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DECEMBER 2008 - Anne Feeney's Fellow Travelers' Advisory - VOLUME FOUR, #9


Kerrville, TX
College Station, TX
San Marcos, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
then on to California, Oregon, Washington and BC!
details below and continuously updating at



December 2nd

Pittsburgh, PA

Hi there

Just packing for Texas and dreaming of Ireland. My Thanksgiving holiday was terrific. I had 13 for a sumptuous dinner, including a free-range, organic, locally grown heirloom turkey. My guests included my partner from Ireland, Tom Pigott. Tom and I have just finished planning the 2009 trips to Ireland and hope you'll join us for one of them.

Please visit today and buy my CDs for the working class heros and sheros in your life. They make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Thanks for all your support for my music and all the great work you've done this year. 2009 is certain to be an exciting improvement!

Love, peace and solidarity



I hope if you know anyone in Kerrville, College Station, Austin, San Marcos or Corpus Christi that you'll tell them about my Texas tour. I'm so excited to have a trio to tour with. The song, "Dump the Bosses Off Your Back," which is the title track of my new CD, contains the lines:

Are you almost torn asunder?
Loaded like some long-eared jack?
Boob, why don't you buck like thunder and
Dump the bosses off your back!
All the agonies you suffer
You could end with one good WHACK!
Stiffen up you ornery duffer
and Dump the Bosses Off Your Back

I'll be touring with Oliver Steck on accordion and trumpet and his pal Gino Gottschall on tuba... Ornery Duffers to be sure. The instrumentation for this trio will allow us to be part circus band, part marching band, part symphony - and hard-to-miss! I wish I could afford to keep this band on the road all year long. Don't miss us!

IRELAND 2009!!

If you think it would be fun to come to Ireland with me for ten days, you're right! And now is the time to send in deposits for the 2009 tours. I've paired up with an extraordinary tour company - Enchanted Way Tours - so that I can proudly offer you the most authentic, affordable and exciting tours you'll ever find in Ireland! The dates for the 2009 tours are:

May 19th - 28th * Galway, Kerry and Clare * This was the first tour to sell out last year. You'll hear any Irish music fan talk about the music of Doolin, the Dingle peninsula, and Lisdoonvarna. We'll visit all three places. Fabulous music every night, and unforgettable scenery - including the Cliffs of Moher. This is the "best of the west" tour - the real Ireland!

June 27th - July 6th * Sligo, Donegal, Derry * This tour of the remote areas of the northwest coast of Ireland feature some of Ireland's most unusual and breathtaking scenery. We'll start in Yeats country - County Sligo and move on to Donegal - the Slieve League - and Malin Head, the northernmost tip of Ireland - with an optional boat tour to Tory Island. We'll also see the great city of Derry, the Bloody Sunday museum, the fantastic murals - and spend a wonderful evening at Sandino's pub.

August 25th - September 3rd * Galway, Dublin, Clare * - By popular demand, we've added a tour that includes Ireland's wonderful capital city, Dublin. This is a perfect tour for a first time visitor to Ireland. This extraordinary value also includes six nights in the west, where we'll see the Cliffs of Moher and hear great music every night.

The cost of these tours is $1950 per person based upon double occupancy and includes all ground transportation, all accommodations, all breakfasts, three dinners, and admission to many special events. The single supplement cost is $300. (You still have to purchase your airfare, travel insurance, lunches, and the other 6 dinners.) It's an incredible value. You'll find the accommodations charming and comfortable. Our 24 seat luxury coach is small enough to navigate the wee byways of the countryside. Our tours are flexible and designed to accommodate your needs and wishes. We'll pick you up and return you to Shannon airport.

I'm also pleased to report that your tourist dollar will go much further in Ireland than it did in 2008. First deposit of $500 is due by December 31, 2008. These tours will fill up quickly. Please drop me a line at, or call me at 412-877-6480 if you'd like to come with me. I'll be happy to answer all of your questions.

2009 School of the Americas Vigil

The annual vigil outside the School of the Americas in Columbus, GA drew 20,000+ demonstrators calling for the closing of our taxpayer-funded school of assassins. In the last election 35 congressional supporters of this school lost their seats. The mood was very optimistic that this could be the last year that this shameful institution is in existence. Write Barack Obama and ask him to close the School of the Americas (also known as WHINSEC).

And, as Pete Seeger says, "It's the singingest movement since the civil rights movement." Pat and Sandy Emma's Revolution were on hand, as were Chris Chandler, Charlie King and Karen Brandow, Joe Jencks, Rising Appalachia, Elise Witt, Colleen Kattau, the Chestnut Brothers, Los Vicios de Papa, Steve Jacobs, Mary Shapiro, Vientos del Pueblo, Francisco Herrera and Jon Fromer ... Chris Inserra's amazing organizing skills bring it all together and Maurice Turner's trumpet is awesome! Check out the SOAWatch website for more information.


Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77. Odetta died Tuesday of heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, said her manager of 12 years, Doug Yeager. She was admitted to the hospital with kidney failure about three weeks ago, he said. In spite of failing health that caused her to use a wheelchair, Odetta performed 60 concerts in the last two years, singing for 90 minutes at a time. Her singing ability never diminished, Yeager said.

"The power would just come out of her like people wouldn't believe," he said. With her booming, classically trained voice and spare guitar, Odetta gave life to the songs by workingmen and slaves, farmers and miners, housewives and washerwomen, blacks and whites. First coming to prominence in the 1950s, she influenced Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and other singers who had roots in the folk music boom.

The rest of the obit is at

RNC Protestors still facing ridiculous charges!

Jim Page's song, "This is How the War Came Home" is a great introduction to what really happened in St. Paul during the Republican National Convention. You can help. Visit


December 2nd - Benjamin Mumphrey, Dec 6th - Olivia Grefenstette, Dec 11th - Mick Madera, December 12th - Dennis McCahill.

On my way home from Georgia, I stopped in Aiken, SC to visit my Aunt Claire O'Connor. She was 88 years old this past June 4th. She was very happy to see me. We sang some old songs together, looked at all the family pictures - I brought her a gorgeous photo from Dan and Monique's wedding.

She is considerably more frail than when my sister and I surprised her on her 87th birthday, but still in remarkable spirits. You can drop her a card at:
Claire O' Connor - Eden Gardens
1385 Silver Bluff Road, Aiken, SC 29803

My son Dan and his wife, Monique Murad, leave for Quito, Ecuador in the early days of January, 2009. Monique has a fantastic job with USAID, and Dan will be finishing his last semester of law school in Ecuador. The State Department is sending a moving company to pack up all their wedding presents and Craig's List furniture for shipping on December 30th. They'll be living in a hotel until their departure on January 3rd or 4th of 2009. Quito has San Francisco-like weather, and, from all accounts, is a beautiful city. I hope to get there for a visit in the coming year.

My Texas tour this month will allow me to visit my daughter Amy at her new house in San Marcos, TX - I can't wait to see it. She got a great deal on the place, and she's in the process of creating a wellness center there - massage, accupuncture, sauna... sounds great!!

My cousin Jack Metcalfe, who lives in Germany, just sent this wonderful link to his son Patrick's band performance - he's the keyboard player and there's a great close-up at 2:40

One of last month's highlights was almost 5,000 miles of touring with my longtime friend Charlie King around New England and down to Fort Benning. Charlie is a great travel companion - he share my love of jokes, so we exchanged MANY of them on the trip.

He's a wonderful songwriter and a great performer. Check out his website


Anne Feeney
Friday, December 5th, 2008 7:00 PM
House Concert with Anne Feeney & the Ornery Duffers
Stephanie or Jason
1304 Cedar Drive
Kerrville, TX 78028
Price: $15
Doors open at 7:00, show promptly at 7:30PM ... Email - call or email Stephanie or Jason to reserve a seat. Snacks, chairs, beverages welcome. Possible jam afterward. Bring musical instruments if you like.

Saturday, December 6th, 2008 7:00 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
Danny Yeager's house
1211 Haley Place
College Station, TX
(979) 777-8758
Price: $10-20 suggested
Doors open at 7 and the concert will start at 7:30. It's BYOB and bring potluck snacks to share. $10 - $20 sliding scale -- pay what you can. Children are welcome and enter for free. Email or phone (979) 777-8758 for information and seat reservations.
Sunday, December 7th, 2008 7:00 PM
House Concert
The Compound
301 Saltillo St
San Marcos , TX 78666
Price: $15 suggested for more info...
Friday, December 12th, 2008 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and the Ornery Duffers
Cassidy's Irish Pub
601 N Water St
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 879-0534

Saturday, December 13th, 2008 8:00 PM
Anne Feeney and the Ornery Duffers
Cassidy's Irish Pub
601 N Water St
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 879-0534