Awful Purdies new music video is here! Thank you to Ron Reynolds for his wonderful camera work and editing, and to Pete Becker for engineering this track off our second album HIATUS. Please go to the Iowa Music Project for more details about submitting a track for the Songwriting Showcase!
This has been an incredible undertaking. Years of work for Sean Lewis and a year of work for us, with these last months in a vast rehearsal space figuring out how to fit our music (new and old) into a new kind of musical. On April 11th patrons at Luther College's Center for Faith and Life were the first audience to ever see "All Recipes Are Home". The band is seated stage left and upstage of most of the action. The cast sings with us, to us or the audience and sometimes we operate as their inner voice or part of the chorus. At times our music underscores scenes, creating a sonic landscape in which scenes unfold and the story drives forward. We arrived at these ways the music works in the piece through playing, experimenting, writing, scratching something and trying something new.
A couple weeks ago, I visited a Working Group Theatre/Awful Purdies rehearsal for the first time. When I entered their rehearsal space, the old library in Seashore Hall, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Before their run through began, there was a flurry of activity. The Purdies were warming up across from the staging area and the actors were putting on costume pieces and running through dance steps. I found a seat near the band in an out-of-the-way nook. The room eased into a performance without me hardly even noticing.
We are thankful for all the articles that have been written about our journey to collect farmers stories for All Recipes Are Home, but we thought it was time to write a little something about it from our viewpoint. Our accordion player Katie Roche is a featured writer in Edible Iowa River Valley and she contributed a feature story (turn to page 16 in the link, or read below) summarizing both the project and what we have learned so far.
Awful Purdies 3rd album All Recipes Are Home is now available for pre-order with an expected delivery date of April 2015. Click here to order. The album will either be delivered as a download code or you can have the album sent to in the mail. The album that will be sent will be an envelope of Seed Saver Exchange vegetable seeds with a Maximum Ames Records download card. This album is edible- plant the seeds, eat the produce and give it a listen this spring! Learn more about the All Recipes Are Home project here.
“A story circle is a simple way to for a group of people to share personal stories,” said Katie Roche, who plays accordion, xylophone, penny whistle, recorder and washboard for the group. She also is the development director for The Englert Theatre and the professional grant writer who wrote the grant from the Iowa Arts Council for the Awful Purdies.