Rowan joins the Carolina Chocolate Drops!
For those of you who are wondering, Tinsmith is still on his agenda - we are in the back seat but not gone! Tinsmith will continue to play as we can fit gigs in around the CCD schedule (I love going to their concerts too!), so don't worry that you won't ever see us again.
For those of you who have not heard CCD - go to a concert! They are just fabulous and a lot of fun live, made even better, in our humble opinion, by the addition of Rowan Corbett!
Tinsmith plays the blues!
Saturday June 9, 2012
9pm - 11pm
Ireland's Four Provinces
105 West Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
or directly to CDBaby:
Fans of Clishmaclaver won't want to miss this one!
Happy New Year!
We're all social 'n' stuff!
We're on twitter now: http://twitter.com/TinsmithMusic. So, if you happen to be wondering what we plan on having for lunch, give us a follow. We'll follow you back, plus, we'll keep you up to date on upcoming shows and other Tinsmith news.
Also, we'll keep the links to video of skateboarding dogs to a minimum...
The Tinsmith Gang
Tinsmith @ Potomac Celtic Festival this weekend!
This year, the Festival has gone back to two days. Which is great for us, 'cause we get to play more. They're also giving us two shows on each day, which is cool, 'cause you get to see us more.
But I'm sure you realize that there will be many other performers at Potomac this years that you're not gonna want to miss. For instance, a group that is interwined with the very roots of the festival, Iona, will be back this year.
And one of our very favorite people in the world, Bruce Molsky, will also be bringing a touch of Appalachia to the show. Hopefully, he won't find our constant attention too stalky...
Anyway, it's gonna be an awesome weekend. We'd hate you to miss out...
6.13.09 & 06.14.09 @ 10:00am
16th Annual Potomac Celtic Festival
Morven Park Historic Green and Mansion
17263 Southern Planter Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176
At the Gate: Adult = $15; Seniors= $12; Child (6-12) = $7
In Advance: Adult = $12; Seniors= $10; Child = $6.
Potomac Celtic Festival is very much like home for us. And we're always glad to be back again with folks that feel very much like family. Lot's of great music and plenty of Guinness and haggis for everyone!
Go to http: //www.potomaccelticfest.org/ for Advance tickets and more info
Tinsmith @ the Montpelier Folk & Blue Series
This Friday night, we're playing the Folk & Blues Series at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. Not only is this a wonderful place to see a show, it's a great place to see amazing visual arts, meet local artisans, take classes, and learn about local history. Plus we'll be there... that's pretty good too, right?
Anyway, we'd love it if you'd come out and see us play. Montpelier has had a lot of really awe-inspiring performers grace it's stage and we're quite proud to soon follow in such great footsteps.
Price: $20; $18/seniors & Montpelier members
Montpelier Arts Center
9652 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708
301.377.7800, 410.792.0664; TTY: 301.490.2329
Potomac Celtic Festival
Also, we've got a great house concert and jam coming up in Maryland the day after PCF- check out our schedule page for details!
New Deal Show Canceled
New Deal Cafe tonight. Sadly, though, we've been
informed that the Cafe will be closed for the next few weeks due to
Since we like you, we thought we'd let you know so that you didn't
show up to a very closed venue and thus, be a bit cross with us.
Anyway, we'll keep you posted, but we're unsure when the New Deal
will be open again. If we get a make up date, either at the New Deal or elsewhere, we'll post it here and send out an email.
Thanks and sorry about that....
The Tinsmith Gang
New Site Design
Back in Business
Don't miss our great November gigs: 11/10 House concert at the Takoma Park Co-housing Project; 11/11 Old Brogue in Great Falls, Va - that's a dinner show, they have good food; 11/16 Knights of Columbus hall for a three hour show, they have cheap food and nice ambiance; 12/1 House concert in downtown Philly.
Hope to see you soon
"An American Wake" CD Release
Finally! We're just a week away from celebrating the release of our latest recording, "An American Wake". We're really proud of it, so we'd like to show it off a bit, and we can't think of a better place to do it than IMT. We'd be really pleased if you'd come and share it with us.
If you haven't heard the new CD yet, check out a few tracks here.
Here's the 411 on the show:
The Institute of Musical Traditions
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
Potomac Celtic Festival Videos on YouTube
Knights of Columbus...and happy hour!
Not only will you get to see Tinsmith at the Knights of Columbus hall on wednesday (6/13), but you can eat and drink too!
"Please note that the Knights of Columbus has food available from 6-9pm.
All are welcome to join us for Happy Hour 6-7pm."
Now that's a good gig
see our schedule page for details...
NOTE! Changes in Directions to PCF!
please note that they had the wrong directions up on the website (til
about wednesday). They have fixed it now and the correct directions
are up, so double check!
In other news, Tinsmith will be appearing in College Park, Maryland
on Wednesday June 13! We'll be playing at the Knights of Columbus
hall on Cherry Hill Road (see our website for details:
If you get your tickets ahead of time, you can get the member price
of $5! ($10 at the door on Wednesday). This will be a really fun and
intimate gig, and a great chance to see us up close and personal.
Hope to see you there!
Don't forget to mark your calendars: Potomac Celtic Festival is coming up. Remember, it is only one day this year, Saturday June 9th, and will be great. We'll be playing at noon and 3:30 with longer sets this year which will be nice too.
Some upcoming teasers...a house concert in Philly (no date yet), gigs in Southern Virginia, South Carolina and more
Do you host house concerts? Know someone who does? Let us know!
We are very excited about working with ACR and look forward to a great relationship with tons of gigs and stuff!
...and yet more YouTube!
The wonders of modern technology never cease to amaze...
Tinsmith on YouTube and more...
More to the point, if you look Tinsmith up on YouTube, you will find the video of our own Rowan Corbett jamming on bones with Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops...well worth the wait even if you have dial-up! They met in the corridor of the hotel at the Folk Alliance Convention this year and it was quite a meeting! Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLazWX8uxPU
We hope to be teaming up with CCD in the future, so stay tuned.
On the Rowan channel, he will be playing with Danny Knicely at IMT this Monday 2 April - don't miss it. Danny is a fabulous player (of many instruments) and he's the hot new property in the DC area.
New Site Design!
If you have an suggestions of things you'd like to see, drop us a line through the Email Us link on the navigation bar.
We had a nice show tonight for some very dedcated people who came out in the snow to have a great meal and be entertained by some very funny guys (and us too). We're looking forward to tomorrow night's sold-out show too!
Where is our NEW CD?
To answer that question, in no particular order, here's some of what Rowan & Brooke listened to on the way home:
Solas - Reunion
A great (of course) album reuniting every member of Solas for one big concert - a surprising number of people - on a CD and a DVD. Haven't seen the DVD yet as I just got home, but as I'm still quivering from white line fever, I may just do that now!
The Carolina Chocolate Drops - Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind
Hard not to gush about these guys. As I said to Rowan, "we've only listened to it twice so far - let's have it again!". I will admit that they are even better live, but it's still a great CD
Donal Lunny - Journey
This is something of a retrospective of his career to date on two discs. Mostly it is great, though I had forgotten about that horrible 80s synth-in-folk thing which I'm not very fond of...but if you take out maybe three tracks you've still got 21 brilliant ones featuring Lunny and people like Aly Bain, Bothy Band, Coolfin, Sharon Shannon, Moving Hearts etc etc etc.
Great Big Sea - Road Rage
This is my very favorite GBS album. Truth be told, it's the only one I listen to regularly - it is a live album and it is really crazy and fun and great to keep you awake at 4am in East Tennessee.
Flook - Haven
I love Flook. They are great. Haven is the most recent album and I like it very much, though Flatfish is still my favorite.
John Doyle - Wayward Son
This is the best CD of any genre that I own, and I own quite a few. John Doyle is so classy. I also love In Play which is Liz Carroll and John Doyle just doing tunes. Liz is (in my opinion) one of the top three Irish fiddlers, they being: Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, Eileen Ivers. Which leaves out any number of almost equally great fiddlers...but this is my list!
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott - Real Time
Avril turned me on to this album....WOW! It may rival Wayward Son as my favorite all time recording. It is just the two of them, no one else. It is all songs, and they play different instruments on every track. The sheer brilliance of it can't be overstated, especially the last cut, "the second mouse" which you have to hear to believe. We listened to this one...ummm....four times I think.
Round the House - Safe Home
These are our friends from Arizona and this is their greatest album so far! Really nice, open arrangements, superb playing and great choices of material, both tunes and songs...we miss them already!
That's about it....oh yeah, I listened to a commercial country station for a while. Made me remember why I love traditional music so much!
It's been great to see old friends - and we haven't even left the hotel yet! Chuck Bloom is here again being the CD kingpin, and Connie Ener of course, herding the cats. We were really excited when we met our old friends "Round the House" from Tucson at the elevator! We were so saddened to hear of Mike Smith's untimely death, and our condolences go out to the Tucson community for this tragic loss.
Here's to old friends and new and to another great year at Fair Park!