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Saturday, September 10th 1:15 PM, one song and then a short set after the panel discussion. Paducah, Kentucky

Maiden Alley Cinema

112 Maiden Alley

I am presenting my radio documentary on the Last Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival on Sunday morning at the Cinema Systers Film Festival informal brunch. I will also play a short set on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, September 18th 30 minute set in the Redwoods! Near Crescent City, CA

undisclosed location in the Redwoods.

I am presenting on women’s indymedia production and also performing at WoLF Festival! 
Friday, September 23rd 8 PM Madison, WI

Wild Hog in the Woods Coffeehouse

Wil-Mar Community Center 953 Jenifer St.

Philip Tietze will join me on violin and keys and Ken Keeley will be there on upright bass for a soulful night of original songs.
Monday, September 26th 8-10 PM Madison, WI

Crystal Corner Bar

1302 Williamson St.

Philip Tietze and Ken Keeley are my “thorn section” and this is our regular monthly gig at the Crystal. We play the fourth Mondays.

Performance History

Saturday, May 21st

8-10 PM

The Fountain Bar

122 State Street

This will be a performance with Phil Tietze on violin. It will be broadcast live on WMUU.

Monday, May 23rd


Crystal Corner Bar

1302 Williamson St.

My favorite after-work hang-out spot in Madison is giving me the chance to do a monthly Monday show! I will be at the Crystal every fourth Monday of the month.

Wednesday, June 22nd

7 PM

The Brink Lounge

701 E. Washington

I will be featured as one of the songwriters in the round.

Saturday, April 16th

3-5 PM

Java Cat Coffeehouse

I will play two 45 minute sets in this Ode to Spring! 

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

7 PM
Gays Mills, WI

Community Room in Gays Mills Commerce Center

16381 State Hwy 131

I will play an opening set of original tunes dedicated to the love we feel for the land and waters of Wisconsin at this annual Love the Land benefit.
Friday, November 13th, 2015
7 PM
Bedford, PA

Locality Creative Cooperative

142 East Pitt Street
Bedford, PA 15522


I will be playing an hour-long set at this first show of my mini east coast tour! $10 suggested donation to help cover traveling costs.

Saturday, November 14th, 2015
7 PM
Washington DC
Mount Pleasant Neighborhood, Washington DC
Exact location TBA
The second of three shows in my whirlwind tour of the east coast!
Sunday, November 15th, 2015 4-6 PM potluck & women’s social. 6:30 PM show. Baltimore, MD Cathy Brennan’s living room at 311 Murdock Rd. I am so excited to share my music with east coast MichFest womyn and any women who come to this uniquely intimate venue! Women-only. Please bring a dish to pass and BYOB if you’d like to drink. $10 suggested donation to offset travel costs.
May 30th
8 PM
Bandung Indonesian Restaurant 600 Williamson Street

Thistle & Thorns, with David Miller on trumpet, Ginger Labelle-Brown on flute and Charles Brown on bass, will play in between Anapaula Strader & Jeff Alexander, Brazilian dance music, and Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars. Here is the event page on Facebook

June 21st
7:30 PM
Evolution Arts Collective Warehouse & Parking Lot
202 S. Dickinson

Thistle & Thorns play right before Dana Perry at this second annual Madison Womyn’s Music & Arts Festival in conjunction with Make Music Madison. More info here.  

August 8th
6 PM
Near Hart, MI
Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in the RadFem Rhapsody schedule

An intimate acoustic set in the woods of Michigan, a Homeland for women seeking refuge from patriarchy in universal sisterhood.

Monday, April 6th 7 PM Madison
The SockraSonica
1218 E. Mifflin
This will be a three-way split between Björn, Thistle & Thorns (Charlie Labelle-Brown on bass, Ginger Labelle-Brown on flute and David Miller on trumpet) and Shannon Murray!, out-of-town visiting singer/songwriter from Minnesota! $5 suggested donation to help Shannon with traveling costs.
February 21st, 2015
7-9:30 PM
The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. 
I will play “Oil in the Backyard” a poem by Rob Ganson that Bernie Schlafke and I put to music, in addition to my song “Groundbreaking Joy” at this Midwest Tar Sands Petroleum Summit. Winona LaDuke is one of the keynote speakers!
December 19th, 2014 10:15 PM Madison
Bandung Indonesian Restaurant
600 Williamson Street
I will play a half-an-hour set with a new bass player named Max Pretasky in between the Oudist Colony and Jeff Alexander and Anapaula Strader.
November 16th, 2014 5-9 PM Madison
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington
I will play a short set at this celebration of the Solidarity Sing Along. The event is called “Democracy Fest” and will highlight singer/songwriters who compose songs about our grassroots movements in Wisconsin.

April 19th, 2014 
10:30 PM

Evolution Arts Collective Warehouse 202 South Dickinson

Thistle and Thorns goes on after Bonobo Secret Handshake, a nine piece funk band, in conjunction with the Mind Your Mother: Celebrate Earth Day! event featuring the Water Is Life! puppet show, Patty Loew, Patricia Popple, Al Gedicks, and Kimberly Wright speaking and the Beehive Collective presenting ROCK BOTTOM In the Age of Extreme Resource Extraction: Fracking Sulfide Mining, and Tar Sands in the Great Lakes region. Link to invite on facebook
April 21st
7 PM
UW Madison Memorial Union
Fourth Floor Reception Room
In conjunction with ASM Earth Week events. Come enjoy an evening of folk art, created to educate and agitate about destructive frac sands and iron mining in western and northern Wisconsin. Come hear what endangered species such as Wood Turtle, Whooping Crane and Emerald Dragonfly have to say about these proposed resource extraction activities! Followed by live music by Thistle and Thorns!
April 22nd Earth Day!
6 PM
Human Thread Art Gallery
1200 W. 35th St. 5th floor
This event is a fundraiser for the Bad River Legal Defense Fund put on by some treaty rights supporters in Chicago. Link to facebook event here. Water Is Life! puppet show, live music and short presentations by Cherie Pero and Carl Sack.
May 10th
Ashland, WI
Excited to play with so many awesome musicians in one place! It will be great to see and experience the culture of this historic festival.
June 1st
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington
October 12th, 2013 11 am Keshena, WI Menominee Logging Museum I was invited to play this Lumber Jack Breakfast by Rebecca Alegria, Cultural Planner and Tribal Researcher at the Menominee Tribal Historic Preservation Office. I am deeply honored by this invitation. Thistle and Thorn (Graham Marlowe) will play at the this community fundraiser for the museum along with the Water Is Life/No Mine! puppet show by members of Madison Action for Mining Alternatives, MAMA and the Madison Infoshop.  — the people are rising again this Indigenous People’s Day 2013!
October 30th 7 PM Madison Shockrasonica1218 E. Mifflin I will introduce and open for Bearsnail, a queer punk folk group from Denver.
Thurs, Nov 14
7:30 pm, Fri, Nov 15 
7:30 pm, Sat, Nov 16
3 pm, Sun, Nov 17
At various times. See “date” box. Madison Bartell Theater — Evjue stage113 E. Mifflin St. Mercury Players Theater is putting on Thornton Wilder short plays along with featured works by four local playwrights. Thistle and Thorn will be playing for the audience as they roll into the theater for the show!
June 21st 7-9 PM Madison
Dancing Oak2122 Rusk St. #2 in conjunction with Make Music Madison
We will play in the park across the street if it is nice weather. Panther Sequoia will go first and then Thistle and Thorns.
June 22nd TBA Viroqua
Panther invited me to play a set with him in the driftless region of Wisconsin to celebrate the summer solstice 2013! Stay tuned for more details.
July 1st 7:30 PM Madison
Shockrasonica1218 E. Mifflin
I will open for three amazing singer/songwriters coming through Madison. David Stoddard, Karen Mal from Austin(!) and Laurie McClain! If you love folk music, you should not miss this show.
May 1st, 2013 5-8 PM Madison, WI Cardinal Bar418 E. Wilson This will be a May Day celebration with a sing-along of radical labor songs in addition to a Thistle and Thorns performance and a performance by Saro Lynch of Blair Pathways.
May 24th 6 PM dinner7 PM show Odanah, WI Bad River Lodge and Casino73370 Hwy 2 I am really looking forward to this event and the camp out May 25th-26th afterwards! We are raising money for the Penokee Hills Education project in the fight to keep Wisconsin’s waters clean and clear of the threats of harmful mining.
January 9th, 2013!!! 9:30 PM Madison, WI Alchemy cafe1980 Atwood Avenue This will be an open-mic with three featured performers including Thistle and Thorns. Vanessa Tortolano is host and Cassidy Ann will also play a 30 minute set. Should be a nice neighborhood show.
January 26th 6PM-1AM Madison, WI Wilmar Community Center 953 Jenifer St. Thistle and Thorns will go on at 9 PM ahead of Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars and the Beat Road Blues Band. This will be an evening of high entertainment as we raise money for the Bad River Indigenous Tribe to support their fight for treaty rights and clean water in Wisconsin. $10-$15 suggested donation with a chance to win some really nice prizes from local businesses.
February 9th 2-5 PM Madison, WI the Fountain Bar122 State Street This will be a social event for members of the IWW in Madison, their friends and family. Thistle and Thorns will play a 45 minute set sometime between 3 and 4.
August 30th 7 PM (TNT goes on at 9 PM) Madison, WI Indie Coffee, 1225 Regent Street Ida Jo is playing this show and Ben Ripani Music Co. put the whole thing together. Should be an eclectic mix of songwriters and songs sung.
 March 10th  9 PM  Madison  Revolution Cycles       2330 Atwood Avenue  Manginas (country punk)Kitty Rhombus (experimental prog rock) and TNT — proceeds to go to the Madison for the Penokees project to stop the mine from going in up north.
March 31st TBA West Bend The Candlelight Collective 258 North Main Street Performance for the Deep Green Resistance conference with the Big Dudee Roo from Michigan.
April 12th 7 PM Milwaukee Brewing Grounds for Change2008 North Farewell Avenue The Beehive Collective and TNT are on a joint Earth Week tour and this is our first stop! I hear from the Bees that this is an awesome, intimate venue!
April 14th 6-10 PM Madison Ambrosia Co-op, 225 East Lakelawn Potluck before the show and Beehive presentation at this wonderful housing co-op in Madison. Celebration of the release of Through a Window, a new album of songs by Thistle and Thorns.
April 16th 3:45 PM Madison Lapham Elementary School The Bees will present to my kindergarten group and we will all sing “Mr. Peabody’s Coal Train” together. This is a private show, just for the wee ones and my co-workers!
April 17th 7 PM Platteville, WI University of Wisconsin, Platteville – Pioneer Crossing 7 PM TNT performs and 8 PM the Bees present.
April 18th 7 PM Iowa City Iowa Old Brick 26 East Market Street Music first, then the Bees present.
April 19th TBA La Crosse, WI University of Wisconsin, La Crosse TBA Open-mic at the Root Note.
April 20th 7 PM Madison, WI University of Wisconsin, Union South (check Today in the Union for exact location) The Beehive presents The True Cost of Coal and musical performance by TNT.
April 21st 6 PM Viroqua, WI Driftless Books518 Walnut Street 6 PM potluck and 7 PM show. TNT will play first then the Bees will present.
April 22nd 4 PM Winona, MN Burrow Infoshop713 Washington St. Winona, MN 4 PM potluck, 5 PM TNT, Breakaway (local Winona arts folk) and the Bees.
April 23rd 6 PM Minneapolis  MN The Seward Cafe2129 East Franklin Avenue The Bees present and then TNT plays our Earth Week rockin’ set!
April 24th TBA St. Paul, MN Macalester College1600 Grand Avenue The Bees present and then TNT will perform!
April 26th TBA Menomonie The Raw Deal 603 South Broadway Enjoy a meal of completely raw, healthy foods and excellent art and music!
May 5th 8 PM Madison Evolution Arts Collective Warehouse
202 South Dickinson
This will be a fund raiser and kick-off for the Cycles of Revolution ride to Chicago to protest the NATO summits, May 19th-21st. Cycles of Revolution is a 2012 incarnation of the Grassroutes Caravan. Our kick-off event will include information and workshops about the bike ride and the NATO summits in Chicago, music by Tani Dakate and the Malean Blues Band, Page Foster, Dharmonic Deluxe, Thistle and Thorns and yummy treats from local restaurants and Madison Food Not Bombs. There will be a giant HUMMER piñata to smash, raffle prizes from local businesses and more fun TBA!
Sunday, December 4th, 2011 6 PM – potluck
8 PM – show
Madison, WI Chakrasonica
1218 E. Mifflin
Page Foster, myself with Page on harmony vocals and thenRyan Harvey of the Riot Folk collective will perform at this event right down the street from Occupy Madison!
Friday, September 16th 7 PM Madison, WI The Electric Earth Cafe
546 West Washington
I will perform “Through a Window” on the People’s Mic at the Occupation Zine release party being held at this venue. All are welcome to share stories, songs or poems related to the occupation of the state capitol.
July 1st
7 PM Madison, WI Rainbow Books
426 West Gilman
Members of the Earth First! Journal will do a slide show presentation on their 30 years of history resisting ecological devastation. I will perform a short set before the slide show.
Friday, Ausgust 5th 7 PM West Bend, WI The Candlelight Collective community space. 258 N. Main St. (Lower) I will play a set, followed by an info-exchange about the Penokee mining struggle up north and then a set by Big Dudee Roo
from Grand Rapids, MI.
Saturday, August 6th 8 PM Madison, WI ChakraSonica
1218 E. Mifflin
Three Women Singer/Songwriters will share their works at this event:
Alicia Walter (Chicago)
Thistle (Madison)
Page Foster (Minneapolis)
Goddess snacks and potion punch to be served. $5 suggested donation.
Sunday, October 10th noon-4:00 Madison Lisa Link Peace Park at State Street and Gilman Parade for the Planet! I will play a short set to get the parade started at 12:20.
Thursday, October 21st 6 PM Madison Ambrosia Co-op
225 E. Lakelawn
hundred mile potluck and then Thistle and the Thorns with the beehive collective!! Ben Willis on bass, Steve Pingry on cello and Rebecca Sites on back-up vocals. I am sooooo excited for this beautiful event the night before the full moon harvest bike ride to Edgerton!!
October 31st
3:30 PM Madison High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Avenue
This will be a benefit for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services from 1 – 4 PM.
Saturday, October 2nd 4-5:30 PM Prairie du Sac River Arts Center 105 9th Street This will be a celebration  and honoring of the Raging Grannies at the annual assembly of the Wisconsing Network for Peace and Justice
Friday, June 11th 7 PM Milwaukee Cream City Collectives
732 E. Clarke Street
I will perform a set within theGrassroutes Caravan Variety Show
Monday, June 14th 7-9 PM Grand Rapids, Michigan Blandford Nature Center
3143 Milo St. NW
Grassroutes Caravan Variety Show!
Wednesday, June 16th 4-midnight Lansing, Michigan Lansing Bike co-op,
B414, alley behind the Nuthouse
Another performance with the Grassroutes Caravan Variety Show.
Saturday, June 19th 8 PM White Lake, Michigan Tall Trees Community Farm
7600 Hitchcock Road
call Terry Kelley for directions: 248 515 7784
We will be joining Tall Trees’ Summer Solstice celebration at this outdoor festival.
Wednesday, June 23 3:30-3:45 PM Detroit, Michigan US Social Forum
The Pyramid
This will be a very short set performed at the US Social Forum
Friday, August 13th 7 PM Madison The Neighborhood House
29 South Mills
Benefit for the Wisconsin Socialist Party with the United Sons of Toil.
Sunday, June 6th 4-10 PM Madison Just Coffee Warehouse
1129 East Wilson Street
Thistle and the Thorn, bass player Ben Willis, will play at this kick-off party for the bike ride of resilience to Detroit. Other entertainment: The Taki Allstars, the Raging Grannies and an SUV pinata for smashing!
November 14th
TBA Madison Glass Nickel Pizza on Willy Street. Thistle and the Thorns will play a show with Testament, hip hop artist from Canada.
October 13th
7 PM Madison Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street
Thistle and the Thorns sharing the stage with David Rovics and Anne Feeney.
September 19th
8 PM Madison Loth Lorien Coop
244 West Lakelawn
This will be a rock and roll party with Scarlet Veil and their friends.
May 3rd
afternoon Madison Lakeside Press Back Garden Mayday Celebration and Bar-B-Q
July 3
8 PM Madison
Loth Lorien Coop
244 LakeLawn
opening for Froseph on The Deep Breath Tour
benefit for the GrassRoutes Caravan
July 26 11-1 Madison Madison Labor Temple South Park Street South Side Farmer’s Market
June 27th
Emma Goldman’s birthday!
9 PM Milwaukee Darling Hall
601 South 6th St.
with Dites Donc benefit for thePeople’s Networking Convention
April 5 10-4 p.m.  I play at noon Madison Holy Redeemer Auditorium 120 West Johnson Midwest Immigrant Rights Conference
April 13, 2008 TBA Madison Just Coffee
1129 E Wilson
Madison Consulta on organizing protests of  the RNC
April 26th TBA Baraboo Baraboo Municipal Arts Center benefit for Family Farm Defenders
May 3rd 1-6 pm Fitchburg Drumlin Community Gardens
2849 Oregon Rd.
rally and information sharing about saving Drumlin Farm from developers
May 4 5 p.m. Madison Lakeside Gardens
1334 Williamson
with Ken Keeley on bass
in celebration of workers’ rights at Lakeside Press
May 9 6:30 Madison Madison Infoshop
1019 Williamson St.
spring celebration and film. Ken Keeley on bass
Madison Infoshop
June 14
7 PM Madison Jewel In the Lotus
821 E. Johnson
Album release party with local raw foods mandala, wine selection from the cellars of Roger Pettersen and  back-up by cellist James Waldo and bass player Ken Keeley
November 11, 2007
3:00-7:30 p.m.I play at 6:30
Madison, Wisconsin
High Noon Saloon
70 E. Washington Ave.
benefit for Madison Area Peace Coalition
June 23, 2007
8 p.m.
Madison, WI
Just Coffee
1129 East Wilson
with cellist James Waldo
a show to benefit the La Fem women’s coop in Nicaragua


  One Response to “shows”

  1. Looks great Thistle! I hope to see you at the Herb conference!!

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