One of things I love about Irish music, and most Celtic music in general, is it makes me want to get up and dance. After all, it is dance music. Dancing is such a big part of this tradition and learning the dances actually helps in learning the tunes. This weekend, whether you’re a musician or not, you too can learn to dance.
I’m claiming March St. Patrick’s Month. I mean why limit the music and celebration to just one day? There is so much going on in the next few weeks it’s almost impossible to keep track of it all. Below is my attempt. In the meantime, check out this band coming to the Barre Opera house:
Friends of fiddler Beth Telford are putting on two benefit concerts to raise money for Beth to take a paid medical leave from teaching so she can be by her husband’s side in the hospital. (You can Donate here if you can’t make the concerts).
The first concert includes musicians, Patrick Sharpe, Eli Shatney, and Catherine Landers, (to name a few) will be playing with the group, Second Wife.
The second concert features The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra and harpist Dominique Dodge.
WHEN: Saturday, February 27th @6pm
WHERE: Unitarian Church in Montpelier, VT
COST: Admission by donation
INFO: Email email@example.com for more information.
Irish Music Concert
Also, check out this musical duo coming to Burlington. Dana is on the popular recording, “Live at Mona’s,” and they are both superb musicians. These days, Dana and Kyle play traditional music with a contemporary slant. Fans of Martin Hayes may particularly enjoy them.Visit Danalynkylesanna.com for more info.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 17th @6pm
WHERE: Burlington Violin Shop, Burlington, VT
INFO: Call 802.862.0349
Hope to see you all out and about. Enjoy the music!
Music makes you happy. It’s true. Music causes the release of dopamine, a “feel-good” chemical in your brain. So listening to music literally makes you happy.
That’s why during this time of year when the days become shorter, cooler and we enter into what us Vermonters like to call “stick season,” I try to immerse myself in as much music as I can.
Luckily, just as fall is waning and winter begins to pop up on the horizon, the music doesn’t stop around these parts. There are still house parties, sessions and great concerts to go to that will lift your spirits and make you forget that we’re entering the dark months.
School is not yet in session but anyone who loves Irish music will be in school this weekend – the Four Corners School House that is.
I was told a story when I first started playing fiddle by one of my teachers who heard it from another teacher who basically said the following:
“When first learning Irish music, it all sounds the same. You then start to learn the tunes and it all sounds different. Then you start to really get to the know the music, and it all sounds the same.”
This Sunday, this story will be proven wrong.
March is one of my favorite months. It’s the month both my mother and grandmother were born, it’s the month where the days get so much longer, it’s also the month to celebrate Irish music. And you don’t need to be Irish to partake in the festivities.
Growing up in Boston, St. Patrick’s Day was always a huge celebration with parades, music, parties, and lots of drinking. As I got older and moved to Vermont, St. Paddy’s Day became less about testing my metabolism and more about sharing this poignant music with the masses who might not be exposed to it during the rest of the year.