I have a confession to make. I wrote this tune while I was in Harlaxton, England for a semester in college. Harlaxton Village is near Grantham Lincolnshire and University of Evansville has a campus there in a very large Manor house (the largest in the UK). I had just been in the Great Hall of the manor house practicing and came up with a new tune. I actually scrawled out the notes to it on another piece of sheet music – Blackbird by the Beatles if I remember correctly.
There was a girl there at Harlaxton, a friend, who asked me to write her a song soon after I had written this one. I hadn’t named it yet, so it became the song that I wrote for her. I called it Michelle in her honor. Kim Schug, after hearing this story gave it a subtitle – I just happened to have a song in my pocket.
Tonight, I am joined by Brent Hawley on guitar, and Jim Abraham on bass. We just finished our rehearsal for KRFC’s live at lunch program that we will be playing on soon. I hope you enjoy this raucous celtic-sounding reel.