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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 10:05 AM EDT

Return of the wayward Mountvillian

Hello, friends and neighbors.  This weekend I will return to Mountville Folk Fest after too long away. 
 
It had been a musical home for me for many years, nurturing, friendly, until moving, life, busy-ness got in the way.  My last time there was with a brilliant but short lived Celtic trio called Punkass McGee - yes, we were great but irreverent, blending Roads to Lisdoonvarna with 867-5309 (Jenny Jenny) and other traditional Celtic favorites.
 
The year we were to have made our glorious debut, taking the musical world by surprise, a fierce series of storms pummeled the area, downing trees and flooding streams, and making a deathtrap of the cables, wires and extension cords required to amplify the music for the now-absent audience, which cowered in nearby cars and trucks, waiting out the storm.  My bandmates, Libbie Brey and Liz Jacoby, and I went for a pleasant drive down the Snickersville Turnpike to 'enjoy' the storm as it swept through.
 
As the wind and rain reached their zenith, we pulled into an open field, to be clear of flying branches and falling trees.  After things calmed a bit, we got back in the car and found the Snickersville Turnpike blocked by the falling of a huge, ancient oak.  With high stone walls on either side of the road, there was no other choice but to try to move the tree so we could pass through and be on our way.  I got out, dressed of course for the stage, in a kilt and black GI jungle boots, and started pulling on branches.  To my surprise, the tree was long dead and the giant branches pulled away as easy as string cheese.
 
My bandmates sat in the car and watched, and now other cars were pulling up, also blocked - the Volvos, Saabs and BMWs of Virginia's Gold Cup horse country.  I can only imagine their reactions to the unexpected sight of a tall man in nothing but a kilt and boots, pulling an oak tree apart with his bare hands and tossing the limbs aside.
 
The local firefolk arrived with chainsaws just in time - I was running out of rotten branches and would soon be exposed as a fake.  Close call.
 
We returned to the festival which was now a soggy mess, and later on played an unplugged set to a few folks huddled under the tarp over the stage.  Our glorious debut.
 
The forecast this weekend calls for better weather.
Monday, May 6th, 2013 11:12 AM EDT

New music, new energy

Wow, how did the Falcon Ridge deadline creep up so quickly?  It always provokes a mad scramble to record my latest songs, upload, browse, convert, transfer files, rename, etc.  - all of which are the least favorite (actually there's nothing FAVORITE about that side of the process at all . . .) tasks one faces in the effort simply to get out and play for you all.
 
I'd rather just walk around with a guitar and some new songs and sit down in the grass and share them. 
Monday, February 4th, 2013 12:14 PM EST
New energy.  Clearing out.  Tidying up.  Feng Shui?  Truth.
Sunday, January 27th, 2013 12:50 PM EST

House Concerts coming up

Hello friends, it has been a while.  I've been busy, lazy, otherwise occupied.  Exciting news - two house concerts coming up!  One to play, one to host.  I'll be sharing a stage with the lovely and talented Terri Allard on Saturday February 9th at Folk N Great concerts in Rockville, MD - hosted by the (also lovely and talented) Cheryl Kagan.  More info on the calendar page.
 
Also coming up - I'll be hosting Connor Garvey at the Tavern in McKnightstown - Connor is a wonderful, thoughtful, talented singer-songwriter from Maine, who will be joining us on Sunday afternoon, February 17th, in the afternoon.  Email for details - space is running short but we'll find room for you.
 
All for now - stay in touch -
 
d
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 10:12 AM EDT

Falcon Ridge here I come!

It's that time of year again.  When I gather up a dusty tent, tarps and duct tape, water jugs, guitar strings, iron skillets and bisquick, Adams County peaches, Army Surplus jungle mud boots, harmonica holders, instruments etc. etc. etc. and head up to Hillsdale.
 
This year's lineup is amazing, featuring all-time favorites Aztec Two-Step and newer bands like Girlyman (check out their stuff for a graduate level course in harmony) and many others.  I also can't wait to again get my passport stamped for my annual sojourn to the magical land of Slambovia.
 
I am honored to be playing at the Lounge Stage Thursday afternoon, with a great group of musicians and writers that includes ilyaimy, Louise Mosrie, Brother Sun and of course our hosts Pesky J. Nixon, among way too many others to mention here.  Can't wait.
 
If we meet again soon, I'll be a bit sunburned, very tired, and will have a great big smile that will last long after the festival ends.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 12:55 PM EST

Thanks to all

Thanks to everyone who came out to Musical Lairs on the tail end of a snowy icy day!  What an evening - I completely enjoyed playing for you all and appreciate the support.  For those who were attending their first house concert, I hope you enjoyed it and will continue to attend and support what I consider the best way to enjoy live music.  Thanks again, and thanks again to Lee for hosting and making it all possible.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 9:06 PM EST

Songs old and new

Well hello, friends.  I'm excited to be playing for a wonderful concert series this Saturday evening, in Villanova, PA, at Lee Bowers' Musical Lairs.  I hope all my Philly friends will come out and join me.   It starts at 7; more info available by emailing Lee at leebowers@comcast.net -
 
In other news, I have been enjoying practicing some of the songs I haven't played in years, and I think there's some good ones there!  I have  a tendency, like many performers, I think, to let songs come in and out of season, and focus on my favorites at any one time, to the exclusion of all the rest.  Having stumbled across a folder of old playlists, I see what a mistake that can be!  So I'm dusting off some of the older ones and driving them around the block to see if they still have any horsepower left in them.  We'll see.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 9:45 AM EST

I got the post Nerfa blues

Greetings, all!  If you're wandering onto this site after meeting me at NERFA, it was great to see ya!  What a wonderful time - as always.  And we come back refreshed, recharged and rejuvenated - made young again - how is that possible, since the process involves many nights without sleep, long jam sessions that destroy the voice, wandering hotel hallways in the wee hours to present showcase sets or catch the music of new and old friends?  I'm not sure how it all works, but it does.
 
I responded to the songwriting challenge thrown down by Angela Page - I usually can not write "on demand." But for some reason I was able to string some lines together on the subject line (provided as the challenge - each writer got a different phrase)  "Not with me you don't."   Stay tuned to see how it all comes out.
Monday, November 7th, 2011 9:54 AM EST

NERFA again!

Wow, it's that time again already!  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since we've already had snow.  I have some new songs which have been well received by those who have heard, them, and have thrown together a little song sampler just in time for NERFA; it should be arriving from my good friends at Oasis tomorrow, Lord willin' and the creek don't rise.
 
So let's see.  With NERFA coming and Thanksgiving close behind, when in the world am I going to rake the leaves?
Sunday, September 4th, 2011 1:29 PM EDT

Busy Busy Busy

Hello all!  I've been busy lately, writing a few tunes, playing here and there, and getting my ducks in a row for the fall and winter music seasons!  Most recently, I was honored to have been a finalist in the AvalonFest songwriting competition.  It was a wonderful experience and everyone was very friendly.  So with that and also having been a SMAF finalist, it's nice to have a few such things on the musical resume. 
 
So what's next?  Getting ready for NERFA - which means putting some new songs 'on tape' (even though it's not really tape anymore).  I'll be doing some recording, putting together some songs that have been neglected of late, and dusting off my performing hat.   I've certainly got enough songs for another CD . . . . just sayin'.
 
 
Thursday, May 5th, 2011 5:36 PM EDT

SMAF!

Hello again friends, well, tomorrow I'm off to Havre de Grace, MD for the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival.  I'm a finalist in the Songwriting Contest; we'll have an evening of music tomorrow night, then an "in the round" on Saturday morning, and the final finalist gets a main stage set on Saturday night.
 
I'm not sure how I feel about music as competition.  I suppose it's a way of elevating some songwriters; I just think there are hundreds - thousands, actually - of talented people in the world who deserve to be heard.
 
So get out and see some live music soon.  Me, or someone else.  I hope you come see me, but if not, go see someone else.  Just do it!  Step away from the television. . . . oh, and wish me luck tomorrow night.  I can't deny a little bit of "IhopeIwinIhopeIwinIhopeIwin"
 
See ya around!
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 9:43 AM EDT

Susquehanna!

Greetings, all - It has been a long time since I checked in!  I thought I'd share some great news - I've been chosen as a finalist in the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival's Songwriting Contest! 
 
Which means I'll have a chance on Friday May 6th to perform and win a slot to perform on their main stage Saturday May 7th. 
 
Come on out and cheer me on!  It's in Havre de Grace MD, May 6-7.  They always get fantastic performers and I'm thrilled to be chosen for this honor.
 
More details as I get them!
Monday, November 15th, 2010 5:29 PM EST

Long time gone.

Hello again, friends.  It seems I check in incredibly occasionally; I need to get better at that.  Again, I've been to NERFA and come back refreshed, recharged and refried.  I had great feedback on some new tunes (one long-established booking agent called one of my songs "THE Song of the weekend."  Wow.  That'll get your coffee stirring, I think. 
 
I think one of the challenges is keeping up with multiple websites now, with Facebook, myspace for those who still like their music features, twitter, etc., etc., - it's all more than a bit overwhelming at times.  How do you keep up?  Suggestions? 
 
Talk to you all soon! 
 
db
Saturday, June 20th, 2009 11:21 AM EDT

tuning up

Well,  Hi y'all.  I've been away.  Quiet.  Silent, even.  Traveling, working, heavily and completely scheduled.   Occasionally heading off to a local pub's open mic night just for a few fun songs with the MC.
 
But now.....now..... it seems a music season is coming on.  Festivals, concerts, invitations.  It all comes at once, it seems sometimes, to the point where choices must be made, some invitations declined (oh, if only we could stretch some days out to fit it all in) and others gleefully accepted.
 
I'm especially excited about an upcoming concert where I'll be opening for Sara Hickman!  It will be at a house concert setting, extremely limited seating and already full.  What a joy, to play for listeners.
 
Lately I've been getting back into it - took a little trip out to a place in Phoenixville PA, what a hip and happening town.  Played a few songs and had a ball.  I'll definitely be back, I had almost forgotten what fun it can be to find a new audience.
 
Coming up?  The delightful Mountville Folk Festival.  A house concert.  The aforementioned opening set for Ms. Hickman.  A half-official, half-casual porch party and pickin' fest.  Beyond that - Falcon Ridge.  And another writers' night outside Nashville, around a secluded fire circle sharing songs with a highly discerning audience of good-natured competitors. . . bringing the "A" game, as they say.  What a mixed-up mishmash of music.  If I was  organized I'd be dangerous.
 
d
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 6:18 PM EDT

SonicBids!

You can now access my SonicBids "EPK" by using the following link. For those of you who may be fans and unfamiliar with SonicBids, it's a timesaving way for venues and presenters to get a sense of what a musician is all about. And it's becoming something of an industry standard as a way to 'throw one's hat in the ring' for gigs!


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Thursday, November 20th, 2008 9:51 AM EST

Post-NERFA Blues

(If you're unfamiliar with NERFA, take a peek at www.nerfa.org)

Well, not exactly blues. More like a frenzied exhaustion. An exhilirated delirium. A momentum-driven high.

What a weekend! Music everywhere, songs and singers wherever you looked, from the grand piano in the lobby to the stairwells full of jamming musicians and four-AM singers to the hotel rooms transformed into cozy concert venues for a few magical nights . . .

A great big THANK YOU to those who offered such re-affirming feedback on my music - and to those who helped "spread the word" without my knowing. I am especially thankful for the folk DJs who have expressed interest and shared my music with others. I can't thank you enough - this is where energy comes from to write more, perform more, create more. So YOU are part of the process.

Did you know that?


db
Thursday, November 6th, 2008 8:27 AM EST

Gettin' busy

Yeah, lots going on here! Upcoming opener sets including a big one this Sunday in Alexandria; see calendar for details. Also coming up is NERFA, a great big conference/schmoozeathon/moveable feast of a nonstop concert showcase up in New York State. I'll be up there for a few days getting my music fix and hopefully getting recharged. See you around!

db
Monday, July 28th, 2008 12:23 PM EDT

Magic followed me home.

I have to share a little thing that happened this morning, which I am convinced was some of the magic of Falcon Ridge coming home with me, like the rainwater in my tent or the bits of windblown leaves that I´m still finding in my gear after that storm. (I swear at one point a salmon swam into my tent but swam out again before I could grab him).

I cleared out my refrigerator before leaving my part-time place in Gettysburg two weeks ago, knowing that I wouldn´t be back for a while. So last night after driving straight through all the way to the ´Burg, I had to stop at the grocery store to pick up some odds and ends before heading to my little apartment, just so I could have something for breakfast and lunch today. I got a lot of salad stuff but the tomatoes, which I love, looked awful and were crazy expensive, so I reluctantly had to pass.

Fast forward to this morning. As I´m stepping out of the shower (literally) my doorbell rings. I´m still a little groggy and ornery and haven´t quite caught up yet on sleep after four days of camping in the rain on the side of a muddy hill, so I was feeling a little cantankerous as I threw on a bathrobe and stumbled down the stairs, severely annoyed.

There stood my downstairs neighbor holding a grocery bag full of homegrown tomatoes, fresh off the vine.

Isn´t life delicious?
Monday, July 28th, 2008 9:15 AM EDT

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival!

Hi Y'all, I'm just back from the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate New York and have to give it a great big thumbs-up! Camping in the mud, thunderstorms and hail (see youtube for details) was more than made up for by a multi-day gathering of the tribes featuring round-the-clock music, incredible variety in the acts, late-night song tents ranging from delicate exquisite music to rowdy boisterous drum circles and unmistakeable positive energy from everyone there!

As a first-timer, I had heard great things about "FRFF" but it was one of those things you just have to experience to believe and understand. The only negative was having to choose at times - zydeco in the dance tent or one of my favorite singer-songwriters on the main stage? (Or maybe sample a little of each?) I have a hard time tearing myself away from an act I'm enjoying, yet there's that little nagging thought that some new artist down at the workshop tent might turn into a new favorite. . .

And in the big tent full of CDs and other FRFF goodies, there was so much to choose from I found it overwhelming, and thus left empty-handed. Silly me, I should have picked up a few new CDs! On the positive side, I armed myself with a few copies of my own CD and put it in the hands of some new friends, including some random folks I just wanted to surprise. (Would that count as a 'random act of kindness? I guess only if they like it!)

Wow. Time to catch up now. My little apartment here in Gettysburg PA is wall-to-wall with wet camping gear, musical stuff, dirty camp dishes and clothes. Maybe I'll wade through it later. Or maybe I'll get some sleep first!

d
Saturday, January 5th, 2008 11:07 AM EST

more, more, Moore Music!

Hey y'all.

Splitting my time these days between Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Routes 15 and 270, among many other roads.

I'm way excited about playing Scott and Paula Moore's wonderful house concert series in Rockville Maryland - opening for the talented and very funny Mike Rayburn. Come on out. More info elsewhere on this site or best bet is actually www.mooremusic.org under "schedule."

In other news, that's all I've got on the calendar. It's exactly the kind of show I love to do - person to person, no PA, straight out with no filter, no intermediary, nothing between the song and the audience. So if that sounds good to you, pop me an email and maybe we can do the same in your very own kitchen/venue/house/igloo/tent/yurt. Have guitar, will travel (within reason). Seriously, house concerts are a blast.

I hope all is well with you and yours and that we'll see each other soon out in the big beautiful world.

best,

db
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 9:09 AM EST

NERFA

Wow, what just happened? I have just returned from a huge folk music conference called NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) with several days straight of showcases, concerts, jams, networking, schmoozifying, and one heck of a party.

It was wonderful and great to re-charge, to get fired up about playing, writing, getting out there in front of people.

So stay tuned - I'll keep you posted on any good news that comes out of it.

Thanks

db
Friday, December 22nd, 2006 2:05 PM EST

Out and About

Well, hello there, friends and neighbors, sorry we haven't talked lately but I'm sure you're all as busy as I am. Though with this freaky warmish winter weather I'm not sure I'm yet in the holiday spirit. Give me snow any day.

I've just put some gigs on the calendar. 219 King in Old Town Alexandria, VA is a friendly and beautiful spot to catch some live music; and you really ought to come out and catch the show. Yes, you should.

I'm also looking forward to playing over in Annapolis for the first time - at the Ram's Head, the legendary Annapolis music hall. I believe we'll be at the, ahem, cozier venue downstairs. If you're over on that side of the world be sure to and support these good people who support the people who make the music to which you love to listen.

Besides that, not much to report other than I hope you all have a joyous holiday, whichever holiday you choose to celebrate, and a safe and happy New Year - in which I'll see you sometime, I hope.

Oh, by the way, I only have about a zillion CDs left, so click on the link to cdbaby.com and pick up a few copies, will ya?

Talk to you soon - and be sure to say "Hi" if you come out to a show.

db
Monday, October 30th, 2006 9:04 PM EST

Welcome to our Oasis Guests!

If you're finding your way here due to my inclusion on the Oasis Acoustic Sampler, welcome! Take a look around, stay a while, though it probably won't take too long to see all there is to see. Pop on over to my myspace if you have a minute, too, at www.myspace.com/dougbrouderandtheincredibleoccasionals - or to cdbaby to hear snippets of some of my other songs.

I'm currently booking the occasional gig - based in the area of Washington, DC and I travel occasionally. Drop me a line; you never know.

This has been a fun journey so far, and we're just now getting going for real. I'll be eager to hear comments, feedback or just a hello from the great electronic void - so stop in to the guest book or fire me an email.

Thanks again for stopping in and do stay in touch!

doug b
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 9:32 PM EDT

Ramblin' Man

Yes, I've been ramblin'. Lotsa travel lately, some fun, some not. Got back to CT for a quick visit and some fine apples, got out to Chicago for some good steak and a very nice evening, got down to Florida, which you can keep. And now I'm back and ready to write some more - stay tuned!

d
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 9:20 PM EDT

NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES!!!

Hi all,
Just a quick note to tell you that you can find me (by popular demand - haha) at iTunes! Just follow this link or cut and paste into your browser:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=165026325


You can listen there, or buy a song or two, or even download the whole record. Yes, there, I've said it again. It's a record. Get over it.
Sunday, August 13th, 2006 1:14 PM EDT

A few upcoming gigs . . .

A few gigs coming up - check the calendar and stay tuned - I'm always on the lookout for performance opportunities so if you're interested send me an email at doug@dougbrouder.com.

Also, I'm writing again - stay tuned for that too - if I can figure out how this stuff works behind the scenes, maybe I'll put up a new song or two.

In the meantime, buy my cd and hear what all the fuss is about!
Sunday, August 13th, 2006 1:13 PM EDT

A few upcoming gigs . . .

A few gigs coming up - check the calendar and stay tuned - I'm always on the lookout for performance opportunities so if you're interested send me an email at doug@dougbrouder.com.

Also, I'm writing again - stay tuned for that too - if I can figure out how this stuff works behind the scenes, maybe I'll put up a new song or two.

In the meantime, buy my cd and hear what all the fuss is about!
Saturday, July 8th, 2006 3:31 PM EDT

fired up!

Hi everyone, Doug here. I've been out to see some musicians from the area and I'm really fired up to get out and play a lot more. I'll be playing tonight (7.8.06) at a SAW (Songwriters Assn of Washington) event; it's a great organization with a lot of wonderful people.

And lazy me has finally gotten to work on this website thing - I'll be putting up some more pictures etc.

And it has finally stopped raining here in the DC area!

See you soon.

doug

By the way, magnificent kudos to rob hinkal of ilyaimy for his stellar work getting this website up and running! thanks rob
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 3:36 PM EDT

Dougbrouder.com alive and kicking.

At least, this is what we HOPE to be true...