Wow! Time sure does fly. It’s not not the days that go by fast, it’s the years! Or something like that. That’s not to say that we haven’t been playing lots of music, because we sure have! Coming right up is the 40th Annual Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau from April 7-13. None of us have ever been but this year Ava and Beth are going to join up with Ian Leonard, who currently lives in Juneau, for a short set on Saturday the 12th at 1:45 pm. It seemed like a long shot for it to work out but all of the pieces just fell into place. We could not be more excited to be a part of this well renowned festival! Beth has also been playing upright bass with another local Boise band called StoneSeed. Between lots of gigs and taking a part time substitute teaching job she has been pretty busy! Tate’s schedule has been packed as he took a full time job as the Education Director at the Peregrine Fund, which is also known as the World Center for Birds of Prey. Meanwhile he is finishing up his thesis and taking classes to finalize his Master’s Degree!
Before you know it the 6th Annual Glasgow Gathering will be upon us! Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26 will be the dates. Bring family, friends and instruments of course for a music filled weekend at the Mason household in Boise. Also feel free to camp in our spacious backyard, even if you’re a local! Stay-cation! We don’t have any formal band line-up this year, but it’s a sure bet that lots of good music will be played and heard. That is until it’s 4 am and Tate is playing banjo on his back in the garage!
Hand-made music from the Treasure Valley and beyond.
Summertime is the time for travel, at least for us restless kind. We’ve had inquiries for gigs, parties and weddings but due to our wayward ways we haven’t been able to commit to much. Things could be worse! We all did make it to the fiddle festival in Weiser, ID and played an amazing amount of music. It was a great meeting of the musical minds and we had a jam going in our camp for 5 days, almost around the clock. As per usual, the sheer talent of the musicians in Weiser during mid-June is staggering. From Boise to Portland and on up to Bellingham, the acoustic music scene is thriving in the Northwest. It seems that the most talented (and kindest) of them all make the yearly trip to Weiser. Put it on your calendar for next year… Delaware Johnny. We’d also like to throw a big congrats to our good friends in Possum Livin who won the battle of the bluegrass bands competition. It was a privilege to pick with you guys all week!
Well, we’ve got a plane to catch so we better get off here. Keep an eye out for upcoming Idyltime gigs, we’ll post them here and on Facebook. Y’all get out there and support local live music!
The Glasgow Gathering was successfully pulled off in Boise, ID! Rarely have we gotten more pickin’ done in one long weekend. We grow as musicians through our connections with others and judging by the company we keep, we are doing just fine. Our upcoming schedule is busy as can be, but not necessarily with gigs. We will be playing at the Boise Farmers Market on June 8th and July 6th. We’ll also be pickin’ in Stickerville at the Weiser fiddle festival from June 13-18th. On June 7th we’ll be joining the Hokum Hi-flyers for the first Friday Hokum-Hoedown at the Linen Building in Boise. Finally Betsy will be playing a solo gig at O’Michaels Pub from 5:30-7:30pm on June 11th. See you there!
It is fixin to be a busy May for Idyltime! We’ve got 5 shows lined up before the Glasgow Gathering (Memorial Day Weekend) and that is not including the old-time jams at Pengilly’s (Tuesdays 6-9pm). These jams stop for the summer so if you’ve wanted to come out to one, now is the time.
Lately we’ve been reflecting on the music scene here in Boise, the venues and the musicians and the incredible sense of community throughout. Boise is a great music town! As such we’ve got to get out and support the scene, help it grow. Come out and be a part of it! And if you’ve been wanting to play music, to learn an instrument and find out what it’s all about, don’t delay. Let us know and we can help! See you around town.