We have a brand new CD coming out in a few short weeks! “Walk These Fields” is a celebration of small farms and connection to place through original song. We’ve partnered with Maine Farmland Trust to put on three farm-to-table dinner concerts in Portland, Unity and Blue Hill, Maine to help release the new album. August 25th, 26th and 27th. Wood fired pizza with our flour and veggies, and opening sets by our friends Putnam Smith and Bill Jiordano. For more information or to buy tickets, go visit Maine Farmland Trust.
We’re back in Maine from our 2015/16 winter tour! We’re excited for the start of farming season, and we’ve once again avoided farmers markets to keep our weekends free to perform concerts and dances. We’ll be playing in Maine, Massachusetts, Quebec and California before the first frost of autumn comes. Hope to see you at a show! In the meantime though, a few videos from our winter travels.
A few new videos for you to check out!
Contradance Flashmob in Burlington, VT. Filmed by Mary Wesley.
Adieu False Heart / The Boatman, from our first CD.
We’re featured on Mountain West Voices this week! MWV is a really beautiful series documenting stories of the inter-mountain west. If you’re in Montana, you can hear the series on Montana Public Radio or Yellowstone Public Radio. Otherwise listen here! http://mountainwestvoices.org/
We made the front page of the Portland Press Herald! Thanks to Mary Pols and Jeremy Lurgio for including us in this article about winter work for young farmers. Thanks to the Missoula dancers for being part of the photo shoot!
WOOHOO! We are pleased to announce the arrival of our second CD, CORNSTALK FIDDLE! You can find it on CD Baby or come pick up a copy at a dance or concert this winter…. We’re kicking off our touring season in Burlington, VT, Brattleboro, VT and Concord MA next week. In mid November we’ll be in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and then in December we’re headed all the way across the northern tier of the US and southern Canada. Lots of fun to come! Check out our schedule for more details.
We’re back from our winter tours! Since the first hard frost ended the farming season last fall, we’ve bounced around the country, playing concerts and contradances from Maine to North Carolina to Florida, from California to Colorado and Idaho, and from Montana across the mid-west through upstate New York and Massachusetts back to the farm in Maine in time to see the last several feet of snow melt. We saw a lot of old friends on our travels and made more than a few new ones. Thanks to everyone who came out to a show!
We’re working on next winter’s bookings now, so if you’d like us to come to your town, please let us know!
We have a new CD for sale! Find it here!
Sassafras Stomp is a high-energy dance-band with one foot in Maine and one foot in western Montana. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions with a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic contradance sound marked by driving foot percussion and sweet harmony vocals. Increasingly, Sassafras Stomp performances also include banjo & mandolin player Putnam Smith.
Davis and Nordell’s collaboration began during a month-long musical residency in a tiny Montana town a stone’s throw away from the continental divide. After a debut performance at Seattle’s Northwest Folklife Festival, the duo established themselves as a regular band at dances across Montana. In 2010, they relocated to Davis’ home-state of Maine to start an organic farm and participate in the New England contradance community. They have since performed for a widening circle of dances, concerts and festivals across the northern tier of the country – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Montana, as well as southern Canada.