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December 7th, 2012Imagine Nation

Dear Friends,

“Now that the leaves are gone
the sky is so much closer,
And when the moon is down
all the stars are clear.”


“Bare trees, supplicating, skeletal fingers
reaching toward the sky
We’re swirling into darkness like leaves in the wind
and any little thing can make me cry.”

I love the turning of every season and here we are feeling Fall and looking at Winter. And two weeks until the light turns around! Here’s the Happs: Linda Danielson, David Stuart Bull and myself are getting ready to do our annual holiday show, featuring a reading of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” (see details below) Also local appearances by Red Pajamas, Ghillie Dhu and the Dhon’ts, the Low Tide Drifters and Chico’s Hydrogen Jukebox, and a rally to celebrate the International Declaration of Human Rights and promote universal health care in Oregon. Read on…

WHO: David Stuart Bull, Linda Danielson, Chico Schwall
WHAT: A CELTIC HOLIDAY, featuring Celtic music and song and a reading of Dylan Thomas’ classic memoir “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” for eight performances in a unique and intimate setting
WHERE: Cafe Soriah, 382 W 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401 541 342-4410
WHEN: December 15-23 as follows:
Saturday, December 15 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 16 at 3:00 pm
Monday, December 17 at 9:30 pm
Tuesday, December 18 at 9:30 pm
Wednesday, December 19 at 9:30 pm
Thursday, December 20 at 9:30 pm
Saturday, December 22 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, December 23 at 3:00 pm

DETAILS: Admission is $10. Light food and drink available (or come early to an evening show and have dinner!). PLEASE call the Cafe for reservations 541 342-4410. No other advance tickets available, and the shows often sell out.

Actor David Stuart Bull, fiddler Linda Danielson and folksinger Chico Schwall once again re-create their classic Holiday show, a staple in Eugene for over twenty years. Celtic music and song from Ireland, Scotland, England, Galicia and Wales are followed by British-born actor David Stuart Bull’s reading of Dylan Thomas’ story, first heard over BBC radio in 1942. The program is presented in-the-round in an intimate setting without lighting or amplification, as though it were your living room.

We’ll be sharing a taste of the show live on the radio: KLCC’s “Mist Covered Mountain” on Sunday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday December 9 at 1:45 Red Pajamas play contemporary folk rock (with some unusual seasonal themes) at Eugene’s Saturday Market Holiday Market. At 3:15 Ghillie Dhu and the Dhon’ts play whizzbang Keltcore. Come on down and sample the local color.

Monday, December 10 at noon gather with us at Harris Hall, in the Lane County building to celebrate the International Declaration of Human Rights, with a focus on the Health Care for All Oregon movement. Some great energy, cool speakers and we’ll raise our voices in a couple of songs.

Thursday, January 10 Chico’s Hydrogen Jukebox will hold forth at Territorial Vineyards. Seven p.m. start, no cover, 907 W 3rd Ave. Jazzy fiddle, original songs, folk classics and surprises.

Hope to see you at a show!

Chico Schwall