Your correspondent is unaccustomed to being away for so long, 5 weeks, but it has really helped, looking at this trip in retrospect, not to have had a day off. With shows, catching trains, keeping up minimally with email, and not misplacing personal effects to occupy me, I honestly haven't felt homesick; but now that it's soon coming to an end I'm agitatedly impatient to be en route to O'Hare.
Once back, I'll have a performance-free day (my first in 35 days), then it's off to Michigan, to the august Acorn Theater of Three Oaks. I'll be playing there, Friday September 5, as a quartet (Robbie Gjersoe, Missy Raines, Aaron Till). It's the same group I'm bringing to the Old Town School in Chicago the next night, the 6th. At Old Town I think we're close to sold out, but guess what about Michigan? Not sold out! An unmistakably not-standing-room-only situation. "Capacity crowd" unlikely to appear in online reviews. House, yes, packed, no. Tickets, I want to point out, are available still. In fact, they are abundantly available.
Listen, it's a Friday night and Three Oaks is an easy drive from Chicago. There's probably a few of you that want Old Town tickets but won't be able to get them -- why not plot a romantic getaway to the bohemian enclave of T.O.? If you live in some place like Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, or East Lansing, someplace I used to play but now don't, you really need to come. Enough begging, I do have a speck of pride, even after having been 8 days in rural Sweden.
Hello from a sofa in Strathpeffer. Here's where I'll be in Sweden next week and on:
26th, Enviken, Slink In, 7:00
27th, Gavle, CC Puben
28th, Malomo, Folk and Rock
29th, Alvkarleby, Rest Kungsadran
30th, Agnsjon, Camping
31st, Umea, Burmans, 2:00
31st, Pitea, Krokodil, 7:00
1st September, Soraker, Folkets Hus
2nd, Skutskar, house party, 7:00
No update or changes on the Norway dates as previously announced here, which start Thursday. Come out and see what I'm up to.
Well that was quick. I'll be at the Trigg Underground on Wednesday August 20 in lovely Edinburgh. It's at 152 Dundas Street and I start at 8. Capacity is small so get there early if you can. Go, Internet, yay for 2014!
The first week of this long jaunt has been fruitful and memorable, and many of the memories if not much of the fruit concern a crowded train ride with the Mekons through the midlands, bantering roisterously about ouds, Adolf Hitler, and cheese.
Evidently we're in Edinburgh on August 20th with the day off. Though it's a Wednesday night, and though a night off in Edinburgh is by no means a dreary occasion, I'm not here primarily to sightsee, so if anyone cares to have a house party with music, drop me a line.
Otherwise, you may see me on the 20th in a little pub up near the castle, slouched over a plate of boiled young potatoes and a lager, muttering rhyming slang aloud.
I'm off to Portland and Seattle in the morning, for Pickathon and the Tractor respectively. With me will be a splendor-covered group of megapickers: Robbie Gjersoe, Aaron Till, Chris Scruggs, and, for Pickathon only, Don Stiernberg.
Then it's off to the UK for a series of dates with the Mekons or something very much like the Mekons. The Semi-kons: Jon, Sally, Rico, Susie, Lu, and myself. A dream on shaky legs. Because I'm not sure the tour page format will allow for European phone numbers and other Mek-oddities, I'll give the pertinent data here and hope for the best:
Aug 5 - London, 12 Bar Club (me and Jon just us two)
Aug 7 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Aug 8 - Glasgow, Admiral Bar (a solo show, just me, no kons)
Aug 9 - Inverness, Tartan Heart Festival, Belladrum
Aug 14 - Skye, Aros Center
Aug 15 - Cromarty, Victoria Hall
Aug 16 - Stromness/Orkney Isles, Stromness Community Center and Town Hall
Aug 17 - Hoy/Orkney Isles, Gable End Theater
Aug 18 - Strathpeffer, house party
Aug 19 - Dundee, Clarks on Lindsay Street
On the days off in the middle I guess we're making a record, out in the middle of a peat bog, with Dame Wendy Hiller producing...
Then it's "begone Mekons!" and on to Norway, where I'll play just me:
Aug 21 - Oslo, Buckley's
Aug 22 - Ringebu
Aug 23 - Trondheim
Aug 24 - Bergen
Aug 25 - Halden, Siste Reis Pub
I'll update that with venue information when I can. Then it's onto Sweden, still just ole lonesome me:
Aug 27 - Sandviken
Aug 28 - Umea
Aug 29 - Alvekarleby
Aug 31 - Pitea
Sept 1 - Soraker
Shows are still being added in that hospitable (unless you're poor and Muslim) nation.
After that, I'm coming home for some more shows, which I'm putting on the usual tour page (sidebar right) even as you read these words...