July 2015 Meeting

July 1, 2015

Get ready, folks. It’s time for another flute circle on July 18th! This time, we’ll be at the home of Ed and Dawn Dougherty in Roxboro. This will be a special one as we are having a summer potluck and flute party! PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: Flute circle will be starting at 4:00, so that we all may eat an early dinner together and have some evening food and drink. Please bring a favorite delicious covered dish, tasty snack, and/or heavy hors-d’oeuvre and feel free to bring beer or wine if you prefer. We will also have some on ice. We will not have meat or soda items, so if you wish to have these foods, feel free to bring them. Dawn will be happy to heat up anything that needs warming if needed. We wish to set up outside, barring any extreme weather conditions, so please bring instruments of all kinds and play with us! There will be a small raffle just for kicks, so if you have any CD’s you do not listen to, a songbook, a flute you don’t play, flute bag, or anything flute-related you wish to raffle or just simply trade with someone, please feel free to bring it and add to the fun.

This month, we’ll talk briefly about the use of flutes in therapeutic and healing work, and we plan on creating impromptu circle songs together. Bring a few flutes, especially keys such as A and G, since we will be playing the same key together. Beginners are welcomed and encouraged to play, as being a part of a circle song is a great flute teaching tool! Our featured flute maker will be Ed Dougherty of Tree Of Life Designs. If you have one of Ed’s flutes, please bring it along. The featured musician will be none other than Mark Holland. We will be playing some of Mark’s music to get you acquainted with his music and his style, and also prepare you for his sound healing concert on August 8th. Ed and Dawn are pre-selling tickets for the concert at $20, so bring your cash to purchase a ticket. If you wait until the day of the show, they will be $25 at the door, but if we want this concert to happen, we need to pre-sell a sufficient number of tickets.

Ed and Dawn have two large lab dogs, as well as a tiny but spunky cat, in case you have allergies or issues with animals. The address is 359 Green Meadow Ln., Roxboro, phone number 919-801-2846. Look for the USMC garden flag at the end of the driveway. We look forward to seeing everyone!

June 2015 Meeting

June 10, 2015

Our June meeting will be Saturday the 20th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Jon Norris, 112 Oakbeech Ct in Holly Springs. We’re on a cul-de-sac so parking is at a premium, but we’ll manage.

This month, we’ll check out the music of Frank Henninger. We’ll also take a look at the flutes of Kuzin Bruce, who is very well-known for his drones. Then we’ll do another show-and-tell. Please bring your FAVORITE flute and be prepared to tell us a bit about it.

As always, we’ll make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Also, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, Mark Holland will again grace us with his presence and masterful flute playing, this time with Pati Pellerito, a sound healing expert, bringing gorgeous singing bowls and powerful planetary gongs. The concert will take place at Black Horse Run, a community north of Durham on Hwy 501N. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, contact Dawn Leith-Dougherty, dawnofanewage@hotmail.com.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

May 2015 Meeting

May 7, 2015

Our May meeting will be Saturday the 16th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Mara Cohen, 304 Morganford Place in Cary.

This month, we’ll check out Jonny Lipford’s new album, Woodland Peace. We’ll also take a look at the flutes of Raymond Redfeather. Then we’ll cover a topic that is confusing for many people — the difference between “plains” and “woodlands” flutes.

As always, we’ll make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 16th.

April 2015 Meeting

April 8, 2015

Our April meeting will be Saturday the 18th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Eric Ginsburg, 215 Boulder Bluff Trail in Chapel Hill. Eric says that the house numbers on his street are out of order, so look for the 7 foot tall carved bear by the mailbox. Also, it’s best to park on the street.

This month, we’ll take a look at a technical topic — using a loop pedal to enhance your playing. We’ll feature the music of Burning Sky, a band featuring Kelvin Mockingbird on flute. And instead of featuring a flutemaker this month, we’re going to do something a little different. Please bring your very first flute and tell us a little about it.

As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in a few weeks is Musical Echoes, one of the longest-running flute festivals, based in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This year, Mark Holland will be headlining the event, along with Jonny Lipford, Shelley Morningsong, Gareth Laffely, and a number of other performers. More information can be found at http://www.musicalechoes.org/. I’ve been there many, many times, so if you have any questions about it, just let me know.

Coming up on May 2 is the One Tribe Fest at the NC Fairgrounds in Raleigh. During the day, our friends Raven Wolf and Michelle Dunn will be performing, so if you get a chance, go out and show your support.

Also, in May, R.C. Nakai will be performing in Black Mountain, NC. He’ll be at LEAF, a family-friendly music festival on May 7-10, playing several times throughout the weekend. LEAF is a great event, especially if you’re up for camping. Tickets always sell out, so if you’re planning to go, get yours early. Check out www.theleaf.org for more information, and just ask if you have any questions.

I’m looking for someone to host our May meeting, so if you’re able, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 18th.

March 2015 Meeting

March 10, 2015

Our March meeting will be Saturday the 21st at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Catrrine Ponall, 2818 Bedford Avenue in Raleigh, near the NC State Campus. Bedford is a one way street, so you’ll need to come in on Dixie Trail, which runs between Wade Avenue and Hillsborough St.

This month, we’ll continue looking at ornamentation and embellishments, showing you ways you can add a little something extra to your music. We will be featuring the flutes and music of Belo Cozad, an old time Kiowa flute player. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in April is Musical Echoes, one of the longest-running flute festivals, based in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This year, Mark Holland will be headlining the event, along with Jonny Lipford, Shelley Morningsong, Gareth Laffely, and a number of other performers. More information can be found at http://www.musicalechoes.org/. I’ve been there many, many times, so if you have any questions about it, just let me know.

Also, in May, R.C. Nakai will be performing in Black Mountain, NC. He’ll be at LEAF, a family-friendly music festival on May 7-10, playing several times throughout the weekend. LEAF is a great event, especially if you’re up for camping. Tickets always sell out, so if you’re planning to go, get yours early. Check out www.theleaf.org for more information, and just ask if you have any questions.

If you’d like to host our next meeting, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

February 2015 Meeting

January 30, 2015

Our February meeting will be Saturday the 21st at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Barbara Pedersen, 28 Oakwood Drive in Chapel Hill.

This month, we’ll start looking at ornamentation and embellishments, showing you ways you can add a little something extra to your music. We will be featuring the flutes of Guillermo Martinez and the music of Gareth Laffely. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in April is Musical Echoes, one of the longest-running flute festivals, based in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This year, Mark Holland will be headlining the event, along with Jonny Lipford, Shelley Morningsong, Gareth Laffely, and a number of other performers. More information can be found at http://www.musicalechoes.org/. I’ve been there many, many times, so if you have any questions about it, just let me know.

If you’d like to host our next meeting, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

January 2015 Meeting

January 7, 2015

I hope you survived the holidays unscathed and have had a great start to the new year. To kick things off, our January meeting will be Saturday the 17th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Dawn Leith and Ed Dougherty, 359 Green Meadow Lane in Roxboro. It’s a mile or two off 15-501, way north of Durham. They have two big dogs that are in and out of the house, so if you have allergies or other issues, please be aware.

This month, we’ll be talking a bit about playing flute with rhythmic instruments. We’ll have an assortment of shakers, rattles and other percussive instruments to get everyone involved. We’ll be featuring Painted Raven’s new Wildflowers album (our very own Marsha Harris is part of that trio). Also, we’ll be featuring the flutes of yours truly. I wouldn’t normally do that, but Dawn demanded it since we’re meeting at her house, and hey, you don’t argue with the redhead. As always, we’ll make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in April is Musical Echoes, one of the oldest flute festivals, based in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This year, Mark Holland will be headlining the event, along with a number of other performers. More information can be found at http://www.musicalechoes.org/. I’ve been there many, many times, so if you have any questions about it, just let me know.

If you’re willing and able to host one of our future meetings in your home, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 17th.

December 2014 Meeting

December 3, 2014

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that you’ve eaten all your leftover turkey (or in some cases, Tofurkey), I wanted to pass along the details for our upcoming December gathering. On Saturday the 20th, from 2 to 6 PM, I’m hosting our 3rd Annual Epic Holiday Musical Shindig at my home. We’ll fire up the PA system, break out more instruments than you can count, and create lots of bodacious grooves and tasty jams. No discussion topics. Just music. And door prizes. And plenty of food. It wouldn’t be a holiday shindig without food. My family will provide an assortment of snacks and finger foods (definitely involving chocolate, with the possible appearance of something wrapped in bacon) as well as coffee, tea, and soft drinks. If you’d like to bring a treat to share, that’s great, but please don’t feel obligated to do so. My goal is just to get everyone together and enjoy creating music.

We’re located at 112 Oakbeech Ct. in Holly Springs, just south of the Raleigh/Cary area. You should be able to find us on Google Maps or your trusty GPS, but if not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to provide you with directions. We’re on a cul-de-sac so parking is at a premium, but we’ll manage. I look forward to seeing you there.

Just shoot me an email or RSVP to the Facebook event so we can get a headcount and plan accordingly. It would be tragic if we ran out of chocolate.

November 2014 Meeting

November 13, 2014

Our November meeting will be Saturday the 22nd at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Lloyd and Judith Jenkins, 4925 Bartwood Dr in North Raleigh.

This month, we’ll be talking about playing flute with backing tracks, and we’ll have plenty of time to practice doing that. We will be featuring the flutes of Dennis Frederiksen and the music of Tim Gomez. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

As the 2014 festival season is coming to a close, we’ll start looking toward 2015 events. The next big festival is Musical Echoes, April 24-26 in Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information, visit http://www.musicalechoes.org/ or feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

If you’re willing and able to host one of our future meetings in your home, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd.

October 2014 Meeting

October 14, 2014

Our October meeting will be Saturday the 25th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Catrrine Ponall, 2818 Bedford Avenue in Raleigh, near the NC State Campus. Bedford is a one way street, so you’ll need to come in on Dixie Trail, which runs between Wade Avenue and Hillsborough St.

This month, we’ll be talking a bit about playing flute with piano. Catrrine and her sister have been performing recently, combining Native American style flutes with jazz piano, and they’ll be doing a short demo for us. Anyone who is interested will have the opportunity to do a bit of improv with piano as well. We will be featuring the flutes of Roger McGee and the music of Randy Motz. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in a few weeks, Native Rhythms Festival will be taking place once again in Melbourne, FL. It’s been an amazing festival the last few years, with outstanding performances and a great workshop schedule. This year, they’re adding a 2-day flute school before the festival. You can find the information on the festival at http://nativerhythmsfestival.com/, and details about the flute school are available at http://www.nativerhythmsfestival.com/FluteSchool.htm. If you can make the trip, this is definitely one of the best flute events around.

If you’re willing and able to host one of our future meetings in your home, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 25th.