August 2019 Update

August 2019 Update Hello to everyone out there from me, back here in the bucolic Appalachian Mountains in Southwest Virginia. This might not be God’s country, but it’s where he often goes on holiday! I’ll be back at Kevin Barry’s, 117 W. River Street, Savannah, Georgia next week. The dates are Tuesday the 13th through Sunday the 18th. [That’s six (6) days this time around.] Starting time Tuesday –Saturday is 8:00. On Sunday, I’ll go on after the session. Hosted by the Savannah Ceilidh Band, the open session generally runs 6:30-8:30. If there’ no session (you might want to phone and check just in case 912-233-9626) I’ll go on at 8:00 A couple of notable observations are coming next week: Predicated by the events that took place about a week earlier, on 14 August 1945, Japan surrendered, bringing an end to World War II. In 1982, President Reagan designated 14 August as National Navajo Code Talkers Day. There were 400 Navajos who served in the U. S. Marine Corps as communications specialists during World War II. Their code was never broken. Friday, 16 August is National Airborne Day, so designated to honor the U.S. Airborne Forces and the first parachute jump of 48 volunteer members of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon on August 16, 1940. On sadder and much more Celtic-appropriate notes: On 6 August - just the other day - our dear friend and one of the greatest talents Ireland has ever known and will ever know, Danny Doyle, passed on. His soaring and mesmerizing voice was only matched by his talent as a raconteur. Funny, intelligent, insightful and always highly informative and entertaining, Danny stands alone. Plus he wasn’t a bad fellow at all and a pal in fact and in deed. I always play a few of his tunes in my shows. I’ll do so again - only this time, sadly, in tribute. As Vince Gill put it, “Go rest high on that mountain”. 16 August 2008 marks the day that Ronnie Drew, co-founder of the seminal folk group, The Dubliners and one of the most influential and respected of all Irish singers and entertainers, left us. Of course we’ll have to do a few Dubliner and Dublin songs in Ronnie’s memory – if not in his key. Believe it or not, I still have some copies of my book available. It’s never too early to think of Christmas presents: wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more, say no more. In addition, though I have no CDs left, you can download and in most cases purchase individual pieces of my music from a number of sources, including Youtube and also Spotify, Apple iTunes, Google Music Store, Rhapsody, Deezer, Amazon, thru CD Baby or even at my website: www.frankemerson.com. By the way, I’m now looking to book performances for 2020. It’s that time of year, don’t you know. So please spread the word if you or anyone you know might be interested in engaging the songs, stories and fancy patter of this here throwback. Thank you in advance for any consideration or alms. Here’s a link to my Sonicbids EPK: https://www.sonicbids.com/band/frankemerson2/ So, I guess that just about wraps it up for this month. Drop a line or an email or a Facebook commo if you feel like it. I’m glad to start a conversation at any time. In case I don’t see you next week, I’ll look for you down the road. In the mean time, please join me in keeping in your thoughts and prayers those men and women who, for our sake, go in harm’s way at home and overseas. All the best always, 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

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