Monday, April 15, 2013

April 2013 Newsletter: Spring updates

A profusion of magnolia blossoms on Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA
Photo by Samantha Gillogly, taken four years ago during the 2009 Boston Marathon

I had originally intended to write up my usual full-length newsletter today, but as I am still reeling from the news of the horrific explosions at today's Boston Marathon event, I do not feel up to doing this month's installment in the usual light-hearted tone.  The incident happened only blocks away from Berklee College of Music, my alma mater, and about a 5-minute walk from where I used to live when I was in school.  I live much further away nowadays, in central Massachusetts.  Thankfully, most of the people I know from the Boston area were either out of town today or have checked in as safe.  My thoughts are with those who were not so fortunate, the victims and their families.

With that said, I will keep the April newsletter brief and essential, with just a few updates for interested readers:

  • I will be performing this weekend on Saturday, April 20th at the New England Folk Festival with Celtic/World fusion band Calon.  The festival will take place at the Mansfield High School in Mansfield, MA.  Our set will run from 1:00-1:50pm.  Check out NEFFA's website for details on tickets, parking, and a full schedule of performers and events.

  • Last month, the Warriors of the Westfold welcomed me back as a guest on their St. Patrick's Day special.  You can find both the Youtube video and the audio podcast of this episode here.

  • The fairytale project I mentioned in last month's post is coming along well.  I am three stories down, and halfway through a fourth.  Once those are finished, I will begin the editing process, followed by the artwork. The scale of the project can feel a little daunting at times, but I am taking it bit by bit and greatly enjoying it.  I'm very excited to see it taking shape.

That's all for now.  Regular long-ish newsletter will resume in May.  In the meantime, be well, stay safe, and hug your loved ones.