A sporadic, sometimes periodic, and quite possibly idiotic bits of info, thoughts, and musings about music and other stuff...




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-- Jmm Kn



Liz Carroll & Jimmy Keane circa 1995 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Next weekend marks the 35th Anniversary of the Milwaukee Irish Fest. The same weekend marks the 40th anniversary of myself and that young lady to my right, Liz Carroll -- geez, I wonder what ever became of her??? ;-)) -- winning the All-Ireland Duets -- it's like synchronized swimming without the water… ;-)) 

Oh, and Liz won the All-Ireland Fiddle that year too. 

And I won one too -- not on the fiddle, just on the squeezable one.

So be on the… Read more



a year ago this past Saturday we had our last conversation McGowan. Well, it was by text so didn't really count, although I did enjoy watching you attempt to do so with those big semi-mangled fingers atop the innocent clamshell phone you had until you got upgraded to a more confusing smartphone that had even stumped your brainiac side. I hope heaven is going good for you Jimmy. And remember, he is God and doesn't like to be yelled at too often, even when she makes a mistake and calls people home way, way… Read more



It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.

The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be… Read more


May 13th... 

"Would you be using your spade today? To tell you the truth I'm not. 
For I lent it to you fifty-five years ago and since then I never saw it." ;-))

Myself and my Granddad Paddy Lyne taken in New Haggard, Trim in 1960.

Thanks to Colum Sands for the use (and slight abuse) of his lyrics to his song "Lookin' the Loan of a Spade"

May 2015 Newsletter... 

Hi Folks!

Just a quick note to let you know of two upcoming performances this month in Chicagoland...

I will be doing a solo performance entitled "An accordion on my knee - Irish Traditional Music from Chicago" at 2PM on Sunday, May 17th at the Orland Park Public Library (14921 S Ravinia Ave) where I will be playing a few tunes and chatting a bit with Bucky Halker as part of his "From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois" series currently… Read more

Bobby Sands (March 9, 1954 - May 5, 1981) 

"They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon."
- Bobby Sands