Tom Kimmel's January News-in-Brief

January Greetings! 

It’s a strangely warm, rainy day in Memphis, a good day to stay inside and catch up with you. Not much news thus far in the New Year because I’ve been slowly recovering from a couple of pesky physical challenges. Nothing too serious, and I’m doing well, thank you. But I’m also acutely aware of how fortunate I am to have access to quality care. (And I sure wish that was true for everyone.) 

Not too much news yet in this very-new-year, so let's knock it out... 


CONTENTS of This Very Short Newsletter 

1. Two-three seats now open for April Ireland tour (details below) 

2. Ireland & Scotland tours web pages (updated) 

3. Off to TX for writing retreat & concert 

4. California shows in March 

5. TK Poem of the Month: Cat Man 

6. Wisdom for writers from John Edgar Wideman and Barry Lopez 


1. Upcoming April Ireland tour: now room for 2… or maybe 3 more folks 

IF you feel the tug to join us, I just learned that we have room on the bus for 2-3 folks. (That is, we can now make available 2 single hotel rooms… or 1 single room for one person and 1 double for 2 people.) 

IF you feel the tug, please email Vicki Belinoski with Inishfree Tours ASAP to let her know of your interest. To do that, send to... 


Would be a good idea to also copy her at... 


FYI, our 2023 dates are April 18-27, 2023, and we’ll be exploring Counties Dublin, Waterford & Clare. 


2. For Ireland and Scotland 2024 tour dates & info: Visit my updated web pages… 

a. For info on 2024 IRELAND tour (June 23-July 4, 2024) to Counties Cork, Kerry & Clare, click HERE

b. For info on my 2024 SCOTLAND tours(April 19-29, 2024 and May 1-11, 2024), click HERE

Needless to say, hosting these tours is a continual joy... and I don’t take it for granted! 


3. Off to Blue Rock, TX! 

Starting this Sunday evening I’ll be joining a small group of writers for a week of songwriting (and a concert) at Blue Rock Artist Ranch & Studio in Wimberley. If you’ve visited Blue Rock, you know what a special place it is. 

For more on all things Blue Rock, click HERE


4. Two TK solo concerts in CA in March 

I'm really looking forward to this trip. Here’s the scoop: 

Friday, March 10, 2023  7pm 
The Ugly Mug 
4640 Soquel Drive 
Soquel, CA, 95073 
For more info, click HERE 

Saturday, March 11, 2023  8pm 
*The Barn 
Gilroy, CA 

*for more info please email Shauna Jamison at shauna(at)tomkimmel(dot)com 
…and she’ll send you a link for making reservations at The Barn. 

NOTE: I’m very much open to adding another area show or two while I’m out that way. To inquire about booking or hosting me, send an email to Shauna at shauna(at)tomkimmel(dot)com 


5. TK Poem of the Month: Cat Man 

Obviously I’ve been inspired by my pets over the years. Maybe if I keep going I’ll have enough for a book? That's unlikely, but they keep coming. And man oh man, I love my four-legged family—and I sure miss them when they’re gone. 

Cat Man 

I’m a cat man 
and a dog man. 
Way I see it 
a soul can love dogs 
and cats, and thus 
cover a lot of ground 
in the field of love. 

People say 
cats love no one 
but themselves. Not so! 
They love the way they love. 
—with pure, wild cat love. 
And for those 
who don’t feel it 
where they feel the world, 
now maybe there’s an empty space, 
and hey—we know 
how Nature feels 
about a vacuum. 

So heads up, 
you dogs-only people, 
the sands beneath your feet 
could be shifting 
—not that a cat 
is due to arrive, but maybe 
some even stranger 
is slipping in under the radar. 


6. Wisdom for the New Year 

As I’m heading off to a writing retreat in a few days, seems like a little perspective on writing is in order. 

“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” 
—John Edgar Wideman (b. 1941), author 

“"Everything is held together with stories. That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion." 
—Barry Lopez (1945-2020), author 


Cheers Everybody! Here’s to a sweet year unfolding from here. 


PS Thanks always to the folks at Elixir Strings for keeping me playing the world's best strings for over 25 years.

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