Tuesday, July 15, 2003
7-12-2003 – Dawson House Concert in Potomac, Md

As we enter the Dawson House Concert, the host Gene is trying to tune in a tape of a TV show of one of his past house concerts from a Montgomery County local TV channel.

While the host is trying to watch a tape of one of his past shows, tonight we are here to see is a live concert.

I think Gene does not find show, I am not sure. But see the schedule at the end of this post - Gene sent this out yesterday to let all of know when it is on, on local stations in nearby counties.

I tell several people that I hear the Baltimore Sun article on the Panzer House concert probably will be in the Sun on Thurs. 7-17-03. Newspaper and now local TV are really picking up on the House Concert phenomena! We meet several couples here who attending a house concert for the first time, having read about the Dawson’s in the local Gazette.

We came to see Rick and Audrey, who we have seen many times before, and chat with them as they are setting up in the living room. We have heard that Dulcie Taylor is good too, but are seeing her for the first time tonight.

I ask Gene and Sue about their upcoming daughter’s wedding, which preempts any house concert in Sept. (But two concerts in July and one in August – all with wonderful performers. A lot to do while planning a wedding! You folks are great!)

Opening first is Tom Forsey, a singer-songwriter, discovered by the Dawsons at the song-circle following their April concert. Gene introduces Tom as one who creates vivid pictures of characters, has raspy vocals and a world-weary tone. All this is evident in his justice seeking song from his soon to be released 3rd CD. The song is titled:
When the Anchor Takes Them Down
Two in A Million - is a song that is an unique mix of gratitude and independence
Clear Out of Here – a song all commuters can relate to.

Rick and Audrey are next accompanied by Dayana Yochim, a treasure of a cello player (She is the second cello player in the Dawson’s living room. The first was Fred Lieder who accompanied Lisa Moscatiello.) The cello adds so much, is it a new trend in singer-songwriter music? I first saw Dayana with Rick and Audrey at Margie’s Baltimore House concert in the winter and love what Dayana adds to this group. Rick and Audrey play many instruments themselves. They didn’t bring all with them, but Audrey did put on a set of ankle bells. Oh “folk” music is getting more exciting! This music is playful. joyful, harmonious – fun. Their set includes:
Open the Gate Love – the only song I have heard inspired by a Commodore 64 computer game, a song of fantasy, with fairy tale qualities – charming.
Denmark Ain’t so Far from Here
Audrey’s song about falling in love on a boat trip
Shining, Shine Shining

And I am smiling, smiling smiling. Their set is too short. When can I hear them again? Oh at the Year of the Rabbit in Bowie Md on 8/1 and at the Takoma Park Folk Festival, on 9/7/. And if I can sell the Bruce Springsteen ticket I foolishly bought not remembering Peter Mayer was going to be at the House in the Woods barn concert on 9/13, I could see them open for Peter Mayer. And Sat, 9/19 Opening for Billy Jonas! At the 333 Coffeehouse –Annapolis, MD. And of course online, from their Washington Post MP3 page -

The main act is Dulcie Taylor accompanied by John Landau and Robert Schonberger– Impressively Dulcie just opened for John Gorka at the Ramshead -– these first songs are off her current CD’s:
I Don’t Know Anymore
Corazon Frio
It Ain’t Love
Goodnight ‘Til Then
Spirit of Love
The songs after the break are from the new CD she is working on -
The Other Side of the Bed
Blackberry Winter
Out of my Blood
Pillow like a Stone
Easy for You
Seaboard Train
Love Like Yours and Mine
Too far to Fall

An audience member, Jean (who overcame a great deal to make it tonight) had urged Gene for months to book Rick and Audrey and Dulcie Taylor. Gene gives her for credit for making great recommendations! At the break, Jean praises Dulcie. I am not sure I can quote her exactly, but basically that her songs are so sweet, they touch everyone. She should be world renown. She has such a way with words…you see a new thought (a new way of seeing things).

Karen (a Mack Bailey fan) introduces me to a duo, Bumpkin Pie, whom she and others here have seen at the open mike at the Jammin Java and elsewhere. Bumpkin Pie’s Michael Dunkley is a great Dulcie Taylor fan. He says she has a nice balance of southern compassion with just a touch of mischief; her songs are about real life, and she has a wonderful spirit.

For several songs Dulcie played a lovely lap dulcimer and sings with her lyrical Southern accent. I think her songs speak clearly and directly to the audience. To me, her songs have a country music sound, somewhat like what I might hear on the radio. My husband and the audience love it.

I am impressed with her presence; these are my impressions only - I see her as the kind of Southern woman who knows who she is. And it is like her aura is both unassuming and one of quality – as though at some level she doesn’t need to prove anything. Her art just is, it flows through her and she is the quality that transmits it.

There is a song circle after this concert but we couldn’t stay this time. We don’t know how late the music continued. Thanks Gene and Susan for great hospitality (gourmet snacks), and an abundance of music – more than we could sample given our schedule the next day.

Mark Cohen, Host of the Coffeehouse TV program aired on various cable TV channels produced a house concert special on the emerging popularity of house concerts that airs now through the end of August. Featured venues are: Dawsonconcerts, North Potomac, MD, Weil Sing, Takoma Park, MD, Holden's Lair, Baltimore, MD. Following is the airing schedule for The Coffee House:

District of Columbia Channel 5 (Comcast); 10 (Starpower): Sundays, July 20, and August 3, 17, and 31, at 6:30 p.m.

Anne Arundel County Channel 99: Sundays at 9 p.m.
Baltimore City Channel 42/5: Saturdays at noon and 6 p.m.; Mondays, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. (or call 410-951-4200 for any change in scheduling)

Carroll County Channel 19: Thursdays at 3 p.m.

Harford County Channel 3 (Comcast 7): Mondays at 8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Howard County Channel 71: Thursdays at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Montgomery County Channel 13: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (beginning mmediately)

Montgomery County - Channel 21: Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 11 a.m. (beginning Wednesday, July 16)

Prince George's County - Channel 76: Mondays, July 21 & 28, and August 18 & 25, at 10:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, July 22 & 24, and August 19 & 26 at 6 p.m.; and
Thursdays, July 24 & 31, and August 21 & 28 at 6 p.m.

Virginia Arlington Channel 33: Wednesdays at noon; Sundays at 10:30 p.m.

Virginia - Fairfax County Channel 10: Thursdays, July 24 & August 28 at 11:00 p.m.; Fridays, July 25 & August 29 at 10:30 p.m.

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