Tour Schedule

May 6th 7-9pm and May 7th 10-am-4pm w/ breaks
Sonic Alchemy and the Sovereignty of True Will – Workshop
Georgetown DE
Hosted by Bell, Book and Candle.
Note: this will be held at Seelie Court near Georgetown, DE – Not at the store – Directions will be given to registrants.
Tickets: $150
full details and registration here:
http://www.bellbookandcandle.biz/
Harmonic Bodywork Therapy sessions will be offered throughout the week. Signups taked via the store at the link above. To learn more about these sessions visithttp://www.sharonknight.net/acutonics.html
To learn more about this work in general and this workshop visit:http://www.sharonknight.net/sonic-alchemy

May 13 – 15th
Blue Ridge Beltane
Stoney Creek Resort
277 Lake Drive
Greenville, VA 24440
http://www.blueridgebeltane.org
http://www.stoneycreekresort.net

June 11th
House Concert @ Cerulia House
Seattle, WA (check back for details)

June 15th
Sacred Paths Center
777 Raymond Ave
St Paul, MN 55114
$15
http://sacredpathscenter.com/

June 16th
House Concert
Ann Arbor, MI
7-10pm
$7 – $15 sliding scale
RSVP for directions to coirbidh_99@yahoo.com

June 18th
TempleFest
New Hampshire (check back for details)

June 24th
Wisteria Summer Solstice
39835 State Route 684
Pomeroy, Ohio 45769
http://www.wisteria.org/wisteria-summer-solstice.htm

June 25th
Northern Exposure Music Festival
A Sacred Place
970 NH Route 118
Canaan, NH
http://aspcanaan.org/northernexposure

July 1st
Musical Mistresses of Myth and Magick
Triple Goddess Concert
with Kellianna and Wendy Rule
The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge St (Inman Sq)
Cambridge MA
8pm sharp
tix $20
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/170910
http://www.lily-pad.net/

July 2nd
Musical Mistresses of Myth and Magick
Triple Goddess Concert
with Kellianna and Wendy Rule
House Concert
Western MA (check back for details)
cover $20

July 3rd
Musical Mistresses of Myth and Magick
Triple Goddess Concert
with Kellianna and Wendy Rule
Sacred World Interdependence Day
Earthlands
39 Glasheen Rd
Petersham, MA
01366
http://www.heartbeatcollective.org/swid

July 7th 6-11pm
Pirate Feast at Bubes Brewery!
102 North Market Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
$50 includes feast and show
Reservations requested:
Phone: (717) 653-2056
http://www.bubesbrewery.com/

July 14 – 17th
Wolvenwold Sumer Solstice
St. Louis MO (check back for details)

July 23rd
Denver CO (check back for details)

July 29th Time TBA
Sharon Knight Trio – yep with Caith Threefires
Fitzpatrick Winery – Pizza Night
Woodfire pizza, wine, gorgeous scenery, and music!
7740 Fair Play Rd.
Fair Play CA 95684
Phone: 530-620-3248 / 800-245-9166
http://www.fitzpatrickwinery.com/main.html

September 2nd Time TBA
Sharon Knight Trio – yep with Caith Threefires
Fitzpatrick Winery – Pizza Night
Woodfire pizza, wine, gorgeous scenery, and music!
7740 Fair Play Rd.
Fair Play CA 95684
Phone: 530-620-3248 / 800-245-9166
http://www.fitzpatrickwinery.com/main.html

StrowlerFest Review

I recently returned from StrowlerFest, as many of you know, and it was a peak experience for me in many ways. It felt like a homecoming, so I share some of my musings here.

StrowlerFest was similar to a few of our convention-style Clan gatherings out here in California – namely the Sci-Fi/fantasy themed BayCon and the Pagan themed PantheaCon, except that StrowlerFest featured music as the prominent element.  Care was taken to choose a good venue for experiencing a musical concert, and an excellent sound system and skilled technicians were in place to give participants the best experience of the featured music.  As a Pagan musician, this was a welcome turn of priorities for me. Whereas PantheaCon gives us the opportunity to come together and explore our spiritual identity, StrowlerCon gives us a way to build our culture. This has been something I have been ready for for some time.

StrowlerFest was attended by the usual suspects – dreadlocked Goths and faery winged gypsies, Renn faire refugees and Steampunk bellydancers. Pirates in eyeliner and flirty nymphs with animal tails. Makers. Crafters. Circus performers. Most were very creative, smart, tech savvy, and crafting a life on their own terms. Most were Pagan, too, although one of the things I liked best about StrowlerFest is that it was more “Pagan friendly” than strictly Pagan.  Although there is a strong Pagan undercurrent to StrowlerFest, the focus is not on spiritual identity  but rather the creative expression that comes from a richly imaginative worldview, which includes the Pagans but is not limited to them.

In keeping with this ideal were the musicians themselves. Most, if not all, were Pagan.  The sultry Wendy Rule opened Friday and Saturday nights with her musical circle casting and spellbinding vocals, performing as a trio with her guitarist sweetie Tim and tricky Pixie cellist Betsy Tinney. She was probably the most overtly witchy of the performers and is well loved internationally for her Gothy witch-songs that reflect her Scorpio nature.  A favorite performance for me was Heather Dale, a Celtic singer I first discovered via “The Secret Life of Celtic Rock” Cd, where her song Mordred’s Lullaby was featured. Her voice and her melodic sense are absolutely world class and brought tears to both Winter’s and my eyes. In fact, knowing she would be performing was a key reason Winter and I accepted this gig ourselves. Many of her songs are based in Aurthurian mythology, so for the lovers of myth among us, her show was a real treat.

Speaking of the myth-lovers, Tricky Pixie was another highlight of the weekend. Tricky Pixie is  made up of StrowlerFest co-founder SJ Tucker, who describes her music as MythPunk – an apt description as her tales are laced with mythical beasts, the land of Faerie, great horned gods and the like;  feisty fiddler Alexander James Adams (heir to the musical legacy of Heather Alexander, who some may remember from the Bay Area Celtic band Phoenyx);  and gorgeous Cellist Besty Tinney of Gaia Consort. They are all consummate performers with electric stage presence, impressive musical skill, and an admirable dose of comedic savvy.

Other performers included GB Mojo (fantastic!), Big Bad Gina, Dreamtrybe, and of course Winter and I. I’m hardly going to review my own show but suffice to say we were very well received indeed.

There were also workshops during the day at the hotel, much like Pantheacon, ranging from  circus arts to Bardic singing, runes and tarot and healing – a community of people coming together for a weekend and sharing those things most dear to their hearts.

So how do you know if you might be a Strowler?

Here’s a definition from Urban dictionary:

n. Vagabonds, Itinerants, Men of no settled Abode, of a precarious Life, Wanderers of Fortune, such as Gypsies, Beggars, Pedlars, Hawkers, Mountebanks, Fidlers, Country-Players, Rope-dancers, Jugglers, Tumblers, Shewers of Tricks, and Raree-show-men.
From A Dictionary of Thieving Slang, 1737

“Aligned with [steampunk] and other chronology-bending movements, strowlers focus on alternative forms of performance art, such as music, juggling, poi spinning, dancing, drumming, circus arts and ropework. Strowlers are also into craft, calling themselves “makers”. Strowlercon is an annual gathering of such folk.”   –  Urban Dictionary

I would add to this that we are the people who make our own way in life, for what is offered by mainstream society is not acceptable. So we live by our wits, our imagination, our creativity, and by the love and good will of one other,  for we each know the perils the other endures.

StrowlerFest was our Rock concert.

Think you might have missed something awesome?  You did, but take heart, there are two more Strowler-themed events scheduled for this year – StrowlerCon in Boston Oct. 8 – 10, a Con-style event with lots of workshops, concerts,  and wicked afterparties, as well as a VIP breakfast with the artists Sunday morning; and Strowler Nights in Seattle Oct. 29 – 31st, which sounds like it’s shaping up to be a full-on All Hallows Circus.

Winter and I will be performing at each, and I’ll be offering my Well of Song workshop.

Want to join us in Boston?  Visit http://www.strowlers.com/events/strowlercon for details and tickets.

Enter  “winterknight15” as the discount code to get 15% off your admission!

(Note: The VIP brunch with the artists Sunday morning is $40 and  the discount code applies for this as well. Also for the budget conscious they are helping folks find compatible roommates to share hotel rooms. It’s all at the link above.)

Seattle better for you?

Visit http://www.strowlers.com/events/strowler-nights for details and tickets.

Enter  “winterknight” as the discount code to get 10% off your admission!

(Note: yep only 10% discount for Seattle. It’s filling up fast so discounts likely won’t go less than 10%, and you ought to get your tix soon. Day passes available as well, it’s all on the site. :+) )

Pandemonaeon Musings

Wow. I just finished listening to the Pandemonaeon mixes Winter did while on tour, and was surprisingly moved. These songs are sounding gorgeous to me, and it is pleasing indeed that songs I have heard more times than I care to admit over the last couple of years could have this effect on me. Winter has done a fine job and we are closer to done than I thought.

I know you’ve been hearing that for awhile, and it does remain to be seen how various schedules line up – Winter and I have been like ships passing in the night for almost two months.  But even with crazy schedules, there are only a few more vocal parts and some mix finessing and we are off to the printers.

And the tide of emotion that washed over me as part of this mix review compels me to write.  The spaces that these songs evoke represent the moments I feel most close to the Divine.  Striving to express the colors and moods of the realms that most inspire me, that come from the deepest places I have been graced to touch, this is the most powerful thing I do in my life.  And to hear that what I feel inside is in fact being translated, well, it makes all the 16 hour days, and months of poverty, and missing parties because I’m recording, and missing festivals because I am saving to print the album, etc. all worth it.

This album reflects the deepest parts of my soul, and I know Winter feels the same way. I think my bandmates must feel this to an extent as well. (They certainly aren’t in it for the money, that much is certain!) In some way they must feel they can put a piece of their own soul into this music in an authentic way. And it shows in their contributions.

I am not saying “aren’t we great” here at all. Rather, I am feeling extremely humbled by the sheer raw power of music, and profoundly grateful to have a part in it, to serve this serpent of such great mystery. I will probably never be a master, but I will ever aspire to become a more and more worthy vessel, that I may always have the chance to glimpse eternity in this way.