A New Day

"Of all the money that e'er I've spent
I spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I've done
Alas it was to none but me
And for all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all"
-The Parting Glass

Several years ago I sat down in a Waffle House booth with 3 surly looking characters to discuss putting together an Irish rock band.  We had only a general direction of wanting to write and play fun, high energy music that we enjoyed.   We downed our scattered, smothered and covered hash browns and coffees and went right to work, swapping mix CD's of new and old songs, writing and recording some really weird stuff (with some good ones in there as well) and had ourselves a jolly old time.

Fast forward 6 years today, the day I must officially bow out of what has been a huge part of my life and probably the greatest complete musical experience I've ever had.  Sometimes the most precious gift we can give is time and as much as I love 9CC, the time it takes to create magical musical moments is greater than I can offer right now.  As the proud papa of two awesome kids, I want to spend as much time with them as possible and enjoy the small moments of parenthood while 
they're still young and cute.  Once they become teenagers, I'll probably be begging to get out of the house again!  My 3 year old son has already shown some musical talent, you can see here serenading his little sister!

Hugh Stockler, an old friend of the band, is someone you've no doubt seen at many a 9CC gig, sometimes running sound, sometimes dancing and drinking and sometimes passed out on the bathroom floor like a true 9CC'er!   He will be taking over the lead guitar duties going forward, so please join us in giving him a big welcome!  His first 9CC gig will be at the Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day festival on March, 15, so come on out, cheer him on and buy him a few welcoming rounds.  I'll 
be there as well, so, you know, if you're in the drink buying mood and all...

While it saddens me to leave Kevin as the last remaining original member, I'm also excited about what this next chapter offers me and the band.  I have met, made with music and shared stages with some of the greatest people and musicians from all over the world.  And I've been blessed to be in a band with no only incredible musicians but also great friends, from prior members bassist Todd Hale, drummer Ryan Gross, piper Larry Fortson and fiddler Ken Burns to the current lineup of Kevin, Mike, Beth, Stuart, Tom and now Hugh. 

And then there's you, the fans of the band, you wonderfully scraggly group of music lovers. I truly thank each and every one of you for making me feel so welcome in your pubs and festivals, so loved in your company and so lucky to be part of something as warm and inviting as the Celtic music scene.  You've put a notch in my heart that will always be reserved for you.  Here's to you all, I look forward to seeing you at the pubs and fests and sharing some mighty great music and pints with you!   And as Glen so solemnly sings, "good night and joy be with you all".