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Tuesday, October 12,2010

A harvest of new music

Chris Dorman launches a new album — and a new farm

by Jeremy Martin
(Tuesday, Oct. 12) In the past
three years Chris Dorman’s musical adventures have taken him from the east side
of Lansing, creating music with friends, to releasing an album backed by a
Who’s Who of Michigan folk artists. He moved to New England to continue
progressing as a musician; the move inspired him to record a just-released second
album, "Sita."

At the same time his career was taking Dorman to places he
never expected, his family was doing the same thing. Despite investing three
years into an agriculture program at Michigan State University, Dorman’s
partner, Corey, decided to apply for a teaching position at Sterling College in
Vermont. When she received the job offer, the young family packed up and headed
east.


“I was just picking up strides with my music career in
Michigan and we were having a really good time, living in a nice neighborhood.
But when she got the job, we thought it all through and decided to go for the
adventure,” Dorman said, explaining the move to Vermont was only the beginning
of a new and exciting lifestyle.


“A week before we moved we found out there was an
opportunity to buy a farm through the Vermont land trust.”


That opportunity turned out to be the Bread and Butter Farm,
a working and educational endeavor run by Chris, Corey and two of their
friends.


“It’s a bakery and a raw milk dairy. We’re producing cream
year round. We also have pigs for pork,” Dorman said.


“The educational aspect will be focused on land-based
education and music education. We’ll have a musical concert series and a music
festival in the future as well. So we’re really just trying to build a
community farm, a working farm and a place that will be able support multiple
families in the future.”


That will be on hold for a while at least, while Dorman
travels back to Michigan to help support families in another way: through his
music.


On Sunday, Sept. 17, he will stop by Gone Wired Caf' (2021
E. Michigan Ave.) to play a show for children and those who remain children at
heart.


“It’s going to be an hour of stories and songs and funny
antics to get the kids laughing. We’ll do a lot of sing-alongs of familiar
tunes, you know: ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ and all the classics, mixed in
with some originals that I’ve written with kids in mind.


“I wouldn’t have thought to do that until I had my own kid.
Kids love music of all kinds, so I’ll be playing some of my original tunes
intended for adults as well.”


Dorman’s original material includes the new song “Magnolia,”
a tune inspired by nearby Magnolia Avenue, where his son Henry was born and his
family began to grow, and “Family Farm,” a track about being tied to the land,
both physically and spiritually.


The idea of playing a show for younger fans is nothing new
to Dorman, who recently appeared on a children’s album assembled by the Earth
Work Music Collective.


“I wrote a lullaby for Henry, played the hammered dulcimer
and sang that on that album,” he said. “We had intention behind the songs we
wrote, not wanting to dumb down our music. (Children) can really absorb as much
as we give them.”


Dorman mentioned he loves the recent trend of musicians
writing children’s songs that treat children like the intelligent people they
are.


The stop at Gone Wired is one of eight shows Dorman will be
doing in Michigan before heading back to his new home in Vermont, where he
hopes to continue progressing his music and building both his family and his
farm.


“It’s been a pretty wild adventure,” Dorman said.



Chris Dorman

Noon, Sunday, Oct. 17

Gone Wired Caf'

2021 E. Michigan Ave.

Free



Also performing at
8 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 23


(SCENE)
Metrospace

410 Abbott Road, East Lansing

Full band album release party

w/Gifts or Creatures and Red Tail Ring

$5


For
more information, visit www.chrisdormanmusic.com

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