September 2010

Greetings from the MoonHouse in lovely south Austin, Texas

Albert and Gage   We're sticking close to the house this month, but appearing at our usual residency show venues, including Donn's Depot, Artz Ribhouse, Central Market and the NeWorlDeli.  Chris has a few road gigs with Jerry Jeff and the Texas Olive Trails Film, and Christine celebrates a birthday on Sunday, September 12. 
Thanks again for your support, we'd be lost without you.  Please visit our website, which is  

  Swan Songs is having a fundraising Song Circle September 19 - Austin, TX
          An evening of food, friendship and song benefitting Swan Songs...
   Artz Rib House, 2330 South Lamar, Austin, TX   78704
   $50 per person includes dinner and concert (charitable donation)
   To reserve tickets call 512-416-7926 (SWAN) or email     more info below

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.  Already checked it out?  Click here to go directly to the store. 
MoonHouse Studio has been seeing some soulful action lately.  Cowboy Johnson and Chris decided that one of his songs needed a little gospel choir going on, so we recruited the talents of Waylon Payne, Craig Calvert, Leanne Atherton, Amanda Pearcy, Michael Austin and Jeff Tveraas.  We raised the roof, and the results will be available in the next couple months.   The studio has its own website as well... 

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.

We are very proud 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, 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!)

September 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.

Wed. Sep 1 Donn's Depot - Austin, TX         
     First Wednesday with Albert and Gage  
1600 W. 5th St.,  Austin, TX     512-478-0336 
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Mon. Sep 6   Labor Day - Donn's Depot is closed  
Wed. Sep 8 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.  Joined by David Carroll on upright bass and Paul Glasse on mandolin!
Fri. Sep 10 Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Hard Rock Casino - Biloxi, MS  
Sun. Sep 12


The divine Ms. A celebrates a birthday.  Virgo rising!
(Quite literally, Chris.  Virgo with Virgo rising and a Cancer moon!)

Mon. Sep 13 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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Tues. Sep 14 Chris is involved in taping the music for "Texas Olive Trails" PBS film
Wed. Sep 15 Chris is involved in taping the music for "Texas Olive Trails" PBS film  
Thurs. Sep 16 NeWorlDeli - Austin, TX
     4101 Guadalupe, Austin, TX       512-451-7170
     A new venue for us - great food, full bar, early show!  Very nice listening room...
Sat. Sep 18 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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Sun. Sept. 19 Swan Songs Song Circle - Austin, TX
       An evening of food, friendship and song benefitting Swan Songs...
     Artz Rib House - 2330 South Lamar, Austin, TX  78704
     $50 per person includes dinner and concert (charitable donation)

An eclectic group of Swan Songs artists share their music and talk about their experience providing bedside concerts for the terminally ill via Swan Songs.  Christine (cofounder and ED) hosts the evening...Irish songs to choral music!

Featuring Karen Mal with Will Taylor; George Ensle; Marc Gunn; Kathy Blanchard with Sonja Vandivier

To reserve tickets call 512-416-7926 (SWAN) or email
click here for more info

Mon. Sep 20 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. Sep 24 Central Market - Austin, TX
     4001 North Lamar, Austin, TX       512-206-1000
     Join the A&G Band under the oaks.  Perfect weather for this!
Mon. Sep 27 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
Coming up next month!   More shows and more details at our website

10/2   - Chris with Jerry Jeff Walker - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - San Francisco CA
10/9   - Wangford, England
10/10 - Twickenham, England
10/13 - Laufen, Switzerland
10/16 - Aalen-Fachsenfeld, Germany
10/17 - Dresden, Germany
10/22 - Besigheim, Germany
10/23 - Mayrhofen, Austria
10/27 - Donn's Depot, Austin (make up show for first Wednesday)
10/29 - Sun City, Georgetown TX (French show)
10/30 - Donn's Depot - Albert and Gage Band

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.

(No posts in August!!!  Shame on me!!  With cooler weather I promise to get back out there!)
A note from Christine:
Yes, it's been yet another big month for us! I am establishing some new rhythms with my increased commitment to Swan Songs and having Darleen close by.  I'm learning to rearrange my days a bit to make time for visits with her and taking care of the business of Swan Songs.  You notice the newsletter is a bit late! 
     I've also been busy dealing with work permits and travel plans for the UK, Germany, Switzerland and Austria next month.  We're so excited to meet everyone in Wangford, England and to be a part of the dedication of my uncle's memorial there.  My oldest sister, Susan, is coming along so our family will be well represented.  Chris and I will also get to spend time with my cousins in Bern, one of the best perks of our European tours (that and the old friends we see, the beauty and the food!)
     I encourage everyone who can to consider attending the Swan Songs Song Circle on Sunday, September 19 at Artz in Austin.  It will be an intimate in-the-round format and I will be sitting with the artists and visiting with them about their particular Swan Songs concerts.  Each one is as unique as the varied styles of music represented here (folk, country, choral, Irish) and there have been some profound moments.  I look forward to hearing the artist's perspective on what these concerts mean.  Thank you for your continuing support of Swan Songs, and of course of Chris and me.
     Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the recent passing of two dear friends.
     Suzan Deaton passed away on Chris's birthday, August 13, 2010. She and her husband Charlie have been our hosts on Cape Cod and created our wonderful gigs there over the years.  She was a true Texan who also loved New England; her spirit and infectious love of life will stay with us forever. 
     Doreen Pospisol, the shining blonde angel singer who was part of South Dakota Acoustic Christmas, slipped from this earth on July 12, 2010.  Throughout her two year journey with cancer her heart continually opened and her faith grew stronger.  Simply said, I miss her.
     Our music career brought both of these women to us...we are grateful.     
     Love to all,
  And a blurb from Chris:
     Whew, we got my mom Darleen moved to Texas, thanks to my sister and her husband.  Not an easy task, even for a youngster to fly from Pierre, South Dakota to Texas.  The airport in Pierre is a tiny strip with only the smallest of puddle jumpers landing.  (I was fogged in one morning and told that the next flight would be the same time the next morning). 
     There's no breezeway or wheelchair access, so apparently one of the nice ladies from Great Lakes Air just ran out there and carried her up the steps!  Thank you, dear.  I know, I'm supposed to send chocolate....
     Anyway, she's here, and adjusting pretty darn well.  Her memory is certainly failing, although there are glimpses of incredible long term memory that continue to pop out and amaze us. Her home is called Arveda, and it's a cutting edge facility for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.  Their plan is to keep the residents busy, keep their minds working, play word games, memory games, whatever.  Boy, did this tick my mother off at first!  She wanted to go back to the recliner in the corner of the assisted living place she just left, because they would leave her alone!  At the same time, of course, she says "please don't leave me alone!"  Ah, the wonder. 
     She'll do okay, in fact it's already started to get better and she's participating willfully.  I think she saves the complaints for the son that kidnapped her.  That would be me.  (Thanks for your help, Christine).  The big Mom-hugs make it all worthwhile. 

Darleen Gage
 another Texas transplant
from South Dakota.

     See you at the gig.


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