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Molly Sweeney: Gold Rings and Fur Pelts

One of the most compelling new voices to emerge from the Montreal music scene, singer-songwriter Molly Sweeney's debut album Gold Rings and Fur Pelts features nine songs that conjure up an elemental world of longing, passion, and poetry in a classic concept-album format. From a journey foiled by fate to a poignant French chanson of faithless love, these folk-infused torch songs explore the dark side of rapture, showcasing her sultry, dramatic vocals and enigmatic lyrics.
A regular on the Montreal circuit, Molly has shared the stage with a diverse slate of musicians including White Magic, Elfin Saddle, Josephine Foster, Scout Niblett, MV and EE, Simon Finn, Matana Roberts and Sally Seltmann, and performs with Sam Shalabi's Land of Kush both onstage and on their critically acclaimed 2009 release Against the Day and 2010 release Monogamy.
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Track List:
1. Swollen
2. Not Faithful
3. Florida
4. Gold Rings and Fur Pelts
5. Full Moon
6. Eros and Psyche
7. You Mustn’t Worry
8. Spirit, Will I See You
9. Radiant Sun
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Personnel:
Molly Sweeney: voice, guitars, tiple, autoharp
Jérémi Roy: upright and electric basses
Xarah Dion: keys
Molly McGivern: violin and morin khuur
Patrick Conan: drums
Gavin John Sheehan: electric guitar
Miles Perkin: upright bass
Becky Foon: cello
Gen Heistek: viola
Philippe Lauzier: bass clarinet
Jen Reimer: French horn
Jason Sharp: baritone sax
Sarah Wendt: French horn

Steve Kimock Summer/Fall 2010 News

This weekend the Everyone Orchestra takes improvisation to the Rockies with a four night run beginning September 16 in Fort Collins, CO followed by three days in Denver @ Quixotes.

Conductor Matt Butler will facilitate the musical improvisation of an unrivaled all-star cast including Steve Kimock on guitar, Jeff Sipe (Leftover Salmon, Trey Anastasio Band) on drums, Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) on trumpet and vocals, Trevor Garrod (Tea Leaf Green) on keys, Michael Kang (SCI) on violin and mandolin, Mike Sugar (Jambay) on bass, Chuck Morris (Lotus) on percussion and YOU.

How do YOU fit into the Everyone Orchestra?... An orchestra where everyone in the room takes part, the Everyone Orchestra brings together a spirit of musical improvisation that must be experienced to be believed!

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Kimock's on the boat as a special guest artist; hosting the Jam Room, playing with Everyone Orchestra and more...! We are thrilled to join Jam Cruise 9 and so many great musicians & friends onboard this musical adventure. Jam Cruise 9 sets sail January 4-9, 2011 on the beautiful Italian ship MSC Poesia leaving from Ft Lauderdale's Port Everglades and with stops in Roatan, Honduras & Costa Maya, Mexico.

Less than 75 cabins left! We want to make sure that our fans don't miss out on this epic adventure at sea. Hope to have you on board so visit JamCruise.com for up-to-date info, artists on board, and more!

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Marking the 15th Anniversary of his passing and as a way to honor Jerry Garcia's musical and community legacy, Kimock contributed a live performance of a Jerry Garcia song to Jerry Jams for Rex which will benefit the Rex Foundation.

Available now at Livedownloads.com, Jerry Jams for Rex includes Kimock's performance of Stella Blue from 12/18/09, along with four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams & The Keels. Other artists featured on the 12-track compilation include The Black Crowes, Yonder Mountain String Band and more. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation, the Grateful Dead's charitable arm.

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Unfortunately, the workshops are already full, but look for more Steve Kimock workshops in 2011.

Kimock will lead several electric guitar workshops at Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch from November 12-15, 2010. He is thrilled to participate in this special Hot Tuna All Star weekend!

For more info on Fur Peace visit the Fur Peace Ranch website.


Rex Foundation Announces Ralph Gleason Award to Jorma Kaukonen

We certainly set out running and we took our time! Once the board determined who was to receive it, consensus was unanimous.

The Rex Foundation is pleased to award Jorma Kaukonen the 2009 Ralph J. Gleason Award for a scholarship program at Fur Peace Ranch to serve Appalachian youth. The $10,000 award is in memory of music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, whose openness to new music and ideas transcended differences between generations and styles.

Founding Rex board member, Jerry Garcia, and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen were peers in the Haight Ashbury days of 1960s San Francisco. Their respective bands, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, exemplified the San Francisco Sound. Both musicians were pickers, that is they loved to play. Jerry and Jorma both taught guitar. Jerry gave lessons at Dana Morgan's Music Store in Menlo Park near Palo Alto south of San Francisco. Jorma continues to teach at the 116 acre Fur Peace Ranch which he and wife Vanessa created in South Ohio on the edge of Appalachia. According to Jorma, "Fur Peace Ranch is a ranch that grows guitar players." Classes and workshops are held throughout the summers with instructors who are also world class musicians. Fur Peace Ranch accommodates budding musicians of all skill levels. Jorma Kaukonen continues to perform with fellow musician, Jack Casady, in Hot Tuna.


The Rex Foundation gratefully acknowledges the contribution Jorma has made to a vast community of music lovers, musicians and underserved youth who will continue to be nurtured with this award.

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere.  The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 program across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections.

Fur Peace Ranch Hosts Multi-Faceted Performer David Gans for Intimate Instructional Sessions

David Gans- for the Grateful Web

Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch will host multi-faceted performer, guitarist, and songwriter David Gans Friday, September 28 through Monday, October 1 for a series of intimate instructional sessions on electric and acoustic guitar looping techniques.

"I got the loop device as a way of enriching my solo performances," Gans explains. "I wanted to be able to record the chord changes of the song so I could play a guitar solo over top. But once I had that thing on the floor in front of me, I began to explore the creative possibilities. Now I'm able to improvise multi-layered musical structures onstage - and some of them become compositions after I get them into the studio for editing and analysis."

This first-hand workshop provides instruction in the use of a loop device as both an accompaniment for singer-songwriters and for the creation of multi-layered improvisations. Participating students need to bring a guitar that plugs in (acoustic or electric), and a Boss RC-20XL or RC-2 Loop Station.

For his live performances, Gans equips himself only with his sturdy baritone, a guitar and a pedal-controlled looping setup, the sum of which sounds anything but unaccompanied. Aside from these "solo" performances, Gans has performed with such legendary artists as Phil Lesh, Railroad Earth, Donna the Buffalo, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The String Cheese Incident, moe. and dozens of others. He has also written songs with a host of others, including Jim Page, Lorin Rowan, and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

Conceived in 1989 by Jorma & Vanessa Kaukonen, The Fur Peace Ranch is nestled in the rolling foothills of southeast Ohio.  Over time it has evolved into an idyllic landscape of neatly arrayed cabins, workshop space, library, store, dining hall, plus a theater that hosts concerts performed by world-class musicians.

For class registration, please visit: www.furpeaceranch.com. For sample music and video along with further information on David Gans, please visit:  www.dgans.com.

Fur is Dead (January 2004)

The fur ads you might see in magazines and commercials portray fur coats as a symbol of elegance. But these ads fail to show how the original owners of these coats met their gruesome deaths.

 

Millions of fur-bearing animals—including foxes, raccoons, minks, coyotes, bobcats, lynxes, opossums, nutria, beavers, muskrats, otters, and others—are killed each year on fur farms by anal and vaginal electrocution and in the wild by drowning, trapping, or beating.

Click on the sections below to read more about each.

A Lifetime in a Cage

Fur Farm Exposé

What We Uncovered on a "Modern" Fur Farm

Foxes in Boxes

Suffering in the Wild

Fur mean, Not "Green"

Fur: A Personal Choice?

"Suffering in the Wild": The Fur Industry & Indigenous Trappers