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NERFA News and our Northeast Tour

 

What a great trip! In November, we flew East to attend the North East Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in Stamford, Connecticut. We were hoping to sing for folks back there so they might consider us when they were looking for musicians for their festival, or house concert series, or coffeehouse or radio show.

One of the first things Judi noticed was how close things are, compared to the West Coast. We passed through 3 states just driving the hour from the Airport to the conference hotel.

 

 

Tales of FARWEST

 

Seattle from the airWe attended our first FARWEST conference as Jaeger & Reid in Bellevue, Washington in October. It was held at the Crown Plaza Hotel over 4 days. There were perhaps 300 attendees sharing their music, or listening for music they wanted to present in their venues, many of them representing house concert series presented in their living rooms. 


Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid playing at Dusty StringsWe joined several other performers in a pre-conference concert at Dusty Strings, a wonderful music store/music school/performance space in Seattle. We broke out Edwina and had our first opportunity to share our music with those folks. It turned out that we met people as a result, that we might not have met had we not taken that opportunity. Several people mentioned having heard us there.

 

 

 

 

In Our Minds We're Back From Carolina

 


Judi and I have just returned from our return trip to North Carolina. What a wonderful time! People were so warm and supportive. We played four shows in 5 days, met some new people and everyone invited us back. Eternal gratitude to the Jenkins Family for putting us up and putting up with us. It is such a gift to be far from home and still feel at home.

Jaeger & Reid in Mac and Kimberly's Loft

On Friday we got set up for our house concert in Mac and Kimberly's loft in Durham. Words fail me in describing what they have done. They purchased and renovated a building in downtown Durham and created a treasure for the Triangle Region. I will let the photos do the describing. When we walked in for the first time, we were speechless. Such beauty! Such warmth! They enlisted the work of Artists throughout North Carolina to reflect the talents of the area. 

Our performance was so rich, Judi brought tears to many with Both Sides Now. The acoustics in the room were welcoming to our voices and instruments.

We look forward to returning to that space.

 

On Sunday, we had an intimate at the home of Wanda Sundermann and Mark Marcoplos, way out in the country, embraced by the forest. Leo, the cat, and ??, the dogs, joined us and we were reminded of why singing in living rooms is so important. We love being able to connect with our audience so informally.

 

Monday we returned to the Cedars, where Carla Jenkins, mother of Brian Jenkins, resides.When we were there in the Spring, we played in the hallway to whomever was passing by, as they went to dinner. This time they set us up in the ballroom and we had a full house. What a gift it was to look out into those faces. They were appreciative and engaged. Afterwards some came up to talk. One gentleman taught voice at ??? and complimented us on our vocal blend. A woman said she appreciated that we sang a couple of Pete Seeger songs She said that when her husband was in medical school, she wanted to get him a gift which would mean something to him. With help, she got together enough money to buy him a Pete Seeger style long necked banjo, which he still plays. 

There where a few suggestions that next time we sing "Carolina In My Mind". Duly noted!

On Tuesday night, we had a rare weekday concert in the 100 year old home of Sarah Howe. Two of her kids, Alan and Alicia were there whom I hadn't seen in 16 years. They had obviously put that time to good use! 

We were reminded of how different house concerts can be fro one another. The space is not what is important, it is the togetherness and the ability to be heard. We had a guest singer/songwriter, Sami, who was accompanied by her aunt, due to a finger injury which prevented her from accompanying herself. She sang us her song about a snapping turtle.

Two new residents in the area, Jeff and Jane, who had moved down from Washington D.C. arrived with a birthday cake for the potluck. It was an amazingly dark chocolated and raspberry filled and covered. We sang to Jeff and his day and ate his cake.

We packed up and caught an earlier flight due to the cancellation of our original flight. We managed to be transported with our instruments intact, worked on a new song and returned to California, having been marinated in Carolina for a week.

 

Why House Concerts?

 

As we are starting out, Judi and I have found House Concerts to be our preferred way to present our music.

Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid at Jenkins House Concert

 

As, you are no doubt aware, there are many opportunities to listen to music, though there seem to be fewer and fewer opportunities to hear live music. Many of those situations are not conducive to the kind of intimate songs we favor in our performances. 

 

We hope that we can renew a desire for music which may bring laughter and tears, longing and memories, recognition of common experiences. 

 

Ours is indeed living room music, though our challenge is to bring the living room to our stage performances, as well.

 

While we will also be playing public venues, we encourage people to host us in your living room and share our music with friends.Those of you who have heard us are aware of how difficult it can be to describe what we do. Our ability to continue to perform is dependent upon those who are excited by what we do to share their excitement with their friends and community. 

 

Our First Tour to the East- Pt. 2 - North Carolina

 

We arrived in North Carolina to a much warmer world than the one we left an hour before in New York. We arrived at Raleigh/Durham earlier than we had planned due to catching an earlier flight due to our early arrival driving into Newark. We checked in with Monica and Brian Jenkins and then went to find Louise Omoto Kessel, and picked up the sound system she was loaning us at an event her kids, Jabu and Makayla were dancing in. We found the location, with the aid of Siri, and were treated to some amazing tap dancing.

Makayla Tapping with group

 

 

 

Our First Tour to the East! Pt. 1- The Hudson River Valley

 

Our first tour!

Chapter One!

 

What the Future Holds?!

 

 

Our schedule is beginning to look pretty full for the next couple of months.

 

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We hope to see you somewhere along the way as we share this incredible experience of presenting our music to appreciative ears and hearts.