Hooray!! “Sew the City” is out today and you can pick up your copy here or wherever you buy or listen to music.
We are really excited about this album—it was a true labor of love and we had the best time recording it in July at a beautiful old farmhouse in Parsonsfield, Maine. We spent 4 days recording, cooking, watching Blue Planet, and squealing with glee as Ari felt her baby kick in utero for the first time. The album pays tribute to both our grandmothers ("Til I Die" and "Sew the City"); there's a song about a made-up mythological woman ("Nostalgia"); and we even cover a Joni Mitchell song ("The Fiddle and the Drum"). It is an homage to strong, wise women and we hope you love it as much as we loved creating it.
Deep gratitude to everyone who made this possible: Ariel Bernstein, engineer and percussionist extraordinaire; Dan Cardinal for his mastering skills; Stevie Lewis for her incredible artistry; and Kat Waterman for her photography and graphic design.
Tomorrow, tune into WGBH’s Live at the Library with Brian O'Donovan at 4pm to hear us play and talk about songs from the album.
We’ve sadly had to postpone our concert in Denmark, Maine, originally scheduled for November 3. New date (likely spring 2019) will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!
We're delighted to report that we've recorded a new album which will be born into the world early in 2019, just a few months after Ari's baby arrives.
We're really excited about both the album and the baby and, if that wasn't enough, Mia's nuptials coming in October. Needless to say, it's going to be a busy fall. Despite these major life events, we do have FOUR concerts before we disappear for the winter (#maternityleave):
October 4, 6:30pm | Groton, MA | Lawrence Academy | free concert!
October 28, 3pm • Boston, MA • Local Behavior Festival @ City Winery
November 3, 7:30pm | Denmark, ME | Denmark Arts Center
Stay tuned to learn when and where you can pick up a copy of the new album! In the meantime we wish you a smooth transition into the new season.
Love, A & M
1) New videos coming soon! This photo was taken yesterday at our video shoot of two new songs, which will also be on our new album. We head into the studio in two weeks.
3) We are also thrilled to be a part of this year's Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival on August 3.
Hello from A&M Boston HQ porch paradise! We had the most wonderful time at Folk College last weekend and are excited for summer. Highlights will include performing in the evening Summer BCMfest concert on July 8, teaching together at Berkshire Summer Strings, and....recording a new album! Stay tuned for more info including how to preorder the album and other ways to get involved. Besides that, we'll be teaching, performing, and traveling separately and getting ready for big life events coming this fall.
See you out there!
Hello from A&M headquarters in Boston where the crocuses are sneaking their purple bodies out of the ground and also, it's snowing.
We are excited for spring to actually arrive, which we think it will by the time we hit the road during the third week in April. If you live on Long Island or in the DC area, check out our upcoming shows!
4/20 • Glen Echo, MD • Friday Night Dance with Owen Morrison, guitar
4/21 • Baltimore, MD • Four Hour Day Lutherie
4/22 • Takoma Park, MD • House Concert • RSVP and location info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, for the first time ever, we've gotten our act together and are going to FAI. We're honored to be recipients of a First Timers Scholarship and can't wait to hear all sorts of new folk sounds, meet people, and share our music. If you're also gonna be there, let us know! We've got a few private showcases, and they are:
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Camp Ned, Singer-Songwriter Heaven (656) 12:30 AM to 1:00 AM
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Access Film Music RED (630) 3:20 PM to 3:40 PM
Friday, February 16th, 2018
Access Film Music ORANGE (730) 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Saturday, February 17th, 2018
Access Film Music GREEN (629) 2:30 PM to 2:55 PM
Here is a brand new video of an original song, filmed and recorded live at our recent show in Ashland, Oregon. Despite it being new to our repertoire, Ari wrote it in 2011 after the death of both our maternal grandparents. They lived in the suburbs of Chicago near where Ari went to college. She had dinner with them at least once a week for four years and usually arrived back on campus with a paper bag full of bialys and bananas. This song is for our Nana. (We recommend you listen with headphones—it will be easier to hear the cello).
Huge thanks to Michael at Seven Channel Sound for recording and videoing.
Ari here, reporting from my dining room, cat in lap, wind howling outside. Mia and I had the most wonderful time on the west coast—huge thanks to everyone who came out to shows, hosted us, fed, and housed us. Here we are at the start of tour, freezing in Seattle.
We have two more shows in 2017 and they are both on Saturday, December 9: The first will take place in my living room at 4pm EST...but you can watch from anywhere! We are delighted to join the lineup for Concert Window's Home For the Holidays Festival.
Spring tour dates coming soon!
...and coming into yours! West coast, mark your calendars.
It's hard to let summer go. And despite this one being particularly peaceful and exciting—Mia got engaged!—we are turning back towards discipline, set schedules, cooler weather, and...concerts.
September through November are brimming with sister songs: we had a wonderful time yesterday at the Joe Davies Folk Festival and up next is Maine, the Catskills, and Rhode Island; then we'll traverse a large swath of the west coast as we tour from Seattle to the Bay Area. Details are here.
We hope to see you out there, somewhere.
We were so close yet so far from each other this summer...and will be reunited this Friday in Maine at the Denmark Arts Center! If you're nearby, join us for an evening of music made that much sweeter by our joyful reunion.
This is Ari writing from beautiful Lake Dunmore in Vermont where I'm teaching at a chamber music camp for the next two weeks. Mia and I had the best time with Lula Wiles on our #MaineFiddleCampReunionTour last week and are excited to post this video we recorded at Northampton Community Television. To watch Lula Wiles' "Good Ol'American Values" in 360 video, click here!
Spring has truly sprung over here in New England. We hope you are enjoying the waning of the daffodils and the promise of more gorgeous blooms to come.
We are gearing up for some shows in May, and could be coming to a town near you! Boston folks, we're especially excited to be playing at a People's Cafe fundraiser for Centro Presente on May 13th, and the very next day we'll be crooning while you eat brunch at Club Passim on the morning of Mother's Day. We hear they have an amazing new brunch menu and that mothers eat for free on this day only! We can't think of a more perfect gift for the mom(s) in your life than a Live Music Brunch followed, perhaps, by a stroll along the Charles.
Tickets are on sale now for our May concerts and June tour with Lula Wiles. Catch us in Boston, New York, New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts.
Here we are, as usual, brainstorming ideas for new material