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



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...

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 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... ;-))

There is more information here

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!!

More information here and here

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!!
All the best,


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... :-))