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Our house doesn't always look like this-sometimes it's even worse!  (from The Trivet Song)

I am looking out at Saltash Mountain, here in beautiful Belmont, VT.

Be sure to check my scheduled shows on the right  to see where I will be playing.

I am scheduling new students in all levels of mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar, so contact me if you would like to work with me.

I have cds available at my Store.


 

May 20, 2105 

Spring in Vermont is so gorgeous after the long winter.  Lilacs are blooming, the leaves are that impossible lime green color, and we are spending lots of  time outdoors, enjoying the long days.  I am adding new shows almost every day.  Also, I've started teaching via Skype, and it's going well!  Send me a message if you are interested.  Thanks for stopping by my website.  Hope to see you at an event!

March 2, 2015 

Well, here I am back in the snowy mountains of Vermont!  Wow, lots of snow here.  I had a great adventure, traveling to Nova Scotia in January, then on to Glasgow, Scotland with Otis Tomas, Deanie Cox, Paul MacDonald, a harp, a cello, a viola, a fiddle, a guitar, and of course, a mandolin-all made by Otis from his Fiddletree.  The harp and cello had seats on the plane to Heathrow!  After a night in Glasgow, a very happening city, we set off for the Isle of Lismore in the Lower Hebrides to rehearse with the Fiddletree.  What a magical place. We met up with Mairi Campbell at the studio where she teaches and holds music retreats; Sarah MacFadyen and Joey Sanderson, and Abby Newton, and Laoise Kelly.  We had a run through concert in the community hall, then headed to Glasgow for Celtic Connections.  Our show was a sellout at the Strathclyde Suite of the Royal Concert Hall.  It was a blast, and we were raring to play some more!  Deanie and Laoise and I headed for Ireland.  It was nice to be in a car, I got to see Belfast for the first time.  Then a week in Dublin.  TradFest was on in Temple Bar, so the pubs were loaded with great music (and superb pints of Gunness).  Outstanding were Gerry O'Connor with The Dublin Legends, and Coda, with Conall O'Domhnaill-lovely singing!  Thanks to Triona and family for the wonderful hospitality.

Then I spent February back in Nova Scotia-the first winter in my "Summer's Home!"  How many times did I hear, "It's not usually like this..."  It snowed 3 times a week, and it was hard getting together with my music pals.  But I loved being there.

Now, I'm back to teaching at Ct. Academy of Irish Music, and I leave for a quick trip to Florida with Gypsy Reel this weekend (sunshine and T-shirt weather, PLEASE).  We'll be back home for our usual St, Patrick's Day festivities in Ludlow VT-Okemo Ski Area in the afternoon, Killarney Pub in the evening.  See you here or there!

January 2015 update 

Happy New Year!  This one seems to be shaping up very nicely.  I have been practicing my mandolin parts in preparation for The Fiddletree's performance at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall January 23 at 8pm as part of Scotland's Celtic Connections Festival.  Guess who is playing the same night in another part of the same hall-The Punch Brothers!  Hopefully I'll at least get to hear some of their sound check. This will be an amazing trip, with a visit to Lismore Island, a side trip to Dublin Ireland  to visit my dear friend Triona, and some time in Nova Scotia before and after.

Then, in March, I'll resume teaching at Connecticut Academy of Irish Music (www.ctirishmusic.com)  Please contact the Academy if you are interested in my classes in mandolin, tenor banjo or guitar, or check out their other classes.  it's a lovely space shared with an Arts School in Old Wethersfield, CT, and the people and tunes are wonderful. Their session is starting now, but my classes will begin later, so contact them now if you are interested.

For the St. Patrick's Day festivities, Gypsy Reel will be starting early, playing with our fabulous guitar player Jon Scaife, who will be visiting Florida from his home in Sheffield, UK.  We'll be in Citrus Hills, FL doing a Ceili with dancers March 10, and are booked at Durty Nelly's in Gainesville, FL March14.  If you are in Florida and know of any other places that would like to book Gypsy Reel, please contact me.  We plan to be around Ocala March 5-15.  Then we come home to Ludlow VT for our afternoon March 17 show at The Sitting Bull Lodge at Okemo Mountain, and our evening show at Killarney Irish Pub.

We have started a Thursday night session of IrishTraditional Music at Killarney, and it's really fun.  6:30 every Thursday evening.  Graham and Camille and friends will carry it on while I'm away.

Just got the word that I'm on the staff at Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song week again this year-July 5-12!  So excited to get to see my pals in North Carolina.  www.swangathering.com  I'll be doing songs from the Maritimes of Canada, and Singing with the Mandolin.  Come and join the fun!

Yes, the New Year is shaping up very nicely!  i wish you all peace, health, prosperity, and sweet music!
 

November update 

I look out at "Stick Season" here in Vermont-between foliage and snow cover-lovely landscape any season. 

My exciting news is that I will be playing at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland January 2015!  Otis Tomas' ensemble The Fiddletree will perform at The Royal Concert Hall of Glasgow January 23.  This is such an amazing group.  Otis lives in Cape Breton Nova Scotia.  About 20 years ago,  He cut down a nearby maple, and over the years has built a family of instruments from what he christened The Fiddletree.  He wrote some lovely tunes, and made up parts for 2 violins, viola, cello, harp, guitar and mandolin.  Then he got musicians to get together and play-Otis and Sarah MacFadyen (Scotland) on violins, Mairi Campbell(Scotland) on viola, Abby Newton (US) and Joel Sanderson(Scotland) on cello, Laoise Kelly (Ireland) on harp, Paul MacDonald (Canada) on guitar, and I play the sweet mandolin.  We have put out two recordings, "The Fiddletree" cd attached to a hardcover book Otis wrote telling the story of the making of the instruments and tunes, and "The Improbable Menagerie," both recorded live in the old schoolhouse on The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton.  I am so looking forward to getting together with these fabulous musicians!  Performances are rare because we are so spread out, and transporting all those instruments can be prohibitive, so this will be a very special treat!  Plan a January escape and come see us in Glasgow! This will be my first time at this festival, and it will be great to see friends old and new.  More info at www.fiddletree.com

I am adding gigs everyday, so check out my schedule, and come and say hello!!

September update 

My website has changed hands, and I am currently trying to reconstruct it, so I appreciate your patience while I am reconfiguring things!
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