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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Current Events & Links to Current Broadcasts

Irish Current Events in the Houston Area What's New? 08/06/05 – Murder the Stout at Griff's 08/13/05 – Hou Highland Games Pub Crawl in the Village 08/14/05 - Concert @ Miller Outdoor Theatre Small Stage 08/27/05 – Sean Connery Birthday Bash @ Kelvin Arms Pub ---- Community Annoucements: :: Irish Aires Has A Brand New Blog!! (actually we have two!) Below are links to hear broadcasts & playlists. If you have RealAudio, a soundcard & speakers on your computer, you should have no problem listening to the shows, EXCEPT that if too many people are trying to access the stations audio files at once, you might get an error. Try back later. Only 4 days left to hear the June 11th show. Irish Aires Saturday, June 11, 2005. Hear until 08/10/05 Irish Aires Saturday, June 25, 2005. Hear until 08/24/05 Irish Aires Saturday, July 02, 2005. Hear until 08/31/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, July 09, 2005. Hear until 09/07/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, July 16, 2005. Hear until 09/14/05 (Malachy McAllister Interview) Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, July 23, 2005. Hear until 09/21/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, July 30, 2005. Hear until 09/28/05 (Special Guest: Jude Collins) Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Aug. 06, 2005. Hear until 10/05/05 Playlist located at: :: 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: ****************************************** 08/06/05 Murder The Stout at Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 3416 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006 9:00pm - midnight (no cover) (713 528 9912) ****************************************** 08/13/05 - Houston Highland Games Association Pub Crawl in Rice Village - Pub crawl will begin at 6 pm: Baker St. Pub & Grill (Happy Hour till 9pm) 5510 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 (713) 942-9900 When we are ready, onward to: Brian O'Neill's Restaurant and Irish Pub 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 (713) 522-2603 And last, but not least: The Ginger Man 5607 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 (713) 526-2770 For More Info Contact Carol Robertson Croberts@Bechtel.Com ****************************************** 08/14/05 - KPFT Fall Music Series Features CELTIC/IRISH MUSIC ( Produced by your friends at: KPFT's Irish Aires Show Miller Outdoor Theatre (small stage) Map- The small stage is next to box office at Miller Theatre. We advise you to bring chairs, a big sun hat and some sun block. The concession stand will be open, but it is permissible to bring your own food & beverages (no glass bottles). HEADLINERS: Constant Billy (3:00PM) Paisley Close (4:00PM) Blaggards (5:00PM) The event is Free and Open to the Public. Date: Sunday, August 14, 2005 Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM ---- 3:00 PM - Constant Billy ( "A new day has dawned. There's a new band in the neighborhood, Constant Billy." Take the traditional music of Britain and Ireland. Shake and stir in a little Rock, Classical and Swing using "an incredible, eclectic repertoire of intricate harmonies" from "probably the best all-around folk a-cappella singers in Houston." Add in the accompaniment of Bodhran, guitar, tin whistle, recorder and bouzouki to create "stuff you just don't hear every day." Add a dash of "hilarious between-songs banter," and you have a duo that will leave you reeling. Constant Billy is Today's Trad. ---- 4:00 PM - Paisley Close ( 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 Paisley Close's members are: Cidnie MacNamee, Amy Price (both of whom were previously members of Gordian Knot) and Bernard Schreiber. ---- 5:00PM - Blaggards ( ARRRRR!!! Howyez, we're BLAGGARDS, purveyors of Stout Irish Rock from Houston, Texas. In July 2004 by Dublin-raised Patrick Devlin (guitar and lead vocals), Minnesotan Turi Hoiseth (violin and screaming), New Yorker Chad Smalley (bass and lead vocals) and Bostonian Brian Vogel (drums and backing vocals) formed BLAGGARDS. We carry with us the legacy of On The Dole, an earlier Houston band founded by Patrick. Like On The Dole, BLAGGARDS are known for knocking around the traditional with fists full of heavy metal and rockabilly. And yeah, we have a laugh or two while we're at it. We pride ourselves in being one of the hardest working bands in Texas, and soon we'll be taking our act across state lines. See you at the shows! Slán gó fóill, BLAGGARDS P.S.-Contrary to ancient Blaggards lore, there is no "the" in our name. Just "Blaggards." We also take our coffee black, thank you. ---- Additonal Details announced at: ****************************************** 08/20/05 – Emily Dugas Band at the Mucky Duck Aug 20, 7:30pm, $10 EMILY DUGAS BAND featuring EJ Jones, Al Coffrin, Drew Dugas, and Peter Suk. "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." ****************************************** 08/26/05 - Sat - Blaggards: Brian O'Neill's, 10pm 5555 Morningside, Houston, TX 77005, 713.522.2603 ******************************** 08/27/05 - Sir Sean Connery Birthday Bash Celebrate with Houston Highland Games Association Kelvin Arms Pub 2424 Dunstan in Rice Village (713) 528-4137. 8 pm James Bond look-a-like contest, trivia contest, food, drink and whisky tasting available for purchase. Don't forget to pay homage to the shrine dedicated to Sir Sean Connery ****************************************** 09/07/05 - Wed - Old Blind Dogs at the Mucky Duck, 8pm, $15 ****************************************** 09/10/05 - The 4th Annual 'Tis Great to Be An Irish American Celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10th, from 1:00-6:00pm at the VFW Club in Spring Branch, 1560 Foley St. (near Long Point and Campbell). The celebration, sponsored by the Irish American Heritage Association (IAHA), will feature a dazzling performance by the Cass Academy of Irish Dance. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided at no charge, and the VFW club cash bar will be available. Tap your toes to lively Irish music, and sing along with the Celtic Chorus (back by popular demand). Also, local artist Jerry Waxman will be doing caricatures. There will be door prizes, and lots of fun. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call (713) 271- 0784 for more information or e-mail ******************************** 09/12/05 - Monday, St. Paddy's Irish Open - Quail Valley Country Club, 2880 La Quinta Dr. Missouri City, TX 7459 281-437-7431 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. Registration starts at 11 AM with a shotgun start at noon. 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 Join Your Fellow Golfers In Your Area In The 2005 St. Paddy's Irish Open Presented By The St. Patrick's Parade Commission: ******************************** 09/23/05 - Friday, Blaggards at Whiskys Pub, 10pm Galveston, TX 2002 Postoffice Galveston, TX 77550 409.750.8497 ****************************************** 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 ****************************************** 10/06/05 – Thurs - Blaggards w/the Kissers The Continental Club, 10pm Houston, TX 3700 Main St Houston, TX 77002 713.529.9899 ******************************** 10/11/05 - Andy Stewart & Gerry O'Beirne at the Mucky Duck 8PM $11 ****************************************** 10/22/05 Sat Houston Clear Lake Celtic Fest Houston, TX with Blaggards Landolt Pavilion at Clear Lake Park 5001 Nasa Pkway, Houston, TX 713.365.9648 ****************************************** 11/11/05 – Clumsy Lover at the Mucky Duck 8pm, $12 ****************************************** 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 Thursday night at KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, COUNCIL 803 Officers (elected June 11, 2002): 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 Scottish culture 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 Cotton 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 Cotton 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
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