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Folk Alliance - February 24, 2015

- Bill, Vincent Cross, and I bit the bullet and drove to FAI... 1200 wintry miles each way but we had a great time and now on to the next phase of whatever it is we do
- planning to do a 50th anniversary evening on April 4 at the ETG Cafe here on Staten Island. That will be 50 years TO THE DAY from the first time I performed out in high school at Xaverian in Brooklyn. Mascot is a clipper ship... no shock there.
- A big thank you to both Ken Gaines from Anderson Fair in Texas and Mike Beck from Access Film in Chicago for hosting our showcases at FAI. Met some great folks and got some great feedback about our performances. Apparently if you keep doing this you get better...hmmm...
- Always a fun time at Local 1000's no showcase zone room at FAI. There are a lot of wonderful songwriters around let me tell you.
- love the new Waterloo... enough said

Kansas City... - February 7, 2015

- Seisiun tomorrow... was moved back a week because of the Super Bowl
-The March 1st Seisiun also has a time change (4-7 instead of the usual 2-5)because of the local St. Pats parade but the Hibernians after party will be there so it should be a real fun evening.
-Kansas City and the FAI next week and we are ready to roll. Bill and I are driving out with our buddy Vincent Cross( make sure to check out his showcases!). Should be a blast. Our showcase schedule is on the calendar here
- Got a new Waterloo guitar and it is just a killer little box. Planning to use it for the FAI showcases.
-Shanty session next week (2/15) at the Noble, usual 2-5 time.
- Planning a new show at the ETG on the 50th (!?!?!?!) anniversary of the first time I ever 'graced' a stage. From 4/4/65- 4/4/15
Yikes...
- thank to Frank Glaz for inviting us to his annual show at the Veterans Center in Lyons , New Jersey for veterans with PTSD.
Always happy to play for my fellow veterans

2015 - December 29, 2014

- Happy New Year and hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday!
- No Seisiun this month but we'll be back on February 1st and every first Sunday after that! Come on by and bring a song or your dancing shoes.
- the Stan Jay tribute is on 1/11 and there will be a lot of fine musicians playing and paying respects to a local legend and all around good guy.
- February brings Bill and I out to FAI in Kansas City and we have a few showcases set up so far. See you there!
- April we will be back at the New England Folk Festival on the Friday night of the weekend with Harbortown
-As always, we are looking for gigs and hoping to come by your town and offer up our musical wares. Let us know if you have a venue we'd be a good fit for.
- Thanks to Bridget Bartolini for inviting me to take part in the 5 Boro Story Project at the Staten Island Museum. A really wonderful afternoon with some fine performances. And thanks to Diane Matyas for her usual great work at the Museum coordinating it all and emceeing.
- great shanty session in December and we will be back at it again the third Sunday of the month. no excuses, you know you want to sing.

phew - November 18, 2014

- been busy with lots of stuff
- big thanks to Mike Beck and Access Films for hosting Bill and I at a showcase at NERFA this past Saturday
and a bigger thank you to the folks who stopped, listened and even sang along. Awesome.
- A lot of new stuff on the calendar; I won't repeat it all here. Hope you find something you like.
- took place in a wonderful recording session on Sunday for the multi-talented Guy MIchetti's new Christmas Song,
Sing A Christmas Song. Privileged to be a part of a chorus of about 20 fine local musicians adding some voices to the choruses of the song. I heard a mix today and it sounds great. Big kudos to Guy and to Henry Falco at Moon Studios.
- very happy to be a part of a tribute concert for Stan Jay, he of Mandolin Brothers fame. I knew Stan for over 40 years and he was always a delight to hang with... funny, smart, and caring... not a bad combination. He will be missed.
- took a road trip and finally got to see Sun Studios and the Delta Blues Museum. So many talented folks to remember.

back in action - October 3, 2014

- back at it after a couple of weeks recuperating from a routine medical thing. Had to miss the last shanty session and
a bunch of other things but I am better than ever and anxious to get back on track
- Irish Seisiun this Sunday, 10/5, at the Flagship Brewery, 2-5 pm. Myself, Linda Hickman, and Doug Barr hosting. It was packed last time event though we had to struggle to get the sound right but we have been working on that and it should be much better this time around. Great feedback about it and we plan to be there every fist Sunday of the month.
- heading up to the Big Squeeze in a week or so, New England's premier weekend long pickin party, picnic, campout, what ever you want it to be. Always a fun time.
- will be involved in the 5 Boro storytelling project in December at the Staten Island Museum and that should be pretty special.

lookin' good - September 3, 2014

- big thanks to the best festival crew to work with headed by Archie Warnock,
as usual Delaware Valley is a great time to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
- Hamburger Sandwich debuted at #68 on the Folk Charts for August. Call up your local folk station and get those requests in!
- first Irish Seisiun at the Flagship Brewery this Sunday and I am psyched to be playing with two stellar musicians- Linda Hickman and Doug Barr- 2-5 pm
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thank you - August 24, 2014

A big thanks to the following stations who have played tracks from Hamburger Sandwich:
- WVUD in Delaware
- WLRN in Florida- Folk and Acoustic Music with Michael Stock
- WWSP  in Wisconsin- Acoustic Revival with Jim Canales
- Highway 61 with Massimo Ferro- Italy
- Midnight Special with Rick Warren- Chicago
- WIOX- with Sonny Ochs-  New York- Folk Music and Other Stuff
- WFDU with Ron Olesko- New Jersey
- WVKR-  Poughkeepsie
- WBGU- Bowling Green, Ohio
- WYSO- DAYTON, Ohio
- Eclectic Chair with Trish Lewis-  Michigan
- Saturday Cafe- Oregon
- Out of the Woods with Chip Colcord- New Hampshire

Best time of the year - August 21, 2014

- been on the Cape for a couple of weeks just hanging and having fun
- Irish Session at Flagship Brewery coming up 9/7, 2-5 pm. Inaugural
one, then first Sunday of every month
- missed the Shanty on Sunday but will be there in September
- volunteering again at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.
They know how to do it right and it is always great to see familiar faces and do some catching up
- big thanks to all the radio stations that have been playing tracks from Hamburger Sandwich; they are the keepers of
The flame

yep - July 31, 2014

- GREAT audience at the Ocean County Artists Guild and the largest crowd they have ever had for a show. Very humbling
and it is nice to see that hard work pays off. We will be back there again 6/19/2015!
- congratulations to Jan Christensen for his fine new live release 'Passages': www.woodenshipsmusic.com - next week the Lighthouse Museum celebrates its opening with The Harbormen... that would be Harbortown, Stout, Frank Woerner, and Jan Christensen doing our own things and some stuff together. Lots of crusty old sea dogs singing that day.
- The new Irish session at the Flagship brewery starts on September 7 and will be every first Sunday of the month. Very excited to be a part of it. Doug Barr and Linda Hickman are the instigators.
- just sent out a bunch of the new CDs to radio stations around the States. I think we got all the right ones covered, but if you want one for your station give us a holler where ever you may be.

July flys by - July 18, 2014

- next Friday... July 25... we are at the Ocean County Artists Guild again.
Filled up last year and we are hoping for the same; have some great stuff lined up
- August 7 we (The Harbormen) will sing for the long anticipated opening of the National
Lighthouse Museum here on Staten Island
- shanty session this Sunday (always the third Sunday of the month from 2-5)
at the Noble; they just keep getting better and better... this time Jan Christensen will be debuting his new CD...
which includes yours truly in the cast of characters and I am honored that he recorded one of my songs on it
- heading up to the Cape for a couple of weeks in August and hope to get some good jams in with
all the fine local talent hiding up there in the land of sand.
- we are always looking for gigs so don't hesitate to contact us if you think we need to play in your neck of the woods

Summer - June 22, 2014

- nice event this Saturday ( 6/28/14) at the beautiful Alice Austen house.
Freshly renovated and loaded for banjo
- remember we'll be at the Ocean County Artists Guild in July
- the shanty sessions lately have been excellent with people showing up from all corners
of the planet
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Whew - May 12, 2014

- the last few weeks were incredibly full and took a ton of planning and coordination to pull off... and we did... NEFFA, Brick Hill House concerts, Dunlap house concert, Conroy house concert, and the culmination at the Noble Collection
- The Doerflinger plaque is beautiful and will look amazing hanging outside the main entrance facing the water
- next shanty session this coming Sunday, May 19, 2-5
- Ridgefield Park Earth Day this Saturday with Risky Business Bluegrass Band; always a fun time in a park setting on the river
- shot lots of video and recorded a lot of the shows; hope we have some good stuff to post in the coming weeks
- as always, we are looking for places to play and welcome suggestions, offers, or a nice cup of tea
- the Doerflinger project consumed the last year and now I need another project to get the juices flowing again
- Hamburger Sandwich has been getting airplay here and there and a lot of folks tell me they think it is our best CD yet. We are proud of it. And we love to play those songs for a crowd...

Yikes... where did March go - April 9, 2014

- Not very sad to see this winter lumber to an end. I like the cold but it just got to be too much after a while. Give me the sun and the sixties and I am a happy camper
- a lot happening in the next few weeks... New England Folk Festival... Brick Hill house concert... Doerflinger plaque dedication and concert...
- just got a new Shure mic that mounts on a camera to try and put some video stuff together with better audio quality. Should be fun to play with and put some new songs out there for people to hear.
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back from Kansas - February 25, 2014

- The Folk Alliance event was way better than I anticipated... always takes me a while to warm up to new ideas. I met a lot of really nice people and got to play some songs, including a showcase with Mara Levine who graciously did two of my songs. Don Flemons stopped by and sat in for a song and that was very cool.
- Special thanks to Christine Lavin and Sonny Ochs for hosting the first FAI laptop concert and for inviting me to be on. A lot of folks played and it was a whole lot of fun. Let me know if you got to see it!
- Radio show coming up next week: Bill and I will be on Joe Will's show from Burlington County Comm Coll in south Jersey on March 8, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.. I love doing live radio and if any other DJs want us we are happy to be there.
- a big thank you to Frank Todd for having us back on WPRB's show Music You Can't hear on The Radio.
- really looking forward to the quick tour of New England at the end of April; check the schedule for the dates
- Very proud to be putting together a show to remember the contributions of Bill Doerflinger and a dedication of a plaque at the Noble Maritime Collection on Staten Island. Headliner is Hughie Jones and the date is May 9.

not all that is frozen is lost - January 31, 2014

- some very sad news the last week or so... first the loss of David Kleinman, a wonderful guy with an amazing set of skills that almost seem impossible to belong to one person. I knew him as a folk singer but he was so much more and his presence will be missed
- then, of course, there is the loss of Pete Seeger. What can I say that hasn't been said already other than that he was very kind to me in whatever interactions we had over the years, as he was to everybody he came into contact with. If you are a New Yorker you probably ran into him someplace because he seemed to be everywhere and was always open and accessible. Sweet dreams Pete and give Toshi a big hug.
- winter was pretty slow but in the last week or so the dates have been rolling in and we are always looking for places to ply our trade... check the calendar here or give us a holler if you want us to come to your area
- heading out to Kansas City with my buddy, songwriter Vincent Cross for the National Folk Alliance shindig in mid-February and hoping to meet some good folks and get to play a tune or a song here and there. Say howdy if you see me.
- the new CD is out and available all over the internet and, of course, I'd be delighted to send you one for $12 or stop by a gig and they are a mere $10.00

banjo-hoho - December 1, 2013

-Ahh... December and the pace quickens as Christmas time's a'comin... and I hear CDs make for a fine stocking stuffer so don't be shy and buy buy buy
- the house concert was a great success and we had a ton of fun. Thanks to Joe, Jen and Vincent for helping to make our release night a blast
- remember the shanty sessions are every third Sunday of the month at the Noble Collection and they are participatory, not a performance, so don't be afraid to join in
- all signed up and ready to go out to Kansas City for my first Folk Alliance International get together and am looking forward to it
- been writing down a bunch of ideas and trying to grow some new songs... ya can't force 'em out but it helps to focus and pay attention if they are trying to get out
- going to the Christmas Revels in Cambridge for the first time and looking forward to hearing my friend John Browne adding his guitar to the fabulous mix

Its here!!! - November 4, 2013

- The new CD, Hamburger Sandwich, arrived and it looks great... sounds pretty darn good too if I do say so.
It'll be up on CDBaby in a short while and then will be available there, here, and a bunch of other places online. Or you can just send me a check for $12.00 and I'll get one to you ASAP.
- the house concert is pretty much full and it will be a great evening of fun and music.
- heading up to NERFA for the day on Saturday with Vincent Cross; say howdy if you see me
- put a new Fults tailpiece on my Bishline and it is a mighty fine piece of machinery

Fallll…. about time - October 25, 2013

- The house concert is 11/16 at the Scro manse. He has had some great ones in the last year or so and we are planning on keeping that track record alive. The wonderful Vincent Cross is opening for Bill and I, and we will do all the songs from the new CD. It is called Hamburger Sandwich and it is making me hungry just to think about it.
- the shanty, as always, turns up some fine singers and it is always the third Sunday of the month, 2-5 p.m. at the Noble Maritime Collection. Come on down!
- Bergenfield Library wrote to tell us that it was the best event they have had this year, and the year is about over. Thanks to them for having us and for all the folks who came out. It was way more than they anticipated.
- Been testing out the new K&K pickup in my Collings and so far it is awesome; really natural sounding and expressive.
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October… the best month - October 6, 2013

-Okay, it isn't the best month just because I was born in October. Just feel those cool temps and check out the leaves…
enough said.
- Still on track for the house concert/CD release. The new Cd is called Hamburger Sandwich and will be
totally completed in a few weeks. Just getting all the info out to Oasis to get the project all put together. They did an awesome job on the last three and I think this one will top those. I'm really excited about this one.
- big thanks to Bob Harris for his great playing, producing, and golden ears on the project. I think you're going to like this one
- Bergenfiled Library with Risky Business this week
- another possible house concert on Long Island is in the planning stages; it'll be a fun time
- as always, we are always looking to play and open to suggestions for venues
- heading to the National Folk Alliance in Kansas City in February. Anybody else going?

Yikes, it is September already - September 4, 2013

- Wishing all my old colleagues a great school year.
- Del Val Fest is still the best and had some great fun jamming with Ellen and Peter Vigour, Allen and Emily Cohen, and with Hillbilly Water. Special thanks to Archie Warnock for running a fine back stage crew; kept us on track even when there was no track.
- Final mixes on the new CD are in progress and I am chomping at the bit; was up at Saratoga for the races this year
(150th anniversary) so bear with me while I mix my metaphors.
- couple of great shanty things coming up this month
-Kweskin band was even better than I'd hoped. They were all there but Fritz (RIP) with their voices intact
and playing great. So happy that I got to see them one last time.
- hoping to have a CD release party at the Scro house the beginning of November; all depends on getting the CD packaged
up and ready for human consumption... Hmmm... edible CD's might not be a bad idea... throw them into iTunes and then have a nice stack instead of a dust collector on the shelf. A lot of the 'food' on the shelves is already plastic anyway.

August ramblings - August 22, 2013

-Heard the fiddle tracks for the new CD and they are epic… Gary Oleyar done real good; needs to be mixed and mastered but it is just about there so keep your ears peeled
- going to the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City in February to make some new friends
and to make some music with some new friends; never been there and really looking forward to some great
music and some even better barbecue
- volunteering at the Delaware Valley Fest again in a week or so and it is still one of the best with an awesome lineup
and run by some great folks; miss it at your own peril
- got to jam with sax player extraordinaire Ray Scro recently and we're
talking about doing a show together to shake up the old boundaries a tad
- Pete Becker is putting a K&K Quantum pickup (with the blender and internal mic) into my Collings D2H and I can't wait to
put it through its paces; great sounding guitar to begin with and I have my hopes up adn Peter is a good man
to put your hopes on if you need work done.
- psyched to go see my favorite band from back in the day next week… the Kweskin Jug Band playing up at the Egg in Albany

Where did July go???? - August 5, 2013

Been so busy I haven't posted lately but it has all been good kinds of busy.
- great fun to be part of a Spinners reunion in the U.K. Those guys can still sing and they know how to entertain
- new CD is more than in the works and I hope to be done with it pretty soon; look for a house concert/ CD release
show in the Fall
- thanks again to Hereford for having us and to the folks in Toms River for continuing to support
live music and for a wonderful venue
- Frets and Refrains camp was awesome this year… always inspiring to hang with other songwriters.
A big thank you to the Thompson clan for running it and for being so willing to help.
- A big thanks to the guys in Harbortown… Jan Christensen, Bob Conroy, and Bill Doerge… incredibly generous, talented musicians and I am lucky to call them friends much less partners in rhyme.
- finally had the Staten Island premiere of Shellshocked at the Noble and it was very exciting for us. Can't wait to see Emily's next project about fireflies

great week - June 9, 2013

fun week:
- sat in with Arnie Fleischer and the Weschester Bluegrass Boys in New Rochelle
- went to the LIttle Red Schoolhouse in the Village to see the play the 4th grade classes wrote and
performed based around 'Downings Oyster Bar'… nothing better than hearing a bunch of kids singing one of
your songs and they did an amazing job
- wrote a new song for the Perine House fundraiser and played there today. Beautiful place and a great cause.
I think they really liked the song…" Along the King's Highway"
- Lighthouse Gala this Wednesday and we'll be playing some of our lighthouse songs there no doubt
- Mara Levine's CD release party on the 23rd and I'll be sitting in on a couple of songs
- going back to the Richard Thompson camp the last week of June and ending that week with a gig down in Ocean County, New Jersey on the 28th
- and then over to Liverpool the following Monday
- whew… I am a good kind of tired already

May my my - May 3, 2013

- Lots of Harborlore stuff with the Brooklyn Arts Council this month… info on the calendar page
- Jan Christensen is doing a solo show in Saugerties at the Kiersted House on May 19, and I'l be sitting in for a song with him
- Bill Doerge solo house concert coming up on May 11… probably do a song or two with him
- heading to Liverpool, UK, in July… always a treat to play over there
- the awesome students at the Little Red Schoolhouse in the Village are using two of my songs in plays they have written for the end of the year. So honored.

April stuff - April 2, 2013

- just confirmed for the Lighthouse Gala in June
- lucky to have such a talented crew to work with
- doing an interview for Snug Harbor's Staten Island music exhibit this Friday
- couple of new songs fresh off the presses… yeah, yeah, I know I need to get a bunch of stuff recorded
- booking now for the season if anyone wants us we'll be happy to accommodate
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