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Sisters & Ramblers

Photo By Mike Melnyk

Two weeks ago we had the immense honor of opening for the New Lost City Ramblers as part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention. The sold-out evening was a highlight of my life – watching the Ramblers together and knowing how many people there they had brought to traditional music, myself included. The entire weekend of concerts, square dance and cabaret was a like a homecoming – everyone I have met on the West Coast seemed to be here do-si-doing and picking all night long. Every night’s party saw dawn. And you know the Sisters, as the Good Ole Village Persons, donned wigs and attitude to belt out BOTMC, letting our freak flags fly.

Soon after was the brand new Anderson Ranch BG & OT Festival in the mountains above Calistoga, near California’s biggest lake, Clear Lake. It was beautiful, and we only wish we could have taken anyone up on the many invitations to stay in a lake house. We had a great time playing our show. Never mind that an excited fan threw a drink and took the power to the PA out in the middle – we finished up playing on the dance floor. There was an all-ages mosh pit, with no one seeming to fear for their lives or their image. We love it when people dance.

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