This is Volume 10, #3 of the Fellow Travelers' Advisory. It's my once-a-month missive to all my friends, family, fans, folkies and fellow travelers. Thanks for reading... I don't know what I'd do without you!!
If you don't live near any of the places where I am playing, I'll bet that if you put on your thinking cap you'll come up with someone you know in one of those places. If you'd be nice enough to forward my newsletter to them, or just leave a memo on their facebook page - tell 'em to turn out for some good old-fashioned hellraising music - I'd be so grateful.
Labor Day Weekend in Salt Lake City with
Judy Collins, David Rovics and many of my favorite labor minstrels!!After my adventures in Utah, I'm off to Sweden for a month with my husband, and he'll be coming back to the US with me. While I'm there, I'll be doing some shows with my pal,
Dan is still on the job-hunting trail. Dan and Monique are on the house-hunting trail as well. Dan and Monique could have easily taken their wonderful family almost anywhere in the world --- I can't tell you how grateful I am to have them here in Pittsburgh!!
|My sister Kathleen and my daughter Amy at Costa Rican Hotsprings (photo by my wonderful niece, Kimberly Sever... aka Bone Crawford)|
This month I'm remembering Michael Krivosh, a true union heart, Also Theo Bikel, Raybo, Phatjack, Dan Knerr, Ronnie Gilbert, Slim Richey, Julius Margolin, Dick Mitchell, Stephanie Bledsoe, Tom Weldon and too many more.
IRELAND - MAY 1ST THROUGH TO MAY 10TH - DUBLIN, CORK AND CLARE!!
I've got lots more details with more excitement still in the planning stage. On the morning of April 30th, you'll arrive at Shannon Airport on the beautiful West Coast of County Clare. You'll be met by Peter from Ace of Cabs. who will take you to your bed and breakfast in charming Bunratty. After a brief nap, you can explore the village, perhaps do some shopping, have a pint at Durty Nelly's - a real landmark. You might consider the medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle for dinner. It's a little pricey, and some would say "touristy" -but hey, we're tourists, n'es?t ce pas
THE TOUR HASN'T STARTED YET!!
We strongly recommend that you book your travel so that you arrive before 11 AM on April 30th at Shannon Airport. We also recommend a good night's sleep on Irish soil before the tour starts. You are certainly free to make different arrangements, but this is what we recommend.
After a sumptuous breakfast at Patricia or Sheila and Frank's lovely Bed and Breakfast, Paddy Downes will arrive with his luxury coach to take us all to Dublin. We'll drive across Ireland on Mayday. Perhaps we'll make a couple stops along the way, and arrive in Dublin in time for our first group dinner. The next day, historic Dublin is ours. Our exact plans in Dublin are still in the formative stage, but our time in Dublin will include a visit to Kilmainham prison, the General Post Office, Dublin Castle, the Four Courts, St. Stephen's Green, the Shelbourne Hotel. We'll also visit the Guinness brewery and take the tour if time permits. We'll also hear some great music every night.
Our plan is to spend 3 nights in Dublin (1-2-3), 3 nights in Cork (4-5-6) and 3 nights in County Clare (7-8-9). After breakfast on the 10th, Paddy will deliver you to Shannon Airport, if thvat is where you're going. If you have other plans, we'll do our best to assist you. I'll be adding more details next month. We want you to have time for yourselves, to get a good night's rest each night. We typically start our day at around 10 AM, after breakfast. You early birds will have time for a little morning exploring. The pace of our tours is Ireland's pace. Some folks call it the "un-tour" - We ae very flexible, casual and relaxed.
The tour includes all ground transportation, 9 nights' hotel, all breakfasts, three wonderful group dinners, ferries, admission to all heritage sites and more. It's a great value. This is my 7th or 8th tour and they have all been fabulous. I can host 22 people on the tour, and I hope that you're one of them. I know at least 100 Irish songs (some of you may not know that) and I'm a great student of Irish history, jokes and beverages.
You are responsible for your transportation to Ireland, your cab to Bunratty, your first night at the Bed and Breakfast, all your lunches, your dinners the other six nights of the tour, your beverages, tips and souvenirs. You'll probably another $1000, depending on how much cool Irish stuff you can't resist... wonderful woolens, gorgeous jewelry, crystal and much more.
The cost of the tour is $2300, based on double occupancy. It's a great value. We have two single rooms, and the single supplement is $500, bringing your total to $2800.
Your $800 deposit will guarantee your spot. There are two more subsequent payments of $750. (Plus the other $500 if you're in one of the two single rooms.) We accept credit cards, if that is most convenient for you.
If you want to save your space right now, contact jo smith email@example.com and she'll tell you what the next step is. Jo is with Inishfree tours, our logistics folks.
Refund policy: 100% of money refunded up to 4 months out. Less than 4 months out, 100% refunded only if the slot can be filled. If slot can't be filled, 50% of all money refunded up to 3 months out and no refunds less than 3 months out. I suggest guests purchase trip insurance such as http://www.travelguard.com
Well, that's it for August. See you in September!