Karen Mueller www.karenmueller.com/
My latest musical collaborator, Karen is an extraordinary interpreter of folk and roots music, always pushing the edges out. Her specialties are Autoharp - she is in the Autoharp Hall of Fame - and Mountain Dulcimer. Also proficient on guitar and mandolin, she tours her concerts and workshops nationally and internationally. She has several fine CDs.
Tracy Jane Comer www.tracyjanecomer.com
Rachel and Tracy have appeared together in concert at Madison Folk Society, Madison, WI and Hobgoblin Music in Red Wing, MN. Tracy, Rachel, and drummer Stix Kiley collaborate as 3 of Cups www.3ofCups.info
Tret Fure www.tretfure.com
Rachel has backed up this wonderful songwriter in concert. Rachel opened for Tret at Acoustic Sounds Cafe in Little Rock, AK, and opened for her again in a St. Paul, MN concert November 2006. Tret, Rachel, and Tracy Jane Comer appeared together in concert as "3 of Cups" in Feb. 2007.
Circle of Life - founded by Julia Butterfly Hill www.circleoflife.org
Activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill, subject of the song "Julia Butterfly," started this organization when she climbed down from her home in the redwood tree called Luna.
Circle of Life's commitment is "to transform the way humans interact with the Earth and with all living beings."
In addition to sponsoring programs and events, they offer a K-12 teaching companion to Julia's book The Legacy of Luna, her story of living in and with the tree Luna for over two years.
Patty is a songwriter from NW Minnesota who writes songs from the earth. I had the good fortune to play fiddle and banjo on the Granary Girls CD Wild Roses, featuring Patty Kakac and Jodi Ritter. Patty now plays with The Patty Kakac Trio, featuring Sharon Saxton and Mary Pohl.
"The Granary Girls are a traditionally-based folk duo, deep in prairie roots and social conscience. . . Rachel Nelson's work on fiddle and banjo is a sparkling addition to these women's' enduring message: at the end of the day, it is still and always love that gives life meaning."
Andrew Calhoun - Singer/Songwriter - Waterbug Records
Tribes Hill http://www.tribeshill.com/
I met these folks at the Austin 2006 Folk
Alliance conference, and found in them kindred spirits. Fred Gillen, Jr.,
Steve Chizmadia, and Steve Kirkland (Hope Machine) are my special friends in
this clan. I was honored to have my "Peaceworker's Farewell" appear on the
Tribes Hill biannual CD compilation at Nerfa '06. That year's CD had the
timely theme of peace. I am honored to be a Kindred Folk of this Hudson
Valley tribe. I encourage you to visit their site! Here is their
Drum Outlets for tar, tambourine, tambo-tar, and riq-style frame drums:
Ellis Drum Shop in St. Paul, MN, (651-603-0848) www.ellisdrumshop.com
Cooperman Drums of Vermont, www.cooperman.com.
Black Banjo Then and Now www.blackbanjo.com
A website devoted to the renaissance and knee-to-knee transmission and preservation of black banjo stringband music.
Below find a list of the presenters at the 2005 Black Banjo: Then and Now conference in Boone, NC. This event found African- American and African banjoists connecting and comparing styles and instruments--a weekend of discovery. To learn more, check out the website.
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