Minnesota!!

A return to Minnesota It’s been a while since I have been in the land of the Vikings, but I’m putting on my long pants and looking forward to the delights of Nisswa, St. Cloud and Austin. See you this weekend! Nov 20, 2015 7:30 PM – Nisswa, MN (US) @ Grassroots Concerts – James […]

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Remembrance 2015

    Last year, I was in the UK on Remembrance day. I wrote a  blog post  from there and used a picture I had taken  at the war memorial in Galashiels, Scotland. I made the arty choice of using the “black and white” filter. In doing so, I  completely missed a poignant detail. On the right […]

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Inscriptions

In my family there was a rule- when giving a book as a gift, you had to write something in it. It didn’t have to be much-Merry Christmas, or Happy Birthday or something. I wasn’t sure my older brother Ed knew the rule. The likelihood that he would ever give anyone a book as a […]

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Summerfolk

I have another gig, aside from gigging. I am the Artistic Director at a festival called Summerfolk. For 40 years, it’s been going on in August on the shores of Georgian Bay in Owen Sound, Ontario. It’s a great gig, and a great festival and I have a blast booking it. Here’s this year’s poster, […]

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Ron

I’m sad this morning to hear of the passing of Ron Casat. I owe  my life as a musician to him. If you enjoy what I do, then you owe Ron a big thank you. Musically, Ron was my brother, my uncle and my father. Everything I know about stage craft and musicianship I learned […]

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Erebus

The Franklin Expedition to find the Northwest passage occupies a big space in the history of exploration in general and Canadian History in particular. Archaeology buff were thrilled last year with the discovery of the wreck of one of Franklin’s ships, The Erebus in the Victoria Straight. The find was not without controversy, given the support […]

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Mary

My father’s generation, all his brothers and sisters, have passed completely. The days of hearing stories from mouth to ear are gone now. Mary Keelaghan passed away Sunday March 8 at St. James Hospital in Dublin.  My aunt Mary was the last of my dad’s brothers and sisters standing. And I do mean standing. Until a […]

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