Thursday, August 11, 2016

Where's Carl?

Just in case you were wondering why my schedule seems so light this year...
I decided that after 30 years of doing hundreds and hundreds of concerts and festivals I needed a break. So I'm taking this year off to pursue other interests.
One of the things I want to do is work on getting my book finished. I've been working for years on "Ewan Colin Coupar and a Touch of the Fae" and I never seem to have the time I need to get it done. I've already made progress in this endeavor.
I spent three weeks in Scotland in June, and one of the reasons I went, besides visiting the family, was to explore fairy places, those places that were steeped in fairy folklore, as research for the book.
I started in Earlston, near Selkirk, and visited the sites where the stories of Thomas the Rhymer and Tam Lin are said to have taken place. This included the Eildon Hills and Tam Lin's Well near Carterhaugh. They are not a part of the book but the ballads of both these fairy abductees are on my CD "A Faery Place".
Further visits took me to Tarbat Ness, north of Inverness, and Aberfoyle, east of Loch Lomond. Both of these feature prominently in the book. I also visited fairy places in the Isle of Skye and around Loch Ness. Most of the story in the book takes place in and around Greenock and I spent a lot of time there exploring my old haunts. Further updates to the progress of the book will be in later blogs.
While in Scotland I had a fortuitous meeting with a filmmaker from Glasgow who is interested in using the book and my "A Faery Place" CD as part of a TV series which would also include going in search of fairy land. More on that later...
I will try to keep the blog updated, and I welcome your comments and questions.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Returning to Scotland

Carl Peterson and the darachweb crew will be on vacation in Scotland from May 31, 2016 to June 21, 2016.

While in Scotland, Carl is looking forward to reconnecting with friends and family, as well as researching his book.

During this time you can still place orders on and All orders will be shipped as soon as possible after June 21, 2016.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Robert Burns Birthday!

Carl Peterson sings Robert Burns

January 25th is the birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland's (unofficial) National Bard.

Born in 1759 in Ayrshire, Scotland, Robert Burns became a "literary celebrity" for his numerous poems and songs.

So lift your glasses to Robert Burns who gave us these quotes (among many, many others):

"Ah wad some power the giftie gie us
To see ourselves as others see us."

"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley."

And from Tam O' Shanter, A Tale (1790):

Warlocks and witches in a dance:
Nae cotillon, brent new frae France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and mettle in their heels

Kick up your heels, and sing along with Carl Peterson, as he sings songs of Robert Burns on his great CD: "There was a Lad: Songs of Robert Burns"!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to the new, redesigned darachweb website!

After many years the website has been updated with the latest versions of software and still carries the same great products.

Visit us again...

Monday, August 3, 2015

June, July and August updates

My last blog was way back June 4th. so it's about time for an update! So much has been going on since my last blog, vacation in Vermont in June, back home to Kutztown then a quick turn-a-round to head of to Grandfather Mountain games then another quick turn-a-round to head of to Washington State for two festivals a week apart with a 3 day trip to visit my old friend Patrick Hughes and his family in Victoria BC.
A bit rainy in Burlington but did get enough sunny days to enjoy golf with my brothers-in law and spend quality time with my sisters-in-law and my nephews Andrew and Stephen.
Grandfather Mountain was great as usual, great weather the whole weekend for a change except for the strong winds that destroyed my tents early Thursday morning but the with the help of good neighbors and a tent supplied by the grandfather Mountain people we recovered to have a fine and profitable time. I won the Lochaber Harp (Jew's Harp) contest this year which came with bottle of single malt whisky, Old Pultney, and a first place medal.
Couldn't have better friends in the world than Randy and Jenny White out there in Buckley WA, near Enumclaw for the Pacific Northwest Scottish Festival. Randy accompanied me on my visit to the Hughes family. Victoria is such a beautiful place to visit. Pat donated a great set of shuttle pipes to me, being 92 years young he doesn't have the "blaw" for them anymore. Finally got my Pirate Songs, Sea Songs and Shanties Volume 3 released and coming soon volume 4 and a CD of two vynal albums I recorded whilst living in Montreal, aptly retitled My Montreal Years. 
Hey, I need to stop and think of what else is going on so I'll get back to this in a day or so. Thanks to the internet and social media sites like Facebook I'm making contacts with old friends and acquaintances  as far back as my primary school, the Mearn Street School in Greenock.
Back at you soon.
Cheers, Carl   

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June update

Better late than never since my last blog and a lot is going on. First this weekend coming up (June 6th & 7th) a little Scottish Festival at Stepping Stone Farm Museum at Havre De Grace, MD. Small but relaxing, weather looks good for this weekend so far.
I have just recently finished Pirate Songs, Sea Songs and Shanties Volume 3. 18 songs including: 15 Men On A Dead Man's Chest (Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum), Kishmul's Galley, A-roving, All For Me Grog and so on. Now working on volume 4.
I have 3 other recent releases, kind of a time line for me including a CD called The Montreal Years which includes 2 vinyl LPs that I recorded in Montreal during the 70s. A Man With A Song In His Heart (1972) and Folksongs (1974) both on 1 CD. Also a CD version of the early 1970s Patmacs that was on Capitol Records which includes 2 songs that were on a single, Puff The Magic Dragon and Whiskey In The Jar. Finally a CD  from recordings in the early 60s, 4 songs with the original Patmacs a number of songs with Johnny Forrest, a Scottish singer living Edmonton at the time. Johnny went on to star on the Don Messer Jubilee TV show from Halifax, Nova Scotia. The original Patmacs were Pat Hughes from Dublin, Ireland, Ken Linbeck and Irene Ball from Edmonton and myself Carl Peterson. The later reformed Patmacs were myself again with Bill Hailey from Scotland, Steve Fearns from England, Larry Lyons from Ireland and Carol and Karen Tripp, twins from Edmonton, Alberta.

Coming up in July we have the Grandfather Mountain Games in NC, and the Pacific Northwest Games in Unemclaw, WA. Check my schedule for later games.
Cheers, Carl