Raving with Rua – the interview

Daithi Rua in an old friend from Ireland, living in Belgium these days. He’s a great player and singer and a prolific presence on the internet. In addition to posting his own performances, and live streams, he does an interview series called Raving With Rua. The title along would get my attention. We talked together on March 24, 2020. It was a blast. Here’s to ya, Daithi!


Down To Zero

Climate change is real and no joke. This song is sung from the point of view of an older man who sees young people growing into a world that may be collapsing around them. It’s beautiful and sad, and there’s a fist at the end. Because without the fist we have nothing. Video by Katy Keenan – Golden Gardens, Seattle – April 27, 2020.

TradFest – Dublin, Ireland – 2019

This was recorded in a thousand year old church called St Michen’s. Saturday night in February. The festival itself was spread out in various venues around Dublin. If you get the chance to go, don’t miss it.

OCF 1993

This is an old one (who is that skinny guy??) but it’s cool. “Roll Out the Red carpet For the 90’s, written about the election of Bill Clinton. Performed at the Midnight Show at the wonder and incomparable Oregon Country Fair. Video by Paxton Hoag.


Neptune Theater, Seattle WA, October 3, 2018. With Jessica Lurie and Mark Ettinger.
Video by Lansing Scott.


Gasworks Park

Video by Katy Keenan, 2011


When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Video by Mike McCormack
anti-war rally 2006, Seattle, WA


I’d Rather Be Dancing

Video by Elliot Stoller, filmed at Plymouth Church in Seattle, March 11, 2018

“Rachel Corrie: 15 Years Later”


Collateral Damage

Filmed by Ryan Harvey on the ruins of an abandoned hospital in Okemah, Oklahoma, during the Woody Guthrie Festival, July 2017. The song is based on Woody’s great song “Deportees,” about how America treats its migrant labor. My song is about how America treats the civilian casualties of its foreign wars.

Everybody Thanks The Driver

At the Northwest Folkife Festival, Seattle, May 28, 2018. Video by Neil Scott.

Anna Mae

Video by Wingspan Media, C&P Coffee Company, Feb 7, 2018

Goodnight Irene, with Dick Gaughan

Dick is a great singer of original and traditional songs. and I toured the UK in 2014 and it was a wonderful time. We had known each other in passing for years but now we got close. We settled on this great Leadbelly song as a closer because we had each been singing it for years. This clip was filmed by our old friend Reg Dyer, a Welshman who used to run a folk club that everybody played at. Thank you Reg.

The Power Of Music

Created by Ralph Bevins for Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.
Special thanks to the Seattle Channel, Katy Keenan, Couth Buzzard Books, and everyone involved.

Interview at California Autoharp gathering, 2014

produced by Marc Blake,

Same Train, Different Track

Me and Orville Johnson doing a song I wrote after Merle Haggard died.
Video by Mark Murgittroyd, C&P Coffee Company, Seattle


Clear Blue Sky – with Billy Oskay

Video by Katy Keenan, at Mississippi Studios, Portland OR


Meinong with Orville Johnson

Orville Johnson and I doing Meinong, about a village in Taiwan where I played a music festival. This is from a gig at the C&P Coffee Company, in West Seattle, on October 5th, 2016. It was recorded on a smart phone by Mark Murgittroyd. I like this one a lot because the grove is inescapable.


Song For Leonard Peltier – with Erin Corday

Ghost Bikes recording session, Jack Straw Productions, Seattle, April 7, 2010
video by Katy Keenan


Jesse (for Steven Jesse Bernstein)

video by Todd Boyle, The Couth Buzzard


Stranger In Me

covered by Michael Hedges

very cool version of my song by Michael Hedges
Michael and I were friends. I sent him this song shortly after I wrote it and he flipped. I wish the sound were better but it’s the only version I’ve ever found.
video by Randy Lutge


Hiroshima Nagasaki Russian Roulette

covered by Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott

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video by SuperPenn21
Another great version of one of my songs. I used to hang out with these guys a lot, back in the day. This is probably a cell phone video – it’s shaky for the first few seconds but then settles in. The playing is fabulous – I love the sound of Declan’s nylon string guitar, and Christy’s singing is deep and resonant.