Today Celestials is released online. It’s right here!
It is also the birthday of my beloved aunt, Laura Louise Tietjen Wysong, born in 1951, who left us oh! too soon – this past August 13th. Aunt, sister, wife, writer, gift-giver, gardener, spirit-seeker, meditator, bold performer. Her strength and determination. Her earthy humor, her wit. Her rapier-sharp inquisitive mind. Her unfathomable empathy, generosity, compassion, beyond all. She is so missed! But her radiant presence is felt, everywhere. She is here.
A picture of gardener Laura, from sister Monica’s All Saints ancestor feast table. I hold Laura’s reflection in my mind.
In about a week… Celestials debuts live! I’ll be driving up to Vermont with Nicholas Leichter from NYC. We’ll play on Saturday night April 27 at the Rose Street Artists’ Cooperative and Gallery, 78 Rose Street, Burlington. I’m really happy to do the first digital release party for Celestials there – it’s a great art and friend spot! I had my goodbye to VT party back in August. It’s a special spot. Patricia Julien, Jom Hammack, Danielle Hill, and at least some of Dance Tramp (Paul Besaw, Chong Ho Kim, and Selene Colburn) will be stepping in to play songs from the album. And of course, these two amazing guys who have created this album with me – Gus Ziesing of Low Tech Studios on drums, and Ted Looby, the multi-guitarist extraordinaire…
…the double album is coming out this spring. Mixing and mastering finished with Gus Ziesing at Low Tech Studios. It will be vinyl! Pressing to commence at Burlington Record Plant. Alec Julien is designing the cover with photos by Hiroyuki Ito. Release events in three states! – in April, May, and June.
I’ll be playing some songs with lovely friend and New York singer-songwriter Dan Strauss up in the Berkshires Friday February 22nd – so happy for some song-time and some cozy- winter-lodge-time in the woods! Always wonderful to share the stage with Dan.
oh these two! Very honored to be playing music & performing in NYC with Amy Larimer and Jamie Graham – otherwise known as the Raving Jaynes – amazing improv comedy+dance+song+deep statements on life-duo!
I’ll be playing original tunes and some 90’s covers for this Wild 90’s Coffeehouse…
It’s “July, so high, so lush and alone.” The abundance and deep heat – real summer, sister summer! – in Vermont. I love it. It’s wildly beautiful, green, enfolding, sparkling.
Album recording at Low Tech Studios with Gus Ziesing picked up again in late April. Crossed the finish line for base track recording, with 15 songs! Nearing the finish line for overdubs. Ted Looby, Patricia Julien, Dan Strauss, Amy Larimer, Nick Leichter have all been adding magical threads to the songs. I feel so lucky. Getting close to the mixing stage.
Upcoming live events – on July 14th Ted, Gus and I will be playing as Clare Byrne: Song & Dance – including new songs from the album – at Whammy Bar. Always love that magical spot in Calais… Clare Byrne: Song & Dance at Whammy Bar
The new album is… in progress! It clocks in at fifteen songs, made by the amazing graces of fellow musicians Ted Looby, Gus Ziesing, Rodrigo Alonzo Dan Strauss, Amy Larimer, Nicholas Leichter, Colin Henkl, Remy DeLaroque, Patricia Julian, and more. Finishing tracks are now being added. Mixing to commence after.
Look for events that will give some air time to “album-in-progress” this summer…