CD Release Parties This Weekend!

Tonight begins a crazy CD release weekend and we're ready. This CD took longer than a year, and its big lessons are dual: 1) Pay attention to detail, 2) Be yourself.

Any anxiety or nerves I had a few days ago are wiped away by the immediate responses we've gotten from friends, and especially musician friends. When a musician tells you "I listened to it six times! I love it!" or says "Awesome!" or "Feckin' brilliant," then you know you can be pleased. Not everyone will like the CD, of course, and that's okay because the ones who've mattered most dearly to us have already spoken and they love it.

Last year at this time, we were prepping for a series of Celtic Christmas concerts, and I admit: I was stressed to bits. Up every night at 3 am worrying, wondering whether we'd do it well, etc. This time, guess what? No nerves.There are two reasons:

1) We've paid attention to detail. At engineer Rob Pemberton's urging, we did it through the entire CD making process. It's our natures to say, "oh, that's just fine" and let things go, so as not to appear too persnickety or particular. But Rob said, "Look, you're here, I'm here. Let's get it right." And he kept saying that til the very end, and never lost patience. And he was right. Now there's nothing on the recording that we don't like.

2) We have just been ourselves. That's all we have to do this weekend, too. Phew. This recording reflects a wide diversity of what we do, and we did it, unapologetically. It's Irish. It's not Irish in places. It's not trad. It is trad, in places. It's not rock. It is rock, in places. It's not folk. It is folk, in places. It's not too depressing. It is very depressing in places. It's not too happy. It is very happy in places. We're not a concert band. We are a concert band in places. We're not a bar band. We are a bar band in places (especially places like bars). It is what it is. And it's done!

3) So the final lesson: Don't be afraid to be proud. We love what we did. We worked hard. We're proud! Now we get to celebrate.

Here's the weekend:

November 19, 2010 9:00 pm
CD RELEASE: The Tinker's Son
707 Main Street (Rte 123)
Norwell, MA 02061-2328

November 20, 2010 8:00 pm
The Village Manor
427 Sprague Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Fundraiser to support Dedham Girl's Softball. Tickets are $10.00 at the door.

November 21, 2010 12:00 pm
Liam Maguire's Pub and Restaurant
273 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02536
From 12-3 pm, a CD release party at our favorite bar on Cape Cod!

November 21, 2010 5:00 pm
SESSION at the Sandcastle Lounge at Pilgrim Sands Hotel
150 Warren Avenue
Plymouth, MA 02360

For this last one, we're inviting a load of friends to join us Sunday night for a session, rather than the normal "gig" we do there. Please come. Bring your instrument.

Now... what to wear...