One of my favorite things about bluegrass music is the community. It’s amazing to be able to meet new friends and know that you’ll keep running into them all over the country and even the world. I’m so thankful to have been able to meet and play with some of my favorite banjo players in the world. The likes of Tony Trischka, Alison Brown, Noam Pikelny, Wes Corbett, Greg Liszt and too many more to list. This summer I had the opportunity to attend and assistant teach at Béla Flecks wonderful Blue Ridge Banjo Camp in North Carolina. It’s been so exciting to meet my banjo hero of 15 years and get to hear him play up close, the ultimate inspiration! Here’s a video of us picking a tune at Watermelon Park in Berryville, VA this past September: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0ZsOJeoPD0
I'm excited to be teaching at this years Banjo Summit in Fort Collins, CO on May 11-13. It's a 3-day progressive banjo workshop aimed at teaching banjo players techniques to take them beyond bluegrass and expand their expertise with the instrument. The faculty includes the amazing Jayme Stone, Wesley Corbett, Jake Schepps, Ben Krakauer and Ross Martin. If you're interested in more info please get in touch. The camp website has more info you can check out.
I've been on the road with Mile Twelve for about two months this fall and since it's been a little while, I'd love to fill you in on our travels. I'm now back in Boston and am looking forward to being able to teach more in the upcoming months.
We kicked the fall touring season off back in September playing in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina finishing with a week showcasing at the International Bluegrass Music Association. We had a smashingly successful week with great showcase opportunities and the chance to connect with all sorts of people in the bluegrass community. We were also so thankful to have received the 2017 IBMA band Momentum Award.
We then flew back to Boston to get our bags packed for a month long tour of Australia and New Zealand. It was an absolute treat to show the band around New Zealand.
Thrilled to announce that Mile Twelve will be touring in New Zealand and Australia this October and November! Huge thanks to Due South Touring Co. for helping us put this epic trip together and we can't wait to see all our friends and fans Down Under!
OCT 13th - The Vic Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand
OCT 14th - Whanganui Musicians Club, Whanganui, New Zealand
OCT 15th - Wellington Bluegrass Society, Wellington, New Zealand
OCT 16th - Nivara Lounge, Hamilton, New Zealand
Oct 18th - Spotted Mallard - Melbourne - VIC
Oct 19th - Java Cafe - Yackendandah - VIC
Oct 20th - Patchewollock Music Festival - Patchewollock - VIC
Oct 21st - Mountain Mumma - Sheffield - TAS
Oct 22nd - Brookfield Shed - Margate - TAS
Oct 24th - Mountain Pickers Club - Ferntree Gully - VIC
Oct 25th - Yinnar Pub - Yinnar - VIC
Oct 26th - Smith's Alternative Bookstore - Canberra - ACT
Oct 27th to 29th - Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival - Dorrigo - NSW
Oct 31st - 63 First Avenue - Sawtell - NSW
Nov 1st - Wauchope Arts Council - Wauchope - NSW
Nov 2nd - Petersham Bowling Club - Sydney - NSW
Nov 3rd to 5th - Maldon Folk Festival - Maldon - NSW
As I type this we are tracking our final song in the studio. That’s right, twelve whole songs! There’s still plenty of work to do before this thing is ready to release to the world, but we are all breathing a collective sigh knowing that the hardest work is behind us. None of this would have been possible without the tireless work of our producer Stephen Mougin. I don’t think he left the mixing board for more than five minutes during our twelve hour work days. This album is truly his as much as it's ours. And, of course, it’s yours too. We are all still amazed at the enormous support you have shown us. When we first clicked the button to make our Kickstarter live it was hard to believe we would really be sitting here now putting the final touches on an album we are truly proud of. Twelve songs, each one deeply meaningful to us, making up one cohesive project that represents who we are today as a band. We can’t wait to share this music with all of you. More updates will follow as we get into the mixing and final production stages and have a clearer idea of when the album will be released! Thanks again for being there for us.
THANK YOU to all of our friends, family and fans! We've been running a Kickstarter campaign during the month of January to raise the money to record our debut full-length album in Nashville with producer and engineer Stephen Mougin and have been blown away by all the support we've received. Because of all of you we are going to be able to make this album the right way, with a great producer in a great studio in a great city. We can't wait to share this record with all of you, as well as the t-shirts, stickers and other brand new Mile Twelve swag that will be given to our supporters with our gratitude. You can continue to give to our Kickstarter until February 1st. at 6:07PM EST and every additional dollar will now go towards additional publicity for the album: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/122826687/mile-twelve-debut-full-length-album You will continue to receive all of the other rewards we have! If you've had problems with the Kickstarter interface you can email us at: email@example.com to contribute and pre-order the album privately. We'll start recording in Nashville on March 8th and we're unbelievably excited about it! Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Hello all, it's been a busy spring with Mile Twelve. We embarked on our first big overseas tour in Ireland for three weeks. We played a whooping 25 shows in 21 days across southern and central Ireland. I feel incredibly grateful for the amazing reception and support we received from the Irish Bluegrass Community and hope to make it back again soon. We have a massively busy summer coming up, starting with a 2 week tour down to Alabama, back to the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival where we're delighted to be performing. Then we fly to Nashville, TN to play two shows opening for one of our Bluegrass heroes, Tim O'Brien. To round out July, we'll be performing and teaching at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival in ME. Some other summer and fall highlights include the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival, the Long Island Bluegrass Festival, County Bluegrass and Freshgrass. You can check out the details at http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com/ Hope to see you all out there!
I'm pleased to report some great success at the 2015 Freshgrass contests. I won first place in the banjo contest against some extremely talented banjo players. The prize was a very nice Deering Sierra Maple banjo, prize money and a chance for Mile Twelve to perform at the festival next year. A big thanks to Alex Rubin and Nate Sabat for doing such a fine job accompanying me during the contest. My bandmate, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes also won first place in the Fiddle contest and Mile Twelve took third place in the band contest. Overall, a very successful and enjoyable weekend and we're thrilled to be able to perform at the 2016 festival - hope to see some of you there! In the meantime, check out my shows page which is now updated with gigs going through to May 2016.
I've had a very busy few months touring and recording with Mile Twelve. Our debut EP is now available for purchase on bandcamp here: https://miletwelve.bandcamp.com/ It's already recieved some great reviews and will to be featured on Hand Picked with Del McCoury on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction on July 4, 5 and 6.
We're really excited to be performing this summer at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Ossipee Valley Music Festival along with a hearty dose of New England shows. For more info on those dates check out our website: http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com/
For now, I'll leave you with some new videos we filmed in Milton, MA with Andy Cambria.
I've recently returned to Boston after a two and a half month tour of Australia and New Zealand. No Bones About It had a fantastic 20 date tour throughout New Zealand in Nov and Dec 2014. We are so thankful to all of the wonderful people who put on shows for us and treated us so well! We played folk clubs, house concerts and other small venues around both the North and South Island, finishing at the Whare Flat Folk Festival in Dunedin. Here are a small collection of photos from the trip.
In early January, Alex headed back to winter in Boston and I set off for a five week tour in Australia with The String Contingent. We began by teaching at a two-week summer school in Canberra with 450 kids and 37 teachers, phew!
Alex Rubin and I (No Bones About It) have been busy recording our debut EP, Nice & Grumpy with the fabulous Mike Reese in Sudbury, MA. We're hoping to fund the project on Kickstarter and have it ready to go for our tour of New Zealand which begins in Nov/Dec 2014. You can click on the link below to see our Kickstarter and for more info about our EP. To see the New Zealand Tour Dates, check out: www.nobonesaboutitband.com
Here's a song you'll most likely hear if you make it out to one of our New Zealand shows. It's one of our favourite "new-timey" tunes called, Suzanna.
I’m really excited to be part of a new band with a bunch of talented young musicians called, Mile Twelve. The group features Evan Murphy on Guitar, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes on Fiddle, Nate Sabat on Bass and myself plucking the old 5-string. You can see more of what we're doing and where we are performing here:http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com
Here's a video of an original song we recently recorded, thanks for listening
Earlier this year, I started performing in a duo called, No Bones About It, with an amazing guitarist, Alex Rubin. We've now played a number of shows in the Boston area including Club Passim, the Harvard Square Folk Festival and Plymouth Acoustic Summer Nights concert series. We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the five finalists for the Freshgrass duo contest which is held in North Adams, MA on Sept 19 - 21. The other finalists are some of our favourite musicians and great friends so please check their music on the freshgrass website. Here's one of the videos we submitted for the contest, a tune Alex wrote called, Fat Chance.
In April this year I was honoured to be a part of the Acoustic Music Seminar in Savannah, Georgia. There were 16 participants on a variety of string instruments chosen from a group of 150 of the most talented young acoustic musicians from all over the USA. The week was packed full of rehearsals, clinics, performances and workshops with world class musicians such as Mike Marshall, Julian Lage and Darol Anger as faculty. On the Saturday night of the festival we performed all of the tunes we had learned and arranged during the week for a crowd of festival go-ers at the Lucas Theatre. It was an amazing experience and I feel extremely lucky to have met so many great musicians who I hope to perform with again in the future. Here are some pictures and a video of a tune that I wrote called ‘Bubbles’ from our performance at the Lucas Theatre in Savannah.
Thanks for checking out my brand new website.As I write this, I am gathering my scattered belongings in an attempt to squeeze them into the tiniest of backpacks and be ready to fly to the USA for a year of adventures. I hope to play an awful lot of banjo, learn a bunch and meet some new friends along the way.
So for now, here are some new videos from a show we played at the Bunker last month. Thanks to Matt and Rusty for the audio recording and Nat for the use of his camera. These are some of the most recent tunes I have written for banjo and feature the talents of my good pals, Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan.