News from the musical world of Christine Albert and Chris Gage
June 2012

Coming to

Hey and howdy, friends and neighbors, salutations from the MoonHouse in beautiful Austin, Texas,

We are a bit shell shocked after several losses recently. There is not much to say except embrace every day. 

The plans for "Albert and Gage's Alpine Adventure Tour" are shaping up and the deadline to sign up has been extended to June 24.  Fans are invited to join us for the Swiss portion of our October European tour.  This nine day trip (October 13-22 - including the travel days to and from Zurich), will feature plenty of Albert and Gage shows throughout Switzerland, sightseeing with an emphasis on a non-touristy experience, hanging out with locals, eating great food, touring a winery, visiting a watchmaking museum, etc. We need commitments by June 24 in order to confirm that the trip has enough folks to go on (we are currently 4 short, so we're close).  Deposits will not be due until it's all set.  Details can be found here.

We're posting photos this month of our closest personal losses.  It's been a grief stricken couple of weeks, for sure.  Chris' mother Darleen Gage, Chris' Uncle Fuzz, folksinger and Troupe's second mom Caryl P. Weiss, and Sioux Falls SD rock God Dennis Westphal.  Y'all take care of each other up there, okay?

My mom, Darleen, passed away on June 2, 2012. 
She was a great inspiration to me all my life and I've so enjoyed having her close by the last couple of years.  CG

As always, thanks for the support and happy summer to you,
Chris and Christine

Come along on Albert and Gage's
Alpine Adventure Tour

A musical journey through the Swiss Alps!
October 13-22, 2012

...more information here 

Albert and Gage

June 2012
Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Wed. Jun 6 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Sat. Jun 9 Third Coast Studio - Port Aransas, TX
502 East Avenue G Port Aransas, TX
A cool recording studio with a concert series in the big room - great sound, of course!  The studio sits in the middle of the Seaside Village resort - make a weekend of it; book a room, hit the beach and catch the show.
8 pm
Sun. Jun 10 Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX
Albert and Gage are honored to play the final set at Kerrville this year and to lead the "congregation" in the traditional singing of "Heal in the Wisdom" by Bobby Bridger. 
     For more information about the festival click here.
last set
Mon. Jun 11 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Fri. Jun 15 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Boulder, CO  
Sun. Jun 17 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Minneapolis, MN  
Mon. Jun 18 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336    
9 -1
Sat. Jun 23 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     Albert and Gage Band with Paul Pearcy and David Carroll 
1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
9 -1
Mon. Jun 25 Chris Gage at Donn's Depot - Austin, TX
     Every Monday night - special musical guests drop by from all over the world!
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336   
9 -1


So long, Uncle Fuzz - aka Doug Jorgensen

MoonHouse Records  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for the latest CDs by Albert and Gage, Christine Albert (including the entire "Texafrance" series), Red Willow Band CDs and DVDs,  Michael Austin, Abi Tapia and some old dusty gems.  Hey there's even t-shirts. 
MoonHouse Studio News  Chris will be back in the studio between tour dates this summer with Richard Paul Thomas, Carrington McDuffie and putting the final touches on a labor of love CD for Sarah Smith


Smooth Sailing and RIP Caryl P. Weiss
In depth interview with Caryl on "Around Annapolis"

Farewell to my fashion hero, Dennis Westphal
Watch Dennis in action here

More shows and more details at our website

July 6 Winter Park, CO
July 14 French Legation - Alliance Francaise Bastille Day Celebration (Austin, TX)
Sept 8 The Open Door - Arlington, TX
Oct 13-22 Alpine Adventure Tour
Nov 2 Uncle Calvin's - Dallas, TX
Nov 3 Crossroads Music Co - Winnsboro, TX
Nov 30 Camp Street Cafe - Crockett, TX

A note from Christine:     
   This time last week we were sitting vigil for Chris's mom. We have grown very close over the last 16 years, but especially since she moved here to Texas two years ago. It was a privilege to be there for her as she transitioned from this world to the next. There were no words left unsaid...I sang her favorite songs several times...her children were by her side and I know she felt loved. It is hard to say goodbye, for sure, but I am happy that she has been released into her next journey.
     An hour after Darleen passed, I said goodbye to my old friend Caryl P. Weiss over the phone. She was diagnosed with cancer just 6 weeks ago and I had plans to go see her in Annapolis later this month. Caryl was a part of our family when my son Troupe was growing up. She has been very special to him and taught him his first guitar chords, took him on cool outings to NASA and car shows. She had a wry and mischievous sense of humor and challenged him to see the world from an unexpected perspective. She was curious and interested in history, folk music, sailing ships, sea shanties, MGs, airplanes. In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist and gifted songwriter, she was a Major in the Civil Air Patrol, served in the U.S. Coastguard Auxiliary and was commissioned by Governor Ann Richards as an Admiral in the Texas ideal quirky aunt for a young boy.
     Farewell Darleen and Caryl - I am richer for having had you in my life.
     Love, Christine

  And a blurb from Chris:
     Of course I knew it was coming.  "Dragons live forever, but not so little boys".  It's very hard to watch a parent round the final bend.  My mom was occasionally strict and a little controlling, but usually with a twinkle in her eye.  My bands could always pull up at her house in a van or a school bus and charge in to the kitchen for something to eat.  It was usually caramel rolls, chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies.  Being a life long South Dakotan, her freezer usually had a supply of pheasant and walleye, the main diet of her hunting and fishing neighbors who would always share part of their bounty.
     When Alzheimer's started stealing her brain, she was unusually aware and spent a couple years preparing before we even knew it.  She gave away all her stuff, she stopped using dangerous knives, stopped cooking on the stove, and found her own way to the first assisted living apartment at Parkwood in Pierre.  A short stay there proved she needed more help, so a bunch of us worked like crazy to get her moved to Texas.  The biggest hurdle, we thought, would be to get her to leave her beloved South Dakota.  She was thankfully too thrilled to be living close to family to worry too much about it. 
     I posted a touching Christmas video for her year before last.  Watch it if you'd like here.  She was confused, but quite happy. 
     See you at the gig.


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