For more than ten years my Father and I Have been hosting annual gatherings for folk musicians. These events were modeled after the jam sessions, retreats and shindigs we attended when we were first learning the craft.

Meeting so many of you has been a source of great joy to us over the years. Each event takes months of planning, organizing and just plain old hard work that contributes to my almost constant migraine headaches.

This year was no different. I was in severe pain when we arrived on Thursday to set up and in agony when we left on Sunday.

I can no longer put my body through this. I need to focus on work that I can do without triggering migraine storms.

After a great deal of soul-searching my father and I have decided that the 2018 Maryland Folk Musician’s Retreat just completed will be the last.

Thank you for all the happy memories.

The Daily Frail will continue, and I look forward to completing my next book which I am writing longhand as typing is one of the migraine and blackout triggers. Dear Old Dad will help with transcribing and editing.

God bless,
Patrick and Dear Old Dad