In this edition:
- New Reviews
- CD Release *Event*
- WDVR-FM's Fall Fundraiser
- You haven't bought Chance of a Start yet? (No, seriously...?)
Answers to the top three questions about Tony Lawless at TradConnect.com and Mike Farragher at the Irish Voice/IrishCentral.com :
- No, I did not pay them.
- No, we are not related.
- No, they are not deaf.
They simply dig my scene, they're down wid my jam, they grok my essence. And they say things like this:
(Click to read the full articles.)
CD Release *Event* This Friday!
OK, so we're planning this big musical event for Friday, October 19, at 7:30pm. I had been calling it a "CD Release Party," but I've been chastised by more than one person that (ahem) one does not charge admission to a party. (Obviously they've never celebrated a birthday with me, but, point taken.)
To be clear: This event, to mark the release of Chance of a Start, is in fact a fundraiser for your favorite radio station and mine, WDVR-FM.
That being the case: For a very modest donation of $10 ($5 for 12 and under), you can join me and a formidable band-- armed with fiddle, mandolin, accordion, piano, bodhran, djembe, and whatever else they can sneak onstage while I'm not looking-- as we perform the lion's share of Chance of a Start, plus highlights from American Wake, plus some great Irish trad, plus some other surprises. And then it all wraps up with a grand auld seisiun where you can feel free to join us on your own instrument or to belt out a song for yerself.
Now, admission fee or not, that's a party if I've ever been to one. Reserve your tickets at http://WDVRFM.org/ or call 609-397-5991.
WDVR-FM's Fall Fundraiser
And speaking of raising funds for WDVR, the station's fall fundraiser is still a live project. If you're a fan of Celtic Sunday Brunch or any of the other dozens and dozens of shows, the station can really use your help. Call 609-397-1620 or visit http://WDVRFM.org/ for details.
You haven't bought Chance of a Start yet?
The sales team down here at PCHQ is still in a full-court-press, hovering over the phone-- I mean, phones... their phones... lots and lots of phones-- waiting to take your order, pack it up, and ship it out. Actually, don't bother calling-- visit ChanceOfAStart.com and get high-quality, text-enhanced mp3s instantly, to listen to while you're waiting for your exquisitely packaged CD to arrive through the snail mail.
Keep reading for:
- House Concerts
Album Release Party/Concert/Seisiun for CHANCE OF A START
Irish American Writers & Artists NJ Salon. This is a new partnership forged between the IAW&A and the Irish American Cultural Institute of Morristown. The Salon sessions allow writers, artists, and playwrights to express themselves in front of a safe and nurturing community.
Celtic Sunday Brunch is a two-hour radio program that broadcasts every Sunday from 11am to 1pm US ET (GMT -4), on the air at 89.7 FM and streaming live at wdvrfm.org. I host the first show of every month (and the fifth, when the calendar falls that way). I keep Facebook and Twitter open during the show; feel free to send thoughts and requests! Next shows:
I do my best to attend these, but you'll have a great time regardless.
Frenchtown NJ: Second and Fourth Sundays at the River Blue Cafe, 1pm to 4pm.
Lambertville NJ: First and Third Wednesdays at Mitchell's Cafe, 8:30pm to 11pm+
OK, elephant in the room: Is it a coincidence that in this issue I'm recommending the very people who gave such glowing reviews to Chance of a Start, above? Ummm...
Here's a better question: If these two recommendations weren't fabulous, would I boast about their good reviews? Zing.
- This Is Your Brain on Shamrocks: If yer mammy and daddy are off-the-boat Irish, hold Mike Farragher's book up to your face for a hilarious, zits-and-all look at yourself and your upbringing. If you're not, buy a copy and consider it a User's Manual for your first-generation spouse or friends. Be sure to join Mike's mailing list for updates on his new book, due in early 2013.
- TradConnect.com: In less than two years, TradConnect has grown from a speck on the web to a major trad destination and presence, with thousands of members-- including everyone from that guy at the pub who won't stop playing those effing spoons, to luminaries like Joanie Madden and Kevin Crawford. If you're an amateur or professional musician, I strongly encourage you to join, before they change their minds about membership being free.
How about a nice Christmas singalong right in your own home? Yes, I thought so. Contact me ASAP!
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.
Till November, slán agat.
CDs and Downloads
All of my stuff, new and old, solo and collaborations, is available for purchase at all performances or online. Remember: Members of my mailing list get a 20% discount on everything I have for sale online at Bandcamp. Join the mailing list to find out how.
|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)*:
|TO THE FRAY (by Hobnail):
|ANOTHER SON (by Four to the Bar):
|CRAIC ON THE ROAD* (by Four to the Bar):
* Digital only
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