Celtic Winter Gathering – This Weekend Jan 21-22nd

January 18, 2017

Celtic DancersIf you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the Celtic Winter Gathering and Green Mountain Performing Arts Winter Dance Showcase at Main Street Landing in Burlington, VT.

Here is the press release:

Celtic dancers from the northeast U.S. and Canadian provinces will convene in Burlington, VT, Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm to compete in a Scottish and Irish dance competition.

The competition, now held at Main Street Landing on the Burlington’s waterfront, has received worldwide attention by combining the Irish and Scottish culture and dance into one event which offers a unique experience for attendees.

Workshops will take place for beginners through advance dancers with Mitchell DeSimone, a performer with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and Natalie Quick, a former world champion Highland dancer Sunday morning, January 22. All are welcome to participate – visit Green Mountain Performing Arts for rates and times.

Scottish and Irish inspired food will be available during the event at the Celtic Cafe. In addition, Green Mountain Performing Arts (GMPA) presents its Winter Showcase on Saturday night at 6:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm at Main Street Landing. The two showcase dance performances will feature all levels of Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Breaking and Musical Theater offered at GMPA.

For more information about the event contact: Heather Morris, Executive Director, Green Mountain Performing Arts, (802) 244-8600, gmpavt@gmail.com or visit the website.

The drippy side of the flute

January 10, 2017

Christy Barry, flute playerIf you’ve ever played at a session and sat next to a flute player, you know full well what the drippy side of the flute is. It’s not pretty, the condensation, I mean. The sound of a good flute player is, however.

Though the drip can be a drag, listening to the flute sing effortlessly in your ear can be quite mesmerizing and worth the drip.

There is something about the sound of a flute, that almost feels like a massage for your ears. It has this woody tone that is full and sweet and I’m not sure it can be replicated.

If you are lucky enough to play this beautiful instrument and want to improve your chops, flute and whistle player extraordinaire, Christy Barry will be giving a master class for Irish traditional flute players from 11am-4pm at the Florence Civic Center in Northhampton, MA. The cost is $50. Preregistration is required as spaces are limited. For information on email Sally or visit the Facebook page.

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The joy of coming full circle

December 26, 2016

The London EyeEverything comes full circle and I’m reminded of that more often than not. Take for example, bell-bottoms and leg warmers. Who would have thought they’d be cool twice in my life-time? Or platform shoes, of which I’m still afraid to walk in.

Even when it comes to my writing. I come up with an idea, I start writing. I take my words in another direction (maybe a few) yet I always end up writing about my original concept. Coming full circle.

For the last 4-5 months, I’ve been learning various other genres of music on my fiddle other than Irish music. I’ve been practicing some jazz, blues, folk and everything under the sun except for Irish music. It was not intentional. I was taking a class and Irish music was just not on the syllabus. I’ve also been participating in drum workshops and dance workshops that are completely unrelated to Irish music. Read the rest of this entry »

Music that makes you want to dance

April 10, 2016

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.

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St. Patrick’s Day festivities

March 5, 2016

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:

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Upcoming Irish & Celtic music concerts

February 6, 2016

Combating Stage FrightThere is never a shortage of traditional music in these parts. Check out some upcoming concerts:

Benefit Concerts

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.

WHEN: Saturday, February 6th @6pm
Seven Stars Center for the Arts in Sharon, VT.
Admission by donation
INFO: Email bethandclintbenefit@gmail.com for more information.

The second concert features The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra and harpist Dominique Dodge.
WHEN: Saturday, February 27th @6pm
Unitarian Church in Montpelier, VT
Admission by donation
INFO: Email bethandclintbenefit@gmail.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
Burlington Violin Shop, Burlington, VT
INFO: Call 802.862.0349

Hope to see you all out and about. Enjoy the music!






Irish music in the schoolhouse

August 10, 2015

irish fiddle music

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.

On Saturday, August 15, the Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music presents Tommy McCarthy and his wife, Louise Costello at the Four Corners Schoolhouse in East Montpelier.

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