Mary Cliff's "Traditions" Pulled from the Airwaves
February 8, 2015

For over 40 years by my reckoning, there has been one consistent voice on the public airwaves for folk and roots music in the mid-Atlantic region. Mary Cliff has anchored a weekend night hosting her show "Traditions", featuring music from world-renowned artists to local pub singers, listing the exhaustive area event calendar of folk, bluegrass, blues and anything else roots or world music oriented, and all broadcast at some 50,000 watts in all directions.

An artist reflects on the profound changes in his livelihood and calling, faces up to fears and failings, and resolves to move forward.

Resolutions. At this time of year in particular folks get hung up on them - making them, breaking them, writing them off all together. Resolution comes from the word resolve, a word that I have been doing a delicate dance with lately. It feels like re-solve, as in having to solve an old problem all over again.

I deliberately stepped away for a couple weeks over the holidays to recharge my batteries and enjoy being with family - successfully I might add. Thus this first morning back in my office I came face to face with a host of fears and anxieties strewn about my desktop that had been anxiously awaiting my return, and ready to challenge my resolve.

One way to insure everyone drowns in a concept is to devote a day to it. Today is #GivingTuesday and thus everyone is getting a million emails from lots of good causes, and I want to participate, but what about the other 364 days? Is this one an attempt to balance our karma with the excessive shopping we've been goaded into since Thanksgiving, or an end-of-year-tax-writeoff opportunity? I'd love to encourage people who follow my page here to do something today, but who the heck would read it when we're all drowning in so many emails & posts?

All Souls Day has never been a big milestone for me. But after a week of profound discoveries about my family with my Mom on Ancestry.com, this morning's message "We Remember Them" by our friend Rev. John Manwell at Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun really put so many beautiful thoughts into context for me personally.

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Tour Dates

  • 05/28/2018
    ConcertWindow.com - Lincoln, VA
     
  • 06/07/2018
    Isis Music Hall Lounge - Asheville, NC
     
  • 06/10/2018
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Morgantown - Morgantown, WV
     
  • 06/14/2018
    B Chord Brewing Company - Round Hill, VA
     
  • 06/23/2018
    Mountville Folk Festival - Aldie, VA
     

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Andrew is a grateful Endorsing Artist for Elixir Strings and Fairbuilt Guitars, and a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Roster. He also is a member of The Standing "O" Project and Concerts in Your Home.

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