Chapter One – Now On Patreon!

I am writing a book. Dear Old Dad and I decided to offer our Patreon sponsors the opportunity to experience the  creation of this new work as it happens.
For reasons my neurologist is trying to sort out, I am having difficulty typing. I can write by hand all day without any issue, so I am writing the first draft in pencil on legal pads.
We have posted on Patreon, exclusively for our sponsors, a PDF of the handwritten first draft complete with some of Dear Old Dad’s edits.
As work progresses we will continue to post new chapters and updated drafts until the book is finished. 
The book doesn’t have a title yet, and I should warn sensitive readers that this chapter has a few instances of hard language . . . and somebody does something grotesque to a banjo.
This all happened. Every word of it is true.
As work on the book progresses we will continue to post new episodes of The Daily Frail, Sing the Banjo and The Patrick & Dear Old Dad Show.
Thank you so much for your support.
God bless,
Patrick Costello

Yet Another Milestone

We passed fourteen thousand subscribers on YouTube.

Right now the official numbers at this moment for the channel are 4,801,058
views and 14,002 subscribers.

We are still growing, learning and sharing the joy of folk music together. With each new video and each new subscriber we take another step closer to my goal of making the art of frailing banjo universal and accessible to all!

Sing the Banjo! Episode One

Sing the Banjo! is back with a great song that is appropriate given President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-Un of North Korea: Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream.

The song was written by Ed McCurdy and has been covered countless times. My favorite cover was done by John Denver.

The audio file and lyric sheet are available for our Patreon sponsors:

Day One!

The first day of writing my new book longhand went really well.

There was one disaster early in the day when Pooka destroyed the first three pages of work, but stuff like that happens.

Shitajiki boards make writing with pencil so much easier. I got a lot accomplished today. I am hoping to hand Dear Old Dad the first chapter for editing tomorrow. When I get the second chapter finished we are going to make a huge announcement on Patreon.

I got a wonderful selection of Japanese pencils from Ken in Seattle. It was a wonderful gift, but a million times more special arriving on the first day of the new project. Joy!

The Next Adventure!

I have to keep this short. Not because I am in a hurry. I am having trouble with typing setting off seizures.

Epilepsy sucks.

When my hearing failed I learned to play the guitar with my teeth. Now that typing is a problem I am simply writing my next book longhand.

I am taking an idea from John Steinbeck and sharpening a bunch of good pencils before I start a writing session.

The Daily Frail will be back on YouTube next week.

Sing the Banjo! will return as a podcast next week.

I will not be doing much on social media.

Watch my Patreon for a special, super cool and mind-blowing announcement of epic proportions in just a few weeks.

If you want to get involved, I can always use more legal pads and pencils.

God bless,

Patrick's desk Pooka!



Today one of the last official workshops of the 208 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat was a group meditation session where we were introduced to the lovely sounds of the harmonium.

It was wonderful.

I did not record the workshop, but I do have an interesting recording of the harmonium.

I recorded this harmonium player in 2013 at Turo Church during a memorial service for victims of the Peshawar church bombing. I have always heard the Psalms read aloud, but at this service the mourning families sang to God. I do not know the language, but the music knows no barriers.

Psalm 4

Psalm 23