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

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Friday, December 13 at Hevreh

Thanks to everyone for a great gig !

Turn to the Light 
Poetry and Song 
with JoAnne Spies and Rosemary Starace
Friday, December 13     10:45 AM 

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire 

More info here:
Facebook link

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sunday, September 22nd

 Bascom Lodge
 atop Mount Greylock, 6 p.m. Free.
 Wind and Rain: 
An Evening of Poetry and Song 
Celebrate the elements and the fall equinox atop Mt. Greylock for an evening of songs, poems and stories with poet Rosemary Starace and singer-songwriter JoAnne Spies, as they trade art forms.Guitar, dulcimer, accordion, flute and chimes will accompany original and familiar pieces spoken, chanted and sung.
        Stay for dinner! Reservations strongly recommended..
For reservations and information call: 413-743-1591, or email:

Monday, February 4, 2013


Saturday, August 13
Great Barrington Bandstand
JoAnne Spies 3:30pm 
Highland Band and others tba

to benefit GB Cultural Council

~Bandstand is across from the Mahaiwe Theatre~

Great Barrington Library
Centennial Celebration

                        Looking forward to celebrating 100 years of the Great Barrington Library  
                                                      Join me inside the library at 1:00pm 
                                         with special guest Rosemary Starace on dulcimer
                                                            231 Main Street
                                                            Great Barrington, MA
                                                             Mason Library on Facebook
'Telling Tales'
JoAnne Spies
Saturday, August 3
Norman Rockwell Museum 
1:30 - 2:30
for kids of all ages

Come listen to all kinds of tales and songs and make up a few of your own

D o o d l i n g   and   Creativity
w/JoAnne Spies
Saturday, June 22
Norman Rockwell Museum 
2:30 - 3:30
for kids of all ages

Let's move ! make a sound !  doodle!

Improvising all together with Istvan Banyai illustrations for 'Zoom' at NRM
Saturday, April 20

Exploring Shape and Sound 
 at the Rockwell Museum
 If ...   a 'line is a dot that went for a walk'
    a song is a sound that wanted to talk

Join singer songwriter JoAnne Spies on a journey exploring the different shapes and sounds of music and how our point of view can make a song talk in different ways.
Saturday, April 20th
2:30 - 3:30
9 Route 183
Stockbridge, MA

 Community Access to the Arts
CATA's Annual Performance and Fundraiser 
at Tina Packer Playhouse
Shakespeare & Company  Lenox, MA
May 11 and May 12

                       Two Events Created for Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Facebook Listings for All BFWW events 

Friday, March 22nd at 2:30 pm                                    at the Norman Rockwell Museum                                
TRUST                                                                                               a collaborative and interactive performance created by JoAnne Spies, with songs and poems on the theme of trust, in a guided tour of the Rockwell Museum.

Other 'tour guides' at performance:
(surprise guests expected too!)
Mari Andrejco
Barbara and Graham Dean
Jan Hutchinson
Rodney Mashia
Pooja Prema
Eric Reinhardt
Natalie Shiras
Nathan Smith
Teresa Thomas

Wednesday, March 27 
Wind and Rain: Poetry and Song 
Rosemary Starace, JoAnne Spies  and the Elemental Orchestra     
The Lichtenstein Center, 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Suggested donation: $5
“Let me fly away with you, for my love is like the wind.” Enter an elemental landscape that celebrates love, wildness, and all that wind and rain conjure. Poet Rosemary Starace and singer-songwriter JoAnne Spies trade art forms and collaborate with each other and the elements in this interactive performance. Guitar, dulcimer, drums, melodicas, accordions, rattles, and chimes will accompany original and familiar pieces spoken, chanted, and sung. 
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Sunday, April 7    2013
Mountain Road School Fundraiser 
 from 1pm - 5pm 
at the Richmond Congregational Church
515 State Road  ~ Richmond, MA

JoAnne Spies
Linda Worster
Paul De Jong
The Mountain Rodents
Chris, Nico, and Max
Mountain Road Children's Ensemble

Sunday, January 13, 2013

This week my Art Cart session with an Alzheimer's group of about twenty artists was rhythmic to the extreme. 
Three people were rocking full out to the rhythms we created together and you could see feet tapping, heads nodding, smiles forming and fingers lifting in time to the beat all around the room with folks who had limited mobility.

One of the more expressive movers told me afterwards that it was a special session.
 'How so?' I asked.
'You touched the corners where I don't usually meet people,' she said as she smiled.
What an eloquent way to say where music leads us!

"Music touches the corners where we don't usually meet people."
                                                  ~ an artist with Alzheimer's

"To hear something asks very little of us. To listen places our entire being on notice."
~Terry Tempest Williams
more from interview.. listen is to survive
Yes, but it’s no longer about survival of the fittest, but survival of compassion. I think about the desert tortoise and all it is up against in the Mojave desert of St. George, Utah, where development is rampant. If the desert tortoise survives, it will not be because of its capacity to survive, but our capacity to care. Do we have enough empathy to allow the tortoise to live alongside us with enough land protected for its own use, not ours? 
Do we have enough insight to restrain our own appetite for more instead of less, 
which means more for other species?