I’m really excited to announce that our mulled wine recipes were featured over on Alive Magazine‘s blog yesterday. You can check out the feature by clicking here.
Which, appropriately, brings me to the announcement of our last event of 2014….
….A holiday wine cocktail workshop! We’ll be hosting the workshop on December 13 starting at 3pm. I’ll be demonstrating how to make four different wine cocktails (and one is a whole new spin on mulled wine!), plus participants will be able to sample each of the cocktails. I’ll have tips for serving each cocktail during your busy holiday parties, and each cocktail will be paired with a specially selected nibble. Each participant will receive all the recipes we feature, plus be entered into a drawing to win one of four holiday cocktail kits. To learn more about this event, or to purchase tickets, click here.
To continue with my recap from last week’s music, I’ll move on to Saturday’s Folk festival. We hosted three bands from the Springfield, Missouri area: Ozark Mountain Maybelles, Goat Milk Honey, and the duo of Barak Hill and Brandon Moore. Each band played two one-hour sets, alternating bands each hour or so.
The Ozark Mountain Maybelles started strong with a great mix of old time bluegrass and originals written by both members. Gracie (left) has a powerful voice and really wow-ed the audience with her strong lead, but Amy jumps right in with the perfect harmonies and an array of guitar techniques.
Then Barak Hill and Brandon Moore took the stage. They played more traditional folk tunes, along with modern songs and a few originals too. Barak has his own solo CD out for sale, but these two don’t get the chance to play together often, so for the most part we heard duets for both their sets. One fun fact I learned – Brandon’s day job is a distiller at Copper Run Distillery in Springfield!
The final band to play during the set is a near and dear one to our hearts. Goat Milk Honey is formed by two brothers – Rob and Ryan – who were college friends with Julie. We’ve watched them come around for most of their late college years and are thrilled to see them develop as musicians these past couple of years!
During the show, many times each of the musicians would ‘guest’ during another set, so it turned out to be a fun and eclectic show all around. In the photo above you can see that Barak jumped up to play guitar while Gracie sang an especially powerful song.
Clyde and I felt that the best magic of the evening came during the last set when we had about a dozen or fewer audience members left. Rob and Ryan suggested moving up into the slightly warmer salesroom and having more of a jam session with everyone. Clyde put together the panorama you see above to show us all in the salesroom listening to the musicians.
Upstairs, one of the audience members, Aaron, pulled out a ukelele to jam along with the other musicians. Turns out, Aaron plays in a couple of bands too, and so Rob invited him to lead a few songs. We were all on the edge of our seats when he lead everyone through a rousing version of Wagon Wheel!
You have to have a kazoo for some songs! By the way, if you see Goat Milk Honey in person, be sure to request a Chris Isaac tune from Rob – you won’t regret it, I promise.
And I have to leave my concert review on a funny note. Brandon asked to have a “drum” (hmmm…more like suitcase!) solo, and when Rob threw it over to Brandon, he utilized a suitcase, a display case, a table top, a washboard, and finally, a glass of beer! It looks like he approves of the Public House Cream Ale we’ve got on tap here!
I have many more photos up on facebook here if you’d like to check out more of the action from Saturday.
Needless to say, after everyone headed home, I got a little teary thinking about all the great music we just heard and that has been played here at the winery this year. My deepest thanks to all the talented musicians and to everyone that braved the cold and sleet to come out and listen on Saturday. We are truly grateful to have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with you all!
What a week of music we’ve experienced this past week! I have so much to share I need to split the recaps into two parts. So today I want to focus on the concert from this past Wednesday featuring Fred Eaglesmith and the Traveling Steamshow.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Fred Eaglesmith (as I was going into this), I highly recommend checking his show out. Fred belts out rock ‘n roll with overtones of blues, country, and folk music combined with a boisterous sense of humor that I found incredibly entertaining. And danceable!
The show started with the opening act, Tif Ginn, playing with the Traveling Steam Show. Tif plays many instruments, but her shining instrument is her powerful voice. She also has a bit of an actress in her, and I found it fun to watch the emotions of the song play out in her facial expressions as she was singing. Her new album ‘Get Away Car’ has just been released and I’m sure it will be my soundtrack for traveling to and from tastings in the future.
After a short opening set from Tif, Fred took the stage with the Traveling Steam Show. Don’t you love his hat and those goggles?
One of my favorite songs of the evening came from his new album titled Tambourine. The song was appropriately titled ‘Drunk Girl’, and had Clyde and I giggling the entire time. Well, I giggled while Clyde snickered in a manly fashion.
In between songs, Fred has lots of stories and jokes to share on stage. He performs well over 250 concerts every year and has been playing for more than 30 years, so you can imagine that he has lots of things to talk about! The new album was inspired by the music and culture in 1966, so Fred took the audience back to simpler times during the show. He even featured such new-fangled products as his cassette tapes and -just in case anyone needed it – a cassette-to-8-track converter. We went from dancing madly to belly laughing between songs. So it was a good night, and you can bet that we are now official ‘Fredheads’!
Everyone in the audience seemed to be enjoying the show along with us. A HUGE thank you to everyone who braved the cold Wednesday night to come out to this concert. You guys rock! We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did and can come back to see another concert (or just enjoy some wine) here soon. For more pictures from the event, check out our facebook page where I created an album for the event here. Cheers!