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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

today and beyond - March 9, 2013

- Risky at the Tavern tonight!
- Museum of Natural History tomorrow… so psyched…
- sons of St. Patrick on Wednesday.
- St. Pat's parade on the Island is actually on St. Patrick's Day this year… yes…
- Shanty session at the Noble… also on St. Paddy's Day
- old friends visiting
- Earth Day at Ridgefield next month
- Whew… a lot going on
- Harborlore events all through May and June… Brooklyn and
Staten Island hooking up to harbor boost
- Some recording coming up too...

lots of cool stuf - February 7, 2013

- Risky Business back for the Tavern series on March 9
and the following day
Harbortown plays the American Museum of Natural History for the
screening of Shellshocked… too cool
- back for Earth Day at Ridgefield Park… always a wonderful place to play with great people
- Judge Brennan has asked me to be a part of some upcoming events… still in the planning stages… and I look forward to being a part of Staten Island history as it happens… details when I know them
- have started planning for some recording projects and I am itching to get
some of the many songs I have backed up in the can and out in the world …
so I can write more...

tough times - January 10, 2013

-Tough times in Harbortown the past month or so: Sandy's devastation and then the deaths of my mother-in-law Doris Ford Sabella, Howie Liefer, and Regina Flynn. Give them all a thought when you can.
- Upcoming things include the Tavern show this Saturday night and a spot on live radio in Princeton with Frank Glaz on WPRB at 7:30 on January 27th.
- Excited that Shellshocked will be at New York's Museum of Natural History on March 10; perfect venue for it.
- Planning 2013 so check in periodically to see what we have in store!

catching up - November 24, 2012

- finished a new song about Julie Mindler, the first woman Snug at Sailors Snug Harbor
- another new song about Sandy entitled 'Island in the Storm'; I plan to do it at the fundraiser on 12/2 at St Mary's
- a few strong possibilities coming up in the Spring… stay tuned
- just spent some time in New Orleans and people were very interested and concerned about the storm here; wonderful people down there… and the food and music ain't too shabby either!
- hopping to get back over to Ireland/ England and points East this Summer. Anybody have any venues to suggest it would be greatly appreciated
- I have a backlog of over 80 songs to record…anyone have any luck with Kickstarter?
- had a fun and relaxing shanty session this week… remember they are every third Sunday of the month at the Noble
Maritime Collection

where did the month go - November 16, 2012

- Shellshocked clips tonight (11/16) on NBC at 7:30
- doing a couple of fundraisers in the coming weeks for Sandy victims.
There has been great devastation to the Staten Island shore communities
- Keep an eye out for the Tavern series.

Wow... - October 16, 2012

-Wow…Wow… and double wow… what a turnout for the Sailing to Staten Island show; they all had a great time and so did we
Big thanks to everybody and to COAHSI and JPMorgan Chase for making it possible
- back to the Tavern again… January with Harbortown; March with Risky Business
- Lots of talks going on and there will be some great projects coming up in the new year… stay tuned
- Bill Doerge is making his house concert solo debut at the Scro's in two weeks… 11/3/12. He'll be opening for piano wiz
Vinnie Ruggieri. I'm looking forward to both sets.
- Shellshocked NYC Premiere is sold out!!! Wish I could be there but we have a gig that night.

busy busy - September 20, 2012

- the Shellshocked New York premiere is on October 18. Can't be there as we will be opening for Hughie Jones that night, but I know it will be great. The seaport store will have copies of The Oyster Aristocracy so stock up.
- our thoughts go out to Jim Brennan whose brother Thomas died.
- thanks to Greg Murphy for all the help at SUNY Maritime with the Snug Harbor research. Great archive of material
and a beautiful facility in the old Fort Schuyler.

Fall is back - September 17, 2012

-love the Fall and lots going on…
- 10/13 at the Noble Museum is really turning into something special; miss it at your
- Bill D house concert 11/3… looking forward to hearing what he pulls out of his
musical hat
- big thanks to Dawn Daniels for hosting our 10/18 show with Harbortown and Hughie Jones…
pinch me I must be dreaming
- Shellshocked will have it's New York opening in October at the South Street Seaport… yessss… details to follow
- had a great time at the Borderline picnic honoring Si Kahn… big thanks to Si for the kind words and inspiration, to Sol Zeller for putting on the show, and to Mara Levine for all the work that went into it.
- finishing up the research for the Snug show tomorrow at SUNY Maritime and can't wait to see what they have to offer.
- wrote a new song about the issues facing Alaskan fishermen up in Bristol Bay area where a proposed mine would destroy
the largest wild salmon fishery in the world; should be up on their website in the next few days
- big thanks to Rebecca and Victoria from LOVETV for having me on twice while they were here in the states;
lots of fun from Down Under; Australia should be proud

it is official - August 22, 2012

-October 13 at the Noble Gallery… the great Hughie Jones will be there as well as Irish singer Jim Macfarland…
- going to do LoveTV tomorrow… performance art that sounds like it will be a fun little way to while away
a beautiful Staten Island evening. Look for it… somewhere…
anybody have any real early Staten ISland info on William Main Doerflinger it would be greatly appreciated

coming soon - August 8, 2012

- lots happening with the JP Morgan grant. Look for a show in mid-late October at the Noble Collection with
(gasp)the great Hughie Jones, the one and only Frank Woerner, Jan Christiansen, Bob Conroy, Frank Hendrix, and me. Rumors of others are true but not confirmed. Check back in a few days
- still writing and have lots of new material… do I do a country CD… a sea CD… bluegrass… folk… all of the above…Opinions?
- The Richard Thompson camp ramifications are still coming… what a great group of people

Wow… Wow… Wow - July 24, 2012

- The Richard Thompson guitar camp was beyond good. Great instructors, wonderful food, and
an overall caring staff both at the camp and the resort (Full Moon Resort, Big Indian, New York)
Great experience. They plan to do it again next year… you should be there.
- Next up is the Si Kahn tribute extravaganza at the Borderline. I'll be there with Risky Business and Si will be there
accepting well deserved kudos from us all.
- Will start work on the Snug Harbor grant in August when everyone is back in town, has time, and can focus. Really looking forward to seeing what transpires and to putting the show together; has to be done by the end of December.

Hereford Lighthouse - July 8, 2012

- First off, a big thank you to Les and the crew at The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival for having us. Very hot day but we had fun, got great feedback, and look forward to being back there again next year. Beautiful lighthouse and gardens in Wildwood, New Jersey that are well worth a look see.
- Raritan Festival next Saturday (7/14/12). Another gorgeous location on the water and we play from 4- 4:40
- In the great news category, just received word that Bob Conroy, Jan Christensen, and I were awarded a JPMorgan Chase grant for a research project and show about the former residents of Sailor's Snug Harbor… retired sailors. More to come, but a big thank you to JPMorgan Chase for sponsoring it and to the grant panel for believing in us.

Cobh - June 29, 2012

- another beautiful tribute this morning by the AOH at the memorial for the unknown Irish buried beneath what is now a golf course and a privilege for me to sing my song, Cobh of Sorrow (which is about the victims) at the memorial stone. Thanks once again to Judge Brennan, Mike McVey, and the AOH for asking me to be there.
- sang a couple of songs at my buddy Joe Russo's great retirement bash. Big thanks to Richie Castellano for hooking me into his sound system right before he got up and amazed everyone with his awesomeness.
-Hereford Inlet Festival next Saturday and am looking forward to getting down the shore. Forget the crappy show, the real Jersey shore is miles and miles of gorgeous beaches and nice people.

summer coming - June 15, 2012

- summer is only a few days away and we have a couple of things coming up so check the calendar
- So sorry to hear that Caryl P. Weiss died; was looking forward to being on the bill with her
at the Hereford Lighthouse Festival. My condolences to her family and friends.
- hoping to do some traveling this summer around the states and if you'd like us in your town
tell a local venue about us and we'll be there
- putting together a show in the Fall at a great new venue on Staten Island that promises to be
great fun; will keep you updated as it starts to come together

Time Flies - June 5, 2012

Wow. Summer is here already and we have a few things lined up on the calendar page plus, as always, the monthly Shanty sessions at the Noble Collection (3rd Sunday of every month at 2 p.m.)
- thought I had a few songs in need of recording so I counted last night, which I hadn't done recently. Figured I had enough for maybe a CD or two... there are almost 80... I counted 3 times as I thought I was seeing things. Lots of things that we have been playing plus a bunch that just slipped through the cracks... and I just finished another one yesterday
- went to two spectacular graduation things last week for my two talented nieces Maggie and Emma. Maggie with honors from New Paltz ... and already has a job... Emma as valedictorian from Providence College and she will be in Germany in September working on a Fulbright... whew... uhhh... I play the banjo...

spring things - April 18, 2012

- This last Shanty Sing was excellent and tied in nicely to the wonderful Titanic art opening at the Noble Collection. Go see it if you get the chance.
- Sad banjo news with the loss of Earl Scruggs and the retirement of J.D. Crowe; won't see the likes of either of them again.
- Ridgefield Park Earth Day coming up on the 28th with Risky Business; always a fun time and a nice location on the river. Thanks for having us back again!
- Still writing a lot and procrastinating about recording... soon...

april showers - April 3, 2012

lots of good stuff happening:
-we'll be playing a new venue/ festival in July... check the calendar
- the Kermit interview is on the stands. I'm proud of it so pick up a copy and support banjo players everywhere
- Summerfest is coming up quick... details to follow
- working on a new grant idea with Bob Conroy... wish us luck
- Titanic Shanty sing coming up in a week or so

april showers - April 3, 2012

lots of good stuff happening:
-we'll be playing a new venue/ festival in July... check the calendar
- the Kermit interview is on the stands. I'm proud of it so pick up a copy and support banjo players everywhere
- Summerfest is coming up quick... details to follow
- working on a new grant idea with Bob Conroy... wish us luck
- Titanic Shanty sing coming up in a week or so

good stuff - March 15, 2012

Lets see:
- this Sunday at noon Bob Conroy and I are gonna double up on the old 5-strings at the Veterans Memorial Hall at Snug Harbor for a Civil War tune. The event is the opening of the Staten Island Time Machine Essay Contest for high school kids.
- later that same day... Shanty Sing at Snug Harbor in the venerable home of the shanty, The John Noble Collection. Bring a voice or just come to listen. Open to the public and free.
- Kermit in the April issue of The Banjo Newsletter! Not often I admit to talking to frogs but who can resist an amphibian banjo picker.
-Risky Business at the Tavern on April 14th! And in Ridgefield Park on April 28th.
- Found out that Harbortown was awarded a Summerfest grant to play a show the same weekend as Art by the Ferry. I believe it will be on June 8th but will get back with the details.
- Shellshocked is doing great: won Best Short Feature at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival and has upcoming screenings in San Francisco, a couple in Canada, and back to the East Coast at Cambridge. Don't miss it.
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