Meet Don White, Megon McDonough, Elizabeth Mosier, Peg Espinola, and Janet Feld -- all doing what they do best
Some you might know - Megon McDonough was in the Four Bitchin' Babes, Don White and I did shows together for 9 years, but Peg Espinola is an octogenarian folksinger who didn't start writing songs til she was 67, Janet Feld has been teaching adults how to play guitar for 20 years at the Passim school of music in Cambridge, MA, and Elizabeth Mosier is a non-fiction writer I met last year when I spent a month at the artist retreat, Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs.
During this pandemic I try to make my concerts a way for you to discover the work of other artists whose work I think you will love.
"Highlights of the Zoom After Party" with Lavin/White/McDonough/Mosier/Feld/Espinola"
A very strange thing happened during the party. Just after I introduced Peg Espinola, my screen went black. No warning, just turned off. I searched around to see what could be wrong and saw that it had become unplugged. I frantically plugged it back in, but then had to wait for it to re-boot since the power reserve had gone to zero -- and when it finally did re-boot, a couple minutes had passed and all the pages that had been open before were all suddenly open again, including the front page of the NYTimes.
That's when I saw the headline about RBG. I finally rejoined the Zoom After Party just as Peg ended her song, and it took me a few seconds to get my bearings. I finally popped back on the screen, apologized for missing her song completely, and wondered if I should say something about the headline I just read. For a second I thought maybe I had dreamed it, that it wasn't real. But we were live, in real time, so I decided I would. I'm no actress. I don't know how to "act" calm when my heart is pumping a hundred miles an hour. So I told them.
The video then ends with Megon McDonough -- she was up next, and it made sense to stop after her song, "You Will Know The Tree By The Fruit It Bears." In this country so many of us share dates when we know precisely where we were -- November 22, 1963, September 11, 2001, and now September 18, 2020.
Please wear a mask,
- For decades Phil's sister Sonny Ochs has hosted these shows across the country -- tonight it's all LIVE and FREE on your screen
- We didn't know what songs we'd hear, and looking back on this, it's wonderful -- I list who plays when so you can skip to your favorites
- My live Hurdy Gurdy concert has been moved from indoors to online -- I'm joined by a dozen singer/songwriters each doing 2 songs -- from 7 PM to 10 PM Eastern
- It begins with a funny song for our times, "Stress" by Jim Infantino, ends with Kate Taylor's lovely, "I've Got A Message"
- A strong lineup for top to bottom -- the incomparable Jim Infantino opens, Kate closes, and an embarrassment of riches in between
- Columnist Jennifer Finney Boylan was inspired by the song to write about her best summer -- what was yours?
- The PFF asked me to help MC, and to do a 15-20 min minute set, which is the exact length of this one song, which is based on something that really happened
- Starting with Brooks Williams in Cambridge, UK --- closing with B&B in the US -- next month Bob Lind is headliner (yes, The Elusive Butterfly Of Love guy)
- Wonderful food (dining room opens at 5:30) -- spectacular desserts -- LIVE entertainment -- Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
- Believe it or not, when I wrote this song inspired by the 2009 Scripps Spelling Bee, I SPELT TWO WORDS WRONG! Finally I've made up for it.
- Jimmy Webb wrote the perfect song for the launch back in 1978, and here Michael Feinstein sings it.
- Have a favorite in the show? Here's when each performs so you can zip right to them --