been a little harder to come by, even as folks are still getting sick with Covid, and I'm grateful for the leeway people are giving others when things have to be shifted or rescheduled to keep everyone safe. That said, I've got 3 exciting SHOWS coming up, but this could be it for a little while, as I focus attention on writing and then recording, rather than seeking out gigs.
Our big show at beautiful Sanctuary is in 2 weeks! We had so much fun at Blue in March, playing some new arrangements with Bethany Weiman on cello and Jerry Sabatini on trumpet/flugelhorn... that we're bringing the whole crew to Sanctuary!
* Friday, May 6 - Sanctuary in Maynard, MA - Doors at 7pm, Music at 8pm. This beautiful venue is a renovated church with swanky bar/lounge in the back - very open and spacious with table service for beverages and option to bring in food of your own. Tickets HERE. (please note Covid restrictions: proof of vax or negative test required)
Then we'll be back at our beloved
* BLUE in Portland, ME on Friday, June 3rd 8pm - 9:30
And we'll get to play our first show in the selective lineup at
* Borrowed House Concerts in Plaistow, NH -
Saturday, June 4th at 7pm. With Ed Lucie on bass and Mike Connors on percussion. Limited tix available, and address disclosed upon purchase!
Thanks for all your support and for reading this. I'm grateful and pleasantly surprised when anyone takes a spare moment to listen to me or my music :) I'll leave you with this older video of a tune from my second album. We plan to resurrect "Distance" in our new band format at Sanctuary... Hope to see you out there...
Feb 2022 Newsletter: "Impermanence and Blue"
Happy 2022, a little late! In my last newsletter in November, I mentioned that it might be a minute til I wrote, and so here we are in February! I've been going the way of the groundhogs and bears in semi-hibernation-mode, trying to manage more shifts in my ongoing challenges with EoE (Eosinophilic Esophagitis) and grappling with the idea of "impermanence." Deep thoughts here... too deep for this newsletter, but they will be making their way into some new songs :) I realized the other day that my song "Beaufort Breakdown" is actually about my strong and surprised reaction to impermanence hitting me in the face, and you know what? I ended up grateful for the opportunity to grow and be successful in a way that I couldn't have foreseen. Good on ya, universe...
After a break from gigs and booking shows, I am REALLY excited about our return to our favorite Maine venue --
Blue Portland, ME - Fri, March 4 at 8pm-9:30pm!
We haven't been back in-person since Leap Day (2/29) in 2020... right before the world shut down. We were so happy to do a few livestreams and support Blue through the worst of the shut-downs... and they made it! AND, we will have a very cool line-up with some new arrangements of my tunes, with Ed Lucie on bass and vocals, Mike Connors on drums, and the incredible Bethany Weiman on cello, as well as our pal, Jerry Sabatini on trumpet/flugelhorn! Oh, it's gonna be so cool :)
We are psyched to play again at Sanctuary in Maynard, MA on May 6th after a beautiful evening there in October. We're back at Blue in June. I also booked a very cool new show with Borrowed House Concerts near Plaistow, NH on June 4. All the info is on the SHOWS page, and I'll pop back into your inbox before that!
Finally, back to the grappling with impermanence... Mike and I lost our beloved cat, Charlie, suddenly and unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago. It definitely didn't seem like his time to go, and yet, I guess it was. The heartbreak has been lessened by the outpouring of love we've received from so many people who got to know him and love him, and we certainly feel embraced. So, thank you for indulging me and staring at this picture of our furry orange buddy! Our love is maybe the only permanent entity :)
Thanks for reading and please stay well.... xx Britt
Nov 2021 Newsletter: "An Extra Helping of Grace"
Thanksgiving Greetings! As this year's Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, I want to slip in my final newsletter of the year, before the holiday rush finds us all on the other side of 2021, wondering how it happened so fast... 2021 has been weird and hard for many of us, sometimes harder than 2020 in that we had to jump busily back into a new "normal" that was not always met with patience and understanding, even after feeling so closed-off for so long! Maybe what my circus brain is trying to get at here is this: managing expectations? Anyone else feel like that's been a theme? I definitely didn't expect to spend most of the year trying to manage and heal my esophageal issues, but I'll count my EoE diagnosis as something I'm grateful for this year - I know I'm lucky to feel well, and I've vowed not to take that for granted :)
I'm also grateful for being able to celebrate "Longitude" with so many of you at beautiful Sanctuary in October - we had a truly magical evening with special guests Bethany Weiman on cello and Dan Rosenthal on trumpet, and the night helped me close what felt like an unfinished chapter with that record. We'll be back at Sanctuary on May 6th 2022, a day on which 4 of my good friends have birthdays, so we'll make it epic!
Our last show of 2021 is Sunday, Dec 19 at 10pm at a newer venue, The Jungle, in Somerville, MA - I'll be playing trio with Ed Lucie on bass and Mike Connors on drums. I know it's a late Sunday night, but if you're up for a quick 45-min set of some rockin' to say goodbye to 2021, please do stop by! No cover, just $5 suggested donation, masks required. (Alec Morrissey opens the night at 9pm and Michael Boezi plays at 11pm with Mike and Ed backing him up)
I'm grateful for all of you reading this and supporting music and art, and I hope I can see even more of you in 2022! New songs and projects are bubbling up from under the surface - can't wait to share! Feel free to check the SHOWS page for updates. Be well and stay well... xx Britt
Oct 2021 Newsletter: "Belated In-Person 'Longitude' Release Party!"
Happy October! As my favorite season of summer has passed, and we are entering into autumn, I've been laying low and regrouping a bit, also working hard at things non-music... But, as much as I dread the colder weather coming, I know that it often heightens my creative senses, and I feel a whole bunch of songs getting ready to make their way out of my heart and head.
But WAIT! Before we get to that season, I'm savoring this moment and getting super-excited about our big show coming up on...
Friday, October 22 at 8pm at Sanctuary in Maynard, MA. I can't quite believe it, but we never got to have a true Album Release Party for "Longitude," (as many of you awesome supporters may remember), since it was released in May 2020. So, for this show, we will have Ed Lucie on bass and backing vocals, Andrew Stern on guitar, Mike Connors on drums, and guests Dan Rosenthal on trumpet/flugelhorn and Bethany Weiman on cello! It will be such a joy to see you folks and play these songs (and many others, older and newer) in-person. I sure have missed the community and intimacy of live shows, and I'm glad this record will get its chance to sparkle a bit :)
For those of you who can and want to come, you can get tickets HERE. I know that not everyone is ready to attend such an event, so I am very glad that the venue will be requiring proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test at the door. Masks will be encouraged when not eating or drinking, though this lovely venue is an old church with separated little cocktail tables and table drink service, and it has a swanky lounge/bar behind/beside the stage. You are welcome to bring food in, and while there is not a main parking lot, there is plenty of parking on the street around the church. (Doors open at 7pm)
Even before that date, we are hoping to kick up our heels and play some tunes at my sister's first "Hootenanny" at her farm, where she's been with her horse and extended horse family for a little over 2 years. That's October 10th, and if you're near Bolton and want to join, drop me a note! Here's a fun tidbit for my fellow word/grammar nerds: according to Nancy and Ann Wilson from one of my favorite bands, "Heart," the word "Hootenanny" comes from the mashup of a party between an owl and a goat. I mean... how could one not have fun at a Hootenanny?!!
We most likely won't be back at our beloved Blue in Portland, ME 'til early March, but I'll keep you posted about any other shows or projects that come about. In the meantime, thank you so much for the support that you HAVE given to me and to the album that I'm most proud of. I will give my next project my absolute best and try to make it even better, but I'm so grateful that we will get to have a moment together with some of you to bring "Longitude" to life :) Take care, friends, and please feel free to spread the word - we can all use a little extra help these days! xx Britt
Happy August! Quite honestly, it didn't feel like summer 'round here 'til now, as our record-breaking rainy "summer" days turned us all into a soggy lot of mushrooms... I love August and even wrote a song with Ed Lucie about it - it's called "August Passes"... and we made a little VIDEO in our yard! Hope you like it :)
We are gonna try one more time for a yard show, as our July date got - yup, you guessed it! - rained out! Saturday, August 14th at 5pm we will play some tunes for any of you in the area who want to come. If I haven't heard from you and you would like to join, drop me an email and I'll get you the details! We'll be missing Andrew on guitar, but we'll have our power trio with Ed Lucie and Mike Connors. Behold the power! I'll have Betty, my beautiful blue Telecaster, for a few tunes.
If you're in the Portland, ME area, I'll be playing a duo gig with our longtime friend and incredible musician, Mark Shilansky! We'll play some of my tunes, some jazz, some covers. That's Friday, August 20th from 5pm - 7pm at the Portland Harbor Hotel. Details HERE
The big show will be October 22nd at Sanctuary in Maynard, MA - it's such a beautiful venue, and I'd love to pack the place with all you folks whom I haven't seen in ages... and if Delta cooperates, maybe we can hug it out!!!
Thanks for reading and checking out the new video - always grateful for people spreading the word about music they enjoy, so please do spread far and wide if you see fit :) Be well, stay well, and don't let August pass you by..... xx Britt