Wow…. here we are in April already! Where does the time go? Greetings from your traveling folksinger / storyteller… lots of news this month.
First, a reminder about the wonderful tour I lead to Ireland every year. It has rightly been called the trip of a lifetime. It’s a fantastic trip to Counties Cork, Kerry and Clare to touch base with our connections to Irish heritage and especially to the music. I’m sold out this year, but if you’re interested in joining us next year, check out the “Ireland” section on my website and someone will be in touch with you and fill you in on all the details.
I’ve just returned from three fantastic shows in Texas. Sandra Walters hosted a wonderful, sold out house concert for us in Houston. By the way, I was honored to do all three of the shows with Will Taylor, a virtuoso fiddle player, and Karen Mal, the most amazing mandolin player and harmony singer on the planet. In addition to Houston, we also played Will Taylor’s “Strings on the Grass” concert in Austin and a great house concert in Wiley, TX hosted by Tom Noe. The shows went really well and I’m extremely grateful for the warm reception we received from everyone.
This month, I’ll be playing with my regular bandmate, Chip Dolan and the newest member of our band… Lauren Lee, fiddle player and singer extraordinaire. We’ll be in Wisconsin Rapids, WI at the McMillan Memorial Library, then in Michigan City, IN at the Blue Chip Casino, then one of my favorite house concerts in Hebron, IL and then at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, MI! Yeah, yeah, I know – the routing stinks!…it’s causing us to start referring to it as the “star of David tour”. But check out my shows page for all the particulars….I’d love for you to come to a show if it’s near you, and please come by and say hello. That’s half the fun for me.
I’m doing a rather new thing. As most of you know, as a matter of philosophy, my show is largely comprised of a lot of other people’s songs. I don’t do “covers” per se, even though I’m a songwriter. I like showcasing other writer’s songs, especially if I feel I can bring some fresh slant to them. Well, the songs I’m doing for these shows will – almost without exception – be songs I have written. Somehow, the stories starting feeling more connected and the show, at least to me, almost feels like a two act play….. with music. “Songs, Stories and Out N Out Lies”. Hope to see you soon, and here’s a song for the road.
Yours in song and stories,
…. I don’t write very many autobiographical songs… other than, perhaps, this one.