Late June, I got back from another VERY successful Folksong Tour
of Scotland. As always, it is no easy task to re-adapt to Austin in
summer after the pleasure of being in the cool (sometimes rainy,
sometimes crystal clear; but never hot) weather of Scotland....and as
always, I feel like part of me is still over there on the golf course,
hiking the Border hills or sitting in on an Edinburgh pub session.
This year's group was wonderfully varied with folks
from CA to NJ, TX to IL; but who all got along famously as we toured the
country, entertained by our trusty guide Charles Hunter and taken care
of by driver Ian Cowie. Our evening performers included Iain Fraser,
John Nicol, Ian Anderson & Gordon Kelly; Charlie Milne & George
Archibald; Margaret Bennett; Pete Clark; Jim & Susie Malcolm; Janet
Weatherston and Scott Gardiner - a braw collection of singers and
The tour featured 2 nights each in Peebles,
Troon, Isle of Mull, Blair Atholl and Edinburgh. This was the first time
we'd gone to the southwest to spend a day and a half visiting places
associated with Robert Burns and hearing his songs sung "on
location"....and it was such a successful venture, we plan to do so
again in 2013. The dates for next year will be June 2-12. This year's
tour was sold out before Christmas; so if you are interested in joining
us in 2013, please let me know in fall.
After being in the hameland most of June, it was
off to N.Carolina for 2-3 weeks in July - my 21st year
performing at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games up in the
Blueridge Mountains and teaching at the Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week
at Warren Wilson College. This year, however, I also taught at
the Traditional Song Week, filling in for Jean Redpath, who
unfortunately had to call off - big shoes to fill!
August has been far too quiet gig-wise; but time to
plan for next year, to have a week's vacation on the beach in Florida
and to witness the strange customs of my daughter Maggie beginning her
senior year at High School. September, however, will see me on the road
every weekend - to California, Tulsa OK, St Louis and Pittsburgh.
I hope you've made Sunday evenings a regular listening time for "Across the Water" It's from 6-8pm
Sundays (Central Time) and can be heard live anywhere on the web at KUT.org (click on Listen Live).
the Water" features the folk
music of Scotland, Ireland and England along with its connections to
music in this country. We passed our 3rd anniversary in March, and it's
always heart-warming to receive so many calls from listeners welcoming
mainly Celtic show, not to mention the great financial support during
our twice-yearly membership drive. The show often has
themes, from "the Irish
Experience in America," and "The songs of Ewan MacColl," to "songs
about birds" or "Transatlantic Connections - song versions from both
sides of the ocean."
other Sunday, I'll continue to host Folkways from 2-4pm,
alternating weeks with Kim Simpson. The request line is 512-471 2345.
** Please remember to support your local non-commercial radio station.
You will not hear folk music on commercial stations; only on GOOD,
non-commercial radio which is not consumed by the need to keep
shareholders happy by playing lowest-common-denominator music.
You can also help with promotion by requesting your local station to
play tracks by performers you like (hint hint, nudge nudge).
There is a order form in this web site for ordering all 9 CD's by mail using
a check, money order or credit card. CD's, however, are
available from CDBaby.com
For ordering other peoples' CD's, if you don't like
I-Tunes, I would recommend going to the websites of Greentrax Records,
Compass Records or Coda Music (in Edinburgh)