I hope you’re winter has been safe and sound.
I have been home, off tour, since early December and loving every minute of it. I’d be bored, but fortunately, there have been many musical activities in LA and a few fun sessions have popped into my schedule too! For Christmas my husband and I went back to Virginia Beach to visit his wonderful family, and on New Years Eve, we, and a small, last minute, group of friends played scrabble and banged pots and pans out in the street with my neighbors.
Thank you to all of the people who came out to my 100+ shows last year. It was a surprise and honor that you came out every night.
After that chunk of touring, however, I was pretty tired. This is the first week where I’ve been antsy to get back out there, this is convenient timing because I leave next week for Celtic Connections in Glasgow! I’ve played this two week long festival once before and had a wonderful time. This year I was invited to join the Transatlantic Session in which I get to play with a huge list of beautiful music makers including Aly Bain, Tim and Mollie O’Brien, Michael McGoldrick, Jerry Douglas and Eddi Reader.
We’re actually going on a little tour in the UK and Ireland a well! The weather will be cold but the Guiness will not. Thank heaven.
Oh my gosh! I had my acting debut this month! All of you True Jackson VP fans be on the look out for a fiddle playing waitress. It was fun to be on a set – interesting to see how they put a show like that together. I even had a stunt double! …she got to do all the cool stuff, like ride the zip line and slam into a wall.
Perhaps best of all, this weekend I was inducted by my hometown into the Vista, California Hall of Fame. A thousand thanks to local artist Karen Brake who painted my portrait!
Skater Matt Hensley was among the other inductees and there will be others including of course my brother Sean. The mayor came out, Councilmen, and so did Miss Vista and Miss Teen Vista! Thanks to my aunt Joanie for taking the pictures!