HISTORY OF FOLK Concert with MERLIN SNIDER and HONEY WHISKEY TRIO

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All profits benefit CHALICE Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Conejo Valley, whose mission is "to nurture spiritually courageous people who transform the world through justice and compassion"

HONEY WHISKEY TRIO tells stories through song and stomp, highlighting the musical traditions of American Folk Music. “They always leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting with bated breath for each new beautifully executed phrase.” –Lisa Forkish.

“Beautiful, soulful, with exquisite harmonies and a gentle sense of humor.” Carolyn Elliot, The Broad Stage

MERLIN SNIDER & PRETTY GOOD ACQUANTANCES.

Magician with words & melody. No. 2 album on the FOLKDJ List, April 2017. “He’s got such a storytelling way, drawing you into the songs.” – Frank Hennessey, BBC Wales.

 

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Merlin Snider, fiddler Mark Indictor, Deborah Snider, Honey Whiskey Trio (Christina Wilson, Ann Louise Thaiss, Courtney Politano)

Merlin Snider, fiddler Mark Indictor, Deborah Snider, Honey Whiskey Trio (Christina Wilson, Ann Louise Thaiss, Courtney Politano)

No. 2 Album on FOLKDJ-L Chart

News - May 2, 2017
ONE LIGHT MANY WINDOWS
is the No. 2 Album on the April 2017 FOLKDJ-L chart of Top 70 albums. Thanks to the folk radio DJs who have been playing songs from the album. The songs getting the most airplay are "Abraham's Light"; "Fly Away Sail Away"; "Procrastination Blues"; "Cold Rain"; and "Fresh Dirt". And big thanks to Kari Estrin for the support you have provided.

Bruce Springsteen said recently, "I believe every artist had someone who told them that they weren’t worth dirt and someone who told them that they were the second coming of the baby Jesus, and they believed ‘em both," I've heard both of those voices in my head, sometimes in the same day. Right now I find myself simultaneously grateful and disbelieving. Thanks to anyone who ever, for any momentary wisp of time, believed in me.

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WELCOME to the web site of California-based singer-songwriter-guitarist and wordsmith Merlin Snider. That's me. I have made three albums and you can listen and
read some of the nice things other people have said about them here. The brand new CD is One Light Many Windows. Kelly Z bought a copy and wrote this on Facebook: "Just heard Merlin Snider's new CD, 'One Light, Many Windows'. Wow! Great performances and songwriting! Great production by Ed Tree!" General radio release will be March 31. The CD Release Concert will be April 1, 2017.

Remember to keep singing, keep walking forward, keep your balance, keep your sense of humor, and I will too. See you down the road.

Peace, Love, Joy, Music,
-MS
Herd of Cats

Herd of Cats

NEWS - April 20, 2017
ONE LIGHT MANY WINDOWS, released to radio March 31, is climbing the folk music chart on Folkradio.org. Much thanks to all the radio DJs playing the songs. More on that to follow.

We have uploaded to YouTube a few of the live performances from the April 1 concert. Here is one of them.

"Fresh Dirt" live version with Pretty Good Acquaintances

NEWS - April 10, 2017
We had the release concert. People loved the Art Trek studio. I loved seeing so many good friends - old ones, new ones, in between ones. I hope to have video of some of the songs available to post soon. We put up some pictures from the night here. I like the one of the audience. Happy and/or engaged faces. Banjo Gal singer-songwriter Donna Lynn Caskey did a song to open the second set, one of my favorites from her new CD.

There's a little article on the CD release in the Thousand Oaks Acorn. I had one old friend show up just because she read the article in the Acorn that morning. (practically irrelevant aside - for those who know my previous album, this person was the inspiration for "Molly's Got Her Red Dress On." She was not wearing a red dress and never has to my recollection).

Radio. We released the new album to folk radio March 31. Early response this first week and a half has been good. I'm going to make a page to thank the DJs playng the CD. More later . . .

-MS

Previous events

"HISTORY OF FOLK " * Concert with Merlin Snider and Honey Whiskey Trio

CHALICE Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Conejo Valley, 3331 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320-2115

MERLIN SNIDER with MARK INDICTOR (fiddle) and DEBORAH SNIDER (harmony vocals and percussion). HONEY WHISKEY TRIO tells stories through song and stomp, highlighting the musical traditions of American Folk Music. “They always leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting with bated breath for each new beautifully executed phrase.” –Lisa Forkish.

“Beautiful, soulful, with exquisite harmonies and a gentle sense of humor.” Carolyn Elliot, The Broad Stage

MERLIN SNIDER with Mark Indictor and Deborah Snider

Merlin is a magician with words & melody. No. 2 album on the FOLKDJ List, April 2017. “He’s got such a storytelling way, drawing you into the songs.” – Frank Hennessey, BBC Wales. www.cvuuf.org
(805) 498-9548.

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A Brief Living HISTORY OF FOLK with Merlin Snider, Stephen Jay, and Tom Corbett

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Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3331 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park

Besides being the bass player in the Weird Al Yankovic band for 30 years, STEPHEN JAY is a Peabody Award winning composer, a master of funk and poly-rhythms. Steve spent two years traveling and recording indigenous music in Africa, releasing two albums on Nonesuch Records and he will share some of that experience as well as his own songs. TOM CORBETT is a string wizard & multi- instrumentalist. Kills it on mandolin and guitar. Has played with everyone! He is an Album charting folk singer-songwriter & a Finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He will share some of his own roots inspiration. MERLIN SNIDER is the magician with words and melody & a folk charting singer-songwriter with the No. 2 album on FOLKDJ List, April 2017. He is a Guest Artist and Teacher at this year's CA Songwriting Camp and the producer of this show.

CA Songwriting Camp (formerly Summersongs)

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Camp Ocean Pines, 1473 Randall Dr., Cambria

I am honored and excited to be a Guest Artist and Teacher at CA Songwriting Camp (formerly Penny Nichol's Summersongs). "CA Songwriting camp is a retreat from the hectic hubbub of everyday life. You will dive deep into your creativity. Camp is an uplifting experience for songwriters of ALL levels — whether you’ve written 100 songs, are looking to write your best song, or haven’t written one…yet! Our musical community continues to cherish Penny’s vision of a “music camp for grown-ups” that allows each person’s artistry to shine and for us all to gather to have fun, sing, create, dance, learn and share our hearts." Come join me for four days of joy and music by the ocean.

SING FOR JUSTICE - Songs of Peace, Freedom, Justice and Compassion

Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3331 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park

MERLIN SNIDER & PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES plus THE SUSIE GLAZE NEW FOLK ENSEMBLE and THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS Come together to celebrate through Americana music what it is that makes America great - liberty, justice, and the idea that "out of many we are one." Proceeds benefit the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, whose mission is "to nurture spiritually courageous people who transform the world through justice and compassion.”

FIRESIDE CONCERTS

Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park

MERLIN SNIDER & PRETTY GOOD ACQUAINTANCES headline this night of roots music that also features Santa Barbara's favorite all woman bluegrass band, THE HONEYSUCKLE POSSUMS, and HORSEPLAY, who will open the show. PGA musicians this show: Deborah Snider (vocals), Mark Indictor (fiddle), Steve Nelson (upright bass), Larry Zack (drums). Produced by Bob Kroll. Tickets: $10.00 at the door.

Merlin's CD RELEASE CONCERT & CELEBRATION - One Light Many Windows

Art Trek, 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park

Merlin Snider & band. Many of the musicians who played on the album will be there: Mark Indictor on fiddle, Larry Zack on drums; Steve Nelson on bass; Ed Tree on guitar; Deborah Snider on vocals and percussion; and Donna Lynn Caskey on banjo.

Honey Whiskey Trio

Honey Whiskey Trio

Deborah, Merlin, Mark at the Coffee Gallery

Deborah, Merlin, Mark at the Coffee Gallery

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