Good Sunday afternoon! Oi! Oliver (the big-mouthed cat below) is singing along to “Mermaid and the Music Box” while I sign brand new copies of my debut solo album, Ostara! Yep, it’s done and available for purchase and download on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and many other online music retailers, as well as on Free Thought’s Facebook page. In addition, Ostara posters and limited-edition prints of the artwork featured in the Ostara CD booklet will soon be available for sale on jenvanderlyn.wordpress.com! Finally, keep an eye out for Ostara tour dates later on in the year! Click here to go to CD Baby to preview and buy!IMG_2377

Holy Moley! “Ostara,” my debut solo album is finished! But I need some help to get it pressed and distributed. So, here is a link to my just-now launched Kickstarter campaign. I have until January 10 to raise $3,000 to make my album sharable with the whole wide world. Anyone out there who can help me reach that goal? Spread the word! Any and all donations will be greatly, greatly appreciated and amply rewarded! Thank you!! Click here to visit the Kickstarter campaign!

With Free Thought currently on hiatus, I have also launched a new website: jenvanderlyn.wordpress.com. You can hear songs from the new album here, watch videos of past performances and keep up-to-date on my concert schedule.

Jen Vanderlyn and Free Thought Autumn Dates 2012

Thu., Sept. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Cultural Cocktail Hour – Butler-McCook House and Garden, Hartford, CT – free admission

Sun., Sept. 16, 11:30-12:15 p.m. - Autumn Handmade Market – Freight Street Gallery, Waterbury, CT – free admission

Sat., Sept. 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Family Nature Day – White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield, CT – $6 admission for all of day’s events

Sat., May 19, 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.Litchfield Historical Society Family Day – Litchfield History Museum, Litchfield CT – Jen Vanderlyn solo shows, free admission.

Sat., June 2, 6 – 9 p.m.
Green Well Organic Tea & Coffee – New Haven, CT – w/ guitarist Dave Koch. Also visit Green Well’s Facebook page or find them on Twitter: @greenwell44crwn. Free admission, BYOB.

Sun., June 10, 12 p.m. –
Litchfield Hills Road Race - Corner of Alain White Road and Constitution Way, Litchfield, CT – Free Thought show

June 23-24, June 30-July 1, July 7-8
Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire – Warsaw Park, Ansonia, CT – Jen Vanderlyn appearing with Kate Vanderlyn, three shows a day. Visit http://mfrenfaire.com/mfrf-schedule.html to download and view the complete performance schedule.

July 14, 6:45 p.m. – Danbury City Center – Danbury, CT – Free Thought opening for In Harmony, free admission.

July 15, 1-1:45 p.m.ArtZfest – Thomaston, CT – Free Thought performing. Find ArtZfest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArtZfest.

July 15, 4:15-4:45 p.m.Connecticut Ballet’s Summer Dance Caravan – Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT – Free Thought performing, followed by ballet performance.

July 30, 6 p.m.Tunes on the Dunes – Westerly Town Beach, Westerly, RI – Free Thought appearing with guitarist Dave Koch, opening for Steve Forbert, free admission.

Sat., Mar. 17, 5-7 p.m. - Art and Frame - Danbury, CT (Free show)

Fri., Mar. 30, 8 p.m. – The Buttonwood Tree: Singers in the Round with Tiff Jimber and Luis Narino – Middletown, CT (Tickets $10)

Fri., Apr. 6, 9:30 p.m. – Pickers’ Night Out at the Redding Roadhouse – Redding, CT (Free show with an assortment of musicians, myself included)

Fri., Apr. 13, 8 p.m. – Metta Friday at the Phoenix Rising Center – Thomaston, CT (Tickets $10, includes refreshments)

Sat., Apr. 28, 7-9 p.m. – Woodridge Lake - Goshen, CT (Free to residents)

Jen Vanderlyn performs at WCSU’s Midtown Coffeehouse Thursday, Jan. 19 from 9-9:45 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. This show is open to the public and free, though donations are welcome.

The Midtown Coffeehouse is located in Alumni Hall at Western Connecticut State University – Midtown Campus in Danbury, CT.

For more information, visit http://www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp

More dates to come!

Jen Vanderlyn is today’s guest blogger on “Writing Secrets of 7 Scribes” – the topic? Songwriting, of course! Check it out here!

Free Thought Autumn Dates 2011

Fri., Nov. 11, 8-10 p.m. – Bank Street Coffee House – New Milford, CT **Jen Vanderlyn solo show (Rescheduled from Nov. 4)

Sat., Nov. 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m. – Litchfield Historical Society Holiday Stroll, Litchfield, CT **Jen Vanderlyn solo show

More to come!

Just in case you missed it, were out of range, or just want to hear it again, here is a link to our July 14 interview with Stephan Allison on WESU FM: River Valley Rhythms – July 14

Free Thought Summer Dates 2011

Sat. July 9, 7-8 p.m. – Danbury City Center – Danbury, CT (Opening Act for The Larry Ayce Band)

Tues. July 12, 6-8 p.m. – Bushel Sposato Park – Westerly, RI

Sat., July 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Watertown Farmers’ Market, Watertown, CT

Sat. July 16, 4:30-5 p.m., 6-6:15 p.m. – Connecticut Ballet’s Summer Dance Caravan – White Memorial in Litchfield, CT

Wed. July 20, 7-9 p.m. – Litchfield Green – Litchfield, CT

Tues. Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m. – South Green (Union Park) – Middletown, CT

Sat., Aug. 6, 3:45-4 p.m. – Huntington Folk Festival – Heckscher Park, Main Street (Rte. 25A), Huntington, NY

Free Thought Radio and TV Appearances 2011

Thu. July 14, 4-5 p.m. – WESU 88.1 FM Middletown – River Valley Rhythms with Stephan Allison

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