For years Lou Ann and I have spent our Sunday evenings at the open-air Jolly Roger restaurant listening to local guitarist, Martin Garrish, & Friends. This year Gary Mitchell, David Tweedie, Marcy Brenner, and Lou Castro are providing the entertainment there. It is still wonderful (of course it is; they are all outstanding musicians), but we hadn't heard Martin all summer (he's moved to Monday evenings at Howard's Pub where he has air conditioning and no stress about thunderstorms). So last night we joined friends at a large table near the band and stayed until their last number, sometime before midnight. Martin, accompanied by Marcy and Lou, as well as Aaron Caswell and Jackie Willis, kept us enthralled with so many of their trademark songs, especially Emmylou Harris' "If I Needed You," which Martin dedicated to Lou Ann and me. It was a night to remember.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's account of installing an old-fashioned pitcher pump. You can read it here.