Here are some links to wonderful
people and organizations (click on the images
below). The list is not close to
all-inclusive of those I cherish, as I simply
can't keep up with the dozens and dozens of
brilliant artist friends I've made over the
years. I've added a few of late and kept
the ones I'd entered years ago. From here
on, it's likely that I will add only
organizations and people with a humanitarian
connection or some other sensational
Possibilities is an organization that does a
remarkable amount of good in the world --
with direct service projects and no-interest
micro-loan funding. I am proud to
serve on the board of this organization.
From the Heart is a 220-voice women's chorus
directed brilliantly by my friend, Joanne
Connolly. They are based in
Portsmouth, New Hampshire with their
performance home at South Church.
Their concerts are often sold-out events
filled with gorgeous arrangements and
renditions of diverse works with great
respect for tradition and the broad range of
cultures their chosen music
represents. Voices also supports
humanitarian causes. One of our best
resources for spirit lifting in the region.
Welch is a dear friend and, among many other
remarkable attributes, a fine painter.
He painted the cover art for my recording
"The Spokes Man."
His heart is as fine as his art.
is a wonderful organization serving first
nation people in northern Canada. Please
read about their work. World-reknowned
harmonica player, my friend, Mike Stevens,
is a founder of this amazing effort bringing
music and spirit where it is so desperately
needed. They are most deserving of our
Kyle Carey has given me a huge boost
through her friendship and
collaboration. I have served as her
accompanist and also as a co-bill artist
on tours she has organized. Her
Gaelic-Americana songs are
brilliant. Do yourself a favor and
find her wonderful, critically-acclaimed
album, "Monongah." It's always on
rotation in the Werth home.
Masterful singer-songwriter/publisher Deidre
Randall's brain and heart-child,
Writers In the Round is a concept, a radio
show, a performance, a community, a
journey... I've participated in seven of the
first eight WITR retreats on Star Island off
NH's coast and in multiple WITR shows. The
retreats and the people assembled for them
have had a lifelong impact on my writing and
boosted my friend holdings by a heartload.
If you're a writer or even a "would-be,"
(which makes you a "could be" in my book)
take a look... I now co-direct these
with Ellen Taylor.
Guy Capecelatro III -- Guy is a genius in
the loveliest of ways. I enjoy every rare
minute I'm around him. The most prolific
writer I've ever met. At the writers'
retreats we'd all measure our new song
output in a ratio to Guy's. If you had a 2:7
day (you:Guy), you were kickin' ass. Guy's
first 7 were all written between breakfast
and lunch however. And they were all great.
Francey... He and his wife/partner Beth have
changed my life in wonderfully potent ways
and I am forever grateful. David is one of
the finest songwriters the world has ever
heard (yes... the world has ever heard...)
and I'm proud to be his pal and associate.
Here he is on the big screen accepting his
third Juno Award, in 2008 -- this one for
the album I had the honor of co-producing
with him and Ken Friesen -- "Right
dazzles with voice, flute, and heart. There
is a lightness and calm in her playing and
singing that soothes the spirit. "Where
Swallows Fly" is a gorgeous recording with
great band mates including her brilliant
husband, Geoff Somers, who was one of the
early accompanists for David Francey.
They've both become great pals to both Liz
Longtime friend and
T.S. Baker took some time from public
performing, serving as artist in residence at
a wonderful service organization - Steppingstones,
in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tammy reworked
my hardly-heard song, "You Save Me" into a
wonderful, more polished and accessible
co-write and ended up submitting it to
Kerrville New Folk along with a grand song of
her own earning finalist status (that's
huge!). She invited me in on her hauntingly
beautiful solo release CD, "Through
the Shadows," which includes the only
existing recording of "You Save Me."
Cynthia Chatis is a virtuoso flautist with a
beautiful, rich singing voice as well. She
plays all things wind near as I can tell. And
she can squeeze the shruti
box with the best of 'em (she let us
borrow hers for David's "Right of Passage"
CD). We've collaborated on a number of
projects to my great delight - many of them
weddings. Don't get married without her! Cynthia's CD "Wind" is filled
with peace and light -- just lovely. She's a
masterful teacher, soloist, accompanist and
met an instrument my friend Kate couldn't
play... magnificently. This "Irishy Girl"
can rattle off in fluent Gaelic and then
sing and play to melt your heart -- piano,
harp, whistles, bodhran, doozlekranger (I
made that up, but I bet she could play it).
Great sense of humor and insight. Beautiful
Reid and Joyce Andersen, have far too many
credits to do justice to them here
(including son, Otto and "the new one").
Both are world-class musicians. They
collaborated on a book project that amazes
me. "Song Train" is filled with over 50,
2-chord songs in the form of written word,
chord positions, and 4 full CD recordings of
their own performances of them. Their
mission is to get people playing and singing
great songs, even those who have little or
no experience doing so. It's instructional,
historical, enlightening, joyful... Ask for
it at your bookstore and check it out on
Tannis Slimmon. Lucky Blue. An album I can
have on repeat for 8 or 9 days straight. She
and husband Lewis - both gems in person - are
masters of potent subtlety. One of our
favorite listens on the tour, with a
production value worthy of study and
The Good Lovelies. Bright, funny, jazzy,
edgy in a sweet way. Met them for the first
time at the Atlin festival and was instantly
smitten with their innocent charm... oh and
their talent.. yes their great talent...
Sunshine in a package of three.
Soaring in their brilliant career, most
Paul is a wonderful and fascinating man and a
long-time friend. He, like me, left a
comfortable university job to pursue a dream
with courage and conviction. He's doing it...
entertaining, and also supporting and
enriching lives through the art of hypnosis.