Dog Days of August

We are often gratified to get an email or a note from a fan that lets us know we've had a place in their life through our music. But this recent letter from Randy Patrick (who we do remember from…

Three short book reviews


A Journey on Foot

By Robert Macfarlane

Illustrated. 433 pp. Viking.


I am lucky enough to live in Aurora, CO, on the eastern side of the Denver metroplex. I know full well…

Recipe Pasta with Lemon, Parsley and Garbanzos

Pasta with Lemon, Parsley and Garbanzos 


The recipe this month is an uncomplicated affair and all the better for it. It could be a vegan meal if one left out the parmesan and usually I do. I…

Book Review: History of the Rain

History of the Rain
Bloomsbury USA 
2014 369 pp. 

Niall Williams is not a writer I had heretofore been familiar with. I can’t imagine how I could have been so remiss. This book, his eighth novel, was long-listed for the…

Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie 


Now that Summer’s here and strawberries are cheap and rhubarb is prodigious in the garden, it’s time to get to work and make some pie. 

This recipe is easy. You can make your own crust…

CD Review: Julie Murphy & Dylan Fowler – Ffawd

Julie Murphy & Dylan Fowler – Ffawd
Label: Fflach Tradd – CD248H 


Just for a change here’s a quick recommendation for you. It’s a recording of Welsh traditional songs and has been a favorite of mine…

Recipe: Coconut Chana Saag

Coconut chana saag
I’m a big fan of garbanzos and I love this recipe. It’s easy to make and it’s hugely tasty and satisfying. I found the recipe on the Guardian website and played around with it a little bit…

Documentary Review: Rocky Road to Dublin

Rocky Road to Dublin

This documentary film has only recently come to light again after being missing in action for the last forty years. Made by Peter Lennon in 1967, it features cinematography by Raoul Coutard who was hugely…

Book Review: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests 
Sarah Waters 

Riverhead Books 

New York 2014 

564 pp. 


As I write this it dawns on me that I’ve never before reviewed a book that was currently in the bestsellers lists.…

Recipe: Sherry Trifle

Sherry Trifle 

It’s the new year and, no doubt, there will be those who are not interested in a new recipe for a dessert. And there will be some, like me, who for one reason or another must leave…