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Feb 19 2015 email newsletter... 

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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:

Friday March 27th Tickets:
Saturday March 28th Tickets:

Pat Broaders and I are doing a few gigs as well and also plan on doing some recording in the near future. More on that the next email blast or you can always visit:


In the meantime, Pat has a second record coming out with "Open the Door for Three" with Kieran O'Hare and Liz Knowles. For more information, you can visit:


Also, Kieran O'Hare has started a new print magazine named "Eirways." For more information on that, please visit:


That's it for the moment -- keep warm where it's cold and cold where it's warm… ;-))

All the best,



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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... :-))


For last year's words belong to last year's language

And next year's words await another voice.

And to make an end is to make a beginning...

-- T.S. Eliot



It was Chanukah and the tiny village outside Budapest in Hungary was frightened that they may not have any latkes because they had run out of flour.

Rudi, the Rabbi, was called upon to help solve the problem. He said, 'Don't worry, you can substitute matzo meal for the flour, and the latkes will be just as delicious.'

Sarah looks to her husband and says, 'Samuel, you think it'll work?'

'Of course,' Samuel replies, 'Everybody knows Rudolph the Rab knows grain, dear.'


;-)) Happy Chanukah All!!