“I still think the revolution is to make the world safe for poetry, meandering, for the frail and vulnerable, the rare and obscure, the impractical and local and small…” - Rebecca Solnit
In the waning days of summer in 2014, we purchased a wasted acre of land on an ambling road called Olive Branch in the rural township of Galien, Michigan. As we embarked on a multi-year project to restore this patch of land and see what we could make of a life out in the countryside, our minds drifted often to Solnit’s idea of tiny revolutions, and we came to consider the everyday as our site, medium, and muse. We knew from the outset that we wanted to create a multi-purpose space capable of accommodating a wide range of activities, so with this in mind as we designed our home we made half of the house a large open room that we call, The Storehouse.
The Storehouse is a platform that we began experimenting with on New Years Day 2017. The premise is simple: invite people over, ask them to bring a dish and a bottle to share and cash for the artists, and infuse the space with community, art, and a sense of ease. We find that house concerts are a perfect vehicle for these goals. Our gatherings have hosted performances by William Tyler, James Elkington. Sue Garner, 75 Dollar Bill, Mind Over Mirrors, Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society, Gunn-Truscinski Duo, In Tall Buildings, BItchin Bajas, Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg, The Alan Lomax Archive, Steve Gunn, Sachiko Kanenobu and Abra Berens.
We've been dreaming about having Meg and Mary play out here for awhile and we couldn't be more excited to share their beautiful music with you in the ballroom of the historic Lakeside Inn.
• Potluck Dinner @ 6pm EST
• Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore @ 7:30pm EST
This is a BYOB & potluck event. We encourage everyone to make their favorite seasonal dishes as we celebrate autumn in Harbor Country.
Lakeside Inn is offering a 10% discount on rooms; more info about the Inn and how to book a discounted room can be found below.
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MEG BAIRD & MARY LATTIMORE
Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore’s collective work—as solo artists, band members, and collaborators—could fill a small record collection. Despite this productivity, these two long-time friends have never recorded an entire album focused exclusively on their unique talents. "Ghost Forests" mysteriously, thrillingly fills that void.
Independently, Baird and Lattimore have each cultivated highly individual and idiosyncratic tools of expression. Baird’s timeless and soaring voice, guitar, and drums have underpinned pastoral and folk rock explorations as a soloist and in band settings with Espers and Heron Oblivion. Lattimore’s albums of enigmatic, spectral experimental harp sounds move and unfold like films and nature itself. The list of artists that have called upon their voices, talents, and visions to enrich their own work is expansive—a virtual pocket encyclopedia of contemporary indie and experimental musicians.
Over the course of "Ghost Forests"’ six collaborative compositions we hear deeply sympathetic conversations between the two artists. With access to a deep pool of shared influences, these two friends assembled a collection of sounds conjured from harp, guitar (both acoustic and electric), synths, the human voice, and a shared poetic language. Baird and Lattimore’s subjects range from the sound of light on water, seismic geopolitical anxiety, the smog-exploded sunsets of Don Dudley’s paintings, and vertigo from their respective relocations to San Francisco and Los Angeles from their once-shared home in Philadelphia.
The synthesis of their vision welcomes listeners who might have been familiar with only one of the performer’s solo oeuvres. It also speaks to long-time fans of both artists who have long wondered what this dream collaboration might yield.
Steve Gunn has long known Baird and Lattimore and worked with both on his own albums. He says “Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore are two musicians that I greatly admire. 'Ghost Forests' is an ace meld of their abilities; Meg’s guitar and voice, and Mary’s harp lead each other (and us) into further regions of the strata. With each song you can hear this remarkable kinship. I’m thankful for this soundtrack.”
"Ghost Forests"’ musical conversations are intimate, fluid, effortless and spontaneous. They’re filled with the euphoria of creation and, at times, they articulate hard truths and tangled emotions with an ease only trusted friends can manage. The songs alternate between extended ethereal instrumental excursions, gauzy and dreamy pop, blown-out "Bull of the Woods" heavy haze, and modern reimaginations of epic traditional balladry—all while touching on the strange and otherworldly places between these stations.
With "Ghost Forests" Baird and Lattimore have given us all a timeless gift that generously rewards immersion and deep investigation. It is our collective good fortune as listeners that we are able to eavesdrop on their conversation through these songs. It is also a wonder to hear two unique artists interact to such beautifully original ends.
LAKESIDE INN - 10% OFF ROOMS
Located in beautiful Lakeside, Michigan, Lakeside Inn invokes memories of a less-hurried time. A registered MI historic site also featured on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn offers 31 unique rooms, a private beach, 100-feet of front porch rocking chair splendor, and a charming ballroom (where the event will take place).
Lakeside Inn is generously offering a 10% discount on rooms to anyone attending Storehouse 011, making this a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the autumnal magic of SW Michigan. To redeem the offer, type “10% Storehouse event discount” in the Special Requests box when reserving a room online or call the innkeeper at 269-469-0600 and mention The Storehouse discount.
For more information about Lakeside Inn and to reserve a room, visit https://lakesideinns.com.
010 - Garlic Fest with William Tyler - July 13, 2019
009 - Steve Gunn / Sachiko Kanenobu / Abra Berens - April 20, 2019
008 - Bitchin Bajas / In Tall Buildings - January 1st, 2019
007 - Life As We Know It: A Storehouse Project at Millersville University - October 23rd to December 16th, 2018
006 - Garlic Fest with Joan Shelley / Nathan Salsburg / Footage from the Alan Lomax Archive - July 22nd, 2018
004 - Mind Over Mirrors / Treasures Of The Tocovava Live w/ curator Joe Puleo - January 1st, 2018
003 - 75 Dollar Bill / Sue Garner - April 9th, 2017
002 - Aram Han Sifuentes - February 18th, 2017
001 - William Tyler / James Elkington - January 1st, 2017