a date: On
the premise that regularity is a good thing, the Bee String Band
will now play the dinner show following the Bluegrass and Traditional
Country Music Jam at the Blue Rock Cafe on the third Saturday every
month. The jam starts at 3:00 and the band plays from 6:00 to 8:00.
Since the Blue Rock is one of our favorite venues, we're delighted
to make it a regular stop every month!
Recap: Well, the 46th annual Kent State Folk Festival and workshops
are history. There were some issues with the move to downtown Kent
and with last minute workshop cancellations, but overall it seemed
to go well and a number of folks commented that they liked the change.
Plans for next year are up in the air, but why should that be any
different than everything else, eh?
had a busy week - final preparations for 'Round Town and the workshops,
playing with the Bee String Band on Friday
afternoon, playing again with the band Friday night at the Bistro
when Karen E. Reynolds had to cancel our gig, doing my Chord Progressions
workshop Saturday and trying to learn a set of Tom Paxton's songs
for Saturday night (I was offered the back up gig on Tuesday and
got MP3's to work from on Thursday evening)... other than that it
was pretty casual!
I'll be playing guitar for Tom Paxton in the Folk Festival show
on Saturday night. Also on the bill are the Red Clay Ramblers and
We're looking for volunteers to help with the workshops on September
22 from noon to 5:00. If you or anyone you know is interested in
getting involved, email me.
done! The schedule
for the Kent
State Folk Festival 2012 (September 21 and 22) workshops
and Folk Alley 'Round Town (very unofficially known as F.A.R.T.)
is complete, and up on the festival
website now. Remember, the workshops are located in various
places around downtown Kent this year. Here's a map
of all the locations.
Here's where the Bee String Band
and I fit into the festival: Friday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00,
the BSB trio will be at the Acorn Alley Plaza; Friday night Knoxville
E. Reynolds and I will play together at the Bistro on Main
in Kent from 8:00 to 11:00. I've been a side-man/lead guitarist
for Karen before (she's an incredible performer and songwriter)
but this will be more of a duet kind of thing where we'll be playing
songs from both of us.
note: the festival workshops are moving to downtown Kent this
year. On Saturday, Karen will present three music business-oriented
workshops, and I'll reprise "Chord Progressions Demystified",
a topic I first presented in 2010. Both are scheduled for the Kent
Free Library along with two other discussion-type workshops. The
other workshops will be distributed among several other downtown
locations, so be sure to check the festival website for more info
it's official - we're ending all the name confusion surrounding
the band. The collaboration between myself, Mike Pereira, Kathy
Camille-Garrenton and Cathy Miller will be henceforth known as the
Bee String Band whether Cathy
joins us on fiddle or not (she's in so much demand she is unable
to be there at every gig).
Kerry Kean Trio played our first
gig at the Lemon Grove in Youngstown Friday night, May 25, and we
got a great writeup in the Youngstown Vindicator. Here's the link:
Thanks to John Benson of the Vindicator for taking the time to write
such a nice piece.
Bee String Band has arrived! Our new quartet includes fiddler,
singer and all-round amazing musician Cathy
Miller. She joined us at our most recent date at the Blue
Rock Cafe in Hudson, and we had a blast! Cathy currently performs
with the duo Grady Miller, with the Steelheaders band, and also
with singer/songwriter Jim Gill but we're going to try to get her
in on as many of our gigs as we can - her playing really adds a
new dimension to the sound!
Musical groups being the chameleons that they are, it should
come as no surprise to anyone that Two Far Gone is actually...too
far gone. Mike Pereira joined Dave Howard and me and solidifed the
groove earlier this year on upright bass and mandolin. Then Dave
departed, and now Kathy Camille-Garrenton has added her wonderful
voice and rhythm guitar to the group, which is now known as the
Kerry Kean Trio (at least until we come up with a name that we all
like, and that says something about who we are). We're playing a
brand of "anything-goes-if-we-like-it" Americana, with
elements of country, swing, blues and bluegrass. It's somewhat similar
to what Two Far Gone played, with a strong emphasis on three-part
harmony. We recorded the video above at the Barking Spider in early
December, and I'll post more samples of the group as time permits.
The Schedule page lists where we'll be
playing, so come on out and give a listen - we'll all have a great
any habit that's hard to kick (and a whole lot better for me
than some!), I'm back in a bluegrass band again. I've joined Top
Rail Bluegrass, a band that's been around in different forms since
2003. Jim Gornall plays bass, Jeff Gell is on banjo and mandolin,
I'm on guitar and we all sing. The last couple of gigs we've added
on mandolin. I'm having a ball playing with these guys, and I see
a lot of possibility for the band. The next gig is September 17
at the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Brunswick, see the schedule
Kent State Folk Festival: I've finally finished the workshop
schedule for the 2011 folk festival (September 24). I'm really excited
about this year's lineup; we've added an extra room and a number
of new workshops. More of them are interactive than ever before,
including a two-part hands-on songwriting workshop directed by Laurie
Caner and Kathy Johnson, a community sing with Matt Watroba, WKSU's
new folk DJ, and group lessons on mandolin, banjo, ukulele, guitar
and lap dulcimer. We've got classes in hula dancing, clogging, contradance,
and several classes aimed specifically at performing and aspiring
musicians on music business, injury prevention, maintaining your
string instrument, and of course, performances by many of the best
musicians in the region and beyond! And best of all, IT'S ALL FREE!
So put it in your calendar, Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 am
to 5:00 pm is the day. And I didn't even mention all the great evening
festival perfomances! The workshop schedule is available here:
2011 Workshop Schedule
visit the festival website for the evening perfomances:
Kent State Folk Festival
Far Gone (formerly Two Far Gone) has made a key addition,
with Mike Peirera joining Dave and Kerry on upright bass. Mike is
from Cleveland where he plays mandolin with the Silver String Band,
and we didn't even know he played bass until he sat in with us one
night at the Barking Spider. He provided such a solid beat we immediately
recruited him! Watch for us soon in a venue near you.
redux: The Summit County Songwriters Circle has invited me to
reprise the workshop I presented at the KSU folk festival last year.
It's called "Chord Progressions Demystified", and it's
an explanation of how harmonic structures and the major scale work
together. This basic musical knowledge is important for anyone who
wants to write songs or improvise, and can also help in understanding,
learning and anticipating chord changes in any kind of music. The
workshop takes place on Monday, January 17 at 7:00 and is free and
open to the public. Directions and more are available on the SCSC
website at www.songwritersummit.com/
2010 Kent State Folk Festival: I was asked to direct the workshops
this year at the KSU folk festival, and I think they're pretty well
set. The festival runs from November 17 - 20, 2010, with the workshops
happening on Saturday afternoon, November 20, from 11:00 am to 5:00
pm. If you've attended the workshops before, you'll find much that's
familiar as well as a few new wrinkles. If you've never been, well,
you've just gotta come! We've got five rooms plus the Kiva filled
with some of the most talented local and regional musicians you'll
ever hear. Some of the workshops are educational, some are interactive,
and others are just some fine players doing what they do best, making
great music. Come listen, dance, learn and have fun!
Kent State Folk Festival - September 20-24
2011 workshop schedule: coming soon!
2010 workshop schedule
Update: Things are slowly coming together for the May/June tour.
I'm actually going to be on the road more than I thought originally,
starting in Knoxville, going out to the west coast and back through
Colorado. I have a few anchor gigs scheduled and some more tentative,
to be (hopefully) filled in with lots of coffee houses and other
small venues. Anyone who has suggestions for places to play on that
approximate route, please let me know. This will be the most extensive
performance tour I've made since I used to play with a travelling
show band, and that was a loooong time ago! With any luck, I'll
run out of CDs...
got another great review on the new cd from FolkWorld:
"A strikingly beautiful rendition of the John Dowland piece
Flow My Tears seems to bring out the best of Keans
guitar playing, matched only by his original piece After the
Harvest, for which Kean won the 2008 Kent State Folk Festival
Check out this one and many more on the Press
VIDEOS! (...in case listening wasn't enough!)
Now on MySpace! (...more
"in case that wasn't enough!")
Ball - Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm
I'm not playing in it this year, but one of the best shows for
acoustic guitar fans is Brian Henke's benefit for the Northeast
Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the Woodchoppers Ball. Featuring
nine top guitarists from around the country and beyond, these shows
are tops in "Wow factor" and support a good cause as well.
Rave reviews and boffo kudos! The New York Times gushes, "One
of the top two or three hundred acoustic guitarists in Kent Ohio..."
Well, OK, not really, but I did get a couple of nice online reviews
recently for the new CD - check 'em out on the new Press
page. In the interest of more shameless self-promotion, I've added
a few of the more complimentary comments folks have sent me (somehow,
the catcalls and scathing remarks have been lost...). If anyone
feels like saying anything else, I'd love to have you add your glowing
review to the New River Guitarism page at CDBaby.
Here! : The new CD is out and available at last! For all who've
expressed interest I appreciate your patience and I hope you find
it worth the wait. The name is "New
River Guitarism" and several of the songs were inspired
by the New River Gorge in West Virginia where I've been going for
years to rock climb, raft and just enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Please check it out, listen to the sample clips here
or on CDBaby and let
me know what you think! The music is all guitar, mostly fingerstyle
and mostly original, with a fiddle tune and a renaissance song tossed
in for good measure. I like it, I hope you will too.
New combo...Dave Howard and I are working as a duo these days.
Dave is well known around Northeast Ohio as a luthier and guitar
repairman as well as a fine guitarist. He also plays mandolin, and
he and I are doing an eclectic mix of originals, fiddle tunes, swing,
blues and country songs that'll keep you guessing as well as tapping
your foot (multiple feet are also encouraged!). Check out the schedule
page for dates or sign up for the newsletter for up-to-date info.
Also, you can see us on YouTube doing the traditional "Salt
Creek" and one of my tunes, "One
More Tear" along with a couple of videos of my solo work.
New Music! "After
the Harvest", performed at the Kent State Folk Festival
I was honored as the winner of the Kent State Folk Festival
talent contest this year, and my prize was to open up the Nanci
Griffith show on Saturday night. It was truly a rewarding experience,
and I got some wonderful feedback from my performance. I almost
didn't make it to the contest on time because I was playing in the
Fiddle Tunes workshop in the 4-5 o'clock slot and apparently the
contestants hit the downbeat right at 5 ( I rolled in as #4 was
finishing up). Fate was kind, however, and they had me at the #8
slot, and the rest is (minor) history. I played one of the songs
from the CD I'm currently recording, and here it is for free download.
on Youtube! The Summit County Songwriter's Circle has put a
couple of videos of yours truly up on the most addictive site around.
If you can take the multimedia onslaught of seeing and hearing me
at the same time, you might want to check them out (if for no other
reason than to see me make funny faces when the monitors starting
fuzzing out in the middle of Just One Dream!)
Just One Dream
like to thank everyone who has supported me and my music. As most
of you know, I've been struggling with tendonitis in my left arm
(guitar elbow?) but we seem to have come to a truce these days,
and I am playing again. So again, thanks for your support and I
hope to be back to what passes for normalcy again soon.
thanks to all those who voted for me in the Folkalley.com Open Mic
contest. I didn't win, but I turned in a respectable showing, especially
for an instrumental. If you haven't been there yet, Folk Alley is
a radio website that plays folk/acoustic music around the clock,
good stuff! Check it out at: www.folkalley.com