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April 5, 2010

Hello, all,


I recently returned to Montana after a wonderful March tour. It began in Portland with the annual Music EdVentures conference, which is always a source of new ideas and teaching inspiration. On my way south I stopped in Corvallis and led a singalong of many of the songs I'll be including in a songbook for UUs due out later this year. Then I hooked up with longtime friend and fiddler Crystal Reeves for concerts in Ashland, Ukiah, and Davis. It was fantastic to play with her again, especially our arrangement of "Sittin' on the Back Porch."

While in California I spent three days in Willits at Brookside Elementary School, teaching song games and ukulele to teachers and students, and leading a family night of singing and dancing in the school cafeteria. On March 20th I was honored to be part of the fantastic 75th birthday celebration concert of Nancy Schimmel (Malvina Reynolds' daughter) at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. The tour drew to a close with yet another wonderful Women Making Music weekend retreat at the Bishop's Ranch near Healdsburg. Driving back to Montana coincided with a few snowstorms and the return of the sandhill cranes.


Now that I'm back, I'm continuing work on the Good Dog Ukulele School project, including recording the CD to accompany the beginner book I wrote in February. Book sales during the tour were excellent, thanks to so many of you in Oregon and California! The website www.gooddogukuleleschool.com will soon be up and running. I'll be featuring video clips from Good Dog ukulele players, so I'll let you know when you can send them on to the site. I've procured a line of very fun entry-level ukuleles to sell along with the book and CD, and I'll be adding products such as t-shirts, caps, bumper stickers, etc. as I have time to design and procure them. Good Dog is turning out to be quite a fun project and I thank everyone for your support as it gets off the ground. If you'd like a copy of the book, you can email me for more information at judyfjell@mac.com. During the week I'm teaching my private lessons and classes at local rural elementary schools and leading music for the 4-H After School Program.

I am so happy to be playing a house concert in Bozeman this Saturday, April 10, with my dear friends, violinist Beth Youngblood and cellist Janet Haarvig. We love performing together, so we hope that those of you who are anywhere near Bozeman will be able to join us. There's nothing quite like experiencing the beautiful sounds that the two of them lend to my songs, as so many of you know from the Bird Return and Same Old Slippers CDs. White Sage, good friends of mine from Bozeman, will be opening with their sweet harmonies, too. You can download a flyer from the April 10 listing on my home page or by going to the calendar page.

On April 25 I'll be leading the Earth Day service at UU Fellowship of Bozeman. Women from Summersing Camp and Montana Women's Chorus will be joining the 12 foot puppet goddess SynnÝvei in singing and celebrating "for the love of creation." Children and youth from UU will be creating artwork for the festivities, and artist-activists Katie Knight and Kristi Hager will also be with us to share their work. SynnÝvei is continuing to learn to hula in anticipation of the Cool Water Hula in Butte on July 10th.


Many good things are in store for me this summer, including Womenspirit Camp (June 10-13 at Camp Mimanagish), Summersing Camp at Camp Child (June 26-July 2), Cool Water Hula in Butte (July 10), and Russell Lockwood Leadership School in Colorado (July 30-August 7). I'll be turning SIXTY on July 15, so I'm looking forward to celebrating with many friends throughout the summer.

Sending all of you my best, keep in touch! Judy



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