ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-09-12 09:09 pm
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McManamon Theater Sept 9 2017

We played two storming sets this weekend. Xap streamed both live for us over our FB page. I was able to snag them and repost them on You Tube.

Susan joined as, as she does for a lot of the Chicago area shows. Cathy McManamon both hosted and sang and played drums a bit.

Set 1 - https://youtu.be/J6grsJHdC3w

Set 2 - https://youtu.be/3ZQh9T_o03E

If you like these, and want to support our House Concert shows, think about sending us something via PayPal. cheshiremoonband at gmail.

We've also posted this around.

We’re starting to think about next year. I expect we will do a show at the Church on Lawrence in Chicago, as we try to do every year. Another house concert in Champaign is probably going to happen, like it does. If the November show in Indianapolis works out, we’ll go back there. Cathy has said she wants us to do another show at her place. This weekend's show was very special.

Right now the only definite convention is Demicon (that will change I am sure). After the financial beating we have taken this year, the cost of badges and rooms are just beyond our means.

We still want to do a show a month at least. So we’re looking. We’re looking to do house concerts, especially house concerts, coffee houses, little music festivals, anything like that. We don’t do Ren Faires, we’re just not that sort of band. We don’t do bars. We want to go places where the music is the focus.

And we want to get places we haven’t been! So if we haven't come out your way and you think of a place that might work for us, please let us know!

There is now video of an entire house concert on our FB page (and it will be up on You Tube soon). This one was unusual because Susan was playing with us, which she doesn’t do very often, living in a different city and all. But it shows you what we do live. (this part written before I posted the video)

We’re never going to do this for a living. I’ll be 60 next year, and I don’t see myself living in a van for weeks at a time.

But we want to play as much as we can. We want to record more new songs.

So, if you have a place for us to play, please let us know.

In the meantime, enjoy this weekend's show.
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2017-09-10 10:24 pm

Chicago!

We played a lot of music this weekend. A lot of new songs. Susan was brilliant. Cathy sat in for a couple of songs (a sublime version of The Weaving, and wonderful drums on Solstice).

Saturday night was really special. One of those shows we will talk about for years. Both sets are available to watch on our Faceboook page. We're working on getting it on You Tube.

Saturday night at the McManamon Theatre, complete with footnotes!

Set 1
Circus Of Dreams
Disenchanted
Witch In Your Story
Beast Within
Tea & Fireflies - C-P
The Weaving (With Cathy and Susan on vocals)
Callenwood Part One - C-P
Hamlin’s Bow - C-P
Calvin's Girl
Narrow Way

Set 2
Ghost Train
Banshee
Horizon
Seaside Evening Market - 1-P
An Affirming Flame - 1-P
Masters of Library Science
Gargoyles - P
Shadow Moon - 1
Spinning Skies & Mirrors - P
Solstice (With Cathy on drum) - P

Then, Sunday at Greater Chicago Pagan Pride, also a marvelous show. Eric had rubber fingers, but still managed!

Gargoyles - P
The Well Stone - P
Persephone
Shadow Moon - P
Spinning Skies & Mirrors - P
Widow's Garden
Ghost Train
Snow White Red Road
Boneman's Daughter
Solstice

If it is marked with a C, it is a Callenwood song
If it is marked with a 1, it was the first time we have played it live
If it is marked with a P, it is available in demo form on our Patreon page.
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-08-22 10:27 am

SE Pagan Pride Saturday

Here is what we played!

Persephone
Disenchanted
Hamlin's Bow
Ghost Train
Boneman's Daughter
Widows Garden
Spinning Skies & Mirrors
Snow White Red Road
Solstice
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2017-08-22 09:53 am
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Eclipse

I've been thinking about things I have seen. Places I have been ...

I've been on a train at 9000 feet, going through a mountain pass that towered several 1000 feet above me.

I've seen both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans.

I have woken on a train to Brindisi in the middle of the night, and looked out over the Adriatic sea and saw the moon's reflection make a spear of light from the horizon to where I was.

I have lived in a Dene First Nation village 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

I've stood at the foot of Mont Blanc.

I've been in a boat in the middle of Loch Ness.

I've stood on the Acropolis, where modern history began.

I've stood on the stage of the great theater at Epidaurus, where modern theater began.

None of that compares to what I saw yesterday.

There are no words.
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-08-13 06:38 pm
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On Patreon this week, a new Callenwood song. You get to meet the villain of the piece, The Mayor Of Callen.

PLUS, last weeks song finally gets posted. There was a quick voice memo version for folks to listen to, now hear it with guitar too!

Blues From A Castle, in which a Prince tells us what he really wants!

https://www.patreon.com/Cheshiremoon
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-08-12 07:40 pm

MUSIC !!!

So, we've collected a ton of new things to share with you so far this year! A new album in two different versions. They can be purchased through our website, cheshiremoon.net as well as all of our older CDs. You can listen to everything we have out right now and buy MP3s at our bandcamp page, cheshiremoon.bandcamp.com!

We have released demos of 31 new songs so far this year on our Patreon page. Some of them will be on our upcoming CD Callenwood. Some will show up in other projects. Some will only be found on our Patreon page.

For $1 you get a song a week. For $2 you get a song a week, and a CD of the best of those songs recorded in our favorite studio at the end of the year, plus you get to vote on which songs get re-recorded.

With the backers we have now, we can pay for the studio time to record, with just a few more we can pay to press the CDs.

Keeping the music flowing, thanks to the love and support of you guys! Thank you!!

p,s, If you have purchased our music on Bandcamp, please make comments on those songs.
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2017-08-10 11:59 pm

Confluence

Confluence
This was a rough one. Lizzie and I have been just kinda hanging on this year. We’re both in a state of burn out. We want to be playing more, and also want to be home more.

But I have wanted to get back to Pittsburgh again.

My father was born just a few miles up the river. I lived in New Kensington as a kid, and spent a lot of my summers there when we lived elsewhere.

First Stop - Indianapolis - Thursday

It’s the longer drive, but was the easiest part of the trip. We’ve done this so many times. Thursday evening was spent chatting with Lizzie’s family. There was much silliness and much laughter.

Second Stop - New Kensington - Friday

I was on a mission, bits of my father’s ashes are wandering around the world. A bit of him in Stratford on Avon, a bit in Athens. It was my privilege to scatter some on my Grandparents grave. After terrible weather, a really odd lunch stop where we waited forever for food, but got to watch a really amazing storm, the clouds went away and we got to the cemetery when there was bright sunshine. It took us awhile to find the grave, it always does. It was hard. Lizzie kept close, but quiet, she knows me. I was able to rejoin them, at least a little.

We headed down to the old neighborhood. I noticed that the inside door of the neighbors was open, so I trudge up the stairs (you have to see New Kensington front steps to understand, some of then require a team of Sherpas to ascend) and knocked on the door. A face that I kind of recognized answered and I said “Hi, I’m Ila Coleman’s grandson”. Dessie almost exploded. She looked almost the exact same as I remember from probably 25 years ago. We chatted for a few minutes, we didn’t have a lot of time as we needed to be at the con by opening ceremonies, and we were running about 2 hours later than I wanted by this time. Hugs were given and off we went.
A quick run through downtown New Kensington always makes me sad. I loved it when I was a kid. About all I can say now about it is that the local lumber yards have made a lot of money covering up windows.

Third Stop - Confluence - Friday

It was Harold Feld and The Blibbering Humdingers and then we did silly things to Mike Whitakers Three Days Away From The Rat Race at opening ceremonies, changing the final chorus to 4/4. It worked pretty well, people still sang along.
Saturday

Maury Kestenbaum did a panel on jokes. I actually heard a couple that I hadn’t heard before. Being me, I have can’t remember which they were. I’d recognize them if I heard them again though. Kinda like names. Every joke that sprang to mind was so much more, well, so much more than the worst people seemed to have to offer. I mostly listened.

Lauren Cox was amazing as always. There is a marvelous vulnerability and a quiet steel to what she does. I’m looking forward to where she goes, because she’s just going to get better.

I have talked about our show elsewhere. Seeing video, we were not at our best, but man it felt good.

Then it was Maury Kestenbaum again with a great batch of silly songs, some of which I knew. And then one of the real finds of the weekend.

Wreck The System are a nerdcore quartet out of Washington DC. They put on a powerful, positive, fun live show. I gotta get the CDs I bought ripped so I can listen to them again. Brilliant stuff.

And then the main event.

BOW TO THE COG !!!

I’ve been a fanboy for ages. They did a nearly two hour show. A lot of favorites. Some songs I didn’t know as well. A few covers, done up ala COG. Just brilliant. I’ve walked away even more of a fan.

The circle that night was a blast. A few voices I had not heard before. A few I had. We stayed up as late as we could.

Sunday

Our day started with a panel about getting ready for your first show. It was a trifle under-attended, but that is expected at 11am on a Sunday at a con. We had had a fun time talking with Marc, who was about to do his second show. But before that …

Tianna and The Cliffhangers who do really clever wizard rock. They were the other real find for us this weekend. I traded for a CD, and will need more soon I am sure.

Marc Grossman had a very good a cappella show. I’m looking forward to more from him as well.
As soon as Marc was done, we hit the road. We had a blast at Confluence. We’d love to make it there again, maybe in a couple of years (next year is kinda planned out already)

Fourth Stop - Indianapolis … again

The drive back through PA, a bit of WV and OH was a lot easier when it wasn’t pounding down rain. We did have another odd stop. Quick gas and snack stop, and there was no readily accessible way back on the interstate. Punched in Indianapolis in the GPS and it sent us through a school parking lot, around it’s driveway, through the parking lot on the other side of the school, and then back to the freeway.

We got back to Indianapolis later, and much more tired then before. We slept a little late and got going on the final leg of the journey.

We took our time, since we still got going kinda early, that hour time shift works well going home. Stopped at a nifty little music store in New London IA, had a nice pizza in Fairfield IA, and then home.

Got the car unloaded in record time. We were covered in kitties shortly thereafter.
A little under 2000 miles in the car. A few CDs sold. A lot of music played. And no more cons for awhile. Maybe not until Demicon next year. Definitely not OVFF. We had wanted to go to ICON in October, but can’t afford the room this year. it’s been a rough year financially. If we can just sell more of that brand new CD (two actually) that we have!
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2017-08-08 09:18 am

Confluence!

It was a steam roller of a show. It's up on You Tube, I'll working on a writeup for the weekend and will include the links there.

Persephone
Disenchanted
Hot McGonagall
Tea & Fireflies
Calvin's Girl
Critters
Callenwood Pt 1
Ghost Train
Widows Garden
Spinning Skies & Mirrors
Snow White Red Road
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-07-22 05:17 pm

Quick set today

Almost all new stuff, either from the new CD or from the Patreon page, including two songs we have not done live.

The Well Stone
Banshee
In This Place Of Steel And Stars (1st time)
Beast Within
Gargoyles (1st time)
Persephone
Ghost Train
Boneman's Daughter
Solstice
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-07-14 09:21 am

Last night at Streetcar 209

We decided at the last minute to do that open mic last night. 3 songs, all on the 12 string ...

The Well Stone
Horizon
Spinning Skies & Mirrors

A nice, solid set.

The highlight was two young women, each doing a separate set. One was 12, one was 13, and they were amazing. Killer voices, decent guitar chops, and both just natural performers. Utterly compelling. Then one of their Dads came on and tossed out some acoustic punk. One of the highlights of my year. We need to go back more often.
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-07-10 09:08 am

At Ange & Dave's this weekend

We premiered a new song at the end of the show. You can hear it and a lot of other new songs by supporting our Patreon page!

www.patreon.com/Cheshiremoon

Set 1
Circus Of Dreams
Catnyp
Stream of Consciousness
Tea & Fireflies
Hamlin’s Bow
Well Stone
Banshee
Horizon
Wanderers
Ghost Train

Set 2
Alice In Zombieland
Callenwood Pt 1
Hot McGonagall
A Song About Fog
Loki Loves You
Snow White Red Road
Persephone
Spinning Skies & Mirrors
Nighty Knights
Solstice (brand new)
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-06-12 08:14 am

Two shows this weekend!

Wow that was fun. 800ish miles on the car. 4 sets of music. Lots of fun conversation. The funniest moment of the weekend for me ... I was starting a song and Phil Parker, who was in the front row, leans forward and, with much amusement and amazement in his voice says "you're in standard tuning!"

2nd Friday Coffeehouse
Set One
Circus Of Dreams
Don't Look Now
Witch In Your Story
Snow White Red Road
Masters of Library Science
If I Were The Rain
Calvin's Girl
Critters
Widows Garden
Boneman's Daughter

Set Two
Tea & Fireflies
Hamlin’s Bow
Callenwood Pt 1
Alice In Zombieland
Spinning Skies & Mirrors
Nighty Knights

Abzug Ampitheater
Set One
Bouzouki
Tea & Fireflies
Stream of Consciousness
Banshee
Horizon
The Well Stone
Hamlin’s Bow
Calvin's Girl
Ghost Train
Callenwood Pt 1
Alice In Zombieland

Set Two
Beast Within
Loki Loves You
Witch In Your Story
Masters of Library Science
Persephone
Snow White Red Road
Spinning Skies & Mirrors
Nighty Knights
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-06-08 06:36 pm

So, what's going on this weekend?

It's gonna be a weekend! Chicago Friday night, Champaign Saturday night.

The Peoples Church of Chicago
941 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60640
7:30 - 9pm

The Abzug Ampitheatre (and we're going to keep calling it that until they make us stop)
RSVP David Abzug - Dnabzug at gmail

And don't worry, if you miss us, we will be back in the Western burbs next month, and back in Chicago and at Pagan Pride in September.
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-06-03 02:05 pm

Concert Window today !!!

What we played today ...

Tea & Fireflies (a Callenwood song)
Hamlin’s Bow (a Callenwood song) (first performance)
Banshee
Horizon
Beast Within
Nighty Knights
Loki Loves You
Spinning Skies & Mirrors (first performance)
Callenwood Pt 1 (ok, you know the drill)
Alice In Zombieland
Circus Of Dreams
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-05-29 08:03 pm

Shows !!!

Get ready for the Cheshire Moon "We've been pounded by all kinds of extra bills" midwestern tour!

And, we booked all these before all this happened ... clever that.

We have gotten pounded with hospital and automotive bills the last month. If you have wanted to see us play, now is the time! We have lots of music for sale, including two new CDs. You can put money in our jar (virtual in the case of the Concert Window show). You can see us in our living room (live or virtual), in a church and in someone else's living room (both of those live). Oh, and the Chicago show ... we're bringing Susan! That doesn't happen every often.

And if you want CDs, they are available on our website, cheshiremoon.net. If you want downloads, they are available at cheshiremoon.bandcamp.com.

June 3 - Concert Window - 1pm Central
www.concertwindow.com/cheshiremoon

June 9 - 2nd Friday Coffeehouse Chicago - 7 PM
The Peoples Church of Chicago, 941 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago,

June 10 - House Concert at the Abzug Ampitheatre Champaign, IL - 7 Central Geekish Time
RSVP to Dnabzug at gmail dot com
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-05-18 10:39 am
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A bit of history

6 years ago yesterday Cheshire Moon played for the first time in front of people, just a couple weeks ahead of our first full length show at Duckon. We played three songs at an open mike that is now long gone.

If I Were The Rain, Out Of The Light and Child Of Stars.

We haven't done any of those songs in ages.We may have to pull a couple of them out for the set with Susan in Chicago!
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-05-13 02:13 pm
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Off the rack

We bought a new CD display rack. It holds a lot. Two faces of each of the full length CDs, one facing of each of the EPs. And I'm looking at this and thinking ... we've done a lot of music in the last 6 years.

And now we are writing a ridiculous amount of new music. 19 songs this year on our Patreon page. We're several songs into the next CD, Callenwood is coming along nicely. There are songs from this project that will probably never show up anywhere else, they don't fit Cheshire Moon. But we are going to come up with a good album worth of stuff on just random songs alone as well as all the Callenwood songs.

Two brand new albums, two more well on their way. A good amount of live shows coming up. At least one more serious road trip this year. The new songs are coming to life live.

This is the most exciting time of my creative life. I blame Lizzie!

https://www.patreon.com/Cheshiremoon
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
2017-05-08 07:57 am

Demicon!

Two shows, no waiting. We stormed through both of them. The new songs are finally figuring out who they are onstage.

Music Room Show
Persephone
Beast Within
Loki Loves You
Tea & Fireflies
Alice In Zombieland
Callenwood Pt 1
Ghost Train
Banshee
Horizon

Masquerade Show
Banshee
Loki Loves You
Master of Library Science
Nighty Knights
Callenwood
Alice in Zombieland
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2017-04-18 11:43 am
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Kriel

Yep, he's on here too, for those of you who know him.
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2017-04-06 11:54 am
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So yeah, that thing

I am on DW, same name as here. I will, as I have done for months now, post there and have it drift over here.