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Portland, Oregon
About Me:
Using StumbleUpon, I discovered LiveIreland during what turned out to be Klara McDonnell's last Wednesday show, and have been hooked ever since. Other than listening to LI, I like reading science fiction, photography, traveling when I can afford it. Although I'm more of an enthusiastic music listener, I have played around with the bowed psaltery, the Appalachian dulcimer, tin whistle, and harmonica for fun.

My real name is Richard Wales, and for many years my nickname was Dick, but phone jobs convinced me to give that up and go with Rick. Knowing I was known as Dick Wales makes it easy to understand the online name Moby or MobyD.

My ancestors are from Scotland on my father's side - from Ayreshire, I believe, emigrating in the 1700s. Some years ago I met Tony Cuiffe's wife Katherine at a Burns Night. Her maiden last name is Wales, and she's from Ayreshire. She'd heard someone say the Waleses might have originally been from Lithuania!

My mother's side, the Billings, came over from Taunton, England before the Revolutionary War. I never found out if there's any relation to the person Billings, MT is named for.

I helped run a coffeehouse in a church basement - Northern Lights in Fitchburg, MA from 1976 to 1989. I also hosted a couple of folk shows on public radio station WICN in Worcester, MA from 1985 to 1991. The shows took on an increasing Celtic flavor as time went on. At various times the Saturday show I co-hosted preceded "A Prairie Home Companion" and later "The Thistle & Shamrock."

I relocated from Massachusetts to Oregon in the summer of 2000. I do not miss New England winters one bit. Winters in Portland are rainy, but you don't have to shovel rain!
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Favorite Music:
Irish including Altan, Enya, Clannad, DeDannon, Bothy Band; Scottish including Alasdair Fraser, Silly Wizard, Ossian, Battlefield Band, Tannahill Weavers; English including Brass Monkey, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Albion Band, Pentangle, Maddy Prior; other Celtic artists including, of course, Loreena McKennitt - the list keeps expanding. I've got a number of Squidoo lenses (it's what they call web pages) about Celtic music - see and there's a Celtic music section on my Have Pun Will Travel website. I'm an Amazon Associate, so if you order stuff from the lenses or the website, with the latter being my preference, I'll make a little bit of money and it won't cost you anything extra.
Currently Reading? (Books Magazines etc)
"Spindrift" by Allen Steele. Also, I'm a big fan of Spider Robinson, Allen Steele, John Varley, and Anne McCaffrey

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The flags from the UK, US, Australia (to my right) and Wales, Ireland, and Scotland (to my left) represent the countries where most of the music I enjoy comes from.

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A Couple of Additions to my Celtic Music Series of Lenses

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 17:22 0 Comments

Since my Celtic Music: Lenses lens on Squidoo was named a Lens of the Day on March 16, I was pleased to see it get into the top 100 lenses on Squidoo. It got up to number 12 and hovered at 12 and 13 for over a week. While it was great to break the top 100 after almost a year and a half on Squidoo, its position at 12 and 13 tantalized me. Would it break into the top 10?

I decided over… Continue

Celtic Music: Lenses on Squidoo - Lens of the Day!

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 18:10 0 Comments

When I got up this morning (which is the middle of the afternoon for you folks on the other side of the pond) I was just expecting to get in a new blog post about a Squidoo lens I'd published yesterday. But when I checked my email, I noticed I had a lot of comments posted somewhere on my Squidoo lenses. It turned out the dozen comments were all on my Celtic Music: Lenses lens which had been named… Continue

Maggie's Music

Posted on December 29, 2008 at 15:41 2 Comments

For the past couple of weeks I've been pretty busy developing a series of 16 Squidoo lenses for Maggie's Music, an independent label started over 20 years ago by hammered dulcimer player Maggie Sansone. The label specializes in what has been termed "chamber folk." While there are many solo recordings on the label, the artists often get together on each others' recordings as well. The music draws on Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland and other areas, with a good dash of American influence… Continue

My Celtic Music Pages

Posted on December 15, 2008 at 0:05 0 Comments

Since April I've been building lenses (web pages, but Squidoo calls them lenses because they focus on a topic) about Celtic music on Squidoo. The pages have some info about the performers, links to their pages and other online resources, plus links, mostly to and, to available recordings.

Here's a list of Celtic Music Lens Links:

Celtic Music: Christmas Compilations…


Some Recent Celtic Music Squidoo Lenses

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 19:30 0 Comments

I've been pretty busy over at in the past few months. I now have 35 lenses (web pages) on Celtic music, plus 15 Celtic music video showcases. The video showcase number has fallen recently as I've decided to incorporate some of the videos into the lenses themselves.

I made a lens for Celtic Christmas music by individual artists or groups and another one for Celtic Christmas music compilations. Working on the first one led me to create a lens for Bonnie Rideout, a… Continue

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At 14:24 on June 19, 2009, Sharon said…
I think you might like to go to:

Great bookl I just finished.
At 1:36 on January 16, 2009, Mary Kathleen Burke said…
Thanks Moby D my pleasure to be here . Best Regards Mary
At 5:06 on August 19, 2008, WWM said…
Hi MobyD..!

What a great documentary about Mr. Cahill and Hayes..!

That simply touches my heart... (Few years ago, I had the priviledge of being introduced to and shake hand with Martin Hayes... 5 minutes later, he was on stage, alone, for an unforgottable performance...)

What a souvenir you just brought back... thank for posting these links...! Superb...!

At 13:24 on July 14, 2008, Charlene said…
Hey Moby,
I'm not online much these days. Outside enjoying the weather. That's why I dropped a line to see how things were going. I'm glad all is well. I'm sure I'll catch you around at some point.
Take care & God bless,
At 6:16 on May 17, 2008, MobyD said…
The Green Man is an image I got off the Internet, flipped and printed on a transfer. The original image was in black, but that's not the right color for the Green Man. I put it on a sweatshirt to wear during cool evening weather at Faerieworlds 2006.
At 15:36 on May 6, 2008, dan hunsberger said…
Mobyd want to thank you for enlighten me to more music by your blogs thanks . Your friend Dan
At 21:13 on April 29, 2008, Felicia said…
You have such interesting history and I really like your page.
At 15:25 on April 21, 2008, Shawn McCoy said…
I see you are a musician, alongside a number of other things. Nice taste in music too. I have a group on here reserved for musicians called 'General Musician Chat', come check it out when you get a second!

~Shawn McCoy
At 18:31 on April 19, 2008, WWM said…
Hi MobyD..!
Thanks for the invitation of being among your friends list..!
As I can read, we share lots of common taste in term of music...!
I remember a great evening, years ago... with the Great June Tabor singing with a pianist... ah....
Have a great day..!
At 1:22 on April 19, 2008, Robert Brady said…
Hey Rich! I'm also from New England (Boston) and now in the Pacific Northwest (Port Angeles, WA) and I don't miss shoveling snow either! I'm a big fan of Fiona Ritchie's The Thistle and Shamroch and listen whenever I can. I see you like photography too. Check out our group (it's just getting started) LiveIreland Photographers. It would be nice to have as a member. Anyway, glad to see folks with similar interests joining LiveIreland. Nice to have you aboard!

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