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

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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
contact: spiesarts@gmail.com

Monday, August 13, 2012


 Thank you to everyone who made the MMM event successful!
We raised awareness about the Elizabeth Freeman Center
and $130. for their benefit.


Shawn Stevens, Mohican musician




Elfie Six's gong hung from pine near old wolf pine where Melville stood
It was spectacular weather, Elfi Six's gong resounded and Shawn Stevens began the event with a rousing welcome song as he drummed and walked towards the audience encircling Melville's tree (tall wolf pine.)
Thanks also to Laurie Robertson Laurant, Melville biographer and writer who joined our performance and read some of her poems. Synchronistically with MMM, she is exploring Mumbet's history as well as the notion of what is true when you are looking historically at a person's life.



click here ~>Melville, Mumbet and Mohicans blog


Mumbet  Elizabeth Freeman



Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Come for this band at 1:00 and stay the whole afternoon! 
 click here~> Call Me Ishmael performs at Arrowhead at 1:00pm
 Melville, Mumbet and Mohicans begins at 3:00.
 There are picnic tables on the grounds of Arrowhead, a gift shop, tours and a nature trail.


Friday, August 3, 2012

                                                                                     Shawn Stevens                                                                                                                               photo by Keith Emerling

Melville, Mumbet and Mohicans to benefit Elizabeth Freeman Center
August 18, 2012 at 3:00pm
Created and narrated by singer songwriter JoAnne Spies in collaboration with Mari Andrejco and Nathan Smith.
Herman Melville's Arrowhead
780 Holmes Road
mobydick.org
(413) 442-1793
Suggested admission $5 - $10 to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center
What are the connections between these illustrious Berkshire residents? This interactive community event and performance celebrates Melville, Mumbet and the first people of the Berkshires with songs, stories and poems. The audience enters a living timeline with surprising guests like Emily Dickinson.  Performers include Mari Andrejco, Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, Jana Laiz,  Nathan Smith, Jennifer Reis, Rosemary Starace, Mohican musician and storyteller Shawn Stevens, Sean Vernon and special guests.