An Nuacht: December 2012 (Christmas Edition)

The Irish Voice Names Chance of a Start
One of the Year's Best Irish Albums!

How cool is that? Don't answer; it's rhetorical. The correct answer is "Unbelievably cool."

NOW I'll bet you're happy you bought one of those exclusive copies of the signed and numbered Collectors' Edition, huh? ... You didn't? Are you kidding me? Run, don't walk to before they're all gone. Standard CD and digital editions are also available, BTW.

Thank you to The Irish Voice and Mike Farragher, and to everyone who contributed blood, sweat, and tears (not to mention money) to help me complete it. See their names here.

And congratulations to my fellow honorees; how's this for good company to be in? Be sure to check them out:

  • Mickey Finns: Prayers and Idle Chatter (Album of the Year)
  • Luka Bloom: The New Morning
  • Colm O'Brien: Back to Work?
  • Donegal X-Press: Paid Off the Boom
  • Together For Christmas: A Contemporary Celtic Christmas Collection
  • Van Morrison: Born to Sing: No Plan B
  • Enter the Haggis: Whitelake

"Traveling Light"

A brand-new compostion, a brand-new recording, and a Christmas song, kind of. Free for a short time. Click here and enter $0 when it asks for money. (Needless to say, feel free to instead enter as large a sum as you like.)

"Kids' Prayer"

This song by Dan Bern moves me to such an extent that I will not offer description or discussion, for fear of shortchanging it; in fact, I specifically avoid listening to it too often, for fear of taking its power for granted. But in the wake of the events in Newtown CT, it might be time to take it out of its tabernacle. Brace yourself.

"There Are Worse Things to Believe In"

On a somewhat lighter note, thanks to my friend Mark Stewart for reminding me about this one. Stephen Colbert and Elvis Costello serve up a modernist Christmas theology. Hits the spot for me.
Listen now >>

That's a Wrap!

Other than the Frenchtown Christmas Seisiun this Sunday and hosting Celtic Sunday Brunch on December 30, I'm looking forward to a gentle slope to the end of the year, with maybe some quiet time for writing and recording.

So, it seems time to say: Thank you so much for a productive, gratifying 2012, and all the best for the 2013. Peace and love to all.

Keep reading for:

  • New Music
  • Events

New Music

Source: Creative Commons: Traveling Light: Keep a candle lit for me, in your window, in your prayers, in the night....


More at my Bandcamp page:


Current info on all scheduled events is always available, as a list: (Facebook users only, it seems) and as a calendar:

Source: WDVR

Celtic Sunday Brunch is a two-hour radio program that broadcasts every Sunday from 11am to 1pm US ET (GMT -4), on the air at 89.7 FM and streaming live at I host the first show of every month (and the fifth, when the calendar falls that way). I keep Facebook and Twitter open during the show; feel free to send thoughts and requests! Next shows:
Sunday, December 30, 11am: Full info...
Sunday, January 6, 11am: Full info...

Source: IAWA

Irish American Writers & Artists NJ Salon. This is a new partnership forged between the IAW&A and the Irish American Cultural Institute of Morristown. The Salon sessions allow writers, artists, and playwrights to express themselves in front of a safe and nurturing community.
Thursday, January 3, 2012, 7:00pm: Full info...


I do my best to attend these, but you'll have a great time regardless.

Frenchtown NJ: Second and Fourth Sundays at the River Blue Cafe, 1pm to 4pm.

Lambertville NJ: First and Third Wednesdays at Mitchell's Cafe, 8:30pm to 11pm+

Remember: Cancellations happen—please check in before heading out!


Thanks as always for being on my mailing list; I know how much email we all get, so I'm grateful for the opportunity to stay in touch like this.

Till 2013, slán agat.

CDs and Downloads

All of my recordings, new and old, solo and collaborations, are available for purchase at all performances or online. Remember: Members of my mailing list get a 20% discount on everything I have for sale online at Bandcamp. Join the mailing list to find out how.

Chance of a Start, by Patrick Clifford CHANCE OF A START:
American Wake, by Patrick Clifford AMERICAN WAKE:
Neat Little Still: The Authorized Bootlegs, Vol. 1, by Patrick Clifford NEAT LITTLE STILL (Bootlegs; an album-in-progress)*:
Sé go Dó, by Maryellen Costello and Patrick Clifford SÉ GO DÓ (fundraiser for HMA)*:
Lo, Above the Earth, by Patrick Clifford LO, ABOVE THE EARTH (Christmas Songs; an album-in-progress)*:
To the Fray, by Hobnail TO THE FRAY (by Hobnail):
Another Son, by Four to the Bar ANOTHER SON (by Four to the Bar):
Craic on the Road, by Four to the Bar CRAIC ON THE ROAD* (by Four to the Bar):

* Digital only

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