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Easter Rising, Easter Lily

April 1, 2016

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As Easter week draws to a close I thought I’d write a little bit about my most recent painting “Easter Rising.” The Easter Lily is a calla lily, adopted by Irish republicans symbolically to commemorate the revolutionary combatants who died as a part of the 1916 Easter Rising.  It is traditionally worn at Easter time.  […]

Eight Christmas Characters Most Americans Don’t Know

December 11, 2014

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To most Americans Santa Claus is the face of the Christmas season popularized most heavily by the poem T’was the Night before Christmas which essentially codified the Santa tradition in the United States.  Based heavily off of the earlier European models like Sinterklaas, Father Christmas, Old Man Winter, and of course St. Nicolas, the poem […]

Sumble: The Origin of Toasting

September 8, 2014

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Toasting is a peculiar custom in Western society.  Nearly everyone who has a drink makes toasts, but few realize that they are taking part in an ancient custom with roots in the old pre-Christian religions of Northern and Western Europe: the Sumble. The Sumble is an ancient communion rite that was historically practiced by Germanic […]

Dun Aengus: Irish Music and Revelry

August 30, 2014

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The first time I ran into the Irish music duo Dun Aengus was at McGuire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola, Florida in March 2010.  It was the last night of the Renaissance Faire and a handful of us met up at the pub for a drink.  They were a great band that night, playing a lot […]

McGuire’s Irish Pub, a Pensacola Landmark

August 30, 2014

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McGuire’s Irish Pub is a Pensacola landmark, rich in atmosphere and tradition.  Located in the Old Firehouse at 600 E. Gregory St. Pensacola, Florida, McGuire’s boasts; “Feasting, Imbibery, and Debauchery 7 nights a week.”  Themed as “a turn of the century New York Irish Saloon” McGuire’s features nightly performances of traditional Irish Music and sing-along.  […]

Lojah St. Patrick’s Day Greeting

March 11, 2014

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Hello friends and family of Lojah! St. Patrick’s Day is here again and spring is just around the corner.  It’s a good time to be Irish.  I’ll be performing at O’Connor’s Irish Pub in Navarre on March 17, from 4:00-6:30.  Come out and celebrate the Island. I am also working with Concerned Veterans for America […]

Lojah: Pub Song on Palafox

December 17, 2013

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Pub Songs on Palafox is a four song, lo-fi, EP recorded in the raw as a live-air production that captures the energy and sound of a Lojah solo performance while busking downtown in competition with the various sounds of a bustling city street. Lojah begins with a rowdy Irish pub tune, Dicey Reilly, about a […]