Montague Book Mill + Dream Away Lodge = certain return

i was already having a marvellous time, but playing these places back-to-back decided it for me–i want to add New England to my yearly tour route just like Old England.

Montague drew a healthy crowd and people hung around for a long while after the show with crushes on each other, the Spring, the sound of the waterfall, the scent of moldering, important books.

Isabel and i stayed at the Institute for Musical Arts in Goshen, MA around our shows in Montague and Becket. i was charmed and wow’ed by our hostesses June Millington (of Fanny fame) and Ann Hackler as they prepared for summer camp sessions that begin at IMA this week. we slept in the bunkhouse and enthused over the amazing barn / recording studio / performance space, imagining how life-changing it must be for young women to have musical / spiritual mentors like June & Ann. IMA’s rock camp is for girls ages 9-early 20s–check them out !

Dream Away Lodge feels made for a multiple-honeymoon summer with many lovers. some young farmer-folk made up most of our audience there; they brought us vegetables and invited us to stop for lunch as we left town, passing by their homestead en route to Hudson, NY, heading west on Route 9. it rained so hard that we had to keep driving but felt nourished by the idea and by our meeting.

we hope we’ll see all o’ y’all + many others on our next pass through New England. thank you SO MUCH to everyone who came out for the shows, supporting this four-door troubadour and her trusty cellist sidekick. i’m writing this last journal entry from home, surrounded by an explosion of travel-damp-&-dusty clothes, receipts, cds & vinyl from musicians met along the way, notes-to-self, seashells, set-lists, foodstuffs, souvenirs. washed ashore with experience and other booty, i am one sated pirate.

faerie piss. Diane Cluck

a warning from the foyer of Dream Away Lodge. photo by Diane.