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, May 3, 2015

Join the Elemental Orchestra Sunday, June 28th

Mount Greylock
One of my favorite places is Mt. Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts. At the very top of the mountain is Bascom Lodge, a refuge from the wild wind and a cultural center offering all manner of workshops, concerts and talks.
      Did I mention dinner?  The absolute best!  One seating at 7:00pm.
      It was my good fortune to have a creative residency for a week at Bascom Lodge last year, and my recordings of wind and birdsong will be put to good use in a workshop I'm offering on June 28th.

---- 2-1.jpg (large)Elemental Songwriting with JoAnne Spies
Observing the flora, fauna and rhythms of the elements atop Mt. Greylock, we will create elemental songs that reflect our conversations with the world around us. With a focus on rhythm, writing and improvisation we will leave this workshop with the tools to deepen our connection to nature and song. Participants will have the opportunity to share their work in performance at the lodge.
3 hour workshop begins at 1:30 pm. 
Pre-registration required by June 21st.

To register contact JoAnne at: or call 413-822-6214.


If you aren't already atop the mountain, allow yourself a forty minute ride to the top from the entrance road in Lanesboro. Arrive at 5:30 for a special concert that includes all who participated in the afternoon workshop who want to share a poem or song                              

I will have rhythm instruments on hand as well as the story drum, guitar and six-string ukelele to accompany my own songs.

Looking forward to a very special day with everyone.

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