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Hope everyone is doing ok. Please continue to stay extra safe out there.

A live version of a new song, “I Remember Your Name” is now on video, thanks to the production of Britt Arnesen who visited from Montana last month. You can see and hear this song in the newest post.

A few shows keep appearing on the calendar — some great musical events so far this spring like Chris Miller and Daniel Ullom at Finnriver, a bluegrass and country set with Danny Barnes at the Food Coop anniversary, and even joining the mandolin orchestra at Centrum’s Red Hot Strings.

Last year, I contributed five songs and discussed them with the hosts of a new VT-based video podcast entitled Transist: Amplify Peace. Published on July 4, 2021, the podcast includes two newly written songs on the octave mando (literally a giant mandolin) built by James Island. During the podcast, the hosts pause the set and we discuss each song. 

A highlight of last summer was the Subdued Stringband Jamboree. My first time in 2019, it had been a blessing to perform at Subdued with Jeff Scroggins on banjo. This year, I performed solo on the side stage, and the mandolin workshop was one of the best ever. I even had the opportunity to perform on mandolin alongside Epi Martinez from South Texas on bajo sexto and his mother Cruz, a beloved vocalist. Both are members of the Tejano Roots Music Hall of Fame.

Also during in 2020, I performed a few times with Danny Barnes, and once we showcased a mandolin and tuba format with a super old-time sound. We played banjo and mandolin this spring.

Matt Sircely Press PhotoI’m always willing to consider approaching your favorite local venue. Have mandolin, will travel, and I always look forward to meeting new friends and it’s a great joy to bump into a former student and hear that they’ve been practicing.

The new Hot Club Sandwich recording, No Pressure, is now streaming on all the major services, and we’re more than honored that mandolin master David Grisman plays on half of the tracks.

Stay safe everyone, and don’t hesitate to get in touch. — Matt