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December 13th, 2015
12:09 am

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Our last show!
Of the year anyway ... time for some time off.

It was a lovely way to end our year, thank you so much everyone who came out and played along!

Set 1
Circus Of Dreams
Disenchanted
Call Me Home
Hot McGonagall
A Song About Fog
Catnyp
Stream of Consciousness
Calvin's Girl
Critters
Boneman's Daughter

Set 2
Widows Garden
Persephone
Child Of The Library
Winter's Night (first time played live)
Single White Monster
Sleep No More
Snow White Red Road
Masters of Library Science
Wassail (trad, with occasional drifts into other songs)

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November 30th, 2015
11:26 am

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Starting to look ...
I promised myself that I would not start putting together shows for next year until the end of this year.

Yeah, that lasted ...

We are cutting down quite a bit, but we are trying to put together a few double weekends.

We're looking for a place to play in the Madison or Milwaukee area July 9 (we're in Chicago on the 8th). We're looking for something in the Chicago area Sept 17 (we're in Oak Park Sept 18).

Any sort of coffee house, any place where geeks hang out, or house concert. Comment or send me a message if you have an idea!

We, as a general rule, do not play at bars.

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November 26th, 2015
08:09 pm

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Things to be thankful for, with some notes to preface each.
It's been a rough couple of years. Health problems, physical problems. I'm still running about 70%.

1. I'm still here and in a lot less pain, and getting around a lot better! I am determined to be on my feet for most of the Consonance show in March. I have a long ways to go, but I will get there!


There has been so much loss the last couple of years. It's the birthday today of a dear old friend who we lost a few years ago. Most importantly, I lost my father this year. Much of the last half of the year has been a fight with depression. I'm winning ... mostly.

2. I still have in my life the ever amazing Linda Robbins Coleman​, who has gone through so much, who I worry about so much. Still, she is stronger than most of us, she will prevail. And my brilliant brother, Wim Coleman​ and his wife Pat Perrin. We rarely see each other, but when we do, it's darn twisted.


One of the great truths, your kids grow up. You don't spend as much time with them as you would like.

3. Three brilliant children. Ian Coleman​, who looks at life in fascinating ways. So insightful, so brilliant. And, of course, a quick aside for his amazing girlfriend Katie May Stahr​. Watching her go from nervous teenager to strong young woman has been marvelous. She is such an amazing addition to this family.

Jared Coleman​, whose musical talent continues to astound. Watching his drive and determination has been an inspiration. There is music coming up from my band that he holds a large influence over.

Reilly Coleman​, my wise and intelligent youngest child. Your positivity makes me want to be a better person.

I am so proud of all three of you.


I lost the drums a few years ago, my hands just couldn't do it any more. It's been a fight to keep the strings going, but I am doing better than I ever have. One more mild problem to take care of and my hands should be clear of problems for the immediate future.

4. All the music and musicians in my life. So many people who I admire and look up to who seem, for some reason, to think of me as a peer. This has been an amazing, and difficult year. 31 shows. New places played and bunches of new people met. We're still having problems getting new people in in the places we have been before. Working on that.


I was so certain that I was going to spend the rest of my life alone. We see how that has worked out ...

5. The love of my life, the astounding Lizzie Crowe​. She pushes me as a person. She pushes me as a musician. She is my perfect partner. No one makes me think harder, laugh louder and feel better.


I am a bit of a misanthrope. Regardless of the big public persona, I am, by nature, an introvert. Many have a problem believing that.

6. All of the people who, despite my being a trifle difficult, still love me. Whether it's the small, tight circle (which gets larger all the time, I have more friends at this point in my life than ever), or all of the folks we know here and out on the road. You make my life better. You are so much of what I have to be thankful for,

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November 14th, 2015
09:22 pm

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Inspired Grounds
We decided to hit the Inspired Grounds open mic tonight. Small crowd, three songs in the first set.

Persephone
A Song About Fog
Snow White, Red Road

And two more later ...

She Moved Through The Faire (trad)
Widow's Garden

We were in a mood tonight, very aggressive versions of nearly everything. It was a blast!

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November 13th, 2015
07:33 am

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Nice
We decided to hit the Ritual Cafe open mic last night. Smaller crowd, less musicians in attendance, which meant an extra song.

A Song About Fog
Persephone
Disenchanted (the 200 bpm version, I may have started a little fast)

We stuck with fiddle songs, I think we will be doing that for the next couple of months. We intend to hit a fair amount of open mics, keep ourselves sharp. Don't want to get lazy in our time off.

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October 31st, 2015
06:28 pm

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Pageturners Books !!!
Fun show today. Rough show too, we're both so burned out. Thanks to those who came out to see us! Thanks to Josey for setting the show up. Thanks to Bryan Baker and CW Smith for sharing the day with us!

Now we have a bit of time off!

Daughter Of The Red
Circus Of Dreams
Witch In Your Story
Haunted
Snow White Red Road
Persephone
Critters
Boneman's Daughter

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October 27th, 2015
03:33 pm

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OVFF 2015
Another weekend that was both rough and wonderful. I went into the weekend already burned out, neither Lizzie nor I had slept well the week before.
That, and I still have problems believing I belong, yeah, after all these years. I do tend to feel like an outsider most places, always have, so it really doesn't reflect on the community, just on my ability to cope. And depression has been a tough battle the last couple of years. Between illness and lots of personal things, it's been a battle. I'm getting better, but it's been a long slog.
So I spent much of the first two days kinda down (ok, really down). There were some moments. I've watched the video and saw just how well we did Child Of The Library. I'm very proud of our version, it's going to stay in the set for awhile.
We were too burned out to get to the circles Friday night, but we had been at the Thursday circle for a bit.
Saturday was fun, the first highlight was Joe Giacoio, who is a favorite … and who finally has a new CD out! And Heather and Ben's set was a delight.
We put a personalized version of Critters into the auction. It did ok, I kinda wanted it to make a bit more though.
A brief aside about the hotel. It was horrific. Too hot for most of the weekend, there was also, apparently, a mold problem. Oddly enough, the longer I was in our room, the worse I would feel, the longer I would be away from the room, the better I would feel. We're staying down the road from now on, a pain, but I won't put myself through that again.
Sunday was fun. We hit the stage with Leslie Hudson and Gary Hanak on Circus Of Dreams, then through Persephone and Boneman's Daughter.
I do want to thank Talis, Cat and Heather for their kind words. And someone said really nice things about my guitar playing, but I can' t remember who. I needed to hear good things this weekend (and there were some real ego boosts). Insecurities have been taking me down hard this year.
The jam was a blast. I was able to just put everything away and play guitar.
Overall, it was rough, but still a good weekend.

We're off the road until March. A good thing. The last two cons have showed me I don't have a lot of coping skills at the moment. I want to be out there making music (and we do have two shows between now and the end of the year), but I need time off.

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October 19th, 2015
03:13 pm

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Just a couple of days
And we are off to OVFF. We're in the Pegasus Concert, doing Child Of The Library by Piers and Gill Cawley. We're doing a short set on Sunday, where we will do all new(ish) material. We may have a brand new song if we get time to work on it.

We're getting in Thursday, leaving Monday morning, so we're around for everything.

I'm going to show off my pedal board at the gadgets workshop. Probably Lizzie's as well.

And lots of music, lots and lots of music. I need to play. Lizzie and I have been hard at work doing the most fun thing in our lives and it's been amazing. The new songs are really taking on their real selves now. Persephone, in particular, has really become the song that I knew it would be.

I still haven't decided how many instruments I am taking ... three guitars, three drums with stands? Bouzouki? Cuatro? Lizzie is bringing two fiddles, one electric for the show and an acoustic for circle. Probably her mando too, but maybe the mandola.

Plus Beth Kinderman is traveling with us. And we will still have room in the van. I love the new vehicle.

So, who is going?

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September 26th, 2015
07:54 pm

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Today
Two shows, we are ded now ...

Ames Psychic Faire

Circus Of Dreams
Call Me Home
Disenchanted
A Song About Fog
Persephone
Navigator
Widows Garden
Sleep No More
Companion
Snow White Red Road
Boneman's Daughter

Mucky Duck

Circus Of Dreams
Call Me Home
Disenchanted
Don't Look Now
Calvin's Girl
Critters
Hot McGonagall
Persephone
Snow White Red Road
Boneman's Daughter

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September 14th, 2015
01:03 pm

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What a weekend
Two shows, a lot of songs, a lot of fun!

Aw Yeah Games - Skokie
Set One

Circus Of Dreams

Disenchanted

Don't Look Now

Hot McGonagall

Single White Monster

Sleep No More

Persephone

11-12

Catnyp 

Stream of Consciousness

Calvin's Girl

Critters

Set Two

Call Me Home

Witch In Your Story

Navigator
Widows Garden

Boneman's Daughter

Snow White Red Road

Masters of Library Science

Corvus

Greater Chicagoland Pagan Pride
Circus Of Dreams
Call Me Home
Disenchanted
Persephone
Wanderers
Navigator
Widows Garden
Sleep No More
Snow White Red Road
Boneman's Daughter

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