In Florida our buddy Arvid Smith has recorded an album that was just released "The Journal Of Sir Tarry Boy". This album is the résult of an award by "The Arts Ventures Endowment of The Community of Northeast Florida"
On his side Joe Yorio (clarinet and tenor saxophone), John Guinta (handpans), Lisa Myers (shakers and percussions, drum), Peter Mosely (double bass), Sandie Lythge (drone flute, chimes,djembe, percussions), Windy Wether (violin). .
You can order or download at CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/arvidsmith2)
We just received an email from Paul Emile Comeau who wrote a book about Acadia. He mentions "Acadie", our song from "Histoires vraies (ou pas)" the 2001 album. His website is : http://www.acadiandriftwood.ca/
Lee Hunter and Arvid Smith, our friends of the Tammerlin band will celebrate their 20 years of music wednesday april 3rd at the European Street, Jacksonville. We will be there.
Here are a few pics of the concert of Wayne Henderson and Helen White in our studio in Brittany, that you can see here. Some vidéos will be on youTube soon. This night has been wonderful, friendly and warm, and all of us will keep wonderful memories. From left to right :
Marion Thébault, Mary, Jean-Paul Raffin, Helen White, Wayne Henderson and Jean-Luc for a song all together at the end of the concert.
A fewdays ago, we had Sven Faringen, the swedish fiddler of the Long Gone Smiles Band, at home, with Anette, his wife. We met some years ago The Long Gone Smiles Band on internet.
They define themselves as the spiritual sons of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. They won several contests in Sweden and USA and are among the best musicians of their country. They often travel to USA to play, like us.
Sven came for a gig to play with us. Here are some pics.
The Long Gone Smiles Band just released a new album that we do recommend to you :
We recorded that Patsy Montana song with The Volleyball Jones Pickers in Jacksonville (Arkansas) on their way back from California to Florida. The Volleyball Jones pickers also called the Bluegrass Bombers are a bluegrass band of 4 very kind guys who are wonderful musicians. David Durham (upright bass), John Lee (vocals, dobro, banjo, guitar, banjobro), David Evans (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) & Steve Evans (guitar, vocals).
Stephane Dhondt, our piano player stayed in france because of the volcano. We had a wonderful time in Arkansas playing music and shooting that clip. Thank you the pickers.
You have been more than one thousand, sunday november 9th in Plozevet (Finistère), to celebrate with us the election of Barack Obama. THANK YOU YOUR SUPPORT. Your messages of kindness and hope have touched us in our hearts. Now, we want to say to all the volunteers, all the musicians (Paul Conibear,
Lonesome Day, Brendan De Roeck et David Chevalier (from the Dizzy Town Blues Band), Dominique Adelin, Chakidor), to the town of Plozevet, to our friends Pierrot Bosser, Président of the Festival Mondial Folk, Hugues Stephan, General Manager of the Avel Dro and Gail and Gail and Tom Watts, in North Carolina, who answered our qustions about the election, to the medias that supported us, and to all the others, who will recognize themselves, from deep in our heart, a hudge THAN YOU !
Let the musicians who couldn't play because of the timing forgive us.
All the pictures (of Jacques Goascoz and Jocelyn Lecocq) are available in the photograph book left column, or on this link.
Art work by Jocelyn Lecocq
The people who were in Plozevet last sunday for our great OBAMA PARTY heard a phone conversation about the election with our friends in North Carolina. Here's the mail then sent to us.
Bonsoir J-L and Mary,
That was sooooooooooooooooo much fun today to talk with you and we hope we answered your questions. The connection was not clear, so it was very hard to understand. Perhaps the airways were busy today. But still, what a wonderful thing to have so many friends and other French around celebrating the Obama victory. We are touched and thankful for your leadership in getting the day together. We have told many, many of our friends about your celebration and every person was thrilled to know about it and appreciated the support for Obama. As we have said, practically all of our friends and family supported Obama and they have all heard us talk of the warmth of the French in general and of the warmth of our friends there in particular. Again, thanks for being Jean-Luc and Mary and for your love and support. It means much.
C'était siiiiiiiiiiiii sympa aujourd'hui de parler avec vous, et nous espérons que nous avons répondu à vos questions. La liaison n'était pas nette, aussi c'était très difficile de se comprendre. Peut être les lignes étaient-elles encombrées aujourd'hui. Mais, en tout cas, c'est merveilleux d'avoir tant d'amis et de français autour de vous pour fêter la victoire d'Obama. Nous sommes touchés et reconnaissants pour votre initiative d'organiser cette fête. Nous avons parlé à beaucoup, beaucoup de nos amis de votre fête et chacun en était très ému et touché de votre soutien à Obama. Comme on vous l'a dit, pratiquement tous nos amis et leurs familles soutenaient Obama et ils nous ont tous entendu leur dire combien les francais étaient chaleureux, et nos amis francais en particulier. encore merci pour ce que vous êtes, pour votre amitié et votre soutien. Cela signifie beaucoup.
Mary-Lou organizes a party for Barack Obama's victory november 4th 2008. Everyone who - like us - is strongly hopping it will happen is invited.
Rendez-vous in Plozevet (29) SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9th Avel Dro Room at 3 PM. Free participation to the fees.
With many bands :
Hoboes (acoustic country, folk, blues)
Lonesome Day (traditional country music)
Mary-Lou (Folk song)
More informations in the days coming.
SUPPORT TO BARACK OBAMA
For the first time in the USA story, a camdidate campain is supported only by the momey of the people. No lobby, no industrial, no financial gift.
As non american, we can't directly help . Hopefully, our friend Panama Red, american songwriter that maybe you already know has decided to give back any cent you will spend to buy one of his cds to Obama's campain. It is the moment to do something. Help to make the American Dream come back.
To know more
Panama Red's website
Inscription à la newsletter de Barack Obama