Turns out I was slightly sanguine in the previous post, as regards the Old Town School show this Saturday. Ticket sales have been robust, but there's a good amount of seats still open, so don't let my last blast throw cold water on your weekend plans, if they involve my pretty face and some red-hot fiddling!
Back safe and sound from Scandinavia, and have never felt more pumped up about being in America. Au revoir vats of butter and impeccable manners and icy-smooth efficiency, hello loud guffawing and status anxiety.
Your correspondent is unaccustomed to being away for so long, 5 weeks, but it has really helped, looking at this trip in retrospect, not to have had a day off. With shows, catching trains, keeping up minimally with email, and not misplacing personal effects to occupy me, I honestly haven't felt homesick; but now that it's soon coming to an end I'm agitatedly impatient to be en route to O'Hare.
Once back, I'll have a performance-free day (my first in 35 days), then it's off to Michigan, to the august Acorn Theater of Three Oaks. I'll be playing there, Friday September 5, as a quartet (Robbie Gjersoe, Missy Raines, Aaron Till). It's the same group I'm bringing to the Old Town School in Chicago the next night, the 6th. At Old Town I think we're close to sold out, but guess what about Michigan? Not sold out! An unmistakably not-standing-room-only situation. "Capacity crowd" unlikely to appear in online reviews. House, yes, packed, no. Tickets, I want to point out, are available still. In fact, they are abundantly available.
Listen, it's a Friday night and Three Oaks is an easy drive from Chicago. There's probably a few of you that want Old Town tickets but won't be able to get them -- why not plot a romantic getaway to the bohemian enclave of T.O.? If you live in some place like Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, or East Lansing, someplace I used to play but now don't, you really need to come. Enough begging, I do have a speck of pride, even after having been 8 days in rural Sweden.
Hello from a sofa in Strathpeffer. Here's where I'll be in Sweden next week and on:
26th, Enviken, Slink In, 7:00
27th, Gavle, CC Puben
28th, Malomo, Folk and Rock
29th, Alvkarleby, Rest Kungsadran
30th, Agnsjon, Camping
31st, Umea, Burmans, 2:00
31st, Pitea, Krokodil, 7:00
1st September, Soraker, Folkets Hus
2nd, Skutskar, house party, 7:00
No update or changes on the Norway dates as previously announced here, which start Thursday. Come out and see what I'm up to.
Well that was quick. I'll be at the Trigg Underground on Wednesday August 20 in lovely Edinburgh. It's at 152 Dundas Street and I start at 8. Capacity is small so get there early if you can. Go, Internet, yay for 2014!
The first week of this long jaunt has been fruitful and memorable, and many of the memories if not much of the fruit concern a crowded train ride with the Mekons through the midlands, bantering roisterously about ouds, Adolf Hitler, and cheese.
Evidently we're in Edinburgh on August 20th with the day off. Though it's a Wednesday night, and though a night off in Edinburgh is by no means a dreary occasion, I'm not here primarily to sightsee, so if anyone cares to have a house party with music, drop me a line.
Otherwise, you may see me on the 20th in a little pub up near the castle, slouched over a plate of boiled young potatoes and a lager, muttering rhyming slang aloud.