The New York City Folk Music scene has been keeping me busy since returning from the road. On Sunday, October 2nd I took the stage for my first performance at the Good Coffee House in Brooklyn. This legendary house of folk has moved venue, and has a lengthy career hosting some extreme folk musicians: John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers), Reverend Gary Davis, Alice Gerrard, David Grier, Ernie Hawkins, Woody Mann, Bruce Molsky, etc.(The list is almost endless). I was also fortunate to have two York Old-time and Blue Grass legends join me for some fine harmony singing (Gene Yellin & Bill Christopherson).
Sunday October 9th brought me back to the Scratcher Sessions. This Irish pub in the East Village still holds onto many of the lost touches of what a pub is about. Firstly, there's not a noisy TV screen to seen anywhere, and conversation is heard in all its forms. That is accept during the live performances by the songwriters every Sunday. The list of artists to perform in this relatively obscure venue is just as impressive as the Good Coffee House. Recent Performers include this years Irish contingent from the Newport Folk Festival, Glen Hansard as well as Mark Dignam, Brendan O'Shea, Roesy, Jarrod Dickenson, Mundy and Damien Dempsey.