Sunday, october 22

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This year’s FODfest will reflect the roots where it all began 12 years ago… Back to the Backyard. And so for no other reason than to simply honor how and where this journey started and what would have been Daniel Pearl's 54th birthday, FODfest 2017 - Back to the Backyard will happen on Sunday, October 22 from 3-6pm outside the home of Music in Common founder & director Todd Mack.  

For more info:


To reserve a seat for this benefit concert: Call 413-528-0240

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4:00 - 4:30  Harvest of Hope,  at The Commons in Pittsfield, MA

All afternoon from 1:00 onward, music and workshops!

Sunday, August 27th

Dottie's Coffee Lounge

9 am - 10 am  Songs and Stories

please note it's an hour earlier than listed and starts at 9

444 North Street Pittsfield, MA  ~  413-443-1792


HOOT.LOVE    WITH THE HOPING MACHINE  -  in a down-home all ages community music festival                 Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, New York

  1:10PM  - 2:00PM

AUGUST 5th and 6TH


presenting 'Story Songs : Using Poetry and Music to Build Community and Heal'




JoAnne Spies and Special Guest Doug Tanner of the Gypsy Ramblers

Original songs, poems, and stories with a melodic groove. 

Guitar, ukelele, and tank drum;  banjo and mandolin.

6pm - 7pm

FREE and Open to the Public, in the lodge.

sunday, july 9th

sand springs benefit with amrita lash   ~ 3 - 4 pm

158 Sand Springs Road
Williamstown, MA 01267
P: (413) 458-6026

MAY 13 and 14th

EVERYDAY PEOPLE at Shakespeare & Company

Looking forward to premiering a new song with Jeanne Laurin Schnackenberg at Everyday People – CATA’s Annual Performance & Gala.

Everyday People will take place  at the Tine Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.

Saturday, May 13 – CATA’s Gala evening includes cocktails at 5 pm, performance at 6 pm, buffet reception with music and dancing to follow. Call 413-528-5485 for more information.

Sunday, May 14 – CATA’s Matinee is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The performance begins at 1 pm.

Here's link for tickets and more info.



I'm excited to be singing in concert with my friend Shawn Stevens on Saturday evening, alongside yoga teacher Jennifer Reis, May 20th at Kripalu.

Over the years Shawn has taken part in "Sounding Mohican Pathways,"  an educational and cultural exchange program that I created in collaboration with Tammis Coffin, Education Director at the Mission House. Thank you to the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Stockbridge Cultural Council for their help funding this program.

Note Special pricing is available for Berkshire County residents; $60 per day commuter fee from Friday to Sunday. For more information, call  866.200.5203.

Register here for Kripalu R & R week-end.

MAY 26th

    The Hoping Machine

     Songs of the Revolution

     with Sarah Lee Guthrie

     and the Hoping Machine singers

    More info here: The Guthrie Center

     Doors open at 6:00 show starts at 8:00


MAY 27th

 Mountain Blessing Song

      Come to Bascom Lodge at noon to kick off their 80th season by joining me in a mountain blessing song.

Incantations and Song Magic  2:30pm - 4:30pm

Mt. Greylock is not only the highest mountain in Massachusetts, but J.K. Rowling has designated it as the home of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardy!

Come join me at Bascom Lodge as we weave our magic, creating our own chants and songs.

Hogwarts Classroom = Bascom Lodge?

In this two hour workshop we will determine if we’re Thunderbirds, Horned Serpents, Pukwudgies or Wampuses and then create incantations, chants or poems based on our character. What is the sound at the heart of the snake horn fragment? Our creations can be performed or kept secret.

Rhythm instruments will be provided or found outdoors.

To register: email

Pay what you will: legal tender or dragon heartstring