Update, Eddie Ivie Concert, and a Couple of Endorsements

There are a few things I’d like to share with you. Starting this Thursday, I’ll be doing the Delaney’s circuit. 23 – 25 August, I’ll be at Delaney’s in Spartanburg, SC. It will be my first time there and I’m looking forward to it. The following week is another 3-day stint, this time at Delaney’s in Columbia, SC. (30 August – 1 September) I always look forward to working with the fine people there. On Labor Day, 3 September, I’ll be appearing at GrahamfestUSA in Max Meadow, VA. It’s a one-day multi-stage, multi-genre music festival. Sponsored by bandleader/singer/songwriter Josiah “J.C.” Weaver, it promises to be quite a family-oriented event held on the beautiful grounds of the Major Graham Mansion. I’ll be performing on the folk stage – one of four stages – from 1:45 – 2:45. Have a look at the GrahamfestUSA website for all the details. Thanks to Carroll Brown for enabling me to do this gig. The following day, 4 September, I’ll be taking over the con from Carroll at the best listening room in the entire U. S of A; Kevin Barry’s in Savannah. I’ll be there right through 9 September. Michele Bond from Kevin Barry's , has sent out the following announcement about the 2nd Annual Eddie Ivie Irish Scholarship Fund Concert to be held in the Emma Kelly Theatre at the Averitt Center, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA on the 18th of September. Kevin Barry's is putting on the dog for this one. All for a $50.00 per person donation you get an Irish Buffet at Kevin Barry's starting at 4:30 PM (cash bar), Transportation to The Emma Kelly Theatre and back to Kevin Barry's (Bus departs at 6:00 PM - Beer and Wine all the way up and back) Admission to the concert, which starts at 7:30 PM. This year the show features Mary Courtney, Frank Emerson, Harry O'Donoghue, and the Irish Dancers of Savannah. Guest Apperances feature Stephanie Dittmer, Butch Elmgren, and Bob Hendrix. You get Green Room Priviledges during Intermission. You'll also get a Nighcap at Kevin Barry's on the Second Floor Balcony when the bus returns to River Street. For further information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation, please contact Michele at 912-233-9626 or at contact@kevinbarrys.com Now, I know that you’re all aware that Harry O’Donoghue, Dennis O’Rourke, Robbie O’Connell, Seamus Kennedy and I have published a book called Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and Other Tales from the Irish Music Trenches. You’re aware that you can get it by mail from me or by way of paypal via my website at http://www.frankemerson.com/products.html. Then just scroll down the page and you’ll bee a blurb about the book and then a “Buy It Now” button. Either way, the cost is a total $25.00 ($21.95 plus $3.05 P&H). You’re also onto the fact that it’s a 6 X 9 Trade Paperback, 400+ page, 20-picture page collection of non-fiction (pretty much) short stories about some of the adventures that we’ve had on the Irish/Folk circuit over the past 30-odd years. Irish music fans and afficionados would love to receive it as a gift on any occasion - wakes, weddings, conversions, births, re-births, birthdays, or holidays of each and every fashion, nation or relation. It really is a good book and thoroughly enjoyable. You really, really should have it in your library or in the library of someone for whom you care. Continuing on this literary course, as an erstwhile British comedy troupe would put it: And now for something completely different. I want to tell you about another book that’s also just been released by yet another Irish guy, Sean Hayes. Not the one on Will and Grace, a different one – which is for the best. If you’ve ever been moved by the stories of Snorri Sturlesen, Gilgamesh, or Tolkein, The Venerable Bede. Beowulf, Chaucer, even the great Cu Chullainn, you’re going to be tickled by The Breagagh Saga. Hayes, an Irishman from Kilkenny , has taken up the gauntlet to explain the Irish story in an inimitable manner. Mixing folklore, fantasy, saints, sinners, songs, stories and gobshytes, Sean moves back and forth through time and space from Ireland to America – and even explains the reason for Colin Farrell. Along the way, he presents memorable characters who tug at the emotions and with whom you feel quite familiar and comfortable by the end of the tales. From hilarious to sorrowful, from sentimental to wittily sage, Sean has crafted a work that is unique in its presentation and thoroughly enjoyable in its reading. Hayes talks to the reader. It’s almost as if you’re sitting by, listening to a shanachie. Of course he stretches the truth a bit, but he’s supposed to – so why would he not. G.K. Chesterton said, “The Irish are the race that the gods made mad. All their wars are happy and all their songs are sad.” Sean Hayes is up there with the best of them. As he would put it himself, maybe he’s a little touched. To be honest, this is not the type of book I usually read, but I’m very glad that I did. Yes, I am. I recommend it without reservation. Well done, Sean. You can find out all the details of how to get The Breagagh Saga at www.authorhouse.com. Check in the bookstore section. That’s about it for now. Drop a note whenever you feel like it. Enjoy the rest of the warm August weather. September’s coming on and I can feel that nip in the air as I think about it. Oh rats. I’m sitting on the ice tray again. God Bless our troops. Frank Emerson 790 E. Spiller Street Wytheville, VA 24382 Home & Fax: 276-228-6726 Cell: 276-613-0598 E-Fax: 509-562-8833 E-mail: femerson@embarqmail.com

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