Hi friends. Before listing our upcoming shows we’d like to welcome in the holiday season by announcing The Mother Of All CD Sales. Everything we ever recorded is still available on CD and we’re knocking the prices down to unheard-of levels between now and the end of the year. Time to fill in the gaps in your collection, check family and friends off your shopping list and replace some of the old vinyl and cassettes with fresh new CDs. Be sure to note: Sale prices apply to mail orders only! Send a check to Banjo Dan, 242 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 and be sure to include the modest postage charges listed below.
Reissues and “solo” albums, $5.00 each: We’ve had brand-new masters prepared for all the old out-of-print albums and every CD now comes with a graphics-engraved label (no more of those funky paper labels!), in a slim jewel case with the original cover art on one side and song credits on the other.
Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys:
Snowfall (1974) BDMP’s first album, a classic.
High Time (1977) – The band’s second LP, the one that put us on the bluegrass map.
Green Mountain Skyline (1986) – BDMP’s final vinyl LP, with five extra songs never released.
Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys (1990) – The band’s first CD, with 19 songs.
Some Rust…Runs Good (2000) – A new sound with Jon Henry Drake, lots of great songs.
Fire in the Sugarhouse (2008) – BDMP’s last CD, possibly the best ever.
The Sky Blue Boys (Lindner Brothers):
With Friends Like These (1981) – Super band with the great Jon Glik on fiddle, all original songs.
Music In the Air (2006) – Willy and Banjo Dan sing early country, folk and gospel classics.
Willy Lindner (first run still in print with full packaging):
Life, Still, With Mandolin (2011) – Wonderful originals with a cast of great musicians.
Al Davis (first run still in print with full packaging):
Sun Off Snow (2011) – Outstanding collection of originals by a great songwriter.
Banjo Dan “solo” albums (original songs, full band sound with top Vermont musicians):
Sleepin’ Under the Bridge (1983) – Originally released on cassette, now with three bonus tracks.
I’ll Take the Hills (Banjo Dan’s Songs of Vermont, 1987) – All-time best seller.
The Catamount Is Back! (BD’s Songs of Vt, Vol II, 1994) – More historical and story songs.
Mystery and Memories (BD’s Songs of VT, Vol III, (2006) – More stories, special guest artists.
Kick Molly Through the Wall (2012, first run) – All new bluegrass songs, great pickers & singers.
Compilations, selected from previous albums, $10 each:
Like a River: A Bluegrass Journey (2002) – BDMP’s most-requested songs, 1974-1994.
“18” (2015) – Eighteen best original songs by Al, Willy and Dan.
New Release, $10:
The Sleeping Sentinel (BD’s Songs of VT, Vol IV, 2016): New VT story songs with Civil War focus.
Double CDs, $15 each:
Caught in the Act (2013) – A rollicking collection of live concert cuts by BDMP, 1975-2010.
When Time Was Young (2010) –Live recordings by The New Bremen Town Musicians (Banjo Dan and Willy, Nancy Mosher, Jaye Lindner, Deanna Booth and Matt McGibney) – wonderful folk, country, gospel and international songs with great harmony.
Forty and Farewell (2012) – BDMP’s final concert plus documentary on the band’s history.
Enclose a note with your check indicating how many of each item I can send you. Please add shipping: $3.00 for one to four items / $4.00 for five or more. Thanks! We will get these in the mail right away.
Dec. 7: Calais, VT, The Whammy Bar, at the Maple Corner Store, 7:30 PM; 802-229-4329. The VT Bluegrass Pioneers – “the real deal” – with high-energy traditional bluegrass music. Free!
Dec. 9: Montpelier, VT, Unitarian Church, 130 Main Street, 7:30 PM. The Sky Blue Boys open for acclaimed folksinger Dave Mallet in a concert to benefit our excellent free community newspaper, The Montpelier Bridge. This will be a very special night and we hope you’ll join us in supporting this worthy cause. Tickets $20, info at 802-249-8262.
Dec. 15: Jericho, VT, Jericho Café and Tavern, 30 Route 15, 6:30-9:30 PM; 802-899-2223. The Sky Blue Boys with Carrie Cook at one of our favorite venues. Come for a fine meal and drinks; we’ll entertain you with some great new songs. No cover.
Dec. 17: Burlington, VT, The Skinny Pancake, 60 Lake Street, noon to 3 PM; 802-540-0188. The VT Bluegrass Pioneers at the weekly Bluegrass Brunch.
Dec. 31: Burlington, VT, First Congregational Church Sanctuary, 38 S. Winooski Ave, 9 – 10:30 PM. The Sky Blue Boys with Carrie Cook are delighted to be part of First Night Burlington, that wonderful all-ages celebration with music, dance and art events occurring throughout the city all day. Visit www.firstnightburlington.org for info on buttons and schedule.
Jan. 5: Stowe, VT, Topnotch Resort, Mountain Road, 4-7 PM. The VT Bluegrass Pioneers will be in the lounge for “apres-ski” but you don’t need to be a skier to drop by for some fun music and refreshments.
Jan 12: Jericho, VT, Jericho Café and Tavern, 30 Route 15, 6:30-9:30 PM; 802-899-2223. This time it’s The VT Bluegrass Pioneers.
Jan. 25: Calais, VT, The Whammy Bar, at the Maple Corner Store, 7:30 PM; 802-229-4329. The VT Bluegrass Pioneers – “the real deal” – with high-energy traditional bluegrass music. Free!
That’s the schedule so far. We’d love to see you at one of our shows and as always we thank you for supporting real live acoustic music.