Dan and I are gearing up for a spate of house concerts in the Bay area and southern Oregon with our musical companion-in-crime Johnny Connolly. Johnny is an outstanding Irish accordion virtuoso who also plays honkin’ old-time music (he cut his old-time musical teeth playing with Foghorn). When Johnny, Dan, and I sat down for the first time to have a few tunes, we experienced that incredibly rare musical chemistry which produces a kind of instant ease, liveliness, seamless unison and innovative harmonies that usually take years to develop. Playing with Johnny is like gliding on thermals.
Johnny’s been sharing from his vast trove of amazing Irish music, and we’ve been swapping him French-Canadian tunes in return. He has this great Quebecois single-row which he just got back from its maker in Montmagny (Quebec’s button accordion capital city!) totally refurbished and with a new set of reeds. It’s killer!
We’ll be making the rounds May 1-6 in Arcata, Sebastopol, Mountainview, Grass Valley, and Ashland. Portlanders can catch us June 6th at Abbie Weisenbloom’s. Hope to see some of you!
All the best,
Lisa and Dan