An Evening of Traditional Irish Music:
House Concert with Áine Meenaghan, Randal Bays, and Dave Marshall
*Saturday, April 25, 2009 – Cincinnati, Ohio*
Doors open at 7:30 pm – concert at 8:00 pm, $15.00
At the home of: Kathy and Phil Schneider 22 Far Hills Drive Cincinnati, OH 45208
Space is Limited, Reservations Recommended, Reserve Tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Session to follow house concerts. You are welcome to bring food or drink to
share, and your instrument(s).
Randall Bays, Dave Marshall and Áine Meenaghan will also be holding music workshops Saturday afternoon, April 25th, from2pm – 4pm at the Riley School of Irish Music in Cincinnati. See the website http://www.rileyirishmusic.com for details!
*Sunday April 26, 2009 — Bowling Green Ohio*
Traditional Irish fiddle: Randal Bays
Accompanying traditional Irish music on guitar: Dave Marshall
Traditional irish sean nós singing: Aine Meenaghan
Traditional Irish set dancing: Anne McCallum
Concert beginning at 6:00pm, Dancing and traditional Irish music session to follow the concert. Concert tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Concert + workshop: $35. South Main Common Space Auditorium, 437 S. Main Street, Bowling Green, OH.
For advance tickets PRIOR TO APRIL 17 send a check payable to Bob Midden to: 549 Monroe Ct. Bowling Green OH 43402-1541. Info: 419-352-8050 / email@example.com
*Monday, April 27, 2009 7:00 p.m. – Columbus, Ohio*
Randal Bays with Dave Marshall; House Concert, hosted by:
Marian Funk, 227 West New England Worthington, Ohio 43085 614-846-5453. Door opens at 7pm – concert begins at 7:30. $15.00. Space is limited – firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring something to share and your instruments – session to follow the house concert.
About the Performers:
A native of Muiceannach-idir-dhá-Sháile, Camus, Áine Meenaghan (nee Ní Dhonnchadha) began singing as a child and was strongly influenced by the singing of her grand father. Encouraged by her aunt, schoolteacher Treasa Uí Chartúir, she began to take an interest in sean nós and, at the age of eight, entered her first competition. During the 1970s, Áine or Nan Chamuis as she is known in Connemara, became a household name in the sean nós pantheon. She won the All-Ireland title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and in 1974 she won the coveted Corn Uí Riada at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, the highest honour awarded to a performer in Ireland. Since immigrating to Chicago, she has performed on many occasions with Martin Hayes and Randal Bays, and tours the festival circuit throughout the U.S. She’s also taught at many music camps and has adjudicated a number of singing competitions. Her rendition of the poignant love song Bríd Thomáis Mhurchadha highlights the richness of her subtle and distinctive style.
Among the many Americans who play Irish fiddle, Randal Bays is one of the few to find serious acceptance and respect for his music in Ireland. His 2005 release, “House to House” (with Roger Landes) was selected by the Irish Times as one of the top five traditional recordings of the year, and the Cork Examiner called him *”a rare beast, a master of both the fiddle and the guitar.” *
*Randal describes his music this way: “The real heart and soul of Irish music is the small session in a house or pub, just a few players gathered together for some tunes and fun. You start to play, and the next thing you know, the sun is coming up. That’s the feeling I try to recreate in my concerts.”Bays has performed all over the U.S., Europe and Canada, including appearances at major festivals. Randal has recorded or performed with many great musicians, including James Kelly, John Williams, Daithi Sproule, James Keane, Martin Hayes, and Tony McManus.Randal is a co-founder of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp in Friday Harbor, Washington, and is also an album producer and composer who’s created original scores for several award-winning films and documentaries. Randal now lives near Seattle, Washington.
Dave lives in Vancouver BC and is not only one of the finest DADGAD guitarists you’ll ever hear, he’s an incredible player of several other instruments, including the tenor banjo. His guitar accompaniment is what fiddlers always wish for but rarely get; someone who knows the tunes inside out and is able to play both hard-driving jigs and reels as well as the great slow airs with equal ease and musicality. He accompanies Randall on their new cd, *”Dig With It”*.
This is straightforward Irish fiddle music… the title comes from the last three words of Seamus Heaney’s great poem, “Digging” http://www.wussu.com/poems/shdigg.htm. Randal describes this as his best recording since “The Salmon’s Leap”; a mix of reels and jigs, slow airs and marches, and some new tunes by Randall, James Kelly, Brad Hurley and his son Willie Bays, who makes his recording debut on this CD. Dave plays DADGAD guitar and tenor banjo, and Randal plays fiddle plus a bit of guitar and harp.