TRAD MUSIC NEWS
The Mid-Atlantic Region
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Ull Mor Nua Eabhrac, The New York Branch of CCE
ULL MOR BLAGGARD'S "SEISIUN CEOIL IS AMHRANAIOCHTA"!
Upcoming featured musicians at the Ull Mor weekly seisiun, every
Sunday, from 5 to 8 pm, at Blaggard's Pub/Restaurant, 8 West 38th
Street (just west of Fifth Avenue), Manhattan (212-382-2611):
December 19: Bernadette Fee (fiddle) of Morning Star and Niall O'Leary
NO SESSION ON DEC 26th. Nollaig Shona Go Leir!
Never a cover or minimum. Enjoy Blaggard's fine food and drink as you
play or listen.
More info at www.geocities.com/ullmorcce
NEW "TUNE" WORKSHOPS!
Ull Mor Nua Eabhrac Introduces a series of monthly " Tune "
Workshops, to be held one Sunday each month, 2 - 4 pm, conducted by
a featured "Guest Tutor." Then join us from 5- 8 pm for our
weekly seisiun, as the same tutor is our featured musician
at Blaggard's. Workshops are open to anyone, of any age,
playing and instrument. However, we suggest that the student be at
least at an "improver" level.
Advance registration encouraged: Ull Mor CCE members $10,
Non-members, $20. Fee includes: 2 hour workshop, Music notation
(sheet music) for tune(s), Membership applications for Ull Mor CCE
will be available on the day of the workshop. You may apply your paid
membership to the discounted price immediately, as well as to discounts
on future workshops and events.
For more information on this and all Ull Mor events:
Niall O'Leary at 212-726-1602 or [log in to unmask]
Maureen Donachie at 718 / 343-6955 or [log in to unmask]
RAFFERTY BRANCH CEILI SUNDAY
The next céilí of the MICHAEL RAFFERTY BRANCH CCE is Sunday, December
19th from 5-9pm at The VFW Hall, 239 Leonia Avenue, Bogota, New
Jersey. For info on this & other upcoming events, please visit:
AND A LONG-AWAITED SOLO CD FROM MASTER MIKE!
Mike Rafferty's long awaited solo CD, "Speed 78", will be available
this week and will also be available at the céilí. This recording
features Mike playing the flute, uilleann pipes and telling a few old
stories. Special guests include: Joe Madden, Willie Kelly and Felix
Dolan. His daughter Mary & guitarist Dónal Clancy join him as well.
To order, visit www.raffertymusic.com and for speedy shipment contact
Terry Rafferty at 201-288-4267 or email [log in to unmask] Mike's CD
Release Concert will be January 7th at 9pm at the Glucksman Ireland
House in NYC. For more info, visit
SINGERS' CIRCLE JANUARY 26
The NEW YORK TRADITIONAL SINGERS’ CIRCLE, presented jointly by Ull Mor
CCE and the Irish Arts Center, takes place on the last Wednesday of
each month, in the back room of ROCKY SULLIVAN'S, 129 Lexington Avenue
(at 29th St), 212-725-3871.
The Circle is hosted each month by Ull Mor CCE member Louise Walsh, a
fine singer originally from Dublin. Louise also teaches song classes at
the Irish Arts Center. The Singers' Circle is an informal occasion
where singers are encouraged to sing any folk song they like. Most sing
unaccompanied, but feel free to bring an instrument! You shouldn't feel
you have to sing, bring some friends to listen also, free admission!
For further information on the Singers' Circle, email
[log in to unmask] or call Louise Walsh at 917-731-3897
OTHER TRAD EVENTS AROUND OUR WORLD
Brian Conway hosts a fine session each Wednesday at Dunne's in White
Plains. On December 15th he will again have all-Ireland winning
accordion player John Nolan as his guest. On December 22nd, guitar wiz
Darin Kelly will be returning to Dunne's. Dunne's is located at 15
Shapham Place in White Plains, NY and the phone number is 914-421-1451.
The session gets going at 7:30 pm. More info at www.brianconway.com
MORNING STAR’S DECEMBER GIGS
With John Nolan leavinng to pursue a solo career, Morning Star is now
featuring John Whelan and John Redmond on button accordion.
You can catch this exciting group on these dates in December:
Tuesday 14th (and every Tuesday)
7 to 11pm
Mc Keown's Pub & Restaurant
1303 Third Ave. (Between 74th & 75th Streets) NYC
Thursday 16th (and every Thursday)
8:30 to 11:30pm
Session at Dr. Gillberts Cafe
718) 548- 9621
10 pm to 2 am
Tir Na NOg Pub & Restaurant
Eighth Ave. (Between 33rd & 34th Streets) NYC
Sunday 19th (and every Sunday)
6 to 10pm
Maddens Pub & Restaurant
Pearl River NY
8 to 11pm
Session at Tady Cons Pub & Restaurant
915 Second Ave. (Between 48th & 49th Streets) NYC
COMHALTAS HALL OF FAME
Comhaltas Mid-Atlantic Hall of Fame Ceili
Saturday February 5, from 7 pm to Midnight
Knights of Columbus Hall, Ridgefield Park, NJ
Billy McComiskey and the late "Banjo" Burke will be inducted into the
Comhaltas Hall of Fame.
More info at www.ccenorthamerica.org/Sites/MidAtlHallOfFame/default.htm
WREN NIGHT CEILI MÓR
Join the festivities ! Bring your friends ! Traditional music
for dancing and listening, featuring:
James Keane ( button accordion)
Jerry O’Sullivan (uileann pipes)
Brian Conway (fiddle)
Michelle Bergin (keyboard)
Brendan Fahey (ceili drums)
Sunday, December 26th, 5 to 10 pm
297 Willis Avenue
Mineola, Long Island
DR GILLBERT'S CAFE
Session at Dr. Gillbert's Cafe in the Bronx every Thursday night from
8.30 pm. (718)548-9621. The session is led by Dessie Groark (Banjo),
Marie Barrett (Flute/Whistle), and Mary Courtney
(Vocals/Guitar/Bodhran). Dr. Gilbert's is at 6115 Broadway, Riverdale,
opposite Van Cortlandt Park athletic fields.
Every Tuesday night is 'Irish Trad night' at McKeown's Pub and
Restaurant 1303 Third Avenue (between 74th and 75th Streets),
Manhattan. Music by Linda Hickman (Flute/Whistle), Bernadette Fee
(Fiddle), and Mary Courtney (Vocals/Guitar/Bodhran) Info.
THE SPINNING WHEEL
All Ireland champion ISAAC ALDERSON, joined by Sam Amidon, performs
every Thursday evening at the Spinning Wheel (also called simply, "The
Wheel") in Bronxville, NY, beginning at 9:30 or 10 pm and going until
roughly 1 a.m. Isaac plays pipes and flute, with Sam on fiddle, and a
rotating cast of guitarists. The atmosphere at the Wheel is down to
earth and friendly, and the crowd is generally young and pretty cool.
BRIAN CONWAY & BRENDAN DOLAN AT GLEN ECHO
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington will be hosting a concert
featuring Brian Conway on fiddle and Brendan Dolan on Piano on Saturday
Jan 08, 2005 from 8 to 10:30 PM at the Glen Echo Town Hall, Glen Echo,
MD. FSGW Members $12.00 Non-Members $15.00 Town Residents are free. For
more information please contact the FSGW Special Event coordinator:
Charles Baum at home 301-587-2286 or email, [log in to unmask]
BRIAN ALSO IN COATESVILLE PA
Hard on the heels of the recent wildly successful Billy McComiskey
concert, the Coatesville Cultural Society are proud to present a
special performance by New York Sligo-style fiddler player, Brian
Conway. Accompanying Brian will be Darin Kelly on guitar. A fiddle
workshop will definitely be arranged if there is sufficient interest.
Sunday, Jan. 9th
143 East Lincoln Highway
Admission: $10 donation.
For advance tickets or to enquire about the workshop, please call:
(610) 925-6235 [business hours] or (610) 486-2220 [evenings].
Wednesday, December 8 at 9:30 pm
Admission is $12
Born in Dublin and brought up in an Irish and Spanish-speaking
household, virtuoso whistle player Cormac Breatnach has been playing
whistles and the timber flute for over twenty years now. He has
recorded extensively with musicians such as Donal Lunny, Maire
Breatnach, Steve Cooney and songwriters such as Tom Moore, Sonny
Condell, Pierce Turner, Elvis Costello and Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill to
name but a few.
Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 pm
Áine Minogue Christmas Show
Admission is $15 adults/$10 kids
As traditional Irish music and dance continue to enjoy phenomenal
success both in Ireland and abroad, harpist Áine Minogue is an artist
who has long explored its themes and who captures its very essence.
Her voice reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish
music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own and a
diverse group of instruments that add to the traditional flavor of her
work. Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Áine's large musical
family encouraged her to pursue a number of different instruments
during her youth (which explains her obvious skill at arranging) until
she discovered her true love-the harp.
Friday, January 14 at 7:30 PM
Admission is $15 in advance/$18 at the door
Generally acknowledged as the most accomplished and innovative
Uilleann piper performing today, Paddy Keenan is among the most
brilliant musicians of his generation. Paddy was born in Trim, Co.
Meath in 1948 into the Pavee clan, an Irish "traveling" family. His
father and grandfather, both travelers, were also well known musicians
and steeped in the traditional music. They played the Uilleann pipes
and passed down directly to Paddy this rich legacy of the traveling
pipers. This Pavee, or Irish Gypsy upbringing, is what gave Paddy his
fiery, unfettered and improvisational style. His flowing,
open-fingered style of playing is often compared to the legendary
Satalla is at 37 West 26th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway
Phone 212.576.1155. Visit www.satalla.com
APE COD CEILI WEEKEND JANUARY 28/30, 2005
Anyone interested in set dancing, great music, good fun, and generally
keeping out of the cold should note that our very own Northeast Ceili
Band has been invited by Jack Hynes of the Irish Village to host the
first annual Cape Cod Ceili Weekend, which will take place on January
28-30, 2005. In addition to dancing opportunities, there will be other
entertainment (including a Saturday afternoon session), shopping
availability, etc. (plus of course the chance to visit our beautiful
peninsula without zillions of tourists - God bless them - around).
Price per person will be $129.00, which includes: 2 nights lodging (3rd
free), two dinners, Saturday breakfast, Sunday brunch (plus three
ceilidh and a session). As New Yorkers would say, "Such a deal!"
Reservations should be made early by contacting the Irish Village at
508.771.0100 or emailing [log in to unmask]
Northeast Ceili Band website is www.Qmcorp.net/necb/necb.html.
For more info you can also contact Bill Black at [log in to unmask] .
CELTIC MUSIC ON LONG ISLAND
The Long Island Traditional Music Association (LITMA) presents Laura
Risk and Paddy League in concert on Saturday, January 15, 2005, at 8 pm
at the WESTBURY FRIENDS MEETING. There will also be an Intermediate
Quebec Fiddle Tune Workshop 1-3 pm ($20) (Other players are welcome to
attend, however the instruction will be geared to the fiddlers) and a
Beginning Bodhran Workshop 1-3 pm ($20), and a LITMA Orchestra workshop
3:30-5:30 pm (Musicians who attended the earlier workshops who want to
stay and listen are welcome). Advanced workshop reservations are highly
recommended, as seating may be limited
A Potluck Dinner will be held from 6-7:30 pm, with local musician
entertainment. This would require an advanced potluck dinner/ concert
ticket purchase of a $20 + potluck dish to share. Preferential seating
to those purchasing the dinner/concert combo. Regular concert seating
available at $15 for LITMA members and $20 for non-members. Advanced
seat purchase will get closer seating than tickets sold at the gate.
Students 16 and under accompanied by an adult may attend the concert
for $10 and get a $5 discount on the workshop. This concert/workshop is
due to a joint effort of the Cameron Scottish Ensemble and LITMA. The
Cameron Ensemble will be hosting a Scottish country dance featuring
Laura Risk and Paddy League on Friday January 14th and a Scottish
fiddle workshop with Laura on Sunday January 16. For more information
on these events contact Isabelle Smith at [log in to unmask]
Directions: Northern State Parkway to Post Avenue exit in Westbury. Go
north on Post Avenue and the Meeting is the first and only right turn.
If you get to Jericho turnpike, you've gone too far. From Jericho
Turnpike the Meeting is on the Southeast corner at the intersection of
Jericho Turnpike & Post Avenue. The entrance is on Post Avenue. The
LIRR Westbury train station intersects Post avenue a few miles south.
For more information contact Sally Strassburger at
[log in to unmask] or (516) 785-2832. and keep checking for upcoming
events at litma.org
A brief note on behalf of ULL MOR BRANCH of CCE:
Membership is now due for 2004-05. Please join us. You can get info at
our web site: www.geocities.com/ullmorcce and you can contact the Ull
Mor Runai, Maureen Donachie, at 718-343-6955 or [log in to unmask] ,
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