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Ferry Moods

Every traveling musician has a secret. Touring is taxing work: driving late, getting up early, hauling gear, packing gear, waiting in transit…performing without rest or food…and finally putting on a cordial face for each new person at each new place who offer different expectations to negotiate. These photos from our ferry ride over to Bois…

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Concert in Hancock, MI at FU

Yesterday we gave flute and guitar masterclasses and a concert at Finlandia University sponsored by our friend Pat Valencia who has a Suzuki guitar studio in Hancock called Valencia Estudio. We have found that without people like Pat who really make an effort to be a caretaker for music performance, it would be impossible to…

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2nd Street Bistro Gig in Ashland, WI

We played a very cool restaurant gig in Ashland, WI last night. We were pleasantly surprised by the 2nd Street Bistro. They serve dishes with local meats and produce, have good regional beers on tap, have a boutique wine list, and of all things, they have music twice a week to help support local musicians!!!…

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Following the Rain Across the Plains

The original plan was to camp our way from Idaho to Wisconsin, but of course we followed some massive June thunderstorms throughout Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota. We ended up having to do conventional lodging…boo hoo. But, it did afford us some great indoor practice time in preparation for our recital in Houghton, MI. There…

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Watercrazed…we’re not by the great lakes anymore

Ahh, Natural Resources… Nothing is too far away from the water source in the Canyonlands campground, but we were worried about finding a place to filter water out in the backcounty. Water is available only in small isolated pools usually as the base of a rock outcrop in the upper parts of the canyons. When…

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Raining Mountains and Mice on the A.T.

Andy on Max’s Patch We continued our section hiking of the Appalachian Trail this May going north just after the Smokey Mountains. Driving great distances to spend many days in a row walking gives me and Andy a time to clear our minds and be ready to take in new experiences when we return home.…

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Fanfare Review of Folias’ CDs

by ROBERT SCHULSLAPER for Fanfare Magazine Jan/Feb 2009 Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron, together known as Folias, here showcase their talents and interests, which include tango (Maret is a dancer as well as a musician and a scholar of all things tango), composition, and improvisation. Titled “Waterway,” Blue Griffin 175 is essentially an extended suite…

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