I just got wind of a concert coming up in February - Dougie MacLean will be in Rockville MD on February 6th, 2006. It's rare that he's going to be that close to the Baltimore area, so don't miss this chance to see this wonderful Scottish folk singer/songwriter. For more info visit www.dougiemaclean.com or www.imtfolk.org.
More info as I get it!
I hope some of you can join us. Email me with questions. Cheers!
Irish musicians of all ages -- register for the 2006 Atlanta Irish Music Competition -- a new Irish music competition held in the southeastern U.S.! Registration for the competition begins online on December 1, 2005. Registration forms and more information can be found at the competition’s website, www.AtlantaIrishMusic.com.
The Atlanta Irish Music Competition will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006. The competition will include categories for fiddle, flute, whistle, uilleann pipes, concertina, plucked strings (banjo, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, and harp), miscellaneous instruments (piano accordion, piano, button accordion, melodeon, and cello), and song: Irish or English. The age categories will be: Child (7-11yrs); Junior (12-15); Novice (15-18); and Adult (19+).
The judges for the competition will be Marie Reilly of New York City, former fiddler for the world renowned band Cherish the Ladies and Riverdance, and Seamus MacConaonaigh of County Galway, Ireland; a highly acclaimed flute and whistle player. Marie Reilly and Seamus MacConaonaigh will be performing an evening concert after the competition at The Red Light Cafe in Midtown Atlanta.
This competition is being sponsored jointly by the Irish Arts Foundation of Atlanta (www.iafatlanta.com), Irwin Thomas Fiddle Studio (www.irwinthomasfiddle.com), and the Irish Chamber of Commerce (www.iccusa.org).
For more information, email the Irish Arts Foundation of Atlanta at firstname.lastname@example.org or for phone inquiries call Katherine Irwin Thomas at 678-372-9494.
I know it's been quite a while since I posted here. The pressures of life have been somewhat heavier of late, but, well, here I am now. Thanks for your patience, and your continued support of The Pub and WHFC.
And speaking of thanks and support, I'd like to thank George, Bob, Dave, Susan, and all the others who donated during our fundraiser these past two weeks, especially those on The Pub. Largely because of the support of you Celtic aficionados, we raised over $6500 dollars for WHFC - and donations from The Pub listeners made up more than 20 percent of that amount. Thank you, very much, from the bottom of my heart.
Playlist updates will resume quite soon. I had meant to put the Halloween show's playlist up now, but I'm running a bit short o' time, so bear with me a bit longer, and it'll be up presently.
Just found out that Teada will be appearing down at Jammin' Java in Vienna, Va. on Wednesday, September 14. Tickets are $15. For more info, call 703-255-6718 or go to http://www.jamminjava.com.
Just thought I'd take a moment and let you know that we'll be having two special guests on the program in the next two weeks. On September 5th, Danny Doyle will be joining us, and the following week, Eileen Ivers will be calling in again for our second chat with her on "The Pub." They'll both be talking about the history behind their music, their upcoming projects, and other interesting anecdotes from their years in the Celtic music scene.
Both Danny and Eileen will also be performing at the Baltimore Irish Festival in September. For more information on that, you can go to www.irishfestival.com.
Hope to see you there!
(From August 11th)
What a night we had on Tuesday. As I mentioned on air, Jordan Dennis, Tim Morgan and m'self went down to Wolf Trap to see Great Big Sea and the Saw Doctors perform. The Saw Doctors were billed as the opening act, and I'd called to confirm that, so I wasn't that worried about missing GBS when we found ourselves running late. But, to our dismay, we arrived 40 minutes late to find that Great Big Sea was already onstage, and halfway through their set (just finishing General Taylor as we parked, and into Scolding Wife by the time we took our seats). The adverts had been wrong, and we'd missed most of our whole reason for coming down. For myself, I was disappointed, as was Tim, but we were both sorry for Jordan, who hadn't seen them before. Still and all, in the half-hour they had left on stage, Jordan was able to see the boys in action and get a good dose of what they're all about. The best moment was probably they're slower, acoustic version of Sea of No Cares (performed how they'd originally heard it when Sean McCann wrote it with Chris Trapper up in St. Johns). Hopefully, it will be on an upcoming album, perhaps they're new one (traditional-based) coming out on October 11, The Hard and the Easy (I believe).
I'd never seen the Saw Doctors before, and I must say, that while they're not Celtic music (not by a longshot), it's good ol' Irish rock'n'roll, and I enjoyed it immensely. The Green and Red of Mayo is a fantastic song, and there were quite a few that I enjoyed.
All in all, it was an excellent concert. Flippin' brilliant.
If you've never seen Great Big Sea live, do make it a point the next time they're in the area. Unlike, say, Gaelic Storm, they're perfectly family-friendly, and just the most fun you can have at a concert. Go and see them. You won't be disappointed.