September Out & About Ohio News & Events

Out & About Ohio – September

Cincinnati – Molly Malones
4th- Cheryl Renee’ with Dem Bones, 5th-Ceol Mhor, 11th-  Dex, 12th-  TBA, 18th-   Low Heat, 19th –  Williams Family Band, 25th-  Andrew Stafford, 26th  The Hanky Panks.  Molly Malone’s Irish Pub 6111 Montgomery Road, 45213 513.531.0700
Cleveland – Mary Robinson at Severance Hall
9th 12:30 p.m. – Former President of Ireland and Human Rights Advocate Mary Robinson will be awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize and will speak on “New Challenges for Human Rights in the 21st Century” at Severance Hall.  Free Admission.  Severance Hall 11001 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44106-1713.
Cleveland / Willoughby – Mullarkey’s
5th – Kevin McCarthy, 12th – OSU vs. USC, 19th – Dan McCoy, 26th – Pat Shepherd
Cleveland / Willoughby Croagh Patrick’s Pub
4th  – Irish DJ John McSkolny 5th  – 1/2 Way to St. Pat’s Party Mossy Moran, New Barleycorn, IACES Pipes & Drums, Black Sheep Pipes & Drums, Brady/Campbell Irish School of Dance, Cornhole Tourney, Buckeyes game. 6th  – Matt Murphy out of Deerborn, MI, 8th – Open Sesiun, 24th  – Dan McCoy.  4857 Robinhood Dr. 44092
Cleveland / Medina – Sully’s
4th  –  Michael Crawley, 5th  – Mossy Moran, 12th   – The New Barleycorn,  18th  – The Kreellers, 19th  – The Music Men, 25th  – That Irish Band, 26th  – Fergie and the Bog Dogs.  117 West Liberty Medina, 44256
Cleveland – West Park Station
Cleveland / Olmsted Twp – West Side Irish American Club
WSIA Club 8559 Jennings Rd. 44138 440-235-5868.
Food & Entertainment Every Friday 6:00 to ?
4th – The Terriers         11th – Folktic, 18th – Bald Paul’s Irish Blues Band, 25th – Mary Agnes Kennedy / 20th – Annual Clambake – Best in the West! 3:00 – 5:00. Call for tickets.
St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club and The WSIA Club Present:  Youth Irish Cultural sessions Tír Na nÓg (Land of the Youth).  Classes for Irish-American youth on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month thru October.  1pm – 5pm.  Sessions cover Gaelic Football, Basic Irish Language, History of Irish Music and Ceili Dancing. 5-18 years old / $25 for entire year.  Membership of the WSIA is not required, but encouraged. Info: Eileen Maloney 440-327-1029,
Cleveland -The Harp
2nd – Lonesome Stars, 5th – The Porter Sharks, 9th – $100.00 Trio, 11th p Brent Kirby, 12th – Chris Allen, 16th – Lonesome Stars, 19th – Pitch the Peat, 23rd – $100.00 Trio, 25th – Kristine Jackson, 26th – Chris Allen, 30th – Lonesome Stars.
Cleveland – PJ McIntyre’s
2nd –  monthly pub quiz hosted by Mike D., strat at 6:30, 4th – Oasis, 5th – Kerosene (Nashville Star finalist), 6th – DISCO INFERNO, 11th – The Spazmatics, 12th – Diamond Minds (Neil Diamond Cover band), 18th – MoMojo, 19th – Carlos Jones (Reggae), 25TH – 1/2 TO ST PATRICKS DAY PARTY! MUSIC BY THE KREELLERS, BRADY CAMPBELL IRISH DANCERS, PIPERS, GUINNESS GIRLS AND MORE….., 26th – Punch the Clown.  PJ’s is now Booking all Parties in their new CRAIC PARLOR PARTY ROOM.  Call Patrick for Bookings and Info. Showing ALL GAA Action!
Cleveland – Flat Iron Café
4th – Jimmy-O, 11th – Bald Paul’s Irish Blues Band, 18th – Becky Boyd, 25th – TBD
The Flat Iron has extended happy hour, shot specials and food specials every Friday night, come down and check it out!
Cleveland – Sullivan’s Irish Restaurant & Pub
Cleveland – Beck Center for the Arts
7th – Fall 2009 classes begin, 10th – Hear & Touch the Music/Guitar, 19th-30th – Fiddler on the Roof.  Beck Center for the Arts 17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood, OH  44107 (216) 521-2540 x20
Cleveland – Irish American Club East Side
11th  – Wally Franz (Pub), 18th  Mary Agnes Kennedy (Pub), 25th  – The Geeze Cats (Upper Hall).  Irish American Club East Side 22770 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, 44123. (216) 731-4003
Cleveland / Mentor – Hooley House
Tuesdays – Hooley with Richie; Wednesdays – Pub Trivia; Thursdays (except the 17th) Karaoke with 2P’s; Sundays – S.I.N. Night with Samantha.  PLUS: 4th  – iTex, 5th  – DJ, 11th  – Reese Dailey Band, 12th  – DJ, 17th  – St. Practice Day with Brigid’s Cross!!  7:30 start time…wear green to win, 18th  – Just George, 19th  – UFC fight/no cover charge, 25th  – Morrison McCarthy, 26th  – DJ. 7861 Reynolds Rd., Mentor (440) 942-6611
Huron – Shamrock & Thistle Celtic Gathering
19th & 20th – Featuring Searson, The Kreelers, Zoo Station, The Terriers, Morrison & McCarthy, Turn the Corner, Michael Crawley, Marcus Dirk, Pipe Bands, Irish and Highland Dancing, Food, Vendors, Kid’s Area Demonstrations and more.  Call 419.357.2688

Columbus – Shamrock Club Events
3rd – Bardic Circle Sessions; 8th – Progressive Euchre; 11th – Cornhole Tournament; 12th – OSU/ USC Game & Potluck; 13th – General Meeting; 17th – Bardic Circle Sessions; 18th – Kirby Sessions; 19th – Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party [Entertainment includes: Ni Chiara School of Irish Dance, Shamrock Club Pipe & Drums, Capital City Pipe & Drums, Columbus Police & Fire Pipe & Drums, and the Ladies of Longford]; 24th – Quiz Night.  60 W. Castle Rd. Columbus 43207 614-491-4449
Columbus Byrne’s Pub
4th – Katty Whomp us, 5th Vinegar Hill, 11th – Grassahol, 18th – Death by Banjo, 19th – 9 Castle Close, 25th – New Grass Station, 26th – Homeland, 10/2 – Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk.  Byrne’s Pub 1248 West Third Avenue Columbus, 43212 (614) 486-4722

Dayton – AOH & LAOH Events
JFK Division #1 / Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Mary of the Gael, Division # 1 & Member Organizations.  * The Men’s Division website is

Detroit – Gaelic League
See a complete list of news, events and background for the Gaelic League of Detroit at

Ancient Order of Hibernians – Writing Contest
The National Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) has announced the 2010 Irish History Writing Contest.  The contest is open to all children in grade levels 6-12.  Grades 6, 7, 8 – topic: Role of Women in the 1916 Rebellion (500 to 1000 words). Grade 9, 10, 11, 12 – topic: The Irish Playing the Game: Sports of the World (750 to 1500 words). Submit entries to your local division.  Winners at local level are sent to the state level then onto the national level.

Indianapolis – 14th Annual Indy Irish Fest
Indy’s Irish Fest returns to Military Park Sept. 18-20 for its 14th -annual celebration of the state’s Celtic heritage. Festival features include four stages of live Irish music and step dancing, as well as shopping, food, cultural and children’s activities, sporting events and more. More than 25,000 visitors are expected to attend during the three-day run.  The festival is headlined by The Fenians, Micky Finns, Searson, The Sandcarvers, Skelpin and Brigid’s Cross. Bagpipers and nationally and internationally acclaimed step dancers also appear throughout the Fest.  For more information, visit or call the Indy’s Irish Fest Information Line at (317) 713-7117.

Ongoing Traditional Irish Sessions – Bring your instruments and play along!
Croagh Patrick’s – 2nd Tuesday of every month from 8 to 10pm
Great Lakes Brewing Co – First Monday of Every month in the Beer Cellar, 6-9 PM.  (Tends to be intermediate to advanced players)
Cleveland WSIA Club, Jennings Rd, Olmsted Twp – 1st Saturdays of the Month in Pub BEGINNERS AND KIDS WELCOME!  Usually 2-5pm, call to verify time. (440) 235-5868  website:
Old Angle Tavern, W. 25th  Street, Cleveland – Thursday 8PM
Bardic Circle at The Shamrock Club of Columbus  Beginner-friendly, intermediate-level Irish session meeting every other Thursdays from 8:00 pm -11:00 pm
Claddagh Irish Pub, Legacy Village, Lyndhurst Sunday 27th, 6 – 9 pm.
Bowling Green Common Space* – 437 South Main, Bowling Green. SLOW SESSIONS – so folks can learn tunes.  2nd & 4th Monday, 7:00 to 8:00
Blarney Pub* – Toledo, 1st  Saturday of the month 5-8 pm.

Ghosts in the Attic

Ghosts in the Attic
by John O’Brien, Jr.

Ghosts in the attic, hidden in a box.
I move aside the history, among Broken Clocks.
Hidden in the bottom, hoping to be missed,
lightly yellowed, where the sun had once kissed,
another box , and another, in another box.
Experimentally open the door, to the past’s pervasive knocks.
Small medals, old letters, as I sit down hard.
I can’t see the time, just glimpse a little shard –
sharp and bleeding, the edges are so blurred.
What had hatred spawned? What had wrath incurred?

Plagued heart, plagued soul, beaten too much?
Were you missing love or maybe a tender touch?
A future so empty, a day of no vision?
Otherworld preferred, no door from your prison?
But to murder a gift? A life’s a virtuoso.
To snuff out animation, to simply crush its’ prose so?
What did you see, that you saw no good,
that you abandoning life – and your parenthood?
Could you feel no sun and weighted by the rain
Did you fight like a wildcat or just accept the pain?

Unbridgeable? Uncrossed? A private chasm?
Premeditated murder or desperate spasm?
Did not someone see, was no one aware?
Were they afraid of him too or could they not dare?
Could no brothers nor priests, nor saviors get through?
Could no one see, what was happening to you?
And in the end, when you gave up the fight,
did you expect to see the devil or pray a heavenly light?
A virtuoso is gone, she sings no more.
I guess the legacy lives, in the hearts it tore.

Tho’ I know not the meaning,
My heart sobs, it cries.
That no one could stop,
your suicide.

Help Us Save the Francis McPeak School of Music

Hello this is for a really great cause, we can’t let this school close, please see press release below.
Please pass this on in your next issue/article/on your web site, you will be helping to save an Irish music school institution and a tradition that must continue.

Join with celebrities in a campaign to save a Legendary Irish Music School: The Francis McPeake School of Music, Belfast

Celebrities including the Pogues and Michael Flatley are backing the ‘Mosaic of Support’ project and a documentary to be filmed showcasing international supporters

The McPeake Family started playing music, in Ireland, in 1904. The family were at the forefront of the revival of Irish and folk music throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s. Francis McPeake I penned the folk anthem ‘Will Ye Go Lassie Go’ aka ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ in the early 1950’s. With such a pedigree, the McPeakes were approached in 1977 to host tin whistle lessons for six weeks, to give the youth of Belfast a cultural alternative to the civil unrest that was a part of everyone’s life in Northern Ireland at that time. An amazing music school grew out of those lessons and thirty-two years later, the McPeakes are still teaching traditional music in Belfast. Throughout these 32 years, the McPeakes have inspired and taught to the highest standard in traditional music and produced the largest number of All-Ireland competitors, champions, and tutors and inspired many, many professional musicians. Currently run by Francis McPeake IV , the school unfortunately is under threat due to lack of funds and as such the ‘Mosaic of Support’ has been created.

Dancing legend Michael Flatley has lent his support to the campaign to secure the future of the school. Michael said, “I wish The Francis McPeake School of Music the very best of luck. The music of our heritage is a very important part of our lives; it influences us when we’re young and is invaluable as we get older.”

Bill Wolsey, entrepreneur and owner of the most public houses in Ireland’s history, said “The McPeakes have taught all classes and creeds for four generations in Belfast. They have taught through good and bad times, through times of trouble and times of peace. To me The McPeakes represent everything that is good about Ireland.”

Along with Michael and Bill other internationally acclaimed celebrities including The Pogues, Moya Brennan, Phil Coulter, Ash, Therapy, Brian Kennedy, and Sir James & Lady Galway, have come together to lead in supporting the future of the world renowned Francis McPeake School of Music by purchasing tiles in the ‘Mosaic of Support’.

‘The Mosaic Of Support’ campaign calls on local, national and international artists, businesses and music lovers to purchase tiles within an original Mosaic art piece. The Mosaic will contain 3000 individual tiles. Each supporter that purchases a tile (or 2!) will have their logo or name put on the tile. Award Winning, London Designer, Jake Tilson is on board to create the art piece, which when completed will be exhibited to the public and on line on the school’s web site. The cost of one tile is $200 and will help to secure the financial future of the school.

Francis McPeake IV is also producing a documentary called “Are ya goin’ to McPeakes tonight?” the story of how the Francis McPeake School of Music has changed people, culture and Belfast since 1977 and the resulting social impact of it were to close. It will examine the extraordinary influence the school has had on the lives of the students, how Belfast has been changed through their music and highlight the many professional musicians and friends of the school and the professional traditional musicians the school has produced.

The documentary will feature the fundraising journey and the creative development and recording of a musical score called the “Jam Piece”, the concept of which is when a artist, individual or business purchases a tile, they will be asked to record and video tape one note of music, 15 seconds long, which will then be orchestrated into a large piece of music – ‘The Jam Piece’.

‘The Jam Piece’ will be mixed by Tom Newman, engineer and producer of ‘Tubular Bells’, the theme from the Exorcist, forming the signature piece for the documentary. The documentary will have a premier screening in Belfast and we will hopefully get distribution for it here in the US.

To become a supporter of the Francis McPeake School of Music simply log onto or call +44 (0)28 9024 4544 for further details.




Irish Mosaic Supporters (as at 13 August 2009)

Entertainment: Michael Flatley, Moya Brennan, Frances Black, Brian Kennedy, Ash, Therapy?, McPeake, The Furey’s & Davey Arthur, Donal Lunny, High Kings, Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill, Sharon Shannon, Kieran Goss, Tommy Fleming, Phil Coulter, The Pogues, Brendan Graham, Patricia Daly, Sir James & Lady Galway

Sport: Wayne McCullough

Business: The Merchant Hotel, EMI Music, Junction One, Belfast City Airport, Belfast City Sightseeing Tours, Belfast Duck Tours, Bernard Campbell Solicitors, Big Bear Sound, Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Fingerprint Learning, The Garrick Bar, Cafe Carberry, Morris Estate Agents, Willie Clancy Summer School, Sinful Design, Custom Pro Golf, One Zero Zero

Francis McPeak IV Mosaic of Support Project