Speed the Plough, International Pop Overthrow at Piano's

Next Up: Piano’s, NYC, Nov. 10

We’ll be back in the friendly confines of Piano’s on Saturday, November 10, as we take part in the International Pop Overthrow Festival. We’re on at 9:45, right in between the talents of Christian Navarro and Overlord. For more information and the complete four-day lineup, click here.


Campfire Flies

And The Campfire Flies Head for the Beach

Toni, Ed and John will be joining fellow Campfire Flies, Deena, Jon and Matt for a set at the Musicians on a Mission CD release and Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Monmouth Cultural Center, 128 Ocean Ave., Monmouth Beach, NJ. The festivities start with cocktails at 5, with a Campfire Flies set at 8. Get the details here.



The Latest Album: Revisiting Early Themes

And Then

Speed the Plough released their 9th album …And Then last December. The recording is available on a wide array of digital and streaming outlets, as well as right here, where you can order a limited edition package that includes photos, complete credits, liner notes by novelist Rick Moody, and a digital download card offering access to high-resolution files of the album.

…And Then includes eight new tracks from Speed the Plough, along with two “bonus” tracks recorded by the original Trypes, “Running On” and “Dark Continents.” STP tracks include a cover of Brian Eno’s “By the River” and an arrangement of the traditional Hungarian folk song “Crossing the Tizsa,” plus six new songs that represent a return to the band’s earlier, simpler, somewhat more psychedelic-folk days.

Produced by John and Toni Baumgartner, the sessions were recorded by Don Sternecker at Mix-O-Lydian Studio in Delaware Water Gap, PA, and by John at his home studio. …And Then was mixed by Don Sternecker at Mix-O-Lydian and mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound, Maplewood, NJ.

…And Then players include Toni (vocals, woodwinds, percussion), John (keyboard, vocals), Ed Seifert (guitars), and Michael Baumgartner (guitars), with guests Dan Francia (bass), Ken Meyer (drums), and Anna Baumgartner (spoken word). The Trypes are Elbrus Kelemet (vocals), Marc Francia (guitar), Glenn Mercer (guitar, percussion), Brenda Sauter (vocals), Toni Baumgartner (vocals, woodwinds, percussion), and John Baumgartner (keyboard, bass).

We’d be remiss in not thanking everyone for the lovely reception to our latest album …And Then. The wide-ranging international response was very gratifying and we were very encouraged by the reaction to our bit of unusual packaging. We’re glad that it made it possible to get it to more people.

Here’s a taste of some of the wonderful reviews that greeted the album:

“…And Then is a welcome addition to Speed the Plough’s catalog, a fine example of their endurance, humanity and empathic songwriting.”
– from an AP review that ran in countless outlets including The Washington Post, NY Daily News, Houston Chronicle, London Telegraph, and Toronto Star

“No matter what shape the band takes or what musical avenues they decide to explore, Speed the Plough always deliver the goods.“
– from a review in Jersey Beat, where the album made the Top 20 list for 2017

“…the group displays their musical prowess and keeps the listener on their toes with the variety of sounds they are able to create together.“
– from a review in Imperfect Fifth

Check out an in-depth preview of the album in Vintage Vinyl Music.

And here’s a tip-of-the-hat to the Hungarian origins of the opening track.


for your listening pleasure


“Crossing the Tizsa,” from …And Then, 2017


“On A New Day,” from Now, 2016


“Division Street,” from Swerve, 2010


“Cutting Branches For A Temporary Shelter” from Wonder Wheel, 1991


“Jane” from Tag Sale, 2013



Lucky You
“Lucky You,” from the 2011 album Shine

Coal & Courage
From our performance at the Hoboken Music and Arts Festival, September 2013, with The Feelies’ Bill Million reprising his guitar part on “Coal & Courage”

Said and Done
“Said and Done,” from the 1995 album Marina

The Ballad of Peggy Oki
“The Ballad of Peggy Oki,” one of Michael’s songs on Tag Sale.

Who Knew the World
“Who Knew the World” from the 2011 album Shine.

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The Plough & The Stars

And don’t forget
about our career-spanning retrospective, The Plough & The Stars, released by Bar-None Records in 2013. For more information, click here.