You Do Know What This Did to the Radio Star, Right?
Roaming the earth only during the brief, unfortunate era after the fax machine but before the camera phone, Four to the Bar might be the among the least-documented bands in the history of modern trad.
But thanks to a long-time supporter in Buffalo NY (good on yeh, Janice!), we now have proof that it wasn't all just an elaborate hoax. Have a look at/listen to this video, and if you've got any other video, bootleg recordings, or photos from the auld days that you'd like to share, please drop me a line.
If you're like me, you ask yourself all the time: How do I buy a stocking-stuffer for a loved one while addressing my own need to own high-quality music that inhabits the cultural space between Irish trad and modern American folk-- all on a budget???
Look no further, my Yuletide friend. Just visit my Bandcamp page and order either Chance of a Start or American Wake, and you'll receive two copies for the price of one, now through Christmas!
Two important events this Thanksgiving weekend:
And, speaking of Christmas, as you know the Irish music seisiun at the River Blue Cafe in Frenchtown meets on the second and fourth Sundays of every month. This year, I think that means we get two chances to belt out a few carols together, on the 8th and the 22nd. Please make a special effort to join us this month; it's always a laugh, but never more so than when everyone is decking the halls and pa-rum-pum-pum-pumming on a bodhran or three. (As always, it's a kid-friendly environment.)
Finally, I'll keep this part brief, as I'm sure this is the 47th email you've received this week from various individuals and companies giving thanks for your support. But I am indeed grateful, not to mention more than a little amazed, when I consider the things that have happened since I emerged from the isolation of recording, crossed my fingers, and released American Wake more than three years ago. So I hope you'll continue to hang with me, online and off, as we forge on into 2014. In the words of the Sage:
Got on a lucky one, came in at 18 to 1
Thanks as always for being on my mailing list; I know how much email we all get, so I'm grateful for the opportunity to stay in touch like this.
(If this email was forwarded to you from a friend, please thank your friend for me— and please sign yourself up here; it's easy, and I promise to play nice with your data. Just this newsletter, once or twice a month. Nothing else without your permission.)
Till mid-December, slán agat.
P.S.: I get to missing you when it's only once or twice a month. Let's keep in touch in the meantime:
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|Four to the Bar, Live Taped at the Shannon Inn in Buffalo NY, 1995.|
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|CHANCE OF A START:
|NEAT LITTLE STILL (Bootlegs; an album-in-progress)*:
|SÉ GO DÓ (fundraiser for HMA)*:
|LO, ABOVE THE EARTH (Christmas Songs; an album-in-progress)*:
|ANOTHER SON (by Four to the Bar):
|CRAIC ON THE ROAD* (by Four to the Bar):
* Digital only
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