Golden Days of May

Slippin' away, what can I say?

Won't you stay inside me, month of May

and hold on to me, golden day,

slippin' away.--James Taylor



May is finally here with Derby Day and Mother's Day and Memorial Day.  All to remind us how fast time passes, and how much we value the "golden days."  We hope you are enjoying some golden days, Raison friends! We certainly have a few golden days coming up in the merry month of May that we'd like to share with you.


South East Region Folk Alliance Conference in Montreat, NC


We are excited to attend our 6th SERFA conference this year held at North Carolina's beautiful retreat center near Black Mountain, Montreat. Chico Schwall, folk singer extraordinaire, described Montreat as "having a folk music conference at Hogwarts."  With the magic of the mountains, unique stone architecture of Assembly Inn, and all that music, I have to agree. 


Raison D'Etre has an official showcase this year at 7 pm on Saturday, May 17. We would love to see any NC friends who could make it over the mountain from Marion or any of our SoLaTiDo buddies who are in the area.  Showcases are open to the public for $10 a night, or for a $25 weekend pass, you can check out all three nights of music. Just come on up to Assembly Inn's convocation center on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights May 15-17 at 6:45 pm, and pay at the door. For details on the conference and registration fees, just go to  You will find a list of the official showcase performers and registration details, should you opt to attend. John McCutcheon will be our keynote speaker.


Of course, no SERFA would be complete without a full schedule of late night showcases. SERFA  runs eight showcase rooms a night from 10:40 pm to 2:00 am, The talent in those showcases is incredible!  Raison D'Etre will host our Old Kentucky Home Showcase on Friday night which always features good Kentucky-themed treats like Happy Balls Handmade Bourbon Balls from our friend, Ron Harris. 


Music Live@Lunch


When we get home from our Montreat adventures, we're pleased to return to Christ Cathedral's Live at Lunch Concert Series on May 20 from 12:10-12:50.  The start and stop times are odd because the cathedral chimes must ring on the hour. If you are looking for a great way to spend your lunchtime, come on downtown to 4th street.  The church offers a delicious lunch for purchase, or you are welcome to bring your own.  Concerts are free. Check our their line-up for this year at this website. I'm sure they are planning a new schedule for next year even as I type.


Vocal Arts Gazebo


We'll end May on a high note as we return to Summerfair on Saturday, May 31 for another set of the Vocal Arts Gazebo.  Come check out this glorious art show at beautiful Coney Island Park.  Our set begins at 1:30 pm.


Facebook MIlestone


We were delighted to break 700 "likes" on Facebook this week.  If you like us and haven't yet "liked" our Facebook page, we'd really love your support. All you have to do is go to our Facebook page at this link and click on the "like" button.  Social media really helps us spread the word about events you might find interesting.  So thanks if you already like us, and please like us if you haven't.


New Recording Project


We've been in our favorite studio, Group Effort, recording what's going to become our ninth project. We're hoping for a fall release of some songs we've learned for historic programs , a few sister act and swing songs we haven't yet recorded, and of course a few Raison tunes.  We'll keep you updated.


Here are a few golden days coming up on our schedule. Don't let May slip away.


Click on this link for a detailed calendar.


Raise on,

and don't defer those dreams!


Roberta of the Raison

Raison D'Etre