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Enormous Thanks Go To Elise Engelberg & Bill Foss!

We’re ever so grateful to Elise Engelberg (of The Mercury Dimes) for all the time and talent she put in to help us Stairwell Sisters out while Steph has been gone. We enjoyed playing with her so much and were amazed at how quickly she learned everything (and how fast she could play those tunes). We look forward to playing with her again in Colorado in June for a little tour that Steph can’t make. Of course, we are sure looking forward to the return of Steph around April 20th!! Before her return we have one more tour – to the midwest (Chicago & Michigan) where we’ll have the honor of playing with yet another amazing fiddler, Bill Foss!! Please send your friends and family out there our way. And we sure look forward to meeting all our new friends that we’ve made on MySpace!

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Benefit For Our Dear Uncle Bruce!

Thats right, we’re leaving the Marshall stacks at home this time to play a couple of unplugged, upclose & personal sets to raise a little money for a friend in need. Our dear Uncle Bruce got hurt at work last week, and a bunch of his pals are doing what they can to help out while he’s on the mend. Bruce has been one of our most loyal fans & biggest supporters over the years (you may have seen him dancing in the back row of our concerts, wearing his Stairwell Sisters T-shirt!), so we’re happy to return the favor!

About Philz Coffee: Philz Coffee is a great little place that is quickly becoming a neighborhood institution. Delicious “handmade” coffee, a comfortable casual space, and a sweet staff. This mission district appearance is one of our only shows in SF for a long time, so city dwellers, come on out & shake your funky stuff.

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Benefit a success!

We were very honored to be part of the Freight & Salvage benefit show (with Wake the Dead, Eric & Suzy Thompson, and Keith Terry). All proceeds went to earthquake victims in Pakistan and to the Jazz Foundation of America which helps musicians affected by Katrina. Together we raised some $2600, and being inspired by the Freight show benefit, the Hellman Family Foundation (that’s Warren of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass) donated $10,000 to the Jazz Foundation. (See our posting on Nov. 13, below, for info on the benefit compilation CD we’re part of.)

THANKS for your support!
the gals

P.S. Does anyone have a video of Evie and Keith in their crazy wigged out mumu duo number “Tea for Two” that night?! We were rolling on the floor!

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New Compilation CD Dedicated To Assisting Hurricane Disaster Efforts

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We’re proud to be part of a new compilation CD dedicated to assisting hurricane disaster efforts – Musicians Assisting Disaster Efforts, A Conscious Alliance of Voices, Vol. 1.

In addition to the Sisters, the CD’s roster includes The Gourds (who wrote a special song about hurricane Katrina just for this CD), Split Lip Rayfield, Umphrey’s McGee, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Jefferson Hamer w/Ben Kauffman from Yonder Mountain String Band, Zen, Kathryn Keats w/Darol Anger, Cornmeal, Steppin’ In It, Toni Brown Band, the Tallboys, plus a few “surprise bands” and the Deep Fried Pickle Project. Limited Edition CD of “the finest Americana Musicians” with a $20 donation. Check out the details here!
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Keith Terry Beat Our Socks Off!

We enjoyed our Noe Valley Ministry set with Keith Terry so much! Had a rocking full, polyrhythmic, percussive sound with Keith’s African bells, cajons and vintage clanggy toys on a bunch of new material. Can’t wait to do it again. In the meantime, catch Keith in one of his many amazing projects and/or classes in body music.

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