Greetings from the Ocean Bed
Feb 20th 2016.
Waves hello from ice and snow
Actually , it's just a small bit snowy and icy and
has not been anywhere near as cold as last winter was
here.....which has been good...
We have been living in Toronto again but we'll only
be here for a short while more....and going to make
the very most of the last few weeks.
We travel to WAKEFIELD,QUEBEC next weekend (27th feb)
to play at The Blacksheep Inn. I have heard only amazing
things about this venue and the folks who have played
there so I am really looking forward to it........my
expectations are high but vague....(no pressure Wakefield)....
The following weekend we are playing in the stunningly
beautiful ALBRIGHT KNOX GALLERY, BUFFALO (mar 4th).
The art alone would put you in a swoon....I have even
more vague and just as high expectations of playing
there.....all those paintings will transport us somewhere....anyone
who is coming to that show, try to make it an hour earlier
so that you have loads of time to see the art there
too.....it's really worth it.
I hope you are all holding on ok, this has been a shocking
year for loss.
Most recently our friend and compadre Fergus O Farrell
left the earth.
We were so saddened by it , but are trying to look at
things a different way and not be sad. Trying to be
glad for the life and not sad for the loss.
Lots of you will know Ferg and his music and maybe have
seen him perform........if you haven't heard him sing
I would make it your business to. His voice was a divine
instrument and nobody played piano like him. He released
an album with his band Interference which you can find,
we recorded songs with him on Charm and on Mutter and
more recently his song Gold was in the movie and musical
Once. He will be hugely missed but we have the songs
and the sound of him forever.
I love that we are gypsies and make the world our home
but when something fundamental happens you want to be
near your people.......you want to be around people
who understand things without you having to use a lot
We were lonely and wanted to roam ......so we decided
on a little roadtrip to see some friends in Nashville.
We had never been there before so it was fun to see
it....and our friends have lived there a long time so
they could show us some great things. The Tenessee countryside
is really worth a look , charming and sortof dignified.
From Franklin to Fry such a different living.
The city is hard to find in a quick visit. The centre
is very small, pretty , touristy...........you would
have to delve for more time to winkle out the beautiful
It was really lovely to be around friends and they brought
us to the best band you will find there......oh wow,
if you go visiting Nashville make sure you build in
a Monday night so that you can see the Timejumpers in
3rd &Lindsley. An incredible band made up of extraodinary
musicians....the lineup changes a bit depending on who
is out on the road but they are magic. 3 fiddle players
ripping it up and such immense quiet confidence and
pride. I don't think I am explaining it very well but
it was a beautiful experience. 10 great musicians onstage
the night we were there....each as good as the other...taking
turns in being brilliant without any grandstanding or
We will take a couple of weeks to settle in at home
then we are off to Europe in April. Keep an eye on the
website but it looks like Switzerland and Spain at the
We will see you there or here or somewhere on the way.
(For those who are in mourning I commiserate, I empathise......I
don't really have any good words, I'm not great around
death..........all I know is that we have to do something
worthwhile with our hours of living)
Take care of yourselves and each other
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