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Friday, March 17, 2017 – St. Patrick’s Day with the Highland Shatners!

It is that time of year when there is no fear that the green will sprout throughout the former colonies and part’s west.
Gather ye to the hearth and mug on St. Pat’s 3/17/17 with special food and fine ales at Freddy’s, on 5th Ave. near 17th Street, in New York’s famous Brooklyn, to see the Highland Shatners!
Feast upon uplifting melodies of down crashing sheleighlies, interplanetary drinking songs, and for the tenderhearted, touching ballads of motherless children and VD.
The Highland Shatners go on in the backroom at 8:30 PM with our unique blend of traditional Celtic tunes from all the Isles, with Paisley Pop from the 1960s, modern Scottish music, and of course songs from Star Trek. Just one of several acts in place to accompany your revelry.
Do I reach? Or will you remain Herbert not there, and so very square?


Paul Ukena Trio Website

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Bushwick Book Club

I was happy to accept an invitation to accompany Henry Tenney at the June Bushwick Book Club, featuring songs inspired by David Lynch’s autobiographical work.

June 8, 2016

Counter Evolution in New York’s famous Manhattan



Tennessee Williams Inspires New Music

Monday night The Bushwick Book Club at Superfine in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The poster said 8, BUT the official start time is 7pm/SUNSET with a new conceptual piece by Marc Buchy.

The performances will start afterwards (approx. 7:30/8?).
Please join us at 7pm if you can! This installment of B B C are songs inspired by Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
I will presenting a new song written for the occasion, with help from various members of Spoonville and the Highland Shatners.
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                                                                     Image: Jullie LaMendola


St. Patrick’s Day  with the Highland Shatners

Thursday March 17 – 7:30

Freddy’s Bar

627 5th Ave near 17th St. in Brooklyn

We will be playing unplugged acoustic in the main bar near the piano

The R train to Prospect Av (which is 15th St.) at 4th Ave. and Freddy’s is between 17th and 18th St. on 5th Ave.

But the 5th Ave. bus from Park Slope is leisurely and drops you off right across the street.

So come get your Irish on with the Highland Shatners, even though we play Scottish music and stuff from Star Trek.


Winter NAMM!

The Winter NAMM show opens Thursday in sunny Southern California.

I am off to the frigid snowfields of Nazareth, PA and the Martin Guitar Factory to get a hands-on look at the 2016 models.

My exclusive reviews will be appearing at

One Man’s Guitar

and check out my social and cultural commentary at

One Man’s World

But I intend to find time to further expand and improve on the new version to

So check in from time to time and see how it’s shaping up!

Spoon, out


Not all guitars are created equal internet homne of T Spoon Phillips 1930 OM-45 Deluxe

1930 Martin OM-45 Deluxe (photo: Robert Corwin)