November 2010

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

We are happy to be back in Texas and also had a great time opening for Jerry Jeff at the wonderful listening room, The Birchmere, in Alexandria, Virginia last Friday.  We've been in England, Germany, Switzerland, France and Austria.  From the Alps to DC - music is a great vehicle.  There are two new photo tours at the website, including pics from the dedication of the memorial to Christine's uncle in Wangford, England.

We'll be close to the house for the rest of November, and in December we will be part of the wonderful Armadillo Christmas Bazaar again and also play a new (for us) house concert in New Braunfels, not to mention a Christmas show at Camp Street Cafe in Crockett, Texas.  Thanks as always for supporting us.   

MoonHouse Records artists include Albert and Gage, Christine Albert, Michael Austin, Red Willow Band and Abi Tapia.  We plan to have some CD special packages this month in honor of the upcoming holidays!  Visit the MoonHouse Records website to learn more and for song samples and easy purchase options for CDs, digital album downloads and t-shirts.
MoonHouse Studio was filled with the sounds of a beautiful Sara Hickman this month - "Take Me with You" - recorded by Albert and Gage for Sara's upcoming compilation CD, "Best of Times." The proceeds will benefit Theatre Action Project, an Austin, TX based nonprofit that brings arts programs back into schools.  35 artists are covering Sara's songs for this very worthwhile project and you can support it by following the link above. 

European tour 2010 photos online now!

Vineyard Steps outside of Nuits St. George, France.

photo by Chris Gage

November 2010
Full show schedule online here.
Dates, venues and times have been known to change.  Please call or check the venue's website to confirm.

Mon. Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 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    
     Visit the "Monday Night at Donn's Depot" photo page
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Wed. Nov 3 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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Fri. Nov 5 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - The Birchmere/Alexandria, VA
      3701 Mt. Vernon Ave
      Alexandria, VA 22305 703-549-7500

     Albert and Gage open the show!!
7:30 pm
Wed. Nov 10 Artz Rib House - Austin, TX
     "2nd Wednesday at Artz with Christine Albert"
     Ms. Albert will be expressing her inner feminine muse - singing some old, some new, some French songs...with Chip Dolan and Chris Gage
Fri. Nov 12 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - private event  
Sat. Nov 13 Chris and Christine Mega Garage Sale at MoonHouse Studio in south Austin!
Music, household, construction, clothing items galore!
    Write to us for the address if you're a garage sale hound!
8 AM - 6 PM
Thurs. Nov 18 NeWorlDeli - Austin, TX
     4101 Guadalupe Austin, TX 512-451-7170
     A new venue for us - great food, full bar, early show!
7:30-9:30 pm
Sat. Nov 27 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX        Albert and Gage Band  
     (with David Carroll and Paul Pearcy) 
     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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"Wings of War"

"Dakota Lullaby"

"When You're Away"


Dakota Lullaby CD

Dakota Lullaby

Jerry Jeff Walker
video by Chris

Jerry Jeff Walker
Moonchild CD





Austin City Limits Cookbook

Swan Songs fulfills musical wishes at the end of life.  Concerts are offered free of charge by request, and there have been some very profound moments.  Click here to view Jim Swift's story about Swan Songs that appeared on KXAN News in Austin on September 30, 2010.  To learn more or donate visit


Coming up!   More shows and more details at our website

Mondays Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - Chris Gage
Dec. 1 Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - A & G First Wednesday
Dec. 3 Camp Street Cafe / Crockett, TX
Dec. 4 Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - with the band
Dec. 5 New Braunfels House Concerts / New Braunfels, TX
Dec. 8 Artz Rib House / Austin, TX - Christine
Dec. 3 Camp Street Cafe / Crockett, TX
Dec. 4 Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - with the band
Dec. 5 New Braunfels House Concert / New Braunfels, TX
Dec. 17 & 18 Chris with Jerry Jeff at Gruene Hall
Dec. 22 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar / Austin, TX
Dec. 31 Barker House Concert / Austin, TX

The TCA provides grants to arts presenters, schools, libraries, theaters and other non-profits throughout Texas to help with the cost of bringing in artists from the roster.

A reminder that Christine Albert's French Show has been approved for inclusion on the new Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Texas Touring Roster for the Sept 2010 - August 2012 season.  So, if you know of a school, non-profit arts organization (grants are not available for fundraising events), etc that would like to host Ms. Albert's French Show, please keep this in mind.  The deadline for Arts Respond Performance Support Grants performances occurring December 15, 2010 - March 14, 2011 is November 1, 2011. (Insider tip - you can also apply for funding for an A&G show through Christine's account, since Christine is the Albert in Albert and Gage!)

Christine and Professor Jacki Thomas of Texas A&M - Kingsville are developing listening comprehension exercises as a companion to the Texafrance music - perfect for the classroom or for individuals learning French on their own.  More soon about "Texafrance - Ecoutez!" 

Check out Christine's blog - "As Grows the Garden"   
an experiment in making a commitment to something for no other reason than to satisfy a creative longing to write and to dig in the dirt.

A note from Christine:
It's been a busy time playing catch up after our trip to Europe. We recorded a new song for a Sara Hickman compilation, moved Chris's mom to a new place and found, purchased and moved a grand piano into our studio. Last weekend we flew to Baltimore to play with Jerry Jeff at the esteemed listening room, The Birchmere. We're also doing a major purge of all of our storage, living and recording spaces in preparation for a huge garage sale this weekend. We don't let the grass grow beneath our wheels but the newsletter is a bit late because of all of this! 
     The dedication ceremony (check out Chris's photo tour) for the memorial to my Uncle Dick and Lt. Roger Phillips was a once in a lifetime, magical, moving, awe inspiring event. The village of Wangford, England welcomed us with open arms and we had a private tour of the Holton Airfield Museum in Halesworth, learning about all of the units that were stationed there during the war. We saw memorabilia and heard stories about the war years and beyond. At the dedication I spoke, we sang "Wings of War" and my sister Susan read a poem written by my uncle's best friend, John A. Aranyos, a lifelong flyer who flew 82 combat missions over Europe during WWII. As Susan read his words, a WWII era Mustang P-51 flew over. Our hosts had arranged a surprise flyover and it occurred at the perfect moment as Susan read:

Perhaps He saw the silvery sheen
             Of your wings as you did fly...."
     We found out a few days later that Mr. Aranyos died in Pennsylvania on October 9, the very day the ceremony took place. Another synchronistic piece in this mystical puzzle.
     I'll spend time in LA this month for a Trustee meeting; then I'm looking forward to the holidays and being home. 
Love to all,  
  And a blurb from Chris:
     Christine gave you a lot of the news.  Except that I lucked upon a grand piano at the Texas State Surplus Warehouse in Austin.  I check it out occasionally just looking for Swiss army knives and Leatherman's and office chairs...thrift store crap.  It's my hobby.  Anyway, nestled among the office chairs was a 7 foot Baldwin grand piano with the lid up.  I ended up playing for a while, getting the warehouse workers dancing and finally making an offer that I thought they'd refuse.  They didn't!  It's ours and it's already in position at the studio.
     One problem.  We already own a beautiful 6'8" Bechstein grand built in Berlin in 1897.  An absolutely gorgeous instrument with a voice of it's own, just not as flexible and capable for the studio environment as the Baldwin. 
     So....who'll buy our Bechstein?  We haven't posted it anywhere, we're just spreading the word amongst family and friends.  It holds a tune perfectly, has appeared on our last 3 CDs, is a beautiful sight to see and is quite the conversation piece.  We bought it from a wonderful couple who had owned it lovingly for 50 years prior.  It needs a good home, and is priced reasonably.  Please write to me here if you know anybody interested.

1897 Bechstein.
     See you at the gig.


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