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March is all about Irish Music

Traditional music lovers look forward to March in the same way the rest of the world looks forward to December and Christmas.

Artwork by Sara's Grandfather Terry Hulse

Artwork by Sara’s Grandfather Terry Hulse

St Patrick’s day is the excuse all of us lovers of reels,jigs and anything irish music use to let the music flow. Musician gatherings abound,  and the bars are drenched with the sound of Fiddles and pipes.

Last St. Patrick’s day Sara and I, having no gig, just sat around at her grandparents house running through a slew of great Irish tunes & reels. While we were having a blast, it kinda sucked that it was just Sara and me; no one else was there to share in the musical bounty. Still the beer flowed and we had a grand time.

Not this year.

This year we’re brushing up on all those great tunes beforehand and will be ready to rock & reel through all of March. This month will be alot of Irish stuff, both real old and “still-warm” new modern Irish, and we’ll be performing them live at venues around the area. We’ll even be playing a beautiful Irish tune the lovely lass herself Sara penned that it’s highly unlikely you’ve ever heard. We’ll have guests sitting in through shows. And I’m sure we’ll come home from the annual folk bash at Rick & Donna Nestlers with a new old tune or two.
So if ye love Irish music, you best be on hand.

Artwork by Sara's Grandfather, Terry Hulse

Artwork by Sara’s Grandfather, Terry Hulse

The set list Sara sent me(complete with comments)..

The Wild Rover in A
I’ll Tell Me Ma in G with dublin style chord pattern swap
Irish Rover in B
Salley Gardens in G
Rocky Road To Dublin – which is a slip jig and I have no idea how we can play it.. lol
Tim Finnegans Wake in A
Whiskey in the Jar… I think we did that in G
Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye in Dm
7 drunken nights. maybe in A
What’s Left of the Flag and Drunken Lullabies,If I Ever Leave This World Alive…none of which are traditional..  Flogging Molly toned a million times down by uke.

and last but definitely not least “Boston” – a beautiful Irish ballad written by Sara that I’ve been trying to get her to play out since I first heard it.  A definite must to hear.

Tabula Rasa

A word about the CD and a small request…

It’s been a long cold lonely winter.. George Harrison

Yeah well goodbye old man winter. Hey spring, so glad to see you back! Out with the winter funk and the winter junk. It’s time to get back to playing!

And the CD is back on track and it’s this close to being completely done. I was waiting for Sara to write a few words for the CD cover copy. I kept after her about the text to finish up the CD. She stated “I’m not that good with words…”  I thought that was pretty funny.  Jeez you could’ve fooled me, Sara; I think you do pretty good with putting word together when they’re in songs….

So I recently got back to finalizing the master.

And after all the time and effort producing  the CD, and hearing all these songs about a thousand times each, I wasn’t much looking forward to running through them again, much as I love them.

Actually what happened was, once again,  I couldn’t stop listening to them. I could be Sara’s biggest fan – I can’t ever get enough of her voice.

Anyway the master goes to duplication in a day or two, after a few good final listens before committing to manufacture.

But as of Saturday (4/19), the CD is available for download on Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and the rest of the web. And life is great!

So I have a favor to ask on behalf of Sara and the band. We’ve heard many of you say you love the music and the CD. If you do, please go to your favorite music store, (be it Itunes, Spotify, Amazon, CD Baby, or where-ever) and under reviews, if you could post a few kind words about how much you do like it, it will mean an awful lot. That’s all we’re asking.

But maybe, if you haven’t already and feel so inclined and supportive, maybe buy a download.  Or wait to pick up a CD at a show.

But if you don’t that’s cool too. Just please come out and join us. We really love playing and we really love sharing music with you.

Thanks for listening and thanks for supporting Sara.


Sara had this quote put on the CD:

“Dance when you’re broken open. Dance if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”-Rumi

This is my favorite song from the CD.

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Tabula Rasa available at Bandcamp

The CD is not done yet. But the album is now available at BandCamp. Yeah!

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