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Wow It's Been A While 

Hello Friends and Fans:

Folks have been saying they haven't seen an email in a while, and wonder where we'll be.  Well I (Lucy) admit a bit sheepishly, that we haven't sent out any news in a while so that's why you might not know.

At any rate, we have a busy end of the month and May and June coming up, so we'll catch up for that time period, and endeavor to be a bit more punctual.

First up, the BattleAxe Band is thrilled that we were asked back to Merlefest.  We will be playing for two contradances at the…

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Coming up in April 

Hello Friends and Fans,

April and May will be busy months for us, so we'll take them one at a time.  The beginning of the month, Marshall and Lucy will start out, no foolin', playing the dance at River Falls with the Wolf Moon String Band, and as a duo the next weekend at one of our favorite restaurants, the Saluda Grade Cafe.

Next up, the BattleAxe Band will be entertaing the crowd at the Toasty Farmer, an off-season farmer's market held at Brewery 85.  We're playing there for tips, so come on by and…

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January and February News 

A belated Happy New Year (or perhaps an early Happy Chinese New Year--year of the Rooster) to everyone!

Marshall and Lucy had such a busy December that we completely forgot to send out our annual newsletter to family, but we can at least get our occasional music newsletter out this way.  We had a wonderful time playing at the Saluda Grade Cafe for a couple Saturdays in December, so we decided to continue to play there once a month through May.  The January date was a bit slow, but they will be serving…

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November and December News 

Hello friends and fans,

Fall is here, but it's difficult to tell in South Carolina with highs in the 80s still. But some of the leaves are changing and falling on the ground, and we have lots of acorns falling on the driveway, giving a nice crunchy sound when we come home or go out.   It's a nice alert when someone comes to visit, too.

October was a slower month for music, for which Lucy gave thanks as she needed a bit of a break to catch up around the house.  She's making progress. But the BattleAxe Band…

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August and September 2016 news 

Hello Friends and Fans, 

We just returned from our annual trek to the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop WV. Great jams with old friends and new, and inspiration to learn some new tunes and dust off some old ones.  Lucy got some basic instruction in clawhammer banjo, too!

August includes three musical appearances by Lucy & Marshall and friends. First, this Saturday at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market, one of the best markets in the region!

The following Friday, we'll be joined by Brooke Lauer…

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Spring Happenings 

Hello Friends and Fans,

I (Lucy) was just looking over the list of all of the folks who have been following these updates, and realized I started it in 2006.  To those who joined and are still hanging in there, Thank you so much! and a big thanks to all who have joined since then.  This is an old format and I may try to learn some new technology this year and make it better, but for  now, you'll get the latest news in an older way.

We have a variety of musical venues coming up. First off, Marshall and…

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BattleAxe Band Special Edition 

Hello Friends and Fans,

For those of you not yet aware, the all-female old-time band that Lucy is in is now gearing up to record their first CD.  A lot of places where the BattleAxe Band plays we are asked if we have a CD for sale. We now feel we have a cohesive enough sound and more than enough material to make our debut album.  We decided to ask for the support of our listeners, to help make this vision a reality, to keep the music alive, and to create some fun rewards for those who help us by backing…

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August and September News 

Hello Friends and Fans,

It's been a while since we sent out a newsletter, and we're getting ready to be really busy, so here's an update that will take you through the middle of October!

But first a short recap: We had a wonderful time at the Blue Ridge Old-Time Week at Mars Hill College in June. Marshall took a couple fiddle classes on playing blues and rags, and Southern bowing techniques.  Lucy worked on old-time fingerpicking banjo.  We also had a wonderful time playing tunes with old friends and new…

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May Happenings with Lucy and Marshall and others 

Hello Friends and Fans,

We haven't been doing a lot of playing out lately, but music is still coursing through our veins and we're getting ready for a busy spring and summer. To help us gear up, we went to a very inspiring albeit a bit chilly Merlefest at the end of April, with plenty of bluegrass, old-time, singer-songwriters, blues, and other Americana music.  We had lots of "Oh, we should learn that song/tune!" moments.  And then a weekend at the beach to camp and play tunes. So now we're ready to go!

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2015 Already! 

Hello Friends and Fans,

Just as we're putting up the Christmas decorations (yes, we leave our tree up until Old Christmas, Jan 6th), we'll be turning around to head off for more musical adventures. 

Lucy started working a bit more on learning old-time fingerstyle banjo last year, and plans to continue that and hopefully become adept enough to play the banjo in public before the year is out.  And Marshall is always finding more tunes to learn, and has even hinted at writing a few more songs this year!

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