2017 Total Eclipse

This beautiful photo of the recent eclipse is by Ben Finch and framed by Jerry Hagaman. Thanks to Stephen for this lovely remembrance of a magical day. 


Rhiannon Giddens 

Last night at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. What a voice and spirit! She sang songs of slavery, Appalachia, Aretha, Patsy, Odetta, Rosetta Tharpe, 20s Harlem, and the Drops. Her new album Freedom Highway is fantastic. Listen to At the Purchaser’s Option. 

A magical week

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Swannanoa Gathering 2017 photos-

This was my second year attending Celtic Week at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. I’m hooked- I hope to attend next year as well. The teachers are fabulous- I had flute classes with Nuala Kennedy and John Skelton plus a singing class with Cathy Jordan and numerous “pot luck” classes with other teachers including Marla Fibish, Ed Miller, Kevin Crawford and Laura Risk. I had lunch with Robin Bullock and chatted with Martin Hayes. I caught up with Michael Ginsburg, a Knoxville friend from my Laurel Theatre contra dance days, about music, music, and music. Imagine getting to hear these world class musicians/recording artists each night in concert then dancing or playing under the stars, roaming the mountainous campus with new friends, frequent visits to the beer and food truck, and great meals in the cafeteria. I especially tried to grab fellow flute players aside to play their flutes and get some recommendations from experts. I think I made more friends this year, became closer to my flute tribe and am determined to keep that Swannanoa spirit through the year. I feel hiraeth all year for this place. Resistance is flutile!

Next year- July 8-14- I’ll be there!




Tannahill Weavers


I got to see the Scottish band Tannahill Weavers in Knoxville May 18 at Boyds- truly phenomenal musicians. Really dug the flute player of course. I’ve been hoping to get to Boyd’s for a session someday to at least listen. I hear that the Irish sessions are on alternate Thursday nights. I came home and learned “The Geese in the Bog.”

Starbucks-Rock City


Played a gig with Mark Merriman at Starbucks, Rock City Saturday night. We played Christmas carols plus our Beatles-Irish-eclectic mix. There was a big outdoor fireplace and nice folks listening in plus some of Mark’s friends and my good friend Betty who came along for company. Pleasant evening! The enchanted gardens were crowded but beautiful.