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Look What We Got!

This just came in the mail today:

It’s the first copies of our debut album recordings, the CD Bright Northern Skies and EP one for a lover! Between the two we have 19 original songs, all written and performed by Thornfield with some fantastic guest musicians. Your favorite Thornfield songs — Lucien, Denali, Dinosaur, Mary Sang, Trust Me to Stay, and so many more — are all here.

CDs will be available for sale at our CD release concert and farewell party on July 21. Shortly after that they’ll be online (including iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, and most major online retailers) for those of you who can’t make it to one of our live shows. Details are coming soon here or on Facebook. (If you don’t like us there yet…. why not?)

Kudos to Applewhite Design for the splendid cover artwork, by the way, and to Dana Jo Photography and Zane Davis (respectively) for the cover photos.

Thanks to all of you, our devoted fans, for helping make this achievement possible! We can’t wait for you to hear our music. To celebrate the occasion, and to tease you just a little bit more, here’s another clip:

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July 21:
CD Release Concert & Farewell Party

It’s been a long time since the last time I saw your face…

… and it’ll be even longer if you don’t come out for Thornfield’s CD Release Concert and Farewell Party!

After months of being holed up in a studio with nothing but Fig Newtons and Werther’s Originals to give us the illusion of ease, we’re finally nearing the completion of – not one – but TWO brand new Thornfield albums! Assuming all goes well in the final weeks of album prep (::fingers crossed::), both our full-length album, Bright Northern Skies, and our EP, one for a lover, will be at your disposal to do with what you like (besides unauthorized reproduction, ye pirates!), whether you need music for your private prog-indie-rock dance parties or shiny new coasters.

Due to some exciting developments (involving grad school for one and a baby for the other), this will be Thornfield’s final gig for a long while here in Chicago. And with some awesome surprise guests, you won’t want to miss it! Included in the evening’s showcase will be Lakeview’s own naysaying blues brother, Petras, yet another reason to come out.

There is NO DOOR CHARGE, appetizers will be provided, and all (over 21) will be welcome to BYOB if so desired. (What more need we say?) However, please remember to bring cash if you would like to purchase one or both of Thornfield’s new albums, as the Tip Top has not yet been upgraded to accommodate credit cards ($15 for Bright Northern Skies; $5 for one for a lover — or both for only $20!).

The concert will be hosted by Autumn Space, a fantastic art gallery on the north side of Chicago — 1700 W. Irving Park Rd. (a block from the brown line), #207.

Hope to see you there! In the meantime, please support us by officially “liking” us on Facebook.  To whet your appetite for the evening and for our album, here’s an itsy bitsy sample of one of our favorite songs, “The Watchman’s Back.”  Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: Thompson House Presents

On May 26, we had a special gig at Thompson House on the campus of the University of Chicago. We shared the evening with some other talented performers in various art forms including slam poetry, hip-hop dancing, classical and folk music, and absurdist performance art. So naturally, we fit right in, more or less.

Here’s a gallery of photos from the evening, showing us and several of our new friends in action. (Credits to Charles and Bethel and Carrie.)

If you have any more photos or videos of your own from this event or others, why not share them on our Facebook page? And if you haven’t officially become our fan yet, be sure to like us while you’re there. Big news about the CD will be coming soon!

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Thornfield Recording: Behind the Scenes

So, big news! In case you haven’t heard, Thornfield is in the process of recording our very first studio album, with help from our friends at Handwritten Recording and a few special guest musicians. So far it’s looking like we’ll have a good number of tracks, including concert favorites like “Denali,” “Dinosaur,” and “Trust Me to Stay.”

Our first session was last Saturday, and the second is coming up this weekend.On her blog, Jenna has been doing some great write-ups, complete with behind-the-scenes photos, of our recording experience so far. Here’s a little taste:

We did all “basic tracks” for this first session. In other words: guitars, drums, piano. All the voice stuff and extras (cello, harmonica, bass, melodica, guitar riffs, egg shaker, tambourine, djembe, vocals, etc.) will come later. The reason: this is a one-room studio, and with everyone playing at once you’re bound to get “bleed” when you play multiple instruments simultaneously–sounds from the piano leaking into the guitar mic, the drum leaking into the piano mic, etc. So we wanted to save anything fiddly (like vocals, which we’re bound to be very picky about) or non-essential extras for an overdub track during the second recording session.

To keep us from cutting and pasting the whole things, you should go read them here and here (UPDATE: and now another one here). No, really, you should.

We can’t wait for you to hear the finished product as soon as it’s ready! Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribe to our email list with the handy widget on the right, for more regular updates. (There will be updates here, too, but those seem to be a bit more regular at the moment for some reason.) Or, if you want to help make our recording even better, why not drop a few dollars in the “Tip Top” in the sidebar?

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“Acoustic Blend”: Featuring Thornfield and friends!

The air has a chill and the leaves are turning… perfect weather for a folk night out!

Acoustic Blend
‎7:00PM Friday, October 14th
Location: The Tapestry, 3824 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL

Come and enjoy a flavorful blend of folk and other singer-songwriter styles of music! Acoustic Blend, the folk arm of Holy Trinity Church’s fusion concert series, will be an enchanting night full of opportunities to connect with America’s musical roots, as well as a few of its current budding shoots.

Several songs with Thornfield will be featured, along with lots of our wonderful musical friends. Swing along to the back porch Appalachian music of sisters Amy Floweree and Rachel Dawson and tap your toes to the fiddle of Matthew Carlson. Savor the soulful blues/roots inspired, eclectic guitars of Petras. Unwind to the sweet harmonies of Thornfield (Carrie and Eric Pazdziora + Jenna Satterthwaite), and the euphonious talents of some of Chicago’s finest musicians, including Jonathan Gilley, Jon Lin and Graham Nelson. We expect even more, so you don’t want to miss it!

Please save the date in your calendar, and check back soon for the location. Looking forward to “folking out” with you!

Here’s the official event on Facebook: Acoustic Blend. If you haven’t already, like Thornfield on Facebook too!

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September 10 – Gig at CityGrounds

Join us for another gig at CityGrounds coffee bar in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.  It’s Saturday September 10th, and we start at 8 PM. We’ll be performing two (different!) 45 minute sets, and we would LOVE to see you there! Rain is forecasted, so how better to enjoy the evening than with a hot coffee and live music?


CityGrounds Coffee Bar

507 W. Dickens (near Lincoln & Armitage)
Chicago, IL
Thornfield’s back at CityGrounds with even more fresh tunes and sweet harmonies. The perfect acoustic setting for the folk/jazz/bluegrass/blues phenomenon that is Thornfield, CityGrounds brews up the most delicious lattes and serves the most delectable pastries in Chicago (according to Carrie’s and Jenna’s oh-so-refined-tastes). So if you haven’t caught a show yet, now’s the time! Whether coming from a gorgeous day at the beach or from a rainy day in your pj’s, you’re welcome to mosey on down to Lincoln Park for a delightful evening with good music and great drinks with Thornfield at CityGrounds!
If taking the CTA to this event, the #11 bus can drop you off practically at CityGrounds’ doorstep (Lincoln & Dickens). If driving, please give yourself PLENTY of time to find parking, as the free variety can be scarce. If you know other friends are coming, we suggest carpooling!


Click here to find the official event page on Facebook, and like us if you don’t already. We like you!

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