December 201
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Happy holidays, friends and neighbors,

The season is well underway...at least it warmed up for the busy "last minute" errand week here in Austin, but cold weather has arrived for the holidays. Growing up in the north we both miss a white Christmas, so if it's cold and rainy that feels right.  We have a ton of gigs this next week (including three recently added, cool shows on Sunday, December 22), right up through Christmas Eve before taking a couple days off for some quiet restful time with family and friends.  Hope to see you out at a gig.  Don't forget, we'll have copies of "Ornaments", the beautiful new Chris Gage Christmas CD for last minute gifts and stocking stuffers.

Wishing you a joyful holiday.

Chris and Christine

By the way, both of our Christmas CDs are available at moonhouserecords and Ornaments is available as a download. 

      

Albert and Gage Holiday Show Schedule

Sat. Dec. 21 - Central Market North 6:30 - 9 pm

Sun. Dec. 22 - The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with Marcia Ball   3:30 - 6 pm
Sun. Dec. 22 - Chris on KPFT 90.1 in Houston, Texas
Sun. Dec. 22 - KGSR 93.3 "Lone Star State of Mind" show (with Roger Allen)

Mon. Dec. 23 - El Mercado and Donn's Depot
Tue. Dec. 24 - The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar with David and Paul  12 noon - 3 pm
Sat. Dec. 28 - Chris with Jerry Jeff in Galveston
Sun. Dec. 29 - Chris at Riverbend Church
Mon. Dec. 30 - El Mercado and Donn's Depot
Tue. Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve at Barker House Concerts
                            Special opening act The Flyin' A's (Stuart and Hilary)

Scroll down for more details!

Video:   One More Christmas - Live at MoonHouse Studio

Last year we sat at the piano and did a live version of "One More Christmas" for YouTube.  We hope you enjoy it.  "One more shining star to top the tree...."  Click the image or here

Video:  Twas the Night Before Christmas - Sam and Casey Gage

We get a kick every year out of watching a video Chris and his first spouse Gwen created of their young boys Sam and Casey reading "The Night Before Christmas" one verse a year over the course of 8 years.  The boys finally got old enough not to be embarrassed by its showing, and it's now a modern YouTube sensation.  You can hear their voices change, follow the growth spurts, and even track their taste in music by the t-shirts they chose on Christmas Eve.  We're happy to share it with you again this year.  Click the image and it will open in YouTube.  Or...click here.  Happy holidays from Sam and Casey Gage....now 35 and 32! 

Have a safe and happy holiday season.  Treasure your loved ones while you can.
Chris and Christine


December 2013
Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Sat. Dec. 21 Central Market North - 3001 North Lamar; Austin, TX
     Albert and Gage Songs of the Season Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the holidays and the release of "Chris Gage - Ornaments", an acoustic, instrumental collection of Christmas classics featuring the talents of Chris on guitar, piano, accordion, dobro, mandolin, dulcimer, banjo and more.  The CD features special guests Kym Warner on mandolin, David Carroll on upright bass, Kenny Putnam on fiddle and Christine Albert on vocals on just one song each!  Beautiful, rich, classy, timeless....

6:30-9 pm
Sun. Dec. 22

Marcia Ball Christmas Show with Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Christine Albert, Chris Gage and David Carroll

Nice to have two chances to play the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar this year, and to make music with such dear friends is extra special!

Chris on KPFT Radio in Houston www.kpft.org - phone interview at 6:15 PM, talking about the new "Ornaments" CD.

KGSR 93.3 www.kgsr.com "Lone Star State of Mind" with Roger Allen - Holiday Show live on the air with Chris and Christine, Richard Bowden, Mo McMorrow and Kym Warner from the GRAMMY nominated The Greencards!

3:30-6 PM
ARMADILLO

 

6 PM
KPFT

 

10 PM
KGSR

Mon. Dec. 23

El Mercado - 512-447-7445
1302 S. 1st, Austin TX 78704

Christine Albert and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell

This is as close as we get to a "company Christmas party" - El Mercado and Donn's with our musical cohorts and the club staff that takes such good care of us at both venues!

Guests this week include Chip Dolan on piano and Kim DesChamps on pedal steel!

Donn's Depot - 512-478-0336
1600 W. 5th, Austin TX 78703

Monday night at Donn's Depot....Chris Gage's 18 year tradition at the grand piano with special invited guests from all over the world.

Lots of Christmas classics and a special "floor show" at 11pm featuring Christine Albert joining Gage for selections from "One More Christmas" and more.  David Carroll will drag his upright bass in and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell will perform (I hope!). 

 
Tues. Dec 24

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar - Austin, TX   afternoon show
This is the first time we have played the Armadillo on Christmas Eve! It works out well for us, because perhaps our grandson Brody can actually make the gig...:-)

Live music and art have made the original Armadillo Christmas Bazaar an iconic Austin event. Art fair and music festival rolled into one, it has long been the city’s favorite scene for holiday shopping, Austin style. With imaginative, handmade gifts and fine art that range from sophisticated to funky, the 2011 show will feature new talent and local legends.    armadillobazaar.com

12-2:30 PM
Wed. Dec 25  

 
Sat. Dec 28 Chris plays with Jerry Jeff Walker - Galveston, TX         jerryjeff.com 8 pm
Sun. Dec. 29 Chris plays guitar in the Riverbend Church band  
Mon. Dec. 30

El Mercado - 512-447-7445
1302 S. 1st, Austin TX 78704

The mystery continues!  Who will be our special guest???

Donn's Depot - 512-478-0336
1600 W. 5th, Austin TX 78703

Monday night at Donn's Depot....Chris Gage's 18 year tradition at the grand piano with special invited guests from all over the world.

Click here for photos.

 
Mon. Dec 31 Barker House Concerts - Austin, TX
    barkerhouseconcerts.com
     The 12 year tradition continues, although it is sold out with a waiting list of 30!

Opening the show in style will be The Flyin' A's from Austin, Texas. 

7:30 pm
Click here for an amazing Santa Claus (Ded Moroz, or Grandfather Frost in Russian) experience...the face of Grandfather Frost is made up of 1200 high resolution vintage Soviet Christmas cards.  After you click scroll down a bit and you can zoom in on any part of his face.

Chris became enamored with Grandfather Frost on a Roy Clark tour of the Soviet Union in 1988.      Read more on wikipedia. 


Grandfather Frost and his 3 stallions.

In case you missed it...
Here's a few links...just some stuff you may have missed as the world swiftly spins. 

  Video of Christine at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in 1987
  Albert and Gage performing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" at the
           Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.  Click to watch.


A holiday glimpse into our living room

Coming up!   More shows and more details at our website

Jan 6, 13, 20 Christine at El Mercado with Sarah Elizabeth Campbell
Chris at Donn's Depot
Jan 3 Waldo's Coffeehouse - Waco, TX
Jan. 9, 10 Christine sings French music at Austin Cabaret Theater
Jan 26 Chris and Christine attend The 56th GRAMMY Awards

a note from Christine:

     Happy Winter Solstice! I woke up today at dawn, unable to sleep as the new day was being quietly ushered in by a cold rain falling.  I remembered later (after thankfully falling back to sleep for a few hours) that today is the Winter Solstice.  I found this description of this morning's sunrise.

"The rising of the sun on the winter solstice, out of the darkest day of the year, echoes the birth of the light from the dark void on the first day of creation."

     I choose to think that the anxiety I was feeling in those wee hours was just the struggle of moving from dark to light and the beginning of a creative year for me.  My album is started but other demands have kept me from the studio.  I will be making space for the recording to continue in the coming weeks and intend to embrace my creativity whole heartedly this year, in spite of a very full schedule that often challenges that. 

     I am grateful for all of you who receive this newsletter, come to our shows, support our projects, buy our CDs and cheer us on in our many endeavors.  Thank you and I look forward to sharing more with you in 2014!

Love,
Christine

 

 

and a blurb from Chris:

     Happy holidays, everyone.  The biscotti has been mixed, baked and shipped, the gingersnaps are disappearing, the lace cookies were a big hit at dinner, the tree is trimmed, the lights are up outside (and on a remote control switch...too cool), there's a spiral cut ham resting in the fridge, there are popcorn cans for band members and bartenders, presents and stocking stuffers hiding in every corner of my office, there's snow on the ground (not here, but somewhere, I'm sure), there are boxes arriving from our family members all over the country with cookies, caramels, wine, calendars and popcorn, all the Ornaments CDs that were ordered have shipped, the cats are inside because of the rain, there's leftover butternut squash soup in the fridge and so much more going on that I will stop listing them now.

     This will be an exciting year to be with our 2 1/2 year old grandson, Brody.  His sentences get longer and clearer and he has a loud and proud "Merry Christmas" this year.  Next year, he will have a little baby brother or sister to compete with for 'cutest kid in the room'. 

     Enjoy this special time.  Thanks for following along on our journey through space and time.  See you at the gig!

Chris

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