This Week in Zoe News

There is none! Whoof!

So, I think we’re at the end of the Whistle Down the Wind and “Fare Thee Well” tour ride. Obviously, the book tour will hear things back up a little in September, but I think we’re back to “normal Zoe news”. Which will include a bit of US touring in April and, I hope I hope, some moves toward the next album.

My nasty cold still is debilitating me and Zoe’s back/leg/butt/nerve pain is ongoing (saw new PT today!)

We’re a sickly bunch here! What doesn’t kill us makes us very very unhappy.


This Week in Zoe News

We caught Joan Baez as she came through Manchester again:

The crowd applauded when she announced the song which was nice!

There are some reviews of her last UK shows.


In contrast, the previous president was honoured in Zoe Mulford’s “The President Sang Amazing Grace”, a moving song about Obama’s rendition of the hymn at the service for the Charleston Church shooting victims in 2015. “The President came to speak some words, And the cameras rolled and the nation heard”.


There was room in her repertoire for a younger generation of writers, including Antony and the Johnson’s Another World, Josh Ritter’s Silver Blade, which may or may not be an ass-kicking response to the haunting folk standard Silver Dagger, and Zoe Mulford’s The President Sang Amazing Grace, composed in response to the Charleston shootings of 2015.

Zoe’s also been really nice to me as I’ve been home sick the past few days.

This Week in Zoe News

Some Folk Alliance notice:

Cleveland Heights musician Charlie Mosbrook loved it, but suffered “culture shock” because Montreal was not as accommodating to the disabled as America. He had a tough time getting around in his wheelchair, but managed to perform and see many of his musical heroes, like Livingston Taylor.

“Livingston took time to talk to me and give me some advice about performing,” he said. “I also enjoyed seeing Zoe Mulford, who was awarded one of the Folk Alliance’s song of the year for ‘The President Sang Amazing Grace.’ ”


Joan comes around again:

Zoe Mulford’s The President Sang Amazing Grace, released in 2017, could be from another age, whereas Woody Guthrie’s Deportee, written in 1948, is all too topical.

Peter Tork died. Zoe’s mom grew up with him (the first boy she ever kissed!) and Zoe met him. She wrote a nice reminiscence:

Sad to hear of the passing of Peter Tork. My mother knew him when he was “that Thorkelson Boy down the road” – before he went off to California and got famous. He was, in fact, the first boy she ever kissed. I don’t believe she told me this when I was a child watching the Monkees on TV. I heard about it years later, when she was on tour with me in New England. She had gotten back in touch with Peter through his website sometime after his throat surgery, and she took me to visit him in the house where he grew up, in Storrs, CT. “Are we visiting a famous musician or an old friend of the family?” I asked. “Friend of the family,” she said, so that is what we did. We drank herbal tea and he played the banjo for me. He and my mom recalled the local swimming hole and twinkled at each other, and we said goodbye. Later in that trip, I did a radio spot where the DJ said “I bet you can’t guess who this is,” and played an a capella Spanish Christmas carol for four voices. My mother leaned in to the mic. “That’s the Monkees,” she said.

This Week in Zoe News

Quick summary: Whistle did not win a Grammy but “President is Folk Alliance’s song of the year. Probably the right way round if you only get one!

Roots Magazine (Canada) had a write up:

The Song of the Year award was presented by Lisa Schwartz. Zoe Mulford won that award for her song “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” which was very ably recorded by the legendary Joan Baez. Ms. Mulford accepted the award with immense humility and grace and thanked the folk music community for its part in the song coming to the attention of Ms. Baez, who had heard it on folk radio and then chose to record it herself.

Here’s a very nice write up of one of Joan’s recent concerts:

When she introduced ‘The President Sang Amazing Grace’ she said it was about Obama visiting a church to console the survivors of a shooting. The song told the rest of the story and I was in tears once again like I was for much of the night. I can’t describe how spot on the song is and how well the sad story is told. 

The news was not voluminous but it was cool.

“President” is Folk Alliance’s Song of the Year!


Given that Zoe traveled to Montreal not long after getting back from a long trip to the US, not long before her next trip to the US, with terrible sciatic pain, into a 26 year record snowstorm…let’s just say I’m glad it was not for naught.

Her acceptance speech was live streamed and pretty good! She read the names of the murdered which I like a lot.

I grabbed some screenshots. It was very exciting even remotely:

Skin Sensitivity

The all nighter was a success but now am I arthritisy with the worst bit being all over skin sensitivity and pain. This happens to various degree. At KR/DL in 2006 I woke up because the very light sheets was causing me too much pain just from the pressure. This isn’t as bad but now I can’t sleep.

So I’m watching the Folk Alliance live stream hoping Zoe wins:

Hidden Things

My mom went through a phase where she was hiding gummy worms in my brother’s stuff. (Gummy worms were pretty new in our parts.) My other brother and I only twigged because she hid one in his cheesesteak and that didn’t work out so well. She put Mexican hat gummies in my hat but I think that was a secondary gesture to keep me from feeling left out.

Why gummy worms? Why my brother? There may be a back story but it’s just as likely a whim.

Of course, I’ve told Zoe these stories (partly to explain some of my own quirks).

This is what I found today:

That is an eye in the lychee box.

Why do we have an eye to put in the lychee box? It was a back up Halloween thing she made for me in case the unicorn horn didn’t work out.

When confronted with the eye of the lychee storm, she said: “I didn’t want it to go to waste!”