NEWS

  • A Well-Heated Venue on a Cold Winter Night

    On Friday, January 10th, I'll be returning to the Trinity House Theatre, which is one of my favorite venues in Michigan. It's a lovely, quiet little place with a small old cemetary next to it surrounded incongruously by vast swaths of southeastern Michigan sprawl. Like those tiny neighborhood parks around which cities imposingly grew, the theater and its cemetary have persevered through the years and now represent a healthy artistic community.

    Here's what I can offer:

    • A well-heated venue on a cold winter night
    • Piano and accordion accompaniment by my longtime friend and collaborator Patrick Herek
    • A wonderful opening set by singer/songwriter Ian Link
    • Jumper cables (if required)

    I'm confident that I can deliver on those four promises and can probably offer more, but will stop there, just in case. 

    Happy new year.
    TM 



  • Yuletide

    I've filled my flask with single malt and waxed my wooden skis. Winter weather is here and all of the traditions that arrive with it. Wool coats, wool socks, irresponsible drivers, Salvation Army bell ringers, Vince Guaraldi's piano, and of course, Mittenfest! For eight years now, the Yuletide season has ended with a festival of music and good cheer benefiting the 826 Michigan creative writing and tutoring program. This year, I have the honor of opening the festival which takes place at Woodruff's in Ypsilanti from December 27th to the 31st. I'm the first act on Day One, so come join me at 7:15pm on Friday, December 27th and we'll ring in Mittenfest Vlll and ring out the old year.

    Cheers!
    TM 

  • End of the Season

    How much more black could Black Friday be?  The answer is none. None more black.

    I'll be celebrating seasonal commerce with a rare daytime show at Flying Otter Winery in Adrian, MI. It's their second anniversary party and they'd be glad to sell you some wine while I sing songs from 1 to 3pm.

    Cheers!
    TM 

  • Surf & Turf, Vol. 1

    Many years ago I came up with a concept show that paired a set of maritime music with a set of old cowboy and western songs.  It would be titled "Surf & Turf". Originally, I thought it would be a DJ set in some dingy old bar where I would just get to drink whiskey and spin Louis Killen and Tex Ritter records all night.  Eventually it seemed a like a more exciting idea to actually learn a bunch of these songs and play them live, but learning 30+ new songs seemed a bit daunting and I never quite got around to committing myself to the task.  

    Earlier this year, after hearing my friend Dave Boutette pull out some wonderful old cowboy standards at a gig, it occured to me to ask if he'd want to take over the "turf" portion of the project allowing me to focus just on maritime songs which are my personal preference anyway.  Calls were made, a venue was booked and we each got to work learning songs of land and sea.

    Set One: Timothy Monger sings sea chanteys and related maritime music
    Set Two: Dave Boutette sings cowboy songs and lonesome ballads of the open range 

    The show is at Old Town Tavern in Ann Arbor on Sunday, November 17th. It's free and begins at 8pm.

  • I Am Autumnaton

    I'm not so busy wearing sweaters and drinking dark beer that I can't stop to play guitar once in a while.  I'll put down my Ray Bradbury novel twice this week in order to play some music for you.  Then it's back to classic October tasks like long introspective walks and raking.

    Wednesday, October 9th: To celebrate John Lennon's birthday, I'll be playing a Beatles song at the Veterans For Peace benefit concert at The Ark in Ann Arbor. The show features a lot of great acts and starts at 7:30pm. Info here.

    Friday, October 11th: Because I love hanging out at Adrian's Flying Otter Winery with my guitar and because the weather has been so damned perfect, I'm going to sing from 6-8pm out in the wine pavilion overlooking the vineyard.  It's very pretty and it's a nice drive down there.  Show up!

    Cheers!
    TM 

  • Lack of Impending Disasters Bodes Well For Upcoming Shows

    I'll be making my debut at two different Michigan venues in the month of August.  On Saturday, August 17th I'll sing where beer is made at the Chelsea Alehouse. They appear to have a pretty active music scene going on over there and I'm fond of craft beer.  There would have to be some sort of zombie epidemic or evil robot invasion for that not to be a fun night.

    The following weekend on Saturday, August 24th, my bandmates will be joining me for a rare all-acoustic State Park appearance at Hollerfest out in the Irish Hills area.  Many great bands and friends will be playing throughout the weekend at this outdoor music festival and it would take some sort of horrible plague or massive earthquake to prevent me from enjoying myself.

    Have I jinxed it?  Send me your hate mail if any of these things (aside from the gigs) come true.

    TM 

  • August Heir

    Is there anything better than the first glimmer of tilted late summer light?  August is the ripened pear in the orchard of the year.  Decadent with summer's festivities and celebrations and literally bearing the season's fruits but haunted by the approach of autumn and the winding down to year's end.  Playing in a vineyard on an August night is a charming gig and I'm glad to be able to do so one more time this summer.  Come visit me at Flying Otter Winery out in Lenawee County on Friday, August 2nd

    If that isn't your style and you prefer to take in the busy festival atmosphere while you still can, I'll be doing three solo sets the following day in my old hometown of Brighton during the Brighton Fine Arts & Acoustic Music Festival.  I will be appearing at multiple stages throughout the day beginning at 1pm.

    Cheers!
    TM

  • Storms, rain, heat, humidity, monster sized corn crops...  July always seems to go to extremes.  It's the crease where the year folds in half and you can find a lot of weird things there caught in the spine.  As life whirls around me, I tend to put up my best defense which is to play music. 

    Two shows. 

    Next Wednesday, July 17th I'll play alone with my guitar on a nice litte shaded stage at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.  I'll be over at the Fountain Stage on Ingalls Mall for a 6pm show.  It's not far from State Street where I used to busk the three songs I knew as a 14 year old.  Busking at the Art Fair was actually my earliest experience as a performer and while I don't consider myself too civilized to do so again, I'm glad to have a place to hang my hat this year and play for you through a nice sounding PA system on the big green lawn of the Mall. 

    On Saturday, July 20th State Park will join me on stage for only our second show this year at S'Mittenfest which is very much like the similarly named winter festival Mittenfest but with a S' in front of it.  Leave it to July to cause something unusual like that.  It's taking place at The Magic Stick in Detroit and the doors open at 2pm.  Many great bands will demand your attention, but we play at 7pm so make sure you've parked the car, paid your cover and ordered your beer before that. 

    The end.

    -TM

  • Nights of June

    I wrote you another postcard.  They are getting to be a familiar sight, aren't they?  I've been drinking a lot of wine this summer and really exploring with some deep, longform two hour sets.  Songs I havn't played in years, songs I've never played, songs I'm writing.  It's easy to do in the shade of the nice Flying Otter pavillion out in the pastoral woods of Lenawee County.  You can be witness on Friday, June 14th at 6pm.

    The following week, it's back to the city for the opening week of the annual Ann Arbor Summer Festival.  I'll be doing a set at Top of the Park located at Ingalls Mall on the U of M campus.  I'm the 6pm act on June 18th at the acoustic Grove Stage.  For you Michigan beer fans, there will be a big tasting that night by Traverse City's Right Brain Brewery at the beer garden right next to my stage.  Then the night gets even better when Scotland's Django Django headlines the festival next door at the Power Center.  They released my favorite record of the year in 2012 and I'm excited to finally see them play live. 

    Many more shows this summer.  Please stand by, drink in hand.

    TM