This site includes the postings from the Irish Aires email list. This includes a listing of Irish/Celtic events in the Houston area and other information that the Irish Aires radio program posts.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Houston Gaels GAA Tournament May 3rd Schedule



Here are the details of this years Houston Based Tournament just so you have them in writing.

Date: Saturday May 3rd   
Location: Eclipse Soccer Fields  1700 Glenn Lakes  Missouri City 77459

Games Schedule: 12pm – c.5.30/6.00pm

Houston A vs. Dallas A
Austin A vs. San Antonio A
Houston B vs. Dallas B
Austin B vs. San Antonio B

After-party: McElroys on Sandman from 7.30pm
Irish Rock Band to play (Band TBC)

Awards Ceremony for Man of the match in each game
 
 jay

Friday, April 11, 2014

Update on Kelly Devlin


Kelly Update: Just got back from a short visit withPatrick and Kelly. She has had a good couple of good days at home. She was asleep when we were there, but Patrick says she has been eating solid food and her mind is very alert. Of course she is thrilled to be home and the kids love it too. I don't think I have to ask, but for those of you who pray OR just send good thoughts, keep them coming!  
 jay

Austin Starting New AOH Chapter






Austin is trying to start a chapter of the AOH. They need a few more members to make their chapter official.  If you have any interest contact Mike Joyce at mpjoyceli@gmail.com OR AOHTexas@yahoo.com

They are the oldest & largest Irish Catholic group in the US. The AOH is a place to meet like minded Irish Americans who share the same values & beliefs.

Their mission is to promote Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity in Austin, TX

This is a local, provisional organization as they recruit new members in Austin, TX and the surrounding communities. The timeline for the organization is to become recognized by AOH nationals by summer 2014; apply for 501(c)3 status; and become a recognized, tax-exempt, charitable organization by no later than 2015.

AOH Austin
 
 jay

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Update on Kelly Devlin

Kelly Update: Kelly (Married Patrick Blaggard Devlin) came home from the hospital yesterday. She is resting well with hospice care. Patrick, Tara & Conor thank everyone for their support & prayers.

 
 jay

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Playlist 04/05/14

1 Irish Rovers  Come In   Best of    Giffen Records    18:02:00
2 De Dannan  Hibernian Rhapsody   Hibernian Rhapsody   Shanachie  0:06:49 18:08:49
3 Finbar Furey  After Sunday Mass   Colours   Valley  0:02:55 18:11:44
4 Jim McCann  Grace   Folk Heroes   Lunar Records  0:04:25 18:16:09
5 Silly Wizard  The Queen Of Argyll [Live]   Best of Silly Wizard   Green Linnet  0:03:05 18:19:14
     Break      0:02:00 18:21:14
6 Luke Kelly  Raglan Road   The Best Of Luke Kelly    Celtic Aires  0:04:12 18:25:26
7   Chieftains w- Nanci Griffith   Red is the Rose   The Essential Chieftains   RCA Victor  0:03:08 18:28:34
8 The Fureys  Red Rose Cafe   At Home in Ireland   Foreign Media  0:04:52 18:33:26
     Current Events      0:06:00 18:39:26
9 Christy Moore Quiet Desperation  The Box Set 1964- 2004 - Yellow   Sony  0:03:08 18:42:34
10 Frank Patterson  Red Sails In The Sunset   Ireland in Song   BMG  0:03:02 18:45:36
11 Cherish The Ladies & Katy Ryan  Spoon River   Out & About   Green Linnett  0:04:37 18:50:13
   Break      0:02:00 18:52:13
12 Mick McAuley, Winifred Horan, Colm O' Caoimh  Les Amantes Infideles   Sailing Back to You   Self Produced  0:03:44 18:55:57
     Promos      0:02:00 18:57:57
 
 jay

Current Events

Current Events

Tune in tonight (6PM or Midnight Irish time) for the Irish Aires show.  To hear a live streaming show go here.  To hear it in the KPFT archives go here

To see our playlists go to: 
http://confessor.kpft.org/playlist/pl_shows.php

Find On Going Irish Events in the Houston area by clicking 
here.

ALL items (see details below)

-04/05/14 - Irish Aires on KPFT 90.1 in Houston 
*04/06/14 - Constant Billy at Happy Fatz
-04/10/14 - Legends of the Celtic Harp at University of St Thomas
*04/13/14 - Celtic Woman at Hobby Center
-04/18/14 - Blaggards @ Ashford Pub (date change)
-04/26-27 - Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games
-05/01/14 - Look Behind You! At the University of St. Thomas
*05/03/14 - Old Man Marley & the Dead Rabbits at Walters Houston
*05/23-26 - Rabbits at The 2014 Comicpalooza
-06/07/14 - The 2014 Houston Beer Fest w/ The Dead Rabbits 
-08/21/14 - Blaggards at T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse in Kemah
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Sia Beaton: Got my diploma this week - FIVE years CANCER FREE !!

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Kelly Devlin (aka 
Married Patrick Blaggard Devlin) has Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She & Patrickneed our help. Our prayers & helping out (volunteering to drive OR run some errands for her) would be great. But they also could use financial support. To volunteer to help send her a message on FB;  To donate to financially, send her a check to Irish Aires, KPFT, 419 Lovett Blvd, Houston, TX 77006. Thanks!

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Informal Irish Language Lessons at Jason's Deli

We are located at Jason's Deli. As you enter turn to your left we are at the table by the window to the outside patio.

2611 S Shepherd Square 
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520-6728

Classes are held each Wednesday evening between 6pm-8pm

Informal group who get together and learn Irish at their own pace. Vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, song, stories and other fun stuff tailored to suit the curious traveler. 

$10.00 donation for time and materials 

Tim Theisen
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From the Houston School of Irish Music: With school starting back up, it's time to register for music programs for your kids! The Houston Irish Youth Band is a great program for kids ages 6-18. Ideal for homeschoolers and those in public/private school. Only 2 rehearsals a month. Come check us out!

http://www.hsoim.org/Registration.aspx
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This year is the 97th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising. If you hadn't heard the following, I thought you might be interested. It was done for CBS radio in 1966 for the 50th anniversary. The narrator is Charles Kurwalt (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Kuralt) was the narrator: 

Part 1  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kvMs74E3Wc (Preview) 
Part 2  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5NsMOh_4eE (Preview) 
Part 3  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCsKBdMee8U (Preview) 
Part 4  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDz_tRjkUVs (Preview) 
Part 5  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6DM1J83bjY (Preview) 
Part 6  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1JPJ6i_cCY (Preview) 

These were uploaded to YouTube thanks to K Ryan 
http://www.youtube.com/user/markev123

There are loads of great pictures & other Irish Stuff.  So Join the Irish Aires Page on FaceBook
http://www.facebook.com/groups/35456222064/ 

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*04/06/14 - Constant Billy at Happy Fatz

Sunday April 6 from 11am-2pm at Happy Fatz in the Houston Heights

No Cover Charge!

What: Constant Billy performs at Happy Fatz!
Where: 3510 White Oak, Houston TX 77007 (713) 426-3554
When: THIS Sunday April 6 from 11am-2pm. 
How Much: No cover!

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-04/10/14 - Legends of the Celtic Harp at University of St Thomas

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Legends of the Celtic Harp

Storytelling and Music Concert
With Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne
and Aryeh Frankfurter

When: 7:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas
Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon St.
Houston, TX 77006

Cost: Adults: $15; seniors: $10; UST faculty, staff and students free
RSVP for those with mobility issues and groups of 6 or more
713-525-3592 or irishstudies@stthom.edu

Legends in the Celtic Harp is a musical journey into the heart of a legendary instrument. Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world will take you deep into the myths, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument. 

Patrick Ball is an American master of the Irish harp and a captivating spoken word artist.

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic harp.

Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi-instrumentalist who progressed from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic music.

View the Center's Website:  
www.stthom.edu/irishstudies 
or visit the University's and Center's Calendar,
 
www.stthom.edu , under About UST.
 
Parking and Maps: Parking is available for $2 in the Moran Center at West Alabama St. at Graustark St. Campus Maps are available online 
www.stthom.edu, under About UST, Maps and Directions, or use the search box on the top right corner of the Web site and search Maps.                       

Physical address:
William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
4206 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
 
Mailing Address:
 
Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD, Director
William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

Website Address:

www.stthom.edu/irishstudies

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*04/13/14 - Celtic Woman at Hobby Center

3PM

The Hobby Center for Performing Arts
800 Bagby St
Houston, TX 77002

Named Billboard's No. 1 World Album Artist of the Year and boasting sales of 8 million albums worldwide, international sensation Celtic Woman is coming to The Hobby Center. See the quartet perform traditional Irish tunes along with fan favorites such as "You Raise Me Up" and "Orinoco Flow."

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-04/18/14 - Blaggards @ Ashford Pub (date change)

Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 9:30pm

Ashford Pub
13308 Westhimer, 
Houston, Texas 77077

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-04/26-27 - Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games

The Celts "invade" Houston April 26 & 27, 2014 for a weekend of music, competitions, food and fun at the Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games. 

The Festival is held at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club and presented by the Houston Highland Games Association. Three stages of rock and traditional Celtic music run continuously throughout the weekend, including a special entertainment stage for kids featuring our own Irish Faerie, Willow and her Giant and storyteller Rickey Pittman. The McAnelly main stage features Scottish singer/songwriter Brian McNeill, international super group Rathkeltair, Houston's own Murder the Stout and Dallas traditional Irish band Flashpoint. 

The Ceilidh Stage features local and regional bands Celtic Voyage, Constant Billy, Wyndnwyre, The Traveling Murphy's, The Pirates of Bedlam, Earl Grey in the Morning, Dene Foy and, making their debut at the Festival, the Dead Rabbits. 

Children and parents alike will have the opportunity to explore the Celtic Nations by visiting our clans and societies and getting their Celtic Passport stamped. At the end of their "journey" a special gift from Walkers Shortbread will be waiting. Arts and crafts featuring the culture of the Celtic Nations will provide take home art. With golf being a product of Scotland, what could be more appropriate than a round of putt putt golf? 

The Festival features competitions in bagpipe, Highland dance, and Scottish heavy athletics, including the tossing of the caber, or, as Americans like to say, throwing the telephone pole. The children have their own athletic competition with a wee caber to toss (fence post). For fun, the Festival will host a shortbread competition on Saturday with celebrity judges. On Sunday, to the ladies' delight, we have the Bonniest Knees contest. Blind folded lady judges will determine the beauty and form of kilted gentleman's knees. 

Exhibitions include the clans (Scottish families), genealogists, historians, and artists. The Celtic Market holds a treasure trove of shopping with everything from kilts and tartan sashes to musical instrument and jewelry. Food vendors offer the delights of Scottish cuisine with haggis, Highland Beef burgers, and meat pies, as well as American festival favorites. 

Sponsoring the Festival this year are The British School of Houston, Granite PR, Matt Carter, Steve McIntyre and Walkers Shortbread. 

For more details and ticket information see 
www.HoustonHighlandgames.com  or e-mailpresident@houstonhighlandgames.com 

About the Houston Highland Games Association: 

HHGA is 501 (c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to promoting the culture, history and arts of Scotland and the other Celtic Nations. HHGA and its partners will donate over 350 Festival tickets to risk children through a partnerhip with Texas TicKids as well as sponsoring school and community presentations on the effect of the Scots Irish on the development of the US.

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-05/01/14 - Look Behind You! At the University of St. Thomas

Thursday, May 1, 2014
 
Look Behind You!
A Father's and Son's Impressions
of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland
Through Photograph and Song
With Steafán Hanvey

When: 7:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas
Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center
4000 Mt. Vernon St.
Houston, TX 77006
 
Look Behind You! is a multi-media performance by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Steafán Hanvey that details how a father and son (both artists) have negotiated the personal and political landscapes of Northern Ireland. 
 
Using image and voice, anecdote and memory, the performance showcases the prize-winning photojournalism of Steafán's father, Bobbie Hanvey, along with radio-edits of his interviews with some of Northern Ireland's best-known figures. 
 
Steafán's storytelling complements and contextualizes his father's work.

View the Center's Website:  
www.stthom.edu/irishstudies 
or visit the University's and Center's Calendar,
 
www.stthom.edu , under About UST.
 
Parking and Maps: Parking is available for $2 in the Moran Center at West Alabama St. at Graustark St. Campus Maps are available online 
www.stthom.edu, under About UST, Maps and Directions, or use the search box on the top right corner of the Web site and search Maps.                       

Physical address:
William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
4206 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
 
Mailing Address:
 
Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD, Director
William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

Website Address:

www.stthom.edu/irishstudies

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*05/03/14 - Old Man Marley & the Dead Rabbits at Walters Houston

8:00 PM

Walters Houston
1120 Naylor St
Houston, Texas 77002

More band announcements soon….

All Ages
$10 Ticket Link Available Below
Doors at 8:00pm

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*05/23-26 - Rabbits at The 2014 Comicpalooza

George R Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010

It's true kids! We'll be playing every night of the convention this year folks!

COMiCPALOOZA is the largest pop-culture event in the Gulf Coast region.

Held every year during Memorial Day weekend.

We have expanded to a four-day event so we can increase our programming and entertainment.

COMiCPALOOZA now offers over 1,000 hours of programming of all types, including panels, Q&As, workshops, games, concerts, sports matches, demonstrations, performances, and much more.

http://www.comicpalooza.com/register/

Convention Hours

FRIDAY, MAY 23rd
Registration opens at 9 am
Programming starts at 10 am
Dealers Room opens to VIP members at 11:30
Dealers Room opens at noon
Dealers Room closes at 8 pm
Convention closes at 2 am

SATURDAY, MAY 24TH
Registration opens at 9 am
Dealers Room opens to VIP members at 9:30
Convention opens at 10:00 am
Dealers Room closes at 7 pm
Convention closes at 2 am

SUNDAY, MAY 25TH
Registration opens at 9 am
Dealers Room opens to VIP members at 9:30
Convention opens at 10:00 am
www.comicpalooza.com

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-06/07/14 - The 2014 Houston Beer Fest w/ The Dead Rabbits

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time: 12:00pm

Houston Beer Fest
Hermann Square Park – 
900 Smith St., 
Houston, Texas 77002101

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-08/21/14 - Blaggards at T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse in Kemah

August 21, 2014 - 6:00 pm

T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse
707 Texas 146
Kemah, TX 77565
United States
281-334-2133
http://www.tbonetoms.com
 
 jay

$19.50 - Celtic Woman at Hobby Center, Reg. $39 (check fees)

By Travelzoo Staff
Named Billboard's No. 1 World Album Artist of the Year and boasting sales of 8 million albums worldwide, international sensation Celtic Woman is coming to The Hobby Center. Travelzoo subscribers can save 50% on tickets to see the quartet perform traditional Irish tunes along with fan favorites such as "You Raise Me Up" and "Orinoco Flow."
Choose from the following seating levels for the show on Sunday, April 13 at 3 p.m.:
  • Rear Gallery … $19.50 (reg. $39)
  • Orchestra, Mezzanine and Front Gallery … $34.50 (reg. $69)
The all-female group's new show will celebrate Ireland and Celtic heritage through traditional Irish anthems, pop hits and original music by Emmy-nominated producer David Downes. The singers perform with world-class musicians, the Aontas Choir, bagpipers and championship Irish dancers.
Book by April 13.
 

How to book

Click
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  1. Enter code TZOO50 and click the check mark. 
  2. Choose seats on the interactive map and click "Buy Tickets."
  3. Enter the security checkpoint word.
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Fees: Additional fees of $12.15-$17.45 per ticket and $7.75 per order will apply. 
*Terms/Conditions: 
Additional fees of $12.15-$17.45 per ticket and $7.75 per order per order will apply. Fees are determined by the venue and ticketing agent and not by Travelzoo. Restrictions may apply.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Update on Kelly Devlin!


 For some of you I have news on Kelly Devlin (Married Patrick Blaggard Devlin). On Tuesday night she went into the ER at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She had fluid on her lungs. They were not sure whether it was the result of cancer OR pneumonia. Since then she has been in the Intensive Care Unit on a ventilator. She had a really good night last night and they are starting to think that the tubes can be removed and she might be able to go home soon. Patrick asked me to pass this news along. He has loads of emails & phone calls to make, but he is spending as much time as possible at the hospital. Extra prayers would be good for her!!

When Kelly does come home, she is going to need medical attention there. This is definitely going to cost BIG BUCKS. If you can do anything to help financially, I know that Patrick Devlin & Kelly would appreciate it.

http://www.gofundme.com/Kellykissingerdevlin


 jay

Early April Harp News from Melodys

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Early April Harp News - 2014

 
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."   - Nelson Mandela

This notice is being sent out to harp players in the general SE Texas area.  If you are receiving this and would prefer to be on the "World Harp List" - those not anywhere within easy travel distance, let me know and I will make that change for you.

April 4 - tonight (short notice sorry) Haefner-Mitchell harp duo performing April 4 - Friday night in Nacogdoches, TX at Stephen F. Austin State University, Cole Concert Hall, 7:30 pm. Performing works by Edward Flower, Gary Schocker, de Falla/Salzedo, and Piazzolla.

Date: April 19   Time: 4-5 pm Houston area - here's a very interesting event with music composed and performed in part by Becky Baxter.  It is at Brigid's Place -  1117 Texas Ave  - Houston, TX 77002 (Christ Church Cathedral).  
A meditative reflection on the women involved during the time just before Easter.
More info HERE.


 Legends of the Celtic Harp, Storytelling and Music Concert with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM  For more info click HERE. It's at the University of St. Thomas.


For more local harp events, see our blog. For Milligan Competition info click HERE.




May - Suzuki Harp Camp in Austin

Event:  41st American Harp Society National Conference 
Theme:  "Harp Carnivale"
When:  June 22-26, 2014
Where:  Crowne Astor Plaza Hotel; New Orleans, LA
Presenters:  Over 50 harpists including Diana Rowan, Baltazar Juarez, Park Stickney, Chicago Harp Quartet, & Deborah Henson-Conant.
Opportunites: Masterclasses with artists such as Emily Mitchell & Ann Yeung, workshops on improv/arranging/composing/ pedagogy, etc, harps & historical exhibits, Anne Adams Awards, five different harp ensembles under directors such as Dickie Fleisher, concerts in the French Quarter, and a grand Mardi Gras Ball Orchestra Gala with members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra!
For info contact: conference@ harpsociety.org   (678) 870-HARP (4277)
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ AHS2014Conference

July - HBU Summer Harp Camp
July - Midwest Harp Conference - does not conflict with HBU

At the most recent Harp Journeys in Houston, I was reminded that many of you really enjoyed our catalogs with fur stories.  We'll put some of the stories up on our blog.  Right now we have begun with our current foster, Tayler.  Blog story here.

New Music! 

Frank Voltz has 2 new composition: Entrada and Reflections.  If you liked Gloria!,you will be very pleased with Entrada.

Meg Robinson's Latest ensemble creation is called Hope.  It was commissioned by the American Harp Society.  For 3 pedal harps, it is rhythmic and uplifting.  You can hear it and also view the premier performance on a You Tube HERE.

Diana Stork has a new book called California Celtic - read about it here.  We also now have an mp3 sample of her composition (really cool piece) Dangerous Waters.

Our own local composer, Julia Sanders, has quite a few compositions available, including Japanese Waterlily.  See all Julia's music HERE.

William Mahan's "Monet's Garden" is available now!  Optional CD played by Mary Radspinner.

Barbara Semmann's Quintabile is now available as a download, and of course as a paper book. 

Just about every Rhett Barnwell title we carry is now available in download form!  Rhett is a very popular arranger and lecturer for the harp. His music is appropriate for many occasions.  He is in our "best selling" category and also in the Download category. 

Accessories - we do have the Loveland Lever caps made by Dusty Strings Harps.

Mary will be teaching again at the Capital Harp Retreat, along with Kim Robertson, Ann Lobotzke and Ray Pool!  June of this year - just a few months away! 

Peace and Blessings from the folks at Melody's and Afghan Press Music for Harp. Have a safe and peaceful Easter Season.



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Brought to you by Melody's Traditional Music & Afghan Press Music for Harp. Thanks for reading down this far!  Have a great and harpy day! 
 
 jay

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