Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8pm: No other instrument is as hot as the banjo these days. For this showcase, masters of the instrument gathered with a full backup band for a night of top-notch bluegrass, Irish, and old-time music. Famed bluegrass banjo player Mike Munford awed with his impeccable timing, exquisite tone, and jaw-dropping technique. World-renowned hammered dulcimer player Ken Kolodner joined forces with his son Brad on the clawhammer banjo offering tight, musical arrangements of original and traditional Appalachian old-time music. County Meath native Peter Fitzgerald is known for his mastery of the Irish-style tenor banjo and his encyclopedic recall of songs. The showcase included famed bluegrass fiddler Jon Glik, Celtic guitarist Andy Thurston, and a wealth of talented musicians and vocalists.
The Tanzanian Children’s Project
January 27, 2013
4:00 - 7:30 PM
Room 4 — Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
10431 Twin Rivers Road • Columbia, MD 21044
Ticket Price — $15.00 ($120/table of 10)
For sales and more information:
Subject to availability: Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the concert.
Complimentary Coffee and Dessert
Entertainment Provided By:
The Tanzania Ceili Band
With Special Guest Performer, Peter Fitzgerald
Proceeds will be used to purchase medical equipment and supplies for the Malowa Medical Dispensary in Tanzania.
The Old Bay Ceili Band music and dance party at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore!
Saturday, July 7 at 8pm
About the band:
The Old Bay Céilí Band plays traditional Irish dance music inspired by the golden era of Irish-American dance halls, infusing that tradition with vibrant new energy. With eight of the region’s most talented musicians, the band’s strong rhythmic pulse and soaring melody can spirit dancers across the floor or bring audiences to their feet. Tonight they do both! The first set is a concert, then we clear the floor to make room for dancing. With Sean McComiskey on button accordion, Jim Eagan on fiddle, Laura Byrne on flutes, and many more! Come ready to dance!
More information can be found on the Creative Alliance website: http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2012/old-bay-ceili-band
(Note that this was not a J. Patrick's All-Stars sponsored event, but we highly recommend these talented musicians!)
Presented by Tony DeMarco
Fiddler Tony DeMarco taught a one-day Irish Traditional Music Workshop to musicians of all skill levels on all instruments. The workshop featured session tunes that are associated with New York and its many great musicians, past and present. We were very fortunate to have this opportunity to learn from one of New York's finest musicians!
Here's a list of what we learned!
(More sheet music coming soon...)
Session #1: Basic settings of
Larry Redigan's Mug (Jig in A minor)
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (Hornpipe in Adorian)
Alexander's (Hornpipe in D)
Session #2: Ornamentation, phrasing and bowing for
Andy McGann's (Jig in D)
Old Grey Goose (Jig in E minor)
Tatter Jack Walsh (Jig in D major vs minor)
The Butterfly (Hop Jig in E minor)
Boys of Ballisodare (Hop Jig in G)
The Poppy Leaf (Hornpipe)
Miss McLeod's (bowing on reel in G)
Tony first taught the basic melody of each tune. He demonstrated the phrasing and ornamentation that makes Irish music so compelling. This was especially beneficial for fiddlers, but it also proved valuable to players on other instruments. It was great to hear how Tony develops his personal style while remaining true to the tune's heritage.
Check out Tony's CD The Sligo Indians on his website!
Paddy O'Brien (accordion) and Pat Egan (guitar andsong) presented a delightful evening of traditional Irish music on Friday, December 4th, 2009, at Stony Run Friends Meeting House. Peter FitzGerald (banjo) and Andrew Thurston (guitar) played a lovely short set to open the concert.
Paddy O’Brien is regarded as the embodiment of the living Irish music tradition, one who understands and communicates the essence of Gaelic culture, going beyond technique to the spirit that drives the music.
Pat Egan brings together a rare combination of sensitive guitar backing and impeccable rhythm with smooth, lyrical vocals to highlight a repertoire of storied songs.