Merlefest 30th Anniversary!

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Hey friends,

We are headed off to Merlefest for the 30th Anniversary Celebration. I can’t tell you how excited we are to be playing at one of the biggest music festivals for traditional and folk music. Not to mention, there is an amazing line up of artists this year! You can check it out at Merlefest.org . If you are going to the festival you can hear us play on Friday from 11:30-12:15 AM at the Traditional Stage and join us for some dancing on Sunday from 3:00-3:45 PM at the Dance Tent. Also, Amy and Brooke will be participating in Women Who Sing and Play Traditional Music on Sunday morning from 9:30-10:15 AM at the Traditional Stage. To quote a great fiddle tune title, we’re “Bound to Have a Little Fun”. See you there!

Free Music this Weekend: The Toasty Farmer

Hi Friends! We’ve been having a fun winter and hope you have. We’ve stayed busy with contra dances in Columbia, SC and Sautee Nacoochee, GA, a house concert and a performance at the Museum of Art in Greenville as well as a visit to Rolling Green Village, and a radio appearance at WPAQ in Mt. Airy, NC. We’ve met lots of new fans and really good kind-hearted people who are doing great things in their communities.

Speaking of great things happening in the community, we are going to be performing this Saturday, April 15 from 11-2 for the Toasty Farmer: A Winter Farmers Market located inside Brewery 85 in Greenville, SC. This is a good chance to pick up some veggies and various goodies while listening to some good music and letting the kiddos kick up their heels.

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Next week I’ll be back to tell you how excited we are about our upcoming performances at Merlefest at the end of April. See you soon!

 

Happy Holidays!

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Fun times at the contra dance in Huntsville with caller Clinton Ross.

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Taking a break by the Ocoee on the way to Nashville.

We had a wonderful 2016 full of travel and music! In November we went on a mini-tour throughout the Southeast. We kicked things off with a concert at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee, NC. After the concert we had a jam session with the folks who brought instruments along including professors, students and members of the local community. The next day we headed over to Nashville to play a contra dance, visit the instrument shops and meet up with friends and family. Then we headed down to Huntsville for one more dance and some great BBQ with friends. About a week later we headed over to WPAQ in Mount Airy, NC to play on the radio show at the Historic Earle Theater. We’ll be back on the show March 11th.

We’re looking forward to returning to the Greenville County Museum of Art in February for a concert. Come see us the first Sunday in February at 2pm for Music in the Galleries. Later that month we’ll be playing contra dances in Columbia, SC and Sautee Nacoochee, GA. Join us as we chase away the winter blues with love, music and contra!

We are happy to announce that we’ll be playing for the first time at MerleFest in April! 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of this roots based music festival in Wilkesboro, NC. There is a great lineup this year, so be sure to check it out here.

Thank you for your support this year! See you in 2017!

July 4th Weekend Events

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This Saturday we return to the Travelers Rest Farmer’s Market from 8:30-12:00. This is a really great farmer’s market, with all sorts of vendors. Besides the obvious delicious fresh veggies, we’ve brought home honey, pimento cheese, fresh baked bread, and roasted coffee beans to name a few. We’ll have CDs available and a few of our remaining coffee mugs.

Then Sunday we’ll be out at Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest, NC to give a concert in the Songcatcher Music Series. There is a jam at 3:00. The stage show begins with warm-up music at 4:00 by Cindy Neal Carpenter and Emily Anderson Reasoner.The BattleAxe Band will start at 4:30. Concert-goers are welcome to arrive early and enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, two interpretive trails, and the Giving Tree gift shop. The café is open for lunch. The site, including the amphitheater, is wheelchair accessible.Admission for all shows is $6.00 for ages 16 and older; $3.00 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. Friends of the Cradle annual passes are honored.  The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com.

We hope you’ll join us for one of these two great events this weekend. Happy Independence Day!

Watch us Live!

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We’re very excited to be showcased at TEDxGreenville and we invite you to join us live via this Live Stream link on April 8, 2016. TEDxGreenville stream will start at 9:00am, and we’ll be on around 11:00am. If you are lucky enough to have gotten tickets to the event, stop by our table during the break and say hi.

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Also, join us for a night of music and contra dancing Saturday, April 9, 2016 at River Falls Lodge. Beginners lesson starts at 7:30pm, dance starts at 8pm. The caller is Jennie Wakefield. It’s going to be fun! See you there.

Photo Submissions Needed for TEDx!

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Hi Friends!

As you know we’ll be performing at TEDx on April 8th, and we just had a great idea! Wouldn’t it be great if we could get pictures of our canine friends, not to mention the Rovers, Spikes and Fifis of our friends and fans to share in a slide show while we perform Brooke’s song, “I’m Your Dog Blues”? Do you have a dog? Do you like taking photos of your dog looking cute, loyal, goofy, guilty, or happy-go-lucky? If so, please send your high-resolution dog photo to us by March 28. You can send it to us via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheBattleAxeBand/ or email it to us at battleaxeband@gmail.com . We can’t wait to see them!