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On Songs to Bike To 101 (pt. II)


Sometimes it’s a slower riding day, and the music that accompanies me in my head is slower, too.  And that’s okay.  Today’s song was “Friday Town” by the Saw Doctors–especially the intro by Leo Moran on his gorgeous white Gretsch.  Added bonus:  today is Friday.  Second added bonus:  in the video, Leo rides a bike. …

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On Flyin’ It with Leo & Anto


With the Saw Doctors on a tour hiatus for the time being, Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite are restless.  That’s why they’ve been stepping out with friends back in Ireland as The Cabin Collective, and, starting this past weekend, together as a singing-storytelling-flying duo. They’ll be spending six weeks or so this fall visiting US …

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On The Saw Doctors at Tupelo Music Hall


It’s March.  So it must be time for the Saw Doctors! This time last year, I adventured out to Mohegan Sun with Tommy and Suzanne Strempek Shea to see the Shams  at the Wolf’s Den.  This year, I was on my own, Tommy having fled to the Middle East to edit a newspaper in Abu Dhabi. …

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On the Old Year


You know what?  The world didn’t end, and overall, it wasn’t a bad year.  If it wasn’t for the distinct possibility that next year will be equally good–if not better–I’d be sad to see the end of 2012. I was thinking the other day of a conversation I had some 25 years ago with my …

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On the Death of a Poet


Michael Macklin’s obituary appeared in this morning’s Portland Press Herald, several days after his death.  Already, however, his friends and students have turned out what seems to be reams of tributes:  short and long statements of what he means to them, how he touched their lives, enriched their writing and reading, made himself into their friend.  I’ve …

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On the Saw Doctors at Mohegan Sun


I have to tell you:  I feel like pretty hot stuff.  You see, I’ve never been on anyone’s list before.  You know: when you walk up to the ropes at the entrance to the show, such as the Saw Doctors show at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut Saturday night, and the hostess ushers you in to …

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On the Importance of Ritual on Borestone


Halfway up the trail to the summit of Borestone Mountain, my youngest child turned to me and demanded, “Why are we doing this again?” We were doing this because for as long as Rosalie can remember, we’ve climbed Borestone Mountain, the Audubon Society’s sanctuary in Elliotsville, Maine on Columbus Day–traditionally, the last day the nature …

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On the Saw Doctors, Take 2: Port City Music Hall


Take two, eleven days later.  I now considered myself a novice Saw Doctors concert attendee, rather than a concert virgin.  But on this particular night, I had a mission:  to escort a pack of newbies into the Port City Music Hall, where they could expect to be highly entertained, if nothing else.  For this show, …

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On the Saw Doctors at the House of Blues


The first thing I would like to say is that Davy Carton looks like a leprechaun, and Leo Moran, with his wild hair and glasses, looks like a mad scientist who has stumbled onto a stage and been handed a guitar.  Together, those two, along with Kevin Duffy,  Anthony Thistlethwaite, and Eímhín Craddock, are magic, I …

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On New Year’s and All That


I was thinking this afternoon, as I watched Paul the Plumber drive away in his white panel truck–the one which made my neighbors think he was a criminal, but that’s another story–that 2010 has not been a good year.  After all, I’m ringing out the old year with no running water, thanks to a busted …

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