Time seeps through our fingers like sand on Venice Beach… June flew by with several special markers: my old pal Oliver Schroer (RIP)’s birthday, then Father’s day came and went, I thought many times about writing this email and yet… somehow there was never a spare moment.
In memory of Oliver and for all you dads and sons and daughters out there – here is a track from his 2008 record ‘Freedom Row’ entitled ‘All the Little Children in the World’. Enjoy!
Now I find myself in a quiet corner of the Appalachian Mountains, visiting with the inlaws and finally catching a few moments to write to you, kind reader. Since Lochlann arrived we have developed, shall we say, a finer appreciation of family life, adult alone time and clean clothes – and a burgeoning delight in life’s simple pleasures….
The support of family is allowing me to do a few special music projects and tomorrow I will head out to meet up with Songster O Leary as we prepare for a couple of shows over the weekend. Then after a week at the teaching highlight of the year – Celtic Week at the ‘Swannanoa Gathering’ – close by here in NC, I will head out with the band to Dublin Ohio for one of America’s biggest Irish Festivals. Hup!
Friday, July 14, 2017
- 7:00pm – 9:00pm
http://stonefieldcellars.com/ for info and tix
Saturday, July 15, 2017
- 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Private House Concert
Huntersville, NC – Limited seats remaining at this intimate venue.
Please contact Nuala directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for tickets.
- Sun, Jul 16, 201710:30pm Sat, Jul 22, 201711:30pm
Visit https://www.swangathering.com/catalog/cl/celtic-week.html for more details.
- Fri, Aug 4, 201710:30pm Sun, Aug 6, 201711:30pm
Visit: www.dublinirishfestival.org for more details.
WILL OLDHAM + BEST TROUBADOUR
I played and sang alongside a fantastic band on Will Oldham’s latest release ‘Best Troubadour’ – a beautiful collection of songs written by the late great Merle Haggard. You might want to pick up a copy here: http://www.dragcity.com/products/best-troubador and hear a lovely version of ‘No Time to Cry’ here:
An amazing songwriter by the name of Nels Andrews invited me to produce his next record and well…. how can one refuse that? His poetic songs are so well crafted, full to the brim with beauty and poise, and a clear absence of cliché which is just refreshing. I was thrilled to work with Nels in studio alongside Sebastian Sternberg on bass and Quinn on drums and percussion, we will be fleshing out the record with some extra special guests over coming weeks. We did manage to persuade a young up and coming buck on the keys who happened to be around, to add some sweet jazzy inflections…… more on Nels and his music to come!
Best wishes for now and hope to see you out there sometime,