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Mairead Carlin / Re: Mairéad's solo concert write up
« on: May 28, 2023, 03:17:24 AM »
That was a great show! They must have needed a mop for all the tears that accumulated on the ground in front of me. I loved Ronan's arrangements as well.

It's fine for the calendar. Even if Mairéad doesn't open for them (she probably will), Ronan performed with Celtic Woman, so it's a Celtic Woman related show.

calendar / 2023-06-01 - Megan (Oldcastle, Ireland)
« on: May 27, 2023, 07:08:58 AM »
Open Mic
Speedy's Bar at Owen Traynors
Special featured guest: Megan Walsh and band
Thursday, June 1, 2023
8:30 PM

Eabha News / Re: Hosted by Eabha McMahon
« on: May 22, 2023, 12:49:57 PM »
This is going to be fun!

Lisa Lambe / Re: Nightvisiting
« on: May 22, 2023, 12:44:03 PM »
The lack of a spring tour presented some unique opportunities. I'm kind of "all-in" on the travelling this year. There will be more.

Chloe Agnew / The Brave Collide Shows in New York
« on: May 21, 2023, 08:51:28 AM »
Earlier in May, I went to see the debut of The Brave Collide in the US. The first show was at the New York Irish Center in Queens on Long Island. It was a small venue, but the crowd was great! It was a very different set list and atmosphere from Chloë's solo shows. There were lots of fun covers and original songs. The harmony was great and Chloë was having the time of her life on stage!

The second show was at Rockwood Music Hall in Lower Manhattan. The venue was a lot more sketchy than the first show. Rockwood has 3 separate stages. 2 are accessible primarily from the "good" street. Stage 3, where The Brave Collide performed, was accessed from the back side of the building, with so bars across from the entrance. It actually took me like 20 minutes to find the place, since the door and entrance sign were spraypainted over with graffiti. Real classy. The inside was a little better. The groud floor was a bar. I chatted with some Brian McGrane / Irish Tenors / Deirdre Shannon fans before the show at the bar. The show itself was in the small candlelit basement.

Both shows were attended primarily from people in the area who heard about the show through local advertising. Chloë and Brian weren't sure how their style would be received and were grateful to have a couple of familiar faces in the audience.

I loved the shows! They were refreshing and really entertaining. There are more Brave Collide shows coming and hopefully you'll have a chance to see them somewhere near you!

Lisa Lambe / Nightvisiting
« on: May 21, 2023, 08:36:19 AM »
After 4 years without seeing Lisa Lambe, I finally got to see her again last night! It was a long trip from Canada to Listowel, Ireland. The airport in Toronto (especially that section the flights to Ireland leave from) is a joke: poor layout and general lack of space make that section very crowded. If you follow me on Instagram, I posted some photos where there are literally thousands of people packed from wall to wall for 6 gates that are all next to each other with limited seating and overlapping lines. The overnight flight was delayed a few hours as usual.

I got some half-sleep on the plane. Getting in late caused some transportation problems. I didn't have many bus options left that would make it from Dublin to Listowel in time.

Listowel is a nice little town. There's a river walk and bridge with a nice view down the river. I stayed at a hotel about a minute walk from the venue, which was in a small old church.

It was general seating and I didn't get to the venue until after the doors opened. Fortunately, since the show was in Ireland, there was still a seat in the front row. For whatever reason, audiences here don't like the front.

Lisa was accompanied by 3 musicians that played a variety of instruments. The show was a combination of her singing and telling tales from Irish folklore. Most of the songs were songs I'd never heard before (except on the livestream version of her show on Patreon). It was different than any show I've attended before and was quite refreshing. It was an acoustic show and the songs were well arranged. We got to sing along on a few songs (Green Grow the Rushes, Galway Shawl). The audience was pretty reserved, content to just listen to Lisa's beautiful voice rather than participate.

After the show, Lisa came to meet with the audience. She spent quite a bit of time chatting with me and taking some photos. She also signed a poster for me. It was a nice evening!

Lisa hopes she'll get to tour the show in the US some day, although there are no immanent plans to do so.

Emma Warren / Re: Welcome Emma.
« on: May 17, 2023, 06:44:13 PM »
Here's another one from when she was the lead dancer with Riverdance:

Here's an interview when she was with Heartbeat of Home:

For both interviews, she's with Bobby Hodges.

The Brave Collide
Chloë Agnew and Brian McGrane
The Irish American Heritage Museum
Albany, NY
June 15, 2023
7:00 PM

Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour / Re: New Musical Director???
« on: May 14, 2023, 05:24:11 PM »
What they really need to change is whoever has been doing the mixing.

I think they need to hire Lynn Hilary To do the mixing and sound director

All in favor say ya

For at least the harmony arrangements, yes.

calendar / 2023-05-31 - Deirdre Shannon (Dublin, Ireland)
« on: May 13, 2023, 04:42:17 PM »
Nicholls State University Chamber Choir
Featuring Deirdre Shannon

Christ Church Cathedral
Dublin, Ireland

Wednesday, May 31
8:00 PM

Free admission

Celtic Woman 20th Anniversary Tour / Re: New Musical Director???
« on: May 12, 2023, 05:45:40 PM »
Oh boy.

Well, based on Postcards and to a lesser extent, Christmas Cards, I'm sort of relieved, if true. He's fine, but not a good fit for the group. What they really need to change is whoever has been doing the mixing.

Based on what's going on with other artists, I think the main reason for not doing a 2023 spring tour is challenges booking enough venues in a viable sequence. Changing MDs would probably affect the tour too, but it would be cancelled regardless of a MD change.

Other Musicians / Re: The High Kings
« on: May 09, 2023, 09:22:40 AM »
The High Kings are releasing a new album June 23, 2023 called The Road Not Taken.

Emma Warren / Re: Welcome Emma.
« on: May 08, 2023, 07:00:31 PM »
The other cool thing is she was a dance instructor for the Ireland branch of the Kavanagh Porter Warren Academy (Scott Porter's dance academy).

calendar / 2023-12-16 - Celtic Woman (Costa Mesa, CA)
« on: May 05, 2023, 09:49:13 AM »
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Costa Mesa, CA

Dec 15-16
8:00 PM


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