Friday 12 October 2018

Great to be back at McAuliffe’s in Racine – thank you everyone for a wonderful night 🙂

A BIT of a fluster this morning…we need packed up and on the road as soon as possible. Four hundred and thirty miles to Racine today.

There’s some stuff we need to pick up then we hit the road.

We keeper eyes peeled for a Panera Bread but end up having a quick pit stop at a  McDonalds for lunch..thank goodness they do a grilled chicken sandwich here…doesn’t feel quite as bad for you!

We roll up at McAuliffe’s at 6.30pm. Our pal and venue owner JJ meets us outside and helps us load in…and soundman Erin is on hand for soundcheck. He’s done my sound the last couple of visits so is pretty on top of things.

There’s a big baseball game on so we plan how best to run the night…and Lauren and Trey from Capitol-Husting – JJ’s drinks supplier – have brought along a supply of 10-, 12- and 15-year-old Glengoyne to incorporate a whisky tasting into the evening.

Once soundcheck are done we eat, Brenda has prepared a huge buffet of ribs, mac’n’cheese, cornbread, coleslaw and mash. Awesome.

Margaret goes to check into the hotel and I get some pre-gig stuff done before showtime.

I kick off just after 9pm and we have a grand time. Two 45-minute sets and a brilliant crowd and lots of chat and laughs after the show.

It’s well after 1am when we get back to the hotel and I dig into some of the leftover ribs and enjoy a glass of red before falling off to sleep.

Venue owner JJ (right) arranged for Lauren and Trey from Capitol-Husting to come along and do a Glengoyne whisky tasting as part of the evening.


Friday 28 October 2016

House party in Kalamazoo...what a night!

House party in Kalamazoo…what a night!

WE sleep in a bit then have breakfast and coffee at Doug and Micki’s.

We’re not long done when folks start arriving for the big party…Pete and Sue are first here…then Sue and Jim.

Jim and I go for a walk round the trails in Doug’s ’70-acre ‘garden’ and when we get back more folks are starting to arrive. There’s snacks appearing and beers being passed round.

By 4pm here nearly 30 folks here and the party’s in full swing. Lots of folks we’ve met before…and some we haven’t. More food appears and then I play the first of two sets, unplugged, in a great room.

We break for desert then I play another hour or so with a Glengoyne break to continue spreading the love…our supplies ran out in Traverse City, but our pal J J – venue owner in Racine who had me play a week or two ago – not only drove 4-½ hours to Nahma for my gig there on Tuesday, but sourced another bottle of Glengoyne as he was concerned we’d run out! Amazing guy!!!

This is one helluva party. Sometime after midnight we all end up downstairs with Doug and I playing guitar and Tom joining us on harp…the drink’s still flowing and suddenly it’s after 2am. There guys, as we found out last year, know how to party!

Sharing the Glengoyne love again....this time, courtesy of our pal JJ from Racine :-)

Sharing the Glengoyne love again….this time, courtesy of our pal JJ from Racine 🙂


Saturday 15 October 2016

On stage at McAuliffe's, Racine...

On stage at McAuliffe’s, Racine…

WE have coffee and chat with Ken before leaving Winona.

It’s 250+ miles to Racine, and once we get a few miles under our belt we stop at a Perkins for some grub.

JJ – booker/owner at McAuliffe’s where I’m playing tonight – has sorted a hotel just a mile form the venue. We check in, sort out some stuff then make our way to the venue.

It’s a great place and we had a brilliant time last year. We load in and soundcheck then The Cow Ponies arrive and do the same. We have some pizza while they sound check and a few beers…Spotted Cow being the choice of the night 🙂

Both my self and the Cow Ponies have a blast playing and although it;s not as busy a night as we’d all hoped for, everyone has a great time and it’s after 2am by the time we’re back at the hotel.

The Cow Ponies

The Cow Ponies

Sharing some Glengoyne love with Reggie and JJ

Sharing some Glengoyne love with Reggie and JJ