October 2010

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

Albert and Gage -  We're off to Europe...Bon voyage to us!  Saturday October 9th is a big day - we're taking part in the dedication of the memorial in honor of Christine's Uncle Dick and Lt. Roger A. Phillips in Wangford, England and performing in the community center that night.  The "Wings of War" page at our website has the whole story if you'd like to know more.

We'll also be performing in London, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.  When we're not visiting dear friends and family, eating and shopping.

MoonHouse Records artists include Albert and Gage, Christine Albert, Michael Austin, Red Willow Band and Abi Tapia.  Thank you for being "patrons of the arts!"  You can now download our music through our website without logging on to iTunes.  Visit the MoonHouse Records website for song samples and an easy purchase options for CDs, digital album downloads and t-shirts.
MoonHouse Studio will be dark most of this month while we're gone.  Casey Yeager's listening to his final mix test, Freebo flew away with a sweet accordion part this morning, and the new suite of ProTools virtual instruments will just have to wait until Chris returns from across the pond.  The studio has its own website as well...moonhousestudio.com 
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 swansongs.org


"Prairie Sunflower"
photo by Chris Gage


October 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.

Sat. Oct 2 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - San Francisco, CA
       Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival   www.jerryjeff.com
 
Mon. Oct 4 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. Oct 6   travel day to UK - No Donn's Depot (moved to October 27!)
     Bon Voyage Albert and Gage!!
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Sat. Oct 9 Wangford Community Centre - Wangford, UK
      Millfields / Wangford / Beccles / Suffolk

webmaster@wangfordweb.co.uk - for more info.
Tickets will be on sale at The Village Store or from Rod at:- 8 Hill Road, Wangford, Beccles, Suffolk. NR34 8AR


Chris and Christine are honored to play for the village of Wangford, where Christine's uncle's plane crashed in 1944, and also participate in the dedication of a memorial there to Lt. Richard A. Albert and Lt. Roger Phillips. Hear the song "Wings of War", view the video and read the story here C and C will also take part in the dedication of the memorial to the fallen airmen. 
Dedication at 3 PM

concert
7:30-10:30pm

Sun. Oct 10 Twickenham, UK    (south/west London) -
     TwickFolk at the Cabbage Patch concert series
     67 London Road Twickenham - Middlesex TW1 3SZ UK
     www.myspace.com/TwickFolk
     www.wegottickets.com/TwickFolk
     www.twickfolk.co.uk
8 pm
Mon. Oct 11 travel day
     Link to our German schedule page - Sprechen Sie Deutsch?  Hier Klikken
 
Wed. Oct 13 Laufen, Switzerland - Kulturzentrum Alts
    Alts Schlachthuus - Seidenweg 55 - 4242 Laufen

    
For tickets and info: www.swisstexmusic.ch or 079 207 90 19
     (No Second Wednesday at Artz for Christine)
8:30
20.30 Uhr
Sat. Oct 16 Aalen - Fachsenfeld, Germany  -  Schloss Fachsenfeld
   
Aalen - Fachsenfeld, Germany  - D-73434   
     For more info contact khsiber@t-online.de
     or call 011-49-0714712399 (Karl Heinz Siber)  
     Info:  Konzertreihe "K÷nigswege"
8:00
20 Uhr
Sun. Oct 17 Dresden, Germany - Dreik÷nigskirche
     (for more info contact khsiber@t-online.de
     or call 011-49-0714712399 (Karl Siber)
     Info: www.mzdw.de/konzerte.php
 
Tues. Oct 19 family time in Bern, Switzerland  
Wed. Oct 20 family time in Bern, Switzerland  
Fri. Oct 22 Besigheim, Germany      Alte Keller - D-74354
     Besigheim, Germany  - D-74354
     (for more info contact khsiber@t-online.de
     or call 011-49-0714712399 (Karl Siber)
 
Sat. Oct 23 Mayrhofen, Austria  -  Europahaus
     Mayrhofen, Austria - A-6290   Europahaus Mayrhofen-Veranstaltungen
     For more info contact khsiber@t-online.de
     or call 011-49-0714712399 (Karl Heinz Siber)
 
Mon. Oct 25 travel to US day!
     (No Donn's Depot for Chris)
 
Wed. Oct 27 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     Last
Wednesday with Albert and Gage!
      (Make up class for missing First Wednesday) 

     1600 W. 5th St.  Austin, TX    512-478-0336 
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Fri. Oct 29 Sun City - Georgetown, TX
     French music with Christine Albert, David Carroll, Chip Dolan and Chris Gage
    Florance Room - 1433 Cool Springs Way - Georgetown, TX 78633  $10
    for more information or reservations email: Kristin.Brown@SCTexas.org   
    Open to all!
6-8 pm
Sat. Oct 30 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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Coming up!   More shows and more details at our website

Mondays Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - Chris Gage
Nov. 3 Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - A & G First Wednesday
Nov. 5 The Birchmere / Alexandria, VA - A & G open for Jerry Jeff Walker
Nov. 10 Artz Rib House / Austin, TX - Christine Albert  w/ David Carroll and Chip Dolan
Nov. 18 New World Deli / Austin, TX
Nov. 27 Donn's Depot / Austin, TX - with the band
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. 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.

She actually blogged yesterday!!!!

A note from Christine:
    
One more day to get ready for our trip overseas.  People always start asking me ten days out "are you all packed?"  It's in my nature to be ahead of the game, but the number of balls in the air these days prevents me from being that efficient.
     I'm still wrapping up the "Swan Songs Song Circle" event, which was a great success.  The evening was inspirational and enlightening for everyone there.  The artists' stories about their Swan Songs experiences were as beautiful as the music they played.  Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed.  
     That week Jim Swift created a very moving piece about Swan Songs for KXAN News in Austin.  Please take the time to follow the link at the top of the page...you won't regret it.  The exposure generated increased support and activity for Swan Songs, which is a great thing.
     This coming Saturday Chris, my sister Susan and I will take part in the dedication of a memorial to my uncle, 2nd Lt. Richard A. Albert, and 2nd Lt. Roger A Phillips in Wangford, England.  They died in this village when their planes collided in 1944.  This is a momentous thing for our family.
     Love to all,  
    Christine
  And a blurb from Chris:
     I spent the weekend in San Francisco with Jerry Jeff at a cool festival called the "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival".  It's a free festival sponsored by music lover Warren Hellman who has donated 10 years of free music to the city.  A blast from the past, for sure...was the haze over the park real fog or herbal in nature?  Hard to tell, but it smelled quite pungent.  Musical highlight....a large band featuring Michael McDonald, Donald Fagan and Boz Scaggs.  It was like having the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan on the same stage.  Incredible. 
     I jumped on the cable car (had to, I woke up each morning hearing the gripman ring the bell) one morning and made the trip over Nob Hill past Chinatown and down to Fisherman's Wharf.  How pleasant to sit by the water and call some old friends.  Being the foodie I am I had to indulge in a sourdough bread bowl full of clam chowder, and there's a huge round loaf of bread sitting in our kitchen waiting to be crisped up. 
     We're off to Europe tomorrow...doing a year's worth of touring in October this year.  Thanks to the piano players who will keep my bench warm at Donn's Depot while I'm off enjoying bratwurst and r
÷sti.  Ciao.
     See you at the gig.
     Chris

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