Spring music session at Hiram


2 PM till

Frohlich Hall
Music Department

Come from Cleveland and Route 82 will take you right to campus with a pleasant drive thru the countryside. We welcome anyone interested in Irish and other forms of Celtic music including Appalachian and Bluegrass. Bring your instrument, sing a song or dance to your heart’s content.
Beginners are welcome.

For more information contact Dr. Tina Dreisbach at DreisbachTS@hiram.edu

Refreshments will be available in the form of coffee, tea and soda bread, or bring some of your favorite dessert to share if you wish.

An Evening of Irish Traditional Music – 3 cities, 4 days

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  kathy@rileyirishmusic.com

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*

Workshops 2:00-3:30pm:
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 / bob@toraigh.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 – bass72@gmail.com.  Bring something to share and your instruments – session to follow the house concert.


About the Performers:
Áine Meenaghan

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.


Randal Bays

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 Marshall

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.

Sean Moore Memorial Irish Vocals Scholarship Event

1st Annual Sean Moore Memorial Irish Vocals Scholarship Fund Event –
To honor our legendary balladeer, Sean Moore, we have established
an Irish vocals scholarship in his name. to be awarded annually
at the Cleveland Feis.

Wednesday, June 10th, 6:00 p.m.
LIVE music on Two Stages

The New Barleycorn,
Brigid’s Cross,
Mossy Moran,
Linda O’Malley Quartet
… and more.

West Side Irish American Club
8559 Jennings Road
Olmsted Twp., Ohio 44138

Doors open at 6, Dinner at 7

If you cannot attend, or wish to make an additional donation
(checks to: Sean Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund), send to:

Sean Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Ohio Irish American News
14615 Triskett Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44111-3123

For more information, contact:
Joan or John Patterson @ 440.716.2545
or Cathy Culbertson @ 440.888.9707


North Coast Pipe Band Sponsoring Scottish Lion 78th Frasers

North Coast Pipe Band Sponsoring Scottish Lion 78th Frasers Concert

The North Coast Pipe Band is sponsoring a concert of the Scottish Lion
78th Fraser Highlander Pipe Band in Cleveland on April 18th. The event
will be held at the Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Avenue.

Based in Toronto, The 78th Frasers were the first non-Scottish pipe
band ever to win the Grade 1 World Championship. They hold the North
American Championship title 12 times.

Info/tickets 330.673.0141, 216.291.4701 www.scottishlions78thfrasers.com

Found a new Blogger I like

I saw this poem about Cleveland, with a couple of great pics, and liked it. It is by a new blogger I read a lot, named Alan States (http://alanstates.blogspot.com/). He writes on anything and everything. Check him out – and sign up to be a follower.

My Humble City
by Alan States

My humble city, so many times you have bent
under the weight of corruption and power plays, burning rivers, empty steel mills
massive layoffs, shuttered factories, renewal projects with jobs only on paper, Baltimore.
Kicked by the steel toe that built you, your teeth have a hopeless feel to their bite.

My immigrant city, is an emigrant neighborhood now;
sprawl, flight, drain, greener grass, fear.
Hunkered down, waiting for the sun to rise, where the sun has set
on such dreams.

My once proud city, your bare bones are creaking,
lost in the shadow of your medical giants, for want of medicine
Pride and prejudice, craving for respect,
from the smoking barrel of a gun.

My poor city, panhandling on the street, in tent city, in the halls of Congress
for a cup of coffee with lots of sugar the only sweet thing
these bitter mouths have tasted,
so lost is the moment, in isolation.

My waterfront city, where seagulls shriek
as they gorge on the discarded refuse
of a town that progress and vision forgot to visit
this time around.

My unbroken city, I love thee more. For all your struggles,
the city you are is not the city you can become. And tho
your black eyes shame, your promise thrills.
The door to rekindling yesteryear’s glory has not closed

Posted by Alan states at 5:03 PM

Events this weekend, add yours too

Friday – The Kreelers @ Sully’s, Medina
Fish Frys at Akron AOH, West SIde Irish American Club, Irish American Club East Side
Saturday – Barleycorn @ Sullivans, Lakewood
The Kreellers @ PJ McIntyre’s, Cleveland
Enter the Haggis @ Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland
Sunday – United Irish Societies St. Patrick’s Day Awards – Heritage Club, Avon Lake