The day before the Storm… Beautiful!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

We knew the storm was coming and we knew it would be bad. It started late Friday night, and by Saturday morning…

I had already cleaned the pad by the time this picture was taken…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

We started cleanup at about 0700 and by noon we cleared most everything.

We had Wishbone Ash for Saturday night and an early afternoon show on Sunday. We had been looking forward to this show since the Pandemic Shutdown over two years ago and we were not disappointed.

The men and I in our dressing room ‘backstage.’

Mike Truscott, Andy Powell, Jorma, Mark Abrahams, Bob Skeet.

Photo by Steve Ozark

Folks…This is a great band… these are great musicians and best of all… they’re great guys!

I got to sit in with the guys on Jimmy Reed’s classic ‘Baby What You Want Me To Do?’

How good does it have to get?

Travel safe brothers…


  1. Comment made on May 27, 2022 by Mike Copeland

    Wishbone Ash was my very first show at AoM. IIRC Average White Band opened for them. It was an evening of a lot of “firsts”. Flying V windmills….trails……

  2. Comment made on April 26, 2022 by dan flannagan

    Really wish I could have made it down to see Wishbone Ash as they didn’t come round to Minnesota this time around.They are one of the greatest guitar bands of all time with very few – almost no – peers left still in business.Their trademark sound is one of the most distinctive in rock. They’ve sold millions of records worldwide but are still inexplicably under appreciated and somewhat unknown in the US. Reminds me of the late,very great Rory Gallagher in that respect. And yes they are great guys, Andy Powell and the band have a long standing meet and greet ethic that is very sincere and makes you feel good about giving them your money.

  3. Comment made on March 18, 2022 by Brad

    Aye! J.R., beautiful! “For the good are always the merry.”

    It’s not Dooney, but the Doolin Folk Fest on my bucket list. Lots of links on the UTube

  4. Comment made on March 17, 2022 by J.R. in St. Louis

    Perhaps a few lines from Yeats on the nature of music, spirituality, merriment and virtue are in order :
    “When I play on my fiddle in Dooney
    Folk dance like a wave of the sea.
    My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet;
    My brother in Mocharabuiee.

    I passed my brother and cousin,
    They read from their books of prayer.
    I read in my book of songs
    I bought at the Sligo fair.

    When we come, at the end of time,
    To Peter sitting in state,
    He will smile on the three old spirits,
    But call me first through the gate.

    For the good are always the merry,
    Save by an evil chance,
    And the merry love to fiddle,
    And the merry love to dance.

    And when the folk there spy me,
    They will all come up to me,
    With ‘Here is the fiddler of Dooney !’
    And dance like a wave of the sea.”

  5. Comment made on March 17, 2022 by Greg martelli

    Erin go Braugh

  6. Comment made on March 17, 2022 by Brad

    Slainte, St. Pats

    Middle verses from the prayer Patrick’s Breastplate:
    “ I arise today, through
    The strength of heaven,
    The light of the sun,
    The radiance of the moon,
    The splendor of fire,
    The speed of lightning,
    The swiftness of wind,
    The depth of the sea,
    The stability of the earth,
    The firmness of rock.”

    Drizzly and warmish after last weekend’s ice and wind. Mr. stripes chipmunk out of his hibernation wall is running while the robins fuss and fight above, one might say “pitching a wang dang doodle.”

    Peace, we need it

  7. Comment made on March 17, 2022 by J.R. in St. Louis

    Happy St. Patrick’s day to all the fine folks on this site. Hope everybody is wearing something green today.

  8. Comment made on March 16, 2022 by BrendanC

    @Ham Neggs

    I lived aboard a trawler I christened The Starry Plough. Sometimes p.i.a’s from South of Border would park in lot across the channel and crank really annoying club music from their country. GD blasted in their direction would scatter them. They could take anything but The GD.
    The spirit of Kosciuszko is what I’m feeling for The Ukraine. Like many Irish (and others) a patriot to his country of birth, and America. Impressive monument honoring him bit North of Strawberry Field.
    The Finns have much experience facing down Imperialist Russia. Fought a war of independence and ensuing civil war concurrent with Ireland, So did others. Damn imperialism. Never surrendered to the Soviets, did Finland. Winning the peace – that’s the real war. I can’t link, but searching Google will bring up a story about Finns using a polka song, played for 5 months, to disable Soviet mines left behind in an E.Finland city. You couldn’t make it up. Wonder if that’s where yer man who wrote ‘Mars Attacks’ got the idea to blow up Martians with country yodelling. Jimmy Rodgers: the one who started it all.

  9. Comment made on March 16, 2022 by Rob

    Whoo-hoo!!! Just got a ticket for Carnegie Hall! First concert since the end of 2019! I’ve never, in 47 years of concertgoing, gone this long without a show. In retrospect, i should have looked into live music patches (like nicotine patches) to prevent withdrawal.

  10. Comment made on March 16, 2022 by Ham Neggs

    For anyone in NYC area
    On Saint Patrick’s Day
    I’m going to the imagine circle at 1047& leaving around 11 across park to my usual place hoping to fly starry ploughs in support of Ukrainians
    Hope you can make it
    Peace✌🏻️❤️Love All Ways🔥🚲🌹🙏🏻🖖🏼

  11. Comment made on March 15, 2022 by Bill from Wisconsin

    Happy Birthday to Phil Lesh, 82 years young and grateful.

  12. Comment made on March 15, 2022 by Dale Radeleff

    “…Great bands, great musicians and best of all…They’re great guys!”

    As are you and a host of others that pass through the Fur Peace Ranch, I only wish I could spend some time there without having to drop $2k for a weekend. Limited income and marginal health (working on making that better) make it difficult for those of retirement age. Heck, I’d just like attend an Acoustic Hot Tuna concert and maybe get backstage to meet you and Jack and…? I guess I’ll just have to keep an eye on FPR for YouTube Concerts and sit here and practice my banjo and Travis picking my guitars until I can get someone to give me a Grant to attend FPR 😉 In the meantime you guys keep playing and I’ll keep listening to you!

  13. Comment made on March 14, 2022 by BrendanC

    About 25 years ago I saw the late, great Bill Hurt at The Turning Point in Piermont. Musta’ ben sittin agin tha wall – man had to be 6’5″. More likely than not one of your gigs, Jorma.

  14. Comment made on March 14, 2022 by Dan Nigro

    Of course it was the 70’s

  15. Comment made on March 13, 2022 by eaglesteve

    Is my recollection correct in that Wishbone Ash once opened for Hot Tuna at the Academy of Music in NYC? Would have been around the early 70′-mid 70s. I also recollect they smashed guitars and threw them into the audience, but I may be mistaken.

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