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A letter from Dirk

     So hello from Italy! I arrived July 6th so I’ve been here a little over three weeks. We (meaning The Bluesmen and I) played our first gig in Bled, Slovenia. The promoter there is a fellow ex-hippie named Leo. It didn’t take 5 minutes before I said to him, “You’re my people!”, and he is. He’s around my age, grew up under the Tito communist regime and snuck out to India to explore eastern religion and yoga. He stayed there about two years straight and traveled back and forth for years after that. He’s got a lot to say about brainwashing versus consciousness, one of my favorite ponderables… interesting guy. He took me up to the highest point in the Julian Alps and showed me the remains of the front lines from the First World War, fascinating stuff. Like so many Europeans, he speaks many languages, at least 3 fluently. He owns a great restaurant in Bled called “Okarina”. Two of his cooks are from India so, of course, the Indian food is spectacular. We hit it off so well that I stayed an extra day to hang out, circumnavigate the zone and play an impromptu solo gig.

     I played my favorite bar in Ferrara, Tiffany, solo and did a duo with lead guitarist, and near perfect person, Roberto “Bob” Formignani in Argenta, Italy. We played one of my favorite gigs in Poggio Picenze, which is just outside of L’Aquila, one of Julius Caesar’s favorite vacation spots in days of yore. I’ve got at least 7 more concerts to play, 5 with the band and two solos including the last concert in Bern, Switzerland. Here in Italy, it’s the usual; sweltering heat and humidity next to stormy days followed by cool ones. So far we’ve only had to cancel one show due to rain, and we made that one up last week at the Botanique in Bologna.

     The American film crew was here for a week following me around. They started filming two years ago and have caught me in Memphis, Stockton, L.A. and Dallas too. The working title for the documentary they’re making is “FOLK”. I’m hoping it will lead to more gigs for me, and a future of luxury and fame. Also in the film are The Flyin’ A’s from Austin, and some other players from I don’t know where.

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     The beautifully packaged CD/DVD from the American band’s March, 2010 30th anniversary of Thug of Love tour has finally come out, and it will be available in the states as soon as I get back. Joan, my good friend and stalwart web mistress, will make sure it gets up on my Google store thing as soon as possible.

      My love to all of you.

Power to the (good and smart) People!

Love

Dirk
 

CONCERT INFO
AUG & SEP 2011

EUROPEAN TOUR
upcoming concerts

5 Agosto
PORTOGARIBALDI
(FE)
Panama Beach

6 Agosto
MODENA
Giardini

10 Agosto
FERRARA

Tiffany Music Bar
‘Solo & Acoustic’
Dirk Hamilton Solo Concert

13 Agosto
GROMO
(BG)
Andar per Musica

17 Agosto
CAMPODIMELE
(LT)
Anfiteatro Naturale

19 Agosto
CENTO
(FE) Rocca

20 Agosto
Svizzera
‘Solo & Acoustic’
Dirk Hamilton Solo Concert
Bern, SWITZERLAND


UPCOMING CONCERTS
UNITED STATES

The Dirk Hamilton Band has
several gigs booked for the Fall
in California and on the east coast (including New York City!) and
I’ll be listing all those soon.

- and -

THE NEW DATE FOR WALDO FEST IN STOCKTON, CA
is SEPTEMBER 10. I’ll be
playing a solo Palms Playhouse show September 8 or 9 in
Winters too.

 

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