Behind The Scenes…
September will be a busy month for us, despite how the calendar appears. You’ll notice there aren’t many shows on the agenda (only one actually, besides a few private events). Most of the hard work we will be doing this month will be behind the scenes – songwriting, rehearsing new songs, website development, fall and winter tour planning and much more! So although we won’t see you from stage until October, you’ll be seeing lots of exciting new developments and hearing more new songs at every show this fall! Check the calendar for fall tour dates!
Set It Free and Watch It Fly
Summer is the time for setting things free. Finally we open the windows, unzip our sweatshirts, let down our hair and breathe in the lilac-scented, sun-toasted air. I’ve always loved how people call new recordings “releases” – like the artist is letting go of the string and seeing if this fragile new song will fly. Releasing a new song is a brave and thrilling act, whether it’s sharing a recording or performing a song for the very first time. We recently started playing a brand new song called “The Curse of Fingerpointing”, which is a song about Adam & Eve and the long chain of love, blame, and fumbling towards union which connects their story to ours. It features the electric kalimba and it’s just one of many new songs which we are “releasing” to your ears this month. Soon enough we’ll be in the studio again pinning all these songs down, only to release them to you for keeps on a studio album. Stay tuned. . .
Ebird and Friends Kids Show Saturday May 10th at The Ark in Ann Arbor!
The creator of the highly successful, sell-out variety show Ebird & Friends Holiday Show is branching out in a new direction with the second annual Ebird & Friends Kids Show!
The show will be on Mother’s Day weekend to bring out Mom’s inner child. With fresh, fun and funky versions of children’s music it’s certainly not just for kids! Featuring new music by The Ragbirds, childhood favorites from a crew of amazing musicians, dancing, fun and silliness – this is guaranteed to be an unforgettable show for adults and kids alike!
The Ragbirds, who are known for their dynamic, high-energy shows will be joined on stage by Grammy-winning harmonica sensation Peter Madcat Ruth, Chris Good (The
Funky Farmer), Yorg Kerasiotis (Bump, Flashclash), members of The Macpodz, Diana Ladio (Moxie Strings), and more. With comedienne Shelly Smith as the MC, it will be an afternoon to remember.
“Ebird” is Erin Zindle of the Ragbirds and she is a musician any kid would love. With a totally accessible personality and both arms full of instruments, she has a way of charming audiences with pigtails and an unstoppable smile. Erin’s husband Randall Moore plays percussion in the band and this year the couple welcomed their first child into the world. As musicians who make their living from touring the US (they average 150 shows a year), they realized it was time to think of rooting down in the community, and branching out in new ways. Working with children seems like a natural extension of their musical journey and so they reached out to their talented friends to join in the fun.
For a perfect Mother’s Day, take mom out to brunch and a show! All ages are welcome (and encouraged!) Come early for a musical petting zoo! Doors 12:30pm Show 1pm.
Tickets are $10 and available at The Ark box office at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and online at www.theark.org
March News: “Think Warm Thoughts”
Although some people are living in sunshiny ease, we are in the boat with the rest of you, trudging through the last mile of this heavy winter. My mom always told me to think warm thoughts, so we’ve been planning our summer festival season and writing songs full of fire. I love poetic coincidences – like the fact that March falls right around the time when we need the reminder to keep on marching, that we are almost there. My soul tends to echo that seasonal pattern each year as well. I fall into the shadow of discouragement as easily as falling into a pothole lately. Someone asked me recently what keeps me going. My quick answer was that I know that songs have the power to move people and that I feel built, born and equipped to do exactly this. I could say that it’s you that keeps me going, because in a way, it is true. But what drives me most is the feeling that the best song I’ve ever written is still out there, just waiting for me to write it. I keep marching after it. It’s what’s next that inspires me to get through the hard winters, the devastating setbacks and the long sleepless nights. Good things are always coming. . .and we’ll see you out there on the road. =Ebird
Erin Zindle to teach four week songwriting workshop in Ann Arbor starting March 10th!
The class will meet weekly for four weeks, with a final performance at the end
Dates: (Classes) Mondays: March 10, 17, 24, and 31
(Performance) Thursday, April 3rd
Location: Oz’s Music Environment
Ages: teen to adult
Experience: (all levels welcome, amateur to professional)
Limit: 10 Students
Pre-requisites: Students must have written at least a few songs already, be able to accompany his/herself and be prepared to perform an original song for the class at the first session.
This workshop is crafted to get to the heart of songwriting in four weekly classes. Each session will cover a wide variety of topics, including lyric writing, songwriting structure, analysis, editing and other practical tips. In addition, students will walk away with strategies for overcoming obstacles, seeking out inspiration, setting goals and breaking out of ruts.
Each session will include a song prompt – a specific assignment to write one song per week. Personal critique sessions will be available by appointment after each session and online during the week. The workshop will culminate in a final performance where each songwriter will perform one of the four songs written during the class.
To register, call (734)657-5302, or email email@example.com
The Ragbirds at Dark Star Jubilee!
We are pumped to announce that we are part of the Dark Star Jubilee Festival lineup this May!
Visit http://www.darkstarjubilee.com for the full lineup and tickets details!
Happy New Year!
We wish you all a Happy New Year and hope you had a great holiday season! We’re laying low during the early winter and will be spending January hibernating in Michigan, working on new songs, new ideas, and getting ready for a new season of touring starting February 6th in Indianapolis, February 7th in St. Louis, and on from there! Check out the tour page for more dates and details, and check back often as we’ll be posting the rest of this winters shows soon! Much love, and stay warm!
Ebird & Friends Holiday Shows
The Ragbirds are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Ebird & Friends Holiday Show!
Friday December 13th -
The Ark | 316 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor MI
8 PM | All Ages | (General Admission $20)
Sunday December 15th -
Hartland Music Hall | 3619 Avon, Hartland MI
3 PM | All Ages | (Matinee – $20 adult/$10 kids under 10)
7 PM | All Ages | (General Admission $20)
Featured artists include Jill Jack, Lindsay Lou (Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys), Sean Ike (Third Coast Kings), Katie Lee (Appleseed Collective), Laith Al-Saadi, and Jess McCumons (The Understorey). The show will include music by The Ragbirds as well as performances by an impressive cast of Ann Arbor’s finest, including Tyler Duncan (Ella Riot/My Dear Disco), Dan Piccolo, Mike Boyd, Brennan Andes and Ross Huff (The Macpodz), Diana Ladio (Moxie Strings), Jenny Jones, and more. With comedienne Shelly Smith as the MC for the night, this rare show has a charm that you don’t want to miss.
Brave New Baby Fall Tour ’13
It is with much joy and excitement that Erin and Randall announce the birth of their first child, Aviva (ah-vee-vah) Alice Moore! She is a beautiful, healthy and sweet little girl who was born at 11:37am on Friday August 23rd at The Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor!
Aviva is a Hebrew name meaning “joyful spring” (and it’s a palindrome) She was born weighing 6 lbs 7 oz with a full head of dark hair. Mom and baby are both doing great! Give Thanks!
With a new baby and new tour vehicle, we embark for our first shows as parents. Check out the full fall tour below and stay tuned for new dates!
09/26 :: Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
09/27 :: The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
09/28 :: Bedford Library – Bedford, VA
10/03 :: Red Light Cafe – Atlanta, GA
10/04 :: Albino Skunk Festival – Greer, SC
10/11 :: Barley’s Taproom – Knoxville, TN
10/12 :: Fly Free Festival – Adams, TN
10/25 :: The Loft – Lansing, MI
10/26 :: Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo, MI (Halloween Show!)
11/01 :: The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
11/02 :: The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
11/06 :: Wildwood Station Pavillion – Marshfield, WI
11/07 :: The Cubby Bear – Chicago, IL
11/08 :: The M Shop – Ames, IA
11/09 :: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
11/15 :: Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH