It has been a year and a half… 18 months… roughly 550 days… since the world as we know it came to a screeching halt and a lust for toilet paper overtook the land and ended that urge to go out and TP somebodies house. Not my first choice of things to stockpile. But those first few months did drive home to me the idea that there is a very real limit to what any of us can stockpile, or hoard might be a better, though harsher, word. Though we certainly need to obtain food on a fairly frequent basis… things…Read more
I had a lot to say last month in the way of catching up and I have a lot going on that isn't set yet so I will just say howdy to whomever decides to stop by and catch up with me.
JANUARY 2024… YIKES!
- a new year and a lot happening:
- I got the NYSCA ( New York State Council on the Arts) grant for $10,000.00 for my book/music project… ‘Ginger Sea Neath the Celtic Moon… very excited about it. updates as I have them
- back at the Tavern with Harbortown
- Very pleased to be invited as a solo act to the Connecticut Sea Music festival in June; great location and a great line-up. It will be a lot of fun and I hope to see you there.
- planning to be at NEFFA again in April
- had a great time back in the UK in September/ October, 2023 back at the Everyman and Whats Cookin and a couple of other folk clubs in Wales and Leytonstone. Such a fun, supportive , scene.
- still doing school programs for the Noble Maritime Collection with Dawn Daniels
- a big thanks to Nancy and Frank Moccaldi for having me as a solo act at the Good Coffeehouse in October and to the Folk Project for an opportunity to showcase at NERFA in Asbury Park in October
- and, as always, if you want me you know where to find me…
So much to catch up on.
First off some thank you's (in no particular order) to the following folks and venues:
Dawn Daniels at the Noble Maritime Collection for all the work she gives me and the trust she shows in me, in addition to co-hosting the monthly shanty session with Jan Christensen.
And thanks to Jan, and Bill Doerge, and Bob Conroy for all the work they do in Harbortown and their willingness to play my songs with me. They all have musical lives of their own and I appreciate every second they give me of their talent and time.
Historic Richmondtown for having us every year at their remarkable Tavern Concert Series and at Old Home Days this year. Such a special place.
Naomi Sturm, folklorist extraordinaire, for her continued encouragement and support and hopefully we can get the Working Waterfront Project back up and running.
Molly Garfinkel at City Lore for hiring me to do my thing and for her continuing support; greatly appreciated.
NEFFA for having us back and for supporting folk music in the Northeast.
Thanks to Staten Island Arts for sponsoring the monthly Irish Seisiun throughout the pandemic and hopefully we will be back soon live and in person to get your feet moving and your heart melancholy.
Danny Jones and Kate Duffy for putting us up and giving me opportunities to play in London, both with them and solo and for starting a great new folk club in Leytonstone.
Steve at Whats Cookin in Leytonstone for giving me a shot at his very cool venue. Such fun to play there with some other great groups and I hope to be back.
Chris and Hughie Jones for their friendship and support and the opportunities they have shown me. It is hard to believe I get to play with The Spinners from time to time.
The New Everyman Folk Club in Liverpool,UK, for having me on for a very successful show this year. It was so good to be back.
To the Alnwick Folk Club for allowing us to sing for them this time over.
To Joyce for all she does that allows me to create and gig out.
Bill and I will be going to NERFA this year in Atlantic City and are looking for showcases. Look for me at the Local 1000 Showcase Free Zone or give me a shout out by the usual methods.
Old Home Days is coming up and we are there for both days on the porch of the General Store. Stop by, give a listen, and sing along with us.
I am working on a new project and have a few songs written for it that I have been doing out to great reactions. Don't know when I will start recording, or where, but look for it next year.
It is so good to be out playing again after the last few generally awful years so let me know if we can come and play for you.
- oh man... has it been this long? I have been super busy and some things got tossed aside
- lets see... Harbortown finally has, and has had, some live gigs after such a long drought with the pandemic. Great to reconnect with the band and we are sounding better than ever.
- back doing school programs with the Noble Maritime Collection. Always rewarding and fun.
- lots of new songs that I have been test driving at sessions to positive reviews. Hope to get some of them recorded soon in at least demo form
- heading back to the UK in September... YAY... and plan to have some folk clubs lined up so stay tuned for dates, or if you are over there and want to see me... please let me know...
- both the shanty and the Irish sessions are still going strong online and have been a Godsend during these troubled times. And folks have really stepped up their game now that they can't just hide in the background. So beautiful to see and hear.
- big thanks to Jim and Pat Gill who continue with the weekly Irish music at their house. Such a welcome respite and some fine tunes are played.
- Just recorded some pirate songs for a video that the Noble is putting together about Grace O'Malley. A big thanks to Dawn Daniels for all the work she gives me and the faith she has in me. Greatly needed and appreciated.
- the City Artists Corp Grant program at SI Makerspace in October was amazing and such fun to get to reconnect with the always wonderful Naomi Sturm and to revisit the work we did when I was a Folk Fellow on her Working Waterfront project. More to come on that.
- another thank you to Historic Richmondtown for having us back as part of the Tavern Concert series again this year. It was closed for the past 3 years or so. We has a sold out show in our favorite venue and had a blast doing it.