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
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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... :-))