Some beautiful warm, breezy spring weather has blown in after a couple weeks of cold rain. The Martin Family has been playing selected venues and we are hard at work on new recordings with Lydia, Emily and Erica. We are also preparing for the CD release and tribute concert Oct. 7th, for Claude Martin at Black Rock Center for the Arts. This event is sponsored by FSGW (Folklore Society of Greater Washington) and IMT (Institute of Musical Traditions). Advance tickets will be available soon. We are also looking forward to Common Ground on the Hill. Progress has been made on a new solo banjo album for me, and I’m also soon to be giving workshops related to the book “Robert Johnson for Banjo” (Hal Leonard Publications). Chasing the Ghost is doing well on radio nationwide. I am working with Tory Gallery Music Booking to plan a tour in 2018.
After returning from Folk Alliance I am looking ahead to this summer. In July I will be at Common Ground on the Hill www.commongroundonthehill.org
Our family will be at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Sunday, May 7th http://sheepandwool.org/, following a performance I have at the Four Hour Day Lutherie on Friday, May 5th. http://www.fourhourday.org/
We are planning a tribute concert with Folklore Society of Greater Washington, for Fiddlin’ Claude Martin. Claude was 29 years old, but his legacy remains as one of the greatest fiddlers of his generation. October 7th, 2017 will see a gathering of musicians Claude worked with and who inspired us.
Thank you to Beans in the Belfry for the memorial concert this past October, which was truly wonderful. The concert this coming year will also be the CD release for a memorial CD with previously unreleased recordings.
End of summer, heat wave and thunderstorms! I’m settling into the aftermath of the Kickstarter – thanks so much, everyone! Taking on a few new banjo students, and some new upcoming performances, including Hometown Getdown (headliner this year – Cris Jacobs! Check it out), and planning to teach at the Maryland Folk Musician’s Retreat next June. Planning a microshow at Asparagus Media, and getting back into the kitchen with my working project there – more on that to come. My sister Emily Martin and I really got inspired at the Irish Catskills, and my brother Fiddlin’ Claude has been hard at work with his own projects, including a new jam in Damascus; it was fun and very well attended. Jeanean Martin went to the Midwest to teach dulcimer, and then onward to California with Emily, teaching a painting workshop that also included music workshops by Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts. I’ve been here working on getting the CD order in and also doing soe family stuff. Already looking forward to autumn in Maryland.