such an honor to hear Sarah Lee Guthrie & Hoping Machine sing my song at the Climate March in DC!


new CD available on band camp click on cover image below to download tracks

new CD available on band camp          click on cover image below to download tracks

Friday, November 6, 2009


Goddess Loop
Vicki Richards and I have been performing to loops with tabla rhythms
Audience has been playing boomwhackers as Elemental Orchestra

writer and song by j spies

Friday, February 5th at FUEL Coffee Shop
5pm - 7pm
join me with
Electric Violinist Extraordinaire - Vicki Richards
More Elemental Orchestra!

Friday, December 11
FUEL Coffee Shop

Raga-inspired Vicki Richards on fiddle and surprise guests
join me at this acoustically delightful venue.
5pm - 7pm
286 Main ~ Great Barrington, MA
413) 528-5505


Friday, November 6
Come to FUEL coffee house @5:00 for a few hours of music and song.
The multi-talented Doug Tanner from the Gypsy Wranglers is in town and will be playing fiddle, banjo and chromatic harmonica. I'll be on guitar, accordion and percussion.
Be prepared to multi-task or absolutely do nothing.

5pm - 7pm
FUEL Coffee Shop ~ 286 Main ~ Great Barrington, MA ~ (413) 528-5505
Free Admission


Shawn Stevens of Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe playing flute at RiverMASS
photo credit: Keith Emerling

This is a special chance to visit beautiful sites honoring the Mohicans right on Main Street. See you there!
Don't forget to visit the historical room on the lower floor of the Stockbridge Library or the small museum at the Mission House that are each full of interesting artifacts from the first people here in the Berkshires.

SOUNDING OUT THE PATHWAYS: Honoring the Mohican Presence with JoAnne Spies

Saturday November 7

10:30am-12noon, rain or shine

The Mission House, 19 Main Street, Stockbridge

413.298.3239 x3000 (weekdays) or

The Trustees of Reservations will host a program to honor the Mohican presence in Stockbridge, led by singer JoAnne Spies and Trustees educator Tammis Coffin. From the Mission House on Main Street, the group will walk former Mohican paths to sites that help tell the tribe’s story: the Housatonic River, burial ground, meeting house, and Friends of our Father’s marker. JoAnne will guide the group on an interactive exploration of these sites with songs, sounds and rhythms to honor the Mohicans, sharing what she has learned as a friend to the tribe. All ages are welcome and the program is free to the public. Afterwards, refreshments will be served.

Monday, November 2, 2009

It was great to be a part of FODfest in three locations this year ~ Great Barrington, MA at the Mahaiwe; Oak Park, Illinois at the Village Players and Norfolk, CT at Infinity Hall.

Bravo to Todd Mack,the fabulous FODsquad and all performers and audience involved.