September 6th, 2004

Fishy Circumstances

Andy M. Stewart

When I was an undergrad, a handful of my friends were Andy Stewart fans. They were especially fond of some of his more rambunctious numbers - Rambling Rover - but the whole oeuvre appealed. I particularly associate the songs with f_butterfly and Sam, although I'm quite sure littleowl was a regular singer of those songs too.

Early on, I bought a few album of my own, Made in America and Golden, Golden, performed by the band Silly Wizard. I didn't follow Andy Stewart's album history any more closely. I loved the albums, but I don't think it ever occurred to me to seek out his current albums. In way, I can blame that on his music-writing talents. He has written many of the classics of modern Scottish folk music, covered by innumerable bands. One of his pieces was performed by the cealidh band at the wedding I went to at the beginning of August. I learned to sing many of the pieces he'd written on the albums I had. I always did love the titular "Golden, Golden" song, for example.

Several weeks ago, pittenweem sent out a query, wondering if any of us would like to go to this concert by a performer recommended by DJ siusiadh. Andy Stewart was playing at Hugh's Room! Hugh's Room is the best venue in the city: an intimate, comfortable space, serving decent food and with all-good views in a multi-tiered space. And Andy Stewart, whose old work I knew so well, at least from two albums, was performing. Of course I wanted to go!

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Fishy Circumstances

Discretion

One of the exciting things about maintaining a list of medievalists with weblogs is that once in a while, medievalists I don't know contact me out of the blue. I really like this. Usually, they're writing to tell me about their weblog, or someone else's, that I don't know of yet.

Now, usually it's clear from a weblog how much personal information the maintainer is interested in sharing. If someone posts their name obviously on their weblog, I'll list their name in the index on my site. If it takes a few clicks of navigating to some other site they maintain which includes their personal information, I won't usually bother explicitly linking weblog to person in my list. The thing about email, however, is that a great many people use their real names in it, even if they don't use it in their weblog itself.

The hints given in the weblog about which I was most recently informed gave me enough clues that I had a pretty good guess which university the grad student was at - and indeed, the departmental webpage confirms it. As a rule, this information is fairly meaningless to me, but in this case I was briefly tempted to connect the dots, and tell my other contact at this university that a fellow member of their department had also started weblogging. But I've resisted - it seems the tactful thing to do, since neither mentions their own name on their site. They can figure it out themselves, if they can and choose to, from browsing weblogs.