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Gaelic Traditions, March 6th

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Gaelic Traditions (as Forest Gump would say) again...

 

March 6, 2006 at 1:30 in the Ecumenical and Cultural Center at Framingham State College

Mairead Doherty and her "Lads" will be back for our pre-St. Paddy's Day music making.

Here's the line up:

 

Mairead Doherty, Celtic Harp, Gaelic Vocalist and narrator

 

The Lads:

Jim Buchanan, Fiddle

Jim Gleason, Wooden Flute and Penny Whistle

Mark Evans, English (yes, that's not a "typo") Concertina and Vocalist

 

With a very special guest (Mairead's niece from Scotland):

Mave Ghilcrest, Insanely good Celtic Harp and an out-of-this world Gaelic and English Vocalist

 

The hall should be full, but there's always room. If you want to come, drop me a line and I'll arrange parking. Now if you will excuse me I must go practice (what on God's green earth deluded me into thinkin' I could play the freakin' Concertina Reel!).

Edited by Mark Evans

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Thank you Allison. Barbara (Greenferry) is going to come and it will be nice to see her again.

 

I just checked out the NEFFA site today and lo and behold you'll be there with Seanma, Animaterra and your dancing group. Hopelfully I'll get a chance to say hello. I'll be there with our Acadian Gumbo program. Yum, gumbo. Now I'm hungry.

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Well, I survived. The two other lads took off on The Boy of Bluehill and The Flowing Tide so fast that I thought I'd not be able to keep up. I was more like The Boys need ta stop drinkin' coffee and the Sunami that drowned the concerina player :blink: . Mairead shot them some wicked looks but there they went out of the gate...whew!

 

Fun afternoon though. Think I'll go home and have a nap.

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Well, I survived. The two other lads took off on The Boy of Bluehill and The Flowing Tide so fast that I thought I'd not be able to keep up. I was more like The Boys need ta stop drinkin' coffee and the Sunami that drowned the concerina player :blink: . Mairead shot them some wicked looks but there they went out of the gate...whew!

 

Fun afternoon though. Think I'll go home and have a nap.

Mark,

Thanks for saving me a parking space! It was a great concert! There was a Wise Woman big harpist with her Wise Young Niece little harpist from the old country, a hasty fiddle player, a transflutist, and our lad Mark who provided the Concertina merriment. Mark also sang two absolutely beautiful pieces: "The Meeting of the Waters" (Thomas Moore) and "An Plaistin Fionn" (trad. love song with lots of mournful droning), and the ladies sitting in the row back of me almost swooned. The elderly Irishman sitting next to me turned 'round and commented, "It's good even if you aren't Irish!" The place was packed right up to the walls.

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Thank you Barbara. If you folks want to see a montage of what went on, click on my web link below Dominiques. No sounds as yet, but our photographer had it done and on my computer before I could get back in me office. I'll have to review the recording and see if I let it see the light of day. Young Maeve, when she set to, I was just dumbfounded.

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Sounds lovely, Mark!

 

 

You are being kind Allison and I thank you.

Edited by Mark Evans

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I don't feel this is worth a new topic as it means additional work for Ken, but the Gaelic Traditions concert at Framingham State College makes its annual March arrival (not unlike our early, rather chilled Robins). The date will be March 5th at 1:30 in the stone Chapel.

 

There are a couple of notable changes in the line-up this year:

 

Mairead Doherty, Celtic Harp and vocals (as usual and how!)

Sally Harrison, Hammered Dulcimer (a gifted talent whose dexterous hammer work delights me no end)

Eamonn Marshall, Irish-style Accordion (an elegant gentleman who coaxes spun silver from that red Soprani)

Mark Evans, concertina and vocals (bringin' up the rear an' tryin' ta keep up)

 

Mairead's program this year will highlight some of the Celtic musical heritage that took root in the new land and how that tradition influenced American folk music.

 

As before, C.netters are invited. Just shoot me an email. Parking and a warm welcome are assured.

Edited by Mark Evans

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I don't feel this is worth a new topic as it means additional work for Ken,

 

Fer heavens' sake, man it only takes ten seconds. That is much less work that purging spam was, as I copied and documented everything so the boss could do detective work. I know it's not always convnenient to wait a few hours to "appear" to the world, but don't hesitate.

 

I still can't believe I lived in Mass. for a year and never ran into you and many of the folks there, who weren't active here yet I guess. Have fun.

 

Ken

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Teresa just sent me this, The New Land Waltz. I pooch up the beginning, but the concertina and Dulcimer sound so nice together I wanna post it anyway.

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