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It’s hard to believe that Knock on Wood, my folk-rock duo, will be embarking upon its ninth year in 2023. It all started with a gig at the Marblehead Farmers Market on June 6, 2015, and this project has blossomed into a major happening on the local music scene (at least we see it that way).


This year, we did 34 concerts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, and had a great time in in the process. Joe Kessler, my partner, since 2017, is not only an outrageously great fiddler (who’s also terrific on the mandolin and backup vocals) but a pleasure to work with. He’s enthusiastic, full of energy and always very animated. More importantly, Joe understands what we’re trying to do, which is to have fun.


Dave Talmage joined the team last year and I’m looking forward to doing gigs with him next year as well. Dave plays a host of instruments (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar. to mention a few) with an energetic flair and we’re going to tap into that versatility. Did I mention that he’s a great singer? I think I just did.  


Right now, there are six definite dates on the KOW23 calendar, including:



Feb. 27, Natick, 1:30 p.m.

March 29, Raynham, 1 p.m.

May 18, Sharon, 11 a.m.



June 25, Melrose, 6 p.m. (annual Bread of Life benefit)

July 16, Hopkinton, 5 p.m.

July 20, Dighton, 7 p.m.


We also have about 12 tentative dates lined up and many more irons in the fire. A lot of potential gigs, too. Check for the latest updates. 


Hey, I almost forgot to mention that KOW has one more show this year: Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Lunenburg Public Library. Joe and I will be tearing it up at this free concert from 6:30-8 p.m. If you’re in the area, please stop by. If you’re not … ROAD TRIP! It’ll be worth it.


We’ll be playing a bunch of songs from my new album as well as some of the old favorites. Plus classic covers from the Rolling Stones, Dire Straits, Tom Petty, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more.


BTW, my new CD, “It Sure Beats Workin,’” has its own web page. Check it out:


I’ve mentioned before in this space that everyone seems to think that CDs are passe, antiquated, outmoded, and no one wants them anymore. Haven’t convinced me yet. In 2022, I set all all-time record for the most CDs sold – not to mention all those downloads and streams – and I’m looking for more of the same next year.


In the meanwhile, if you want to contribute to this landmark effort, check out my “Buy a CD” page at


I don’t think I have to mention that the holiday season is almost upon us (hint, hint). Actually, I do. Sorry. So please consider one of my CDs as a unique gift for that “not-so-special” person on your list.


Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.



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