Ed's Journal

  journalcontent August 2015
  As we move into the dog days of summer, its time to relax after a lot of travelling, to hibernate in the AC and to start planning for 2016.
Both Folksong Tours to Scotland were very successful...lots of good music, wonderful scenery and weather that was "phenomenal" in the true sense of the word. Each had a different itinerary; so I feel like I saw more of Scotland in late May and June than many people see in a lifetime. These tours need to be arranged a year or two in advance; so the 2016 and 2017 itineraries are pretty much mapped ou. June 5-15's tour will take us to Dunkeld; Ullapool; over to the Isle of Lewis; back through Skye to Plockton and finish in Edinburgh - its a route we first did in 2014 and which was a wonderful experience seeing so many "different worlds" in such a modest-sized country. For more information and application forms, see the Folksong Tours page of this website (should be updated by early August).
***BREAKING NEWS! - as of August 23rd, the June 5 - 15 2016 tour is SOLD OUT. I'm very sorry if you missed getting on board for this tour; but we've never had such an early response like this before.
Don't worry, however, we will be offering an earlier tour from May 22 to June 1, going to the Borders for 3 nights, the Glencoe/Glen Nevis area for 2 nights, Dunkeld for 2 nights and Edinburgh for 3 nights. This was a route we first did in May of this year and it was a great success, giving us longer to explore the history-rich Border country as well as enjoying Edinburgh and various sites in E.Lothian..while also having a taste of some of the most beautiful parts of the West and Central Highlands.
The new application form will be up on the website in a few days time.
   I had only 10 days or so back in Austin after nearly 6 weeks across the water; then it was off to North Carolina for 2 events I've enjoyed now for 24 years - The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and the Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week at Warren-Wilson College. E.J. (Piper) Jones is now in charge of the music set-up at GMHG and has done a wonderful job returning the music stages to much more of a traditional and acoustic format...for me it was a treat to be back on the Celtic Grove stages with Jil Chambless, Scooter Muse and John Taylor - my favorite band!
   Swannanoa, as always, had an incredible line-up of the very best Scottish and Irish performers teaching for the week and the staff concerts alone were worth the trip, let alone all the sessions, jams, classes and dances. Hearing the likes of John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, Billy Jackson, Kathy Jordan, Len Graham, Nuala Kennedy and many more all in one place was astounding.
   August is always a quiet month gig-wise, although I did go to the Detroit Highland Games for the first time in many years as well as the inaugural Kerr County Celtic Festival in the Texas Hill Country. September will include a couple of trips to Colorado for the Estes Park Highland Games and the Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival, two of the most enjoyable events of the year.

   I continue the labor of love of hosting "Across the Pond" on sunradio.com - one change to note however - the show is switching to the Sunday 6-8pm (CST) time-slot, instead of 4-6


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)