New Shows and Tour Dates

New dates are now on Gina’s gig page. New ones are being added weekly. Click the link…

Malvinas in the House–at NERFA!

The Malvinas will be playing several guerilla showcases at this weekend’s Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, in Stamford, CT. I’ll also be doing a few solo showcases, and Lisa will be showcasing with Bruce Balmer.

Here’s the schedule:

THURS. Nov. 9
11pm Malvinas-Fools Hill Music (#2064)
12:30am Malvinas-Lilfest (#2068)

FRI. Nov. 10
3 pm Lilfest (#2068)
3:30pm Markley & Balmer-Lilfest (#2068)
11:45-12:45 Malvinas-Local 1000 (Twain)
12:50 am Song Box (solo) (#2090)
1:30 am Lilfest (#2068)
2:30am Malvinas-BOT (Fiske)

SAT. Nov. 11
3-4pm Malvinas-BOT (Fiske)
1am Malvinas-Lilfest (#2068)
1:30am Markley & Balmer-Lilfest (#2068)

If you’re there, come see us!

Malvinas in the House — with a new CD

Special thanks to the Folk DJs who have been playing the The Malvinas’ new CD, God Bless the Grass. The title cut was the third most played song for the month of May, and the opening song, “Crow,” made it to #7 in June.

This very weekend, we are on tour in the Chicago area. Check the shows section of this website for the latest.

The Malvinas are back at it, but it’s still a rare occurrence to hear us all in the same zip code, so tell your friends! share widely! and thank you ❤️

A Year in Review, a Year to Come

Had a busy and productive 2016. Taught Cajun fiddle at Balfa Week, Augusta Cajun and Creole Heritage Week and TradMaD Camp. Played solo at two great folk festivals: Fox Valley Folk and Storytelling Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where I was selected as one of three Most Wanted Emerging Artists. Showcased at FARM. Released a new CD of fiddle tunes, Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales, on Waterbug Records, in addition to two recordings released independently in 2015 (The Fiddle EP and Mid-City Aces). Got some great airplay on folk radio—Copper Rooster made the Top 20 on WVPE (Thanks, Al Kniola) and made the Top 50 nationally. Recorded a new CD with the Malvinas (it will be out this spring).

Played Festival International with Bonsoir, Catin, the Blackpot and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with Sarah Quintana, French Quarter Fest, Jazzfest, and the Wheatland Folk Festival with Bruce Daigrepont. His new CD, Bienvenu dans le Sud de la Louisiane, came out this past year. Finally, Bruce’s CD, my CD, and the Mid-City Aces, along with a CD I played on, Broken Promised Land, by Barry Ancelet and Sam Broussard, all made it to the first round of the Grammy nominations, in the best Folk and Regional Roots Categories; Broken Promised Land got the nomination for Best Regional Roots.

I am looking forward to another great year of making music, with a couple of solo tours in the Northeast (May and September), a short spring tour in Texas with the Malvinas, Chicago this summer with the Malvinas, more teaching gigs—I will be returning to Balfa Week and TradMaD—and fiddling at festivals. This year, I’ll be touring the US and Canada with Bruce Daigrepont, as well as French Quarter Fest, Jazzfest, the Montana Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival. The Mid-City Aces will be making their French Quarter Festival debut.

All of these dates will be listed on the tour page in the coming weeks…

A Whirlwind Summer–and It’s Ain’t Over Yet

The Summer of 2016 has been one to remember: a new CD of fiddle tunes, Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales, was released on Waterbug Records in July; I taught Cajun fiddle at the Augusta Heritage Center, also in July; and I returned to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival as one of three Most Wanted Emerging Artists. In a few days, I will be touring again, to teach another great camp in Plymouth, MA, called TradMaD; joining me there will be Eliza Carthy, Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen, and many other great artists. I’m also stoked to be playing two upcoming festivals for the first time ever: The Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival in Geneva, IL, for Labor Day Weekend (This year is the 40th Annual; also on the bill are Lou and Peter Berryman, Bryan Bowers, Reggie Harris, Joel Mabus, the Freight Hoppers, and much more), and the Wheatland Music Festival, the weekend after, in Remus, MI, with the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band.

It’s going to be a great fall, too: The Mid-City Aces have been nominated for five Le Cajun Awards; we’ll be appearing at that Award Ceremony and concert in October, along with Festivals Acadiens. There will be more news about these shows as the dates get closer.