Hardly hibernating…

If, as Rod the Mod said, every picture tells a story, then here are some pictures of our recent outings to tell the story.

Jack Silbert benefit

We were delighted to play a small part in a sold-out show benefitting our friend Jack Silbert at Monty Hall in Jersey City on Feb. 11. The evening included our pal Matt Davis (with a few STP folks), the reborn Vines of Hoboken, us, and the powerhouse that is the Karyn Kuhl Band. It was a magical night. You know, when a community comes together and circles the wagons for one of our own, and for all of us, really.

Jack Silbert benefit

Jack was in the catbird seat (above left), but word is he’ll be up and about for future musical forays. And (at the right) Plough alumni Chris O’Donovan rejoined us for a blistering version of “Said & Done.”

Jack Silbert benefit

We opened our set joined by founding member Marc Francia on “A Plan, Revised” and later another member of the STP family, Stan Demeski, waltzed us through “Hemlock Tree.” And we got to take a new song by Ed, “She’s Not Really Gone,” out for a spin.

Jack Silbert benefit

Our buddy Matt Davis opened the proceedings with a lovely set, joined by most of The Campfire Flies, including Deena Shoshkes, and some guy on accordion.

Photos by George Kopp, Ariel Gonzales, Jack Silbert, et al

Love Hangover

A few of us – Toni, Marc and John to be precise – stepped out of our comfort zone to partake in the Love Hangover at the Bowery Electric on Feb. 15, to offer up a few love songs, traditional and otherwise. We were so happy to be invited to this long-running event, which spoke about love in all its permutations, and benefitted Planned Parenthood to boot.

Campfire Flies

And then there are the Campfire Flies, who played their snow-postponed set at Crossroads in Garwood, in a benefit for the Light of Day Foundation, on Feb. 4. It became a two-stop affair when we tossed off a few more songs at the open house for the beautiful new Storybook Sound studio later that evening.

Campfire Flies

In Other News…

Stuart Moxham LP

The music of Stuart Moxham and Young Marble Giants has been a significant influence on our music since the very earliest days of Speed the Plough. So we’re particularly happy to be a part of Stuart Moxham in the Straight World, a tribute to Stuart’s enduring music. The album includes contributions from an intriguing assemblage of international musicians, paying homage to someone who means a great deal to all of us. For information about ordering the CD or purchasing the high-res download click here. We kicked in our 1991 version of “Final Day,” from Wonder Wheel.

Speed the Plough Now
Now is available now, here!

Twelve songs lovingly crafted for your listening pleasure. This limited edition release, the first in more than 20 years on the legendary Coyote Records label, is on 180-gram vinyl and includes a download coupon giving you access to 24-bit WAV files of the album.

Special pricing $15, plus $5 shipping/handling in the continental United States.

Click here to order! (U.S. only)

To see some of the reviews that have greeted the release of Now, click here.



for your listening pleasure

“On A New Day,” from Now, 2016
“Miss Amelia (for Carson McCullers),” 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.


Mike, Cindi