Laurie Lewis

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Every month or so we email a newsletter to our fan base/mailing list with news and to give a perspective from traveling musicians. The archieved newsletters are available from the drop-down menu.

Laurie Lewis in Hawaii

Dear Companions 


Things are just about to get really busy for us. The Right Hands and I are making an all-too-rare foray to the Northeast this month, hitting Boston, Framingham and Northampton, MA; New Haven, CT; Dublin, NH; and Mamaroneck, NY. I am so happy to be playing these very varied concerts in the mysterious East. I have stashed my flip-flops and pulled out my snow boots once again. By the end of this week, our trip to Hawaii will be a dim memory as we tackle the cold and the snow.

Speaking of Hawaii, Tom Rozum and I had a wonderful time, playing once again for the Arc of Kona at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, and at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville. It was a treat seeing our Island friends and getting a chance to have a little r&r as well. 
Tom Rozum in Hawaii
Previous to flying to Hawaii, we were in Alberta, BC, Canada, on a short tour. My camera was on the fritz, so no contrasting photo of ice and snow or hoodoos in the badlands. Tom came down with the flu, but even so we managed to have a good time.

ON THE RIVER
Tom Rozum and I will be rafting down the beautiful Rogue River in southern Oregon with the Northwest Rafting Company this August. It's a 5-day trip, launching on August 13. You are all invited to join us for swimming, eating, hiking, singing, playing, yoga, splashing and wildlife viewing. Read all about it here.

This is a perfect gift for that person who has everything. Even if they have rafted the Rogue before, it's good to keep in mind that, to paraphrase Heraclitus, you never raft the same river twice.

Music on the Rogue River  

Here's a cool video from Northwest Rafting Company, that gives an idea of what the Rogue is like. Watch it, and then add the attraction of live music!

SONG OF THE MONTH

Those of you who follow these newsletters carefully might notice that I haven't put up a new Song of the month for many, many months. But I have finally gotten around to it, and this month we've posted "Barstow," fromOne Evening in May. It tells the story of a possible reason why someone might choose to build a life in that crossroads desert town. You can listen, read the lyrics, and play along here.

MY BLOG 

I hiked the John Muir Trail this last August, and you can follow the journey here:

Highsierrarambles  

ARCHIVAL VIDEO 

From not-so-long-ago. This was shot last July at the Augusta Heritage Workshop in Elkins, WV.
 Featuring John Mailander on fiddle, Ira Gitlin on bass, Tom Rozum on mandolin, and Richard Bailey on banjo.

 
Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues - Laurie Lewis

Wishing you all love, peace, and harmony (in music and life) in 2015!

~Laurie Lewis

UPCOMING APPEARANCES

SAT, FEB 7
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Andrew Conklin and guest fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves
Joining Barnstar! in their Signature Sounds CD release 
Academy of Music Theatre
Northampton, MA

SUN, FEB 8
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, and Andrew Conklin
Del Rossi's Trattoria 
73 Brush Brook Rd (Rt 137)
Dublin, NH 03444 
(603) 563-7195

TUE, FEB 10, 7-9 PM
Laurie Lewis joins Berklee in the Round Songwriting Showcase 
Cafe 939 
939 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115

TUE, FEB 10, 10 PM
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and guest RH Steve Roy on bass
Cantab Lounge 
738 Massachusetts Ave (Central Square) 
Cambridge MA 02139 
617 354-2685

WED, FEB 11 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, and Andrew Conklin
House Concert 
New Haven, CT 
Reservations: 24everit@concentric.net

FRI, FEB 13
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Andrew Conklin and Chad Manning
Emelin Theater 
Mamaroneck, NY

SAT, FEB 14 
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Andrew Conklin and Chad Manning
Joe Val Bluegrass Festival 
Sheraton Hotel 
Framingham, MA

SUN, FEB 15 
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
"Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray"
With Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Cary Black
Joe Val Bluegrass Festival 
Sheraton Hotel 
Framingham, MA

THU & FRI, FEB 26 & 27
Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
"Laurie & Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray"
With Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Cary Black
Wintergrass 
Bellevue, WA

SAT, FEB 28
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands 
Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Andrew Conklin and Chad Manning
Wintergrass 
Bellevue, WA

FRI, MAR 6
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum 
San Diego Bird Festival
Marina Village Conference Center
San Diego, CA

THE WILIWILIS
Wiliwili Tree
Tom Rozum and an old wiliwili              photo by laurie lewis 

On our free day on the Big Island, Tom and I went to visit the endangered and rare wiliwili trees. The area around Waikoloa, in Kohala on the Big Island, was once a closed-canopy forest. Due to livestock grazing, imported and now feral goats and imported African bunch grass, and a teeny gall wasp from China, there are very few trees left in the area. But the folks at the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserveare doing their best to restore at least a tiny portion of the forest.Wiliwili trees were once the dominant feature of the landscape, and now only a few endangered old gnarly trees remain. Best guess at age is that they live somewhere around 500 years (they don't have annual growth rings like more conventional trees). There are no younger trees except for seedlings, due to depredation by goats and cattle. We didn't get to see them in bloom, but they were very interesting and beautiful wearing only their leaves. The wood is extremely light, like balsa (see top photo).
The bark has an amazing glow to it, in hues of orange and yellow. "Wiliwili" means "curly" in Hawaiian, named for the curly seed stems.

Wiliwili bark
       close-up of Wiliwili bark                           photo by Laurie Lewis