Jack gets to do the Monday book and his usual Wednesday guest post while Wendy’s at a conference –
Two things are sadly coming to an end –
- After nearly fifteen years our annual small group tours of Scotland and Ireland are coming to a finish. The last one, of the highlands and islands should have taken place in 2020 but Covid got in the way. In addition, my friend, co-host and driver Colin died suddenly and unexpectedly. The pressures of organizing the tours had also already begun to take its toll on me so it was time.
But we have many great memories and have made many friends along the way.
- When Wendy came to Scotland and we married, one of the friends she inherited was Pete Heywood, who had started a very high quality folk music magazine called The Living Tradition. It has been going for over thirty years and is recognized as one of the best covering the traditional music of the British Isles. Wendy helped Pete with grant applications and for a few years was the education editor for the magazine. More recently Pete’s daughter Fiona took over control and we started writing a regular series of articles called Transatlantic Connections. That’s been great fun. But this morning I received an email telling me that the next edition will be the last one. The pressures of producing and publishing a print magazine are enormous compared to organizing a tour!
As I was writing this my phone rang and it seems that my radio show may be picked up by other stations – there’s always light at the end of the tunnel!
I so wish I could have been part of your Scotland tours. But then…. I might never have wished to come home. All is process amigos. Jack, you should write your memoirs. You h ave some fine stories to tell. Laura
Very much agree with Laura above… I have loved following your posts and stories, and so enjoyed visiting your bookstore in Virginia.
I take it there is no availability on this upcoming tour? If not, Alas…if so, how do I sign up?