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Loreena McKennitt for the first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 24th & 25th 2013
October 25, 2013, 3:54 am
Filed under: Loreena McKennitt, Memorable Data
                                                              
As I write this brief about Loreena McKennitt, she is actually performing live for the first time in Argentina after almost 30 years of experience as part of her first South American tour , featuring two shows in Buenos Aires, and also in Brazil, (October 27th in Porto Alegre , October 28th in Rio de Janeiro , to finish lastly in 30th/31st in Sao Paulo) .

 As can be seen in this letter I kept from Quinlan Road dated in 1994, it was unthinkable by those days an event of this magnitude for the high costs addressed , but often the more we wish  unattainable things , they finally come true, and I have had to wait almost 21 years since my first correspondence with Loreena for this to occur , a meeting stuck in my memory and will surely be in all of her fans in Argentina .

Since long ago I acknowledged that Loreena liked to take time for her fans and likes to be in contact with them … I confirmed it last Monday during an event organized by her label at a local bookstore . There, stoic (despite a sore back )she  received one by one to all her fans by dedicating a special time to listen and sign their CDs . for more than 2 hours!

It was for me a wonderful meeting , one of those meetings in which one tunes up from the very beginning and perceives that you know each other for years. Loreena received some memorabilia from me as the first review issued by me in the local “Discover” magazine in December 1994 edited by the celebrated Andres Valle ( responsible for the eponymous record store and a pioneer in the selling CDs of Celtic music ) a copy of the CD ” Awen ” by BRAN , and a greeting from the entire community of my Facebook Page “Amigos Celtas” , which was welcomed and kindly returned.

It is known that at this stage of her career she wants to spend more time with her family , and perhaps her tours shall be shorter , but besides we may enjoy her or not, Loreena undoubtedly has the humility that characterizes the great artists , the eternal wisdom that leaves us not only with her art but with her enlightened presence …

 

   Photo courtesy of Marty Fer ( Triddana )




"Keltia" – Antología Poética 1993/2013- " (Spanish Edition) por Eliseo Mauas Pinto
July 31, 2013, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Celtic Ebooks, Memorable Data

Con motivo de los festejos de Lugnasadh y a veinte años de la histórica edición del libro “Legado Celta” he decidido celebrarlo compartiendo con ustedes ésta antología de mis poemas originalmente escritos en lengua gallega y en español, y dos de ellos en lengua asturiana. 
Como es de costumbre el Arte Digital  & Diseño de Cubierta e Interior son de mi autoría, y en este caso especial he decidido realizar este autoretrato junto con mi hermano celta, el músico gallego  Bieito Romero, músico fundador del legendario grupo folc Luar Na Lubre, a quienes estoy por demás agradecido por haber honrado con su música mi poema Uah Lúa.

Algunos fueron especialmente ideados como letras para la música de “Bran“, proyecto musical con el cual grabara el álbum “Awen“, algunos editados en éste como “Amergin”, y otros inéditos tal el caso de “Xiana”. Para hacer mi obra más extensiva, encontrarán todos los poemas traducidos al español. 
Logo de “Bran” diseñado por el artista asturiano Vítor Gonzalez
“Legado Celta” fue un libro de poemas editado en forma independiente en el año 1993 junto a mi entonces compañero de ruta en lo céltico, Manuel Castro Cambeiro. En él  reflejamos nuestra reivindicación y sentimientos que conllevan las tradiciones y valores heredados, nuestros deseos, sueños, y convicciones acerca del sentir celta, reunidos por entonces en poemas escritos que  evocan el estilo de la poesía bardica contemporánea.
En verdad, más que una recopilación de poemas se trató de una invitación  para descubrir una tradición común, una identidad aún viva que no debe ser ajena a quienes son partícipes del legado celta.
El libro fue impreso oportunamente en una edición en bilingüe (gallego/español), y que lanzamos al público local con una gira de presentaciones, con Manuel en el recitado, y quien escribe en arpa celta. Al pie, un escaneo del arte de tapa de dicho libro.
Paralelamente a mis poemas en gallego y español, escribí tambien otros tantos en inglés, algunos de ellos como letra para algunas de las canciones del repertorio de “Bran”. La colección de estos poemas están recopilados en mi libro “The Butterfly Book Of Celtic Poemseditado en formato impreso y electrónico.
  
“Celtia” es esa palabra singular que refiere a todo lo celta, en mi caso elegí el nombre con “K” debido a mi pasión por lo bretón, quienes utilizan dicha letra en lugar de la “C”. “Keltia” es así mi antología de poemas escritos en los últimos 20 años.
Es mi bosque sagrado, el lugar de mi inspiración, la raíz de mis antepasados, la tierra mágica de los celtas, mi templo privado y devocional. Sólo hay una manera de encontrar a “Keltia” , la hoja de ruta está dentro de uno mismo… y de nuestros corazones afines; está dentro de la savia única del roble sagrado de los sabios druidas… Aquí está mi energía, y mi luz, y el amor y la paz. Me place ahora compartirlos con todos ustedes.
Mi agradecimiento especial a la fotógrafa neozelandesa Cathleen Tarawhiti por la utilización de su maravilloso stock y ser parte de la inspiración en mi primer versión original de “Keltia” fotomanipulación digital que fuera creada para compartir junto a otras de mis obras en la comunidad artística de deviantArt.

 
Mi agradecimiento también a Kate Finnegan, Xurde Morán, y a Juan Agustín Mauas Castro por permitirme editar digitalmente sus fotografias de tierras celtas aquí incluídas. Y para finalizar mi reconocimiento a grandes amigos asturianos como son el artista Vítor Gonzalez, por permitirme incluir sus sorprendentes diseños; al periodista y apasionado pregonero del Camino de Santiago Xurde Morán, y al músico-folclorista Daniel García de la Cuesta, por su ayuda en las traducciones en lengua asturiana. Podrán conocer más de éstos artistas en sus respectivos sitios en la red:

 

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Summer Solstice Session

As you may already know, The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre is a small, non-profit Arts organisation presently promoting their Summer Solstice Session festival as part of The Gathering 2013. Any help and support you can give by sharing the event info is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you in Naul over the weekend of June 21st to 23rd too!

Many thanks from everyone at The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre,

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About this Gathering

A boutique mid-Summer festival, celebrating the heritage, history, community and culture of rural Fingal, and the legacy of Master Uilleann Piper & Folklore Archivist, Séamus Ennis
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Friday June 21st

4:00pm – Try The Uilleann Pipes
To coincide with National Music Day – Love:Live Music Ireland, come along and Try the Uilleann Pipes with instructors from Na Píobairí Uilleann, the Uilleann Pipers.

Detailed information and booking is available on our website.
Admission is FREE but booking is essential to ensure your place.
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Celebrating the life and work of Internationally renowned Folklore Archivist & Musician, Séamus Ennis

11:00am – Féidlim Tonn Rí’s Castle – Visual storytelling through the music and stories of Séamus Ennis
Bringing to life some of the characters from Séamus Ennis’ 1977 recording for Claddagh Records, ‘Feidlim Tonn Rí’s Castle’, learn to create your own character using pencil and paper with instruction as you sketch.
Watch as the artist, Christan Kotey, creates a painting depicting a scene of Irish fireside tales to the soundtrack of the original Claddagh Records recording.
Detailed information and booking is available on our website.
Admission is FREE but booking is essential to ensure your place.

2:00pm – The Ennis Trail – A Multimedia Presentation by Michael Lydon
On January 13th, 1951, the famous American folklorist, or ‘song-hunter’, Alan Lomax arrived in Ireland to collect material for an album that would become the first LP of Irish traditional music, ‘The World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Volume II Ireland’. Under advice from George Moore of the BBC, Lomax recruited the great Séamus Ennis, at that point already an established folklorist, to act as his guide. The journey they took visiting villages across Ireland, recording singers and musicians, would later be referred to as ‘The Ennis Trail’, a journey that when examined today, offers a fascinating insight into Irish traditional music.
Detailed information and booking is available on our website.
Admission is FREE but booking is essential to ensure your place.

8:30pm – Séamus Ennis Tribute Concert – Celebrating the sustaining influence of Séamus Ennis’ work on generations of Irish musicians 
Featuring Conor McKeon, Dermot McLaughlin & Paddy Glackin

Detailed information and booking is available on our website.
Tickets are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Sunday June 23rd

Summer Solstice Session on the Village Square

Children’s entertainers, street performers, live music, dancing, food, and more, from 12:00 noon.

Live music on our outdoor stage from 3:00 to 10:00pm featuring ‘Clann agus Cairde‘, ‘The David Munnelly Band‘ and ‘The Moog 69s‘.

Admission is FREE.
Parking available.

More events to be announced, please check our our website for details!



Chris Caswell Legacy CD Project
February 11, 2013, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Celtic Harp, Memorable Data

Help keep Chris’ magnificent music and stories alive!

Music is the most generous art,
for it gives freely to all who hear.

In correspondence to my previous post “Chris Caswell: A charitable gathering for a leading Harpist and Harper” I pay tribute to the passing of Chris, who said goodbye to us on January 21, 2013.

Chris Caswell was one of the great musicians of our time. Tragically, his time with us was far too short: Chris died of cancer this January 21. Please help us create his legacy project, preserving some small part of Chris’ genius for future listeners and learners.

The Tradition

A true American-Celtic bard, Chris is one of those credited with the revival of the Celtic harp. He was a master harp builder and exquisite player on the harp, bagpipes, flute and whistle, and bodhran. His life’s repertoire was a rich mix of traditional world music, yet he always came back to Celtic music, his first love. Years ago he sought out elder harpers and pipers in Scotland and England to learn their music the old-fashioned way, at their knee. Chris passed along the genuine Celtic tradition, and added much to it, as a beloved teacher, spirited performer, and witty storyteller. He played, toured, and taught for over forty years, performing with some of the brightest names in traditional music.

The Project

Over the years he recorded many hours of brilliant music. We, his friends, want to bring that music to light. Our plan is to collect and remaster select recordings and produce a deluxe double-CD album, with a bonus booklet filled with Chris’ own poems, stories, and lore.

Chris envisioned a quartet of CDs, each thematically based on an element: earth, air, water, and fire. The first came out in 2001: Holy Wood, evoking earth. Fire… well, he didn’t get that far in his design. But he did plan two, air and water: The Brightening Air and The Well at the End of the World. 
In his notes for them, Chris wrote of being a very young man, sitting amongst the archives of folklorist Peter Kennedy in Devon, England, and hearing Alan Stivell: “I began to really listen to the harp. There is indeed a bardic mantle. It isn’t given, and it’s not taken. It settles. For whatever reason, it settled on me. Forty years later, I am still listening. The two albums I’m about to record are the results, so far, of that long listening.”
In addition to bringing out the two new albums Chris began work on, we plan to reprint Holy Wood as well as his lovely holiday album, Celtic Tidings. All these recordings, old and new, also will be available on CD Baby, and via Chris’ own web site. It’s our hope that we can generate a modest income stream to help Roxanne Caswell, his widow, and to repay those people who ordered a new Caswell harp, but didn’t receive one when he became ill.
Any amount — $15, $50, or $500 — will help in this undertaking.
You’re invited to join in the chorus of Chris’ ever-continuing song.

How You Can Help

1. Donate as your heart wishes, and your assets allow. For contributions of $35 and over, you’ll receive a deluxe double-CD set when released.

2. Spread the word about this campaign. Chris touched thousands of lives. Let ‘em know what’s up. Forward this link with a short personal email to your friends. Share this page on Facebook, Twitter, through music blogs and lists.

  “A life lived for music is an existence spent wonderfully.” L. Pavarotti

“Producing this Chris Caswell recording in his memory is a great idea. He was a wonderful musician and a wonderful friend.” — Robin Williamson, harper, songwriter, storyteller. (Chris was an integral member of Robin Williamson and his Merry Band in the ’70s.)
“Chris’ most marvelous contribution was rooting into and revealing the deep spiritual, mythic underpinnings of the Celtic harp and its music.” — Patrick Ball, harper and theater artist.
“Whether we were dowsing around long-forgotten stone circles on an isolated hillside or playing for thousands of people in concert halls, he was always so open and comfortably himself. I feel blessed to have known him — such a playful and brilliant person — and to have called him a true friend.” — Bonnie Rideout, fiddler. (Chris toured and recorded with Bonnie.)
“I shed a tear here in Glasgow, Scotland, and remember all the wonderful shared times at Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp and on many other occasions.” — Alasdair Fraser, fiddler. (Chris taught and performed at Valley of the Moon.)
“When I needed manly men to record Song of the Suburban Shaman, Danny, Chris, and David Morris formed a ‘lusty chorus chanting hymns in praise of Thor.’ Chris howled manfully, and overdubbed layers of bodhran parts that perfectly expressed the spiritual disintegration of the weekend warriors.” — Holly Tannen, traditional singer, folklorist, and songwriter. (Chris and Danny played on her album, Rime Of The Ancient Matriarch.)
Click on some of the team member profiles, below, to learn about our personal connections with Chris. You are invited to leave recollections of your own on the Comments page.

Chris’ Gift to You

Listen to Chris playing on our gallery page.
Click here for a free download of “Jenny Plucks Pears” from Holy Wood, the first album in this series (to download, right click on a PC, or control-click on a Mac).
Search youtube for “clarsar” to hear and see Chris play, and get four free first harp lessons.
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Read Chris’ obituary and an article about his harp making via the links below. 
And our special gratitude to Daniel Schoenfeld, Irish musician and winemaker, who donated his legendary Wild Hog Vineyard wine to the cause.

Related Source: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chris-caswell-legacy-cd-project



Grand Concert at the 2013 Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival-National Day of Wales
February 5, 2013, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Celtic Culture, Memorable Data
CELEBRATE WELSH CULTURE WITH US
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Grand Concert at the 2013 Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival-National Day of Wales
Mar 03, 2013 1:30 PM
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Celebrate Welsh culture with us at the Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival-National Day of Wales on March 3, 2013 at the Barnsdall Art Park! Performances by Aedan MacDonnel, Joe Praml, Welsh Choir of Southern California, Paul Child, Siobhan Owen, and a special screening of the 1962 short film Dylan Thomas starring Richard Burton. Also from 10 to 6pm visitors will be delighted in an outdoor festival featuring a Celtic marketplace, Welsh language classes, workshops, Welsh Corgi demonstrations, storytelling, kids crafts, food and much more!

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Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Los Angeles St David’s Day Festival-National Day of Wales
March 3, 2013 10-5pm
at the Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
The Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival – National Day of Wales replants its daffodil roots at the Barnsdall Art Park on March 3, 2013!

A Raven Above Press Presents!
2013 Los Angeles St. David’s Day Festival – National Day of Wales
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant, Los Angeles – Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Cymru
March 3, 2013
Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Inside the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre there will be a special ticketed St. David’s Day Grand Concert beginning at 1:30pm with a Druid blessing, followed by a screening of the rare 1962 short film ‘Dylan Thomas’ starring Richard Burton. After this the Welsh Choir of Southern California (Côr Cymraeg De Califfornia) will take the stage, and then a special performance by Paul Child, and in her debut North American appearance – Welsh soprano and harpist Siobhan Owen!
We are all excited by the return of Paul Child to Hollywood. Among his many achievements, Child is Wales biggest independent selling artist, the ‘Official Voice of Welsh Rugby’, and recently sang at the half time show of the final match of the Wales Rugby Grand Slam. Interesting to note, each time he’s sung before a match, Wales has registered a victory. 
Siobhan Owen was born in North Wales to a Welsh father and Irish mother, and moved to Australia when she was 2 years old. A classically trained singer from the age of 9, Siobhan also turns her haunting soprano voice and gentle harp playing to a repertoire of traditional Celtic songs. She has received prestigious awards for both her classical and Celtic singing and is a popular performer at festivals, concerts, recitals etc around Australia. 
Outside the concert beginning at 10am visitors will be delighted in a free Celtic Marketplace, Welsh language classes by Jason Shepherd of the Learn Welsh Podcast, Celtic workshops, Welsh Corgi demonstrations, Kids Crafts at the Ogden Nash Children’s Area, and the LA Eisteddfod featuring poetry, storytelling, readings and performance at the Harold Lloyd Outdoor Stage, Welsh food (pasties and cakes) by the Welsh Baker, and much more.
We will be promoting artists from both Wales and the US in a special book release party on Welsh Nursery Rhymes written by Peter Anthony Freeman (Llanelli, UK) and published by A Raven Above Press. International artists include Nathan Wyburn (Abergavenny, UK), Anthony Richards (Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, UK), Siobhan Owen (originally from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio, UK now residing in Adelaide, South Australia), Michele Witchipoo (New York City, NY), Kimberly Wlassak (Los Angeles, CA), Rochelle Shelly Rosenkild (Riverside, CA), Brian Kenny (Middletown, NY), Nichola Hope (Barry, UK) Sarah Hope (Barry, UK) Rhys Jones (Swansea, UK), Kerry Evans (Swansea, UK), Jo Mazelis (Swansea, UK), Judy Adamson (Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, UK), Spine Stealer (Los Angeles, CA), Karen Richards (Cleveland, OH), Laurent Castiau (Belgium), Gaabriel Becket (Portland, OR), Xavier Lopez Jr. (Seattle, WA), Jason Shepherd (Swansea, UK), Adrien Burke (Los Angeles, CA), Danny Walden (Bell Gardens, CA), Robert Karr (Westminster, CA), John Charles (Los Angeles, CA), Grasiela Rodriguez (Pomona, CA), Casey Ruic (Cleveland, OH), Daniele Serra (Cagliari, Italy), and Lorin Morgan-Richards (Los Angeles, CA).
Also, Sarah Hope from Barry, UK (now in Cardiff) will be in attendance exhibiting a collection of ceramic wall mounted pieces and dinnerware that are decorated with themes from welsh nursery rhymes and stories. The pieces are a collaboration between artists Sarah Hope and Nichola Hope and sculpture Kevin Caufield. 
Tentative Schedule (may be subject to change)
Harold LLoyd Outdoor Stage:
10:00am – Wake the Bard performs
11:00am – Joe Praml reads Dylan Thomas and other Welsh favorites
12:00pm – Aedan MacDonnell performs
1:00pm – Reading by Jude Johnson
2:00pm – Segni Pembroke Welsh Corgi lecture
3:00pm – Peter Griffiths discusses “what it means to be Welsh”
4:00pm – Wake the Bard performs 
Harriet Beecher Stowe Classroom:
11:00am – Learn Welsh Podcast Welsh taster lessons for Welsh Learners
12:00pm – Peter Anthony Freeman reads from the book on Welsh nursery rhymes
1:00pm – Peter Paddon class Gods, Ancestors & the 21st Century Witch
2:00pm – Learn Welsh Podcast taster lessons for Welsh Learners
3:00pm – Celtic Magick class by Jymie Darling of Pan Pipes Marketplace
4:00pm – Reading by R. Merlin of Ariel & Electra 
Grand Concert in the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre:
1:30pm – Druid Blessing (outside)
2:00pm – Screening- Dylan Thomas (1962) by Jack Howells & starring Richard Burton
2:30pm – The Welsh Choir of Southern California (Côr Cymraeg De Califfornia)
3:15pm – Performance by Paul Child
4:05pm – Performance by Siobhan Owen 
Ogden Nash Children’s Learning Area
Create your own Daffodil or Leek with artist Rochelle Shelly Rosenkild
& Welsh Choir chorister Caroline will facilitate Ysgol Eisteddfod (School Eisteddfod) to help the youth activate and develop their vocal talents in the arts of poetry, song, comedy and storytelling and their artistic and craft skills! If you weren’t born of Welsh heritage you’ll leave being The Cymry-Mabwysiad (Welsh by adoption).
Official Major Sponsors include A Raven Above Press, National Welsh-American Foundation, Tom LaBonge 4th District Councilmember
Community Sponsors include Cambrian Heritage Society Madison WI, AmeriCymru, The Welsh Baker, Learn Welsh Podcast, Ninnau & Y Drych, The Celtic Arts Center, Brian Kenny (Dark Corner of the Abyss), Music Wales, Highland Sun, Eugene Hayden, Queens Favor, Red Dragon Management, Choir of Giants Press, Metro.
Friend Sponsors include Jude Johnson, Peter Anthony Freeman, The Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, Pan Pipes Magickal Marketplace, Emily Fromm, The National Library of Wales, Celtic Myth Podcast, JOMO – Joanne Morrison, Visit Wales, and the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. 
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The Legacy of Chris Caswell – A Public Tribute Concert – February 4, 2013
January 25, 2013, 2:21 pm
Filed under: Celtic Harp, Influential Musicians, Memorable Data


Chris Cawell: A charitable gathering for a leading Harpist and Harper
December 9, 2012, 4:49 am
Filed under: Memorable Data
I share with you some bitter news… concerning our dearest Chris Caswell… a leading harper and wonderful musician… the news were spread by my friend Danny Canahan… hope some of you would love to give a little help… Hereby is the mail excerpt

Never Matter what will happen tomorrow… you spirit will always be with us …and will always keep on shining… your are part of our deepest feelings and your music will stand by our hearts for ever in this life….wherever our paths lead us.. we shall meet together once again….Keep on shining for us as always ☼
Photo: Never Matter what will happen tomorrow... you spirit will always be with us ...and will always keep on shining... your are part of our deepest feelings and your music will stand by our hearts for ever in this life....wherever our paths lead us.. we shall meet together once again....Keep on shining for us as always ☼
(here’s Caswell Carnahan in 1999, having, as usual, a hell of a good time)

“I hope all your holidays are happy, healthy, and festive this year. Saundra and Teddy and I certainly are enjoying the season and looking forward to all the lights and trees and menorahs and presents and cookies and family gatherings that the near future promises.

But I need to write you all today with a bit of sad news. Chris Caswell, my friend of many years and Caswell Carnahan partner back in our youth, has aggressive and unforgiving abdominal cancer. Being more optimistic than his doctors, he is expecting to be with us for more than a few months, but he is increasingly ill and is working hard to finish building a few harps and to tie up his karmic loose ends. The musical community has risen up amazingly on Chris’s behalf, learning of his situation and the dire financial straits in which this lands him and his family. He is getting daily support with meals and dog-walking and other mundanities and some money has come in, though a great deal more is needed.

So we’ve all banded together and booked two benefit evenings for Chris, one at the Dickens Fair in the Cow Palace, Saturday, December 22nd, and one at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley on Monday, February 4th. All comers are welcome and all proceeds will go directly to Chris and family. Dozens of performers, many of whom have shared the stage with Chris over the years, will be featured at both events (Chris, too, if he can) and more events are likely to be scheduled to accommodate the many who weren’t able to take part in these first two.

Many of you remember Chris from our Celtic romp together 30 years ago. Many know him from his teaching and performing and harp building and mentoring through the years. Chris occupies a singular place in my musical life and I will be forever in his debt. So I am happy to help coordinate the Freight show and get the word out to the wider world.

If you’d like to learn more about the Freight show, you will shortly be able to visit the Freight website and get information on who will be performing (me, certainly, and a whole slew of my talented friends) and buy tickets.

For more information on the Dickens Fair show, which I understand will be an evening concert after the Fair ends on Saturday, please contact Danese Cooper at: danese@gmail.com

And if you have any extra charitable change jingling in your pockets this season, you can always pop on over to PayPal and give whatever you’d like directly to Chris by addressing a gift to: Resolve@sonic.net

Chris’s family will get 100% of all PayPal gifts.

Chris has brightened many of our lives. His illness just further proves that life ain’t fair. So please join me in hugging our loved ones and counting our blessings. And may the rest of your holiday news be happy. We send all our love to you!

Never Matter what will happen tomorrow… you spirit will always be with us …and will always keep on shining… your are part of our deepest feelings and your music will stand by our hearts for ever in this life….wherever our paths lead us.. we shall meet together once again….Keep on shining for us as always ☼”