LA Music Conference with Catch the Moon Music and Cathy Heller

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Grace "Octoberfest Sing-A-Long"

 

Had a fun gig at Amazing Grace in Canal Park today. As part of the Octoberfest celebration in Germany (and the US) I decided to sing a few German beer drinking songs IN GERMAN. The crowd joined swaying their coffee mugs like beer steins and singing along on the very simple choruses. It was like having a beer tent choir or Liedertafel in Munich! 

 

Wisconsin Public Radio selects my version of Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral for radio play

 

I was contacted by Wisconsin Public Radio to inform me that a request was made by a listener for the Irish-American song, "Too Ra Loo Ral." My version was selected to be played on Simply Folk tomorrow sometime between 5 and 8 p.m. I was so honored to have mine selected,  since there are so many fine versions, besides mine. Simply Folk is a wonderful program with a great variety of folk music.

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Host Dan Robinson plays a wide variety of music, including Americana, traditional folk, roots, bluegrass, Celtic and Nordic, traditional blues, singer-songwriter, Wisconsin-based, and new releases. "Simply Folk" can be heard Sunday evenings on the Ideas and NPR News and Classical networks from 5 p.m...
 

Wonderful evening at the Duluth Homegrown Festival

 

I had a wonderful evening on Saturday, May 5th at the Amazing Grace Cafe in Canal Park as part of the Duluth Homegrown Festival. I performed a variety of music from original to Irish ballads. What really made the evening so special was that I had a interactive audience that loved to sing along. It was like being a conductor directing a choir. The video on my home page is an excerpt from that evening.  Last year was a wonderful experience, too. If you've never attended the Duluth Homegrown, I highly recommend it. For $30 you get admission to 8 days of music!

 

Providing a touch of the Emerald Isle at Dubh lin's in Duluth on St. Pat's was great fun!

 

Had a wonderful time playing at Dubh Linn's in Duluth with folks singing along to traditional Irish ballads. A very nice touch was having my sister and her partner coming to hear me play as part of her St. Pat's birthday celebration. I hadn't seen them in a couple years. I was asked if I could return next year. This will be my second time celebrating St. Pat's with folks at this fine establishment. Great food and a nice selection of beer and Irish whisky, too.

 

Old Brule Heritage Society Fundraiser Fun

 

Had a nice time last night playing with musician friends at the Old Brule Heritage Society's annual fundraiser yesterday afternoon and into the night. The OBHS is responsible for preserving architectural, oral and written history of the area. The most famous is the Davidson Windmill on Highway 13 in Amnicon. This fundraiser was for the restoration of the Monticello school situated in Maple, WI off of Highway 2. Had a great time reconnecting with Russ Darwin, Ted Pellman (former fellow Electric Woodsmen members), Tom Rich and Windsor Willy and my cousin Cheryl Haworth. There was talk about reuniting the Woodsmen. Stay tuned!

 

Video of "You're Helping Me" at Inland Sea on Halloween!

 
 

John O'gacki is playing on St. Patrick's Day at Carmody's Irish Pub

 

 I'll be playing on St. Patrick's Day at Carmody's Irish Pub in Duluth, MN...

 

New release for Halloween "Let's Have A Scary Good Time!" will get radio play!

 

I just released a new song in time for Halloween - "Let's Have A Scary Good Time!"  The spooky song will get radio play on both WPR and MPR. 

This Sunday, October 30, Wisconsin Public Radio's "Simply Folk" program will be playing it sometime between 5 and 8 p.m. Thank you to Dan Robinson, the new program director, who has replaced long-time host, Stephanie Elkins. I appreciate their support of my music. http://www.wpr.org/programs/simply-folk

Minnesota Public Radio's "Radio Heartland" will be airing it the Sunday before Halloween, too, sometime between 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Sincere thanks to program director, Mike Pengra, for his willingness to play my music.  http://www.thecurrent.org/heartland

They are both great programs. Please give them a listen!

 

 

Radio play on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Simply Folk"

 

Two cuts from my CD "A Little Music On The Rocks" were featured on the July 10th program of Simply Folk. One was "Tour D Force" and the other was "Dad's Memorial Waltz." Thanks to "Dave from Hartland, Wisconsin" who called in the request to hear these guitar instrumentals!

 

2015 CD Baby Music Conference at the Congress Hotel-Chicago

 

I attended the first ever CD Baby music conference in Chicago this past weekend as CD Baby is my music aggregator. It was a very informative conference concerning many aspects of the music industry for independent musicians. Like most good conferences, it was impossible to be in more than one place at one time. I will definitely go next year as they intend to hold another. Whether it will be in Chicago or not, I don't know.

It was great to meet other artists and share music and information. People of all ages were there with all types of music. One of the highlights of the conference for me was seeing someone coach a rock group on-stage and point out their strengths and weaknesses in stage presence. He was able to transform the group in less than an hour! Nice to see the Windy City again!

 

Paul Brady Concert in Chicago

 

I have an exciting evening last night! The amazing Irish folk singer and guitarist Paul Brady performed at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. What a wonderful concert. He did both Irish traditional music and his original compositions. The high point was being able to meet him afterwards at his CD table. I told him my debut CD contained songs I couldn't have written without his unique tunings I'd learned. I showed my Cd and which tunes he'd influenced. He asked if he could have a copy. We'll, I gave him one, of course!!

 

Afterwards I had dinner next door at Grafton's. Paul Brady, his niece and his entourage came in and Paul sat next to me and I was able to chat with him and his niece, who was studying for a year at the University of Chicago on an exchange. It was a great evening for me.

 

Wonderful Evening

 

The concert in Sandstone at the Old School Arts Center went well. Well enough, that I was asked back next year! First half was music from "A Little Music On The Rocks." Second half was Irish/mixed Folk. One fellow bought a CD after he'd heard  my wedding song, "Always" from "A Little Music On The Rocks." He and his wife had both lost their spouses, but found each other and love again. They said it was "our song now." That was touching. Irish songs were enjoyed, too. Lots of chuckles. Had a fan from last year of Irish heritage that bought a CD, but then gave me a tape of Irish music in return he thought I might like. What a warm evening. Can't wait to play there next year. My shoulder held fairly well, too!

 

Back to work after my operation

 

I'll be doing my first solo gig in seven months after my shoulder operation. I'll be playing at the Old School Arts Center in Sandstone, MN from 7-9 p.m. Part of the proceeds will go to help the center. With the help of the cortisone shot, I'm hoping for the very best tonight! Wish me luck!