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Hello, it’s yer banjo playin’ friend, Andru, writing from the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar in Charlottesville, VA. My mother will be happy to hear that I’m drinking Lapsang Souchong — or as she so fondly calls it, “smokey tea” — and that it’s the finest cup of tea I’ve had in a long while. Hi, Mom!

Okay, greetings are done. Now to business. I’m traveling. I’m playing shows. I brought a fiddle. And I finally have a new song or two. So please visit me and I’ll play sad songs, happy songs, and travelin’ songs fer you, yer friends, yer children and yer neighbors.

And for those of you who wonder, my old postal jeep mentioned in the last of these newsletters is on its way to a new home amongst the oxen and blacksmythes at Tillers International: http://tillersinternational.org

Lemme know if you’d like to help advertise an upcoming show ’round you. I’ll happily mail some posters and something to show my appreciation. You can also download flyers and such from the website: http://promo.andrubemis.com

… and if anyone plans to drive from Richmond or Charlottesville to Harrisonburg for this weekend’s Mennofolk Festival, I’m looking for a ride.

All my banjo pluckin’ best to you ~ Andru _____________________________________________________

– RICHMOND, VA – 12 OCT (THU) Crossroads Coffee, 3600 Forest Hill Ave – #804.231.2030 (tentative; call to confirm; suggested donation)

– HARRISONBURG, VA – 13 OCT (FRI) @ 7PM – http://artfuldodger.org Artful Dodger Coffeehouse & Cocktail Lounge, 47 W Court Sq – #540.432.1179 (w/ Rachel Ries, I believe; suggested donation)

– HARRISONBURG, VA – 14 OCT (SAT) @ 5PM – http://mennofolk.org Campus Center Greeting Hall @ Eastern Mennonite Univ. (solo set for Mennofolk Harrisonburg Festival)

– HARRISONBURG, VA – 14 OCT (SAT) @ 8PM – http://mennofolk.org Lehman Auditorium @ Eastern Mennonite Univ. (Mennofolk Harrisonburg Festival; songwriters in the round w/ Rachel Ries, Trent Wagler, Katie Groves & Chuck Neufeld; opening for Over The Rhine)

– VIENNA, VA – 16 OCT (MON) @ 6PM – http://jamminjava.com Jammin’ Java, 231 Maple Ave E – #703.255.1566 (Monday night open-mic hosted by David Cotton)

– ALTOONA, PA – 18 OCT (WED) – aselfonceloved@yahoo.com houseconcert – #814.944.5277 (call or email for details)

– HERSHEY, PA – 19 OCT (THU) – http://cocoaperk.com Cocoa Perk, 1130 Cocoa Ave – #717.312.1444 (all-ages; suggested donation)

– PITTSBURGH, PA – 20 OCT (FRI) @ 8PM – http://quietstormcoffee.com Quiet Storm, 5430 Penn Ave – #412.661.9355 ($5; all-ages; w/ Elliot Sussman, d2k, & Redbeard)

– LAFAYETTE, IN – 21 OCT (SAT) @ 8PM – http://downtownrecords.net Downtown Records, 210 N 6th St – #765.742.1030 ($6; all-ages; Mike Reeb’s album release show!; also w/ Benjamin Ezra, Matt Sherger, Smalltown Heroes)

– MCHENRY, IL – 22 OCT (SUN) @ 8:45PM – http://cafeaeon.com Cafe Aeon, 3918 W Main St – #815.385.AEON ($3; all-ages)

– GOSHEN, IN – 23 OCT (MON) @ 7PM – http://theelectricbrew.com Electric Brew, 136 S Main St – #574.533.5990 (suggested donation; all-ages)

– (help?) – 24 OCT (TUE)

– LAKEWOOD, OH – 25 OCT (WED) – http://phoenixcoffee.com Phoenix Coffeehouse, 15108 Detroit Rd – #216.226.4401 (suggested donation; all-ages)

– DILLSBURG, PA – 26 OCT (THU) – communitea@riseup.net TBA (email for details)

– PHILADELPHIA, PA – 27 OCT (FRI) – kingbonk@gmail.com Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W Washington Ln (Bemis plays with a band! Extra special Halloween show & storytelling w/ King Bonk … Yay!!; email for details)

– PRINCETON, NJ – 28 OCT (SAT) @ 9PM – http://cafeimprov.com Cafe Improv @ ConTEMPORARY Arts Center, 301 N Harrison St – #609.924.8777 ($1; all-ages; complimentary juice & snacks)

– (help?) – 29-31 OCT (SUN-TUE)

– LAKE FOREST, IL – 09 NOV (THU) – http://lakeforest.edu Lake Forest College – howecs@charlotte.lfc.edu (email for details; all-ages; w/ Liam Carey) – http://liamcarey.net

– (help?) – 10 NOV (FRI) (w/ Liam Carey)

– MACOMB, IL – 11 NOV (SAT) @ 8PM – http://wiu.edu/wesley Common Grounds Coffeehouse, Western Illinois Univ., 1325 W University Dr – #309.836.5581 (free; all-ages; w/ Liam Carey)

– DEKALB, IL – 12 NOV (SUN) – addiocielo@yahoo.com houseconcert (email for details)

– SOUTH HAVEN, MI – 15 DEC (FRI) – http://southhavenarts.org South Haven Center For The Arts

– SOUTH HAVEN, MI – 12 JAN (FRI) – http://myspace.com/eaglestreettheatre Eagle Street Theatre (w/ Rachel Ries)

– (help?) – 13-16 JAN (SAT-TUE)

– CHICAGO, IL – 17 JAN (WED) – http://uncommonground.com Uncommon Ground (w/ Rachel Ries)

– MADISONVILLE, KY – 18 JAN (THU) – dowedar@hotmail.com Madisonville Community College Library

– EVANSVILLE, IN – 19 JAN (FRI) – http://evpl.org Evansville Central Library

– EVANSVILLE, IN – 19 JAN (FRI) – http://pennylanecoffee.com Penny Lane

– (help?) – 20-26 JAN (SAT-THU)

– ORANGEVILLE, ON – 26 JAN (FRI) TBA (w/ Rich Burnett)

– WINDSOR, ON – 27 JAN (SAT) TBA (w/ Rich Burnett)

– OAKVILLE, ON – 28 JAN (SUN) – http://themoonshinecafe.com Moonshine Cafe (w/ Rich Burnett)

– PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – 15 MAY (TUE) – http://calvert.lib.md.us Calvert Public Library

– COVENTRY, CT – 16 JUN (SAT) (private wedding)

Andru Bemis – https://andrubemis.com POB 172, South Haven, MI 49090-0172, USA