We're coming up on the St Patrick's Day festivities again. I could be wrong, but it seems to me this happens every year around 17 March. I think there might be an annual trend starting. I'm writing this note now because I'll be heading to Savannah to appear at Kevin Barry's (www.kevinbarrys.com) on Monday the 12th. I'm reasonably sure that I'll be pretty busy and unable to get near a computer to send out an e-mail on the day itself. Even if I were able to do so, there is a good chance that the message would read as if I were typing in tongues - if this year turns out to be par for the course. While I'll be taking the con on the ship of stage on the 12th, 13th, and 14th - Harry O'Donoghue (www.harryodonoghue.com) and Carroll Brown (www.carrollbrownmusic.com) will be joining me on the 15th, 16th, and 17th. We'll be doing some long-distance running on those days, but we always have a great time when we get to perform as a trio. It's a gas. On Sunday, the 18th, Harry will be heading off to Pennsylvania for a series of concerts and so Carroll and I will have the watch on the final day of St. Patrick's hoop-la. On Friday, the 16th at 1630 hours in Madison Square (at Bull St. and Harris & Charlton Sts.) is the patriotic ceremony honoring the military and Sgt. William Jasper. He was a hero of the Battle of Sullivan's Island, SC where on 28 June 1776, he saved and re-planted the colors of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, the Moultrie Flag, as a rallying point for the American troops. In attempting a similar action during the Siege of Savannah on 9 October 1779, he was killed by enemy fire and buried in a common grave. The statue of Sgt. Jasper was erected in the square in 1888. On the 17th, the 183rd Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade kick's off at about 1015 hours. Of course there will be a Mass celebrated at 0800 hours at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Savannah's parade is one of the best and most well attended in the country and it is always held on the 17th - come hell or high water. It's quite a scene throughout the city over these few days. River Street is something to experience. Have a look at the Savannah Waterfront Association's website and at the Savannah B & B website for all sorts of intel about the "rules of engagement" for the affair. On a different track, I've a very early announcement. I will have the good fortune to be performing as part of "An Pub Night in Ireland" at The Clubhouse, 1285 Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia on 16 June. I will be part of a show put together by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Richmond 1 Division, Augusta (www.aohaug.com). I'll be sharing the bill with The Skelligs (named after the islands off the coast of Kerry) They are a fine group that consists of Kenny Scott, Dan O'Connell and Gavin Winship. The marvelous traditional fiddler Lillie Morris and Solstice will be there as well. To complete everything, the Augusta Irish Dancers always give quite a show. It should be quite an evening. The show will start at about 1900 hours (7:00 PM) Tickets are available for $15.00. They can be purchased or reserved from Mr. Terry Wick at 706-955-6524. He should be able to answer any questions you might have about the thing. Mr. William (Bill) Berry, the State President of the AOH, will be glad to answer any further questions. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. My pal, Ranger Bryan Schrader is healing quite well after his untoward and speedy close encounter with terra firma from an un-natural altitude. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers in his behalf. They continue to play no small part in his ongoing recovery. Details of his circumstances can be read in the 22 February article in the NEWS section. The latest skinny on Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and Other Tales from the Musical Trenches is that the damned thing is still in the works, but almost ready. Thank you for your patience in this matter - particularly those of you who have already ordered and paid for it. Believe me, as soon as I get them, you'll get them. I've already addressed the padded envelopes so there will be no time wasted in getting the books to the USPS. (There's all sorts of information, should any of you want to order through the mail and an excerpt from the book in the PRODUCTS section.) I guess I've gone on long enough. Let me wish all of you a safe, peaceful and enjoyable, and reasonably no -worse-for -wear St. Patrick's Day. Finally, thanks to and God bless our armed forces, police, firefighters and all who are in the arena. Drop a line some time.