Marion Halliday & Trickster sister

Happy new year to you all!  You probably spent much of the last few weeks, doing as do I, reflecting on the highlights and also perhaps a few low-lights of 2018, and then assembling the requisite list of goals for  2019.  They say that you increase substantially your ability to keep a New Years' resolution by sharing it publicly - so, along with a recap of 2018 highlights and what's ahead for 2019, I'm sharing my New Years' Resolution with you in this brief newsletter.

2018 - Year in Review - I am grateful to have had a few things to celebrate in my musical life in 2018 including: 

  • Starting the year being named ‘One of the Ones to Watch’ by the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International;
  • Releasing several new songs in the Spring and several of my new songs have had repeated folk radio airplay-a couple were also on the ‘end of year’ list of favorites of some of these DJs!  Read more about these fine folks at this page
  • Performing in a number of premier folk festivals and venues including:
    • Philadelphia Folk Festival (Pennsylvania)
    • Huntington Folk Festival (New York)
    • Ladybug Festival (Deleware)
    • The Market Bar (Inverness Scotland)
    • Folk Radio DJ Showcase at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (Stamford CT)
  • Runner-up for 2018 Best of Philly Live Performer (Folk/Country Category)

2019 - What's Ahead - Some fun things are ahead in 2019 including a new CD release and hopefully some wonderful festivals and other songwriter competitions to participate in. For now, here are the list of my upcoming shows:

  • Jan 12 7p.m - PASA House Concert
  • Jan 25 7p.m. - Community Cup Coffeehouse at 933 Baltimore Pike Springfield
  • Feb 3 - 8p.m. - Hometown Heroes Radio Show  93.7 WSTW (promoting February 10 Show)
  • Feb 10 - 2:30 - 12:00 - Winter Doldrums Ardmore Music Hall
  • March 17 4:00 - Abbie Gardner (I’m opening) Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme in Succasunna NJ
  • March 23 7p.m. - With Jess Graeae at Malelani
  • March 29 time TBD - Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival (2 day fest . . . not sure when/where I’m showcasing but will be either Friday or Saturday night)
  • April 7 6p.m. - Show with Willa Mamet (west coast songstress!) at Malelani

A New Years' Resolution - There is a lot afoot in the world today and it seems almost entirely negative.  Sometimes I find it hard to watch the news or engage with the topics as it can overwhelm me with a feeling of despair. Maybe some of you feel the same.  2018 was the hardest year I can remember in this respect.  I am resolving myself in 2019 to be positive and,  in the only way I can, a beacon for GOOD THINGS that can, and will, come, even though we may have trouble discerning the positive in the current moment.  I hope the same for you as well. And by the way, Good Things Will Come is the name of my latest song -not yet recorded but hopefully soon!

Thanks again for all your love and support of me and the band’s music -wishing you all the best in 2019!


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