Some exciting news: a new band has formed, going by the name of “churchmouse” (tho there is some lobbying for “churchmoose” as a variation for more “moosey” gigs). The band is Eberle Umbach playing flute, melodica, possibly cello & who knows what; Wendy Carson playing guitar & possibly uke; & yours truly chiming in on resonator guitars, 5-string banjo, & maybe a little tenor uke too. We’ll be making our first public appearance a week from Sunday (very much in churchmouse mode) as we play back-up on a couple of Eberle’s pieces that she & some church singers will be playing before mass at her church next week.
But the overall idea is secular (yours truly not being one of the churchy tribe) & highly eclectic. Our initial set list is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical, not performance order)
- Amelia’s Waltz (instrumental)
- Banty Rooster Blues
- Big Railroad Blues
- Blue Train
- Cactus Flower (an original by one of Wendy’s friends—a great tune)
- Cold Rain & Snow
- Cold Virginia Rain
- Far Away Waltz (instrumental)
- Jim & Judy’s Wedding (instrumental)
- Little Wing
- Mama ‘Tain’t Long Fore Day
- Norwegian Wood
- Rainy Day Blues
Everything from the Delta & Appalachia to Hendrix & the Beatles! Will keep everyone posted!