Wow! Summer is nearly upon us. Hard to believe that it's been a full year since I took the plunge into Red Yarn Productions as my full-time job. Thanks to all of your support, it's been a success and an amazing experience so far. I'm excited for the summer--many changes and big projects are afoot. I hope your family has some fun plans too!
Due to a busy summer schedule of out-of-town shows, camps, and travel, I'm going on hiatus from my weekly shows after next week. I will miss seeing so many of your families each week, but you can catch me in Portland most weekends. I will resume my regular shows in September. During June, July and August I'll be at Mississippi Pizza each 3rd Saturday from 4-5pm, and at Treehouse Boutique each 4th Saturday morning from 10-10:45am. Plus libraries, street fairs, and other events (see flyer and June schedule below).
I'm also making good progress on my album, The Deep Woods. On Wednesday, June 19, you're invited to a Community Recording Session at the lovely Village Ballroom from 9:30-11am. Bring your family to help me record group vocals, stomps, claps and crowd sounds. There will be free snacks and coffee, and participants will receive an advance mp3 single from the album. All ages are welcome, but know that this will not be a typical show. It will require some patience and quiet focus. I would love to have your and your children's voices on my record. Thanks to Woodlawn Swap'n'Play for helping organize this free event!
Red Yarn will lead audiences into the Deep Woods, a magical forest inhabited by the animals of American folklore. Mixing live musical performance with puppetry and interactive storytelling, this program engages children with the songs and stories of our national heritage.
I'm excited to team up with PDX Kids Calendar to offer a fun puppet craft at the opening day of this wonderful market. Come make Crazy Critter Puppets with paper, fabric, and other cool recycled materials!
1-3pm. $7/adult, $5/walking child, free album download with admission.
To celebrate the release of "Songs for Johnson Creek," a benefit album with tracks by 12 local kindie artists, Matt Clark has organized this awesome release show. Other performers include Matt, Mo Phillips, Mr. Hoo, Tallulah's Daddy, and Buttercup Bill Aubrecht. Not sure what time I perform, probably near the beginning.
Holy cow, it's already May! Things are moving right along here at Red Yarn Productions--making progress on my new album, The Deep Woods, enjoying all my shows and the sweet families who come out each week, and leading several school residencies and afterschool classes.
In other news, Red Yarn has finally entered the 21st century: you can now follow my adventures on Twitter and Instagram, in addition to Facebook. I still need a better website--if you or anyone you know is a web designer, please contact me!
Here are my special events and regular show schedules this month:
I'm honored to be a part of this event organized by the Columbia Association of Puppeteers. I'll be performing my "Deep Woods" show. Other performers include Tears of Joy Theater and Dragon Theater Puppets. Visit the webpage for more info.
Yessss! I'm opening for the amazing Mo Phillips and his full band at this very special show. I perform for ~30 minutes starting at 6pm. Tickets are only available at the door, so you should show up early.
In this musical puppet show, Red Yarn will lead audiences into the Deep Woods, a magical forest inhabited by the animals of American folklore. Mixing live musical performance with puppetry and interactive storytelling, this program engages children with the songs and stories of our national heritage.
A reminder: due to a busy schedule of out-of-town shows and summer camps, my regular shows will go on hiatus after the first week of June and resume in September. Don't worry, I'll be performing local shows throughout the summer. I'm also leading summer day camps for school age kids at Friendly House and KCLC; check out my April newsletter for more info.
Whew! Thanks for all your ongoing support. I hope to see you and your family soon!
RED YARN PRODUCTIONS is a folk music and puppetry company based in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 2011 by performer and teaching artist Andy Furgeson, RYP creates musical puppet shows and educational programs for schools, libraries, and community events.
RED YARN is a dynamic family performer, weaving folksongs & puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic shows & lush folk-rock recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.