1 December Update

I trust that everyone had a pleasant and filling Thanksgiving..or is that 'fulfilling'. No matter. You know what I mean. I'll be heading to the warmer climes of Columbia, SC to appear at Delaney's on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, I'll be getting into Savannah a day earlier than my scheduled appearance at Kevin Barry"s all next week . I'm looking forward to Sunday because my multi-talented pal Gabriel Donohue will be closing out his week's stay on Sunday, and quite frankly it is a real thrill to be able to hear him weave his musical spells. Those who have heard him agree that it's hard to believe that one man can produce all that sound and so well too. As Bob and Ray would put it, "He's a real ambi-paradox!" That means he can do several seemingly contradictory things at once and how he does it is a mystery to one and all. I suspect he regularly slips in and out of the 4th dimension, but he sure is a kick to see perform. "Anyways..."as Pat Garvey would say, I'll be following Gabriel into Kevin Barry's , opening on the 3rd, and appearing through the 9th. This, of course, will cover the 66th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day on the 7th. Just recently, I got an e-mail from my pal Bill Harvey, chief of Police in Lebanon, PA. I think the message made a lot of sense and is a proper and timely thing to do, so I'm passing it along to you just as I got it. The Lebanon City Police Department and Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS) a national grief support organization comprised of over 15,000 surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, are asking concerned citizens and law enforcement agencies nationwide to again support Project Blue Light. During the holiday season you are asked to put blue lights in your holiday decorations and your windows and tie blue ribbons on car antennas to show support for law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty for the citizens they have served. Additionally, this will be a show of support for those who continue to work the streets 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For more information - www.nationalcops.org. On a lighter level, Christmas time followed by Epiphany are just around the corner. Wouldn't this be a good time to purchase a copy of Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and Other Tales From the Irish Music Trenches for yourself or a loved one? You know that it is. Never mind those messy diamonds or cars or things like that. The perfect Christmas present is a copy of this book - a nonfiction anthology or oaver 70 stories, covering 410 pages of words and twenty pages of photographs written by myself and four other reasonable functioning rummies. You can get your own authographed copy at my website www.frankemerson.com/products.html . You can even pay by credit card there. If you prefer, just send a check for $25 to me via United Stated Postal Service at 790 E. Spiller Street, Wytheville, VA 24382. That takes care of the postage, envelope, autograph and everything. It has received some decent reviews. Mike Farragher of The Irish Voice and The Celtic Lounge said, "Expert storytellers! The great yarns come one after another! Just try reading one story and putting the book down. It's impossible!" John O'Brien, Jr. of The Cleveland Irish American News called it, "Funny, poignant,shocking,memorable, illuminating, insightful. Avery compelling read and a top shelf selection." He went on to say, "The only time I put it down was to give myself time to stop laughing!" The noted Tyrone folklorist/professor/performer, Declan Forde had this to say, "It tells great untold stories of the men behind the mike, perfect for dipping into and eclectic in its styles. Damon Runyon meets Frank O'Connor, with a dash of Brendan Behan thrown in for very good measure. It's like a night in the pub, the turf fire roaring and five friends regaling you with their well-honed anecdotes. I loved it." Even our long time buddy and cohort, Danny Doyle weighed in on the subject, "I enjoyed the bewk very much! Great stories and all around well-told, but then why wouldn't it be. Ye're all story tellers." While we're on the subject of the Doyler, as we sometimes call him, he's going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment. The following appeared in The Irish Voice. Often overlooked as the unsung heroes of Irish music are the solo ballad singers who are called upon time after time for all kinds of benefits to help out their fellow Hibernians. Many have toiled in the Irish pub scene and festival stages for decades playing a very important role in the entertainment scene without the safety net of decent health insurance or income options should tragedy befall them. One of them in need right now is the very classy troubadour Danny Doyle from Dublin, who makes his home in Virginia. With a velvet voice and dramatic flair, Doyle has a way of making even the most familiar Irish songs come alive in bard-like fashion that transports you to the very heart of the song. After surgery in August for blockage in his carotid artery, that voice is stilled and he is unable to perform for the time being and hence, he isn’t getting paid for his canceled gigs. That pretty much sums up the situation as it exists for Danny at the moment. He's really doesn't have anything booked for some time to come. There have been a couple of benefits held for him, but there might be some of you who'd like to lend a hand and and help this great talent weather this gale. If you'd feel so inclined, please write a check payable to Danny Doyle. You can send it on to me and I'll see that he gets it - with your compliments. I suppose that's about it for now. Take care and please remember our men and women in harm's way.

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