Fall News 2014

After a busy summer of pursuing independent musical paths (Dan completing and launching an album with Mark Roberts; me doing the same with Le Bruit court dans la ville), Dan and I are playing together again, and gearing up for a tour in Oregon and California at the beginning of November. We’ll be joined by Johnny B. Connolly, wizard accordion player. We’ve been playing now and again with Johnny over the past year and it has been such a great musical click that we are looking to record an album as a trio within the next few months.
Dan and I will be playing at Grant House in Vancouver, WA in December and headlining at the first Polk County Folklife Festival in March. We also have a Portland concert with Johnny in May.
Details on all the above are posted in our calendar. Thanks for the visit and hope to catch up with you in person soon!

Gearing Up for May

Dan and I are gearing up for a spate of house concerts in the Bay area and southern Oregon with our musical companion-in-crime Johnny Connolly. Johnny is an outstanding Irish accordion virtuoso who also plays  honkin’ old-time music (he cut his old-time musical teeth playing with Foghorn). When Johnny, Dan, and I sat down for the first time to have a few tunes, we experienced that incredibly rare musical chemistry which produces a kind of instant ease, liveliness, seamless unison and innovative harmonies that usually take years to develop. Playing with Johnny is like gliding on thermals.
Johnny’s been sharing from his vast trove of amazing Irish music, and we’ve been swapping him French-Canadian tunes in return. He has this great Quebecois single-row which he just got back from its maker in Montmagny (Quebec’s button accordion capital city!) totally refurbished and with a new set of reeds. It’s killer!
We’ll be making the rounds May 1-6 in Arcata, Sebastopol, Mountainview, Grass Valley, and Ashland. Portlanders can catch us June 6th at Abbie Weisenbloom’s. Hope to see some of you!

All the best,
Lisa and Dan

Autumn is Coming

Hello everyone. Things are beginning to gear up for a Lisa and Dan tour of California in early November. Check our calendar page for details as they come in.  We’ll also be in Eugene later that month for a house concert, workshops, and a contra dance. December finds us in Portland playing for a PCDC contra dance with our friend Johnny Connolly. And don’t forget our usual monthly residence at the Grant House in Fort Vancouver – it’s all on the calendar page.
In the meantime, you can catch Lisa with André Marchand and Normand Miron at the Cetlic Colours festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, October 11 -14.  Dan will be on the road with Jamie Laval in the Southeast around the same time — you can check www.jamielaval.com for details.  Also, check our individual websites, www.lisaornstein.com and www.glencottagemusic.com for other dates.
Cheers, Lisa & Dan.

June News

June greetings. Dan and I have been very busy musically this past month, mostly on our separate tracks: Dan’s been mixing a new album he recorded earlier this year with flutist/banjo player Mark Roberts and is presently touring in LA with Jamie Laval; I’ve been gigging with Le Bruit Court dans la Ville [aka André Marchand and Normand Miron] in Quebec.

However, on Friday, June 14, we’ll be back together along with Johnny Connolly, Irish button accordionist extraordinaire, for  a house concert in SE Portland at the home of Abbie and Harold Weisenbloom (see calendar for details). We got together with Johnny a few months back just to kick around a few tunes just for fun, and boom! instant musical chemistry.

Turns out that Johnny, in addition to being one of the best Irish musicians on the planet, is an accomplished old-time player in love with crookedy, honking old-time fiddle tunes (wait til you hear his killer take on “John Brown’s Dream”). It’s been pure joy working up duets of old mountain tunes. As if that weren’t enough, we’re now deep, deep into tune-swapping Irish and French-Canadian repertories.

The synergy has been amazing. The three of us are clearly on the same musical page–it feels like we’ve been playing together for years. Please join us for this debut concert of fresh takes on time-honored tunes and songs from Appalachia, Quebec, and Ireland.

By the way, our June 14th gig will be (drumroll, please) Abbie’s 100th house concert! What an incredible, generous gift. Over the past three years, Abbie and her family have given thousands of Portlanders an opportunity to hear some of the very best traditional musicians in an intimate living room setting. Thank you, Abbie & Cie

Mar. 19: Portland Concert with Wendy MacIsaac and Mary Jane Lamond

We are so looking forward to opening for Cape Breton master musicians Wendy MacIsaac and Mary Jane Lamond at the Alberta Rose Theater next week, on Tuesday the 19th of March, at 8 pm.  Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door — check www.albertarosetheatre.com for details.

Wendy is a renowned fiddler and stepdancer in the Cape Breton Scottish tradition, while Mary Jane in a fine Gaelic singer.  We’ll be playing a heavy rotation of traditional and contemporary Québecois tunes, so the concert promises to be a showcase of traditional music of Eastern Canada.

Here is what Wendy and Mary Jane have to say about their show:

“This is a powerful collaboration borne of a long-time friendship and a shared love of Celtic music. Whether it’s the mesmerizing Gaelic vocals of Mary Jane, or the superb and true musicianship of Wendy on the fiddle, these ladies have been making their mark with traditional audiences worldwide for over two decades. Mary Jane and Wendy have both been recognized internationally for their solo music careers, and Wendy has been Mary Jane’s steadfast comrade in the presentation of her music for many years. It seems only natural that these two impressive talents now come together to create a true musical partnership, which will combine their musical sensibilities, their strong Celtic roots, and their colourful personalities.”

You can learn more about Wendy and Mary Jane from their website,www.maryjaneandwendy.com.  A great evening of Canadian musical traditions awaits.  Hope to see you there.


Lisa & Dan

Check out our new video

We’ve just launched our first Youtube video featuring one of our favorite tunes, “Mornings at Bonny Doon”  (“Les matins de Bonny Doon”). Tell us what you think! Hats off to André Marchand for composing this lovely air, with thanks to Abbie W., Etienne Scott, and Alex Compton for hosting, filming, and audio work.

Sunday River

Earlier this year, our friend Pete Sutherland put together a lovely CD of his original tunes — all in waltz time — played by many Friends of Pete as well as Pete himself.  We’re honored to be among the Friends, who also include Judy Hyman, Jacqueline Schwab, The Clayfoot Strutters (featuring Pete, of course), and David Surette.   The CD, Sunday River is a benefit for the Champlain Valley Folk Festival and is available through CD Baby and other online sources.