Thursday, October 14, 2010

Announcing the birth of yet another new Mayfly!

The Mayflies family is so pleased to announce that Samantha Blickhan (who sang harmoniously on our last record, A Thousand Small Things) is now a bonafide member of the band! You may not see her at every single performance, as she does play with the wonderful Wandering Bears and the vivacious Vagabonds too.
However, she is a fine addtion to our ranks.

In other news, we recently discovered that our talented fiddler, Natalie Brown, is also a talented piano look for some more change-ups in our instrumentation! Natalie just released a great solo record, by the way, called "Violin Crossings" Check it out! The Mayflies do a funkified version of' Devil Went Down to Georgia' on it.

In other, more additional, extra news, The Mayflies have begun work on our next record! We are in pre-production currently, and will be going back into Flat Black Studios in early December.

Well, that's about it....oh yeah.....come to The Mill in Iowa City on Halloween eve 10-31, as we will be dressing up as, and attempting to channel the music and energy of one of our biggest influences...The Grateful Dead. This show should be a spectacular, so please spread the word and come on down!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Grateful for Jerry's Jam

Well, this past weekend we headlined Friday night at the 12th annual Jerry's Jam (celebration of Garcia's birthday) at Hidden Acres Music Farm, and we had a transcendent experiance. The people were so loving and kind and fun to spend time with. What an exceptional tribe of people.

We learned about a dozen Grateful Dead tunes for the event, and they came really well. My favorite moments of our set were Eyes of the World >space> Stella Blue and Half Step Mississippi > Franklin's Tower.

Thanks to all the avid fans who made us feel so at home!

The Mayflies

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Video from the Yacht Club show 5/21/10

Our good friends at Little Village magazine shot some video the other night at the Yacht Club, and you can see them here.

If you like it, please leave a comment and some thanks to the good folks at Little Village.

See you soon!

The Mayflies

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Stacy Webster interviewed on Taproot Radio and Podcast!

Last week our singer/guitarist, Stacy Webster, was interviewed by Calvin Powers of Taproot Radio out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Calvin has been a big supporter of The Mayflies' music, spinning our new record (A Thousand Small Things) with flattering regularity.

Click here to hear the podcast.

Spread the word!


The Mayflies

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Proud to announce the arrival of a new Mayfly!

Hey folks,

The Mayflies' have experienced a couple of line-up changes in the past year, and we have been on hiatus all winter working these new members into the mix. As spring arrives, we will be performing more and more, so keep an ear to the ground.

We have added Gabriel Baillergeon on mandolin, and Natallie Brown on violin!

Gabe comes to us from Springville Iowa. He has grown up playing music with his father, Richard (an accomplished member of the Waubeek Trackers) and is currently a music student. Gabe brings a healthy dose of bluegrass, old country, and folk to the mix. He is influenced by the likes of John Prine, Gram Parsons, and Split Lip Reyfield among others. Plus he's a damn nice kid.

Natalie is a native Iowa Citian who grew up studying classical violin but broke off from the Suzuki mold to ravenously pursue jazz, traditional fiddle music and rock music. She has a classical player's chops and musical knowledge, but can improvise effortlessly with a wide musical pallete. She even plays her violin thru a Wha pedal sometimes. Wow.

Needless to say, we are thrilled about the new sounds being created in the basement reheasal space and we can't wait to share it with you all. Our nest show is Sunday March 28th at El Bait Shop in Des Moines.

Mayfly Central