Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Peace Pumpkin Party

Wish I had pictures to share, but imagine everybody painting pumpkins pink. Other colors, too, but a lot of cancer-fighting round squashes. The sun started to set as I played my second song, and it hit my eyes like a spotlight. A couple of songs later, we were in twilight (pre-werewolves, but still lots of drama). A core group of listeners clapped after every song, and the rest of the group seemed blissfully high on pumpkin and paint fumes, intent on their work. I didn’t have much supernatural material for Halloween week, no more than usual, but I did my best to play morbid stuff wherever possible. I Will Follow You Into The Dark, check. Pink Moon, check. Makeup Company, check? Not morbid, but: ghosts and identity theft. Two hours. Concluded with an Oasis singalong, need more practice with that. Is Pete Seeger taking interns? When he plays, everybody sings, it’s amazing. See you next time, PU. Peace out!

Raleigh, NC – 10/28/09

Live Videos from This Weekend

Live Video streaming by Ustream

This streaming thing is pretty cool. I set up a webcam for Friday and Saturday night’s shows, and then archived the video for playback on demand. So we’ve got the entire second set from my Broad Street Cafe show up (with trio) and BOTH the first and second sets AND an encore up from the James Joyce solo bar gig. The Broad Street show was awesome, we were on our game, people were listening, and the band played well.

By contrast, my solo pub show was…a little chaotic. It’s a different beast. I mixed up lyrics, hit a few bum chords, and the noisy crowd and TVs and laptop were all kinda distracting to me, but that’s a bar gig for you. Whattya want?

Ok, yes, I unintentionally switched two of the seven verses of “Tangled Up In Blue,” and in “Advice For Ladies,” I reversed a lyric accidentally and said that male friends are much closer to each other than are girls and their gay best friends, which, as everyone knows, is false. Have a drink. Music in a bar is not about lyrics, people. Or about “music,” when you get down to it.

As a footnote, the audio was distorted for the first James Joyce song, but I adjusted it and it comes through better after that. Enjoy!

Durham, NC – 10/17/09

Hillsborough, NC – 10/17/09

Durham, NC – 10/16/09

Two Durham Shows & Farmers Market

This very weekend, I am playing a trio show at the Broad Street Cafe in Durham on Friday, then the farmers market in Hillsborough on Saturday morning, followed by a late-night solo Irish pub singalong at the James Joyce that night. Come to think of it, I should go to bed, right now.

Quick additional note: I’m streaming the Friday night show live from 8:00 to 9:30-ish at my Ustream page. Since it’s a band show on stage, in front of a live audience, I can’t really interact much with the computer audience, but you guys are invited to watch and IM it up in the chatbox.

Pittsboro , NC – 10/11/09

Wake Forest, NC – 10/10/09

Durham, NC – 10/09/09