Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hello, The may course at Westminster College that is based on the works of Bruce "Utah" Phillips begins Tuesday, May 3rd. The college has set up a blog for the class so folks can follow postings over the next four weeks. weeks

Monday, April 18, 2011

We should finish up transcribing the songs and stories for the new song book by the end of the month. We are still on schedule to have the book out for Christmas 2011.
We have three concerts coming up. The first is on Saturday, April 30th at Ken Sanders Rare Books here in Salt Lake City.Performing will be Doug Wintch, Anke Summerhill and Duncan Phillips. The other two are on the campus of Westminster College, also here in SLC. Mark Ross, Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins will perform a free show in the Atrium, 1840 S. 1300 E. on Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. The other show is on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium, also at 1840 S. 130 E. Performing will be - Rosalie Sorrels, Kate MacLeod, Doug Wintch, Anke Summerhill, Paul Rasmussen, Ken Shaw, Hal Cannon, Carla and Dave Eskelsen and Duncan Phillips. we are still working on booking some gigs for December and January, mainly back east and the west coast. We will try to book some house concerts along the way. Any ideas?

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Hello,here is an update on some of the projects that I'm knee deep in. In May Westminster College, here in Salt Lake, is holding a summer course on the songs and stories of "Utah Phillips." The course will run four weeks with classes every Tuesday and Thursday. In conjunction with the class there will also be a concert in the Westminster auditorium. Performing will be some of the folks from our last tribute CD and a very special guest, Rosalie Sorrels. The concert will be on Tuesday, May 17th.

The other big project is the republication of the "Starlight on the Rails" song book. We are going to be adding about forty songs to the original book, so it's a big task. I'm struggling with how to get the songs into simple sheet music. I can convert the songs to MIDI but the editing programs that I've tried don't like finger picking, I mean, they convert it but not in away that most folks, including myself could figure out let alone play. Any suggestions?

Lastly I'm working on booking some CD release gigs for next winter. Thus far I've booked Caffe' Lena and the Peoples Choice Cafe in New York for December and San Luis Obispo with Kate MacLeod and Maybe Rosalie in February. Coast to Coast, thats me.

Lets see, what else, oh ya, after my normal winter off I go back to work next week.

Other highlights, Little sister Morrigan graduates from Boston College this may and little brother Brendan is going to play the Kate Wolf festival this June with his band Fast Rattler.

That's it for now, take care.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Long Gone CD release tour

Tomorrow morning we are off to California. Our first CD release is at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA. The tour will rap up on February the 8th in Spokane, Wa.
Faith Petric and Larry Hanks along with Deborah Robins will join us for the show in Berkeley.

Wednesday January 26, - Berkeley, CA.
CD release at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House
Performing: Duncan Phillips, Gigi Love, Anke Summerhill,
Doug Wintch and Paul Rasmussen. With special guests
Faith Petric, Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins.

Saturday January 29, - Morro Bay, CA.
CD release sponsored by SLOFolks
7:00 p.m. at the Coalesce Bookstore 845 Main Street, Morro Bay, Ca.
Performing: Duncan Phillips, Gigi Love, Anke Summerhill,
Doug Wintch and Paul Rasmussen.

Sunday January 30, - Felton, CA.
CD release at Don Quixtoe's
Performing: Duncan Phillips, Gigi Love, Anke Summerhill,
Doug Wintch and Paul Rasmussen.

Wednesday February 2, - Ashland, OR.
7:00 p.m. - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Rogue Valley
87 4th St, Ashland, OR 97520-2149 - Tickets $15.00 or $10.00 at the door with
a non-perishable food donation for the food pantry.
Performing: Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Doug Wintch, Gigi Love.

Thursday February 3, - Eugene, OR.
CD release 7:00 the Wandering Goat Coffeee Company
Performing: Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Doug Wintch, Gigi Love.

Saturday February 5, - Portland, OR.
Winterfolk at the Alladin Theater a benefit for Sister of the Road
Performing: Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Doug Wintch, Gigi Love

Sunday February 6, - Seattle, Wa.
Empty Sea Studios 6300 Phinney Ave.
8:00 p.m. - Tickets, $12. advanced $16. at the door.

Tuesday February 8, - Spokane, WA.
Rick Singer Photography West 415-1/2 Main Avenue Spokane, WA. 99201
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. show starts at 7:30 p.m.Tickets $15.00 - Limited seating
Performing: Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Doug Wintch, Gigi Love.

Performing: Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Doug Wintch, Gigi Love

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Eureka CD release

Last Friday we had a Long Gone CD release at The Eureka Opera House in, oddly enough, Eureka Nevada. The weather was as perfect as a January day can be in the heart of Nevada. That is to say it was about fifteen degree's warmer than Salt Lake was when we left in the mid afternoon soup (what other folks call air.) The turn out for the show was good considering we had to compete with a the Vandals (Eureka County High School) home basketball game. All in all there were about fifty folks. Performing in the round, Myself, Gigi Love, Paul Ramussen and Doug Wintch shared the stage told stories and sang a mixture of original material and songs of Utah, both the man and the state.Some of the songs we sang were "The Goodnight Loving Trail", "Ragged Old Man", "Starlight on the Rails" and "I Think of You." Wally Cuchine is the perfect producer and host. He put us up in the motel across the street from the opera house and paid us before the performance! Only in Eureka. I'm so grateful that we got to do a show in the opera house before Wally retires in February. Folks in Eureka are friendly the crowd at the show was great and the Owl has plenty of PBR's, what else can you ask for.

Next gig January 26th at the Freight and salvage in Berkeley, CA.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

CD Release

We had a fantastic CD release last Thursday night here in Salt Lake. About 400 folks filled the Jeanne' Wagner Theatre. The night started off with a video from my friends at gasslamp productions about the making of our tribute CD. Then fourteen musicians over the course of two hours played song from our new tribute CD.....Long Gone. Our next CD release pary will be in Eureka, NV. This Friday, January the 14th at the Eureka Opera House.

We start an eight show West coast CD release tour later in January. I will keep folks up to date as we make our way from San Luis Obispo, CA. to Spokane, WA.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

We have spent the last couple of weeks in the Roto Sonic Sound studio working on the first few tracks of our new tribute CD. Thus far we have the rough mixes for
" Going Away","Pig Hollow",
" Miner's Lullaby " and
" Scofeild Mine Disaster ". Our plan is to finish the rough mixes by the end of April, take a deep breath, listen to it all and start making plans for overdubs and such. We hope to begin work on the final mix in the fall.
In the meantime we have been doing house concerts and small gigs in the coffee shops around town to raise dough for our little project. It's all very exciting and the studio work has been amazing. I am glad we made the decision to comprise the CD of fresh studio work. And did I mention that all of the artists that are playing guitar on their tracks are using dad's old road worn Guild guitar, it sounds fantastic. To have the opportunity to sit in the studios control room and listen to folks perform dad's songs and playing dad's guitar is very touching. Check out the CD project page for some pictures, song list and a few sound bites.