Notes from Home

Posted on Sep 18, 2020

I’m delighted to say that teaching and recording are going really well, despite the world being turned upside down in 2020! Since the last (a woefully long time ago) update I wrote there have been some fun adventures including performing with Gaelic Storm at The Old Settlers Festival in TX and joining The Bonnie Paine Band at The Kerrville Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2019 and the online version in 2020. We also played The Northwest String Summit online 2020,which was a new festival for me. Take Down the Door, a 5 piece traditional Irish band has been a regular fixture at the wonderful Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival over the years and we’ve been there as instructors and performers alongside other artists from all over the world. Closer to home, playing at Swallow Hill Music venue in Denver with various bands including Take Down the Door, Mollie O’Brien Band and Tony Furtado has been really fun. Some fun recording sessions with local artists have been really fulfilling and creative. I enjoy the process of trying to match my sound to someone else’s musical vision.

Most recently and very excitingly, I reached out to two Celtic fiddling woman powerhouses who I deeply admire; Ellery Klein and Katie Grennan. During the pandemic, we took advantage of the explosion of technological tools enabling musicians to work together despite not meeting in person. I was asked by The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival to come up with “something new” and it was the perfect opportunity to have some creative fun. The result is a stunning collection of original and traditional tunes played on three fiddles, with bass and guitar and we’re also joined by my favorite accordion player on the planet, John Williams (formerly of Solas). We have called the project, ‘The Bow Tides” (https://www.facebook.com/TheBowTides) and whilst touring musicians are grounded, it’s proving a healing outlet for those notes that would otherwise be trapped inside our heads, hearts and souls! You can see our debut performance on Saturday, September 22 at 5 pm Mountain Time by visiting https://celticmusicfest.com