~ The highlight of the month was our 25th
Anniversary Concerts. Brining back several ex-GB members was exciting
The music was fresh and lively and we had sold-out houses
every night. We were joined by Lief Sorbye, Florie Brown, Margot Duxler,
Sue Draheim and Richard Ferry - it was big-band time!
John Sierra (Kathy's husband) videotaped the shows and there is a DVD in the
works. We hope to have clips from the past (some very unique
early footage) as well as much of the 25th Anniversary show. We also
plan to include interviews with band members and fans.
It should be a lot of fun! We might even get a live CD out of it. Watch
website for details.
February was spent working on a new CD (almost finished!) and other
individual interests. There was a lot to do, even though
we weren't on the road. Margie worked with her many
harp students. Much of our time was spent on writing, arranging and
of the new CD and everyone had their own personal and
family business to attend to. It was a satisfying month creatively and we
to relax a bit!
March ~ We
headed into our final months of performing for awhile with a "St.
Patrick’s Day Celebration Benefit for Eureka Fire Fighters"
concert in (obviously) Eureka, CA. We really had
no time to take that all in, as we took off first thing the next morning
California. With a day's travel time, we felt we
were in good shape. Low and behold, the Southern California rains of
2005 had a little
surprise for us. The freeway was buckled for a
mere quarter of a mile just past Grapevine, and we spent a rollicking 4
along at a snail's pace. Talk about hitting
bottom; we were actually reading jokes from Reader's Digest out
loud!! We eventually
reached Glendale, before midnight, and got up the next
morning to head over for a matinee concert. With a day in-between
drove down to San Diego to visit family. The next
evening found us in Laguna Woods. At both the Glendale and Laguna Woods
we were joined by The Larson Academy of Irish Dance,
which added visual spark to the jigs and reels!
The next stop (with a day in-between for travel) found
us back North of San Francisco in Ukiah. We turned right around the
morning, returned to The Bay Area and performed a St. Patrick's
day Celebration in San Leandro. A late night drive after the concert
brought us to Angels Camp, where we performed for the annual
Calaveras Celtic Festival on Saturday and Sunday. We performed on
the traditional "Golden Bough" stage to packed
crowds. It's a good thing they moved us to a bigger room! St.
Patrick's Day itself was
spent performing at The Palmdale Playhouse, an intimate
and magical setting. Being that March 17 was a Thursday, we had a
weekend of "St. Patrick's Day" concerts, with
the first in Brea (southeast of Los Angeles) and the following in Napa
(north of San
Francisco). Does anybody really wonder why we're
talking a break from the road?
Starting off with one of our annual concerts at The Rudolf Steiner
College in Fair Oaks (near Sacramento), we jumped into April
with a tour to a new area. We traveled from
Cheyenne, WY to Alliance, NE, where we saw the one and only Carhenge.
Yes, it's an
exact replica of Stonehenge, made out of cars!!
We only had four concerts during this time, but we covered a lot of miles,
going next to
Valentine, NE. From there we went to Ida Grove,
Iowa. Never heard of it? Neither had we, until Kathy informed
us that it was where
her dad had grown up!! So we visited his
hometown. Stopping in a cafe for lunch, we asked if anyone knew the
family name. Turns out
Kathy's dad's best friend growing up was sitting right
down the counter from us. Talk about your proverbial small
world!! We ended off
with a show at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake,
Iowa before flying back home.
Back home we had a few more concerts and a solitary
performance in Mesquite, NV (more flying, more driving!). Our last
performances were fabulous weekends at The
Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Gathering in Woodland , CA and The
Highland Games in Livermore, CA in May. Joining
us at both games were The Wicked Tinkers, with whom we ripped it up for
rollicking sets. In Livermore, we shared the
stage with The Browne Sisters and had them sing with us, while we sat in
on their sets also.
Switching gears from a song with the pristine harmonies
of The Browne Sisters to rip-roaring set with pipe and drums of The
quite a feat. We also had some great moments when
Lief and Michael from Tempest sat in with us. And to top it all off,
awarded The Perpetual BlairOliphant International
Friendship Trophy. All in all it was
quite a final show!!
We have moved Golden Bough's location to Sheridan, OR
(where Paul & Margie now reside) so we have a new mailing address and
phone/fax number: PO Box 458, Sheridan, OR - (503) 843-2152.
Shadow" Okay, so it's been awhile, but it's worth
the wait! The new CD, based on the works of Mercedes Lackey, is
in it's final
stages and should be available soon - we'll keep you posted. Once that project is completed, we'll begin work on a new
original songs, with a new Golden Bough CD following after. There are a lot of musical projects floating around in our heads,
so now we
hope to have time to get to all of them!!
Our plan is to do limited performances in the summer of
2006, so keep an eye on our website Calendar
for updates, or get on our email
list by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.