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June 2008

New England shows

Wednesday, June 18, Porter, Phelps, Huntington Museum, Hadley, MA. Grounds open for picnics at 5pm; music at 6:30pm. INFO

Saturday, June 21, Traditions Festival, New London, CT. All day festival; we're on at 8:30pm. Hygienic Art Park 83 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut 06320. INFO

November 2006

Video on YouTube and free download at MySpace

We're on MySpace! To entice people to look at it, we're going to post some free mp3s to download. At the moment, there's a previously obscure recording of the song Standing Stones that was only released on 7" vinyl with a German magazine called What's That Noise. Interestingly, the other bands on the single included Uncle Tupelo and The Fellow Travelers (Jeb Loy Nichols). Our recording was an outtake from the sessions for our second album, How Can I Sleep?. If people are interested, we'll post some live tracks from various shows.

Our friend Craig Hornby shot an ambitious documentary of one of our rock shows in MIddlesborough, England back in 1995. You can now see two excerpts on YouTube.

While you're at it, check out Craig's fascinating documentary A Century in Stone about the iron mining industry in Teesside.

October 2006

Tim Eriksen & Peter Irvine reunited

We haven't done an update in a while, but we've been busy. Tim moved back to our original stomping grounds in the Pioneer Valley in July, just a few miles from Peter.

Since then, we've played together several times and have plans for more. Peter joined Tim for a few songs at the Newport Folk Festival in early August. Two weeks later, we broke out the electric guitar and drum set, recruited some friends, and played four songs from the Sound of Music at a beneift concert for local public schools. Costumes are a big part of this annual event, and thanks to our friend Amy Davis, we had spectacular homemade lederhosen.

Look for more concerts by Tim around New England, with some guest appearances by Peter.

Most notably, we have agreed to bring the electric band to Boston in January for the Kimchee Records 10th Anniversary show. Later in the spring, we will celebrate twenty years of making music together with an anniversary show at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts.

October 2005

Tim Eriksen on Tour


29 Prairie Home Companion Halloween special. Spooky!


10-11 Lerna, IL www.momcc.org/Conferences.htm

11 Mahomet, IL Early American Museum (www.earlyamericanmuseum.org)

11/12 House Concert in Chicago At the home of Ari Frede, this is just for his friends and folks on this mailing list (and their friends). Write to arifrede (at) mac.com.

13 Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music (www.oldtownschool.org/)

17-19 Atlanta, GA Society for Ethnomusicology annual conference (www.indiana.edu/~ethmusic/documents/ sem2005_prelim_program_7.18.05.pdf)

19 Cambridge, MA Club Passim (www.clubpassim.org)

20 Woods Hole, MA (www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/)


New York and Connecticut shows with Tony Trischka and "Glory Shone Around"

May, 2006:

5/5/2006 Amherst, MA. Double veena concert w/David Reck. Tim says: "This is really the big news of my year. David Reck is retiring from Amherst College, and has asked me to do a double veena farewell concert, accompanied by mrdangam and ghatam. It's been a while since we've done a concert together, and it's really exciting to have a chance to do so again. Maybe it'll finally get me back to more regular veena playing."

August 2005

Tim Eriksen on Tour


15 Indianapolis, IN: Arts Midwest Conference, 8pm (www.artsmidwest.org/programs/mac)
22-25 Bloomington, IN: Lotus World Music and Arts Festival (www.lotusfest.org)
28-30 Northern Ireland (www.openhousefestival.com)


1-2 Northern Ireland cont.
3-9 Belfast, Northern Ireland: Open House Festival (www.openhousefestival.com)
16 St. Paul, MN Fitzgerald Theater- (appearing with the band Boiled in Lead in one concert of a series sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio's hipster station 89.3 "The Current")
21 Lansing, MI: Ten Pound Fiddle (www.tenpoundfiddle.org)
22 Grand Rapids, MI: Grand River Folk Arts Society (www.grfolkarts.org/concerts0506.htm)


10-11 Lerna, IL: that's right folks, Lerna! (www.momcc.org/Conferences.htm)
11 Mahomet, IL: Early American Museum (www.earlyamericanmuseum.org)
13 Chicago, IL: Old Town School of Folk Music (www.oldtownschool.org/)
17-19 Atlanta, GA: Society for Ethnomusicology annual conference (www.indiana.edu/~ethmusic/documents/ sem2005_prelim_program_7.18.05.pdf)
19 Cambridge, MA: Club Passim (www.clubpassim.org)
20 Woods Hole, MA: (www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/)

April 2005

Music by Tim Eriksen on Comp and On Screen

Tim Eriksen has two tracks (The Gallows Tree and Young But Daily Growing) coming out on the English folk compilation Song Links 2 on Fellside Recordings April 17th. Occasional Cordelia's Dad member Jeff Davis also has a track on the album. There is a CD release show for this disc on April 17 at the Cecil Sharp House in London, England, and although Tim will not be there to perform, Shirley Collins will be on hand to narrate alongside a stellar roster of talent that includes the Copper Family, John Kirkpatrick, and Cassie Franklin (Sacred Harp singer who was on the Cold Mountain CD).Tim also has a solo acoustic version of the song I Love Music (found in its electric form as Eyelovemusic on What it Is) in the film Chrystal featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Lisa Blount. Also on the soundtrack are songs by Jay Farrar and The Drive-By Truckers. It opens in select theaters throughout the month of April.

January 2005


JAN. 15, 7pm


2128 4th Street South
Minneapolis, MN

Free will donation- all proceeds will go to UNICEF
hall info: http://www.music.umn.edu/facilities/tedmann_2.htm

-NIRMALA RAJASEKAR: SOUTH INDIAN VEENA (was in Chennai, India when the disaster struck)

Greetings everyone. As you may know, I studied South Indian music for many years, and Minja Lausevic and I are still active in the Indian music scene in the Twin Cities (she's on the board of the Indian Music Society of MN etc). I studied in Chennai/Madras, which made the images of the tsunami additionally unbearable. Minja and I are organizing this concert at the speed of light, adding artists daily and expecting some surprises. Whatever it raises will be a drop in the bucket, but the more drops the better. If you feel this is something you can support, wherever you are, please make a donation if you can, come to the show, sing some Sacred Harp songs with us on stage or just take a moment to honor the victims.

-I'll also be playing at a second benefit happening Jan. 22 at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

- Tim Eriksen

April 2004

Tim hits the road in May with the Great High Mountain Tour and should have his new solo album, Every Sound Below available then. See the Tour page for dates.

Cordelia's Dad music is now available for download on Apple iTunes and several other services. From iTunes we receive about 65 of your 99 cents per song, so your legal downloading directly helps us, and encourages us to make more music available. Thanks for participating!

February 2004

The latest chapter in our ceaseless quest to teeter on the edge of utter obscurity and outrageous fame is that Tim Eriksen and Peter Irvine are singing on the Academy Awards broadcast on February 29. Following up on his work for the movie Cold Mountain, Tim has been asked to organize a group of 37 Sacred Harp singers to both back up Allison Krauss on the Oscar-nominated song Scarlet Tide, and to sing a Sacred Harp song called Liberty (page 137 for those familiar with the Sacred Harp book). Look for the group around the time Renee Zellweger gets her Oscar for best supporting actress.

It has been an interesting winter for Tim Eriksen who, in rapid succession, recorded a song for the upcoming remake of The Ladykillers, had a second baby, flew to Hollywood for the premier of the movie Cold Mountain, and participated in a live concert taped for an A&E cable special The Words and Music of Cold Mountain. Peter Irvine joined him for the A&E show, along with about 60 Sacred Harp singers who flew in for the occasion. Now, Tim is working on two albums to be released this spring: his second solo album on Appleseed Recordings, and an album of Sacred Harp songs from the Cold Mountain session. Tim plays a solo concert at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., on March 13, as a split show with Karan Casey. Note that the Iron Horse show is the same weekend as the annual Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention, so if you want a complete weekend, come and sing during the days, eat some food, and listen to Tim Saturday night.

Peter, in a roundabout return to Northampton, Mass., stopped off in Minneapolis to hang out with Tim and teach a Music Business class at the University of Minnesota for the fall semester. His new office in Northampton opens this month. At the end of February, he will be in San Diego, teaching at the annual Folk Alliance Conference. On the Friday night of the event, Peter hosts a showcase in the Royal Palm Tower featuring: Anandi (Portland originals), Deb Pasternak (Boston smartfolk), Jim Brunberg (Box Set, Mississippi Studios), Doug Van Gundy (West Virginia's fiddling poet), and The Shiftless Rounders (Phill Wisor & Ben Sidlinger) and possibly Jez Lowe (Geordie songwriter) if he makes it.

Cath Oss plays a solo show on March 18 at the Head of Steam in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.

Oh, and several of our albums should be available, if not now then real soon, on a variety of online stores, including iTunes, for digital download.

September 2003

Tim Eriksen will be playing a solo show:

Cedar Cultural Center

September 26, 2003
8 pm, $12 advance
Online sales at Ticketweb

416 Cedar Ave So,
Minneapolis, MN 55454

AND, Tim says:

"I'm going back to Nashville in a few weeks to finish up recording for the film Cold Mountain, coming out in December. The soundtrack will be available a few weeks before the film's release (I perform on 6 or 8 tracks).

Cold Mountain at Lincoln Center: a huge gala thingy in November featuring the book's author Charles Frazier, director Anthony Minghella, actors Nicole Kidman and Jude Law plus music by myself, Ralph Stanley, Dirk Powell, Stuart Duncan, Riley Baugus and, most likely, some Sacred Harp singing. Not sure if Luka's movie dad Jack White will participate. More on that later. It'll be filmed for broadcast on PBS during their annual pledge drive, so you'll have ample opportunity to see it after the fact.

The Sacred Harp CD from the Cold Mountain recording session at Liberty Church in Henagar, AL looks to be released this spring. More to come on that as well.

My solo CD is slowly, slowly approaching the light of day. Thanks for your encouragement."

Meanwhile, Peter is advising clients on entertainment law issues (see www.peterirvinelaw.com), arranging for Cordelia's Dad music to be available through Apple iTunes and other digital distributors, and will teach a class on Music, Media and Music Business at the University of Minnesota for the fall semester.

In August, Cath spent a week at the Whitby Festival teaching Sacred Harp singing.

May 2003

Tim Eriksen stopped by the WFMU radio studio with some of our friends to record a bunch of songs for Dan Bodah's Airborne show. You can hear it at WFMU online
Songs include several Sacred Harp songs, a preview of Tim's next solo album, and collaboration with his wife Minja Lausevic (of the band Zabe i Babe).

March 2003

Tim Eriksen's solo tour dates are listed under News.

Our "Singles Club EP" mini-CD, is now available in three ways: (1) join the free singles club, at Dark Beloved Cloud. (2) Send a check for $5 to Peter Irvine, 2127 NW Irving Street #201, Portland, Oregon 97210; or (3) order 2 or more of our regular CDs from us and we'll throw in the single for free. (While supplies last). See Discography for more info.

February 2003

Tim Eriksen will do a short tour of Oregon April 3-8, 2003. See Tour Dates for details.
Cordelia's Dad will have three previously unreleased songs on a "Singles Club EP" mini-CD, put out by Dark Beloved Cloud. Should be available in April.

January 2003

After some glitches, our web site is back up. We have also fixed our email, so you can start writing to us again.
We will be performing in February for the first time in over a year. Tim, Cath and Peter will all be attending the North American Folk & Dance Alliance Conference www.folk.org in Nashville, February 5-9. We will perform several times in various showcase and hotel rooms. No details yet. Also, Tim is teaching a Sacred Harp workshop, and Peter is teaching the Crash Course Introduction to Entertainment Law workshop.
Peter has set up a web site for his entertainment law practice, www.peterirvinelaw.com
Turns that not only is Tim singing on the soundtrack, he also appears in some scenes in the movie Cold Mountain. You might also spot his wife Minja Lausevic and their baby son Luka when the film comes out in December, 2003.

The latest Cordelia's Dad rock album

"What it is" is available on Kimchee Records (www.kimcheerecords.com)

August 2002 Tim's voice in the movies!

Tim Eriksen is collaborating on the soundtrack for the upcoming film "Cold Mountain." Check out:


Tim is providing the onscreen singing voice for actor Brendan Gleeson. There is also a scene involving singing from The Sacred Harp. Tim organized a special recording session in Alabama to capture the music, and will be on location in Romania to teach Romanian extras how to look like they're singing.


Hear Sacred Harp Singing!

ecorded live in Massachusetts in March, 2002 (and including interviews) at: http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/3155


New Cordelia's Dad Yahoo Club and Discussion Group!

One of our fans has started both a yahoo club to talk about the band at:

Questions? Drop us a line!