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Summer Solstice Sketches by Joel Winstead

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What a beautiful day Saturday turned out to be. The river was crystalline (and flowing fast), the beer was delicious, and the night was filled with fire and music. Joel Winstead captured the 2015 solstice party zeitgeist in some sketches.

The Shenandoah on the Solstice by Joel Winstead

The Shenandoah on the Solstice by Joel Winstead

Mr Pea on his usual perch (by Joel Winstead)

Mr Pea on his usual perch (by Joel Winstead)

Music by the solstice fire (by Joel Winstead)

Music by the solstice fire (by Joel Winstead)

Firelit at the solstice (by Joel Winstead)

Firelit at the solstice (by Joel Winstead)

Thanks for coming to the solstice party! Support local music; come hear Where’s Aubrey’s CD release concert this Friday at the Brightbox in Winchester.

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Where’s Aubrey in Blue for the River

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Playing the Where’s Aubrey show in Berryville on 1.3.15 for C Spout Run was a great joy. Performing in a room where you can hear a pin drop even though there are 80 people there actively listening is simply magical. We love living our music for you.

We had an absolute blast. Gary McGraw of Where's Aubrey

We had an absolute blast. Gary McGraw of Where’s Aubrey

Rhine Singleton of Where's Aubrey

Rhine Singleton of Where’s Aubrey

In the 22 song set list, 14 of the songs were brand new. We will be recording them in February. Michael Hobert shot a bunch of video (click on the song titles below).

SET ONE
Now that the Past is Gone (from Always Near Empty)
Brown Like Your Cinnamon (a pair from Blue21A)
Break It Apart (a pair from Blue21A)
Five Swimming Pools of Whiskey (from Blue21A)
Breathe the Mountain Air

Breathe the Mountain Air was performed with an Indian slide show

Breathe the Mountain Air was performed with an Indian slide show

The Miles Roll By
Don’t Set Me Down
It’s Hard To Imagine
All of the Ways that we Tried
A Blue Blue Day
Falling Down Like Rain

SET TWO
It Ain’t That Far to Fall (from luminous)
Holes in my Pride (from Dirt Road)
Always Rainin (from 100 Feet Above the Ground)
Someone Come and Change My World (from 100 Feet Above the Ground)
Like A Wave
I’m Blue
Conflicted
Now and Always
Another Day

With the BITTER LIBERALS
Up To Heaven
M O N E Y

Devlish Situation (from Always Near Empty)

The Bitter Liberals on stage with Where's Aubrey

The Bitter Liberals on stage with Where’s Aubrey

Rhine Singleton of Where's Aubrey

Rhine Singleton of Where’s Aubrey

Of course, the orange chair was in the house!

Of course, the orange chair was in the house!

Watch the multimedia slideshow version of Breathe The Mountain Air

All pictures by Michael Hobert and Amy Barley.

Thank you Berryville!

Thank you Berryville!

The benefit concert raised $1270 for C Spout Run who showed these videos before Set Two. Thanks to our audience for their generosity.

A sketch of Where's Aubrey by Joel Winstead

A sketch of Where’s Aubrey by Joel Winstead

And then, the Berryville Passage run. Hey, is that Aubrey?!

And then, the Berryville Passage run. Hey, is that Aubrey?!

Summer Solstice 2014: Big Fun

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The bonfire as captured by Joel Winstead

The bonfire as captured by Joel Winstead

What a blast the 2014 iteration of the solstice party was. Thanks for coming! And thanks to “electric triangle” for the new wrinkle…electric music at nightfall.

Electric Triangle as captured by Joel Winstead.

Electric Triangle as captured by Joel Winstead.

We kicked the keg (not bad for old people) and played acoustic music well past the wee hours into the pre-school hours.

Thanks for making the summer solstice 2014 party magical.

Gina and Gary play music by the bonfire (joel winstead)

Gina and Gary play music by the bonfire (joel winstead)

Framed Sketch of the Bitter Liberals

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Joel’s great artwork in a fancy pants frame.

The Bitter Liberals on Stage by Joel Winstead

The Bitter Liberals on Stage by Joel Winstead

Gently Let Down by Catherine Sketches by Joel

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Joel Winstead has done some great sketching of my musical escapades, and I really appreciate his talent. Cool stuff Joel!

Here are some sketches of the Cigital Tech Fair gig put together with Phil Rossie of Ditched by Kate. (Nothing quite like one practice.)

Gary McGraw (fiddle) and Phil Rossi (guitar) are Gently Let Down by Catherine

Gary McGraw (fiddle) and Phil Rossi (guitar) are Gently Let Down by Catherine

McGraw plays the fiddle.

McGraw plays the fiddle.

Gary McGraw (mando) and Phil Rossi (guitar)

Gary McGraw (mando) and Phil Rossi (guitar)

Gently Let Down by Catherine in a jam.

Gently Let Down by Catherine in a jam.

Gently Let Down by Catherine

Gently Let Down by Catherine

What we really looked like.

What we really looked like.

(photo by Bill Bride)

gem Plays Mando

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Sketch by Joel Winstead.

Sketch by Joel Winstead.

For more sketches from the Bitter Liberals show in Purcellville, click here.