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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Irish Aires Line-up for Miller Outdoor Theater 11/04/07

Irish Aires Line-up for Miller Outdoor Theater 11/04/07 (Irish Aires is presenting this show at Miller Outdoor Theatre as a part of KPFT's Fall Concert series of shows in Hermann Park. Admission is FREE. Jay) Constant Billy 4:00PM Though often lumped for convenience in the Celtic category, Houston's Constant Billy is more accurately described as pan-British folk. Irish, Scottish and Welsh tunes constitute just a fraction of their repertoire; they work in old English ballads and sea shanties as well. How many other Celtic bands have mastered tunes of the Channel Islands, those forgotten British bailiwicks off the coast of France known today only to the super-rich as tax havens? Bill Galbraith's hilarious between-songs banter can bring you out of the dumps of even the bloodiest Scots 1001-5100- 2300-1303-7239-2410-81105border ballad. ---- O'Maoileidigh School of Irish Dance 4:45PM We are a dedicated school of Irish dancers of all ages. Our certified teacher (TCRG), Colm O'Maoileidigh (pronounced O- Ma-Lady) has been teaching in Texas since 1982. Starting as young as age five, our dancers learn and practice the traditional craft of step and ceili dancing on a weekly basis. We perform as a dance troupe at events throughout Texas. Members of our school have participated in competitions (feiseanna) throughout the United States ---- Flying Fish Sailors 5:15PM From their name to their repertoire, historical nautical themes permeate all that the Flying Fish Sailors do. Each of their albums features a sea shanty or four, and even shanties about such landlubberly subjects as mowing the lawn, and U-Haul trucks. (If you ask them nicely, they’ll don "pseudo-pirate" attire for a gig.) Guitarist Jay Lee fondly recalls playing a set on the tall ship Elissa in Galveston — "When we would do the sea shanties, the volunteers on the Elissa knew the words and they would sing along, and it was really cool," he remembers. So far, that’s been their only show on the briny deep, but they’ve played hundreds of gigs on land. "We’ve laid siege to every place from the Red Lion to the Mucky Duck and boarded many a bar," Lee says. As the Sea Captain on The Simpsons might put it, "Arrr, this be the yarrest band thar be" ---- KPFT Fall Concert Series Blending an eclectic mix of musical genres, KPFT 90.1 FM encompasses Houston’s cultural diversity. Performances include World Music, Turntables, Hip Hop, Texas Music, Latino bands and Celtic Music. Presented on the small stage. Tune to 90.1 for details. Produced by KPFT 90.1 Pacifica Foundation
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