News from the Stairwell

The weblog of The Stairwell Sisters – All-Gal Old-Time String Band

Strawberry + Yreka + CO + Grass Valley

Summer/June – slam packed. Us crazies somehow got the idea we wanted to be away every week/weekend in June – and so it was.

STRAWBERRY proved to be an amazing time! Always such a well-run festival. Great folks, staff, and surroundings. It was hot AND it was cold and snowed! Really enjoyed playing our new gospel numbers. We had a ball gallavanting with Martha Scanlon (who we bow down to), Roy Andrade, and Travis & Trevor Stuart. We attempted to sleep in the attached cabin one night…er, 3am morning, while “Sweet Home Alabama” and other 70s country hits complete with wild raucus stomping made our beds jump off the floor. And we had a lot of Bay area pals to pick with in our fancy Corbin Pagter hilltop camp oasis. Thanks to Keith & Clay Terry, Brian, Corbin, Tracy, Sabra, and Isaac. We even got Sue’s fella, Brian to pull out his accordion, and more importantly, wear our red shirt while selling merch. Now, if you didn’t know…that is something. Big fun with Faux Renwahs – Cactus Bob, Prairie Flower Chris, Michael Kennedy, and Masha, and Mark & Penny from Fresno area too. Dance Monkeys Dance!

YREKA – how can you go wrong with so many great old-time bands in one place!? Dirk Powell (his fiddle, wooden banjo, and cajun accordion), Foghorn, Mercury Dimes, Gov’t Issue Orch, Tom Sauber and gang, Caroline and Michael calling dances. It was even warm at night this time! We had a fine Son Jarocho jam w/Michael Ismerio and Dan Tennenbaum too.

We’re off to the beautiful COLORADO mountains where we hear it’ll be 90 degrees. More on this soon…

Look for 10 old-time gals stirring up a ruckus at GRASS VALLEY next weekend!
2 words – YUBA RIVER.

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