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


Jimmy McGowan 

Jimmy McGowan (July 24, 1956 -- July 20, 2014)
Jimmy McGowan died a few moments ago. He was surrounded by his loving family. He would have turned 58 on Thursday. He would have teed off at nine this morning -- after mass -- at Fountain Hills with a couple of his kids or a roving cast of friends. He would have met me at Lanigan's for a few jars and to catch a Bears, Hawks, or Sox game. He would laugh. He would kid. He would chat. He would smile. He would listen. He would bring comfort. He would bring an open mind. He would console. He would encourage. He would advise. He would shed a tear. He would shake his head in disbelief or in the are-you-f'in-nuts sort of way. He would share. He would give what he could and what he couldn't. He would speak with a glowing heart about his kids, his brothers and sister, his nieces and nephews, his Dad, his Bridie. He was a friend to all and a friend to me. He loved and was loved. He will be in my heart forever. Rest in peace McGowan

(Thank you McGowan family for letting me be part of Jimmy's final days -- you are as your son, father, brother, and uncle was...)

Augusta Heritage Irish Week then... 

A few weeks to go for the 32nd annual Irish/Celtic Week at Augusta Heritage in Elkins, West Virginia. I will be teaching an intensive tune workshop open to all melody instruments (which was a blast last year!) as was instructing several times over the last three plus decades in the lovely setting of Davis & Elkins College.

Here is a photo of myself, bodhranist/raconteur
 Myron Bretholtz, and harpist Carol Thompson 25 years ago outside the infamous Ice House on campus taking a break and listening to one of the many sessions which take place round the clock during the week. Still not too late to sign up for the many class offerings. Check it out at the link above...

Independence Day... 

“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” -- George Washington


Rest in peace... 

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou (1928-2014)



new bits... 

Hi Folks -- I received a rake of kind messages, emails, phone calls, and home visits asking how I am progressing with my new addition during the last two weeks post-surgery --- unlike this very funny cartoon which several of you have sent me -- I am moving ahead splendidly and hope to be out and about this fair City of Chicargo and beyond within the next couple of weeks. Thank you all for your kind thoughts, support, prayers, jokes, and encouragement!


bohola on Concert Window!! 

15th Anniversary Special Performance!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Live on Concert Window!


Hi Folks!

Hope you are all well and thanks for taking time to read this. Many of you have sent us requests asking us to come back and perform in your hometown (and we'd love to do so and hopefully will soon)…

 in the meantime and in honor of our 15th year of making music as bohola, we've come up with a special way for you to celebrate with us -- by performing a concert directly for you in the comfort of your own home or wherever in the world you may be via the wonders of the internet and the mighty brains behind Concert Window!

Pat Broaders and I will be taking tune and song requests in advance of the show on our Concert Window page as well as answering any questions you may have. And best of all, you can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting here now!

In addition to performing my solo show last fall, I've personally watched Concert Window performances from my computer, smartphone, tablet, and via TV -- at home, in a coffee shop, and even in my car (parked -- of course)!

This bohola web-show will not be recorded — it's offered in real time. We hope you can join us! 

Thanks again for all your continued support!!

All the best,



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Mick Moloney... 

In April 2014, Mick Moloney will receive the 2014 Gradam Ceoil Special Contribution Award. Tony Lawless, founder and editor of TradConnect.com asked me to write a short paragraph or two on the impact Mick has had on Irish Music here in the States. Sooo much more can (and will) be written about Mick but here is the snippet I contributed to the multi-authored upcoming article:

“I’ve known Mick Moloney since 1974, shortly after Mick moved to America and began his graduate studies and his field work on Irish Music in America. As a young teenage musician, Mick’s impact on me was massive. Here was this well known and respected musician and future scholar from Ireland interested in me and my music, which was unheard of at that time. Traditional music in Chicago was widespread within the Irish and Irish-American community since the early 1900’s but outside the community, not so much. Mick turned that around almost immediately, exposing me along with my friends and fellow musicians Liz Carroll and Michael Flatley plus the musicians we learnt from such as Johnny McGreevy, Kevin Henry, Terry "Cuz" Teahan, Eleanor Kane Neary, Joe Shannon and countless others to a national stage through numerous recordings, concerts, and festival appearances which Mick either produced, enabled, found funding, or by sheer will, created and fostered -- all while doing what he loves and does best -- playing tunes and singing songs.

Mick, Robbie O’Connell, and I toured extensively in the mid-1980’s through the 1990’s and recorded a few albums including “There Were Roses” and “Kilkelly” which included the focus of much of Mick’s work here, the 22-minute Irish-American operetta “The Green Fields of America” (it was before CD’s really took off so it could have easily been 72 minutes long and only scratched the surface)!

I am proud to know Mick Moloney and honored to have performed with him the music we both love over the last four decades. Congratulations on the 2014 Gradam Ceoil Special Contribution Award -- you’re a mighty man, Mickeen!!”