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September Update - August 30, 2017

September 2017 Update

Hello All There –

Before I launch into my appearance announcement, let me ask you to join me in praying for those individuals struck by hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana and lost most, if not all of their possessions, and in some cases lives. I’m also praying for those incredibly brave civilians and all nature of uniformed personnel who dared everything and sacrificed much – in at least one case as I write this, a life – in continuous, courageous efforts to perform rescue operations during this calamity. Recovery, as you know, will take considerable time, indeed. We also might consider helping any way we can. God bless them all.

My September booking is at Kevin Barry’s, 117 River Street, Savannah, GA 31401 912-233-9626. I’ll be there Monday the 4th (Labor Day) through Sunday the 10th. Monday through Saturday, I go on at 8:00 PM. On Sunday, I go on following the open traditional session, which is more than ably hosted by the Savannah Ceilidh Band and runs from about 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. I hit the boards at about 8:45.

I have copies of my latest book “Frank Tells Tales” available for purchase at the gig for $10. If you prefer, I can put a copy in the mail upon receipt of your check for $11.50. I’ll be happy to sign the book for you. You can send your check to me at:

790 E. Spiller Street
Wytheville, Virginia
24382

As you know, it’s never too early to think of Christmas. Though I’m marking time about putting up my Christmas decorations so far this year, I do have copies of the CD “A Christmas Postcard”, which I recorded some years back with Carroll Brown and Harry O’Donoghue. It’s $10 as well at the gig. If you want it through the mail, it’ll be $11.50. If you want both through the mail, it’ll be just $21.50 for the two of them.

I guess that’s about it for now, I hope you’re all well and that maybe you can stop by Kevin Barry’s while I’m there. We can share a few songs, stories and toasts. And drop a line or some such (Facebook, e-mail, etc) when you have the time.

Join me in keeping those in harm’s way in your thoughts and prayers.

All the best,

Frank

August Update - August 2, 2017

Hello Everyone –

A note to let you know a few things:

1. I’ll be appearing at Kevin Barry’s Pub in Savannah 7-13 August. Monday Saturday, I start at 8:00 PM. (Not incidentally, 7 August is Purple Heart Day and the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Battle for Guadalcanal during World War II. We’ll be recognizing these points.) On Sunday, I get on stage after the Session, which runs from about 6:30 until about 8:30 (both PM), which means I’ll be starting at 8:45-ish (also PM). If there’s no session, I’ll kick things off at the Monday - Saturday time. I should mention that this session, which is always very capably and professionally hosted by the Savannah Ceilidh Band, is an open one. This means that everyone is invited to bring an instrument – including voice – and sit in, which is to say: participate. It’s OK too, if you’d just like to sit and sip and enjoy some fine Celtic traditional music.

2. The short lists of the 2017 Irish Pubs Global Awards have just been published. If you recall, this was the contest in which last year, Kevin Barry’s won the “Most Authentic Irish Pub” award. This year, Kevin Barry’s has made the short list – that is to say the final top ten out of all the pubs in North America in 7 out of 12 categories. They are as follows:

*Irish Pub of the Year
*Best Entertainment Experience
*Best Irish Whiskey Experience
*Best Bar Person
*Best Marketing Campaign
*Best food Experience
*Best Cocktail Experience

I’m sure that I can speak for the entire Kevin Barry’s organization when I say thank you very much indeed to all those who took the time cast a vote or two. Here’s keeping out fingers crossed for when the awards are presented in October.

3. I have plenty of copies of “Frank Tells Tales” available for purchase. They make wonderful birthday, Christmas, Arbor Day, Thanksgiving, Anniversary, Divorce, Annulment, Christening, Confirmation, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, etc. etc., etc. gifts. The book is $10 at the gig or $11.50 through the mail. Just send a check made out to me at the following address:

790 East Spiller Street
Wytheville, Virginia 24382

I’ll autograph a copy made out to whomever you say and send it to you straight away. (If you don’t want it autographed, that’s OK too. I’ll have hurt feelings, but I will cope.)

4. I’m out of CDs right now, but you can download lots of my stuff through CD Baby. Just type in www.cdbaby.com and then enter “frank emerson’ in the search box. You can also find me on Spotify, Apple iTunes, Google Music Store, Rhapsody, Deezer and Amazon.

I guess that’ll do it for this rant. I hope that you can come by to see me this coming week. If you feel like it, drop an e-mail to me at femerson@embarqmail.com or stop by for a visit at www.frankemerson.com.

So long and God bless until next month and please join me in keeping those of us in harms way - at home and overseas - in our daily thoughts and prayers.

Frank

June 20-17 Update - June 7, 2017

June 2017 Update



Hello and a little pre-mature Happy Start-of-Summer to All of You –



A quick note to let you know that I’ll be appearing at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah 12-18 June (That’s two days prior to Flag Day and the Army’s 242nd Birthday through Father’s Day).

So to be all-inclusive, I should add a pre-mature happy birthday to the U.S. Army and a pre-mature Happy Father’s Day.

Oh and lest we forget, a pre-mature recognition of the 802nd anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.



(Sheesh…whole lot of preemies in this thing!)



Anyway, Monday-Saturday, I start at 8 PM. Sunday, I go on after the open session –hosted by the Savannah Ceilidh Band. The session runs from roughly 6:30-8:30.



I want to take this opportunity to publicly congratulate my friend Msgr. William O’Neill, a proud son of Tipperary and adopted son of Savannah, Georgia on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee of Ordination.

Can you imagine? Fifty years at the same job! I figure he must have quite a good boss.



I guess that winds it up for now. I do want to remind you that I have copies of “Frank Tells Tales” available for sale at the gig and at my house. The price at the gig is $10.

If you prefer, I can send you a copy by mail upon the receipt of $11.50 (That’s $10 for the book and $1.50 for postage). Just send a check to me at:



790 E. Spiller Street

Wytheville, Virginia

24382



Drop a note if you feel like it, or contact me at www.frankemerson.com, where you can also hear some of my music. Music can be downloaded at www.cd.baby.com (search name: Frank Emerson).

I can also be reached through Facebook.



On top of everything, I’m looking forward to accepting bookings and writing projects for 2018 along about now. 276-228-6726/276-613-0598.





Take care and please join me in saying a prayer for and keeping in mind our Police, Firefighters and members of the Armed Forces. Remember, there is a war going on.



All the best,



Frank


Frank Emerson
790 E. Spiller Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
276-613-0598
www.frankemerson.com www.ifreelance.com/pro/4448 Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Update April 2017 - April 14, 2017

(As a special treat, an old friend of mine, Cheryl Czapp, sent me a clip of a television show I had a part in some 30-odd years ago. It's called "Tippin at Matt Kane's". Here is the Youtube link. It's in 3 parts, but only the first two have video to accompany the audio. I hope you get a kick out of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ikOn1kGMKO.)
Hello Everyone –
A premature remembrance of Good Friday and a very Happy and peaceful Easter to all of you.
I trust that if you’re reading this, you survived the Paddy’s Day festivities and celebrations in your neck of the world. If you didn’t survive Paddy’s Day and are reading this, let me know your change of address.
I made it through the observance rituals at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah along with Carroll Brown, Harry O’Donoghue, Colleen Settle and Michael Corbett. Everyone is pretty much un-scathed…maybe some minor injuries and sub-dermal and dermal hematomas that shouldn’t scar or at least should scab over by next year. The place did quite a business. We saw lots of old friends, made some new ones and mended some fences – which is as it’s supposed to go. Right?
On top of everything though, I can’t heap enough praise on the wait staff, bartenders, kitchen crew, maintenance, management and of course the nonpareil security. They made out jobs as musicians just that much easier.
Two days after the Ides of April, I’ll be back at Kevin Barry’s for the week. The 17th – the 22nd, (Monday – Saturday) I’ll start at 8:00. On the 23rd (Sunday), I’ll go on after the session. The session, which is an open one and is hosted by the Savannah Ceilidh Band, runs from about 6:30-8:30. I follow on through the end of the night.
I guess that wraps it up. Drop a line or an e-mail or a Facebook commo if you feel up to it. (femerson@embarqmail.com, www.frankemerson.com, on Facebook – Frank Emerson) Some of my music can be downloaded and/or purchased at www.cdbaby.com (Search name: Frank Emerson).
Got a new book coming out momentarily: “Frank Tells Tales: Recollections, Explanations and Narratives from Years Spent Inflicting His Presence on Innocent, Unsuspecting Audiences”. It’s a re-working of my stories published in “Clean Cabbage…” I’ve added a lot of narrative, explanations and filling out that I hope will make the stories more understandable, informative and entertaining. I’ll have copies at the gigs but you can also order them through the mail for $11.50 ($10 for the book and $1.50 for the mailing costs).
So long for now, God bless you as well as our armed forces, police, fire and first responders.
Frank
790 E. Spiller Street
Wytheville, Virginia
24382

March - St Patrick's Day 2017 - March 8, 2017

St Patrick’s 2017

Hello to All out there –

Well Saint Patrick’s season is on us again. It seems to come around every year at this time, doesn’t it? I do hope everyone is girded up and ready to take on another one…And that everyone duly observes the Feast of Saint Patrick in an appropriate manner.

In Savannah, Georgia the feast day is extended somewhat. The parade, which in many quarters is said to be the largest in the country, is set for the day itself: 17 March. You can get all sorts of information about the event at the Official Site of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (http://www.savannahsaintpatricksday.com/).

Ground zero for me will be Kevin Barry’s Pub at 117 W. River Street (912-233-9626).

Due to the volume and ebb and flow of people in all sorts of physical conditions, we can’t accept reservations.

The entertainment lineup is as follows:

15, 16,17, 18, 19, 20: Frank Emerson

!6,17,18: Frank Emerson, Carroll Brown, Harry O’Donoghue

17: Frank Emerson, Carroll Brown, Harry O’Donoghue and Seldom Sober (Colleen Settle and Mike Corbett)

So you can see, it’s spread out. We’ll be playing round robin upstairs and downstairs 16, 17 & 18 and kicking off the music during the day. Also on 16, 17 and 18, we’ll wind up the day with a trio in the downstairs listening room (Carroll, Harry and myself) along with some guests.

There is a special event cover charge on 16,17 & 18 so we don’t want you to be surprised. The regular cover charge is in effect on the other days (15,19 &20).

I guess that about covers it. Here’s hoping you can join us and here’s wishing you a premature happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

February 2017 Update - February 2, 2017

February 2017 Update

Hello Everybody!

Here’s hoping that you all are weathering the winter weather. One sure way to keep your cockles warm is stop by this coming week to Kevin Barry’s Pub in Savannah. I’ll be appearing there 6-12 February. Monday –Saturday, the shows start at 8:00 p.m.. On Sunday, I go on at about 8:4-ish p.m. I follow the open session, which runs roughly 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

That it’s an “open” session means that any and all musicians, singers, etc are very welcome to join in the fun. If you prefer, you’re also very welcome to just sit back, relax over a glass of your favorite poison and maybe some top-class victuals from the new, revised menu and enjoy some traditional Celtic tunes and songs. As always, the session is hosted by talented, welcoming members of the Savannah Ceilidh Band.

Drop note or an e-mail or message whenever you like at Facebook, femerson@embarqmail.com or www.frankemerson.com. Incidentally a lot of my music can be downloaded at www.CDBaby.com (search name: frank emerson)

As I write this, my pal Cahir (Cack) O’Doherty is on stage at KB’s through the 5th of February. Once again, I follow him in the 6th through the 12th.

I guess that’s about it for now. A premature Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you.

Join me in remembering our armed forces and LEOs.

God bless,

Frank

January 2017 Update - January 4, 2017

January 2017 Update

Hello and best wishes for the happiest, most prosperous, most peaceful - and any more superlatives that apply to you – of new years. (Though I’ve got to admit, it’s hard to believe it’s the year 2017. That just doesn’t sound quite right to me. But then again, nothing has sounded quite right to me since I found out that the Easter Bunny didn’t actually lay eggs. That was a shocker, let me tell you. And my wife was bummed out too!)

Anyway, to the matter at hand.

I’m happy to be kicking off the new year with an 8-DAY stint at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah (912-233-9626) It’ll go 9-16 January. Every night except Sunday, I’ll be going on at 8:00 PM. On Sunday, there is the traditional open session that runs from about 6:30-8:30 PM (I’ll take the stage around 8:45 ish). As usual the session is anchored and hosted by the Savannah Ceilidh Band. Everyone is welcome to come and participate or just listen to some pretty much traditional Celtic music.

[By the way, the rest of this week (4-8 January) at Kevin Barry’s, Dublin’s Fran Doyle will be holding forth.]

So that’s that. I hope you can join us all for some fine food and drink, some laughs maybe some cries (and not just from the bum notes, which a few and far between, mind you) and some lively, though-provoking chats. A great craic altogether.

Special note: a belated happy 55th anniversary/birthday to the U.S. Navy SEALS. This outfit was officially constituted by President John F. Kennedy on 1 January 1962..

Please join me in keeping a thought and/or a prayer for our troops and our guardians in blue, khaki and green.

All the best for now and God bless

Frank

PS. Drop note or an e-mail or message whenever you like at Facebook, femerson@embarqmail.com or www.frankemerson.com. Incidentally a lot of my music can be downloaded at www.CDBaby.com (search name: frank emerson)

NOV-DEC Update - November 26, 2016

Hello to Everyone –

Just a quick note this time as I’m feeling a little Punky Brewster. Spent a little too much time a few days ago in a hospital waiting room – otherwise known as a human Petri dish and so even though the checkup went fine, I brought home a little souvenir.

Anyway, to the point: I hope everyone had a pleasant, peaceful and fulfilling Thanksgiving and that all your teams won handily following pitched and energetic athletic competition.

Coming up, I’ve got a couple of decent gigs:

1. 29 November – 3 December (Tuesday – Saturday), I’ll be at Christy and Martin Marron’s fairly new venue: Grace O’Malley’s. It’s at 211 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 (757-333-3330). Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, I go from 8-12, while Friday & Saturday I go from 9-1. I’m really excited to be appearing there. I’ve seen the place and it’s beautiful. All reports have it that the food is wonderful and that the place promises to be a great success
2. 5-11 December (Monday – Sunday), I’ll be at the best listening room in the states and winner of the most authentic Irish Pub award from Irish Pubs Global, Kevin Barry’s – 117 W. River Street, Savannah, GA 31401. On 7 December, we’ll be observing and remembering that this is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought the USA into World War II. The entertainment schedule is such that Monday through Saturday, I go on at 8:00 PM. Sunday, I go on following the open session, which runs from about 6:30 to about 8:30ish. I go on at about 8:45ish or there abouts. The session, as always, is all-welcoming and is ably hosted and anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Band.

Here’s hoping I get a chance to share some songs, stories laughs and a drink or two with you at one or both of these venues. Incidentally, I’ll have some copies of “A Christmas Postcard” for sale with me. They make good shtalking shtuffers (insert shmiley faish here). It’s a record I did with Carroll Brown and Harry O’Donoghue a few years ago. Also, you can download any of my records in their entirety or as singles at CD Baby.

Drop a note or comment at www.frankemerson.com or at my Facebook page or e-mail: femerson@embarqmail.com, if you feel like it. I look forward to hearing from you. Oh, by the way, there’s a new book in the works. I’ll tell you about it when I get a bit closer to publishing.

That’s about it from here. Take care now and a premature Merry Christmas. Please keep our troops in prayer and thought.

Frank

October Update 2016 - October 12, 2016

October 2016

Hello Out There -

I hope that you were able to persevere through Hurricane Matthew in the most reasonable shape possible. My sympathy for and condolences to those who had to suffer any losses. This was one for the books, alright. Let’s pray for no more of these things. Deal?

To this update then:

Congratulations to Kevin Barry’s Pub for winning the Most Authentic Irish Pub award in the world-wide contest conducted by the Dublin-based Irish Pub Global organization. There were over 1,000 entries from all over the world. In addition, the pub was also one of the finalists in the Pub of the Year and Marketing Campaign categories. Not only that, but our Brian Tillman was one of the finalists in the Bartender of the Year category (You wuz robbed.!) Any way, all-around congratulations to Vic Power and everyone involved. I’m flattered and proud to know you and be associated with you.

Speaking of Kevin Barry’s, I’ll be back on stage there 17-23 October. Monday thru Saturday, I start warbling at 8:00 and go on until whenever. On Sunday, I follow the open session, which is anchored by Seldom Sober and the Savannah Ceilidh Band. The session, at which you’re all invited to participate, runs from about 6:30 thru *:30 or so. I take the stage at 8:45ish or thereabouts and play until whenever yet again.

Just as an aside, congratulations and best of luck to Glyn Cozart and Brendan Chaney on the occasion of their nuptials on 15 October. This, of course, was the result of persistent pleading, begging, whining and groveling on the part of the new groom. (Get used to it Bren!)

That’s about it for now. Drop a line, an email or a Facebook contact, when you feel like it. Have a look and listen to my website. Better yet, drop in to Kevin Barry’s and we can share a few, songs, stories, laughs and drinks.

Please keep in mind our men and women in uniforms of all sorts.

Best for now,

Frank

Award for Kevin Barry's - October 3, 2016

September Update - September 14, 2016

Hello Everyone –

Hope everyone is doing well, feeling well and as the Dave Clark Five would put it, “Glad All Over”. Doing OK myself – good doctor’s checkup (he seemed fine to me) and trying to keep one step ahead of the talent police.

On that musical note I’m anxious to get back to Kevin Barry’s this coming week: 19-25 September. I’ll be following James (JJ) Smith who is there at the moment. Following me will be Cahir O’Doherty .

As the usual schedule goes: Monday – Saturday, I go on at 8:00 PM. Sunday, I go on following the session. The open session, which is anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Group, generally goes from 6:30 to 8:30 or a little later. Then I go on at about 8:45 or a little later.

An F.Y.I moment here…and a kind of exciting one at that. See this note from Tara Reese, Marketing Director at Kevin Barry’s.

“I am proud to announce that the Shortlist of nominees is officially out for the Irish Pubs Global Awards in Dublin on Tuesday, September 27th!
Kevin Barry's Irish Pub was shortlisted, this year, in 4 different categories!
-The 2016 Irish Pub of the Year
-2016 Marketing Campaign of the Year
-2016 Authenticity Award
And....
-Brian Tillman was nominated for Bartender of the Year 2016”

Keeping out fingers crossed for everyone and all involved!

So that’s about it for now. Try to stop by at Kevin Barry’s, 117 W. River Street, Savannah, GA 31401. 912-223-9626 this coming week (19-25 SEP). We’ll share a few songs and stories.

Visit my website, drop a note or Facebook commo if you feel like it.

All the best for now,

Frank Emerson
790 E. Spiller Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
276-613-0598
www.frankemerson.com www.ifreelance.com/pro/4448 Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

Update - August 2016 - August 10, 2016

Hello All Y’all –


Just trying to assimilate and be all inclusive in a folksy way. Of course that salutation would change when appearing up Nawth.


Trust everyone’s summer is nice and balmy.


I’ll be back at Kevin Barry’s, 117 W. River Street n Savannah, GA for the week of 15-21 August. As always, the shows start at 8:00 PM Monday - Saturday. On Sunday I’ll go on after the session. That usually turns out to be about 8:45-ish.


The session, which is anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Group, is an open one, which means everyone is welcome to come and participate or just listen and have a nice cocktail and good grub. It generally gets going at about 6:30 PM and goes on for a couple of hours or so. What with it being the summer and holiday season, the session doesn’t always take place, so you might want to phone first. (912-233-9626). If the session doesn’t materialize, I’ll go on at 8:00.


Oh, announcing a new book: “Night Drive: Travels with My Brother” . This is by Garnet Rogers, brother and band-mate of the late and sorely missed Stan Rogers. To quote from the back cover it’s about:


…”nearly every stupid, inexplicable and bizarre thing that could happen to a pair of young idiots who were naive enough to think they could play folk music for a living back in the mid 70’s and early 80’s”


It’s 735 ( yes that’s right: 735) pages long and is available through Garnet’s website:


www.garnetrogers.com

I’m about 260 pages into it as I write this (9 August) It’s rollicking and eye-opening and fun…oh and well-written too.


I guess that’s about it for now. I hope you can join me this coming week for a few songs and stories and laughs and songs and cocktails.


God bless,


Frank

June Update 2016 - June 8, 2016

Hello everyone –

I’m back for another “Beatles Week” at Kevin Barry’s next week. That is to say it’s an 8-dayer: 12-19 June (Sunday thru Sunday) . Vic says that this is so I get religion at both ends of the deal: protection fore and aft, if you will. On the Sunday’s I start after the open session, which runs from about 6:30 through 8:30, 8:45…something like that. It’s anchored as always by the extremely capable and musical Savannah Ceilidh Group. Everyone is welcome to come on, join in on instrument or voice, or just relax, have a good drink and/or chow and listen to some fine traditional songs and tunes. Monday – Saturday, I take the stage promptly at 8:00 and play 4 or 5 sets.

A premature happy Flag Day (Stars and Stripes, that is) on the 14th – which also happens to be the Army’s 241st birthday (American Army, that is) … so a premature Happy Birthday and a Hooah! to the U.S. Army). To continue with this raft of preemies, Happy Fathers Day on the 19th to all you fathers or as they say nowadays, ‘Babydaddy’ – see, that’s just to show you I’m hip.

That’s about it for now. I hope you get a chance to stop by and share a few songs and stories. I still have some openings for this year and I‘m starting to book for 2017.



Take care and God bless



Frank

May Update - May 6, 2016

Hello Everyone Out There –

I’m just gearing up to get back to Kevin Barry’s next week. Only this time it’s a little different. To steal from some old timer group called The Beatles, this time it will be “8 Days a Week”. I don’t know the song at all, but it fit nicely with this lead in. I’m at Kevin Barry’s Monday – Monday 9-16 May.

As usual, Monday – Saturday and then again on the next Monday, I’ll be starting at 8:00. On the Sunday, I’ll go on after the session winds up. The session usually runs from 6:30-ish to 8:30-ish, 8:45-ish. I’ll be going on 8:45-is, 9:00-ish. The session, as always, is an open one. This means that everyone is invited to come and join in with an instrument and/or voice or just sit back and enjoy some fine traditional (for the most part- they do mix it up some) Celtic music. The session, of course is more than ably and amiably anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Band.

So here’s hoping I get to see you some time next week. Come on in, chow down – we’ll share a few drinks, songs and stories.

Not incidentally, this coming Sunday is the 71st anniversary of V-E Day. It’s also Mother’s Day this year. I wonder if there’s a connection. (Didn’t mean to be a wise guy, Ma) At any rate, a preemie wish for a very Happy Mother’s Day to all to whom it applies.

All the best for now,

Frank

For information, pictures, bookings and music samples, go to
www.frankemerson.com

April Update - April 7, 2016

Hello Everyone –



I hope you all (y’all) had an enjoyable and safe Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter and at least had a nod in honor and recognition of the Centenary of the 1916 Dublin Rising.



I had a great time with my pal, Jim Lloyd on 1 April playing at the benefit for the Department of Museums Programs at Heritage Center in Wytheville, VA. I’ve been blessed to have been able to work with

some phenomenally talented people through the years, of whom Jim is the latest. As they say in another former British colony, “The craic was 90!” I look forward to being able to do it again.



In the mean time, hope you’ll be able to join me this coming week at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah. Not so incidentally, Kevin Barry’s has again been ranked among the Top 10 Irish Pubs in the world on two additional Internet lists.

Since it was not ranked at #1 on either list, it would lead any sentient person to understand that “da fix wuz in”. But I’m not bellyaching. As a fella I know says, “It is what it is”.



Anyway, I’ll be on stage at Kevin Barry’s Monday – Sunday (11-17 April) Monday – Saturday, I start at 8 PM. On Sunday, I’ll start after the open session. The session runs roughly 6:30 – 8:30, 8:45 something like that.

Everyone is very welcome to attend the session, participate, play, sing or just sit back and enjoy over a pint of something or other. As always, the session is anchored with a welcoming spirit and no small amount of talent by the Savannah Ceilidh Band.



As if you’d have to be reminded, the Friday night is 15 April – Tax Day. This presents an excellent opportunity to celebrate or bemoan or meld the two – as an excuse to come in and have a drink or more supplied by the outstanding staff that are just salivating at the thought. You might even have a nosh. They’re pretty good here. Then we’ll sing and laugh and cry and all of that.



As your man said in what are now obviously better times, “I’m damned proud to be paying taxes in the United States. Thing is, I could be twice as proud for half the money”.



Hope to see you and take care for now,



Frank

1 January 2016 -Update - January 2, 2016

Hello Everyone –



First off, here’s wishing a very happy, prosperous and peaceful new year to all of you. This one is bound to be packed wit’ all sorts of shtuff!



Although the validity of the background of the content is bit fuzzy, I’ll quote Bobby Kennedy in a speech he delivered at Cape Town, South Africa on 6 June 1966. Fifty years after the event, I think it applies well. Take it as you will.



“There is a Chinese curse which says 'May he live in interesting times.' Like it or not we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.”



Nuff said there. This year, I’ll be commencing to inflict my presence on innocent audiences this coming week, 4-10 January, at Kevin Barry’s Pub and Restaurant in Savannah. Monday thru Saturday, shows start at 8:00 PM. On Sunday, there is an open session from 6:30 until about 8:30, anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Group. Everyone is invited to come one, come all and participate or just listen and enjoy some traditional Celtic tunes and songs. I’ll take the stage shortly after the session concludes.



For those of you who haven’t been to Kevin Barry’s, I should point out that the second floor contains not only a full service bar, but two extremely rare and fascinating museums/halls of honor. The first, The Hall of Heroes celebrates all members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Police, Fire and First Responders – including a special display for 9-11. The second museum covers the walls of Liberty Hall and commemorates honors and remembers the struggle for Irish independence through the years.



I guest that just about covers it for now. Information about me, free downloads of some of my music as well as ways to contact me in order to book me for any events – for which I have many convenient holes in my schedule - can be had at www.frankemerson.com or at 276-228-6726 (276-613-0598).



Information about Kevin Barry’s can be had at www.kevinbarrys.com or at 912-233-9626.



Take care for now and I hope to see you during the week



Frank



P.S. Both Kevin Barry’s and myself are on Facebook

December Update 2015 - December 2, 2015

Hello Everyone –

I’ll be performing at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah this coming week, 7-13 December, Monday - Sunday. On Monday – Saturday, the show starts at 8:00 PM. On Sunday, my twist starts at about 8:45 ish – after the open session, hosted by the Savannah Ceilidh Group, that runs from 6:30 until 8:30 or thereabouts. Everyone is invited to participate in the session with an instrument – including your voice – or just come on in and enjoy some traditional Celtic tunes and songs.

If you’ll note, opening night is the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. We plan to recognize that event, which brought the United States into World War II, with some material from that era.

Regarding an earlier war, I’ll have copies of my book, Wythe Bane Graham (8th Virginia Cavalry): Letters and Narrative of a Son of the Old Dominion. It’s an enlightening monograph that comes from the perspective of an individual Virginian before, during and after the War Between the States. It might make a pretty good Christmas present and at $10 a pop, it won’t hurt you too much. Supplies are limited.

I’ve got to let you know about a special performance that will take place at Kevin Barry’s on Tuesday, 15 December. My friends Marci Shore, Carroll Brown and Harry O’Donoghue will be presenting the 2015 edition of their Celtic Christmas Concert. The whole thing kicks off at 7:00 PM. There is no cover charge and reservations are advised. For information, you might contact Tara Reese at Kevin Barry’s 912-233-9626

That’s about it for now. In case I don’t see you between now and then, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Frank

November Update 2015 - November 4, 2015

Hello Everyone –

This past weekend we had quite a time honoring and celebrating Kevin Barry’s Pub and Restaurant in Savannah on the occasion of the completion of 35 years of existence to this point. Vic Power founded the place on Halloween 1980 and hasn’t missed a step. Lots of old friends, to the point where it was impossible to spend much time with any one of them. Everyone was in the same boat. We also took the opportunity to remember Kevin Barry and observe the 95th year to the day of his execution, on 1 November. Musicians in attendance and performing included Seamus Kennedy, Pat Garvey, Carroll Brown, Brendan Nolan, J.J. Smith, Fran Doyle, Harry O’Donoghue, Kristina Train and myself. Unable to attend, but wishing like mad that they could have were Danny Doyle, Dennis O’Rourke, Gabriel Donohue and Joanie Madden, who sent letters and best wishes.

So I’ll be back at Kevin Barry’s this coming week – from the 8th – 14th of November. Brendan Nolan is there at the moment and Harry O’Donoghue will be following me starting on the 15th. On the Sunday’s there is an open session that runs from about 6:30-8:30. Everyone is invited to come, sing along, play along or just enjoy. I - or whoever has the stage on a particular week – goes on after the session: around 8:45, 9:00…something like that.

On Friday, 20 November, I’ll be performing at The Listening Room in Main Street , Wytheville, Virginia, which is where I live – so I can just stumble down the street and be on stage at 7:00 PM. The phone number there is 888-265-0324. The place only holds about 30 people, so everything is up close and personal.

That’s pretty much it for now. In advance: Happy 240th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps on 10 November and Happy Veterans Day on 11 November

October Update - October 15, 2015

Hello Everyone –

I had a great time performing at the Bland County, Virginia 6th Annual Festival of Leaves on 10 October. The weather was sort of Irish, but the fairgrounds sport a very nice covered pavilion so that performers and the audience alike were protected from the elements. There were plenty of fine performers and lots and lots of home-grown, cooked and crafted products. All in all, the 2-day affair was a genuinely good, family-oriented production and I appreciated the opportunity to participate and hope to appear there again.

To the business at hand I’ll be performing at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah 19-25 October. Monday –Saturday, I start at 8:00. On Sunday, there is an open session from about 6:30 – 8:30-ish. Anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Band, everyone is welcome to bring an instrument (including voice) and join in on the largely traditional tunes and songs. I go on after they finish off.

I’m still editing Frank Tells Tales and hope to put the finishing touches on it before too much longer. I’ll let you know. In the mean time, I’ll have with me at Kevin Barry’s copies of another book I wrote that covers ante bellum, Civil War and post bellum era. It’s called Wythe Bane Graham – 8th Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A: Letters and Narrative of a Son of the Old Dominion. They’re priced at $10 each and I’ll be glad to sign my name - or anybody else’s name, for that matter – to a copy for you.

That’s about it for now. I hope to see you. Got a few new tunes and stuff that you might get a kick out of

All the best,

Frank (www.frankemerson.com)

Septemeber Update -at last - September 9, 2015

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted an announcement such as this. By choice, I’ve been below the radar for a few months. What happened was I had a little bit of a set-to with my left knee. To make a long, boring story shorter and maybe less boring, the Lords of Cartilage, Bones and Giant Cell Tumors apparently learned that I lean toward the right more than somewhat and that I needed some come-uppance. Consequently, I’ve been idle since Memorial Day.

Now, thanks to God and the medicos Emory, Ferguson and Savage at Wake Forest, I’m back into what passes for the fray. So they’re the ones to blame - not me: I was just the frog on the table.

Anywaaaays…thanks to Kevin Barry’s for their patience, I’m there 14-20 September. As it says in the downloadable and printable (though why anyone would want to do that is beyond me) image, Monday thru Saturday, I start at 2000 hours. Sunday I start whenever the session finishes. The session is open, which means everyone is encouraged bring an instrument, including voice and sit in with the anchor musicians, the Savannah Ceilidh Group. They start in at about 1830 hours and I get going when they call it quits – usually around 2045 hours.

So here we go again. Just to toss it out there, I am booking for 2016. Kevin Barry’s has been kind enough to stick with me for another go round, but I have plenty of open dates. Just as a reminder, your can get a lot of the skinny about me and hear a lot of my stuff at www.frankemerson.com
Oh not for nothing, but I’ve got another book coming out pretty soon. Last year or so I published Wythe Bane Graham- 8th Virginia Cavalry, CSA – Letters and Narrative of a Son of the Old Dominion – obviously letters and explanations about the American Civil War, reflecting the point of view of a participant in the war from ante through post bellum.

The new one gets back to the more serious business of professional entertainment - a collection of my stories from Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and Other Tales From the Irish Music Trenches. What I’ve done is resection my stories from the anthology, re-edit and re-work them a bit and add a good amount explanatory narrative to come out with a book that’s more personal. It’s called Frank Tells Tales: Recollections, Explanations and Narratives from Years Spent Inflicting His Presence on Innocent, Unsuspecting Audiences. I’m hoping to have it out soon…a few more rigmaroles to go through. You’ll be able to get one for $10 – same price as the Wythe Graham book - I’ll have some where I play and of course I’ll have a few at home.

I guess that’s about it. Here’s hoping for everything good to come your way.

God bless our troops

Frank

May Update - May 8, 2015

Hello everyone –

I hope all of you made it through tax season with as little bruising and bleeding as possible. As your man said, “I’m proud to be paying taxes in the United States, but you know: I could be twice as proud for half the taxes.” It’s a nice thought, but probably won’t come to pass in our life times. Enough of this frivolity – on to the business at hand.

As you can see from the poster, I’ll be appearing at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah 11-17 May ( as I write this, it’s the week to come – It’s the day after Mothers’ Day, so let me wish all to whom it applies, a very Happy Mothers’ Day) Shows start at 8:00 Monday – Saturday and on Sundays I start after the open session. The open session starts at about 6:30. It’s anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Group and friends and everyone is invited to bring an instrument and play or sing along or just experience an Irish/Celtic tradition, with mostly traditional Celtic music. After that finishes up, I go on. Usually that’s around 8:45-ish (I suppose that’s vague enough). I then play ‘til who laid the rails – which is at the latest about 1:00 AM, but usually a little earlier.

So I hope you can make it in some time this week. Saturday the 16th is Armed Forces Day. Of course we’ll be having a few songs for those who stand in harm’s way. To amend George Orwell:

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men and women stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.

God bless all and see you down the road.

Frank

April Update - April 9, 2015

Hello, Howzitgoin?

I trust everyone has taken one cure-all or another to recuperate fully from all the Paddy's week (weak?) gals, celebrations, remembrances and religious rites. Ready to start if all again? Yeah, me too!. In fact, I've an idea: we can get a good kick off to the preparations for 2016 this coming 13-19 April.

I'll be performing at Kevin Barry's in Savannah all week. Monday - Saturday, I'll be on stage starting at 8:00 PM On Sunday, I'll follow the open session. The session runs roughly 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM and is anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Group. Everyone is welcome to bring an instrument - including voice - and participate, or just sit back with some fine food and drink and enjoy some good traditional Celtic, jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, airs and songs. I begin my twist of ballads, toasts and fancy patter at about 8:45-ish PM.

Here's hoping you can make it in during the week. Drop a note or something some time if you feel like it.

Take care,

Frank

PS - Join me in keeping a prayer and thought for good luck to Craig and Steve Murphy who are hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to benefit the 1st Ranger Battalion Sua Sponte Foundation

January Update - January 3, 2015

Hello Everyone:
Here’s hoping all had a very Merry Christmas and that you will at least have have a shot at what – with luck and no small amount of perseverance and divine guidance – might become a happy and rewarding 2015.
I just can’t quite accept that 2015 is actually a year: I keep thinking a quarter past eight in the evening.
At any rate, please God and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be flailing and warbling away at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah from Monday, 5 January through Sunday , 11 January.
Monday – Friday, I start at 8 PM (2000)On Sunday, the pub hosts a traditional music session, anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Group and Seldom Sober. The session is open, so all are welcome to bring an instrument, join in, sing along or just enjoy the craic. Starting at about 6:30 (1830), the session goes on for a couple of hours and I take the stage at about a quarter ‘til 9 (2045).

I hope you can find your way to 117 W. River Street sometime over the next week. There’s some terrific grub, well-poured drinks and all-around good fellowship. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Heroes Hall on the second floor. It’s a veritable museum honoring past and present service members, police, fire and first responders.

Back on the first floor music listening room, we’ll have a few songs, stories, laughs, maybe some cries and even a couple of toasts. All the best until then.

December Update - November 28, 2014

Hello All

I hope everyone had a peaceful, joyful, filling Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones – not necessarily mutually exclusive. I guess it’s time to rev up for Christmas and New Years celebrations. If you’d like to treat yourselves to something special this year, try to attend one of the series of Celtic Christmas Concerts presented and performed by my friends Carroll Brown, Harry O’Donoghue and Michael Murray. In the traditional spirit of Christmas, the shows are calculated to roast your chestnuts and warm your cockles. You can access the tour schedule at any of the fellows’ websites.

In the mean time, I’ll be appearing this coming week (1-7 December) at Kevin Barry’s in Savannah. Monday – Saturday, I’m on stage at 8:00 PM. On Sunday, there is a traditional open session – anchored by the Savannah Ceilidh Group – starting at about 6:30 PM. All are invited to sing, play an instrument or just listen. I take the stage afterwards – usually around 8:45 or so and continue through the night. I must make note of the fact that Sunday, December 7th is the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. We always observe such occasions at Kevin Barry’s.

Take care for now and I hope to see you sometime next week. We’ll have a few songs, a few stories, a few laughs – maybe a few tears – and a couple of drinks.

God bless,

Frank

November Update - November 3, 2014

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a pleasant and fun Halloween and that none of you got scared to the point where your hair turned white and then fell out – like mine did when I thought I got a bad clam some years ago up in Cape Cod. At least that’s my story for right now...I have others. Anyway, I’m glad to be performing again at Kevin Barry’s (www.kevinbarrys.com) next week. I’ll be opening on Monday, 10 November and playing through Sunday, 16 November. Shows kick off at 8:00 PM Monday – Saturday. On Sunday, the Savannah Ceilidh Group, which is anchored by the duo Seldom Sober. It’s an open session and everyone is invited to come and play along, sing along or simply enjoy some fine traditional Celtic music. The session starts at 6:30 PM. I take the stage after it wraps up – usually around 8:45-ish PM.

As you’re probably aware, Monday, the 10th, is the 239th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Marine Corps and the 11th is Veterans Day. I‘m pretty safe in saying we’ll be observing and celebrating both. I hope you can join us. Also Savannah has an excellent Veterans Day Parade. You can find information about the parade (time and route) at the following: http://www.wtoc.com/story/9326154/military-honored-in-veterans-day-parade.

I’d like to remind you that you can listen to or download a lot of my music at my website: www.frankemerson.com. Have a visit and if you’d care to, please say hello in the guest book. Speaking of book – I’m always open for bookings. Give a call or drop me an email at femerson@embarqmail.com.

On a sad note, my friend and fellow musician Danny Quinn passed away last week. Please join me in sending condolences, sympathy and thoughts and prayers to and for Danny and his family. He was a fine musician and a gentle man, who brought a lot of people joy and comfort.

That’s about it for now. Take care until next time.

God bless,

Frank
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