Tutti Festival with NOW Ensemble – February 11

Tutti Festival, Saturday, February 11 at 7:00pm
The Vail Series with NOW Ensemble
Swasey Chapel, Denison University

More information here.

I’ll be accompanying NOW Ensemble during their residency at Denison Univerisity’s TUTTI Festival from Feb. 8-11.  We’ll debut the new movements from Rounder Songs, “Three Forks of Hell” and “Pretty Polly” as well as visit classes to give workshops and lead discussions.

Following the festival we will head straight to Pittsburgh to record the entire work!  I’m so excited to bring this project to life thanks to the support of New Music USA, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and all of you who are out there cheering us on!

“Chase the Sun,” Pre-order New Album from The Mays

On these cold, dark days I’m glad to have the love and light of The Early Mays to look forward to.  I treasure our rehearsals and the way that singing together can soothe my soul, but also strengthen my resolve.  I value the company of two fearless and immensely talented women who are part of this group with me.

As 2016 comes to a close, we will start our new recording project, and would be grateful for your support.  At our Kickstarter site, you can pre-order a CD or opt for some other creative and fun gifts like original art, tote bags and sheet music.  It’s really worth a visit because Ellen has creating beautiful artwork just for the occasion (did I mention something about talent?).

Read more here: http://kck.st/2fyuYw2

We’re glad to share our musical journey with you.  Please pass the word to other folks who might be interested in this project!

All my best…



First Place at Appalachian String Band Music Festival

amosperrinetem06We did it! The Early Mays took home the blue ribbon in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition this summer. What a way to wrap up the season: singing your favorite songs with your favorite people on a stage that has held some of the best old-time players of recent times. We can’t wait to go back next year for our showcase concert.

If the Appalachian String Band Music Festival (or “Clifftop” as it’s best known) is new to you, let me share a few things about it. It’s one of the largest gatherings of old-time musicians in the country where folks bring their tents and campers to spend days and nights making music in the mountains of southern West Virginia. It’s like a family reunion for many. For me, it’s a time where I can reconnect with friends from all around the country who I have jammed with over the years, especially from Chicago and Austin. Music is everywhere you turn, all day and all night. It creates a soundtrack that keeps playing in my head for days and weeks after the festival.
Follow these links to read more about the festival, and to see some great pictures of our performance, and join us next August!


Award from The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments

I feel an abiding gratitude to the individuals and institutions who make southwest Pennsylvania an inspiring place for artists to live and work.  Rounder Songs, my collaborative project with NOW Ensemble and Patrick Burke, was just chosen for a generous grant to support an album recording and release in 2017.  The program is called “Investing in Professional Artists” and it is supported by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

“This year’s grantees emphatically demonstrate the strength of female artists working in the region,” according to Dr. Germain Williams, senior program officer for Arts and Culture.  I’m both proud and humbled to be in good company.  Read more about The Pittsburgh Foundation, and fellow grantees here.
Rounder Songs has grown with each passing year, and I’m so happy to finally start the process of recording these five songs for chamber ensemble, banjo and voice based on Appalachian tunes and legends.  I’ll send news throughout the year as we move through the recording process!