When the world is full of hate….Create!

Fall in Carolina

Just back from a trip to Olive Dame Campbell’s Folk School in Brasstown, NC – an inspiring location to collaborate with longtime New York compadres David and Sherry Lutken on an original play that takes place in 1920’s Appalachia.

This week we will reconvene in Malvern, PA, home of People’s Light Theatre, whose mission includes supporting new theatre works. We’re grateful for the opportunity to take part in the People’s Light Harmony Lab and look forward to meeting – and jamming with – other collaborative teams in the program.

New plays are not “produced”. They are carefully cultivated over time.

At People’s Light, we conceive, commission, develop, and premiere diverse new works of theatre that emerge from keen observation and investigation of our human experience. From plays inspired by contact with local communities to hybrid music theatre creations to our signature holiday pantos, we invest in new works that connect us to our region, invite cross-generational exchange, and foster dialogue about vital social issues.



Cactus shadows on the Airstream, Albuquerque, NM

Outside of Phoenix

Blues Harp Women is out now on Ruf Records

Blues Harp Women features 30 women harmonica players from around the world! Jane’s track, “Stuck On You,” is a Cajun-inspired acoustic blues, recorded with Austin Cajun band Rue La-La (Mark Viator and Marce Lacouture).

“With funky metallic percussion (triangle, agogo bells?) and searing slide guitar, Jane Gillman’s sly, riffing harp lines evoke Sonny Boy Williamson II on Stuck On You.”
—Robert H. Cataliotti,
Living Blues




Bad Dino

Bad Dino is an “urban field recording,” a musical compilation featuring 15 home-grown children’s songs performed by over 25 musical creatives from the diverse neighborhoods of Austin Texas.

Author/kid expert/grandmother Barbara Wilson-Clay wrote the song lyrics, and Jane Gillman is the composer and producer.

Each song features a style of American traditional music and one or two instruments – from hammered dulcimer to bowed psaltery to the usual suspects (fiddle, banjo, etc).This collection of simple, catchy songs from the perspective of the child inspires young listeners to tune into the words and the rhythm, get curious about instruments, move and sing.

Here’s a little sample of stations playing our Austin compilation:

  • WRIU Providence RI Bill Parker Children’s Music
  • KZMU Moab Utah Richard Schwartz Amarillo Highway
  • World Music Sounds Alessandria Italy Massimo Ferro
  • KVMR Nevada City CA Ruby Slippers
  • KDVS Davis CA Saturday am Folk Show
  • KXCI Tucson AZ Neutral Ground Betsi Meissner
  • Remo Ricaldone Happy Trails Turin Italy
  • RadioGirl’s Mixtape podcast Johanna Bodie Veendam, the Netherlands
  • John Aielli Eklektikos KUTX Austin
  • Gerry Goodfriend CKUT Montreal Folk Directions
  • KTRU Houston Chickenskin