There's nothing at all wrong with a nice strategically-placed California tour in February, but I also really love it when the stars align for me to stay off the road this time of year. The short days and long dark nights are the perfect opportunity to dig down into projects and stay there. This winter in particular I've had the artistic equivalent of a whole bunch of pots bubbling away on the stove, which is deeply exciting and energizing. More on the contents of the pots at a later date, but for now I'll tell you about some shows coming over the horizon.

I'm cramming all my February stage time into one day, Saturday the 23rd at Club Passim, where I'll play two shows at 5pm & 8pm (apparently the kids are into the early shows these days). I loved playing duo with Sam Moss in the midwest in December, so I'm thrilled that he'll be backing me up again for these shows, along with one of my all-time favorite singers, Rose Polenzani. Both shows will feature opening sets by Aurora Birch who I'm looking forward to hearing.

Earlier in the same day, I'm leading a songwriting workshop, 11am-1pm, upstairs at the Passim School of Music. The title is "SONGWRITING THE UNKNOWN," and I'll be sharing a little bit about my writing process, in particular some of my favorite ways to lure the unconscious into the mix and allow it to take me places I wouldn't have known to aim for. Anyone who writes songs, or wants to, or likes talking about it, is welcome. You can bring a song you're working on (and instrument, if relevant) if you're interested in a brief round of discussion and feedback, or just come listen and gather ideas. It's a short workshop, so there won't be time to get too deep into everybody's work, but we'll do what we can.

In March I'll get back into touring gear and visit many favorite haunts in the Netherlands and Germany. Stalwart guitar player Austin Nevins will be along for this run. It's been too long since I've convened with either Austin or Europe; both at once sounds like good times. The last time I toured these countries I had my then-7-year-old daughter with me, so this time around I'm looking forward to occasionally sleeping past 6:30 AM and not having to hide my stash of stroopwaffels.

The venues on the EU run range wildly in size from cavernous to quite cozy, and one or two are pretty much sold out already, so get your tickets while they can be got!

Yours at a steady simmer, *kd


FEBRUARY 23 - Club Passim, CAMBRIDGE, MA (2 shows 5pm/8pm) Tix
MARCH 8 - Xinix Rootscafe, NIEUWENDIJK, NL Tix
MARCH 9 - 't Keerpunt, SPIJKERBOOR, NL Tix
MARCH 10 - Paradiso, AMSTERDAM, NL (**early show**) Tix
MARCH 11 - Meneer Frits, EINDHOVEN, NL Tix
MARCH 12 - Private Event, HAARLEM, NL 
MARCH 13 - Theater Laboratorium, OLDENBURG, DE Tix
MARCH 14 - Luxor Live, ARNHEM, NL Tix
MARCH 15 - Music Star, NORDERSTEDT, DE Tix
MARCH 16 - Industriemuseum, ELMSHORN, DE Tix
MARCH 17 - Huis Verloren, HOORN, NL Tix

APRIL 13 - Jalopy Theater, BROOKLYN, NY **co-bill w Erin McKeown** 
MAY 24 - Twenty Summers, PROVINCETOWN, MA **co-bill w Jeffrey Foucault** 

 - ticket links and info for all shows available on the tour page -