9/11

Today is the day that we remember the dreadful events in 2001. It's one of those events, like the JFK assassination or the moon landing that many of us over a certain age will recall, and always remember where we were when it happened. I was in a shopping mall in London. Hearing that something …

Fleet Week

Well it's been another great day on memorial day weekend, but this time in New York City. this week has been Fleet Week, which basically means that the Navy visits New York and has a thoroughly good time. Everywhere you go in midtown Manhattan there are the men and women of the Navy in their …

Gypsy Chickens

Our recent visit to Key West is now fading into memory as I begin the prep work for the Summer Season of Tours. There's one thing left to do... I promised Georgie Atherton that I 'd write about the Key West Gypsy Chickens! Way back in the day, Key West residents kept chickens, both for …

Home

Something of an epic journey back from Vladivostok - It took 21 hours door to door! There were no delays, it just takes that long. I got home and slept (sort of) although the 10 hour time change isn't making like easy at the moment. I phoned the office early this morning and had to …

Gandy Dancers

Continuing my preparation for the upcoming 'Tracks Of The Deep South' Tour and I came across the Gandy Dancers. Their songs, combined with the spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants of Black America feed directly into the creation of the Blues, and since we'll be visiting Beale Street, Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, …