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 lookout at Irish Fest -- we might just play a few tunes together, sometime, somewhere, over by the festival… ;-))
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 too soon…
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 rolled into and buried.
The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:
Freeze a jolly good fellow, Freeze a jolly good fellow...
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 on display at the library. It is a free show and would be a great place to bring the family for a bit of music and a lot of books. And you could show the younger ones what the internet was before the internet... ;-))
And on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, bohola (myself and Pat Broaders) will be doing two performances at the 29th Annual Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival. It is always a great festival and has everything from trad to dance to celtic rock and all in between including a Children's petting zoo, Pony rides, and unlimited carnival rides to boot. Come out and enjoy the fun!!
And now for a bit of music to help kickstart the upcoming shows. Here is a video taken by a fan at a performance I did a couple of months back in San Francisco at the legendary Plough and Stars as the opening night concert of the Irish-American Crossroads Festival. Enjoy!!
"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