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Welcome to my website!

Come in, sit down, relax, converse
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 private students in all levels of mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar, so contact me if you would like to work with me, at my studio in Belmont VT, or on Skype. If I am traveling in your direction, I can also arrange to meet you.

I have cds available at my Store, and Free Listens on my Music Page.


 

May 21, 2021 

Happy Spring! I finally have something to tell you!

First, I'd like to thank Connecticut Academy of Irish Music and all my private students for getting me through the past year. Love you all.

Coming up this Sunday, May 23, I am honored to be a guest of Hazel the Delta Rambler on WWOZ Radio in New Orleans, LA. It airs around 10:15 CDT, 11:15am EDT, and features some of my lesser known originals, and a chat with Hazel. It'll be archived for 2 weeks at http://www.wwoz.org

Got a couple of Gypsy Reel outdoor summer concerts coming up, Fri. May 28 at the lovely Skunk Hollow Tavern, and Sat. June 12 at the Shrewsbury Meeting House (rain date Sun June 13). Fun fun fun!

Mount Holly Folk Club has resumed meeting downstairs in the Library in Belmont every Monday night at 7. Join us for some songs!

Hope everyone is enjoying the relaxed atmosphere that comes from being vaccinated!

More soon as dates get confirmed.

 

March 21, 2020 

Well! Greetings from my home to your home! Our world has changed, and continues to change by the hour. I have deleted events that may be rescheduled, but are cancelled for now. The Gypsy Reel event in April may still be postponed, but hasn't been yet. Our weekly session at Killarney Pub in Ludlow VT is off until further notice, and we're hoping to have a belated St. Patrick's Day celebration this summer!

Thanks for visiting my site! Please stay healthy and safe! LOVE

PS Contact me if you'd like to try a music lesson via Skype or What's App!

November 19, 2019 

Hi, I'm updating my shows for the holidays! I'll be playing with Jon Clinch, Graham and Camille Parker, in the Gypsy Reel Wassailers. Happy holidays to all! Thanks for your continued support of live music!

September 27, 2019 

Looking out at blooming sunflowers and orange maples! Lovely autumn here in Southern VT! Enjoying loads of visitors, many toting instruments. School has begun at the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, and I'm enjoying teaching tunes and songs on some Sunday afternoons. Had a brilliant summer on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, lots of music, boating and swimming. Making this short so I can get outdoors and go for a walk in the sweet glow of the season! Love to all.

February 26, 2019 

The winds are howling here on Frost Hill Road in Belmont, Vermont, but the sunshine is gaining in strength, and the long cold snowy winter may be giving way. I haven't been writing much, because of a long struggle with my vision, recovering from surgeries, but now things are looking up! In the months ahead, I am looking forward to playing more music. St. Patrick's Day 2019 is right around the corner, and Gypsy Reel is excited to welcome former Gypsy Jon Scaife, extraordinary guitarist from Sheffield UK, for the big weekend! Right after, I'm taking off for another visit to North Carolina, playing with Fiddling' Al McCanless, Will McCanless, Colin Shoemaker, and Bob Vasile, and also with Jack Herrick of the Red Clay Ramblers and Jane Peplar of Pratie Heads. Also hope to get together there with Eleanor Ellis, wonderful singer and blues guitarist-stay tuned for developments.

I continue to play most Thursdays with Gypsy Reel at our fine session at The Killarney in Ludlow Vermont, and I continue to teach fretted instruments at The Connecticut Academy of Irish Music in Wethersfield CT most Sundays through April. I also sing with Mount Holly Folk Club most Mondays when I'm in town. Check my schedule for solo gigs in the spring; also will be performing in a duo with Silas Hamilton, and with Celticado (Adam Sweet and Jim Bunting). If all goes well, I'll be in Nova Scotia July-August, will keep you posted-usually loads of fun music collaborations there.

I recorded my solo cd The Tartan Project many months ago, but am just getting around to offering it for sale here. This one's got more of a Scots/Nova Scotian/Shetland focus. I hope you'll enjoy it. Stay well, keep smilin'!

January 22, 2018 

Happy New Year! Started out with a quick escape from the lovely Vermont deepfreeze (how many days of 20 below zero??) to Durham NC (just in time for their freak snowstorm that shut down the state for 3 days!!) Had a blast playing music with Bob Vasile, Revisited the place where Touchstone was born, once The Cat's Cradle, then Rhythm Alley, then the Skylight Exchange, now the Nightlight. Bob and I played, and it was so great to see our friends who braved the icy roads to come out that night. We went to Charlottesville VA the following night and played at the Tin Whistle pub. Thanks to Cece Conway for making these events happen. Bob was awesome on bouzouki, guitar, and vocals. Thanks to Bob and Barb for hosting us.

Back in Vermont, having some fun playing Wednesdays at RiRa Pub in Burlington VT with Graham Parker and Silas Hamilton of Gypsy Reel. Thursday night sessions continue every week at The Killarney Pub in Ludlow VT. (If it looks like I'm double booked on these recurring events, there will be someone, probably from Gypsy Reel, filling in for me in VT) Playing some Old Time and Americana music this weekend with The Shrewdberries Live at Mount Hollywood Studio. Looking forward to my first gig in Boston in ages, at the Burren in Somerville, with Silas (and maybe a surprise guest or 2!) Gypsy Reel leaves for Guatemala the next day. Will fill in gig details as I get them. Looking forward to seeing our Lake Atitlan friends soon!

Check my Events schedule. I'll be teaching Sundays at Connecticut Academy of Irish Music in Wethersfield CT (www.ctirishmusic.com)-enrollment now open. And when we get back from Guatemala, it'll be almost time to start celebrating St. Patrick's Day!

Meanwhile, I am finishing up the mixes for a new solo cd, featuring Scottish songs and Shetland Isles tunes, The Tartan Project. Will post ordering info soon! The days are getting longer!

October 21, 2017 

Autumn leaves are falling, days here in Vermont are bright and sunny, and it's time to dream new projects into existence. The new Gypsy Reel, Live 2017, is done, out, and being played on radio stations around the US. I will add it to my titles to purchase here; meanwhile, just email me if you'd like a copy.

Our Mount Hollywood Studio has moved into a new dimension. Now, in addition to being a full service recording studio, we are doing live performances and streaming on Facebook! Had a great response to our first concert. More in the works! 

I had a wonderful summer in Nova Scotia, and thanks to a great new session at the Saltbox Brewpub in Mahone Bay led by Eilidh and Paul Buchanan, I learned some wonderful Shetland tunes. 

I continue to teach fretted instruments at Connecticut Academy of Irish Music in Wethersfield CT on Sundays, and I also have some fantastic students who take lessons here at Mount Hollywood. Always room for more!

I enjoy playing contradances with The Shrewd Berries. I occasionally play with Celticado in Western Massachusetts, and in Connecticut with Jeanne Freeman from the Academy. And our local session at The Killarney Pub in Ludlow Vermont every Thursday night at 6:30 is still going strong, with members of Gypsy Reel and friends. Monday nights at 7 is Mount Holly Folk Club-stop by the library in Belmont VT!

 

January 30, 2017 

Back in Vermont after a surprise trip to Dublin Ireland at the beginning of the New Year! Played lots of music with Silas Hamilton, Gypsyreel's youthful bassist who was wailing on DADGAD guitar with me on banjo at O'Donoghue's Pub near St. Stephen's Green. I was there way back when I was first learning Irish music in 1979.Silas' Dad Mark joined us on fiddle, and we played some old-time American music. What fun! Also got to visit with pals Orla McGovern, who plays keyboard with Gypsyreel whenever she's in Vermont, and Triona NiDhomhnaill, my Touchstone bandmate. Visited the IrishTraditional Music Archive in Merrion Square, and was delighted to see a cd on display that contained one of my original songs! The band RUNA released a live double cd, and as is their custom, they ended the set with my song Jealousy. Another exciting day was spent at the National Gallery of Art, seeing some vivid paintings depicting Irish history with some shocking themes, like a Connemara funeral for a child during the famine, and British recruiters snapping up two brothers in the Connaught Rangers. 
Lots of different music presentations coming up for me. Will be playing in Burlington VT at the wild Irish pub RiRa with Reagh Greenleaf Jr and Graham Parker of Gypsyreel. Also doing a couple nights and the new pub in Killington VT, O'Dwyer's at the Summit Inn, with Reagh and Dan Brown. Doing some contradances with Mark and Silas Hamilton. Getting together with Adam Sweet and Jim Bunting for a Celticado gig at a party. Got our usual Gypsy Reel St.Patrick's Day bashes in Ludlow VT, and I have a couple solo appearances leading up to that. And, starting February 26, I'll be resuming my teaching of fretted instruments at Connecticut Academy of Irish Music in Wethersfield CT. Also doing a couple sessions in CT, and the weekly Thursday night session at Killarney in Ludlow VT. Singing ever Monday night with the Mount Holly Folk Club (MoHoFo). So, check out my schedule, and I hope to see you at one of the events! Thank you for your continued support. And special blessings on those of you who still purchase our cds!! Feel free to contact me for bookings, lessons, studio info, or with your comments. Be kind to one another. Music heals!
Aug5

Gypsy Reel hosts Irish Trad Session at Killarney Pub

Killarney irish Pub, 44 Pond Street, Ludlow, VT

We're back! Gypsy Reel's long running popular open session resumes after being shut down in March 2020. Bring instruments, sing, dance, play, or just listen. Always a few surprises...

Aug12

Gypsy Reel hosts Irish Trad Session at Killarney Pub

Killarney irish Pub, 44 Pond Street, Ludlow, VT

We're back! Gypsy Reel's long running popular open session resumes after being shut down in March 2020. Bring instruments, sing, dance, play, or just listen. Always a few surprises...