Category Archives: The Great Water Dragons Southwest Tour

Singer-songwriters Sands Hall & Maggie McKaig on the road

Reno to Las Vegas

Around 8:00 AM on Monday, nephew Hunter picked us up in Squaw and in a marvelous juggle of cars and luggage, drove us to Reno, where we loaded up our rental, a sleek silver Nissan Rogue. In went instruments, suitcases, … Continue reading

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Launch

Here’s what we expected: A drive up a dark and curving Highway 20 to I-80 to Squaw Valley, wrestling with the electric fence we’ve had to install to keep the bears from breaking in, and entry into a cold house … Continue reading

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3 Days

Stored next to the piano is a growing collection of stuff: sleeping bag, the case of wine promised my sister for the first concert (3 nights away), assorted presents for our hosts, copies of my novel Catching Heaven to put … Continue reading

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ITINERARY

A number of you have written to ask where we’ll be playing. Here’s the plan: Itinerary: Hall & McKaig Waterdragon Tour, Summer, 2012 5/30: Rio Rico, Arizona 6/1: Tucson, Arizona 6/3: Santa Fe, New Mexico 6/7: Durango, Colorado 6/9: Carbondale, … Continue reading

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7 Days…

May 22nd A week from today we’ll be waking up in Las Vegas, which is nicely equidistant to Rio Rico, having driven 8-9 hours the day before.  I love the image of Maggie carrying her two guitars and her accordion, … Continue reading

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9 days…

Singing all these love songs—songs of yearning, joy, loss—can leave one breathless. Literally. As we worked on Robbie Burns’ “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose,” Maggie’s husband, Luke, passing through the living room, suggested that the deep breath … Continue reading

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13 days to go

 May 16th Met at my house, once again with Mother, who seems to be moving beyond the sorrow that gets created by the pretty music, and who is beginning to listen to the lyrics.  Sometimes she locks her eyes on … Continue reading

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15 days to go…

May 15th Countdown: In two weeks we’ll be driving through Nevada, heading towards the Arizona state line… Today I worked a lot on my garden, which lovely as it is, is not the best thing to do when you’re trying … Continue reading

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16 days to go…

May 13th & 14th Maggie, in reference to a little riff I’m offering on the mandolin break on “When The Sun Goes Down in the Sky,” suggested that as I repeat the little waterfall of notes, I think about “what … Continue reading

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Meet Sands Hall

Sands Hall has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was 14, when, as a birthday present, her father purchased, for $150 from a hard-up student at UC Berkeley, a OOO-18 Martin. This is the battered wonderful guitar she … Continue reading

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