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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Current Events

Irish Current Events In The Houston Area What's New? 09/22/05 – Blaggards at Beverly Pub 10/01/05 – Constant Billy @ Bayou City Farmer’s Market 10/14/05 – Blaggards at Brian O’Neills 10/16/05 – O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Benefit in Wash DC 10/22/05 – Constant Billy @ Clear Lake Celtic Festival 10/28/05 – Blaggards at Molly’s Pub in Conroe 11/11/05 - Blaggards at Brian O’Neills 12/02/05 - Blaggards at Brian O’Neills 12/10/05 – Constant Billy @ Lights in the Heights ---- Community Annoucements: :: KPFT Gallery of Pictures of Celtic Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre on August 14, 2005 :: 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. 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: Irish Aires Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005. Hear until 10/12/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005. Hear until 10/19/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005. Hear until 10/26/05 Irish Aires Saturday, Sept 03, 2005. Hear until 11/02/05 Playlist located at: Irish Aires Saturday, Sept 10, 2005. Not Available to Hear. Playlist located at: :: PHILLIP JAMES CONNELLY, of Katy, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2005 in a Houston hospital at the age of 74 years. Phillip James Connelly was born on September 14, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Paul and Peggy Connelly. He graduated from Holy Family High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. He served his country during the Korean War as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army based out of Fort Sill, Oklahoma. On April 4, 1964, he married his beloved wife, Bridget Imelda Corr. He retired from General Electric's Lighting Division after 30 years of service. Phil was a founding member and former president of the Irish American Heritage Association of Katy and a member of the Irish Society in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, in Katy, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, Assembly 2721. He was also a friend of Bill Wilson. He was a life long Democrat. Phil was an active participant in the Forever Young Group in Epiphany, as well as many other organizations. He is survived by his wife, Bridget Imelda Connelly of Katy; his sons, Mike Connelly of Keller, Texas, and Tim Connelly and his wife Sylvia of Ardmore, Pennsylvania; and his grandson, Sebastian Connelly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Peggy Connelly; and by his brother, Jack Connelly. Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5005 Mitchelldale, Suite 115, Houston, Texas 77092-7230 or to your favorite charity. ---- Other Irish Celtic Calendars & Sources: Scottish Country Dancing & More: Houston Irish Development Assoc: Texas Celtic Music Network Calendar Southwest Celtic Music Association Texas Scottish Heritage Society Houston Chronicle Search for World Music Local bands Houston Press World Music Listing ****************************************** 09/17/05 – Sat – Murder the Stout at Griff's Irish Pub, 3416 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006 5:00pm - 7:00pm This is a double celebration at Griff's, 1/2 way to Paddy's Day PLUS Griff's 40th Anniversary Party. There will be entertainment all day. 2 or 3 bands, drink specials, no cover. ****************************************** 09/20/05 – Tues - Yankee Head and an Irish Heart: The Story of Anna Parnell and the Irish Ladies’ Land League Dr. Beverly Schneller Tuesday, September 20, 2005 Dr. Beverly Schneller, UST alumna of the class of 1980, will present a lecture on Yankee Head and an Irish Heart: The Story of Anna Parnell and the Irish Ladies’ Land League, 7 p.m. in the Scanlan Room of the Jerabeck Center, 4000 Mt. Vernon; free and open to the public; contact Lori Gallagher, Director of the Center for Irish Studies, at 713-525-3592 or for more information. Anna Parnell (1852-1911), a sister of Irish Home Rule politician Charles Stewart Parnell, settled in Ireland in January 1881 to run the political activities of the Ladies’ Land League that she founded at the invitation of Michael Davitt, one of the key leaders of the Irish Land League Movement. From January 1881 through August 1882, Anna Parnell criss-crossed the Irish countryside making speeches, raising money, and supervising the building of tenants’ houses while outwitting the law. The public lecture by Dr. Beverly Schneller, Chair and Professor of English at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and a 1980 B.A. graduate of UST, introduces Anna Parnell through her political journalism and seeks to replace the notion that she was Parnell’s radical sister with the image of her as one of Ireland’s great female patriots who used her writing, speaking, and organizing skills to shape public policy in nineteenth-century Ireland. Dr. Schneller recently published a book entitled: Anna Parnell’s Political Journalism. She also will lecture in Dr. Bernhard’s Women, Culture and Society Class on Thursday, Sept. 22. ****************************************** 09/22/05 – Thur – Blaggards at Beverly Pub, 9pm (Paddy & Chuff) Houston, TX 6325A Beverlyhill St Houston, TX 77057 713.334.3474 ****************************************** 09/22/05 – Thur – Scotch Dinner – Hang on to your kilts, were going all over Scotland to taste Single Malts. Our escort is "Master Of Scotch" James McCartney who became acquainted with this magical spirit in a Glasgow Pub as a young man tending bar. Later as a clerk in the rail yards of Glasgow he was responsible for ensuring the safety of Scotch Whiskey on its journey from the highlands south to the warehouses and bottling plants. Mr. McCartney has made a lifelong career in the hospitality business and now focuses al of his attention educating spirit novices and enthusiasts about the enjoyment of Single Malt Scotch. Join us on Thursday September 22, 2005 at 6:30PM for a wonderful evening of entertainment, education, spirits, and cuisine to match! $65.00 PER PERSON RSVP 281-362-0808 OR EMAIL: Or Visit WEE DRAM SOCIETY AND AMERIGO'S GRILLE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH DINNER 6:30 PM, September 22, 2005 ---- SPECIAL GUEST JAMES McCARTNEY ---- MENU WILL FEATURE Passed Hors D'Oeuvres at Reception Glenkinchie 10 Year Old Lowland Single Malt Scotch. Burrata Salad Micro-Greens, Heirloom Tomatoes, Pear and Prosciutto D'parma; Drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a Splash of Aged Balsamic Vinegar Dalwhinnie a 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch. Snapper Amerigo's with Crabmeat, Tomatoes, Scallions and Leeks in a Reduction of Chardonnay Served with Wild Rice OR Filet Mignon 10 Oz. Center Cut, Charbroiled with Demi-Glace Sauce, Served with Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus Oban a 14 Year Old Western Scotland Single Malt Scotch. Cinque Formaggio Walnut Gourmandise, Cremeux Bourgozne, Cremeux D'argental, Brumeux, Bussino, with fresh fruit compote. Talisker a 10 Year Old Island Single Malt Scotch. White and Red Wine Will Be Available Upon Request. $65.00 PER PERSON ---- TO RSVP (281) 362-0808 EMAIL: Menu Notes: All the cheeses being served are new to Amerigo's and come from a highly acclaimed importer in New York. The Burrata cheese in the salad course is Fed-Exd from southern Italy on Tuesday and received by Amerigo's on Thursday morning. A semi-firm mozzarella shell filled with fresh cream and mozzarella curds, this is a new culinary experience to Amerigo's and to Texas! The Burrata cheese has become a signature item for us in one weekend! Amerigo's Grille 25250 Grogan's Park Drive The Woodlands, Texas 77380 Phone 281-362-0808 Fax 281-292-1623 Web ****************************************** 09/23/05 - Friday, Blaggards at Whiskys Pub, 10pm Galveston, TX 2002 Postoffice Galveston, TX 77550 409.750.8497 ****************************************** 09/24/05 – Sat – Murder the Stout at Griff's Irish Pub, 3416 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006 Starts in the afternoon We're on at 5:30pm ****************************************** 09/24/05 - Blaggards @ Olde City Pub 14124 Stuebner Airline Houston, TX 77069 832.249.6167 Molly's Pubs Submitted By : Kathy Markey Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 09/28 – 10/08/05 - Waiting for Godot - UST Drama Performance Thursday-Friday September 29-30, Saturday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, October 5-8 (with preview on Wednesday, September 28 for the UST community) UST’s Drama Program presents Waiting for Godot , by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, at 8 p.m. The performance will be in the Jones Theatre on the UST Academic Mall, 3910 Yoakum. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for all others. For more information, contact Prof. Claire McDonald at or (713) 525-3522. ****************************************** 10/01/05 – Sat – Constant Billy, 9-11 A.M. at the Bayou City Farmers' Market This great urban farmers' market is fast becoming a favorite venue for local performers. The crowds are great and the offerings are superb, from homemade pâte to spicy-hot arugula. It’s a wonderful way to start the weekend, so come on out enjoy the fall weather, the fresh produce and the fab music! ****************************************** 10/01/05 - Celtic Women’s Retreat Gruene Homestead Inn 832 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (800.238.5534) /(830.606.0216) Activities scheduled beginning Friday evening (for those who come early). To Register For The Celtic Women’s Retreat In Gruene – Registration In Pdf File At For more info: Contact Sia Beaton At Info@Txscot.Com ****************************************** 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 Celtic-rock quintet The Kissers have embarked on a nationwide tour in support of their upcoming release Good Fight. The band performs a 21+ show CONTINENTAL CLUB (3700 Main St.) on Thursday, October 6 at 9 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. The Blaggards also perform For additional information call 713-529-9666 or visit Good Fight (Skeptic Rock/Oarfin), The Kissers’ sophomore effort, arrives in stores November 19. Like its predecessor, 2003's Fire In The Belly, this CD features a mix of cranked-up traditional Irish songs and original compositions telling timeless stories of love and life. Where Good Fight differs is in its stridently political stance. From the opener "What They Can", a song about working people influenced by Howard Zinn's controversial People's History of the United States, through "No War", which is as straightforward as its title implies, to the anti-death penalty song "Pictures At An Execution", The Kissers pull no punches in stating their convictions. The balance of Good Fight is made up of story-telling songs such as "Ballad of Cobb Tyler" and "Captain George", contemporary takes on Irish traditionals "Molly Malone" and "Muirsheen Durkin" and a free-wheeling instrumental flight of fancy "The Good Fight". As founder and lead vocalist Ken Fitzsimmons says: "We once felt that politics should stay out of music, [but] we now feel that it is our obligation to keep people aware of the world around them. We also like to show people that you can care about these things and have a good time in the process." Originally formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 1998, The Kissers have evolved from a Pogues cover band into a fiercely independent voice on the roots rock scene. While creatively inspired by traditional Irish music, the American-born band reflects musical influences as far flung as Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash and The Ramones. The Kissers are: Ken Fitzsimmons (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar), Waylan Nate Palan (electric guitar, banjo, vocals), Kari Bethke (violin, vocals), Pete Colclasure (accordion, keyboard, tin whistle, vocals) and Joe Bernstein (drums). ******************************** 10/11/05 - Andy Stewart & Gerry O'Beirne at the Mucky Duck 8PM $11 ****************************************** 10/14/05 – Frid - Blaggards Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Houston, TX 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ****************************************** 10/16/05 – Sun – Benefit in Washington, DC for O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel O’Flaherty’s New Orleans Rescue Concert Hurricane Katrina has damaged “O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Pub” in the legendary French Quarter. O’Flaherty’s is owned and operated by famed Irish singer and musician, Danny O’Flaherty of the “Celtic Folk”. Danny and his family are safe and we are glad to report that Danny’s business has suffered limited structural damage. However, the business will be closed for months, affecting not only his family but the families of those employed at his establishment. In addition, Danny’s livelihood as a singer, musician and educator of Celtic culture in New Orleans is on hold for the foreseeable future. October 16th from 4 until 9pm. “Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own” in Alexandria Virginia will be hosting a fundraiser with all proceeds being donated to help Danny, his family, and those employed by him. Musical guest will include, Seamus Kennedy, Don Cobert, John Hall, Mark Quinn, Brendan Sheridan, Justin Murphy and Danny’s brother Patrick O’Flaherty. Donations will be accepted at the door. If you would like to donate an item for auction contact me at Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own 111 N. Pitt St. Alexandria, Va. 22314 703-549-4535 October 16th, 4-9pm. Featuring: Seamus Kennedy, Don Cober, John Hall, Mark Quinn, Brendan Sheridan, Justin Murphy and Patrick O'Flaherty In the upcoming month several additional establishments will be hosting events in and around the Washington D.C. area. They include: “Nanny O’Brien’s”, “Mrs. O’Leary’s” and “Ireland’s Four Provinces”. Contact Danny Doyle for more information or 703-361-8884. For more information about Danny O’Flaherty or “O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Pub” go to Molly O' Brien ****************************************** 10/19/05 Wed Blaggards at The Meridian ($8) w/ Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash Houston, TX 1503 Chartres Houston, TX 77003 713.225.1717 ****************************************** 10/22/05 Sat Houston Clear Lake Celtic Fest Houston, TX with Blaggards, Needfire & Constant Billy Saturday October 22 at the Clear Lake Celtic Festival This is a full day of music and mayhem with lots of other great groups. Besides music, the festival will host the State Championship Highland Games, a plethora of Irish step dancing groups, food, drink and vendors ranging from jewelers to face painters. At just five bucks, it's a bargain. More details posted soon. Landolt Pavilion at Clear Lake Park 5001 Nasa Pkway, Houston, TX 713.365.9648 ****************************************** 10/22/05 – Sat –The Blaggards at Molly's Pub, 10pm Clear Lake, TX 902 Ramada Drive Clear Lake, TX 77062 281.486.0971 ****************************************** 10/25/05 - Northern Ireland Peace Process - William J. Flynn Thursday, October 25, 2005 Sponsored by Honorary Consul of Ireland John B. Kane and Alayne Kane, the UST Center for Irish Studies and The Irish Society Lecture by William J. Flynn, Chairman Emeritus of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and Recipient of First Initiative for Peace Award by the National Committee of American Foreign Policy for his leadership and diplomacy in the Northern Ireland Peace Process in the 1990s When: 7 p.m Where: Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, 4000 Mt. Vernon, University of St. Thomas Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street Mr. Flynn has recently returned from Ireland and Northern Ireland and will give us his perspective on the current peace process. He will discuss the development of the Irish peace process with an emphasis on those areas of disagreement that thus far have thwarted efforts to a successful conclusion of the difficulties. Mr. Flynn has received many other awards for his work in the Peace Process. As part of its “Irish Celebration” in March of 2003, Mr. Flynn was honored by The National Museum of Catholic Art and History for his tireless efforts to bring peace to Ireland. Later that month, he was awarded the John F. Kennedy National Achievement Award by the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Massachusetts. In making the announcement, the President of the St. Patrick’s Committee said, “William Flynn, by far, surpasses any criteria that may be set as a measurement for success in a person’s professional or personal life. Mr. Flynn has succeeded in business while demonstrating a continued commitment to human rights issues, not just in Ireland, but around the world.” In March of 1994, Mr. Flynn was selected as Irish American of the Year by Irish America Magazine and in May 1994 was honored by the American Ireland Fund. In November 1994, the Prime Minister of Ireland, Albert Reynolds, recognized Mr. Flynn’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process at a Tribute Dinner in his honor. In November of 1999, Mr. Flynn was selected by Irish America Magazine as one of The Greatest Irish-Americans of the Century. Mr. Flynn was among the honorees at the December 1999 Peace Links Gala in Washington, DC for his help in brokering peace in Ireland. Please join us for this outstanding presentation! University of St. Thomas Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street ****************************************** 10/28/05 – Fri – Blaggards @ Molly's Pub Conroe, 10pm Conroe, TX 901 N Loop 336 West Conroe, TX 77301 936.441.6167 ****************************************** 10/29-30/05 - Irish Gaelic Song Workshop! Learn Irish Folk Songs in their Original Language. Impress your friends! Explore your heritage! Taught by award-winning vocalist, Jonquele Jones. Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th. ---- Workshop will be held at a private residence in SW Houston, seating is limited. You Must Pre-Register. Cost is $20 per 3-hr session or $50 for three sessions. Contact Pat at 713-271-0784 or * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Schedule. Saturday, October 29th 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration 9:00 - 12:00 Workshop begins - Pronunciation and Misc. songs. 12:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break 1:30 - 3:00 Special Presentation - Book Author Ed Cotham, Jr. on Dick Dowling 3:00 - 6:00 Workshop resumes - Misc. songs 6:00 - 7:30 Dinner Break 7:30 - ???? Ceili (Party) Sunday, October 30th 10:00 - 1:00 Final workshop session, spiritual songs. Ed Cotham, Jr. is our featured speaker at this workshop. He is a twice published book author and authority on the Civil War. He will be telling us about the life and times of Dick Dowling, Houstonian, Irish immigrant, and Confederate War Hero. He is a terrific speaker and this will be a great treat! The Ceili. Ceili is the Irish word for party, and it will be tons of fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite song, story, or whatever to the party. Tell us about your travels, or tell us your favorite tall Irish tale, bring your favorite instrument and play if you like, dance or teach us to dance! Snacks and sodas will be provided in generous portions at the Ceili. Alcohol is welcome - BYOB. The Ceili. Ceili is the Irish word for party, and it will be tons of fun. Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite song, story, or whatever to the party. Tell us about your travels, or tell us your favorite tall Irish tale, bring your favorite instrument and play if you like, dance or teach us to dance! Snacks and sodas will be provided in generous portions at the Ceili. Alcohol is welcome - BYOB. ****************************************** 10/29/05 – Sat – Blaggards at Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Halloween Show 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ****************************************** 10/30/05 - Danny Doyle Hosting A Special Benefit Concert From: Date: 2005/09/02 Fri PM 10:36:56 EDT Subject: O'Flaherty's New Orleans Rescue Concert An urgent plea from Danny Doyle: Dear Friends Of Irish Music, your help is desperately needed. Because of Hurricane Katrina, Danny O'Flaherty, the internationally acclaimed musician-singer ("A treasure- house of Gaelic culture." Times-Picayune) has probably lost his home and most certainly lost his business, O'Flaherty's Irish Pub in the French Quarter, New Orleans. Danny and his family are safe and sound, but for the foreseeable future his livelihood is gone: "My lifelong goal remains a commitment to the Celtic people and culture. There is no greater accomplishment than to pass on the traditions of our common ancestors. Through community outreach activities like my educational programs and concerts at O'Flaherty's, I aspire to instill in children and adults alike a pride in our rich heritage." Danny O'Flaherty, I am organizing a benefit concert in Washington DC for Danny O, and would ask you, if you can, to buy a ticket or tickets. Many on this e-mailing list may not live in or near DC and will not be able to attend the concert, but you may care to contribute something. It would help Danny O'Flaherty greatly, and get him back on his feet doing what he does so well. Thank you for helping a fine artist in this time of need. Please make checks payable to Danny O'Flaherty and send them to me: Danny Doyle 10836 Moore Drive Manassas, VA 20111-2925 I will get them to Danny O right away. Tickets are $25 each, or whatever you can spare. O'Flaherty's New Orleans Rescue Concert A Host Of Irish Talent Seamus Kennedy Danny Doyle Liam Maguire Ronan Kavanagh Johnny Jump Up, etc. Great Raffle Prizes! Auction of Irish Arts &Goods! Sunday, October 30th, 5 - 9 PM Ireland's Four Provinces 3412 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington DC. 20008 Ticket enquiries: Four Provinces Pub: 202-244-0860, or Danny Doyle: 703-361-8884 ****************************************** 11/11/05 – Clumsy Lover at the Mucky Duck 8pm, $12 ****************************************** 11/11/05 – Frid - Blaggards @ Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Houston, TX 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ****************************************** 11/12/05 - Molly Maguires 19th Anniversary Party w/ 15945 Kuykendahl Road Houston, TX 77068 281.580.6167 Blaggards Kathy Markey Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 11/17/05 – Thurs - Master Irish Storyteller Eddie Lenihan Eddie Lenihan is brought to us through the Irish American Cultural Institute. He is considered one of the master Irish storytellers. Join us for a delightful evening. Sponsored by Guinness USA, the Irish American Cultural Institute and The Irish Society of Houston. When: 7 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, University of St. Thomas Academic Mall, southwest corner near the library Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street See Lecture Link above right for more information and more events. For more information, contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525- 3592 or ****************************************** 12/02/05 – Frid - Blaggards Brian O'Neill's, 10pm Houston, TX 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ****************************************** 12/10/05 – Green Cards at the Mucky Duck 7:30 & 10, $15 ****************************************** 12/10/05 – Constant Billy in Houston, Texas at Lights in the Heights This is a wonderful neighborhood festival in Houston's Woodland Heights. You really have to see it to believe it. Hundreds of luminaria line the streets. Carolers and live musicians are all over the place- on stages, in gardens, in the streets and on front porches- performing for the thousands of pedestrians walking in the streets (closed to auto traffic). The entire neighborhood turns out to welcome visitors with cookies, punch, and wassail. It really is one of Houston’s nicest events! ****************************************** 12/17/05 - Blaggards @ Molly Maguire's 15945 Kuykendahl Road Houston, TX 77068 281.580.6167 Submitted By : Kathy Markey Houston Irish Development Association ****************************************** 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: Bridget 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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