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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.


 

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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Ceili with Gypsy Reel featuring Jon Scaife on guitar

Citrus Hills, Brentwood, FL

 

A pre-St. Patrick's Day irish music festival with a dance troupe!

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