A sporadic, sometimes periodic, and quite possibly idiotic bits of info, thoughts, and musings about music and other stuff...

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Maryann McTeague Keifer

I was with Maryann McTeague Keifer and her sister in the hospital Friday afternoon — I held Maryann’s hand and told her she was loved dearly by me and all who were fortunate enough to know her and be part…

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A Spoken Tribute to Mick Moloney (1944-2022)

I was in New York City for six hours yesterday morning for the mighty service for Mick Moloney just blocks from where he lived the past many years in Washington Square and where he and I passed several times a…

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Mick Moloney (1944-2022)

 

I dunno what to say. I dropped Mick off at his Bleecker Street flat at noon on Monday after twelve brilliant days of music, song, long chats, laughs, and just plain ol’ hanging – just as we had done countless…

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Dennis Cahill funeral arrangements

The funeral mass for Dennis Cahill will take place next Friday, July 8th at 11AM at his parish church: 

St. Priscilla's Church 

6949 W Addison St 

Chicago, IL 60634 

I will post an update if a viewing link is available…

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Dennis Cahill (1954-2022)

Our dearest Dennis Cahill passed away peacefully on Monday evening, with his beloved Mary by his side as she has throughout his journey. Just moments before — we were comforting Dennis while The Lament for Limerick from Dennis’ album with…

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Happy Heavenly 93rd Birthday Horse!!

This Xmas Eve would have been the Horse's 93rd birthday. It was heartwarming, sad, and joyous revisiting my thirty brief years with the Horse this past year and a half whilst putting together my musical memory HORSE in his honor. 

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Tony McLaughlin (1949-2021)

Another sad day in the Irish music and dance community with the sudden passing of Tony McLaughlin at 72 years. I was just with Tony a couple of weeks back on a Sunday night post Lanigans session -- he was…

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Paddy Moloney (1938-2021)

(Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Paddy Moloney, and Triona Marshall on harp)

 

In less than one week after the passing of Tony MacMahon — Paddy Moloney, the legendary musical leader of The Chieftains died on Tuesday at the age of 83…

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Tony MacMahon (1939-2021)

Sorry to learn of the passing of one mighty man of music who I knew on and off since meeting Tony MacMahon when I was a kid in the 1960's in Chicago and various other places throughout the years where…

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Mrs. Eileen "Ma" Carroll (1929-2021)

Eileen Carroll (1929-2021) 

And just like the tune Liz wrote for her mom which she named Mrs. Carroll’s Strathspey — Ma Carroll — which is what I always called Mrs. Carroll in my mind — was the embodiment of those…

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Nanci Griffith (July 6, 1953 - August 13, 2021)

It’s funny how things happen. Turned on the radio one Saturday night in the early 1980s to listen to The Midnight Special on WFMT in Chicago, one of my first baby steps away from round the clock diddly-diddly and sean-nos…

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Heigh-Ho! 

Heigh-Ho! 

Heigh-Ho!

It’s off to vax you go 

A little jab 

(Or the graveyard slab) 

Your choice 

Heigh-Ho…

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Tuesday Thoughts:

What is Orville Redenbacher’s return policy on un-popped kernels? 

Shouldn’t the “chic” in modern be spelt s-h-i-t-e? 

Don’t tune in next Tuesday…

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Sister Mary and Joseph...

Sister Mary Elizabeth, a devoted follower of Mother Mary, passed away and made her way up to Heaven where she was met at the pearly gates by St. Peter. 

He welcomed her in and asked if she had any questions…

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Joe Burke (1939-2021) 

 

 

Talk of a surreal day on Saturday. I've been working on a 192 track audio project for nearly a year and am now about one-fifth the way through on the first draft of the liner notes. I ended my writing…

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Yogi Berra Explains Irish Traditional Music (Trad)

 

Yogi Berra Explains Irish Traditional Music (Trad): 

Interviewer: Can you explain Trad? 

Yogi: I can't, but I will. 90% of all Trad is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never…

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Joe Biden & Kamala Harris!!

 

My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken. 

They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory. A victory for “We the People.” 

We have won with the most votes ever cast for…

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Brendan Mulkere (1942-2020)

 

I was on my first solo trip to Ireland to compete in the 1977 Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis - after a successful Fleadh, I had a notion to head over to London for a long weekend before going…

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