There were several people who wanted to contribute to the cause (see the ‘news’ page on our website) but wanted to do it through PayPal. Well, your dreams are now reality! Tinsmith is slowly moving into the new century and now we are PayPal enabled! If you are interested in contributing to our trip to Memphis (for which we will list you on a banner at our showcase and also on the NEW cd), just send me an email (brooke AT tinsmith DOT net OR tinsmith AT tinsmith DOT net) and tell me how much you would like to contribute. I will then ‘invoice’ you via email (it will be from tinsmith AT tinsmith DOT net I think) and voila! Solvency! We so appreciate the donations we have received already, and believe me, no gift is too small…every dollar helps! For those of you who are more solvent yourselves and are interested in investing in the new CD, we are offering returns starting at .30/CD for a minimum investment of $200, up to a return of $6.00/CD. If you are intrigued by this, drop me a line: brooke AT tinsmith DOT net Thanks so much for your ongoing love and support! Tinsmith
Wow! We are so grateful to all of you who are helping us attend Folk Alliance! As many of you heard, we were invited to play there in February, which is a VERY exciting opportunity…but also VERY expensive. Thanks to those of you who have already sent checks, and to those waiting for PayPal…bear with me! It’s coming soon : ) Thank you all so much, we appreciate your support, your confidence in us and your generosity! All of us wish you a beautiful, happy, healthy New Year… love from Tinsmith
Well, I know you are all wondering what on earth happened to Tinsmith….we’ve just been working very hard on the new album! We are still together, still playing, still recording (!) But we are almost done – hooray! The new album is in the mixing stage and sounds great. Some cuts you will be familiar with from “The Flash Lad” ep, but most are new: Bolts & Locks is on there, and Thousands are Sailing…two big favorites at our gigs, as well as many more. And we have exciting news: we were selected to play at the 2007 Folk Alliance conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Since that happens to be the last week of February we are going to have a nice little tour, Memphis to Dallas, Tx for the North Texas Irish Festival the first weekend in March, with a stop in Little Rock, we hope, for a nice concert series there. Here’s the one hard part about Folk Alliance – we pay them to play and the bill is pretty hefty, around $700 (phew!). We would be grateful for any assistance that anyone can give us on this front, in return for which, we will list you as a […]
Ok, I know this isn’t about Tinsmith, but those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Quicksilver are about to get a second chance – this is from the email I received from them today: Wednesday 25th October. Our final gig is another much anticipated return, this time to Focus Music, Rockville Pike Maryland. We had a great time here on our first trip to the States and are delighted that we have been invited back to O’Briens Bar and Grill for a fitting finale to our tour. For more details call Scott Moore on 301 309 0983 or David Spitzer on 301 424 2161. THEY ARE FABULOUS! Hard to describe the level of talent and taste and skill and ….. well you get the idea. And they are really fun and REALLY funny. be there!
As per usual, Potomac Celtic Festival was a blast, only more so. The music was especially good this year, with Grada, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Laura Cortese, Coyote Run, Iona….TONS of really good players, poets, bards and dancers… AND my all-time favorites, Le Vent du Nord. Le Vent du Nord is a Quebecois band which includes Benoit Bourque – formerly of Matapat – and super fiddler, founder of Quebecois record label Roues et Archets and all around nice guy Olivier Demers. And it goes without saying that any band with a hurdy gurdy player of the caliber of Nicolas Boulerice and a guitar player like Simon Beaudry is a band you must see. Hopefully some of you in the DC area got to check them out when they played the Institute of Musical Traditions, but for those of you who haven’t heard them yet, go to their website at www.leventdunord.com. And then if you still haven’t gotten enough Quebecois music, check out www.rouesetarchets.com, Olivier’s record label of all Quebecois music (the site is in French…but the order form is available in English). It was really brought home to me this year at PCF how very much festivals of this size […]
It is kind of like a soap opera you know. Recording that is. The only difference is that in the Tinsmith soap opera of the never ending recording: nothing happens at all but in fairness to all of us slackers in Tinsmith, we’ve all had a huge amount of real life going on lately. So, I vow and solemnly swear to NEVER EVER AGAIN predict the release date of any CD that I have anything to do with. There. Perhaps that will appease the Gods Of Recorded Music. Let’s hope so. That said, we are slowly plugging away at the thing (very tentatively titled “An American Wake”) and hope to have some kickin’ guest artists join us on it too….(but me, I’m not committing to anything as I don’t want to piss Them off again!) So for all you loyal fans who are oh-so-patiently awaiting the new CD, bear with us a little longer. We do believe that the wait will be worth it!
Hello all, June is turning out to be a busy month for us. Potomac Celtic Festival is coming up fast…and for all you faithful PCF goers PLEASE NOTE: The festival is usually the second weekend in June but this year it is the THIRD WEEKEND IN JUNE due to conflict with some other large festivals in the area. That’s June 17-18 for you calendar-oriented types! The weekend after Potomac Celtic we’ve got two exciting gigs, both on June 24th. At 1pm we’ll be playing at the Mountville Folk Festival in Middleburg, Va. This is a show run by our friend Andrew McKnight – a fantastic singer-songwriter – and should be alot of fun. He gets a huge variety of performers and packs us all in at his beautiful farm. It’ll be a blast and you get great value for your entertainment buck! Details are at a rudimentary website: http://www.myspace.com/mountvillefolkfestival and if you want to go, email Andrew at: southernexposure ATAadelphia DOT net for directions. THEN, the evening of June 24th, we will be playing a house concert at the gorgeous house-in-the-woods of Barbara Ryan and Bernard Argent of the band IONA. The concert starts at 7:30pm (in Fairfax Station, Va), admission is $15 […]
We just put up some new new music for yal to listen to and download. There’s one track from the ‘Flash Lad’ EP, higher quality versions of all the older mp3’s, and a couple of preview tracks for the upcoming ‘An American Wake’ CD. Enjoy!
Say it over to yourself again…….”wolftrap” Doesn’t that sound great? Even better, say “Tinsmith is playing at Wolftrap” Because we are! Now say, “I must go online and buy tickets RIGHT NOW” Do you sense a hidden message here? The subtle hidden message is…. TINSMITH IS PLAYING AT WOLFTRAP AND YOU SHOULD BUY YOUR TICKETS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Details? Right here: Tinsmith opening for Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne The Barns at Wolftrap Wednesday March 15, 8pm Tickets: $18 http://www.wolf-trap.org/performances/show031506.html But seriously, we are very excited about this gig. Any of you who have been to the Barns know that it is a truly wonderful place to hear music, and those of you who haven’t should really find out! Plus, Niamh (pronounced “Neeve”) Parsons is a fantastic singer with a lovely repetoire. Other Irish singers are better known in this country, but Niamh deserves to be one of them…come hear her and find out what you’ve been missing.
Well thanks to those of you who have sent us album name ideas. Some are …. odd. Ok DiMatteo – you win for strange/cool though: “niaga su” get it? try it in the mirror. I thought that was kinda fun. Well pbtttthhhhttt to you too. So we were BOTH bored that day! Work continues apace on the new album. Maybe we’ll just release it serially, like Dickens did with his novels! Look, he’s famous right? Why not us? That said don’t forget to check out the schedule page for upcoming gigs…St. Patrick’s day is around the corner after all!