September 18th @ Free Times Café

Has this ever happened to you? (Having asked this question, I’m now a bit worried, because what if what I’m about to tell you that has happened to me, and I think may have happened to you, hasn’t happened to you? Maybe an experience that I think is almost universal is really exclusive to me. Now, I’m starting to feel a bit vulnerable but I’m gonna move forward with the question – because, as Van Morrison memorably said: “It’s too late to stop now.” And just to be clear I’m referring here to the younger Van Morrison, not the COVID denying older curmudgeonly Van Morrison).

Where was I – oh yeah – has this ever happened to you? You wake up (so at this point I’m pretty confident that everyone is still with me because if you’re reading this, no matter what time of day or night, you must have woken up, so we’re all good).

And then, after you wake up, you brush your teeth (and while I might not have everyone with me, I’m pretty sure most people brush their teeth at some point after they wake up and so I’m still feeling pretty confident).

And then, after waking up and brushing your teeth, you drink some orange juice. And this is where I’m focusing – you wake up, you brush your teeth and then you drink orange juice. Because if this has happened to you, and it must have happened to more than a few of you, you know what happens next. And what happens next is this orange juice which you’ve always liked – this sweet bit of sunshiny goodness (you’re welcome for the plug Florida orange growers) tastes bitter, it tastes sour, it tastes so bad you never want to drink orange juice again.

So why is it that if you wake up, drink orange juice and then brush your teeth everything’s fine, but if you wake up, brush your teeth and then drink orange juice the experience is awful. What’s going on? As it turns out there is a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. You see, some of the ingredients in toothpaste coat your tongue and inhibit the receptors there that detect sweetness for a brief period of time and, as a result, if you drink orange juice after brushing your teeth, your tongue can’t taste any of that sweet goodness, you just taste the sour parts of the juice (and a shout out here to one of my favourite new podcasts, “No Such Thing as a Fish”, where I first learned the fascinating answer to this perplexing question).

The reason I’ve been pondering this question is because, as many of you know, Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room (the band I am honoured to be a small part of) has started up our monthly shows at the Free Times Café – College just west of Spadina – again. And this month, as with most months, we will be playing our gig on the third Sunday of month, which this month is September 18.

And if you’ve been to one of our gigs (and if you have, I hope you come back to see us soon, and if you haven’t, I still hope you come to see us soon) you will know that bagpipes are played – pretty much always at the start of the show. And I have always wondered why, after our bagpipe tune, the next song we play sometimes sounds a bit off to me (not that the audience notices because I think they’re just relieved that the bagpipes are finished – at least for a while). And now I know the answer, because bagpipes are the toothpaste of musical instruments.

Some of you might think comparing bagpipes to toothpaste is unfair – although whether to bagpipes or toothpaste I’m not sure – while for others it may explain a musical conundrum. Why don’t you determine this for yourself. Come see us at the Free Times on September 18. The show starts at 8 pm and there is lots of good food and interesting drinks. And in honour of the coming of fall there will be no cover.

Hope to see you there.


P.S. I’m not sure what happens if you brush your teeth and then play the bagpipes, but thanks for asking.

September 18th Set List:
Set #1: Set #2:
Mist Covered Mountains
Where Does Love Go
Cry If You Want To
The Wanderer
Mad Mission
Nigel’s Love Song
You Win Again
Country Squall
Every Time You Go Away
Rank Stranger
What’s Going On
Dead Skunk
Kilworth Hills
Choo Choo
One Of Us Cannot
Meaghan’s Short Story
Crazy Love
Tramp On The Street
Chemical Workers Song
Drifting Away
Together Again
Stuck In The Airport

August 21st @ Free Times Café

A few weeks ago, a band called Blue Coupe, came through town. One thing that distinguishes Blue Coupe from a lot of other bands is their musical pedigree. The members of the group include folks who played with Alice Cooper and Blue Öyster Cult (note the correct placement of the umlaut – and I know that there is no umlaut on oyster when referring to the bivalve mollusk but here I’m talking about Öyster the proto metal band where there is unquestionably an umlaut). Not only did these guys play in those bands – because over the years a lot of people have played in those bands – but played in their original and best incarnations.

When they were interviewed, they were asked about the audience that was coming to see them. This is the de rigeur question of any band that has older musicians – whether the band is one that hasn’t stopped touring since the 60s, or a band that has been rediscovered after 50 years of obscurity, or, like Blue Coupe, a combination of musicians from bands from an earlier time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

And there is only one right answer that older musicians can give to the question of who is your audience these days? The answer is (with some slight variations but only very slight) “Obviously there are a lot of people our age who come to see us, but we’re really gratified that they’re bringing their kids and even their grandkids and their kids and grandkids are bringing their friends. And what’s really cool is that everyone knows the words to all the songs and they sing along – even to the new tunes.” 

You rarely see a band of 20 year olds being asked about their audience and, if they are asked, they never say “Yeah, we get a lot of people our age to the gigs but what’s really cool is that people are bringing their parents and their grandparents and their parents and their grandparents are bringing their friends – and everyone knows the words to our songs.”

This then, inevitably, brings me to Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room, the band I remain immensely proud to be a part of. It is fair to say that the age of the band members tends to skew older – not Mick Jagger (79) or Keith Richards (78) older – but older nonetheless.

For those of you have never seen us live, you may be wondering, as would any lazy journalist, what kind of audience comes to see us. I think the best way I can answer that question is to say “Obviously there are a lot of people our age who come to see us, but we’re really gratified that they’re bringing their kids and even their grandkids and their kids and grandkids are bringing their friends. And what’s really cool is that everyone knows the words to all the songs and they sing along – even to the new tunes” 

If you doubt the veracity of my perspective, please feel free (and I do mean free) to come out to our next gig at the Free Times Café (on College west of Spadina) on Sunday August 21st.  The show starts at 8 pm and we will be playing our usual wildly eclectic mix of music from all genres and all eras (although I don’t think we’ll be doing Alice’s hit “I’m 18” but who knows). There will also be good food and lots to drink. If you happen to be older, bring your kids or your grandkids and you can all sing along together. And to celebrate the summer there’s no cover charge.

Hope to see you there.


P.S. And keep in mind that nothing binds generations of music lovers together than cowering in fear at the sound of the bagpipes – and there will be bagpipes.

August 21st Set List:
Set #1: Set #2:
Setting Course
Arms of Mary
Mary Said…
Coast of California
Black Orpheus
Someone I Used to Know
Country Squall
Sucks To Be Me
A Summer Song
Meeting Across the Waters
Take Me Back
Put Your Hand
3 Doors to Heaven
People Are Crazy
Hanging ‘Round the House
Losing You
Danny’s Song
What the Hell I Got
Keep the Customer Satisfied
Brown-Eyed Girl

July 17th @ Free Times Café

I don’t know if we’re in the 9th wave and I’m eligible for my 4th shot or if I’m eligible for my 12th shot as we enter the 6th wave, and I don’t know that it matters anymore. At the same time however, like it or not, the world is opening up and we are starting to move around as we have not been doing for a long time. And that means cars and trains and boats and planes.

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity – I certainly wouldn’t say the joy – of taking a few trips on planes. I know there’s been a lot written about how horrible the whole airline experience is and I am certainly not going to suggest otherwise. On a good day your flight or flights may only be delayed an hour or two or three. Still, we really don’t have much choice when we want to get from point A to point B and then from point B back to point A.

Speaking of ABBA (and while I don’t want to call attention to myself, I think that was probably the best segue I’ve ever written) that incredibly (and to me inexplicably) successful band from Sweden, they have adopted a new way of touring and reaching out to those many people who still want to see them without actually having to leave their homes, wherever their homes are located.

The folks in ABBA have created a set of virtual avatars of the four of them that go from city to city (however it is that avatars travel) and perform their hits with a live band in front of a live audience. That’s right, the fans are in person, the other musicians are in person, but the members of ABBA – the reason people are coming to the shows – are present only as avatars (and in the interests of accuracy, because I would hate to be inaccurate, these avatars are referred to as, wait for it, ABBAtars or as I think spellcheck more accurately put it – abattoirs).

I want to assure all of our fans, which represents .000000001% of those who have ever bought an ABBA album or single, we will never resort to any sort of virtual trickery for our live performances (and more about our next live performance very shortly in this missive). There are a number of reasons why we have taken this incredibly principled stand; first, of course, is our deep respect for those people who come to see the 10 or maybe 9 or sometimes 8 or occasionally 7 and very rarely 6 of us, live and in person. And that’s really the only reason that matters – our profound gratitude to those who want to see our shows.

In the interest of completeness however, I should probably acknowledge a couple other reasons why we have not gone the virtual route. One of those reasons is that most of us actually live in Toronto so it’s not really a big deal for us to rouse ourselves, put on some clothes, get our instruments and head out the Free Times Café (at College just west of Spadina) where we have our monthly gigs. The other reason is that, apparently, this whole virtual avatar/ABBAtar/abattoir thing costs massive amounts of money, and we just don’t have massive amounts of money. And given the fact that we don’t charge anything for our shows we aren’t likely to gather any massive amounts of money in the near future or frankly in any future one might imagine.

All of this is to say when you come to our show, which this month will be Sunday July 17th at aforementioned Free Times Café, we will all be there, in the flesh, on the stage and spilling off the stage. The show starts at 8pm but come early and have some of the food and drink that the Free Times is known for. And in honour of the creation of the International Criminal Court, which happened on July 17, 1998, there will be no cover.

Hope to see you there.


P.S. ABBA did do a song called “The Piper” which did not include bagpipes so one point (and it’s the only point I’ll give them) to ABBA.

July 17th Set List:
Set #1: Set #2:
Lonely Loch nan Euan
Wagon Wheel
A Summer Song
Them Dance Hall Girls
Sucks To Be Me
Try A Little Tenderness
Please Don’t Bury Me
Ruby Tuesday
The Wanderer
Butterfly Blues
One After 909
Lucky Enough
Home For A Rest
Glenora Ferry
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Stronger Beer
New Joan Of Arc
Man Of Constant Sorrow
Invitation To The Blues
Drifting Away
Book Of Love
Wild And Blue
Bull Mountain Bridge
Two Of Us
New Speedway Boogie
That’ll Be The Day
Bang Bang

June 19th @ Free Times Café


Where are you?

We will miss you and your formidable rant this month, but the show must go on.
Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room: Sunday, June 19th, 8pm @ Free Times Café.

You know the place.

You know the band.

Be there.

June 19th Set List:
Set #1: Set #2:
Pipe Set
And It Stoned Me
Sugar Mountain
Down In Belize
If I Could Only Win Your Love
Make You Feel My Love
Gringo In Belize
All My Tears
Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight
Pancho And Lefty
Harvest Moon
When Will I Be Loved
Pipe Set
Diamond Girl
Coast Of Carolina
Miss The Mississippi
Joan Of Arc
Lucky Enough
Wild About My Lovin’
Pussy Willows, Cat Tails
The Girl In The Transparent Dress
Little Bit Of Rain
Lay Down Sally

May 15th @ Free Times Café

Late last month, I had my Che Guevara moment. 

You know, that could be the best opening sentence I’ve ever written. I mean it’s not “Call me Ishmael” or “It was a dark stormy night” but there’s a lot packed into it. There’s intrigue, there’s drama, pretty much any possibility is open. The only thing that’s not really possible is that my Che Guevara moment was being killed in the wilds of Bolivia while leading a revolution. Because since I’m writing this I clearly wasn’t killed.  

But then again, through the magic of delayed email delivery, it’s possible that the counter revolutionaries were approaching as I was writing this and that while I was not dead when I wrote it (obviously) I could have chosen to send it later so that it arrived in your email box after I was killed. Although if death was imminent, why would I spend my last moments promoting another appearance of Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room? Shouldn’t I have spent my time writing a stirring manifesto or a poem… or something grander. 

The other problem with that opening sentence is that I think it might promise too much. I mean you’re probably already wondering what my Che Guevara moment could be, and you may well be investing this moment with the mythology and the youthful revolutionary fervor that is often associated with Che. Can my experience, whatever it was, live up to that opening sentence?I’m not sure. 

Anyway, without further ado, here is my Che Guevara moment. It’s April 29 at 4:30 in the morning and I’m in Whitehorse in the Yukon. Pretty good so far. Perhaps I’m in the mountains, maybe I’m canoeing down a river, or I could be checking traps.   

What I was doing, was standing in the security line at the Whitehorse Airport getting ready to board a flight to Vancouver because the only flight out that will allow for a connection that gets me Toronto at a decent hour (which ends up being about 4.30 in the afternoon so right in the middle of rush hour traffic) is at 5 am. 

And, while I’m in the security line, my glasses fall off and break on the floor. I now have no glasses and I can’t see. This immediately brings to mind the story of Che Guevara’s last days in the mountains of Bolivia when he broke his glasses and was rendered pretty much incapable of doing any reading or writing. 

And the reason this was my Che Gevara moment was that pretty soon after my glasses broke someone with some manual dexterity helped tape the frames together so I could muddle through my flights. The next day I got a crappy pair of reader glasses from the pharmacy and by the next Friday I had a new set of glasses. So when I refer to what happened to me as a Che Guevara moment, I mean that almost literally – it was about a moment when I shared something with Che Guevara and then just as suddenly I didn’t. 

This then takes me, of course, to Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room, who will be playing its next gig on Sunday, May 15th at the Free Times Café (still on College just west of Spadina). The show will start at 8 and there will be lots to eat and drink. And there will be no cover because the music belongs to the people!!!! 

Hope to see you there. 


P.S. If you were wondering, after the revolution there will be no need for bagpipes.

May 15th Set List:
Set #1: Set #2:
Pipe Set
Five Days In May
Sugar Mountain
I’ll Be Back
Two Of Us
One Day I Walk
Cotton Jenny
Lucky Enough
I Go To Pieces
Running Back To Saskatoon
Glenora Ferry
Rocket Man
People Are Crazy
Famous Blue Raincoat
Mary Said…
Beer And Chip Ball
Hank Williams Tonight
Lay Down Sally
Bruised Orange
Night Rider’s Lament
Have I The Right
Stronger Beer

April 10th @ Free Times Café

In our family we have a word for the slice of bread found at either end of a loaf. Now when I say we have “a word,” I think that makes it clear that the word that we use is not the one in popular use to describe those particular slices of bread. For example, if someone says “When I was a kid we had a word for those things that you put on your feet when you left the house,” and then you heard that the word was “shoe,” you’d say “No, you didn’t have ‘a word’ you had ‘the word.’ A person cannot make a unique claim on a word that is already in the general parlance or the vernacular, if you will.  

But we had, and have, a word for the slice of bread at the end of the loaf and that word is “bumble-end.” And now that I see it written down, because I’ve never actually seen the word written down before, I realize that it could be seen as two words “bumble” and “end” or it could be seen as one word “bumbleend” or “bumblend” or as I prefer to write it, as a hyphenated word – bumble-end. And since it seems like my family made it up, I get to choose how it’s spelled.  

The thing is, though, when I was growing up, I didn’t know we had “a word” for the slices of bread at either end of the loaf. I didn’t think “bumble-end” was “a word.” I thought it was “the word.” You might think “How could anyone believe that a word as odd as ‘bumble-end’ could possibly be ‘the word’ to describe the slices of bread at the end of a loaf.” But why not “bumble-end?” The “end” part of the word is a precise and exact description of where the slices are located and as for the “bumble,” it makes as much sense at the start of this word as it does at the start of “bumblebee” which is clearly “the word” for a striped stingy insect or “bumbleberry pie” which is just a berry pie with the word “bumble” at the front. 

The other reason I thought “bumble-end” was “the word” was because I had no reason to believe that other people didn’t regularly use that term as well. How often does it come up in conversation that you refer to a slice of bread that is either at the front or the back end of a loaf? 

Now I don’t know when it was, I could have been 7, 12, or 25, but one day I was at someone’s place, and I saw the first or the last slice of a loaf of bread and I said, “Who wants the bumble end?” And then, immediately and instantaneously, it was made clear to me that “bumble-end” wasn’t “the word” it was “a word.” And, to the untutored ears of those hearing it for the first time, it was not just “a word” it was a very strange word indeed. 

And this brings me, as these missives inevitably do, to Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room, the band that I am proud to be part of. You see, when people learn that I’m in a band they often say “What kind of music do you play?” and I say, “You know, folk, rock, celtic, country, original tunes, covers and bit of jazz and blues and a smidge of bluegrass” and then when I’m asked about the instruments and musicians I say “The usual, eight lead singers, drums, bass, guitars (electric, acoustic and pedal steel), mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle, flute, saxophone, and, oh yeah, bagpipes.” And then I realize that this isn’t most people’s idea of a band, it’s more of a word salad with a musical theme.  

But we are a band and we do play all of those instruments and those genres of music and many of us do sing. While you can sample our wares on YouTube, we are best understood and enjoyed live. And I am pleased to report that we are back live at the Free Times Café (still on College just west of Spadina) on Sunday, April 10 (and I know that we usually play the third Sunday of the month but this year that falls on Easter Sunday and the third night of Passover – which admittedly isn’t one of the bigger nights – and in the middle of Ramadan, so we figured let’s do our gig before all that – and for those you in a family that is trying to balance all three of those holidays at the same time, good luck to you).  

The show starts at 8 and there is no cover. But we encourage you to support the venues that still showcase live music and make a dinner reservation. That way you not only get to enjoy good food and drink, but you can get a reserved table near the band (or further away from the band if that’s your preference) and you will then be assured of a great seat. 

We will be back to the third Sunday of the month for May. Hope to see you soon. 


P.S. For those who are musically curious, the term “bumble-end” when used in the context of bagpipes describes the person who is playing them.

Robbie Burns Night 2022

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December 12th @ Free Times Café

There are no winners in the pandemic.  

Who am I kidding, of course there are winners in the pandemic.  And you know how I know this – I googled ‘winners in the pandemic’ and I got back 2,320,000,000 hits!  You might think that you get two billion hits for anything you google.  So I checked it out.  I googled ‘frog singing opera’ and I only got 6,530,000 hits – and pretty much all of them were clips of the loony tune frog singing ‘hello my baby’ – you know the one ( and which I hasten to add, is not a frog singing opera but rather vaudeville which is a whole different thing. 

But back to the matter of pandemic winners.  I’m not really interested in learning why company X has done so well during the pandemic.  I know it happens but profiting from worldwide misery is not something I want to celebrate.  On the other hand, there are ideas or concepts that flourished during the pandemic and I’m happy to see them as winners.  One of these things is the Greek alphabet. 

The World Health Organization or the WHO have taken to using the Greek alphabet to describe COVD variants.  Before I continue on this point, can I just say that Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, the last original surviving members of the real Who, the rock band who gave us My Generation and I Can See for Miles and Baba O’Reilly and lots of other great songs, have been really nice about letting this other WHO take their name.  No lawsuits no threatening letters; that is one classy rock band (even if they did one or two or seven too many farewell tours). 

Back to the Greek alphabet.  So that other WHO decided that for the general public they would give the COVID variants Greek letters.  Why Greek letters?  I don’t really know.  Fraternities and sororities use Greek letters in their names to make them sound intelligent and give them a veneer of history which covers up the fact that they are basically just party hubs.  And people often pick up diseases from parties at fraternities and sororities so maybe that’s why the WHO went to Greek letters (full disclosure, I was never invited to join a fraternity or ever attended a frat party so I’m just speculating here). 

On the COVID front we had original COVID which would have been alpha, and then the beta and gamma and delta variants.  Those are the first four letters of the Greek alphabet, and one might have expected that the next variant would have been the fifth letter of the alphabet – epsilon, but it wasn’t. And it wasn’t the sixth or the seventh or the eighth or the ninth or the tenth or the eleventh or the twelfth or the thirteenth or even the fourteenth.  No, for some reason they jumped right to the 15th letter of the alphabet – the ominously sounding omicron.   

This is odd..  Those other letters between delta and omicron seemed perfectly acceptable.  They’re just as Greek. And at least if they kept the variants in alphabetical order we could have learned the Greek alphabet as we cowered in fear from the ever-evolving variants.  Now we’ve lost that chance.  Thanks for nothing WHO. 

We, the fine folks at Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room (finally), would never confuse people like that.  Our shows – and we are having shows again – are always on the third Sunday of the month – except when they aren’t.  Like in December when we’re doing our monthly show on Sunday December 12th which is the second Sunday.   

But some things remain the same.  We are still at the Free Times Café (College just west of Spadina) and the show still starts at 8.  And for the second month in a row, we are offering a special dinner/show package where, if you make a dinner reservation before the show, you get a great reserved table near the stage and you get to see the show for free.  If you don’t make a reservation, you can still see the show for free – because there’s no cover – but you might not get a table.  

And I just want to say that it was so cool to see a full house having dinner when we arrived to setup last month.  The Free Times, like other restaurants, is fighting to get back on its feet so please do bring some friends and have dinner before the show. That way you will all have eaten before we play and so you won’t be singing along to our tunes with your mouth full which isn’t a good look. 

Hope to see you there. 


P.S. Just a warning that our January show will be on Robbie Burns Day which this year is Tuesday January 25 and when there will be more bagpipe tunes that you can shake a stick at – and I can tell you from bitter experience that shaking a stick doesn’t make the bagpipes stop.

December 12th Set List:
Set #1: Set #2:
Christmas Medley
Santa Claus Is Dead
3 Downs to Heaven
Pamela Brown
Gumboot Cloggeroo
You Only Live Twice
Famous Blue Raincoat
Different Drum
South Train
Glenora Ferry
Lost on the Bayou
Mr. Grinch
Spanish Pipe Dream
Lay Lady ay
Chemical Workers Song
I Really Don’t Want To Know
Linda Put the Coffee On
Every Time That You…
Two of Us

November 21st @ Free Times Café

It’s been a while since I’ve written – March 2020 in fact.  To be precise, my last email about Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room (more about whom shortly) was sent on March 8, 2020 in advance of our gig on March 15.  It was a good little missive, If I do so say so myself – and I recall some folks commenting favourably on it as well.  The subject of the email was this COVID thing that was starting to rear its ugly head (and wow that was a very ugly head – and body too – full of spikes apparently).  In the blurb I joked that no one had to worry about catching COVID at our gig because the concern was large crowds and the Free Times Café (more about that too shortly) was hardly a large venue. 

So it was funny for about three or four days and then things got very real and we cancelled the show and we haven’t played since then, so it’s been a long while. 

But now we’re back – or at least we’re pretty sure we’re back – I mean all plans are tentative plans these days.  We’ll be playing our first show of 2021 on November 21 at the Free Times Café (and more about the show even more shortly – shortlierer?). 

I know folks might be wondering how I kept in shape during this long time away and the answer, of course, is practice.  You see, you can’t just write these things out of thin air, it requires discipline and focus and commitment – a willingness to give 125% (can you tell I’ve been watching a lot of sports recently) and again practice and more practice. 

I admit, the first few months of the pandemic I was pretty depressed.  I’d look at my computer on the second Sunday of the month and think ‘what’s the point – no one will read what I write because we’re not going to be playing.’  But then I shook off that lethargy, that dark fog, that crushing weight (admittedly the weight thing could have been the potato chips) and I started writing again.  The second Sunday of every month I fired up the desktop, sat myself down in front of the monitor and wrote a clever one page or so piece knitting together issues of the day, wry observations and a cutting remark or two about the bagpipes. I didn’t send these off because they were about shows that weren’t happening and no one needs to know about what’s not happening.  

Actually, that’s not really true.  The not sending the emails off part is true but the part about no one needing to know about something that isn’t happening isn’t true because most of the pandemic has been spent listening to the news about what isn’t happening and when what isn’t happening might be happening and then hoping it would be happening and waiting to see if it happened.   

And because you are reading this you know that Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room will be happening.  We’ll be back at the Free Times – College just west of Spadina, in case you forgot – on Sunday November 21 (in case you forgot this from the subject line and the earlier reference).  The show will start at 8 pm. There will, as always, be lots of music and fun.  And because it’s our first gig in over 18 moths there will be no cover. 

But… there are a few things that will be different.  For one thing, you will need to be double vaxxed and have your proof of vaccination with you to show the helpful and friendly staff (more about them soon).  And of course, you will have to be masked as you walk through the café to your table.  Once at the table you can remove your mask and consume food and beverages.  And if all goes well the room will be full so there will be people all around you and if that makes you uncomfortable I get it and you might want to wait a few more months before coming out. 

For those of you who are ready to come out and hear live music we would love to see you – and so would the staff at the Free Times.  As you can imagine, the past year plus has been really hard on restaurants and music venues.  So while we don’t have a cover it would be great if you made a reservation to have dinner before the show.  Priority seating will go to those with reservations.  And to make it even more attractive we’ve put together a dinner show package where with dinner, you get to see the band for free.  No cover is one thing, but free, that’s really special!

If you’ve missed us, or always wanted to see us, and you’re OK with sitting with folks in a room having a good time listening to great music, I really hope to see you there. 


P.S. There is no truth to the rumour that hearing bagpipes keeps the virus away; it is a myth like the value of using Invermectin – unlike Invermectin though, which can be used as a horse tranquilizer, the sound of the bagpipes will never put anyone to sleep.

November 21st Set List:
Set #1: Set #2:
Mist Covered Mountains
Wagon Wheel
Lake Dore Waltz
One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
Hanging Around the House
Song for the Mira
Book of Love
Cry If You Want To
I Mean It When I Do Right…
The Wanderer
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Down Where The Drunkards Roll
Phone Company Rag
Drifting Away
Wild and Blue
Galway Girl

Robbie Burns Night 2021

Robert Burns Night 2021: YouTube Link

On Monday, January 25th, sometime before 7:30pm, a link will be posted here for the live stream on YouTube. Please check back for the live link, and then open that link in a new YouTube window so you can see and interact via chat with other participants.

Due to technical problems, the initial live stream stopped transmitting during Stephanie’s performance. It took a few minutes to realize what was happening and to come to the realization that we couldn’t simply restart the stream in the same location, so we started a new stream and continued on. Our apologies for those that may have missed some of the content. Both streams are linked above so you can catch up on what you may have missed.