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Hi Folks! Hope everyone is doing fine during this most unusual winter…
For those of you on the West Coast, I will performing the opening concert for the month long Irish American Crossroads Festival in San Francisco at the Plough and Stars on 116 Clement Street starting at 9PM on Saturday, February 28. Joining me will be the great guitarist Richard Mandel. For tickets and more information please visit:
For those of you on the East Coast, I will be doing a reunion concert with Mick Moloney and Robbie O'Connell on March 27 & 28 at the New York Irish Arts Center, 553 W 51st St. Show starts at 8PM each night and tickets are going fast. For more information and tickets, please visit:
For Lent I'm giving up kale, yams, beets, rhubarb, MySpace, polkas, slides, craft beer, Fox News, colonoscopy preps, texts, texting, Governor Rauner, snow, sub-zero temperatures, leg-cramps, out of tune instruments, stubbing big toe into coffee table, vinegar on chips, ketchup, unknown callers, Jay Cutler, and jagoffs.
Wait, what do you mean you are supposed to give up things you like??? Oh... :-))
Here is Peter Staunton's brilliant remix of several of the "Trad Tune Challenge" video's in support of St. Patricks Mental Health Services in Dublin. My own contribution can be see here. You can still make a contribution by visiting walkinmyshoes.ie (or if in Ireland), text "Shoes" to 57802 for a €2 donation.
Sorry, but I could not resist it Seamus Begley ;-)) -----
Did you ever get a ride? Did you ever get a ride? Did you ever get a ride on a tractor? No I never got a ride, No I never got a ride, No I never got a ride on a tractor.
Did you pull it in and out? Did you pull it in and out? Did you push and draw it out on a tractor? Yes, I pushed and drew it out, Yes, I pushed and drew it out, And played "Paddy Fahy's Tractor" on the tractor… ;-))
------ Thanks to Joe Burke for the photo Apologies to Seamus Moore for my bastardized lyrics of his "Did You Ever Get A Ride On A Tractor"
I gladly accept the "Walk in My Shoes" Trad Tune challenge from Tommy McCarthy in support of the St. Patricks Mental Health Foundation in Ireland and would like to further nominate Pat Broaders and Dennis Cahill to play a bit of a tune, sing a bit of a song, recite a bit of a poem, tell a bit of a joke, dance a bit, or chew on a bit… ;-))
But in all seriousness, mental illness is a growing problem especially amongst the young in Ireland (and elsewhere for that matter). 1 in 4 will experience a mental health difficulty and suicide is the leading cause of death among 18-25 year olds.
You can make a donation to: www.walkinmyshoes.ie or if in Ireland, please text: SHOES to 57802
Thanks for your time and enjoy my bit of a tune… #TradTune