Most of you know of our abiding love and connection with Flint MI. This song and video are among the things we are doing to try and help: maybe if enough people share it will get the politicians to do their jobs. Thank you.

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Take The Children and Run

This was taken at The Ark in February 2016. Featuring Libby Glover!

🙂 And here we go!! Happy 2016. Another year round the sun!

I was just pulling weeds 2 days ago, out in my yard. I got up yesterday, and thought I would do it again…but it was snowing and the temperature was 25 degrees. Well, I guess Fall is done here in southern Michigan! But, at least to me, it feels like Spring is just over the horizon …now that we are in January…at least you can almost see it from here. Isn’t this the Month of the Seed Catalogs??
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Last weekend’s Flint Folk Festival was a moment to remember. The pavilion filled quickly for Hayley Reardon’s set. Just out of high school (!), Hayley is already a seasoned professional: self assured on stage…the crowd loved her.
Then Don White and Christine Lavin performed 🙂 Hilarious, quirky, poignant…3 standing ovations throughout their set plus a standing ovation when it was over!!!!!! There is really nothing else like them out there.
It was great to see and hear former Flintite Dan Hall again. He is doing amazing and important work: writing songs with kids in schools. He has a series of recordings in the works featuring them…can’t wait…I expect they will win awards.
James Taylor’s sister Kate was next. What joy she had as she performed! 🙂 which is really what its all about…where you are and what you bring to the stage…and she brought it all.
Then Mustard’s Retreat took the stage. Really, what can I say?? Continue reading

A very nice article by Robert Reid of the Waterloo Region Record in advance of our 2/14 2015 show in Kitchener, ON!!

“Few individuals have done more for acoustic music in the last 40 years than David Tamulevich.
I know this is a large claim for a person most people don’t recognize. But hear me out.
Tamulevich has been performing with Michael Hough since 1974, when the two students met in the Michigan university town of Ann Arbor. A year later they formed Mustard’s Retreat.
They debut at Folk Night at the Registry on Saturday.
Although this is the first time the folk duo is appearing at the popular acoustic series, it is not the first time Tamulevich worked with series artistic director Jack Cole.”  Read more…

Ta the home of Louise & Tom Pease, WI, March 2013 I sit here on Solstice night,…..thinking about the celebrations that are going around all around the this very moment…from the smallest, personal rituals to great bonfires blazing with light and voices ringing out in song…and how humanity has taken this moment to pause and reflect, acknowledge and honor ourselves and this world we share, ..for so many thousands of years. I love feeling, and being a part of that chain of life. Blessings of the season to you all!! 🙂
And as I am contemplating all of this, in comes this link from fellow singer/songwriter Dan Berggren….a wonderful and celebrated poem, and the lyrics Michael and I put together a number of year ago. Synchronicity 🙂

Almost morning, out my kitchen window, Dec. 15, 2013

Almost morning, out my kitchen window, Dec. 15, 2013

Mid December morning…….really, it WAS just …a week?? at most a week and a half ago…that I was busy trying to finish the outside chores and get the yard ready for Winter… temperature nearly in the 60s……and now… it is, and thoughts are turning to seed catalogs already….hard to resist those pictures…of the plants…and the weather! 🙂
What a fun year we have had!! So rewarding! A new CD…a bundle of shows with Peter Yarrow….our first shows ever in Georgia and South Carolina….opening AND closing the Flint Folk Festival…with my Mom and sister in attendance :-), and further connecting with my Lithuanian roots….and so much more. I know I say it a lot, but it can never be said enough: we thank all of YOU for making this career of ours possible.
We have an exciting 2014 lined up already, and we hope that our cross paths with you somewhere in there, and we get to share some conversation, stories, and music. We wish you the best, here at the end of the year. David…and Michael

Passion Flowers 9_2013Just a few hours until it is October. I think, for me, September was the fastest month on record! It is a trend I hope does not continue, though I have my doubts. Actually, we had a couple weeks off from touring, and it gave me a chance to make some headway with all that has piled up over the Summer. I was able to bring a small bit of order to my garden and yard, while enjoying the fruits of all the Spring work I did: raspberries, tomatoes, broccoli and brussel sprouts, onions, potatoes :-)…and bitter sweet and Chinese lanterns, which have always been favorites of mine.
Getting ready for the first frost here in Ann Arbor, though Michael 30 miles west in Grass Lake has had to scrape his windshield in the morning a couple of times! I have a two cold frames now, with spinach, radishes, lettuce, carrots: exciting to see how long I can have fresh vegetables and how early I can get them in the Spring! Continue reading

GP2B_Final_CoverWe are anxiously anticipating our shows next weekend: The Ark on Fri. July 26th, and the Flint Folk Festival Saturday July 27th, where we are being given the distinct honor of closing AND opening the festival…playing full sets of music at 2 PM and again at 8 PM.
Both the Ark and, well, anything we do in Flint :), are always special for us, and this year will mark, almost to the day, the beginning of our 40th year of making music together. Seems…..amazing to us. We got together to play guitar and sing one July afternoon in my apartment down the block from the Brown Jug Restaurant in Ann Arbor, where we were both cooks. It just had a certain…energy. Can’’t really describe it, but we just really enjoyed doing music together: the sound was good and we liked each others songs…we had a lot in common. We were so excited that 2 days later we went to The Ark’s open mike, where we performed the three songs we had practiced. We went over so well that they invited us back 2 weeks later to do a full 45 minute set at the Ark’s First Invitational Hoot!  And we’ve been playing ever since.
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