Author Archives: Marian Call

QUEENS performs a new choral work by Marian Call

The Juneau choral ensemble QUEENS performs Marian’s new choral work “Know-So” for the KTOO Red Carpet Concert Series.

Molly and Marian Play a Show!

Molly Lewis and Marian Call Play a Show!
Sunday April 16th, 2023

MOLLY LEWIS is visiting the living room jungle of MARIAN CALL, which is the best reason to sing songs with friends! Join Molly and Marian — and possibly very special guests — for a Sunday afternoon livestream from Alaska. Click here to get your tickets at Bandcamp for as little as a dollar.

Admission is pay-as-you-can, and you can view the show for 48 hours after the fact if you can’t join live. Patreon backers and Donors’ Circle members are welcome to attend for free; just email or either artist.

Photos by Andrew Ferguson (L) and Virginia Grace Kari (R).

Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, AK

It’s Folk Fest time in Juneau, and Marian will be out there playing as hard as she can. The Big Show will be on Wednesday night, April 12th at the Crystal Saloon with friends Molly Lewis, Allison Waid, and a number of Special Guests – click here for tickets to After School Special!

Marian’s Folk Fest schedule:

  • Wednesday, April 12, Crystal Saloon – After School Special from 7-9pm
  • Thursday, April 13, JAHC – tech crew for the AFF Mainstage
  • Friday, April 14, JDHS – Marian plays the AFF Mainstage at 9:15pm (streams live on KRNN)
  • Saturday, April 15, Rookery Cafe – Mountainside Songwriter Showcase, an AFF official open mic for songwriters
  • Sunday, April 16, – Marian and Molly play a show! 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern

The Northside Open Mic

The Northside Open Mic – Online Holiday Show

On Sunday Dec. 11th, 2022, Marian Call plays a concert online — with friends Taylor Vidic and Tim Powers in tow! Streaming at noon in Alaska / 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern.

This is a pay-as-you-can show, starting at $1. The show will have a chatty, unpolished open mic vibe. There will be plenty of mistakes and vulnerability, but sometimes it’s nice to share that.

Join the event on Bandcamp, $1 or more:

The show will be available for ticketholders to view for 48 hours after the stream. Patreon backers and Donors’ Circle members are invited to attend for free!

Glitter, Dammit

A very different kind of carol for Christmas: Put some glitter on it, dammit.

Honest, intense, funny, a little dark, and most of all — sparkly.

A Recipe in Song for Worldbuilders

In support of the Worldbuilders campaign for Heifer International, Marian presents the perfect recipe for a winter feast that feeds a household of one or two: Cornish game hens and roasted roots.

So make a donation to the Worldbuilders campaign, and cook along (or sing along) with Marian! What’s that? You want a written recipe? It’s right here.

Midwinter Feasting: a Recipe for Staying Home

Roast Cornish Game Hens à la Marian

A turkey’s a lot of pressure in the kitchen, and it won’t fit in my fridge or freezer — so a few years ago, I started making Cornish game hens on holidays instead! Larger than quail and smaller than chickens, game hens are usually found in the frozen section of a US grocery store for about $5 each (this whole meal can price out at under $15 if you have the oil, butter, and seasonings). Game hens taste AMAZING, and they’re harder to mess up than a larger bird.

(Besides, nothing makes you feel like royalty so much as ripping off an entire bird thigh with your bare hands and tearing into it.)

It’s easy to make this recipe gluten-free, dairy-free, onion-free, or whatever your diners demand. And you can use any stuffing and seasonings and root vegetables you like; this guide includes the ones I chose (and includes dairy and onions).


  • 2 Cornish game hens (thawed)
  • 1/2 Sweet onion (or more)
  • 2 cups Mini Potatoes
  • 1 cup Yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, and/or parsnips (chopped into chunks)
  • 6 cloves Garlic (or more)
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Seasonings (listed below)


  • 1.5 cups Wild rice (cooked)
  • .25 cups Onion (minced, can be taken from onion listed above)
  • .25 cups Dried cranberries or cherries
  • .5 cups Pecans, almonds, or cashews (chopped or slivered)
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Lemon wedges (seeds removed) or a splash of lemon juice
  • 2 pats Cold butter
  • Seasonings (listed below)

Recommended Seasonings:

  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Curry powder
  • Cumin
  • Lemon zest
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Set out two large bowls, one for root veggies, one for stuffing, and a Dutch oven or cast iron casserole dish (or a deep roasting pan). Cook wild rice.
  2. Wash and chop the potatoes, yams, and carrots (or other roots) into large hearty chunks and combine in a bowl. Peel garlic and add all but 1 large clove to the roots.
  3. Chop two thick round slices from the center of your onion and set aside — these will become onion platters for your game hens to nest upon, helping to keep them level. The remaining onion can be minced for stuffing and added in large chunks to the root veggies.
  4. Coat the vegetables thoroughly in olive oil and seasoning mix, plus a little squeeze of lemon juice and/or lemon zest. Transfer them to the roasting dish — it’s fine if they pile up on top of one another. (If you prefer a fried-skin crispness to your veggies, put them around the edges rather than under the birds; if you like your veggies soaked through with bird juice and effectively pre-gravied, you’ll want to put the birds on top.)
  5. Press or mince your remaining garlic clove. In the oiled bowl that used to hold the veggies, prepare the oil you’ll use to rub down the birds. Include a few tablespoons of olive oil, the brown sugar, the pressed garlic, and the spices from among your seasonings (probably not the herbs), leaning heavily on the salt, pepper, curry, and paprika. Set aside.
  6. In your stuffing bowl, stir together all stuffing ingredients, holding back the lemon wedges and butter. Season well with all the listed seasonings, with an emphasis on the herbs, salt, and (more moderately) curry.
  7. Prepare your workspace and sink to have raw meat present, including all over your hands — so set your utensils and lengths of twine out in advance, clear the sink of dishes, cover certain surfaces in saran if you want. Then unwrap and thoroughly rinse the game hens, checking the skin for feather pips or other blemishes.
  8. Transfer birds to the bowl with oil and spices. Rub the skin of each bird thoroughly with the oil and sugar and spice mixture.
  9. With a spoon, stuff both birds full and insert a lemon wedge and butter pat foward the top (the breast side). Tie the drumsticks together, crossed, with twine to hold the stuffing in.
  10. Seat each bird in the roasting pan, breast side up on top of your onion rings. Add any leftover stuffing to the pan, it’s great, and pour any leftover oil and sugar mixture over the breasts of the birds. Clean all your meat-contacted surfaces.
  11. Bake uncovered for 55-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the thickest part of the thigh shows it is cooked through. If you want to be sure of extra moisture, you can add a little white wine or beer to the bottom of the pan (although I never do, and they still come out terrific). Baste the birds with juices from the bottom of the pan 1-3 times during baking, however much you enjoy doing it.
  12. Plate up and enjoy! I recommend serving with sour cream and green onions or chives.
  13. Save the oils from the bottom of the pan for a very small gravy, or for cooking another dish another day (I made a rice-and-veggie sautée in it with my remaining wild rice, and OMG). The carcasses will be very small, but they can still be used to make a portion of stock.

Bon appetit, friends!


Coming Soon - the new album Swears by Marian Call. Photo by Annie Bartholomew.


a new garage rock EP from Marian Call and the Guttersnipes
an angry loud little record
because certain times demand we make noise
and certain feelings are too big to sing pretty

CD’s and new T-shirts available now on Bandcamp

Photo of Marian Call by Annie Bartholomew.
Photo of Marian Call by Annie Bartholomew.
Photos by Annie Bartholomew

Read all about the new record Swears! — and its all-ages-friendly little sibling, Cuss! — on Marian Call’s Patreon. Buy the record today on Bandcamp along with new T-shirts!

New Merch for the New Record

The new albums Swears! and Cuss! have landed, and with them new autographed CD’s, T-shirts, and sticker packs. Patterned shirts, aprons, masks, bags and more are also available with the Magpie Designs ‘Cuss’ print created for the record by album art designer Sophie Lager.

And to celebrate the new record, pick up nearly every other Marian Call CD for $5!

Limited quantities available (the kazoos have sold out!), order now at or at Magpie Designs on Society 6.

Album cover by Sophie Lager for Swears! / Cuss!

A Special Concert in Petaluma, CA for ME/CFS

Marian Call in concert in Petaluma, CA, Sat. Oct. 5th at 8pm. Click for tickets

I’m playing a concert this fall that means a great deal to me, and I hope you’ll join me up in glorious Petaluma, CA. This theater will be simply magical and it’s a truly worthy cause – it’s worth the drive north! (Facebook Event / Tickets)

I have friends and loved ones who have suffered from ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome). If you know someone who experiences chronic pain or fatigue too, I hope you will share the word about this event. If you’re far from Petaluma, you’re invited to DONATE to one of the respected research and advocacy organizations linked below.

The song “Anchorage” is a theme for this concert. If you’ve never read into the subtext of that song, it’s about experiencing fear and disease, reconciling with the body, and choosing mindfulness, awareness, and song in the face of pain.

ME/CFS afflicts nearly 2 million people in the United States; it can severely limit people’s abilities with chronic pain and exhaustion, yet funds for research are scarce and public awareness of the condition remains very low. As a part of this concert, brief talks will be given by speakers from three highly-regarded national ME/CFS organizations: Bateman Horne Center, Solve ME/CFS Initiative and Open Medicine Foundation.

Join me in Petaluma, or tell a friend in the Bay Area to be there. We’ll sing together through the night.

“Reel me in to the places we knew our own faces / over wine, over coffee and beer – / and anchor me, anchor me, anchor me, anchor me here.”

DONATE to the Solve ME/CFS Initiative:

DONATE to the Open Medicine Foundation:

DONATE to the Bateman Horne Center:


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