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Saturday, January 15, 2005

01/15/05 - Current Events

Irish Current Events in the Houston Area What's New? 01/15/05 – Celtic Vogage at Bayview Duck 01/15-16 - 2005 Bayou Bedlam Contra Dance Workshop & Dance 01/16/05 - Celtic Concert at the KC Hall 01/22/05 - Clear Lake Musicians and Friends Benefit for Tsunami Relief 01/29/05 - Celtic Vogage at Bayview Duck 02/10/05 - Barbara Downie Concert @ St. Thomas University 02/27/05 - McTeggart Dancers St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Fundraiser 05/27/05 – Greencards at the Mucky Duck ---- On Going Events: 01/18/05 - Tues - Celtic Chorus of Houston (no meeting this Tuesday, since Sunday's Celtic Concert is counting in place of the weekly meeting) ---- Community Annoucements: :: Part Time Harp Box Builder Needed: We need a part time employee to build shipping boxes for harps. If you know of anyone, or can make an announcement, I would be very appreciative. They could contact me at 281-890-4500 or e-mail me at Mary RadspinnerMelody's Traditional Music :: Jim McNamara, the longtime piper from County Clare is recovering from West Nile Virus ( He will be home soon. :: Michael Davitt, Irish performer & AOH activist, is continuing to undergo treatment for cancer. Reports are that he is doing well. ---- Other Irish Celtic Calendars for the Houston Area: Scottish Country Dancing & More: Houston Irish Development Assoc: ****************************************** 01/15/05 Sat - Celtic Voyage at Bayview Duck 8.00 PM. located on Highway 146 two miles south of the Kemah Bridge in Baycliff (and they're trying to start a book discussion beforehand) contact Sandy Dawson and their new CD is out! ****************************************** 01/15/05 - Sat - The Blaggards at Molly Maguire's, 9pm-1am Houston, TX - Eamonn Finnerty's 40th Birthday! 15945 Kuykendahl Road, Houston, TX 77068 281.580.6167 Map – ****************************************** 01/15-16/05 - 2005 Bayou Bedlam Contra Dance Workshop & Dance Saturday: workshops during the day and a dance that night to live music by "Nightingale" (A Vermont-based trio consisting of Becky Tracy (fiddle), Keith Murphy (piano, guitar, foot percussion, vocals) and Jeremiah McLane (piano, accordion). - all dances taught & called, Sokol Hall 1314 W. Patton (dance $20) Sunday Evening 8pm Concert with Nightingale at Oxford Hall (houseconcert) - 1135 Oxford (Heights) For more Information contact: Alice Bohlae - or call 713.861.4185 ****************************************** 01/16/05 – Sunday -Celtic Concert & Ceilidh This Sunday Jan. 16! 2-6 pm Location: The Knights of Columbus Council 803 (Main Room) 2616 Louisiana, Houston, Texas Near Downtown, Bounded By Louisiana (One Way Going North) Smith (One Way Going South) Dennis And McGowen Map No Cover Charge But We Ask For Donations For Our Performers. Tentative Schedule: 2:00 pm Singing! *Julian Tribe & The Celtic Chorus Of Houston *Susan Kelm: Robert Burns' Ballads *Sia LaBelle Beaton 3-4 Dancing! *Good Time Scottish Dancers with Hugh Morrison, Accordian *Ceilidh Dancing! 4:00 Featured Performer: Richard Kean (Bagpipes!) Http://Www.Richardkean.Com/ 5-6 PM Men of Houston - Morris Dancers followed by Open Mic / Session Players Beer, wine, soft drinks, chips, peanuts & candy available at reasonable prices. *** Next Month: Sunday, Feb. 27 The Gathering Of The Celts! 2-6 PM Knights Of Columbus ****************************************** 01/17/04 - Paisley Close at the Mucky Duck 8PM $10 CD Release Event Cidnie MacNamee and Amy Price met in the mid-1990s. After a promising phone conversation Cid invited Amy to try out for the fledgling Celtic band Gordian Knot. Amy got lost on her way to the audition and was an hour late, which set the tone for their relationship: Amy was definitely in, but only Cid could drive The Van. They played and recorded some great music, garnered critical acclaim, and made many loyal fans and wonderful friends before the band broke up in 2001. When Cid and Amy met guitarist Bernard Schreiber in 2003, musical sparks flew. They added drums and bass, and thus was Paisley Close born. Going on the "throw-the-baby-bird-out-of-the-nest-and-see-if- it-flies" theory of emergence, their first public performance was at the 2004 nationally lauded St. Patrick's Day Festival of Houston's Mucky Duck. Paisley Close takes Gordian Knot's energetic Celtic Pop feel and soars with it to fresh, lyrical heights. Their material covers a broad spectrum, including traditional and modern songs arranged in the group's unique idiom; timeless poetry set to original music; and new compositions written by the band. Uncommon musicianship and storytelling are the common threads that run through the music of Paisley Close. ****************************************** 01/20/05 - On Thursday evening, 20 January 05, The IRISH SOCIETY will hold its Annual General Business Meeting in Jerabeck Center on the campus of UST. It will begin at 7 p.m. The main speaker at this year's Annual event will be Consul General Charles Sheehan. He will be available after the meeting to greet everyone. ****************************************** 01/22/05 - Clear Lake Musicians and Friends Benefit for Tsunami Relief 20 bands in 10 hours of music including Clan Ceili, Celtic Voyage, Astronique, Treethrow, Contra Band Danny D's Guitar Hacienda and Mollys Pubs are sponsoring this event Here's what we want you to do - contact all your friends and tell them to be at: Pete's Barn (BYOB) on Saturday January 22nd from 2.00pm til 10.00pm 2702 Calder Road, League City Call as many bands and musicians as possible - Everybody Musicians, Roadies, Groupies, Fans, will be expected to contribute at least $10.00 each to the Tsunami relief fund (Banjo Players $20.00) Also we will have a raffle and silent auction. Please solicit support from friends and employers for more funds. Everbody will sign a letter of support and hope for the future that will accompany the funds raised. We will have one mass song at 6.00pm that everybody will sing and play on. We will set up the main stage with Drums, Mics, Guitar plug'ins etc and each band will play for a max of 30 minutes - Just plug in and play We expect to channel 20 bands through the day The important thing is to be part of the effort If you wish to donate an item for the silent auction then this will be in addition to the $10.00 but very welcome. We are reviewing which organizations we will contribute to and will chose those with the lowest administration costs. We also need volunteers to help during the day and the cleanup on Sunday to play, to help, or to make a donation to the effort by call Geoff Mules at 281 217 7114 If you wish to make a corporate donation we are a registered 501(C)3 charity ****************************************** 01/29/05 - The Rogues at the Mucky Duck ****************************************** 01/29/05 Sat - Celtic Voyage at Bayview Duck 8.00 PM. located on Highway 146 two miles south of the Kemah Bridge in Baycliff (and they're trying to start a book discussion beforehand) contact Sandy Dawson and their new CD is out! ****************************************** 02/10/05 -Thur-Barbara Downie - Concert, St. Thomas University Barbara is a talented fiddler/violinist, from Glasgow, Scotland, where she will be returning shortly to take up a position with the BBC Scottish Orchestra. She plays classical music as well as Scottish music and this may be one of the last opportunities to hear her for a while. ****************************************** 02/12/05 - Friday, The Greencards -7:30pm & 10:00pm, $12 (smoke- free) @ the Mucky Duck ****************************************** 02/24-27/05: UST Hosts The American Conference for Irish Studies Southern Regional Conference The first major event in 2005 for the Center for Irish Studies. The conference features nearly 100 presentations by Irish Studies scholars, students, and interested persons from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Canada and throughout the United States on Irish Studies topics, including literature, history, politics, art, culture, music, and immigration. The conference will be held at the Warwick Hotel, 5701 Main Street downtown, and the public is encouraged to attend. The conference registration form is on the Center website: Mail or fax the form to Lori Gallagher at the address in the form. The final registration deadline is January 25, but registrations would be appreciated by January 10. This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, a State partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other sponsors in addition to The Irish Society, including the national American Conference for Irish Studies, the Burkitt Foundation Perpetual Fund, Birra Poretti's, Freebird Partners L.P., Michael Horan, Tom and Jeani Horan, the Irish American Heritage Association, Moran Resources Company, Sotheby's, the William T. and Sally S. Slick Foundation, Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Group, and the University of St. Thomas. If you would like to be a sponsor or a volunteer to assist with the conference, please contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 or We hope to see you there! ****************************************** 02/27/05 - McTeggart Irish Dancers 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Fundraiser February 27, 2005 3-7PM At the newest of Molly's Irish Pubs~ Olde City Pub 14124 Steubner Airline A $10 ticket includes a Bennigans Burger or hot dog, a door prize drawing entry and awesome entertainment featuring the McTeggart Irish Dancers, plus live music from Planters Punch and more! (From the McTeggart School: I wanted to update you on recent events in our school. We recently attended the Southern Regional Competition in Charlotte, NC and had great success there! From that competition, 5 of our dancers have qualified to compete in the World's Irish Dancing Competition this March in Ennis, Ireland. Some of our other top dancers will be competing in the All-Irelands competition in Belfast, Ireland as well. To help our dancers with their travel expenses, we are going to again host a fundraiser-our 3rd annual! (our website will soon be updated to include more fundraiser info., including our silent and live auction prize list)) ****************************************** 03/11/05 - Tuesday, The Greencards - 9:00pm, $12 (smoke-free) @ the Mucky Duck ****************************************** 03/17/04, Thursday - Houston St. Patrick's Festival: The return of the biggest St. Patrick's Event in the southwest, formerly held at Garden in the Heights. ****************************************** 04/24/05 - Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan (3pm) at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. ****************************************** 05/27/05 - Tuesday, The Greencards - 9:00pm, $12 (smoke-free) @ the Mucky Duck ****************************************** ON GOING Events: Wednesday Nights at 8ish PM. The Mucky Duck continues a twenty-five year tradition, hosting Houston's Irish Session. The Mucky Duck incarnation of the Session, if for no other reason than the frequent participation of younger musicians, gives a very real sense of tradition passed on and history handed down. The most visible Celtic-influenced traditional bands around Houston -- make participating in the Session a regular, energy-charging part of their regular routine. What is celebrated is the whole of Celtic culture, and a musical tradition that, over the centuries, has become as much American roots music as bottleneck guitar. The drums of western Africa are what gave American music its rhythm; more often than not, though, the melody is Celtic. The popularity of Celtic folk music is either a testament to the timeless appeal of these sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, sometimes jig-inspiring tunes, or perhaps an argument in favor of the nebulous theory of racial memory. Celtic blood-ties real, suspected and imagined have given many the impetus to learn the folk-arts of the ancient tribes; that's just one reason why the Wednesday night Session at the Mucky Duck is as much a school and tribal gathering as a musical event. This is a great way to explore Irish music and tradition. Music starts at 8pm, and there is no cover charge.2425 Norfolk Houston, TX 77098 713.528.5999 Phone Be sure to check our calendar in case we have booked a special show that might preempt our regular Irish Session ---- Ar mhaith leat Gaeilge a labhairt? Would you like to speak Irish? Beginning Irish Conversation Brian O'Neill's 5555 Morningside (Rice Village, near the intersection of University and Morning side) Brian O'Neill's Restaurant and Irish Pub: If you are interested in learning a little Irish then come join us at Brian Ó Neill's on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. This Irish class is tailored to the beginning student who has had no prior exposure to Irish. You will learn basic conversational greetings, helpful phrases, informative tips for traveling through the Gaeltacht such as common signage, asking directions and most important of all how to pronounce those mystical Irish words. Pocket phrase books do the tourist no good unless they know how to pronounce what they are reading! This course provides the beginning student with phonetically spelled out Irish words, something most beginning tape and book courses fail to offer. If you have any questions please contact Tim Theisen (tyson) at or phone me at (713) 263-9691 If you are interested please come join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. There is a $5.00 donation to cover cost of the handouts. Labhraímis Gaeilge is linne í ! Speaking Irish is cool! ---- Learn Irish Gaelic! (Katy Class) Beginning Conversational Irish. Class is on Saturdays from 10-12noon beginning January 8th. You've always wanted to do this - now's your chance, right here in the Katy area! We are a self-study group using interactive CDs, books, tapes, and other materials for spoken and written Irish. Class is moderated by an advanced American student of the language. Please bring $7.00 per class to cover costs. $5.00 for Irish American Heritage Association members. Call Pat at 713-271-0784 for location and directions, or e-mail ---- Wednesdays, 7-10 pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE New Dancers Welcome - Families Welcome (children must be accompanied by parent / guardian). $5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14 ($15 maximum per family) - fourth consecutive Wednesday free. Location: Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th St. (Heights), Houston, Texas (3rd building on left traveling east from Heights Blvd. - 2 story red brick - entrance recessed about 15 feet from street - dancing upstairs). LINKS ON WEBSITE with map & photo (Map) PHOTO OF HALL: ---- Houston Highland Games Association has regular meetings at the Holiday Inn SW-Sugarland (11160 SW Frwy. Houston, TX 77031-3698 281-5301400) on the first Thursday of each month. We gather in the lounge around 6:30 or so and prime the pump for the 7:30 meetings. They usually last for about an hour and a half. More fellowship follows the meeting. ---- The Irish American Heritage Association of Katy, Texas has their monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The meeting is held at the MUD 81 Building (Harris Co. Municipal Utility Building) located on Cimmarron Parkway, off of South Mason Road in Katy, Texas. From the I-10 freeway driving south on Mason Road to the 4th light from the I-10 freeway is Cimmarron Parkway where you take a right turn to drive 2 blocks to the intersection on the left, there is Hidden Canyon Road where the MUD building is located. Plenty of lighted parking space is available across the street from the building. We have refreshments to share during the social gathering. Usually, by 9:15pm, the meetings adjourns. Membership is $20 annually due on June 1st. Each meeting features a different topic. Phone numbers for contact or information: Phil Connelly, President, Katy, Tx ph.281-492- 8780 Dennis McGuire, VP, Katy, Tx ph.281- 392-0894 IAHA Newsletter monthly advertising space is available too. A few Irish American Heritage Assoc. members and their friends have put together a deluxe bus tour of Ireland. The tour will leave Houston May 24th and return on June 4th. A private bus will be chartered to carry tourists to the very best adventures in Ireland. Plans include a banquet at Knappogue Castle, stops along the West Coast, a visit to the shrine at Knock, Donegal, Dublin, Waterford, and Kerry. The bus will make unique stops at places that are often off the beaten path. But the most unique feature of this tour will be the leisurely pace and flexible schedule. Unlike typical bus tours, you will not be required to wait on the pavement at the crack of dawn to begin an exhausting rigid daily schedule. Departures and stops will be adjusted to suit guests as the need arises. Each day will end in an overnight stay in a fine hotel. Your hosts for the tour will be Phil and Bridget Connelly. Bridget is from Ireland, and she and Phil make regular trips to the Emerald Isle. At least 20 persons will be signed up by February 5th to make this trip both affordable and luxurious, so don't delay! Call Phil or Bridget by February 5th (281) 492-8780. ---- Session on Sundays 6 'til 8:30pm at Rudyard's Pub (Rudz). Rudz is located at 2010 Waugh Drive. The best approach is from Montrose Blvd., turn west on Welch, when you get to Waugh, Rudz appears in front of you. The car park to your left is for Rudz' use. Julian Tribe ---- CELTIC CHORUS OF HOUSTON Do you like to hum or sing along with the music played on Irish Aires or The Three Irish Tenors? Then join us every Tuesday night: 1st Tuesday 6:30 TO 9:30 PM, other Tuesdays 7:30 to 9:30 PM 1ST TUESDAYS: BRIAN O'NEILL'S (6:30 pm practice singalong songs, 7:30 perform for Open Mic) 2nd, 3rd, and 4th TUESDAYS: KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, COUNCIL 803 Officers (elected June 11, 2002): President: MICHAEL "GRIF" GRIFFIN Vice- President: DIANNA SHIPMAN ( Secretary/Treasurer: ROBERT "BOB" DOWNS We will join together in a sing-a-long session and then later those who wish to learn four part music may stay and learn choral music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If you need more information contact Richard McGinty 713-943- 9600 or e-mail . The mission statement reads in part: "to provide a community meeting place for those interested in the Celtic heritages." The first half of the evening focuses on singalong songs and the second half on choral arrangements. The singalong songs: Will You Go Lassie Go The Minstrel Boy Sally Gardens Molly Malone (In Dublin's Fair City) Finnegan's Wake The Foggy Dew Black Velvet Band Mcnamara's Band Danny Boy When Irish Eyes Are Smiling The Unicorn Song I'm Lookin' Over A Four Leaf Clover Whiskey In The Jar The Wild Rover The Bard Of Armagh Choral Arrangements: Danny Boy The Minstrel Boy An Irish Blessing My Wild Irish Rose Summer Break - No Meetings July 2 Thru Aug 6 - Chorus Resumes Meeting Aug. 13, 2002 ---- Event: Irish Jam Session/Open Mic. Night Place: The Beverly Pub, 6325A Beverly Hill (one block south of Richmond, between Hillcroft and Fairview) Every Wednesday Time: 8:30 - Midnight More Info: 713-334-3474 or Join host every Wednesday at the Beverly Pub for an Irish Jam Session and Open Mic. Night. All performers, professional or amateur, are welcome to join in or take the mic. for a few songs in a supportive, fun atmosphere, or just drop by for a pint and listen or sing along. Host Patrick "Paddy" Devlin of "On the Dole" fame and frequent guests jam on everything from Irish to blues to Elvis. The Beverly Pub is a cool place to find good music, good friends, great drink specials and most of all, it's fun atmosphere. It is relaxing and friendly, and the jolly good lads 'n lasses who make up the waitstaff offer good food and an impressive collection of draught & bottled beer and fine spirits. Need more information? Give us a call @ 713- 334-3474. (The Beverly won the Guinness trophy in the downtown St. Patrick's day parade. It is a nice cut glass trophy. Jay) ---- Celtic Voyage regularly plays at the Bayview Duck (just two miles south of the Kemah bridge on Hwy 146) on Sat night at 8pm. So bring your voices and your good cheer and join in for another song filled night. 3131 HWY 146, Bacliff, TX 77518, 281/339-3510 ---- "One hundred thousand welcomes!" This age-old Gaelic greeting is a timeless expression of Scottish hospitality and goodwill. We can't think of a better way to welcome you than to invite you to Houston's Heather and Thistle Society (H&T). The Heather and Thistle Society was founded in 1953 by Scots living in Houston who wished to "cultivate an interest in and fond recollections of Scotland, its history and traditions, its literature and ideals, its minstrelsy and song, its customs and amusements; and to provide opportunities for good fellowship and social contact through typically Scottish functions, so that the blessing of our Scottishculture may never die in our new homeland". The Heather and Thistle Society meets 10 times a year, September through June. Programs include "ceilidhs", lively lectures, slide shows and movies about Scotland. We are an organization that promotes our Scottish heritage in various ways. Membership in the Heather and Thistle Society is open to all with an interest in Scottish Heritage and Culture. Annual Dues are $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a family. H&T meets the fourth (4th) Monday of each month, September thru June, at 7:30 P.M. Current meeting location: Auditorium of St.Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood, Houston, TX 77096 As of 25 March, 2002, current officers are: Walter May, Chieftain - 281-493-0016 - Becci Himes, Sub-Chieftain - 281-498-5746 - Aaron Buchanan, Sgt-at-Arms - 281-376-9749 - Brenda Barton, Secretary - 713-450-4042 Robert Moore, Treasurer - 713-774-0314 Past-Chieftains Committee: Wayne C. Barton (Chieftain 2001-02) - 713- 450-4042 - Edgar W. Biddle (Chieftain 1999-01) - 281- 807-7892 - Paul E. Ross (Chieftain 1996-97) - 713-661- 5240 - David N. McLane (Chieftain 1991-92) - 281- 807-7892 W. Alex Munroe (Chieftain 1990-91) - 713-686- 2976 ---- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Dancing General Class Mondays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress Classical Arts Dance Studio, 530 N Illinois, League City - Contact Moon Weiss, 713-465-9650, Basic Class Tuesdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m. In progress DewAnn Cotten Dance Studio, 9423 Glenfield Court (By S. Braeswood/Hillcroft) South West Houston For info: Carol Palmer, 713-776-8531, General Class Thursdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress DewAnn Cotten Dance Studio, 9423 Glenfield Court (By S. Braeswood/Hillcroft), South West Houston Teacher: Bill Zobel, For info: Carol Palmer, 713-776-8531, ---- Stepdancing & Ceili classes O'Maoileidigh School of Irish Dance Houston, TX Sundays starting at 9:30 AM For more information contact ---- Step Dancing Lessons Stepdancing Lessons McTeggart Irish Dancers The Woodlands, Texas More info@ 936-321-6583 *With over 60 dancers and 21 Championship dancers McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas have a lot to be proud of. *Last year they had 6 dancers travel to Killarney Ireland for the World's Championship in Irish Dancing. These dancers faced up to 150 of the world's top dancers in their age groups. Two of the dancers did very well: Zane Glotzbach placed 24th and was 5th out of all the U.S. competitors and Annelise Rubbo placed 33rd overall. *Last year they had 21 dancers travel to Norfolk, Virginia for the Southern Region Championships, also known as "Oireachtas". Most of these dancers placed high in their age groups, with 3 receiving first place: Annelise Rubbo, Zane Glotzbach and Shannon Powell. From this competition a dancer qualifies for the World's Championship and Annelise Rubbo, Jaclyn Rubbo and Zane Glotzbach achieved this accomplishment. *Another well-known International competition is the All-Irelands. Later in January 2004, Annelise Rubbo and Jenna Pace will be traveling to Ennis, Ireland to compete. *Also in 2004 several dancers are heading to Philadelphia for the North American Nationals Competition, held each July. In addition, McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas hopes to have over 25 dancers travel to North Carolina for the next Southern Region Championship. *A new beginner class started Sunday, Jan. 11.For information on classes or performances, go to http://www.irishdancehouston or call 936-321-6583.
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