Update and Announcements

Just a few quick after action reports and a couple of reminders. The Grahamfest 2007 on Labor Day went over very well. J.C. Weaver and his whole crew did an incredible job transforming the grounds of the Major Graham Mansion in Max Meadows, Virginia into a pretty extensive festival grounds - complete with four stages (one of which was big enough to have staged South Pacific - using the actual Pacific!) From what I could see, all had a great time: performers and patrons alike - I know I did! They plan on this being an annual Labor Day happening. It will be another event that will put Southwest Virginia on the destination map of national travellers. This is how it should be, I figure - and I'm not even really from there! I was lucky enough this year to have been asked to help headline the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. Even though we had to pull the plug early on the Friday evening - due to Mother Nature throwing a huge fit - complete with interesting and dangerous special effects, the event was, by all standards a great success. There were loads of performers representing numerous nations - whihc also had food concessions set up. The arts & crafts sections were fabulous. Wonderful pioeces of work were available at very reasonable prices. This was the first time I got to spend any length of time in Augusta, although I'd appeared at an AOH function once before. Each time, the Augustans treated me with universal politeness and courtesy. They bowled me over. What a time. The Eddie Ivie Memorial Scholarship Concert went down very well indeed. This was the second year of the event, titled Gaels of Music II. ,and I'm grateful to have been involved both years. Presented by the Irish Studies Department (headed by our friend Dr. Howard Keeley from Dublin) at Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Georgia I did my twist along with Harry O'Donoghue, Mary Courtney. Bob Hendrix, Colleen Settle, Butch Elmgren, Stephen Faulk and the Irish Dancers of Savannah. Like he did last year, Vic Power, of Kevin Barry's Pub in Savannah offered a deal wherein patrons could have heavy hors d'ouvres and drink at the pub before time, get a drink supplied bus ride to the concert, a deal at intermission, a drink filled bus ride back to the pub afterwards and a nightcap at the pub at about midnight. What a deal! On Columbus Day, 8 October, at 2, 3, and 5 in the afternoon, I'll be performing on the picnic area stage at the Topsfield Fair, in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Established in 1818, this 10-day event is America's oldest Agricultural Fair, and it is an honor to be asked to appear at the venue. I suppose it's never too early to think about Christmas. You might want to keep in mind the new book, "Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and Other Tales for the Irish Music Trenches", written by Harry O'Donoghue, Dennis O'Rourke, Robbie O'Connell, Seamus Kennedy and myself. It is still available. You can order it through my products link on my website. Just scroll down the page until you get to the title of the book and a blurb about it. Just below that is a series of PayPal buttons. Press anyone of them. They all work. I'll send you a copy as quick as a wink. I'll even inscribe it however you like. All for $25. Not too bad - It's 400+ pages of non-fiction tales of adventures and misadventures in the Irish show business world along with 20 pages or so of photos and daguerre-o-types. It's a sure fire attention getter - replete with laughter, some sadness, and a lot of sentiment. That's about it for now. I continue to pray for our friends in the arena, doing all they can and more for our benefit.

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