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Well I just finished a busy couple of months. Highlights include a remarkable New Years' Eve show with the Vox Hunbters and Spitzer and Mareva at  Common Fence Music in Warren, RI, with short sets by each act, a pub sing during changeovers, and a square dance at midnight to kick off the New Year. The next day the Zydecats (my longtime Zydeco band in which i play accordion and fiddle) played our 25th Annual New Year's Day Dance at Bishop's Castle in Exeter, RI to a packed room of dancers.few gigs filling on bluegrass fiddle with Mystic-based Bluegrass band Cabin Fever, Solo shows included nights at the Knickerbocker Taproom in Westerly and several house concerts, and the Dead Sea Squirrles continued a busy schedule of contradances, 

I'm in the recording studio working on three different projects for the rest of March and into early April, and touring starting April 15 for most of the rest of the month. Details to follow!


Weekly Events
Monday Night Old Time Sessions at The Social Bar + Kitchen
208 Bank Street, New London CT 7:00pm-10pm

​Every Monday night there's great Old Time String Band music at The Social Bar + KItchen, featuring local musicians and out-of-town guests. Fiddle, five-string banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and other instruments play some of the best social music you've ever heard. Come listen, dance,  or bring an instrument and some tunes and throw down! (Not a slow jam- we play like the house just caught fire). 


Stonington Farmer's Market at the Velvet Mill 
Saturdays-Winter Hours 10am-1pm 

Listen to old time fiddle and banjo music as I play fiddle with A.J. Hocking's banjo while you do your week's grocery shopping​- indoor location for this great farmer's market in an old Velvet Mill filled with artists' studios, shops, a brew pub, and a big open room filled farmers selling vegetables (including greenhouse grown greens, root vegetables, mushrooms, baked goods, poultry, beef, and pork, honey, hot sauce, and more. Catch up with friends and neighbors, check out the flea market and artisan shops, and support a wonderful community institution.


John Speziale's original roots band Sweet Mercy plays at Perks and Corks Westerly RI 8:00pm to 11:00pm


Another Sweet Mercy gig at The Social Bar and Kitchen in New london CT- drinks and dancing! 8:30-11:30pm
208 Bank Street New London CT


Tour with Dead Sea Squirrels- Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Asheville NC, Chapel Hill NC, Staunton VA 

1-10 May 

West Coast/Hawaii Tour- details TBA (depending on the scary plague!)