Ed's Journal

  journalcontent April 2015
   It is spring in Austin, always a glorious time of year (as long as you don't worry about what comes after it) - everything turns luminous green, despite the continuing drought and the bluebonnets are particularly good this year. Music-wise, 2015 so far has been pretty quiet...a couple of quick trips to Southern California and Ft Lauderdale FL and the usual madness of St Patrick's Day; but apart from that I've been focussing my energy on recovering from and rehabbing a brand new knee after getting the old one replaced in early January. Its been a slower process than I'd hoped; but I'm seeing clear light at the end of the tunnel and feeling a lot more upbeat after the lows of the early days of recovery. Its going to be touch and go as to whether I'll be fit for the hiking parts of this year's Folksong Tours of Scotland; but I do hope I can make it round a golf course by then.
   After the response to last year's very successful tour, we decided to offer two this summer, with different itineraries. Tour No.2 is almost sold out and follows a route that worked really well 2 years ago; Tour No.1 will be a more intimate group, spending an extra day each in the Borders and in Edinburgh. Before leaving for Scotland in mid-May, I'll have a trip to the Sacramento Highland Games, first time in 2 decades, and the Texas Scottish Festival in Arlington, nth time in 3 decades. July will, include my 22nd time at Grandfather Mountain, followed by a week of teaching at the Swannanoa Gathering, while the major booking of the fall is teaching in St Louis schools for 2 weeks.
    The disappointment at being dropped by KUTX after 43 years of hosting folk music shows on Austin's NPR station didn't last long - I was delighted to be added to the line-up of stellar DJ's at solar-powered sunradio (sunradio.com), which features everything from Americana and vintage country to folk and roots rock and roll. "Across the Pond" airs Sunday afternoons from 4 to 6pm (CST)....I hope you'll give it a listen, and if you feel like donating or underwriting, we'd be very grateful.
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CD ORDERING

There is a order form in this web site for ordering all 9 CD's by mail using a check, money order or credit card.  CD's, however, are  also available from CDBaby.com
    For ordering other peoples' CD's, if you don't like I-Tunes, I would recommend going to the websites of Greentrax Records, Compass Records or Coda Music (in Edinburgh)