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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Current Events - Paddy Maloney Sp Guest on Show Tonight

What's New? 01/06/07 - Paddy Maloney on Irish Aires Tonight 01/11/07 – Constant Billy at Mojo Risin’ 01/13/07 – Blaggards & Murder the Stout at The Goose Acre 04/27/07 – Solas at the Mucky Duck (Date Change) ************************* Chieftains at Jones Hall Tonight & Sunday – This CD is available there. 01/06-07/07 - Sunday, The Chieftains At Jones Hall The famous Irish musical group. the Chieftains, will perform at downtown Houston's Jones Hall next January at 7:30 PM. Tickets may be ordered at 713-224-7575. Also, you may select your seats and pay via credit card by using the Web site Jones Hall is now offering a 10% discount on tickets for KPFT members. To get the discount, members need to call (713) 224-7575 M-S 10-6 and mention they are KPFT members. (This discount is only available by phone or in person, not online, but more info about the concert is available at Susan Darrow Director of Marketing, Branding and Customer Experience Houston Symphony 615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102 Houston, Texas 77002-2715 713-238-1490 (tel) 713-224-6129 (fax) ************************* 01/06/07 – Sat - Houston's New Year's Feis 8am-6pm McTeggart School of Irish Dancing Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel ************************* 01/11/07 – Constant Billy at Mojo Risin’ 8-10pm , 1600 Shepherd Dr. at Eigel for an intimate concert. People just kept asking us when we would do another show at this wonderful intimate music space, so we set up this midweek show. Mojo Risin’ has come out of nowhere to earn a spot as one of the country’s great listening rooms with famous acts performing regularly. It’s a coffeehouse with great food, desserts and coffee, so bring an appetite. And if you’d like a beer or glass of wine with your music, you can BYOB for a $5 corkage fee per person. Check out their website to see the fantastic bands and the unique atmosphere there. Our last show there was a huge success with a great crowd and some fine guest musicians. If anything, we expect more fun this time… we have some cool new tunes and we want you to hear ‘em! What: Constant Billy in an intimate concert at Mojo Risin’ Where: 1600 Shepherd Dr. at Eigel (just south of I-10) in Houston Call (713) 426-1505 for directions When: 8-10pm Thursday, January 11, 2007 How Much: No cover- we’ll pass the hat. Why: Because the music is just SOOOO GOOD ************************* 01/13/06 – Murder the Stout & The Blaggards The Goose's Acre - Grand Opening, Woodlands, TX, Located at 21 Waterway Dr Ste 140, Woodlands, TX 77380 ALL DAY EVENT! Goose's Acre Grand Opening schedule: Jan 13 2007 11:00A Grand Opening Festivities Jan 13 2007 4:00P Murder the Stout Jan 13 2007 9:00P Blaggards And yes, Brian said those who come dressed in authentic Kilts will get a free beer! (maybe more)! "The Goose has landed" For over three weeks Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub has been serving up some of the best cuisine in South Montgomery County. Located at 21 Waterway Ave. suite 140, both street level and lower level face the waterway. Open from 11:00 AM for lunch and closing at 2:00 AM, you will find the environment friendly and casual. The pub comes with a long history, it along with the majority of artifacts were shipped here from Ireland! On Saturday, January 13, 2007, at Noon, Goose's Acre will celebrate it's official Grand Opening. Some highlights to look for, our local Bagpipers will be playing and of course the McTeggarts will be dancing to some fine Irish tunes. Local leaders to speak: Mr. Frank W. Robinson President of Town Center Improvement District along with Ms. Karen Hoylman President and CEO of the South Montgomery County Chamber. Finally: Hear from the two gentlemen who's vision brought the pub to The Woodlands. For more information contact: johnny hennigan (832) 563-8772 or ************************* 01/13/06 – The Rogues at the Mucky Duck 7:30 & 10, $15 ************************* 01/16/07 – Tues – Irish Society Annual Meeting The Annual General Business Meeting will be held for our entire membership at The Harp, located at 1625 Richmond Ave. at 7 PM. This is the first time it will be held off- campus. It will be a very short business meeting followed by a welcoming drink and refreshments provided by the Board. Please join us. ************************* 01/27/06 Murder the Stout at Marriot Westchase - Burns Night, Houston, TX BABC-NE: Robert Burn's Celebration Dinner Venue: The Union Club, Boston Speaker: Paul Taylor, Fellow, Weatherhead Centre For Int'l Affairs Description: British Officers' Club member James M. Coull and BOC Club Piper Harry Wellsman invite BABCNE members and their guests to continue the traditions of past years and join them for this special evening. They ask as many guests as possible to wear tartan, thus adding to the pageantry of the evening. Festive business attire – black tie optional. John Rankin, HM Consul-General, will recite the 'Ode" Social Period from 6:00p.m. prior to the Piping-in ceremony promptly at 7:15 p.m. Dinner to follow. Roast Leg of Lamb or Salmon served with Chef Robert’s special selection of Vegetables in Season. Please indicate your preference when responding. The cost includes a glass-and-a-top-off of wine at table the single malt and the after-dinner port served in Club quarters for the loyal toasts. ************************* 02/03/07 - Saturday, Clandestine at the Mucky Duck 7:30 & 10pm, $15 ************************* 03/02-04/07 North Texas Irish Festival Fair Park - Dallas, TX ************************* 03/09/07 – Greencards at Mucky Duck Friday, March 9, 7:30 & 10pm, $15 ************************* 03/16/07 – Fri - St. Patrick's Parade Eve Dinner 2007 Three major Houston Irish-associated organizations are banding together in an effort to establish a St. Patrick's Parade Eve dinner. Its purpose is to honor Mary Kearns as the Grand Marshal of the 2007 Parade. All past living Parade Grand Marshals will also be recognized at that time. This event is something that has been long-in-the-making. Pat Sharkey (President of the Irish Society) and Jeannie Kearns will act as hosts of the evening. "Lyn" Brogan will chair the event. This Inaugural affair will be held at The Petroleum Club Friday evening, March 16th, 2007. All net proceeds from the evening will be distributed equally between Project St. Brendan, The St. Patrick's Parade Commission, and the Irish Society. Other Irish organizations have committed to participate: The Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas, the Houston Notre Dame Alumni Club, and the Irish American Heritage Association of Katy. More details to follow. Committee: :: Jeannie Kearns (Project St. Brendan / St. Patrick's Commission) :: Mary Kearns (St. Patrick's Parade Commission) :: Pete Little (St. Patrick's Parade Commission Advisory Board / Irish Society) :: "Lyn" Brogan (Irish Society) :: Dorothy Davitt (The Founder of the Irish Society of Houston) :: Pat Sharkey (Irish Society / UST Center for Irish Studies Advisory Board / Houston Irish Lawyers Association) ************************* 03/17/07 – Houston’s St Patrick’s Parade (details forthcoming) ************************* 03/17/07 – St Patrick’s Celebration at the Mucky Duck Saturday, March 17, 11am, $15 Clandestine The Rogues Wyndnwyre O'Maoileidigh Irish Dancers Martin Burniston EJ Jones Irish Session Players ************************* 03/20/07 – Battlefield Band at Mucky Duck Tuesday, March 20, 8pm, $20 ************************* 04/27/07 – Solas at the Mucky Duck Apr 27, 7:30 & 10, $20 ************************* 05/12/07 - The Houston Highland Games Association (HHGA) will hold its 2007 Games & Festival during the weekend of May 11, 12 & 13th (the 2nd weekend in May) at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club facilities. Refer to website http://www.houstonhighland/ for additional information and appropriate contacts. ****************************************** 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 ` 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 Jason’s Deli Westheimer & Shepherd 2611 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77098-1561 If you are interested in learning a little Irish then come join us at Jason’s Deli 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. 1st Wednesdays: FREE at Churchill Room, Black Labrador Pub 4100 Montrose Blvd. Map (Montrose near Richmond) 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday 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: ---- 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: ---- Thurs Night Irish Session @ Coffee Oasis on NASA Rd One Session starts about 7:30PM every Thurs night 4650 NASA Road 1 Seabrook, TX 77586 281.532.1439 You are likely to see Laura (of Echoes of Ireland) or Tom (of ---- 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 Black Labrador Pub, 4100 Montrose Blvd. (Montrose near Richmond) NEW TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. 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 ---- "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 ---- 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 ****************************************** Community Annoucements: Wedding Announcement Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish Have Announced Their MARRIAGE! Bill and Emily play Celtic music as CONSTANT BILLY. ---- Support The Pat Finucane Centre Today! (Poster's Note: This organization really needs the support of all Irish & Irish Americans. The family has suffered so much and the PFC has done so MUCH for MANY Irish causes. TODAY, please write a check OR even better, go to their web site: You can make a donation with PayPal online & it will only take a minute. We should all try to make AT LEAST a $20 contribution (a $100 would be better. Jay) ****************************************** SUPPORT THE PAT FINUCANE CENTRE From: "Pat Finucane Centre" Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 15:36:49 +0100 Subject: Urgent Appeal To Friends & Supporters. An Urgent Appeal To All Friends And Supporters Of The Pat Finucane Centre. Dear Friend of the PFC, This is an urgent appeal for donations! We are in the red! The Pat Finucane Centre, though Derry based, has had an impact far beyond the north west of Ireland. Earlier this year a reception was held at the Guildhall in Derry to honour the work of the Centre. Families and individuals travelled from 11 of the 32 counties in Ireland, and from Scotland and England, in itself ample testament to the respect felt in the wider community. The work of the centre over the last year has included; -organising public meetings with the Mayor of London on the End Impunity Campaign, - research on collusion that has resulted in a number of cases currently being heard before the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg, -participating in the Advisory Group on the Sean Brown murder investigation, -logging all sectarian /racist incidents from June 2005 to September 2005 (the log will be available soon) -giving evidence to Committees of both the Irish and British parliaments, -initiating a number of investigations into conflict related deaths by the Police Ombudsman's office, -reenacting closed meetings of the Policing Board as street theatre and --applying to the Guinness Book of Records to have Rosemount PSNI barracks logged as the least used police station in the world! The ongoing day-to-day advocacy on behalf of families is largely confidential and hidden from view but the Centre works with over 120 families who have lost relatives in the conflict. In addition individuals approach the Centre with complaints and are referred to solicitors and/or to the Police Ombudsman. Against this background it will come as no surprise to realise that the centre deliberately steers away from official funding that is linked to the NIO. Stubbornly independent as it is the Centre is largely dependent on individual donors. The Pat Finucane Centre website carries the following quote from Geraldine Finucane, 'If you believe in shaping stronger human rights protection then invest in the Pat Finucane Centre and those who find themselves in the frontline in their work to defend human rights. ' The Centre urgently requires donations in order to continue that work. There is no money in the bank! Please respond this week! Note. Donations can be made by cheque or online (today!) through the secure Paypal system at Postal address: The Pat Finucane Centre, 1 West End Park, Derry, BT48 9JF Ireland (North). Telephone: +44 28 71 268846 Fax: +44 28 71 266453 Email: ****************************************** Ireland Photos Pictures from Ireland in 2006 To See a list of the albums click here To See Irish pics, click the following: 06/06/06 Ireland 2006 - Jay's Photos 06/06/06 Ireland 2006 - Bertha's Pics 06/10/06 Ireland Jay 06/11/06 Ireland by Bertha 06/16/06 More of Ireland by Jay 06/21/06 More Ireland by Jay 06/26/06 More Pics From Ireland by Jay 06/27/06 More Ireland by Bertha -------- :: 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. KPFT Archived Programs Sorted By Name Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 11, 2006 Hear until 01/11/07 Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 18, 2006 Hear until 01/18/07 Irish Aires Saturday, Nov 25, 2006 Hear until 01/25/07 Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 02, 2006 Hear until 02/02/07 Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 09, 2006 Hear until 02/09/07 Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 16, 2006 Hear until 02/16/07 Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 23, 2006 Hear until 02/23/07 Irish Aires Saturday, Dec 30, 2006 Hear until 02/30/07 ---- :: George F. Little, RIP (Pete Little’s Father) September 2, 2006, of Depew, NY, husband of the late Muriel C. Little; father of Mary Catherine (James) Spilman, Michael (Ann), David (Elisabeth Alvarsdotter), John (Barbara), Margaret (Kevin) Craig, Anne Militello, Stephen (Maureen), Jeanne (Paul) Konetzny, Peter, Teresa, Maureen; brother of Eleanor Rigdon, Catherine Little; grandfather of 20; great grandfather of 18. Memorial Mass to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to Rapid Response Home Care Program at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Gates Circle. Published in the Buffalo News on 9/7/2006. ---- :: AL CAMPBELL (Houston Highlanders Bagpiper )(1931- 2006) It is with great sadness that we inform our membership that our friend and piper, Al Campbell, passed away last evening. Over the years, we could always count on Al to support H&T with all our piping requests. He gave generously of his time, and was a very special contributor to our Society. In addition to his dignified performances, Al had great humor which he occasionally added for fun and laughter. We shall miss him. Our special condolences to his wife, Betsy, his family and close friends. ---- :: 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
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