A tale from Genoa

On April 23-25, 1945 Italian partisans engaged German forces under Major-General Neinholt, commanding the fortress in Genoa. The Germans had tried to negotiate a withdrawal from the city, brokered through Bishop Siri, but the partisans refused to enter into negotiations that would involve making concessions to the occupying army. When news of the German intentions […]

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Fires of Calais

My song ” Fires of Calais” is about the battle of Dunkirk, the anniversary of which is this week. I’ve been singing it on the UK tour. Last night in Westcliff-on-sea it was particularly emotional. It turns out the next town along, Leigh-on-Sea has a strong attachment to the battle as a number of cockle […]

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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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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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Time Passages

5 years ago today M and I were joined by son number 2, Patrick. M rightly brags that she rocked the birth. As proof-My ticket for the parking lot was time stamped at 01:00. Patrick arrived at 01:39. From arrival to triage to birth, 39 minutes. The nurses, realizing that they were running out of […]

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