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May Newsletter Part Three of Three

Private Shows This Summer And Fall I have some great open dates this Summer and Fall that would work nicely for a private show. To learn more about having me come and horrify, I mean entertain, your friends and family click here: http://www.donwhite.net/private.htm Sunday Dec 4th in Michigan…at Your House??? I am available to do a private show in Michigan on Sunday December 4th. If you are interested in learning more about having me put on a special show for your friends and family while I’m in the area, contact my agent booking@donwhite.net or by phone at 617 539 3182 Benefit Concerts If you would like to put together a concert to help raise money and awareness for something that you care deeply about, let’s talk about it. I do a lot of fund raisers every year and I am always happy to help out if I can. These are very difficult times and many important community services are struggling to meet the needs around them. There is a lot of info on what it takes to put together a successful benefit concert here: http://donwhite.net/fundraisers2.html Contact my agent and we’ll see if we can help out. booking@donwhite.net or by phone at 617 539 3182 CDs MP3s Dvd and Book All my recordings, my DVD and my book are available at http://www.cdfreedom.com/artists/donwhite/ My new CD called Winning Streak is now available as an Mp3 as well as for individual song downloads. at http://www.cdfreedom.com/artists/donwhite/ My Book " Memoirs of a C Student" is now available on KINDLE AND NOOK http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=memoirs+of+a+C+student&x=11&y=17 http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Memoirs-of-a-C-Student/Don-White/e/2940012382429/?itm=2&USRI=don+white DON ON LINE Join my facebook fan page and get special updates and whimsical blatherings Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Don-White/62176263069?ref=ts Myspace http://www.myspace.com/lumperboy Youtube http://www.youtube.com/lumperboy16 The Endurance Award Thoughts on Writing. I love being a writer. I get high from writing. The process intoxicates me. If I spend three or four hours writing I float when I stop. Writing is the only way for me to open up the part of my brain where all the unexpected things live. I used to skip school and write. It is no less a part of my genetic makeup than my eye color. I hate being a writer. It buries me alive. It keeps me inside my house wrapped up in my own selfish thoughts through warm summers and magical falls. While all the world is actually living I am alone writing about the living I have already done or the living I imagine I’ll do if my addiction to writing would ever permit it. Writing is a fickle mistress with demands and rewards as extreme as they are unpredictable. I can hold her down for a while – often for years. I build a cement casing over her so her hands can’t touch me and her voice becomes a distant murmur. Then I live drinking deeply of all the people I love. And for that time I am one hundred percent present and available to the world in which I live and breathe. But…cement is no match for a patient and determined lover. Through fissures and cracks, tiny and imperceptible at first, her voice gets louder and eventually reaches the perfect volume and frequency to shatter the wall I have built between my love for living and my love of writing. The casing I built over her after I finished my book in 2006 is in pieces now. She is in the center of my ear these days. I know this because for months everything I see and hear – every interaction between the people around me - looks like a story to me. All I can think about is how to tell it in a way that captures the essence of it. I love writing. I hate writing. It buries me alive. It intoxicates me. Hope to see you soon. Don

May Newsletter Part Two of Three

Performance Schedule Through July I will be very busy in the next ten weeks with performances in Ma, NH, MI, Illinois, and Maryland. I will be doing SIX CO BILLS WITH CHRISTINE LAVIN including one in Illinois and one at The Ark in Ann Arbor Michigan. Christine and I sold out several of these shows in the past so be sure to make your reservations soon so you don’t miss out on all the fun. Here is a video to give you an idea of what happens at these shows. http://www.youtube.com/user/ellenmargo#p/u/4/NyjzuQ8wDbM …Tuesday May 24th Nourish Restaurant 1727 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA (781) 674-2400 I will be doing a short set in the middle of this great new open mike hosted by Ellen Schmidt.. ....Saturday May 28th The Half Moon Sober Festival at The Sugar Shack Campground Route 175 Thorton, New Hampshire. I'm delighted to be performing once again at this fantastic festival. I'll be doing a solo show and a set with The Loomers http://halfmoonsober.org/index.html …Saturday June 11th House Concert in Chester NH 603-233-6200 …Friday June 17th A Don and Christine Lavin Co bill at The Space 1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, Illinois. Christine and I are thrilled to be bringing our show back to Illinois and to this fantastic venue. http://www.evanstonspace.com/ 847.492.8860 …Saturday June 18th A Don and Christine Lavin Co bill at The Ark 316 S. Main Street Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is a return engagement. We sold out this venue in 2009. Don’t wait till the last minute to get your tickets. 734-763-8587 http://www.theark.org/ …Friday June 24th A Don and Christine Lavin Co bill at Steve's Backstage Pass 15 School St in Taunton Mass. An intimate show with limited seating. Call early for reservations. http://stevesbackstagepass.com/ 508-824-3436 Saturday June 25th A Don and Christine Lavin Co bill at Amazing Things 160 Hollis St, Framingham MA. Ms Lavin and I sold out this venue when we played here in 2009. Be sure to get your tickets early. http://amazingthings.org/index.asp 508-405-ARTS(2787) …Friday July 8th & Sat July 9th Two Don and Christine Lavin Co Bills at The Guthrie Center 4 Van Deusenville Road Great Barrington, MA. Ms. Lavin and I sold out two shows here last Labor Day weekend. It was a great joy for me to be able to perform at the church that was at the center of the Alice’s Restaurant story. I am delighted that we have been asked to return this year. If you live near or if you will be vacationing this July in western Massachusetts, be sure to get your tickets in advance. The room only holds 100 people and many were turned away last year. http://www.guthriecenter.org/ (413) 528-1955) …Saturday July 16th Private Show Portsmouth NH …Saturday July 23rd Temple Emanuel 909 Berrymans Lane, Reisterstown, Maryland. I don’t get to the Mid-Atlantic region as often as I would like. I’m thrilled to be doing this show on my way back home from a week of teaching in Virginia. If you know anyone who lives within driving distance of Baltimore, please let them know about this show. 410.526.2465 /////////// …Always call before the show. Things can change. All my CDs, my DVD and my book are available on line at www.cdfreedom.com To learn about hiring me for a private performance or a fundraiser go to www.donwhite.net then contact my agent at booking@donwhite.net or 617 539 3182

May Newsletter Part One of Three

Happy Month of May Thanks to all the good folks who came out to my recent shows in Connecticut, New York, NH, Westford, and Somerville, Mass. Lots of fun nights including an especially wonderful co bill with Mr. Jim Infantino where we each did a solo set and then sat together on stage sharing songs, memories and conversation before performing a handful of tunes together. It was a very special event for me and I hope Jim and I can team up again sometime. Let's Talk About Ireland I'm going to Ireland in August of 2012 and I'm taking 20 people with me. Even though this tour is more than a year away, almost half of the seats are already reserved. Our tour will be led by Tom Pigott of Enchanted Way Tours. Tom leads tours for people who hate tours. No big buses, name tags, large groups or hurried stops. Let Tom help you find the best music sessions, the least touristy pubs, the most beautiful back roads and the longest lasting memories and friendships. Check out the itinerary that includes three private concerts by Irish singers and musicians here: http://www.myspace.com/lumperboy/blog Let me know if you want to learn more. Two Big Local Fundraisers Next Weekend Friday May 20th The Great Hall, Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen MA. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Methuen Relay for Life. This concert is sponsored by Team 'Acting for a Cure'. The Relay for Life is an 18 hour long event to raise money and awareness for a cure for Cancer. Show starts at 7:00. Doors at 6:00. Silent auction, raffles etc. For ticket info call 978-790-3782 or email croughwell@comcast.net Watch me perform in my natural habitat. Saturday May 21st Saint Michaels Hall, 25 Elmwood Avenue in (you guessed it) Lynn, MA. This is a very rare performance in my home town. This is a fundraiser for The Friends and Alumni of Lynn Classical High School. The money will go to scholarships for graduating Seniors to help them realize their dreams of a college education. It’s going to be a wild night. For tickets and info call Paul Stonkus 781-599-1776 X 235 http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180984241937675

Memoirs Of A C Student Now Available On the Nook!

Me reading from my book Memoirs Of A C Student, a bit about the Breed School (now called Druid). http://youtu.be/opSMTYGIU5c The book is now available for the Nook. Click here to check it out. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Memoirs-of-a-C-Student/Don-White/e/2940012382429/?itm=2&USRI=don+white

Tour Ireland with Don White - August 2012

I'm going to Ireland Aug14th to Aug 23 of 2012 and I'm taking 20 people with me. $2275.00 per person. Includes Hotels, dinners and breakfast for each day Plus, of course transportation around Ireland. Airfare is not included. Eileen Baker (EBaker8991@comcast.net) will collect all the funds First deposit is for $500. The balance is split into two payments, the first six months before and the second three months before. All payments are fully refundable to traveler if they need to cancel up to three months before. We encourage all travelers to take out insurance (Travel Guard or similar) no later than the three months before the trip. A Musical Tour of Ireland- Tom’s Itinerary (8/14/12 – 8/23/12) Our tour will be led by Tom Pigott of Enchanted Way Tours. Tom leads tours for people who hate tours. No big buses, name tags, large groups or hurried stops. This is our route and projected schedule. Day 1: Pick up at Bunratty B&B’s (for people who have come in a day early) and Shannon Airport between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. We drive through Limerick city and our first stop is at Adare, one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages, then to our hotel in West Cork. Lunch in Kinsale and the hotel in Skibbereen at approx 4PM. An afternoon nap and then a private concert with John Spillane, one of Ireland’s best-known folk singers. Day 2: Our first look at the Irish Famine Heritage Centre. This is in memory of almost two million people who died in our Great Hunger of 1845-1850. Lunch in Glandore and then go to Drumbeg Stone Circle,one of the most important ancient sites in Ireland. We go to Clonakilty and take part in our first Irish Session (some of us will also be contributing). Day 3: We go to Mizen Head, the most southerly point of Ireland. We lunch in Crookhaven by the water and spend some time on Barley Cove Beach, weather permitting. People interested in Irish history can do the Civil War Trail. This area was the hotbed of the Irish Civil War of 1921-1922 and we can explore battles and look at the life of Michael Collins. Then our Don White Concert at the hotel, after which, a pint at our local pub. Day 4: We move to County Kerry and Bonane just across the Cork/Kerry border. There is a wonderful craft shop here and the owner will take us on a short visit to the farm to learn how to make peat and POTEEN. Then the Ring of Kerry, one of the most famous drives in the world, through Killarney and head out the Dingle Peninsula to Ballyferriter, where we’ll be staying for the next three days. A private concert in the hotel with Pauline Scanlon, the best female singer in Ireland. Day 5: We do the Slea Head Drive, my favorite drive in Ireland. We’ll visit some ancient sites and walk on a couple of beaches before visiting the Blasket Island Centre. We go to Dingle and hear some great Irish music. Day 6: A rest day but there are many activities available such as golf, horse riding, trekking, canoeing, boat trips, fishing, browsing. Then an Irish music session in the hotel. Day 7: Out to County Clare (God’s own county), where I live. We drive through Tralee and then get the ferry across the Shannon Estuary. We visit the world famous Cliffs of Moher and also see the wonderful St. Bridget’s Well. Our hotel is in Doolin, the Mecca of Irish traditional music. We go to McDermott’s famous pub for my favorite Irish group, Foolin in Doolin featuring Blackie O’Connell on the Irish Uilleann (elbow) Pipes. Day 8: We go by ferry to Inis Oirr, one of the Aran Islands. We will be going back in time 300 years. This is a day not to be missed. We finish our day with a cruise UNDER the Cliffs of Moher. Then we experience more Irish music in one of Doolin’s great pubs. Day 9: This is our last full day in Ireland and we keep the best for last - the Burren, a 250-square mile limestone region, and meet with my friend PJ Curtis, Ireland’s best musicologist, a writer and historian. We learn how to SET DANCE. Day 10: Back to Shannon Airport, back to REALITY.

Don White and Christine Lavin Gig News

Back to The Mid-West in June Christine Lavin and I will be bringing our one-of-a-kind concert and comedy show back to The Ark in Ann Arbor Michigan on Sat June 18th. We just sold 800 seats and raised $19000.00 for an organization in Macoumb County Mi in December with this show. Chris and I are having a love affair with Michigan and we are very excited about this show in June. Illinois (Possibly) Christine's agent is working on a show for us at a place in Evanston, Illinois called The Space for Friday June 17th. http://evanstonspace.com/ I'll let you know if this gets finalized. The Christine and Don Show coming to a theater near you. We did 16 shows together in 2010. I've never been involved with anything like it in my 20 plus years in the business. People are exhausted at the end of these shows from laughing for 2 hours. I really don't know how to explain it except to say that there is nothing like it out there anywhere. Seeing this show will cure what ails ya. Here is some footage shot at 2 shows in NYC last Summer (Barnes and Nobles and Birdland) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrKaMmv298Q We have a few dates open this Summer and Fall. Contact my agent if there is a venue near you that we should approach. Chris and I are also available to do private shows together. The one we did in November was amazing. Booking@donwhite.net 617 539 3182 617 539 3182

Passim Saturday and other gigs....

Club Passim This Saturday Saturday January 8th Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, Mass. Kick off the new year with a few laughs at this legendary venue in the heart of Harvard Square. If you have haven't been to Passim for a while you may be happy to know that they now serve beer and wine. There are about 30 seats left for this show so don't wait till the last minute. Randall Kromm opens. 617-492-7679 617-492-7679 http://www.clubpassim.org/ Performance Skills Class I will be teaching a performance skills class at Passim's school upstairs from the club at 2:00 on Saturday. So if you want to learn all my tricks and tools of how to keep an audience entertained for 2 hours come on by and I will reveal them all to you. Then you can come to the show and see if I know what I am talking about. 617-492-7679 617-492-7679 http://www.clubpassim.org/ Tupelo With The Loomers Saturday February 5th Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road in Londonderry, NH. This is my annual dead of winter show out in the tundra of New Hampshire with The Loomers. It’s always a blast of a time. Especially since Tupelo is a BYOB club. Great sound system and just an all around fantastic venue. 603-437-5100 603-437-5100 http://www.tupelohalllondonderry.com/index.html Schedule Through Early March Here is my schedule for the next 8 weeks. Several really fun New England shows here for you. Saturday February 12th The Saint James Coffee House, 8 Church Street, Greenfield, Mass. A warm and welcoming coffee house and an annual show that I look forward to every year. http://www.stjames-gfld.org/coffeehouse.html 413-772-2213 413-772-2213 Friday February 18th The Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette Street in Salem Mass. You’ve got to check out this great, intimate theatre that is doing all kind of interesting things in downtown Salem. The space is so intimate that sound equipment is optional. Seriously, this is very cool. 978-790-8546 978-790-8546 Jeff Savlon opens. http://www.salemtheatre.com/music_series.htm Saturday Feb 19th 2:00 PM Performance Skills Workshop, The UU Church, 6 Ashland Street in Haverhill Mass. This is a 2 hour class designed to help you to command the stage and keep an audience engaged. It is designed for all type of performers and for people who may have to do presentations at work or who just want to deal with stage fright. 978 459-5134 978 459-5134 http://www.newmooncoffeehouse.org/ Saturday February 19th 8:00 PM The New Moon Coffee House at The UU Church, 6 Ashland Street in Haverhill Mass. It has been a while since I performed at this fantastic Coffee House that is celebrating it’s 22nd year. I am thrilled to be returning and I am looking forward to seeing many of my friends from in an around Haverhill. http://www.newmooncoffeehouse.org 978 459-5134 978 459-5134 ________________________________________ Always call the venue before the show. Things can change. If you can't get through, you can leave a message at 617-539-3182 617-539-3182 and we will get back to you. ________________________________________

Winning Streak, New CD Out Now

A friendly reminder, my new CD, Winning Streak, is out now, just in time for the holidays. Pick it up at a show, on ReverbNation on the store line, or at CD Freedom -- http://www.cdfreedom.com/artists/donwhite/

Don White's New Open Mic

Don White's New Open Mike Because I'm not busy enough I have decided to start a second open mike in my home town of Lynn Mass. Actually, I'm doing it because I really want a place for musicians to hang out near my house so I don't have to drive to Cambridge all the time. Here's the info: On Sunday June 6th I will be starting another open Mike in Lynn, Mass at The Walnut Street Cafe at 157 Walnut St. The open mike will start at 6:00. Sign up at 5:30. You can also sign up by phone at 781 5961690. There is no cover charge. We will pass the hat for the featured performer who will go on at 7:30 for 45 minutes. Open mikers get to perform two songs. If people want to stay after everyone has performed, we will have a song circle/jam session. If the weather is good we can have the open mike in an open air courtyard that features a fire pit for cooler evenings. This open mike is geared towards music but spoken word is welcome. I am also involved with the Speak UP spoken word open mike at Tatiana's Restaurant in Lynn on Wednesday nights, so featured gigs are possible at Tatiana's for poets, writers and storytellers who come to the Sunday open mike. I have high hopes that this open mike can turn into something great for the community. The owner is very enthusiastic and supportive. There will be opportunities for musicians to pick up actual paying gigs. ( As features at the open mike or for paid performances on Friday and Saturday nights.) I intend to create an attentive environment where everyone can perform for a listening audience. And because there are two rooms at the cafe, people who want to mingle, network or catch up with friends can do so in a room away from the music. There is beer and wine available as well as a great selection of coffee, tea and sandwiches. So, come on out and help me get this open mike off to a big start on Sunday June 6th. You might just be in on the start of something big. Thanks in advance. Don White Feature performers in June: Sun June 6th - Lawren White Sun June13th - Walnut Sun June 20th - Zac Osborne Sun June 27th - Hayley Reardon