The Lyons Fork
I have been playing music in bars and venues pretty much my whole life. Along the way there have been places that teem of holiness. Some are the stages where you know your favorite musicians have performed in the past and you get to occupy a common space for the night, maybe you tap into some energy they left behind. Other places are straight dives that should probably not even host music but for whatever reason there's magic there and the space is transformed for the night while you are present. And then there are places like the Lyons Fork.
There have been a few places like this that stand out in my memory and heart as housing some of the best nights of my life. Joe and Andy’s, The Soul Kitchen, and The Ould Sod come to mind. It's when we set up our gear in the corner of a room, a bar, or a restaurant and deliver a message from the heart. No matter how unlikely the space, we put all of our energy and intention into our songs and lay them out in the most vulnerable and honest of ways for whoever is there.
Whether it's 100 or 5 people bearing witness to this ritual
It really matters not.
These are the nights I play music for
These are the places I search out and want to return to.
The building in this photo is my sanctuary, a night here with my friends making music and my soul is fed.
I have what I need to survive the in between time until I get to do this again.
The magic partly lies in the fact that not every performance will be like this, that streak of divinity that seems to guide us when we are turned on like we were on Sunday night at the Fork isn't always there, but when it is I am grateful.
Grateful for my band
My friends who are present
Grateful for the room that houses us
Grateful for the night -
Whose dark veil seems to give us all permission to open our souls a little wider, dance a little looser, and stretch ourselves a bit further than we’ve previously gone.
We play at the Lyons Fork almost monthly, it is a little brick room full of life, spirits, good folks and when we are playing, lots of music! Come by sometime.