Bahnhof Beckett is Back in Brooklyn

Train from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt, Sunday November 26th 6.21am Two young men are drunkenly walking themselves to a standstill in the wrong direction on an escalator at Dusseldorf’s main train station. They are pretending to check boarding passes of people walking in the more traditional direction. One of them has a broken thumb. His left…

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In the Kitchen at Parties

Hotel Am Brillantengrund, Vienna – Thursday November 16th, 2017 I’m sitting in the cafe at Hotel Am Brillantengrund in Vienna. I like this place. Myself and Clare stayed here last year. It is super relaxed, artsy and cool. The coffee is really great. Leafy courtyard. Minimalist art. And tomorrow I’m playing a concert in the…

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All Of This For Beauty

Andrea’s Kitchen, Piove di Sacco, Italy – November 7th, 2017 They tell me it didn’t rain in the North of Italy for sixty days. Until I arrived. It has been raining almost constantly since. Italian farmers, you are welcome. Aside from the damp, all is going well so far. I’m feeling well rested, well fed,…

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London – Milan – Verona

Sunday November 5th, 2017 – Terminal 5, London Heathrow The other side of my pre caffeine conversation with four separate British Airways employees regarding my protestations at their new rule banning guitars as carry- on luggage: “I understand, there’s nothing I can do.” “I understand, there’s nothing I can do.” “I understand, there’s nothing I…

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Every Day’s a School Day

In the van somewhere in Monaghan, September 18th, 2017 ‘Artificial Lake’ has been included on RTE Radio 1’s recommended playlist. Blue and White religion book skies. Scruffy fields. Sheep with blue paint tags. A horse scratching its back like a puppy rolling in the mud. We’re on a narrow road in a wide van. Driving…

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Dream Away Lodge, Becket, MA – Tonight

Tonight I return to Dream Away Lodge in Becket. I love it there. Hidden away in the woods in Western Massachusetts it was a former haunt of Bob Dylan, Rick Dank and Joan Baez. It’s a great room to sing in and the proprietor Daniel is fantastic host. Dream Away Lodge was almost certainly in…

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Last Gig of Tour in Munich Tonight

February 19th, 2017 – On the Road to Saarbrücken I am in the back of the car on the way to Saarbrücken. Well Saarlouis, outside of Saarbrücken. The sun is trying to shine. Jack Lukeman is on the stereo. Mel and Ulf are driving. I’m feeling a bit tired but feeling pretty good about the…

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