Bob sighted (again) at The Barley House

Barley HouseIt was a damp and drizzly Tuesday eve  – a soft night that was Irish enough to suggest it could be fun to swing by the Barley House in Concord.  Our cohort Bob Dunleavy is a regular there, but I rarely get the chance to make a visit.

Bob and Mark dig into a reel

I was happy to see another sometimes-visitor R.P. Hale (no relation, that I know, to our Pete Hale) was there with one his own customer hammered dulcimers.

R.P. Hale on his special instrument

Paddy Keenan happened to drop in to listen and chat. As I’d noticed him sporting a nice camera the last few times I’d seen him, I enjoyed talking with him a bit about the picture-taking opportunities that become a part of his musical travels.

Greg Heppe stayed later than me – no worries about getting the store opened on time in the morning.

Greg HeppeAll in all it was a great night, with good fun all the way ’round.

Press Room on May Day

Because we had a gig later that night, we all did something that’s become a rarity   – Pete, Bob, and I all made it to the Press Room on the same night.  Being May 1st, there were many a May Day song and tale of spring and springtime fancy.

After a cautious start, Peter Hale  declared the session ‘swine flu free’

Pete plays it safeThere could be swine, and there could be flu -- but no swine flu

Before heading across town to our Shriners Dinner gig, we enjoyed some songs and tunes.

Alan EatonChris Vaughan

Tom Hall


Mike, Bill, and Greg drop by….

Last night in April — we were lucky enough to have a few good friends drop for some tunes and songs.  Mike Jeanneau, of Boghat fame, was first,   traveling light with just a fiddle and banjo, but he lit things up as he’s known to do.

Then Greg Heppe,  who runs the General Store and great concerts at the Old White Church in Tuftonboro, NH, stopped in with flutes and whistles in hand.

And then — Mr. Bill Zecker arrived with bouzouki in hand — to help us sail through the rest of the night.

A good time was had by all.  I’ll post some sound clips ASAP.


Gonna get schooled

What tricks are up those short sleeves?

What tricks are up those short sleeves?

This Saturday, April 18, the Seacoast Irish Cultural Association (SICA) will be hosting it’s Spring Ceili at the Dover Elks on Rte. 108 with Eamon Coyne and Dave Surette as the featured performers. As part of the festivities, the lads will lead a workshop on fiddle and accompanying Irish music.

I have to say that I’ve admired Dave Surette’s style of accompaniment for a while and have wanted to chat with him about his approach…so while I can’t stay for the potluck supper at 6pm (yum!) or the dance, I am definitely looking forward to learning a few tricks on accompaniment from Dave. (Let’s see how many of them I remember that night at McMenemy’s.)

For more info on the workshop or ceili, contact SICA at

Terry Weir…up from County Wakefield

Terrance WeirWe had a special treat on April 4, when Terry Weir joined us to fill in for the roving Peter Hale.

Terry helps us with some tunesAs he’s known to do, Terry brought a great voice and collection of songs and tunes, and his touch and tone on the mandolin, guitar, and fiddle were appreciated by all.

We get to his session at  Harrington’s Pub in Wakefield, MA when we can, and we all enjoy it when we connect ‘across the counties’ like this.

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