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Shows in New Mexico

Friday, September 18th, 2015

We’ll be doing some shows this weekend in New Mexico on our way to the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance conference in Austin.  First, on Saturday, we’ll be at Solid Grounds Coffeehouse in Albuquerque (4601 Juan Tabo NE) at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).  Then the next day, it’s down to Carlsbad to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park (1504 Miehls Dr. N.) at 3 p.m.  We played there 11 years ago and it was one of our most enthusiastic audiences ever.  Plus, the desert gardens are beautiful.  So, if you’re in that neck of the desert (neck of the cave?), stop by to see us!

New Mexico Shows

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

We have some shows in New Mexico this weekend before we head off to the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Austin. First, we’ll be in Albuquerque on Saturday, 9/19, at Solid Grounds Coffeehouse (St. Stephens UMC, 4601 Juan Tabo NE).  We start at 7 p.m, doors open at 6:30.  Then, the next day we head to Carlsbad, for a show at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park  (1504 Miehls Dr. N.) on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.  We played there 11 years ago and had a great time — one of our most enthusiastic audiences ever!  Plus, the desert gardens are beautiful.  So, if you find yourself down in that neck of the desert (neck of the cave?), stop by to see us!

Performance at Colorado Dulcimer Festival

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

We’ re going to be doing a set at the Colorado Dulcimer Festival in Denver on February 7th!  Here are the details:

Sat., February 7th, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Colorado Dulcimer Festival
St. James Presbyterian Church
3601 W. Belleview Ave.
Littleton, CO

The Colorado Dulcimer Festival has been relocated to Denver after having been in Fort Collins for many years. It’s being held both Friday, Feb. 6th, and Sat., Feb. 7th, with workshops both days and Friday and Saturday evening concerts with featured guest musicians/teachers Guy George on hammered dulcimer and Heidi Muller on mountain dulcimer.  For more information and to register for the festival, visit

If learning to the play the dulcimer, learning about the dulcimer, or hanging out with cool dulcimer people was on your New Year’s resolution list, you’ll definitely want to check out this festival!

Back in Music Land

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

We’re back in music land!  Willie is doing great, hiking/walking more every day, but he’s still not supposed to lift anything (nothing heavier than a dulcimer!) for another few months until everything heals.  So we’re still laying low as far as performing goes, since there’s no carrying of speakers, amps, and other equipment.  However, we do have a show (where we don’t have to do sound) next week in Estes Park.  It’s Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Hempel Auditorium at the YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO,   This is always one of our favorite shows of the year — nice auditorium, great sound, audience from all over the country/world.  And it’s free!  And who can beat Long’s Peak as you enter the theater?   We’d love to see you at this one!

Taking Some Time

Monday, April 7th, 2014

We’ve been taking some time off due to Willie having/recovering from back surgery.  It will be good to get back in the sing of things.  But for now, it’s time for rest, recuperation, recovery, all those re words.  Perhaps some re-creation will be involved?  Anything’s possible on pain meds.  Who knows what wild dulcimer instrumentals will be unleashed?  And the possibilities for song lyrics!  “Dumbo” will seem relatively tame in comparison.  But, of course, he is a circus elephant.

Today is Beatles Day

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Today is Beatles Day.  So I have declared.  February 7 – the day The Beatles came to America.

It was 50 years ago today.  Everyone will be writing that.  Little did they know, I know, we know, what that would mean.  The day the music changed.  The day the world changed.

It was all such a lark for them.  Visiting New York, Washington, D.C., and down to Florida.

Riding the train between New York and Washington (there was a snowstorm).  Photo ops in Central Park and on The Mall.  In one of my favorites, the U.S. Capitol shines behind them — two of my favorite icons. Down to Florida, and sparring with Cassius Clay (soon  to be Muhammed Ali), posing on the beach in old-fashioned striped swimsuits, swimming in the pool.

Performing on Ed Sullivan, in back-to-back weeks.  We sat, mesmerized, in front of the T.V. , me directly in front on the living room floor.  George, you were my first favorite, shy, but with a sly smile and a sly little kick. Ringo grooving on the beat, his beat, head and hair shaking from side to side.  The flash of “Sorry girls, he’s married” under John’s screen image — oh, how sad!  But Paul, oh Paul.  Oh, so irresistible.  Those eyes, that boyish demeanor.  Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you , tomorrow I’ll miss you.

And that hair — that beautiful, wild, new hair.  The next day, it was every boy’s dream.  And every girl’s.  And to sing and play that music, any music, became many’s dream.  Including mine.

And to see the world.  There’s more to the world than my little town.  We’re off to see the world.  The wonderful world of ours.

We’re off to change the world.

She Loves You.  All You Need Is Love.  Let It Be.  Imagine.

What more could you want in life?  What more could you need?

These are my creed.

(See “Four Common Men Create The Weather/Diamonds” on the Jubilant Bridge recording, “Under Shattered Skies”)

Jamboree, Chocolate, and Groundhogs

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

At the Jamboree we saw our old friends Abe Lincoln, Buffalo Bill, The Beatles, and new this year, the B-52s.  But Elvis was not in the building.  Willie got to try on some new(old) hats, and I went around listening to all sorts of music (via headphones) at everyone’s tables and picking up chocolate and other freebies.  Oh yeah, and we both spoke with presenters and other musicians as they came to our table and picked up our chocolate.

Enjoying working on our Christmas music again for the future CD.  We decided not to do a Groundhog Day CD—worried it would sound like a broken record.   But it was tempting.    Hits such as “You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Ground Hog,” “How Much Is That Groundhoggie in the Window,”  “Who Let the Groundhogs Out” and “Camping On the Cold Hard Groundhog” could be irresistible.

More snow’s in the forecast—six more weeks of winter.


On Sherlock, ye olde holiday songs, and a great showcase

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

WillieBob, WillieBob, have you any bull?  Yessir, yessir, 3 blogs full…  Which is to say, “Howdy,” and here’s hopin’ everybody survived the Super Bowl hype. We’ve been runnin’ ’round doin’ stuff and rehearsing and working on new old old Ye Olde holiday songs again–the holiday in question being Christmas as we have yet to start planning our Halloween CD.  And although we did take today off to discuss what the heck actually happened on Masterpiece Mystery’s “Sherlock” last night we will be hard at it again tomorrow.

About a week or so ago we also had a great showcase at the Colorado Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA)-sponsored Colorado Performing Arts Jamboree.  Let me just say that it is a wonderful feeling when the sound people get your sound correct immediately and that this happening should never, ever be taken lightly or for granted.  We got lots of great feedback and very much enjoyed making new friends and catching up with old ones, musicians and presenters alike.

Sooooo….  I’m off–now and forever I hope– to see the wizard.  Talk atcha again real soon.

Attention Denver-Metro-Area-Ites

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

At the Mercury Cafe, we’ll be performing our “Dumbo” song inspired by our song assignments at the conference mentioned in the previous blog.  Plus there will be a few other surprises.  We haven’t actually played in Denver for a while, so now’s your chance, Denver-metro-area-ites!  Be there, or be hexagonal!

Then this Sunday, November 17, we’ll be performing from 3:30 to 5:30 at a house concert in a benefit for the Longmont Humane Society.  There will also be a yard sale, plus food and drink.  The location is near Hygiene, CO, and for reservations/directions, please call 303-345-1854.  Help the Longmont Humane Society stay afloat with your donations!



Full Frontal Googly Eyes

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Hello again from Willie, your fearless, if almost hairless, full-frontal contact dulcimer player who just happens to have scored some large glow in the dark googly eyes.  Try not to turn green with envy–or illness if that’s how the cabbage rolls….  Sooooooooooooooooo….  We had a great time in ALBQ at Solid Grounds Coffeehouse at St Stephens United Methodist Church–good audience, good reception, good vibes, great room, and I seem to have passed my breathalyzer test with flyin’ colors if the balloons I released are any indication.  We’ll be at the Mercury Cafe ( 2199 California St, Denver) this Friday (11/15/13) eve from 7  to roughly 8:45 PM so if you are in listening distance do drop in.  It’s 10 measely bucks, such a deal.  I suspect Carol aka She Said will have more to say on the subject.  If you happen to have anything that glows in the dark I encourage you to bring &/or wear it.  The Merc also has alcohol and is dog friendly EXCEPT that you CANNOT bring one in with you so please get a setter–I mean sitter.  WillieBob signing off because he has to dish the dirt–I mean wash the dirty dishes– as is his want….  Plus, if you follow this sort of stuff, his blood panel is AWESOME!!