Scéala an Fhómhair

Greetings! A gorgeous autumn in Minnesota! In fact, of course, I feel as if there has been so much lovely weather since the pandemic hit — great for our daily walks, and a little comfort in the midst of this immense health disaster. The busy year of touring with Altan and others was not to be, and in fact we have already cancelled next year’s Altan U.S. spring tour and rescheduled a number of gigs to fall, 2021. I am even more grateful than usual for my teaching at the wonderful Center for Irish Music — now on zoom and facetime — and for some lovely get-togethers in our backyard with friends for chat, music, coffee and treats. Lisa and I have also loved the online concerts — particularly all the amazing events Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí have had on Facebook — check them out! And chatting with Shannon Heaton about the meaning of life for her podcast episode The Myth of Tragedy was another delight. So thankful for the ways creativity and community have prevailed and sustained us during this time.