Happy Celtic New Year!
In the Gaelic world, there is a festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally, Samhain is celebrated from sunset on 31 October to sunset on 1 November, which is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is also a time of Thanksgiving, a rememberance, for the passing year and a dreaming for the new adventures waiting to come. Our year has been lush with fine friends, kind hearts, and warm memories. We have met so many folks along the way and shared so many stories. Thank you!
Fae's Starry Night Pumpkin
October was full of excitement. From our Trainwreck of Glitter Tour to starting the recording process for our next album, we had a blast.
Trainwreck of Glitter
We started our tour last month at the Slippery Pig on September 19 in Poulsbo, WA. Oh, the viking goodness of that night! We then made way to the Black Dog in Snoqualmie, WA amist the railroad rhythm and history. Following that we set out on a 6 day adventure to Southern Utah and back.
We played for the Palouse Folklore Society in Moscow, Idaho on September 30 in a tiny attic. It was glorious. We had a lovely turnout even on a Wednesday evening. Our hosts David and Roberta were beautiful folks. I mean that is every sense of the way. As we were driving through town before getting to the venue, I saw them walking down the street . I said to the boys, "wow, those folks are just beautiful"! And then, there they were, our hosts! Kismet really. The audience was kind and eager to share stories. Not bad kazoo players either! A great start to the adventure!
The 1st of October found us in Boise at the home of the Richard and Patti O'Hara. I had contacted the Idaho Songwriters Association about playing a house concert and Richard answered the call. He and his wife Patti, made us feel at home with about 35 of their friends in their musical community. Their home and living room was warm and absolutely lovely to sing in. Richard began the evening with a wee reading of some Irish history. He set a lovely scene. The night rolled with many stories and drams.We are most grateful.
Thank you Patti and Richard.
The 2nd of October found us in Salt Lake City, Utah and in the home of my dear friend from high school, Suzy Slifka. What a treat! I believe that the the last time that I had seen Suzy was when I was 15 years old. Wow. Suzy and I were in show choir together and I looked up to her. Harmonizing with her was always so beautiful. I invited her to join us at our gig at The Piper Down on our tune "Gold". What a gift that was! The Piper Down was a rockin' night of growly songs, wild guitar solos, and getting folks dancing Thanks to Dave and the staff at the Piper Down for taking great care of us! Thanks to Suzy and her wee doggie Noodles for making my heart feel 15 again.
On the 3rd of October, we made our way East to Vernal, Utah, home of dinosaurs and our guitarist, Ron Allen. We had the honour of staying at Ron's childhood home with his folks, Larry and Carol, and heard some great stories about a young 'Ronnie". Carol had created and promoted our event at the Golden Age Centre and about 70 people from Ron's world came out to support. She did a wonderful job! We are most grateful for Carol and Larry. We loved having a bit of 'home' on the road. And the sourdough pancakes were AMAZING!
Breakfast with the Allens
The 4th of October found us in Springdale, Utah and Zion National Park. Wow. Talk about a place to take your breath away! We listened as the thunder rolled through the canon. We played a few tunes in a private concert at the Driftwood Lodge while the rain set the rhythm. It was a magical night. Thanks to Ron's friend, Jason, for making it possible! The next morning we headed out for a short hike and listened to the stories that the peaks and valleys whispered. It was divine.
We made our way back to Salt Lake later that day and I was fortunate enough to spend a little more time with my friend Suzy while the lads made their way to Ron's brother's home. I truly loved that we had family and friends on the road. Every day was not only exciting because of the music, but very special since we were fortunate to share a bit of time with folks we do not often see. It made my heart soar! I am soo grateful!
The next morning (6 Oct) Falcone caught a plane back to Seattle as he had to work later that day. Captain, Ron and I drove the 14 hours back to Kirkland, WA from Salt Lake City, Utah. Ron, who drove the entire trip, was a trooper listening to great cds like "40 Miles of Bad Road" and "The Best of Glen Campbell". I survived on 40 hour brew at truckstops and Captain found a pink kaolabear. Let's just say that 14 hours in a car makes crazy things happen!
We ended our tour at Soul Food Coffee House on the 23rd of October. We shared the night with our sweet friend from LA, Ric Taylor. What a night! Ric gave a thrilling performance with his amazing songs! Thanks Ric! Disguises, mayhem, laughter.... a perfect ending to the Trainwreck of Glitter Tour! Familar faces came out to support! It was good to come home! Thanks to Kevin at Soul Food for always making us feel that we were just that... Home. Thanks to all the folks who helped us along the way! This tour will forever be remembered!
Back to Paradise
We began recording our new album on the 17th of Oct at Paradise Sound Studio in Index, WA, where we recorded our first album, Home. It is wonderful to be working with Pat Sample again. We recorded 5 tunes that weekend and returned the following Saturday to lay down 2 more. Things are sounding good! We will return later in November to continue. The album will be a mix of Celtic, Folk, and Americana. We hope to have it ready for you by St Patrick's Day!
As the leaves are gently falling and the moon is glowing an amber light, may you find yourself lost in music, friendship, and the prospect of adventure. May your homes, beit it where you hang your hat or where you keep your memories, be full of love and hope, always.
My heart is so full of love and gratitude,