June greetings. Dan and I have been very busy musically this past month, mostly on our separate tracks: Dan’s been mixing a new album he recorded earlier this year with flutist/banjo player Mark Roberts and is presently touring in LA with Jamie Laval; I’ve been gigging with Le Bruit Court dans la Ville [aka André Marchand and Normand Miron] in Quebec.
However, on Friday, June 14, we’ll be back together along with Johnny Connolly, Irish button accordionist extraordinaire, for a house concert in SE Portland at the home of Abbie and Harold Weisenbloom (see calendar for details). We got together with Johnny a few months back just to kick around a few tunes just for fun, and boom! instant musical chemistry.
Turns out that Johnny, in addition to being one of the best Irish musicians on the planet, is an accomplished old-time player in love with crookedy, honking old-time fiddle tunes (wait til you hear his killer take on “John Brown’s Dream”). It’s been pure joy working up duets of old mountain tunes. As if that weren’t enough, we’re now deep, deep into tune-swapping Irish and French-Canadian repertories.
The synergy has been amazing. The three of us are clearly on the same musical page–it feels like we’ve been playing together for years. Please join us for this debut concert of fresh takes on time-honored tunes and songs from Appalachia, Quebec, and Ireland.
By the way, our June 14th gig will be (drumroll, please) Abbie’s 100th house concert! What an incredible, generous gift. Over the past three years, Abbie and her family have given thousands of Portlanders an opportunity to hear some of the very best traditional musicians in an intimate living room setting. Thank you, Abbie & Cie