Remembering Muiris Ó Rócháin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (Press Release)

On Monday at 9.08 am RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast a programme in memory of Muiris Ó Rócháin, much loved charismatic director of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, who passed away in October.

The programme, Seachtain Mhuiris, was recorded by Ian Lee in 2001 during the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay.  Ian spent . . . → Read More: Remembering Muiris Ó Rócháin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (Press Release)

Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante on Tour in the USA Now (Press Release)

Battlefield Band’s old muckers Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante are about to embark on a US tour of their own, which takes them to Harvard MA, Dummerston VT, Colebrook NH, South Carthage ME, Unity ME, Braintree NH, East Lyme CT, Rockville MD, Jacksonville FL, and St Petersburg FL.

The duo will be presenting both . . . → Read More: Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante on Tour in the USA Now (Press Release)

Full cast recording of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

First things first. I’m not making this spoiler-free so proceed at your own risk.  

Now, given that American Gods is now a decade old, and assuming you’re familiar with it so you’re reading this review to see how the full cast adaptation of the definitive edition is, you’re fine. If you haven’t read it, . . . → Read More: Full cast recording of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

Long Time Courting: 7.30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29th, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

Long Time Courting celebrates the release of their debut album Alternate Routes! Long Time Courting’s first studio recording sparkles with creativity and fresh energy. Drawing from the deep well of traditional music, the all-women quartet finds new and satisfying ways of making jigs, reels, and old ballads accessible to the modern folk audience. Though the . . . → Read More: Long Time Courting: 7.30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29th, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

Bearfoot: Sunday, 8 PM, November 20th, One Longfellow Square Portland, Maine (Press Release)

Old time, roots, Americana, folk, bluegrass – whatever…it’s just plain old pleasure. – The Boston Globe   Change creates opportunity, a principal that was successfully tested by Alaska-by-way-of-Nashville’s Bearfoot last year, when original members Angela Oudean and Jason Norris found themselves presiding over a prolonged period of shifting personnel. And when the pair recruited . . . → Read More: Bearfoot: Sunday, 8 PM, November 20th, One Longfellow Square Portland, Maine (Press Release)

John Doyle: One Longfellow Square, 8 PM, Portland, Maine, Friday, November 18th (Press Release)

Dublin-born guitarist and singer-songwriter John Doyle announced his upcoming solo release Shadow and Light available now on Compass Records. The album honors and advances the Irish tradition through Doyle’s virtuosity on the guitar and through new original songs.

Doyle was exposed to music at an early age through his family. A dare from a childhood friend . . . → Read More: John Doyle: One Longfellow Square, 8 PM, Portland, Maine, Friday, November 18th (Press Release)

Changing Natures (An Estate Library comment)

I had forgotten that the library here at the Kinrowan Estate was undergoing a partial renovation too until Laith reminded me that this was happening. Now understand that I have no idea exactly what space(s) the library here occupies as no one including any of the Librarians are ever sure. It can be as small . . . → Read More: Changing Natures (An Estate Library comment)

Neil Gaiman’s Snow Glass Apples and Murder Mysteries: A Play For Voices: Digital Editions Now Available (Press Release)

Neil Gaiman’s Snow Glass Apples and Murder Mysteries: A Play For Voices is now available for all e-readers. It includes the original full color text as well as all the original illustrations released with the hand made limited edition.

In Heaven’s City of Angels before the fall, the first crime has been committed: an Angel . . . → Read More: Neil Gaiman’s Snow Glass Apples and Murder Mysteries: A Play For Voices: Digital Editions Now Available (Press Release)

Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow: Readings / Discussion / Signing (Press Release)

Our review is here.

At the Pequannock Township Public Library Monday 477 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ  07444

Telephone (973) 835-7460   Monday October 24, 2011 at 7pm   With the participation of the following contributors:   Jeffrey Ford   Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, . . . → Read More: Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow: Readings / Discussion / Signing (Press Release)

On The Matter of Hobbits

Some years back I’d been mucking around the annotated literature collection we have here in the Estate Library and found that we had a copy of The Annotated Hobbit when I reviewed it. It certainly wasn’t the best way to read it  as the entertaining annotations distracted from Tolkien’s story but I did learn much . . . → Read More: On The Matter of Hobbits