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Photo highlights of Our May 30th folk concert

June 4, 2009
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         The Sill barn on the   Camp Courageous   property came alive this past Saturday night.   More than seventy Five people enjoyed an evening of great music in a rustic barn nestled back in the  tall pines.   The Dalziels and Beth Wood can each  hold their own with the best of them- Both have been finalists more than once @ theKerville folk festival, Beth won it in 2005.   If you have a second, check out that link to Kerville.  I’d never heard of it before we started hosting  music festivals..the level of talent will blow you away. 
      “The acoustics in the barn are so good, you might not even need a sound system.”  Scott Dalziel   commented 
      Judy F.(who attended the event with her husband Jamie)  said one of the things she loved about Saturday night was she could understand the words, it wasn’t just a bunch of noise.
    It’s hard to describe how magic the night really was.  If you’re not doing anything June 27th another evening is in the works.  A group called the Small Potatoes is coming to Monticello   We’ve already gotten calls from people as far away as the Twin Cities telling us they are coming. Most (not all)  of these artists coming for the concert series are  hand picked by Michelle Dalziel herself.   
        On July  18th Gayla Drake Paul is coming, she’s on a list of the top 100 acoustic guitarists on the planet!-
    Another fun project we have in the works with this concert series is a music DVD with highlights of the series.  A local TV station is taping each of the concerts and asked me to interview the artists  one on one for some “behind the music” clips as well. 
  Here are some photos from last Saturday night:
Here’s Michelle and Scott Dalziel, Beth Wood and the Mrs and I right after the concert
Here’s a picture of the crowd
Here’s my daughter Katie and her BF Jason helping us with check in
This is my co-worker and daughter Beka and her boyfriend Frank helping out at the merchandise table.

Bear River Concerts- In The Chute and Ready to Ride

May 15, 2009

  In case you’re wondering what it feels like behind the scenes with the  Bear River concert series, let me give you a word picture.

     I feel like I am sitting on the back of a big black  bull in the chute at the rodeo, something which I have never done before.    I have no idea what I’m in for when the gate opens….I may be in for the ride of my life:

bull rider

Friday (today) or Monday, a public service announcement about the concert series goes  out to 500 news organizations (Newspapers, radio, and TV)    Once that happens,  there is no turning back.  We have no idea how many people might come to concerts…50 or 500  Because of that, we got a second phone line and are encouraging reservations if you think you might be coming.    

         Here’s a peak at who will be perfoming  May 30th at 7 PM in the Sill Barn on the Camp Couragous property:

scott and Michelle Dalziel

Biography for the Dalziels

CD, Thinking Out Loud, #12 on International Folk Charts

Folk Alley’s artist of the month in 2008
The fresh and soulful sounds of Scott andMichelle’s voices, combined with their high energy performance, memorable and meaningful songwriting, and instrumental finness, put them in a category all their own. Said to have more sound than two people should be allowed, acoustic Rock or Folk genres could very well hold them but not completely. They dip down into R&B, Jazz, roots, and Blues showing the versatility of this duo. Since their Kerrville Folk Festival and South West Regional Folk Alliance Debut’s in 2004, they are gaining recognition and respect from not only audiences, but from venue owners and established artists alike:

“Scott and Michelle have a super tight duo sound with great harmonies, great guitar playing and some of the most soulful drumming and singing anywhere. I Love these guys!” – Chris Rosser, Singer Songwriter, Producer, Engineer

These guys have the full package, tight harmonies, solid songs, and a groove that won�t stop. All dished out with loads of fun, great energy, and big open hearts.- Johnsmith,

“Scott and Michelle opened for me and I was knocked out by their great songs, singing, andplaying. They were great!” – Michael Smith,

A beautiful natural blend of voices and musicianship with some intriguing writing. It’s obvious they enjoy performing together because they’re very connected on stage They opened for Michael Smith at the Village Square. Our audience loved them and has asked us to bring them back!
…. – Chris McNamara, Village Square Concert Series

“Michelle andScott – What a breathof fresh air, passionate, intelligent lyrics with just enough mystery making their music unique and appealing. This is a duo going places.” Rachel Bissex

“Great songs, great playing, great people–what else do you need?” Small Potatoes


Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, djembe, hand percussion.

Waitng for the Revolution
Greater than I
Thinking Out Loud


Beth Wood

There must be something in the waterThat’s the inevitable phrase BethWood hears any time she talks about growing up in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a uniquely rich musical heritage that includes Buddy Holly, Natalie and Lloyd Maines, Mac Davis, and Joe Ely to name a few. Beth doesn’t remember the water tasting particularly funny, so all she can do is nod her head in agreement and say…”indeed!”

It was in Lubbock that this fiercely talented singer-songwriter began her musical journey. Beth’s family demonstrated extreme patience as they supported her classical studies in piano, violin, harp, andvoice. With grandiose dreams of becoming a musician, a baker, or a cowgirl, Beth left west Texas to study voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina. She then moved on to another musically-blessed town, Austin, where she earned her degree in literature and picked up her first guitar. Living in Austin awakened Beth’s creativity, and it was there that she began writing songs and performing them in clubs and coffeehouses.

Inspired by an electric moment at a Rickie Lee Jones concert, Beth threw caution and her day-job to the wind to become a full-time musician. Twelve years, thousands of shows, seven albums, three cars, and numerous awards later, she has never looked back. Beth’s exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and warm stage presence have been winning over audiences from coast to coast. “It’s really hard to not fall in love with Beth and her music,” writes one Texas music journalist. Thanks to a healthy obsession with words, an ability to drive long distances, an innate musical sense, and keen observational skills, Beth finds herself perfectly suited for the job of modern-day troubadour. This job has brought Beth many diverse opportunities beyond stage performance. She has taught creativity workshops to students young and old, shared her poetry at literary events, contributed to a literary journal, provided music for weddings, and done extensive vocal studio work. Beth also loves combining her love of sports and classical singing to perform our National Anthem for teams such as the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Fort Worth Cats, and many others.

In February of 2008, Beth released her seventh independent CD, BEACHCOMBER’S DAUGHTER aboard Cayamo, a seven-day Caribbean songwriters’ cruise featuring Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, and many more. Bethcollaborates with Dallas’s finest studio musicians on her self-produced BEACHCOMBER’S DAUGHTER, a mature work that elegantly captures Beth’s soulful and versatile voice, her thoughtful and thought-provoking songwriting, her knack for arrangement and song interpretation, and her musical versatility.

If you ask Beth to describe her music, she might just shrug. Some have called it folk, pop, folk-pop, country-folk, Americana, etc. Beth prefers to say it is soulful, organic, free-range, barefoot music delivered through a high energy communicator of joy. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram calls Beth “a superb singer-songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling. So, call it what you will, but listen with mind and heart wide open, and you may just find yourself transformed.

Beth and her husband and their good puppy dog live in beautiful Lyons, Colorado. When Beth is not writing and touring around the country playing clubs, festivals, and house concerts, she still occasionally finds the time to bake and ride horses.


Winner -   2006 Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
Winner -   2005 Kerrville New Folk Contest
Winner -   2nd Place – 2005 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Contest
Winner -   2004 Wildflower Festival Songwriters Contest
Finalist -   2007 Telluride Troubadour Contest
Winner -   2006 Top 20 Acoustic/Folk Category – Unisong International Songwriting��Contest
Honorable Mention -   2006 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Honorable Mention -   2005 Billboard World Song Contest
Winner -   2000 Campus Activities Magazine Coffeehouse Entertainer of the Year
Winner -   1999 Campus Activities Magazine Club Performer of the Year
Finalist -   2000, 2001, and 2002 Campus Activities Magazine Contemporary Music Artist of the Year

Music Midtown (Atlanta, GA)
Bele Chere Festival (Asheville, NC)
SXSW (Austin, TX)
Mandarin Folk Festival (Jacksonville, FL)
North Texas New Music Festival (Dallas, TX)
Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, TX)
Sisters Folk Festival (Sisters, OR)
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Tucson Folk Festival
Riverbend Festival (Chattanooga, TN)
Wildflower Festival (Richardson, TX)
Buddy Holly Music Festival and Symposium (Lubbock, TX)

Beth plays many of her gigs with acoustic guitar and vocals. She often uses two guitars for alternate tunings when travel permits. She also incorporates piano into her set when one is available. Beth is occasionally joined by a combination of assorted players (drums, bass, guitar/mandolin).


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