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The Sitzmark Rocks! 






FOM has played at many venues. Pubs, stages, big and small, and once under a staircase bannister behind a hot tub so it means a lot when we say that the Sitzmark was the best place we have ever played! The Sitzmark is owned by the Alyeska ski resort in Girdwood, Alaska. Not a big deal to get there, it's about a 40 minute drive from the Anchorage airport (assuming the roads are good!) and the trip along Turnagain arm is quite scenic. The Anchorage area had a significant snowstorm the night before so the Alyeska limo service was a tad on the tardy side but other than that, our treatment by the Alyeska hotel staff was exceptional. They even threw in an extra room for our troubles. 
It's a fast shuttle ride to the Sitzmark Bar and Grill and even faster to ski there from the resort itself. The stage is smallish but well organized and the sound crew, Darron and Jonas helped us settle in nicely. 
In the daylight the Sitzmark is nice place. It's basically a ski-in, ski-out lodge at the base of Alyeska ski resort. It's open, spacious, good food and ton's of beer on tap. At night the place completely transforms however. The Sitzmark ceiling, hardly noted during the day becomes an incredible work of art at night! Trippy spirals, shapes and stars.You feel like you are either under the sea or floating in space depending on what kind of trip you're on. The psychedelic  ceiling, combined with the laser lighted show made for quite an event.
St. Patrick's day fell on a Monday this year so the crowd was a little smeared out from a tough weekend. Oddly the bar rebounded when Mike started playing  "Amazing Grace" on pipes.  Suddenly we had a sing-a-long followed by a sea of freak dancing to our rocked out brand of traditional music.
We like to thank Skip Lichter for inviting us and sorting out the needed details. Also, we want to thank Ben Napolitano for covering the graphics and postering. And lastly, cheers to the Alyeska staff and limo service that made our short stay in Girdwood so great! -FOM

McGivney's - Thank you! Sitzmark soon 

Thank you all for coming to our first ever show at McGivney's. A big thanks to the owners and especially Sam Thirlwall for organizing the show. Also, we wouldn't have pulled this off if it wasn't for Clint Davis on sound. The stage area was tight at McGivney's. Clint had to make do by setting up the soundboard on top of several empty beer kegs! Yes, we admit it, Fire on McGinnis is not  the easiest nor the smallest band to quickly set up in a pub but we did it. The only casualty of the night was Mike's bagpipes. During the rushed setup he accidentally stepped on and snapped one of the pipes in two - yikes! Thank the maker for the modern miracle of electrical tape! We don't know what the future is of his pipes but we hope he can find a replacement set for the St. Patrick's day show. Speaking of, we are soon off to what will be our biggest show of the year. The Sitzmark at the Alyeska Ski resort. The Sitzmark asked us to play a few years ago but we made more promises than we could keep and simply couldn't make it. Well, there's no conflicts this year and we are all very excited about this. There will be prizes and give-aways all night including custom Jameson Whiskey Ski jackets. We don't know what to expect but we are certain it will be fun. Thanks for sticking around! -FOM

McGivney's Show Announced 

FOM is pleased to announce our first show of the year and our first show at McGivney's. FOM has been busy learning new songs and even dusting off some "classic FOM" material that we haven't played for years so this will be fun! This show is a run up to the big show at Alyeska on St. Patrick's day.  McGivney's is a new Irish themed sports bar in Juneau with a terrific bar menu and the best french fries in town. We've been working with the new manager, Sam Thirwall, to get this show lined up for some time. McGivney's has made a serious investment in sound equipment and has quickly become "the place" to see a live band in Juneau, come join us! -fom

A new recording project begins 

So, a new FOM recording project starts. Martha and Mark start by recording "scratch" tracks. From there the tracks are sent around to the rest of the band to see if things work. Getting the tempo just right is the real focus of a scratch track. A "fast song" that is played too slow suffers an energy drain while a "slow song" that is played too fast may lack an emotional connection (if that's what you are after!). Already we have had to re-record a few scratch tracks. The culprit? Too slow! Next thing on the to-do list is for us to practice along to these tracks in anticipaton of recording them live. -fom

WOOFSTOCK is here! 

Woofstock is here! Join us at the JACC on Oct 19th for some food, beer and fun as we celebrate Gastineau Humane Society’s 50 anniversary. All proceeds benefit Juneau animals in need. Tickets are 15 dollars, the event starts at 7 pm. Other bands include: Slush Not Snow, D-n-R and SuSu and the Prophets. We are scheduled to hit the stage around 10 pm.

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  • Rob Teel

    Rob Teel United States

    Get out of alaska, you guys rok!
    Get out of alaska, you guys rok!
  • Vonotterskull

    Vonotterskull San Antonio, TX

    AWesome group!!!! Come to the San Antonio Highland games!!!!!
    AWesome group!!!! Come to the San Antonio Highland games!!!!!
  • Robert

    Robert Zagreb, Coratia

    I Liake r Rytham of "Foogy Dew",Than Voice....Perfect...Litl less gutar solo more Flout...Punkie pl.Dog from CROATA ”
    I Liake r Rytham of "Foogy Dew",Than Voice....Perfect...Litl less gutar solo more Flout...Punkie pl.Dog from CROATA ”

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