Oct. 12 2010 12:00 AM

Chris Dorman launches a new album — and a new farm

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    (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, visitwww.chrisdormanmusic.com