Friday, January 15, 2010

Beggarmen concert to support Haiti

Please join us on Saturday, January 23rd at 7 pm at Uptown Bill's small Mall for a benefit concert to support aid efforts in Haiti.

There is no cover charge but freewill donations are accepted. 100% of the proceeds will go to aid efforts in Haiti via the International Red Cross.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tionól 2010 Registration Now Open!

We are very lucky here in Iowa City to be in relatively close proximity to a Irish traditional music weekend workshop that is unmatched across the country. Every April, musicians gather from all over the world to St. Louis to learn from the masters of Irish traditional music.

Teachers this year include Oisín Mac Diarmada, John McEvoy, John Wynne, Paul Smyth, Mary Mac Namara, Mirella Murray, Leo Rickard, Tom Clarke, Michael Cooney, John Skelton, Kathleen Conneely, Darren Maloney, Patsy O'Brien, Grainne Hambly, Roger Landes, Brian Hart, Mark Stone, Chris Weddle, not to mention the Beggarmen's own Keith Reins who is widely regarded as one of the top Irish traditional guitarists in the United States.

Please visit the Tionól website and consider registering for a workshop. Older children are welcome along with adults. Tionól is always an enriching and fun weekend that inspires me as a teacher and a musician throughout the year. Let me know if you have any questions that I can answer about this wonderful musical experience.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Lessons Resume Today!

Hello Cavan Fiddlers!

Lessons resume today in the studio. It's been a lovely and relaxing break, now it's time to play some 'chewns'!

I'm really looking forward to seeing all of you. Stay warm today and please please please don't leave your fiddle in the car for any length of time!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Join us for an Irish Seisiún at the Center!

From the trusty Wikipedia definition:
Irish traditional music sessions are mostly-informal gatherings at which people play Irish traditional music. The Irish language word for "session" is seisiún...

The "Field Guide to the Irish Music Session" defines a session as:
...a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide.
Join us the first Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 pm in the Assembly Room of the Center in Iowa City (24 South Linn Street). All are welcome to play, dance, or just listen. For more information, contact Tara Dutcher

Irish sessions at the Center begin Sunday, February 7, 2010.