Found in Translation

Vienna – Prague – Olomouc – Munich Sunday, November 19th, 2017 – Random Restaurant, Around the corner from Arkada Hotel, Prague  Sunday night. Two weeks and day into the tour. One week and a day left to go. My body, perhaps sensing a night off, has collapsed. I think I have slight touch of food…

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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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Zagreb to Zalaegerzeg to Budapest

    Monday November 13th, 2017 – Balatonboglar Train Station, Hungary It is cold. The wind cuts through my many layers of clothing. It’s been another couple of enjoyable and easy days on tour. I arrived in Zagreb on Friday night. Checked into my airbnb and went out for a walk and a bite to…

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Thank You Italy – Croatia, Here I Come

  Piove di Sacco, Train Station, Italy – Thursday, November 9th, 2017 “Some people see a mountain, I think I just need the right shoes and I can climb it like a stairs.” Let me begin with the essentials. Andrea Scarso is a legend. He speaks in poems. Nothing is a problem. We had some…

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Come on Tour with Me

JFK International Airport, Terminal 4 – Saturday, November 4th, 7:22am I’m sitting in a brightly lit cafe. Trying to pry my eyes open with a watery coffee. I am putting the coffee in my mouth but it might be more effective to pour it directly into my eyeball. A somewhat tortuous version of “They Can’t…

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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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Thank you – That was fun!

  Prospect Park, Brooklyn,  Monday June 12th, 8am.   Air quality warning from 10am. What precisely are you supposed to do during an air quality warning? Take a deep breath at 9.59am? It’s 8am and I am in Prospect Park to get a few of those breaths. New York would be impossible without its parks.…

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James Connolly’s 101st Anniversary

May 12th, 2017, Brooklyn, NY Today is James Connolly’s 101st anniversary. My Song ‘May 12th, 1916 – A Song for James Connolly’, will be on my next album which will be out in September. In the meantime here’s an impromptu live performance of the song with Glen Hansard and his band including Javier Más from…

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