An Appreciation for Shirley Chisholm State Park

Rockaway, New York, November 29th, Somehow Still 2020 Today forgot to be winter, blue skies and warm sunlight found us here on the edge of USA.  We took a 25 minute drive to Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn this morning. I’m still foreign sometimes and there are many gaps in my local and national…

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A D- Day Veteran Makes Me Promise to Get a Fishing Rod

Rockaway Beach, NY Feb 24th, 2020 It’s a quiet time. A strange time. I’m keeping my ears piqued and my antennae fine tuned to find new stories and songs and opportunities. It’s a strange time,  an in between time, a quiet time, a divisive time, a February time, a rest stop off the highway time,…

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Citizen Connolly

A Train Rockaway – High Street, Brooklyn Bridge,  Dec 3rd, 2019, 6.38am. Take a right at the Harbor Light Walking through the sleet and snow at 6.28 am on a Tuesday morning.  In the pre dawn light, passing headlights catch the blue white flakes. I should have replaced my boots before the winter. I’m speed…

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Turning Sound Into Soilds

Rockaway, October 29th, 2019 Modern living can be abstract.   I’m making soup. Turnips, onions, garlic, celery, cauliflower, carrots and sweet potatoes. I played at Saugerties Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning and my tip jar included two big bags of vegetables. In an age of digital pennies and virtual likes, I enjoy the directness of…

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We Are Afraid Of The Wrong Things

Rockaway Park, NY, October 21st, 2019   Remember when I used to write regular tour blogs? Well, I’m going to try to get back to that, here’s lesson 6,712 of New York City teaching me to be grateful. We moved to Rockaway in April. We have a brighter, lead paint free apartment, a kitchen I…

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Goodnight Fawkner – Song Club Moves to Stella and Fly

Rockaway Park, Tuesday, August 27th, 2019   Goodnight Fawkner I’m sorry to share the news that Fawkner closed its doors this weekend. We’ve been hosting Big City Folk Song Club there for the last few years and at the same address prior to that when it was Ceol. Thanks to everyone we worked with there…

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Story?

September 6th, 2018   I’m gathering my tour stories, trying to write them down. Assemble them in perfect disorder.  I’ve been touring for almost 20 years. I’ve shared and gathered a lot of stories. Which ones would you like to read? Getting punched in the face in Cyprus? Meeting a London Police Officer at 1am…

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Overheard in Brooklyn

“I mean, who the fuck drugs a therapy dog?” – Overheard in Brooklyn   A reasonable question from the woman walking behind me to her phone. Who the fuck? Who indeed? I casually, ever so discretely slowed my walk to gather some further information for you. A volunteer?  An intern? Nobody likes them anyway whoever…

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