Artscene 2021

Hey there, from the midwest… So, we were asked to play some tunes, for Artscene- an event, that showcases local artists. We played for two hours, and it was great fun… My nephew and his wife (Tyson & Patti) stoped by, and not only visited, but documented a few of the tunes… Wanted share the snippets w/ you…

Just wanted to share…

Hey kids. Had the obvious thought, that, we should share our friends YouTube pages…. So, here are just some of the amazing people/musicians we know…

The amazing Mike August. https://www.youtube.com/c/MichaelAugust

The wonderful Diane Poole… https://www.youtube.com/c/DianePoole

The stellar Elizabeth Brinker. https://youtube.com/c/ElizabethSafelyBrinker

And the Killer, Kirk Jones…! https://youtube.com/channel/UCJo37jOvYLzgxAA15podBvA

Don’t forget, the very talented Marc Gallagher. A UK star! https://www.youtube.com/user/MarcGallagherMusic

Fire and Rain

Hey there. Happy Autumn… Or Spring…. Depending on where you are…

So, haven’t posted anything for a couple weeks- been busy w/ irl stuff… But our friend Michael August has been on us with a stick, to post our take on this James Taylor classic. The Magtones put a spin on it… Hope you like it…

Play Music on the Porch Day

So, today is/was ‘Play Music on the Porch’ day… We took our ukes, and went down to Oregon, Il, to the Ukulele Station America, and hung w/ our friend, John Lindhorst, and the Rock River Strummers, to celebrate… Good times… 🎶

The Magtones at The Ukulele Station America http://ukulelestationamerica.com
Rock River, and Pretzel City Strummers represented

Two Rivers Fest

Hey, kids. We had the great fun of going to the Two Rivers Music Fest, a couple times, this weekend. Great tunes. Great friends. Big mosquitoes. 😉 🦟… Seriously, some amazing musicians… We were lucky enough to play on Thursday evening…

The Magtones, on the Two Rivers Stage
The lovely Maggie, ready to hit the stage

Willow 2021

Hi there. Hope you are all well… We’re fine. Been busy… Hey, it’s summer. We are supposed to be busy!!! Speaking of busy, we got home last night, from the 2021 Willow folk festival. We’ve gone for almost 20 years. Last year, like sooooo many other events, it was given the year off… This year was a smaller version of the fest, but still a ton of music, in and out of the camping cow pasture area.

There were several people who had passed, some from Covid, and some from other things, and that made it a bit sad. Our friend Al, was sorely missed, but not in a ‘sad’ way, but it wasn’t quite the same without him. He ran the sound system for almost 40 years, so, that was a change. However, the very talented Bill Bartilson, has had his hands on the knobs for several years, and he made quite sure, that the music sounded great! In fact, we were told, as we came off the stage, by a group of talented young peeps, that ‘your sonic texture was the best we’ve heard all day’… Means we sounded good… We take some credit for that…

The fest is actually at a country church. The stage is a hay wagon. Seats are 2X12’s on hay bales. Rustic is the byword… Anyway, there were familiar faces, new faces, and a lot of happy faces. Some great music. Some ‘enthusiastic’ music… Talking, eating, sharing, enjoying. And yes, we were cautious, w/ social distancing …

We got to be onstage THREE times, on Saturday. Once, as the Magtones. Once, to back up our new friend, Bruce. And, finally, as the backup to our amazing friend, Tommy… All, a lot of fun, and good tunes…

We’re here!!

Blue Heron

Hi there. Been a week or two… With all the celebrations of summer, and Independence Day, we’ve been busy.

We started this tune a couple weeks ago. It’s a Sarah Jarosz tune, Blue Heron, from her latest release. Loved it, from the first time we heard it. Our friend Mike August, (check out his YouTube page) added some killer mandolin, and vocals, to make it a really good tune. Hope you like it…

Goodbye, Al…

Our long time friend, Al, passed away a couple months ago. The time was right, last Sunday, to have a celebration/service/memorial, for him. Good words. Good tunes, in a way to honor, and remember him…

We played a tune, that we’ve done a hundred times before, mostly, with our amazing friend, Mike August ( check out his Youtube page ) . By Your Side… By the Everybody Fields… It’s what we wish we were, with our friend, Al… By his side…