I love hearing my work described in new ways, especially when I can quote it in front of children and polite company— like when Irish Edition columnist Jamie O'Brien calls Chance of a Start 'hypnotic.'
He also apparently shares my love of liner notes. For those under 40: Liner notes are an ancient artform, in which details about the production of an album are included within the album itself. These details include things like songwriters and performers for each track; locations where recording, mixing, mastering were done; and photos and artwork, with credits for each. Sometimes there's even a few paragraphs about the album project or the artist (Pete Hamill's notes for Dylan's Blood on the Tracks actually won a Grammy).
But liner notes are becoming yet another fatality of the now-now-now, disposable, no-money-down world of mp3s and streaming. Fear not, Jamie; wait till you see the liner notes to my third album. You're going to need a table of contents and an index.
(PS: Did I mention? Jamie liked Chance of a Start. Read more >>.)
So last month you read about some of the favorite tidbits from my recent trip to Ireland. Here are selected photos to distract you from the fact that I haven't yet delivered the more detailed narrative I promised.
And here are even more pictures, of the gig at the Hunterdon County Library in Clinton NJ in March. You may recall, this one featured Judy Minot, Paul Morrissett, and the Hunterdon Fiddlers. Thank you to Lee Roth for these photos.
See "Events" below for info on two gigs, two radio shows,* and various seisiuns over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, other pots on the stove bubble, rumble, and rattle. Stay tuned; some interesting stuff on the way.
* Speaking of radio shows, thank you to everyone who supported WDVR during the April fundraising. Donations are still coming in; I think we did fairly well, but there's always room for more. Call 609.397.1620 or visit wdvrfm.org to show your support.
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Till June, 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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|Chance of a Start, Reviewed by Jamie O'Brien in the Irish Edition: OK, it's not my writing, but Jamie O'Brien's review of Chance of a Start is the best thing I've read since the 'Welcome to Ireland' sign at Shannon Airport.... Read more|
More at my blog, Smart Like Tractor: blog.PatrickClifford.com
New Radio Shows
|Celtic Sunday Brunch on WDVR-FM, May 5, 2013 (Set 1): The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Los Camperos de Valles, Christy Moore, Brian Conway, Pat Mangan, Felix Dolan, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady...... Read more|
|Celtic Sunday Brunch on WDVR-FM, May 5, 2013 (Set 2): The Pogues, Buttons and Bows, Black Velvet, Planxty, Eoin O'Neill, Tom Byrne... Read more|
|Celtic Sunday Brunch on WDVR-FM, May 5, 2013 (Set 3): John Williams, The Revels, Joanie Madden, Screaming Orphans, The Johnstons, Saw Doctors... Read more|
|Celtic Sunday Brunch on WDVR-FM, May 5, 2013 (Set 4): The Revels, Susan McKeown, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Garrahan's Ghost, Luka Bloom, Pat Kirtley, James Galway, the Chieftains... Read more|
More at my blog, Smart Like Tractor: blog.patrickclifford.com/radio-shows/
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:
Memorial Day Weekend at Stage Left: Last year I played for Stage Left on Independence Day; this year they apparently decided they couldn't wait that long. (Good thing, too. I was getting tired of playing hard-to-get.) If you've never been to a sidewalk barbeque at a four-star restaurant, now's your chance.
Colonial Park, Frankin Township, Somerset NJ: In the fall, I had the honor of opening for poet Paul Muldoon at a Franklin Township Cultural Arts Council event. This spring they've invited me to perform at their jubilee.
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+
Spring has sprung, and (hose me down) I'm just full of wacky ideas, like this one: How about I bring a band of merry men and/or women to your home for a private party or concert?
Contact me ASAP!
CDs and Downloads
All of my recordings, new and old, solo and collaborations, are 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)*:
|ANOTHER SON (by Four to the Bar):
|CRAIC ON THE ROAD* (by Four to the Bar):
* Digital only
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