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Saturday, July 09, 2005

Current Events

Irish Current Events in the Houston Area What's New? 07/12/05 – Celtic Chorus Meetings Resume @ KC Hall 07/12/05 – Emily Dugas Band @ Mucky Duck (More Info) ---- Community Annoucements: :: Irish Aires Has A Brand New Blog!! (actually we have two!) has-brand-new-blog.html :: Michael Davitt, Irish performer & AOH activist, is continuing to undergo treatment for cancer. Reports are that he is doing well. :: George Morrissey passed away 07/08/05 George had been very active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Houston and at the State of Texas level. He was a founding member of the Texas Irish Association. George was instrumental in the passing of a McBride Principles Bill in the state of Texas. On Monday, July 11, 2005, there will be a family & friends visitation at the Froberg Funeral Home (281 331-3194; 115 N Hill St, Alvin, TX 77511) from NOON until 9PM. At 7:PM a rosary will be recited. On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 10:00AM, a mass will be celebrated in George's memory at Mary Queen Catholic Church (281 482-1391; 281 482-4886; 606 Cedarwood Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546). George's family can be reached at 281-482-0633. ---- Other Irish Celtic Calendars for the Houston Area: Scottish Country Dancing & More: Houston Irish Development Assoc: ****************************************** 07/09/05 - Celtic Voyage at Bayview Duck 8.00 PM. located on Highway 146 two miles south of the Kemah Bridge in Baycliff ******************** 07/09/05 Sat - Blaggards @ Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Houston, TX 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ****************************************** 07/12/05 - Emily Dugas Band - Featuring EJ Jones, Al Coffrin, Drew Dugas, and Peter Suk It's a fusion of Celtic, Soul, and Songs that'll get your brains working and your feet tapping. Emily Dugas was a member of Clandestine until it's untimely demise, and is continuing in the wonderland of music with an all- new project incorporating her incredible talents in both singing and Traditional Irish drumming. It's a fusion of Celtic, Soul, and Songs that'll get your brains working and your feet tapping. Between the Drumming and the Singing and the Humor, there'll be little time to catch your breath." McGonigel's Mucky Duck 2425 Norfolk Houston, Texas 77098 713-528-5999 ****************************************** 07/12/05 - Celtic Chorus meetings resume on Tues, July 12 & continues on every Tuesday night. The first Tuesday of the month they will be a location to be announce; on the other Tuesday nights they are at the Knights of Columbus hall (2616 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77006) There will not be a meeting on the Tuesday after Laborday. For more details go to: ****************************************** 07/23/05 - Celtic Voyage Bayview Duck 8.00 PM. located on Highway 146 two miles south of the Kemah Bridge in Baycliff ****************************************** 07/23/05 - Sat - St. Looney (3 Piece) Stag's Head Pub, 10pm Houston, TX 2128 Portsmouth St. Houston, Texas 77098 713.533.1199 ****************************************** 07/30/05 - Melody's Traditional Music and Friends Present: Dulcimers 4 Dawgs A sweetsong musical fundraiser benefiting three dog rescue groups in the Houston area: Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue, Afghan Hound Rescue of Greater Houston, and Pals for Pooches! Join us for hours of great dulcimer music, volunteered by Suzanne Campling, Mary Radspinner, the North Harris County Dulcimer Society, Peggy Carter, Kay Martin, St. Brigid's Flame, Fair and Forty and more! Location: Melody's Traditional Music 9410 FM 1960 W Houston, TX 77070 281-890-4500 3 PM - 9 PM Contacts: Suzanne Campling 281-259-5029 Mary Radspinner 281-890-4500 ****************************************** 08/26/05 - Sat - Blaggards: Brian O'Neill's, 10pm 5555 Morningside, Houston, TX 77005, 713.522.2603 ******************************** 09/07/05 - Wed - Old Blind Dogs at the Mucky Duck, 8pm, $15 ******************************** 09/12/05 - Monday, St. Paddy's Irish Open - Quail Valley Country Club The Irish Society supports the annual Houston St. Patrick's Parade, in which we march every year. This golf tournament benefits the Houston St. Patrick's Parade Commission. The annual St. Paddy's Irish Open at the Quail Valley Country Club will take place on Monday, September 12. Starts at 11 AM with a shotgun start. Cost is $125 per person and $500 per foursome, which includes lunch, dinner, and green fees. You or your company can sponsor a hole for $100. For information, call Sean Kearns at 832-978-4192 or Email ******************************** 10/06/05 - 5th Annual Irish Society Gala will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the Houstonian, 111 North Post Oak Lane. The Gala honors Dr. Joseph McFadden and his wife, Norma McFadden. Dr. McFadden is a former president of UST, a professor of Irish and American History at UST, a former president of The Irish Society, and a member of the Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board and The Irish Society Board of Directors. Norma is a Friend of the Center for Irish Studies and a loyal supporter of UST and a member of The Irish Society. Ginny and Dennis Malloy will chair this event. For information call Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 or Email ******************************** 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) SATURDAY - Beginning Conversational Irish (and every Saturday for the next few months) Katy, TX 10 AM - Noon Self-Study Group Using Interactive CDs, Books, Tapes, and other materials for spoken and written Irish. Class moderated by an advanced American student of the language. $7 per class to cover costs. $5 for Irish American Heritage Association members. Call Pat McMahon at 713-271-0784 for location and directions, or e- mail location: The Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy- Flewellen Road in the Computer Room ---- 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. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Municipal Utility District Building on Cimmaron Pkwy at Hidden Canyon Rd (just west of S Mason Rd) in Katy, Texas to enjoy speakers, performances, and presentations on Ireland and the Irish. We also publish a monthly newsletter, The Irish Heritage News. For more information or directions, please call: Phil Connelly . . . . 281-492-8780 Mike Long . . . . . . 281-395-3038 Dennis Donlan . . . 281-392-0894 OR E-mail us at: ---- Session on Sundays Irish Session Brian O'Neill's Pub 4:30-7:00 p.m. ---- 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 at 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 or call 936-321-6583. 10 of 10
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